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iPhone 6 Concept Based on Leaked Pictures

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MacFan, a Japanese magazine, posted the sketches below of the iPhone 6.  These pictures show two different-sized smartphones, which aligns with the rumor that Apple is working on releasing two models.  The first one is expected to have a 4.7-inch display and the second one, a 5.5-inch display.  According to the images, the devices will be slimmer, flat and bezel-free with a single LED flash and protruding camera (like found on the iPod touch).

 

 

iPhone 6 Sketches

iPhone 6 Sketches

 

These pictures inspired Nowhereelse.fr, a French Apple blog, and Martin Hajek, a graphic designer, to work together and design a very realistic concept for the iPhone 6.  If the leaked image above is actually for the iPhone 6, the concept below is likely to be what the iPhone 6 will look like.  These designs show an iPhone with rounded corners, a sapphire glass back and a rocker-style volume button.

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

To stay up to date with the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out the iPhone 6 page and follow us on Twitter. The iPhone is expected to be announced in September alongside iOS 8.

Rumor/News Round-Up: Microsoft Office, iPhone 6 Leaked, WWDC 14

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Here are this past week’s top news and rumors:

Microsoft Office Available on iPad

This week, Microsoft has brought many of their products: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the iPad.  Although each of these apps are free to download on the App Store, you must have an Office 365 Subscription for full functionality.  The subscription costs $99/year or $9.99/month depending upon your needs (click here for a free trial offer).  If you don’t have an subscription, you can still view, share and present documents.  The table below details what the paid subscription will give you access to.  Please note, the apps for the iPad are meant to be used in conjunction with a computer.  There are many features available on the computer that are not available on the iPad.

Links: Microsoft Word for iPad, Microsoft Excel for iPad, Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad and Office Mobile for iPhone

Credit: OSX Daily

Credit: OSX Daily

iPhone 6 Plans Leaked

Nowhereelse.fr has found a leaked document from a Chinese website that shows design plans for the next-generation iPhone.  Although these may actually be plans for a prototype (or they could be fake), it is getting us one step closer to the iPhone 6.  The document shows the iPhone will be 85mm wide by 150mm long (calculated by Nowhereelse.fr to have a 5-inch display).

Credit: Nowhereelse.fr

Credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

Hide Unused Apps (No Jailbreak Required)

There was a bug found in iOS 7 that allowed users to nest folders within another folder.  With the release of iOS 7.1, this feature was thought to have been fixed, but it actually now allows users to hide apps in addition to nesting folders.  To hide unused apps, like Weather or Compass, follow the steps in the video below.  Note: you must use a Home Screen that is full of apps (both in the top part and the fixed bottom row), when you reset your device the apps will reappear and you can still access hidden apps in the Search bar.

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WWDC 2014 to be Announced on April 23

The Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple’s annual Summer event, is expected to be announced on April 23.  The event is typically announced on the fourth Wednesday in April.  Tickets are $1,599 per person and last year the tickets were sold out within 2 minutes.  This conference is rumored to reveal iOS 8, the next operating system for the Mac, new MacBooks and a new iTunes Radio subscription service.

Credit: Slashgear.com

Credit: Slashgear.com

 

 Finally, unfortunately there was no Kickstarter Project of the Week because I was busy moving into my new apartment.  Check out the last few weeks’ projects of the week: MagBak (17 days remaining) and COBURN Jr. (9 days remaining).

Case Mold for iPhone 6 Leaked

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A Japanese case maker’s blog recently uploaded the image below, saying that it is the case mold for the iPhone 6.  There is no way to say whether it is really a mold for cases or not, but it does give us perspective on what the next generation iPhone will look like (and it fits in with the rumors).  The display is larger compared to the iPhone 5s, the bezels are thinner and should still be comfortable enough to hold in one hand.  The iPhone 6 is rumored to have a higher resolution display, a much faster A8 processor, an 8MP camera and a thickness of .22 inches.

Potential mold for iPhone 6

Front of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing

Backside of case mold for iPhone 6

Back of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing

Rumors/News Round-Up: 8GB iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 Camera, Healthbook

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Here are the top headlines that we saw this week in Apple news and rumors:

iPhone 5c 8GB and iPad 4 Released

This past week, Apple released an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c in countries were 4G LTE is still developing: Australia, China, Europe, etc.  Although this iPhone will likely not be available in the United States, it does come at a cheaper price that the 16GB in the countries where it is sold.  Apple also replaced the iPad 2 with the iPad 4.  This iPad was announced in October 2013 featuring the Lightning connector, Retina display, A6X processor and 5MP camera.  You can purchase the iPad 4 here for $399.

