Nikkei: Apple to launch 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone as early as September

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Japanese news outlet Nikkei threw its weight behind a popular rumor today, reporting that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will come in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch models. The theory that the company is working on two new larger-sized handsets has been reiterated several times over the past 6 months.

Citing sources within Apple’s supply chain, Nikkei says that manufacturers have already begun making components for the new smartphones, like fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers, and Sharp, Japan Display and LG will begin mass-producing their panels as early as April… Read More

 

New photos surface of Apple’s Arizona sapphire plant, possible expansion rumored

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

According to a new report from AppleInsider, contractors are working around the clock and on weekends to finish Apple’s new sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona. The site says that work on the facility is progressing, and that the company may be expanding the project with an additional building.

Word that the iPad-maker was teaming up with GT Advanced to build a sapphire production plant first came in November of last year, and it has since remained a popular topic. The Cupertino firm is believed to be using the plant to manufacture components for yet-to-be announced products… Read More

 

Amazon said to be launching smartphone with 6 cameras soon

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2014

With Amazon set to unveil its set-top box next month, the e-commerce giant is approaching full-on Apple competitor. It has the tablets, and the ecosystem, all it needs is a smartphone. And according to a new report, that could be arriving soon as well.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a solid reputation for accurately predicting tech company product plans, says Amazon is preparing to launch its long-awaited handset within the next 3 months. And get this: apparently it’ll have 6 cameras… Read More

 

WSJ: Amazon launching its Apple TV competitor next month

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

Building on previous reports, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is set to begin shipping its long-awaited video-streaming device next month. The device will thrust the e-commerce giant into a highly competitive space occupied by Apple, Google and others.

Citing sources familiar with the product, the outlet claims that the device will carry a variety of apps available on Roku and Apple set-top boxes and run on a version of Google’s Android software. And like Amazon’s other hardware devices, it will likely carry the Fire brand… Read More

 

Pegatron reportedly gearing up to start iPhone 6 production in Q2

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

According to a new report from the Commercial Times, Apple supplier Pegatron is gearing up to start mass-producing the iPhone 6. The production is expected to kick off in the second quarter of this year at its Kunshan, China-based plant.

The newspaper says that the manufacturer has already begun recruiting workers in China, and has even opened up a new factory space, in an effort to prepare for large orders from Apple. The new handset is expected to debut later this year… Read More

 

Apple to reintroduce iPad 4 alongside 8GB iPhone 5c tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

Apple may be planning to reintroduce the discontinued fourth-generation iPad alongside the 8GB iPhone 5c tomorrow, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The site says that the iPad 4 could replace the current iPad 2 as Apple’s low-cost tablet option.

The 4th-gen iPad was originally launched in the fall of 2012, 6 months after the release of the iPad 3. It’s significantly more powerful than the iPad 2, with an A6X chip and 1 GB of memory, and it also includes a Retina display and the new Lightning connector… Read More

 

Microsoft Office for iPad reportedly launching March 27

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

Last week, Reuters reported that Microsoft had a full version of its Office suite ready to release for the iPhone and iPad, it just wasn’t sure when the company would pull the trigger. Well it looks like we may have just found the answer: this month.

According to a pair of scoops by both The Verge and ZDNet, Microsoft has scheduled a March 27 press briefing to discuss “the intersection of cloud and mobile computing.” And it’s going to use the event to launch the long-awaited Office for iPad… Read More

 

Steve Jobs told executives Apple would not release a TV

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

When the magic dust of the iPad settled, pundits and analysts alike began to wonder out loud what Apple was going to do next. What product category was the company going to revolutionize next? And for the longest time, a lot of folks thought it was going to be televisions.

Some even believed that’s what Steve Jobs was referring to when he said he had “finally cracked” the secret of TV. But according to a passage from Yukari Kane’s new book ‘Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,’ the co-founder never wanted Apple to release its own TV set… Read More

 

iPhone 6 said to feature ‘Ultra-Retina’ display, 3 new sensors and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

A pair of reports surfaced this weekend, claiming to have knowledge of the features and specifications for Apple’s new iPhone. The first report calls for the smartphone to have a trio of new sensors, and the other says an ‘Ultra-Retina’ display is in the cards.

So-called iPhone 6 rumors have been appearing rather frequently over the past few months, with everyone trying to predict the design and capabilities of Apple’s next handset. A larger display, sapphire and A8 chip are all in the pile, and today we add this… Read More

 

Apple has reportedly put its ‘iPad Pro’ project on hold

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Folks looking forward to Apple’s rumored 13-inch tablet may want to pick something else to pine over for a while. According to a new report, the Cupertino company has shelved its so-called ‘iPad Pro’ project due to various developmental issues.

Citing supply chain and channel inventory sources, Digitimes is reporting today that multiple vendors are running into problems producing larger tablets. The biggest hurdle seems to be a lack of support from platform developers and ecosystems… Read More

 

Apple to open small stores in India with a focus on low-end iOS devices

By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2014

Citing sources familiar with the company’s retail plans, The Economic Times is reporting today that Apple is working with local distributors in India to set up small shops in larger cities to push some older-model iPhones and iPads, as well as some lower-end Macs.

