Apple Smart Watch Scheduled for October: Nikkei

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Apple Smart WatchAccording to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Apple announced on Thursday at the Worldwide Developers Conference that it will be releasing a new wearable watch-like smart device as soon as this October. According to the report, the ‘iWatch’ will have a curved OLED touchscreen display and will be able to collect health-related data such as calories, sleep tracking, blood glucose level and blood oxygen levels and integrate with smart phones.

The report indicated that the smart watch from Apple will also run on iOS 8, the new operating system recently announced for the iPhone and iPad, and will be partnering with Nike, which could be marking the end for the FuelBand and all coincides with the release of a new OS in the fall along with the previously announced Health and Healthkit applications.

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Apple’s New iOS 8 Will Not Support iPhone 4

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

iOS 8 Will Not Support iPhone 4 and olderThe rumors appear to be true, iPhone 4 users will be left in the dust once the new iOS 8 update is released. This is nothing new for Apple, as keeping with tradition, they did the same thing with the iPhone 3GS which did not support the iOS 7 update.

The iOS press release states that these devices will be receiving the new update: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. iOS 8 is set to release in the fall of 2014 along with that release, are rumors of the new next generation iPhone. So start saving those pennies now iPhone 4 users.

Apple Releases Info on iOS 8

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

Apple Announces iOS 8Apple made a number of anticipated announcements today at WWDC, but the likely most anticipated was the release of iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad devices. This is the latest operating system for the mobile devices from Apple, replacing the existing iOS 7 with a number of changes. None seem radical but all were well received. Below is a summary of what came down for the new OS today:

The Mail application will have the ability to hold and simply swipe to delete messages, not unlike Mailbox or Android’s Gmail. They also added a feature to minimize a message you are composing temporarily to read other messages.

When typing emails or any other text using the keyboard, Apple added something they are calling QuickType. QuickType will prompt with predictive words, again not unlike Android’s OS, but Apple claims that the …

Apple Announces iCloud Drive

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on June 2nd, 2014

Apple Announces iCloudApple announced a host of new software developments today with one of them being the iCloud Drive. Apple has had the intentions of creating a something to take on Dropbox and Google Drive for some time and they’ve thrown their hat into the ring today.

The service does have a competitive price but still a little more than its main competitors. iCloud Drive will be free for the first 5GB and 99 cents a month will get you 20GB. In comparison, Google offers 100GB for $1.99/month and you can get 100GB for $9.99/month at Dropbox.

Apple has added a couple of nice feature aside from just the storage, however. Each app that you install that uses iCloud will have its own folder created, and that folder of data is shared across your computers and devices that run OS X, iOS and even …

Germany’s Telekom to Release iPhone 6 in September

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Mockup PhotoAccording to Apfelpage, Germany’s Deutche Telekom is rumored to launch Apple’s latest update to the iPhone, the iPhone 6 on September 19th of this year. As with all of Apple’s releases, its highly secretive and rumors abound before the launch. Some rumors are close to fact and sometimes not so much. This one we are not so sure about, but September seems like a safe guess if someone was going to start a rumor. Above is a mockup photo of the iPhone 6 that’s been floating around the net recently.

Apple EarPods will help make you healthy

Posted in Headphones,Rumors by Tam Yue on May 5th, 2014

apple earpodsIf we are to believe the rumors, we’re hoping this one is true. A user on the Apple app “Secret” claimed that Apple is working on upgrading their earpods to include a heart rate monitor, blood pressure sensor and a tracking device that will help you locate them if they are misplaced.

The Apple EarPods were updated in 2012 to have a sleeker design and better fit. Now, it appears that Apple is trying to get into the health monitoring market but updating them once again. If this is true and you are a workout junkie, imagine not having to strap that heart rate monitor band around your chest and one less thing to have to bring with you on your run. All you will need is your iPod or iPhone and you EarPods, everything you will need to listen to …

iPhone 6 Leaked Photo

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 5th, 2014

iPhone 5 Leaked Photo RumorWe’ve been reading more lately about leaked iPhone 6 photos, and some of these rumored images are starting to have a pattern in appearance. This makes me think we might be on to something, but there really is no way to know for sure.

Check out the photo here and others from nowhereelse.fr who claims to have multiple images or at least mock-ups of the rumored iPhone 6 model.

via UberGizmo

Apple Wants to Help you Text While You Walk

Posted in Apple,patents by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Texting while walking.Not too many of us are willing to admit it, but it most likely has happened to you. You are walking along and you get a text that you need to reply to. Do you stop, step out of everyone’s way and then reply? Most likely you continue walking, your eyes focused on the phone in your hands and not on the inevitable light pole just ahead. We all know what happens next, we have all seen the youtube videos and think that it could never happen to you.

