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Let’s, just this once, take some wild guesses.
Given the imminent release of the Apple Watch – come on, that can’t be a spoiler at this point – it’s all too appropriate to compare Apple to the clock. Like the clock we all live by day in and day out, Apple observes a fairly strict set of cycles and patterns. Springtime is quiet time, with all the cooks busy in the kitchen preparing the second half of the year’s goodies. With June comes WWDC, Apple’s first big event, alongside Mac notebook hardware and new major versions of iOS and OS X. Then September – iPhone time – and finally late October, the iPad.
This year had to be different. When Apple announced the Apple Watch at last September’s media event, it was also announcing its first new product category since the iPad in 2010. It was announcing a product unlike one ever to come out of Apple; intimately customizable, from watch face to watch band to watch price. Are you in the market for the potentially five figure Apple Watch Edition, by any chance?
The Apple Watch makes predicting Monday’s event impossible. Traditionally, anybody who knew how to read Apple’s product release cycle and what type of product they traditionally released could make fairly accurate predictions on what to expect – it’s why we’ve been correct in all but one of our nearly twenty predictions thus far. This time, the only thing we can know for sure is that the Apple Watch is coming. Everything else?
Let’s, just this once, take some wild guesses.
What to realistically expect…” is a series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming industry events. This Monday’s event promises to be one of the largest Apple events in recent memory, making this one of the most difficult – and interesting – events to predict. Read more to hear what we think.
"It's been way too long."
We’ve spent the past week speculating, but it’s finally time to learn the truth – or, well, it will be on October 16th. Apple has just sent out invitations to the rumored October 16th Special Event. For puzzle solvers among us will want to pay extra special attention to the tagline, “It’s been way too long.” In the past, Apple’s invitations have offered hints towards the content of the special event. Or, of course, it could just be Apple poking fun at the fact that their iPhone 6 / iWatch event happened not a month ago. Either one.
Apple is expected to use this event to unveil their new iPad lineup, launch OS X Yosemite, and announce updated Mac models – including, perhaps, an all new iMac with a Retina Display. Apple is holding this special event in an auditorium on campus in Cupertino, signifying this will be a significantly smaller event than that massive September event.
Source: Nilay Patel
Hath Hell frozen over?
Steve Jobs didn’t quite care for IBM back in the 1980s, but that means nothing today as both Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to “transform enterprise mobility”. According to a joint press release published just a few minutes ago, the companies claims that the new partnership aims to “redefine” the way businesses get work done, as well as address key challenges in the mobile enterprise category.
The centerpiece of the deal appears to be a new lineup of enterprise mobility applications powered by IBM’s “big data and analytics capabilities” coming soon to the iPhone and the iPad, as well as bringing IBM’s cloud services to the platform allowing for device management and security. Apple will also be beefing up their AppleCare service and support to meet “the needs of the enterprise.”
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had the following to say about the news, “iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today… for the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”
The two companies are calling all of this IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions, and it will “totally transform how businesses and employees work using iPhone and iPad, allowing companies to achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and consumer satisfaction” – all according to the press release, of course.
No word yet when we’ll see all of this in action, however Apple does note in the press release that iOS 8 will improve enterprise support over previous releases of the software by “improving of the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed, or restricted, with expanded security management and productivity features.” iOS 8 was, of course, announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in San Francisco just a few short weeks ago.
We have published to Apple and IBM’s full press release after the break.
Apple has today posted a video showcasing the new user interface design found in their upcoming update to their desktop operating system found on their Mac lineup of computers, OS X Yosemite. OS X Yosemite represents the most major clear visual design overhaul for Mac in quite some time – arguably since Apple first unveiled the Aqua interface found in OS X 10.0 – OS X 10.4, originally introduced in 2001.
It’s also worth pointing out that we’ve got our very own (very) early first look at the first OS X Yosemite Developer Preview, which was released for developers at Apple’s WWDC conference last week.
Sound good? Check out Apple’s new OS X Yosemite design video after the break.
New lottery system put in place
Apple has today announced that their annual developers conference, WWDC, will this year take place between the days of June 2nd and June 6th. While the company has previously put tickets on sale immediately and let the chips fall where they may, with the event selling out of thousands of tickets within just minutes, Apple has this year decided to even the playing field. Instead of continuing the first come, first serve model of the past, the company has instead adopted a “lottery system” that gives every potential attendee an equal opportunity to purchase tickets. To become eligible, you must register your interest – Apple will let you know if you got lucky enough to buy a ticket by next Monday, April 7th.