The iPad with Retina display.

The iPad with Retina display, credit: Apple Inc.


iPhone 6 to Keep 8MP Camera

AppleInsider released a report earlier this week, citing ‘people familiar with the matter’ as its sources, that the iPhone 6 will retain the 8MP sensor that was originally announced with the iPhone 4S.  Instead of competing with Android by increasing the camera’s megapixels, Apple will focus on improving the image quality and enhancing other components of the camera.  The iPhone 6 is also rumored to feature sensors that detect the weather.

iPhone 5 camera specs, credit: PetaPixel

iPhone 5 camera specs, credit: PetaPixel


 

 

Apple Considering Spotify Competitor for Android

Billboard released a report this week that Apple may be working on an on-demand streaming service, similar to Spotify, that would allow listeners to hear songs without purchasing them.  Apple might also create the app for Android users in addition to its iOS users. Although Steve Jobs said he would never bring iOS to Android, this is Tim Cook’s Apple and we may see it within the next couple of years.

iTunes Radio, credit: TUAW

iTunes Radio, credit: TUAW


Healthbook App Leaked

Earlier this week, a report by 9to5Mac revealed some leaked screenshots of the new Healthbook app on iOS 8.  It has a similar design to Passbook, with tabs for: blood work, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, activity, nutrition and more.  Apple is expected to reveal iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and release it in September alongside the iPhone 6.

Healthbook app icon

Healthbook app icon, credit: 9to5Mac

Check out this week’s Kickstarter project of the week: MagBak and MagStick.  These handy devices allow you to stick your iPad to any surface: furniture, wall, cabinets, etc.  It is great for FaceTime, watching movies and reading recipes as you cook.  Back this project now to get the MagBak for your iPad Air or iPad mini for $34.

iPad: Latest Rumors

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This past couple of weeks I have written posts about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but now it is time for the iPad.  Some rumors came up this week about the 12.9″ iPad (code named iPad pro) and third generation iPad mini won’t be launching until 2015 and the iPad air will have some iPhone 5s improvements.  At this point in time, there are not many rumors for the next generation iPads because they usually don’t launch until October.  With that said, here’s a quick guide to what we know so far about the iPad air, iPad mini and iPad pro.

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The iPad air, credits: Macgasm

The iPad air, credit: Macgasm

This iPad, for those of you who are keeping track, is the iPad 6 (or the sixth generation iPad.)  The redesign of the iPad 5 came with the new name “air” which relates to the lightness and thinness of it.  There’s a lack of rumors for the new iPads, so many of the points will be educated guesses based on Apple’s history.

  • A8 Processor, which is the same processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID, found on the iPhone 5s (KGI Securities)
  • Similar design
  • Improved internal components
  • Better camera (higher than 5MP)
  • Release date: October 2014, some rumors suggest April or June at WWDC

iPad mini 3

iPad mini with Retina display

iPad mini with Retina display

This will be the third generation iPad mini, but the second one to feature a Retina display.

  • Release date: 2015 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID
  • They predict the release date won’t be until 2015 because the iPad mini currently has updated internal components (A7 chip and Retina display) and can survive another year.
  • This reminds me of a rumor saying the iPad mini 2 (the current generation) wouldn’t come out until 2014…but the rumor wasn’t true since it came out in October.

iPad pro

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a 11″ MacBook Air.

This 12.9″ rumored iPad will be aimed at the education market, business market and at developers creating apps for the iPad.  The larger display will be a hybrid between the laptop and a tablet.  Here are some of the latest rumors:

  • Quad-core A8 Processor, available in 128GB size, arriving in Fall 2014 (Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners)
  • Arriving in 2015 because Apple is busy working on the iWatch (KGI Securities)
  • 64-bit computing with an UHD (ultra-high definition) display (Korea Times)
  • Touch ID, 64-bit A7 or A8 chip (TechRadar)
  • Arriving with late spring/winter or October 2014 release, 2 models (2K display launching in April 2014 and 4K display launching in October) (Pad News)

Other iPad Rumors

iPad 4 and iPad air side by side, credit: iMore

iPad air and iPad 4 side by side, credit: iMore

iPhone 6 Rumors

This design is beautiful and I think the iPhone 6 will look just like this.
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Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year.  The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected.  There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass).  This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.

The iPhone 6

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Display

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Two models will be available: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Tech Specs

 

Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:

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This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.

Credit: MacRumors

Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack.  Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.

iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration
  • Healthbook (new app made by Apple)
  • integration with iWatch
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Credit: MacRumors

Release Date

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Credit: MacRumors

Other Rumors

For the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out our iPhone 6 Rumors page and see Rumors for everything else.

