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The next gen iPhone
Check it out – Japanese parts firm Moumantai has gotten their hands on what they’re claiming is the logic board for the upcoming 2013 iPhone, often considered to be the iPhone 5S. The leaked shots do indeed seem to suggest that the new iPhone will be somewhat similar in shape to last year’s iPhone 5, with a similar shape and size to the iPhone 5′s logic board.
Still, the leaked photos reveal two major shifts – a significantly larger surface for the processor to plug into, suggesting a more powerful processor will be included with the device (which will likely be called the A7), and a differently shaped curve on the speaker connector, suggesting some sort of speaker reconfiguration. (Perhaps stereo sound? Please?)
The iPhone “5S” is expected to ship sometime this year, likely within the new couple of months. Recent reports peg the new iPhone for a late August/early September release, in line with or slightly earlier in the year than last year’s iPhone 5 release.
No gov't snooping there
Here’s some good news for those concerned about minute things such as, I Don’t know, civil liberties – Apple has just issued a public statement assuring customers that their FaceTime and iMessage conversations are not being snooped by either Apple itself, the government, or anyone else in between. The California company claims that FaceTime and iMessage conversations are essentially impossible to decrypt, amounting to private, two way conversations.
Apple also issues some numbers on data requests it’s had from authorities in the past six months, which Apple says are only approved based on a court order. Apple claims that they received somewhere “between 4,000 and 5,000 requests” for information in the last six months, relating to “between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices”. Apple claims that most of these requests are filled relating to “robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide.”
Apple promises that they analyze every request individually and responsibly before handing over any information in the slightest, clearly attempting to address some of the negative press that came associated with leaked PowerPoint presentations’ claims that the government has access to anything on Apple’s servers at anytime. Apple is doing everything in its power to prove that this is not the case, but the question of whether or not the company will be able to regain some trust that was lost during the leak is unclear.
Many other companies were also claimed to give the government easy access to information, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. All of these companies have thus far claimed that the allegations are categorically untrue.
Well above estimates
In court today, Apple was forced to reveal that their iBookstore portal, which allows customers to purchase eBooks and load them on their iOS device for easy reading, currently owns about 20% market share of the entire eBooks market, which is currently overwhelmingly dominated by Amazon and their Kindle eBooks store.
When asked directly by the court about the iBookstore’s performance, who also claimed that Apple’s iBookstore was somewhat of a “failure”, Apple executive Keith Moerer also revealed that “I disagree. E-book sales grew 100% last year at the iBookstore and it had over 100 million customers.”
The government is currently investigating as to whether or not Apple conspired to fix eBook prices to unfairly harm both the competition as well as consumers.
The biggest change since the iPhone
Apple has just announced iOS 7, which Tim Cook is dubbing the “biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007.”
The new iOS has been radically redesigned – absolutely nothing has been left untouched, it hardly even looks like the same operating system anymore. The entire UI has been dictated by new, flat elements – gone are the gradients and leather patterns of yore. Apple has switched the entire typography of the operating system to use a new lightweight font. Apple has redesigned every built in application as well; weather in particular looks gorgeous, with dynamic backgrounds that change depending on the weather.
Apple has also added a few major new features to the operating system. Multitasking has been significantly improved and now provides a different level of multitasking activity for your most commonly used applications, keeping them more up to date while suspended in the background. The apps witching UI has also been significantly improved to show a live screenshot of each suspended application.
iOS 7 also includes a new feature called Control Center, which allows access to common functionality such as wifi, camera, brightness, recent apps, etc, similar to how the notification screen works on Android. Also included is AirDrop, a feature which allows you to drop and share files between networked computers – it appears to function in a similar manner to OS X’s AirDrop functionality.
iOS 7 will support iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, as well as the iPod touch 4th gen and 5th gen. iOS 7 Beta 1 is available today for iPhone while the iPad will be getting a beta sometime in the not too distant future, while consumers will be able to get their hands on iOS 7 “this fall”.
Update @ 4:00 PM EST: Apple has just launched their official iOS 7 Preview site, which includes a host of information, screenshots, and videos. You can checkout Apple’s new site here.
Uses Haswell chips
As expected, Apple has updated their line of MacBook Air notebooks alongside a new version of OS X today at WWDC. The new MacBook Airs appear the same on the outside, but include new Intel Haswell CPUs on the inside.
On top of all the performance improvements that comes along with Haswell, Apple has also updated the battery in the new MacBook Airs. Apple is boasting that the new MacBook Airs offer “all day battery life” – the 11″ model gets 9 hours of battery life, while the 13″ gets a whopping 12 hours of battery life. All new MacBook Airs are shipping now.
