Posts with tag rumor
A minor refresh
The current iMac models have been around for quite some time now, so of course, that means it’s time to get rid of them. According to the same folks who originally (correctly) reported that the MacBook Airs would be getting some updated models last year, Apple is preparing to launch updated iMac models this upcoming week – likely Tuesday, given Apple’s predictability.
While we don’t have specifics as to what the new iMacs will contain, we’d be willing to bet all things shiny and glittery in our possession that the new iMacs will be just like the new MacBook Airs before them – minor spec boosts with the same overall design. The current iMac’s design was only introduced in October 2012, after all, and it remains just as stunning – and impressively slim – as it did back then.
So that said, get ready for more of the same with a slightly faster processor, more memory, perhaps some boosted storage options, and maybe – just maybe – even a price drop, if Apple’s to follow the example set by their recent MacBook Air launch. That said, that decidedly non Retina display is getting pretty long in the tooth, don’t you think?
Still not full HD
The new display resolution is likely because of the new size options the iPhone 6 is rumoured to have. It’s also likely a response to all the Android phones out there with “full HD” 1080p displays, though the new rumored resolution still isn’t 1080p. Of course, as with all the new screen resolutions that have been introduced over the years, this will require developers to rewrite their apps to support it.
Going further into rumour territory, iOS 8 supposedly will feature up to five horizontal icons with this new resolution but the only source we have on that one right now is China’s slightly dubious Weibo.
6 cameras ought to be enough for that perfect selfie
There have been some rumors saying that Amazon is working on their own phone. It looks like the rumors were right because what you see above is reportedly a prototype of Amazon’s upcoming and unannounced phone.
As is the case with many upcoming phones, this prototype is in a decoy shell so that we can’t see what the hardware underneath looks like. A similar method was used by Apple back during the infamous Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak. Nonetheless, this is what is supposed to be Amazon’s phone as it stands right now.
According to BGR, this device will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon and 2GB of RAM and come with Amazon’s own fork of Android similar to what they use on the Kindle. The screen is a 4.7″ 720p display which is a bit low-resolution in this world today. Finally, as far as specs are concerned, this phone comes with no less than six cameras.
There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a “standard front-facing” camera on the front for your selfies but it also comes with four additional cameras in the front of the device. These four extra cameras are special infrared cameras which are used to track the user’s face. These special cameras are being used to run a glasses-free 3D display similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS.
With all that power under the hood, you’d expect it to have a pricey tag on the outside and you’re probably right: although we’re still a ways away from the release date, BGR reports that the device seen here is the high-end device with an as of yet unseen low-end device coming later.
The rumor mill is all fired up, and with every passing day it seems more and more likely that Apple is preparing to launch a completely overhauled Apple TV platform. After finding references to a major new hardware upgrade to Apple TV in iOS 7 earlier this week, rumors have come to say that Apple’s new system could include a third party application ecosystem, gaming support, and beefed up hardware specifications – likely including an A7 SoC most recently found in Apple’s iPhone 5s and the current iPad lineup.
Today’s rumor suggests that one of the big new features Apple will be touting this go around is live programming support supplied from Time Warner Cable. That’s the word from Bloomberg, who also claims that Apple has been in talks with numerous content providers in order to allow the Apple TV to view and record live television content.
Apple is said to be preparing the Apple TV alongside the launch of iOS 7.1 in time for a March press event, so we’re staying on top of all the latest Apple TV news as we get it – stay tuned.
Slowly becoming a competent OS once again
It’s no surprise that nobody likes Metro in Windows. That’s why I’m happy to bring you a report on another rumor about Windows 8.1 Update 1. WZOR has once again shared some details about the upcoming update and it’s nothing but good news: Amongst other changes, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will boot directly to the desktop from the get-go. The Verge reports that these changes are coming because there are very few PC users who use touch; they mostly use a traditional keyboard-and-mouse setup. I’ll offer some of my own speculation that these changes won’t be finding their way to Windows RT 8.1 Update 1, but one can certainly hope.
Other changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 include ways to make Metro-style apps more accessible to Windows users. Like real desktop applications, the Metro-style apps now sport a title bar, right-click program icon, a minimize and a close button. This arrangement of buttons, especially how they’re arranged in Update 1 makes me feel like I’m using Windows 3.1, but I’ll let you be the judge of that:
In any event, the new titlebar seems to mostly be for show as it doesn’t seem possible to run the Metro-style apps in a window. Such a feature is rumored to be added in Windows “Threshold” and what we see here is probably the introduction to it. And speaking of Windows 9, with all the backing up Microsoft is doing in Windows 8.1 Update 1, maybe Windows will once again be a competent OS.
Nexus 5, we hardly knew thee
While Google’s Nexus program has never been an outstanding sales hit, it has provided both some pretty impressive sales numbers along with sometimes hugely impressive devices. That’s why it’s such a surprise to hear the big rumor today that Google has reportedly decided to discontinue the Nexus device program entirely this year, instead choosing to focus more on the recently launched lineup of “Google Play Edition” devices.