Well, walking into harms way while texting might be more common than many people think and has actually spawned some laws in some cities. To this, Apple has just filed for a patent to start working on the technology for “transparent texting“. This technology will enable you to text and see …

Apple Roles out Fifth Generation iPad Air

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2013

Apple iPad Air MiniOn Tuesday Apple announced the release of its fifth generation iPad mini, named the iPad Air as an offshoot naming of the Macboook line of products, confirming rumors of the anticipated release earlier in the month. The new iPad Air primarily features a new lighter, thinner design weighing in at just one pound and 7.5 mm thick (that’s less than a third of an inch to you metrically challenged folks).

Apple has also added in a faster A7, 64-bit chipset, where Apple states it doubles the processor speed with the same battery drain as its predecessor. They’ve also added dual WiFi antenna’s with MIMO, the high resolution (2048×1536) Retina display on a 9.7-inch screen and kept up to 10 hours of battery life.

Apple is releasing the iPad Air November 1st with prices starting at $499 for a 16GB …

Rumors of Apple Revealing New Products October 22

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 9th, 2013

Apple iPad Mini According to unnamed sources, rumors are that Apple is not done with new product releases for the year. According to AllThngsD Apple is planning an invitation-only event, location still undisclosed, to unveil an 5th generation iPad on October 22nd.

Allegedly the new release will be an updated iPad mini with a slimmer design, improved camera and a faster chip with the 64-bit A7. It also would have retina display like its bigger sibling and rumors of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is not on any iPad but was introduced recently on the iPhone 5s.

Coinciding with this news Apple shares are up by 1%, or over $4 a share. Even though the iPad remains the top competitor in tablet market Apple has seen some hefty competition from Google and more recently Amazon with the Kindle Fire. The Apple …

Apple Updates iMac Processor, WiFi

Posted in Apple,iMac by Darrin Olson on September 24th, 2013

Apple iMacs updated with new processor and updated WiFiApple announced today an update to its iMac computers, improving performance through faster processors, WiFi, graphics and storage options.

The 21.5 inch and 27 inch models of the iMac both will come equipped with Intel’s faster, Haswell fourth generation quad-core processors. They will also both support the 802.11ac WiFi standard (if you have an 802.11ac base station to connect to, of course) for data transfer speeds boasted as much as three times faster than the previous WiFi generation. Apple has also added in PCIe-based storage to both models to support faster Flash storage and Apple’s Fusion Drive configurations even quicker.

Apple is offering the entry level 21.5 inch model for $1,299 with a 2.7GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. The 27 …

Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones for Biggest Launch Ever

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on September 23rd, 2013

Apple sells nine million iPhone 5s and 5c phonesApple has reported selling over nine million of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models withing the first three days after launching the products, making it the most successful iPhone release yet. Apple did not provide details on the numbers between the two models, but overall the launch almost doubled the release of the iPhone 5 a year ago with over 5 million in the first three days.

The two models have different price points with the 5s version starting at $199 featuring a touch ID that scans fingerprints, and the 5c version that starts at $99 and comes in five different colors (white, yellow, blue, green and pink). Friday’s launch was the first time Apple has released two iPhone models at the same time.

Although no …

Predictions of Wearable Technology

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on January 2nd, 2013

Analyst predicts Apple to make Wearable Smart WatchAccording to an analyst from Piper Jaffray, Apple’s next big thing might be wearable technology such as a Smart Watch pictured here. “We believe that wearable computers will ultimately be a major future trend,” said Gene Munster in a note released on Wednesday.

Munster also made a number of other predictions for technology in the coming years. Aside from wearable tech he is expecting Apple to sell a TV with Siri and Facetime built in, an update the Apple TV, an Apple radio service and Retina display to the iPad mini and the MacBook Air.

LA Times

iPhone 5 could be a bigger upgrade than expected

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

The iPhone upgrade coming this fall “could be a bigger upgrade than we expected,” according to Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu. The analyst cites Apple’s supply chain, which indicates that the new model will feature a display “slightly larger” than the 3.5-inch size Apple has used since the first iPhone. That would be great news.

He says that the phone should “retain a similar form factor and size but with thinner bezel,”. The info suggests a 2011 iPhone will in all likelihood forego 4G (LTE). And problems are said to remain with battery life and “spotty” network coverage. Of course Apple is good at tackling problems like this.

Photos claim to show Apple’s lighter, cheaper iPhone 4 prototype

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Looks like there has been some potential photo leaks of what is claimed to be the prototype device of a cheaper and lighter iPhone 4. This would replace the iPhone 3GS as Apple’s entry level iPhone. Yes, it looks just like an iPhone 4, except for the identification numbers on the back being X’d out, which could indicate that it is a prototype device.

The source of the leak admitted that it would be hard to convince people that this is the real deal since it looks so similar to the iPhone 4.