Apple made a huge step forward in OS X 10.8 when they introduced iMessage support directly into the operating system, but it looks like Apple is pushing this a step forward with the inclusion of both iOS notifications and Apple Maps on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. (Though why you’d want to use Apple Maps over Google Maps at this point is still unclear, but hey, at least the option is there). Apple has also just announced that a full featured iBooks app is coming to OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
iOS notifications get automatically pushed from synced iOS devices to OS X, appearing in a similar fashion to OS X’s built in notifications. Apple Macs appears to function in a similar fashion to its iOS counterpart, complete with 3D rendering and flyover data, standard and hybrid views, as well as directions.
The rumors were right
Apple has today announced their long expected new version of OS X, OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”. Mavericks changes up OS X in some pretty significant ways for power users, bringing improved multi-monitor support that allows more than one app to run at a time when an app is full screened, performance improvements to Safari, tabbed Finder windows, and the ability to tag files on the operating system.
Another big addition to OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a change to the way multitasking works. OS X now gains the ability to multitask in a similar manner to iOS, where apps running in the background are suspended in a “low power state” until the system recognizes that the user wants to use the app, when it is resumed.
Apple has also just announces iCloud Keychain, a service that remembers your passwords (significantly encrypted, of course) across various devices – including iOS 7, we hope. iCloud keychain intelligently suggests credit cards, passwords, and other saved data depending on the situation.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be available as a digital download from the Mac App Store this fall for consumers. A developer release is available for register, paying developers today.
Get your Apple fix as it happens
In exactly one hour, Apple will begin their annual WWDC keynote event, which always brings a host of new goodies and toys for Apple faithful to ooh and aah over. This year, the stakes are higher than ever as Apple struggles to retain position as the dominant and most innovative force in the mobile industry. The company is expected to come out swinging today with the introduction of iOS 7, the long awaited redesign to Apple’s aging iOS operating system. And that’s not even mentioning Apple’s expected update to their desktop operating system, OS X 10.9, as well as an update to their Mac product line – and perhaps even more.
If all that sounds good to you, Apple’s inviting you to watch the event as it happens with an exclusive livestream. The event starts are 1PM EST / 10AM PST sharp, and is available here for Mac / iOS users, or on the dashboard of the Apple TV for those who prefer to watch it from the comfort of your home theater. (Sorry PC fans, Apple isn’t officially supporting Windows for this livestream.)
We’ll be covering the event live, so feel free to stick around for all the top stories in Apple as they develop!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines
As per tradition, Apple has taken down the Apple Store prior to today’s WWDC keynote in anticipation for the launch of some brand new products that are expected to be announced today. Apple routinely takes down their online Apple Store prior to a major event in order to add the new products and make sure customers don’t purchase a product the company plans on replacing the day of an update – not to mention it’s a great way to build up hype for new products.
Apple is expected to be introducing a brand new version of both of its major operating systems, iOS and OS X, dubbed iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 respectively. iOS is said to be seeing a major redesign towards a new “flat” aesthetic as heralded by Jonathan Ive, while OS X is scheduled to see some updates for “power users” such as a new tabbed Finder, dual monitor improvements, and Mission Control enhancements. Apple is also expected to launch an update to their MacBook line.
You can check out a list of everything we realistically expect to see at WWDC today right here, so be sure to check that out!
Let's separate the haves from the have nots
WWDC 2013 is Apple’s first major opportunity to build up the real excitement and fervor in the Apple community that has been missing for months now, and as such, expectations are at an all time high. Will Apple release a new iPhone? (No, probably not.) Will we see a totally redesigned iOS 7? Is Apple finally ready to launch that long awaited Apple television set?
As today is our final day of posting prior to Monday’s event, we decided the time was right to bring back our “What to realistically expect…” series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. (We also currently hold a 100% accuracy rate, for people concerned about that sort of thing.)
Click after the break to get to the juicy stuff – our reasonable expectations.
Minimalism is certainly in
Look, we’ll cut to the chase – despite all the rumors, speculation, and hearsay, we don’t really know what iOS 7 looks like. But now we at least have a style we can certainly keep in mind while trying to visualize it prior to Monday’s introduction at WWDC – Apple has just put up an iOS 7 banner at Moscone Center, and minimalism is certainly the word.
The banner featured a multicolored 7 sitting on top of a patterned white background with nary a shadow or real world object representation in sight. If this is the style that Apple has in mind for iOS 7, color me intrigued. It’s different – very different, not just from the iOS yesterday but also from Apple’s usual design language – but in this case, I’m ready for different.