Apple typically uses WWDC as a platform to make announcements regarding both new software and new hardware, with WWDC being home to the announcement of various models of Mac computers, the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4, numerous versions of Mac OS X, and more recent versions of iOS. This year Apple is expected to announce a new version of their Retina MacBook lineup, Mac OS X 10.10, and iOS 8.
Interested? Hit up the source link below to try your luck with the company’s new lotto system. Who knows – maybe the odds will be in your favor.
Closing its doors after 73 years
Today’s a sad day for the world of technology, even if it’s not something that us newbies can really fully appreciate. In the day of big box electronic stores, the Apple Store, and yes – even the Microsoft Store – FirstTech in Minneapolis, originally called Team Electronics back in the day, is closing its doors after 73 years of business. Why is this sad? Because FirstTech was best known as the original Apple reseller back in 1977.
The company just can’t compete with the face of the modern marketplace, unfortunately, so it’s laying off its over 70 employees and will become just another memory of a simpler time in tech – one where you didn’t have to be called Best Buy to attract the sort of people who want to buy a personal computer, and the people who wanted to buy computers were hardcore geeks and wouldn’t have gone to some place called Best Buy anyways.
RIP, FirstTech. We hardly knew you.
Siri, drive me to the moon
Apple has today formally announced the upcoming release CarPlay, previously known as iOS in the Car, confirming the feature’s existence for the first time since WWDC 2013 last June. The feature essentially puts iOS in modern vehicle’s dashboard, allowing access to numerous built in and third party applications and services – such as Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, and Siri – without ever touching your smartphone.
To enable the functionality in supported vehicles, simply plug your compatible device into the car using a built in Thunderbolt cable and watch iOS take over your car’s dashboard. Third party applications will also be enabled, with popular apps Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher already confirming that they’ll be bringing their respective applications to the new platform.
Of course, not all vehicles will be supported off the bat, but Apple has announced partnerships with numerous big names for support with upcoming models, including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Some manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, will be receiving an update to enable CarPlay in existing vehicles this week.
CarPlay will be making its debut with an “update to iOS” coming soon, which may lead many to expect that the release of iOS 7.1, which Apple has been beta testing for quite some time now, may be imminent.
The beast awakens
Good news, Apple fans – while the company has been relatively quiet since the announcement and release of the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display last October, things may be about to change as sources have recently informed popular and trustworthy Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac that the company is planning on releasing their first major update to iOS since iOS 7 last summer, iOS 7.1, this March.
iOS 7.1 in and of itself is nothing new – the company has been testing numerous beta builds of months now, however the company has yet to officially confirm any sort of target date or specific feature set for the upcoming version of iOS. Improvements include usability and design improvements to the new design language introduced in iOS 7, iOS in the Car support, performance and stability improvements, and – presumably – more.
What’s more, Apple may be planning on addressing an update to their “hobby” platform, Apple TV, alongside the release of iOS 7.1. Apple has long been rumored to be preparing an updated version of Apple TV, bringing a combination of both new hardware and new software for fans of Apple’s entertainment center. Rumored improvements have included beefier remote support, gaming support, as well as the potential of an official third party Apple TV app ecosystem.
This is all just a rumor at the moment, so we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we know more. The report claims that Apple may be preparing a special media event to outline the changes, so keep an eye out for that as well!
And that's a damn shame
One has to wonder what it is about Bitcoin that Apple just seems to despise. While everyone’s “favorite” fruit company has never claimed an official stance or opinion on the widespread and ever growing virtual currency Bitcoin, the company has certainly done everything in its power to make their lineup of iOS devices as hostile against storing or trading Bitcoin as possible. The company has been banning applications that include even the smallest semblance of Bitcoin support for a long time now, and today the company has put the final nail in the coffin so to speak as it has removed what is arguably the last remaining big Bitcoin application – Blockchain.
Blockchain, maintained by Blockchain.info, was a Bitcoin wallet application that functioned exactly as you may think – as a way for customers to securely store and interact with their Bitcoins. Blockchain.info claims that Apple has notified them that the application, which was on the App Store for the last two years, had to be removed “due to an unresolved issue” – an issue that Apple has yet to make apparent.