While the Nexus lineup has always represented a sort of “reference” device for stock Android configurations, Google may see more success in simply offering the best of what their partners have to offer – such as the already insanely popular Samsung Galaxy S4 and the insanely affordable but powerful Moto G – and packaging those with stock Android. This way, consumers and Google both get the best of both worlds – we get the devices we already want, and Google won’t have to go through the hassle of launching and promoting its own unique lineup of devices.
That said, there would be some pity to seeing the Nexus lineup go. The Nexus 7 was arguably the first good Android tablet, and though Google has largely ignored the Nexus 10 in recent years it did push OEMs to bring high resolution and DPI displays to Android tablets, similar to the then-new iPad 3. Without Google to push the OEMs, the real question is – can Android continue to move forward without Google’s own guidance? And can Google risk an Android ecosystem even more controlled by the likes of Samsung? All of this is just rumor for now, and we’ll keep you updated on the latest.
Source: Eldar Murtazin (via Twitter)
Slowly cleaning up the mess
Everyone’s favorite infamous Russian pirate, WZOR, has gotten ahold of a follow-up build to Windows 8.1 which will be coming out later this year as Windows 8.1 Update 1. For the most part the update doesn’t seem to be bringing many significant updates to the table but there is one in particular.
As seen here, the Update 1 version of Windows 8.1 appears as if it will allow people to pin Metro-style apps to the taskbar (ala Stardock ModernMix) which would allow for further unification between the Desktop and Metro.
Although a small change, it’s one that’s sure to improve usability on Windows 8 machines as people no longer have to switch back and forth between the Desktop and Metro; everything they need can be pinned right to the taskbar. That said, we don’t really know anything beyond that you may be able to pin Metro apps to the taskbar. WZOR did not leak any screenshots of how they actually work – i.e., do they have jump lists and recently used lists like desktop apps? One thing that does seem to be certain is that the pins will simply open up the Metro app as if you had run it from the Start Screen, that is, running full screen and not in a window like what’s rumored to appear in Windows “Threshold” (aka Windows 9).
But hey, if it’s in the name of cleaning up the shock of constantly switching between two vastly different user interfaces, I’m okay with it.
Those specs are a bit unrealistic
Have you seen the supposed list of specs for Nintendo’s supposed upcoming consoles, codenamed “Fusion”? If not, let me link you to them. Finished reading? Good, because now we’re going into detail about why the Fusion is most likely fake.
Now, let’s be real here: Nintendo is probably working on some sort of successor to both the 3DS and Wii U and it may very well be codenamed “Fusion”. I don’t want to deny that. What I do think is fake are those specific spec listings for both the Fusion DS (portable) and Fusion Terminal (set-top console) and I’ll do my best to explain it all in non-technical words.
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The rise of a new gaming platform
Steam Machines are about to become a thing, and if Valve has their way you’ll soon be seeing a lot of them hitting the marketplace. According to information reportedly given to Engadget, Valve has managed to sign on twelve Steam Machine partners at the moment, all of which are actively working on readying a console running Steam OS that’ll be presumably launching in 2014.
According to Engadget, the current partners are Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac, and Scan Computers, all of which will be showing prototype boxes at CES 2014 sometime this week.
Steam Machines are Valve’s take on the console market, essentially acting as an ecosystem of accessories and games that’ll work across a wide sweeping catalogue of different consoles, all of which will be running Steam OS, Steam’s new Linux based gaming operating system. Valve has recently shipped 300 prototype Steam Machine consoles to lucky gamers around the world prior to the official release sometime this year.
Let's wait for //BUILD/ 2014
From within the halls of Redmond come a couple of Windows Phone 8.1 rumours that we’ve heard of before: the notification center and the Siri-like assistant, codenamed “Cortana” after the assistant in Halo. Microsoft is currently testing Windows Phone 8.1 privately and it sounds as if these features have been integrated into Windows Phone and not just test apps as we’ve seen earlier.
The new notification center will be implemented similar to how it is on Android or iOS – that is, you make a long swipe in from the top of the screen to access it. A short swipe off the top of the screen will trigger a quick settings panel which presumably lets one toggle settings such as screen rotation, airplane mode, volume settings, etc.
Cortana is set to replace the existing Bing Search and can be interacted with speech or text. Acting similarly to Google Now or Siri, it will learn from the things you do with your phone to help better get the information you want, and will also feature conversation interaction which begs the question: What will Cortana say if you ask about the best place to hide a body? Silliness aside, Cortana will also remind you about upcoming appointments ala Google Now.
Other changes coming in Windows Phone 8.1 include multiple volume profiles and Bing Smart Search to bring Windows 8.1-style search to the phone. Enterprise people are also in luck as the update finally brings VPN support. There’s also a bit of separation going on, as the Music+Videos hub will be splitting into two separate apps named — you guessed it — Xbox Music and Xbox Video. The People hub is also getting some extensions with deeper Twitter and Facebook integration.
Microsoft is believed to be talking about Windows Phone 8.1 come //BUILD/ 2014. Will we see a Windows Phone 8.1 release through the Preview for Developers program? We will see in the coming months.
Source: The Verge