The initiative is part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to make inroads into the country, where its iPhone only accounts for about 2% of the smartphone market. These new shops, according to the report, will focus on cheaper devices like the iPhone 4 and 4s, and the iPad 2…

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Apple said to be ‘scrambling’ to make changes to IAP policies required by March 31

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2014

In a settlement with the FTC earlier this year regarding a lawsuit over in-app purchases, Apple told the commission that it would issue refunds to those affected and modify its in-app billing system to make things more clear. The FTC agreed and gave the company until March 31, 2014 to make the changes.

In order to meet the government’s orders, Apple must alter its billing practices to obtain a user’s express consent before billing them for an in-app purchase, and provide them with an easy way to withdraw that consent. And according to a new report, Apple engineers are scrambling to meet the deadline…

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Tim Cook, Turkish president to attend opening of Apple’s Istanbul store on April 4

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2014

Earlier this year, Tim Cook traveled to Turkey to meet with the country’s president, to reportedly discuss the opening of a retail store in Istanbul, research and development and other matters. The store opening is of particular significance, as it would be Apple’s first in the region.

Well it looks like the talks were successful. According to Turkish Apple blog ElmaDergisi, Apple is set to open a retail store in Istanbul’s Zorlu Center on April 4. And as proof of the gravity of the event, both Cook and Turkish president Abdullah Gül are expected to be in attendance… Read More

 

Apple to bring full-screen video iAds to iOS apps this year

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2014

AdAge is reporting this afternoon that Apple is looking to roll out new video iAds for iPhone and iPad later this year. Citing people with knowledge of the company’s plans, the outlet says that these ‘interstitial’ ads will automatically play in full-screen on iOS devices.

The way it works currently, iAds are much less obtrusive: a user must click on a mobile banner for a brand’s ad video to play. Under the new format, developers could opt to display TV commercial-like ads during moments of transition, like in between game levels… Read More

 

Apple to release iOS 7.1 ‘any day now’ with support for SXSW iTunes Festival app

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2014

The highly-anticipated iOS 7.1 update could be landing any day now, according to a new report by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. The long-time Apple speculator and dot-connector has in the past proven to have knowledgeable sources that work inside the company.

Gruber says that a ‘little birdie’ has informed him that the app for Apple’s upcoming iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin, which will be used for providing information and streaming live performances, will require iOS 7.1. Thus the update should ship any day now… Read More

 

New report claims revamped Apple TV could land ‘any week now’

By Cody Lee on Mar 1, 2014

When it comes to the Apple TV, it seems like everyone agrees that a new one is coming. But just when it will get here is a different story. We’ve heard everything from ‘as early April,’ to ‘before WWDC in June,’ and as late as ‘in the fall this year with Apple’s other product refreshes.’

The latest report, which comes from The Financial Times, claims that the refreshed Apple TV is finished and could land much sooner than everyone is expecting. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says that Apple’s new set-top box could land “any week now.”

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Apple to launch iOS in the Car next week with Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

Nearly a year after its introduction, it looks like Apple is finally ready to launch iOS in the Car. The Financial Times is reporting that the company plans to introduce the new feature next week with 3 major launch partners: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Oddly enough, the Times doesn’t mention the project by name, but says that drivers will be able to use Apple’s ‘in-car operating system’ to use Apple Maps, watch movies, listen to music, make phone calls and send messages using the vehicle’s in-dash display… Read More

 

Apple reportedly working on iOS update to improve Touch ID

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

As cool as the fingerprint reader is on the iPhone 5s, it’s not perfect. We have, on several occasions, complained about the accuracy of Touch ID seemingly ‘fading’ over time, and a number of 5s owners have turned out to Apple’s support forums to voice their disdain as well.

Luckily, it sounds like there may be light at the end of the tunnel. AppleInsider is reporting this morning that the Cupertino company is currently preparing a software update that will improve the fingerprint recognition experience of Touch ID, and possibly fix the ‘fade’ issue… Read More

 

Amazon said to be working on ‘Prime’ music streaming service

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

According to Recode, Amazon is in talks with record labels regarding a potential music streaming service. The site says the company plans to bundle the service with its Prime delivery option, where it already offers free movies and TV shows.

Sources familiar with the negotiations say Amazon has been having serious discussions with labels for the past few months, but it’s no where close to a deal. Apparently the e-commerce giant is asking for too much of a discount on licensing fees… Read More

 

‘Social Network’ director David Fincher in talks to lead Sony’s Jobs biopic

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014

If you fancy yourself any kind of Apple fan, or movie fan, you have to be excited about Sony’s upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs. Not only is it being written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, but it’s now being rumored that David Fincher has signed on to direct the film.

Fincher directed the hit Facebook flick ‘The Social Network,’ which Sorkin also wrote, and also directs and produces Netflix’s critically-acclaimed drama House of Cards. So needless to say, adding him to the production team of the Jobs biopic would be a major move for Sony… Read More