Some argue that Apple’s stance against Bitcoin stems from a line in their Developer Guidelines, which states that developers can not include functionality that “enables, facilitates or encourages an activity” that is illegal in any country that the application is offered. However, as many are quick to point out, most nations – including the United States – do not hold the stance that Bitcoins are in any way illegal.
This is where we stop
How long has it been since you last saw this logo? Have you ever seen it before? This is the logo to the Microsoft Zune, a set of hardware portable music players and software services that are mostly forgotten today. Some of the ideas and technologies behind the Zune still live on today (even though they’re not called “Zune” anywhere) and there are still a few people who cling to their Zunes despite far better technology being available today.
Now, if you strained your memory trying to remember what that pink and orange Z thing was, see if you can remember what this was: Microsoft KIN. Given up yet? I don’t blame you; I barely remember the thing myself. The KIN, like the Zune, is a device that hardly anyone remembers anymore. Unlike the Zune, there’s no one who still clings to their KIN nor are there any communities around it. Instead, all the KINs manufactured are probably buried in a forgotten desk drawer, buried in a landfill or were recycled into your iPhone (which would be highly amusing). There is a reason why this is so, and we’ll get to that later.
But enough introduction. The article continues, as ever, after the break. I will tell you ahead of time that this last part is a bit long-winded, so make sure you set aside a few minutes to read this one.
Hopefully, after a quiet 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook is at it again, this time raising everyone’s hopes and dreams with a new internal memo sent out to all Apple employees over the weekend. In the memo, Tim Cook thanks the teams at Apple for a great 2013, and promises that 2014 will be a “big year” for the fruit company.
While it’s not uncommon for a CEO to try to drum up interest and excitement in their company, there does seem to be ample reason to get excited. For one, Apple will almost certainly be significantly upgrading their flagship iPhone line for the first time since the iPhone 5 last year, likely with a larger 5-inch (or so) screen with a higher resolution and a new body shape. Then, of course, there is the Apple smart watch – the all but confirmed iOS based wristwatch which is rumored to be announced as soon as January 2014.
Finally, there’s the long awaited Apple TV – no, not that Apple TV, however there’s plenty of reason to believe that the Apple TV we all know and love will see some sort of significant upgrade as well. What I’m talking about is the Apple TV – the Apple branded television set rumored for a late 2014 release, likely in at least two sizes and configurations. This rumor stems from a quote by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who famously promised that Apple had “cracked” a revolutionary new take on the television set.
2013 was undoubtably an off year for Apple, so here’s to hoping that 2014 will indeed be as big of an upgrade as Tim Cook is promising. Come on Apple, we love surprises.
Talking about an issue
Okay, internet, let’s come together and talk about an issue with an Apple product that seems to be severely overlooked; Apple’s iPhone 5s Leather Case kind of just plain old sucks. And I don’t mean that in a “just pass on this case, no big deal” sort of way, I’m saying this because it absolutely pains me to see other people buying it and getting ripped off with such a product.
It’s so enticing. Day 1, the case is great. It fits nice and snug and tight – maybe a little bit too tight, but that’s probablya good thing, right? The leather is just beautiful, plus it feels great – worth the almost absurd price of $40 that Apple asks for it. But because it costs $40, I expect this case to hold up, and to hold up well… but it doesn’t. Take a look at the photo above, which I snapped just moments before writing this. That case you see up there, the one that looks like it’s been rolled around in dirt, mud, and filth? It was vibrant red once. You can actually barely see a sharp color difference if you look around the indents for the volume buttons, where the point of contact is difficult to reach and the color is much more red.
So what did I do to get this case so filthy? Absolutely nothing. It’s been in my pocket. It’s sat on desks and tables. I haven’t dropped it. For all intents and purposes, it’s in immaculate condition – it’s just ridiculously dirty looking for basically no reason. And as someone who dropped $40 on the case, I don’t find that acceptable. I don’t think that this is the level of quality that Apple should be striving to reach.
Maybe I’m preaching to no one here, or maybe I’m overreacting to something that, at the end of the day, isn’t that big of a deal. But lots of people are spending considerable money on a case that’s going to look frankly gross after mere weeks of use. And I think that’s worth talking about.