Motivation to Exercise This Year

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It has been a few days since the new year has started and many New Year’s resolutions that were made might seem to be nearly impossible.  The number one New Year’s resolution is to exercise because the holidays always take a toll on people’s bodies. With delicious treats like gingerbread and pumpkin pie, it is hard to say no to a second or third helping.  To keep you motivated in your New Year’s resolutions, there are some excellent apps on the App Store and Google Play (for our Android users).  My New Year’s resolution in 2013 was to exercise and I exercised the entire year.  To take it a step further this year, my resolution is to exercise at least twice a week and these are the apps that I will be using to help me accomplish this:

1. Lift – Daily Motivation by Lift Worldwide

20140104-125223.jpgThis app is excellent motivation for any goal.  Choose from hundreds of plans; including exercise, drink more water and spend less time on Facebook.  Once you decide on a plan, you’ll see you are not alone in your plan.  Many of them have thousands of participants that you can connect to.  Set a goal, like exercise, and make it your priority for 21 days (the time it takes the average person to make something into a habit) with this app.  Lift is free on the App Store and Google Play.

2. POPSUGAR Active by POPSUGAR Inc.

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The POPSUGAR Active app is a great exercising app that makes any workout fun.  Discover new workouts (yoga, strength training, running, etc.), save workouts and create custom routines, download workouts for offline viewing, schedule workouts directly into your calendar and more.  The workouts either come with a video that makes you feel like you are part of the class or a step-by-step guide that moves at your own pace.  For exercising apps, this one covers a broad range of exercises. POPSUGAR Active is free on the App Store and Google Play.

3. Fooducate by Fooducate Ltd.

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Fooducate has to be the best app on the App Store that tells you more information about the food you have in front of you.  It can be used to track your meals and exercise, personalize your weight loss goal and help you achieve it.  I rather use the app to find out how healthy my food is and what are some better alternatives.  Scan any product to reveal if any ingredients are genetically modified, if there is excessive sugar present, additives and preservatives, vitamins, good fats and more.  The app not only identifies the negative aspects of the food, but the positive aspects too.  The food is graded on a scale with “A” being the highest depending on nutrition and ingredients.  Fooducate is free on the App Store and Google Play.

For more great exercising apps, check out RunKeeper (App Store and Google Play), 7 Minutes by Lolo (App Store) and MyFitnessPal (App Store and Google Play).

Download these three apps and you will be on your way to a healthier 2014 full of exercising.  Many New Year’s resolutions don’t survive the first month, but it is time we change this.  Stick to your New Year’s resolutions so when Christmas comes around, you can indulge without having to worry about the effect on your body.   Good luck and enjoy your 2014.

Expectations for 2014

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2013 was an excellent year for Apple products.  We saw many next generation products and a couple new, unexpected products.  As expected, we saw a second generation iPad mini (although it was unsure whether it would have a Retina display or not), the fifth generation iPad with the redesign, the iPhone 5s (with a similar design to the iPhone 5) and iOS 7 with an announcement at WWDC and release in Autumn.  We saw (and were not expecting) the iPhone 5c and fifth generation iPod touch 16GB.

Tim Cook has reflected on 2013 to Apple’s employees in a memo recently and has cited “big plans” for 2014.  Each year seems to improve for Apple and we are mostly beyond what Steve Jobs has helped develop before his death.  Here are the expectations for iDevices in 2014 (many are a given):

1. iPhone 6 (or iPhone air)

The iPhone 6 will feature a redesign with better internal components then the iPhone 5s, a larger display (possibly 4.8 to 5 inches) and may be released in May.

2. iPhone 6c

Apple may release the next generation device to the iPhone 5c or they may stick with an update every other year.  They have never released a less expensive iPhone so this one is up in the air.  I am anticipating a similarly designed iPhone 6c with updated colors.  The iPhone 5c will likely become free with a new two-year contract.

3. iPad air (2nd generation)

The next generation iPad air should feature a similar design with updated internal components (A8 chip, M8 chip, etc.)  It will likely come with Touch ID, a higher resolution display (Retina HD?) and be released in Autumn.

4. iPad mini with Retina (3rd generation)

This new iPad mini would theoretically be redesigned (based on Apple’s past history).  It will also likely feature Touch ID and also be released in Autumn.

5. iPad pro

A larger iPad has been rumored for the education market with a screen display around 12.9 inches.  It would be a hybrid device between the iPad air and MacBook Air.  The iPad pro could be considered a substitute to the MacBook air.

6. iWatch

The iWatch may be seen in 2014, since Samsung released their Galaxy gear this past year.  Apple has interest in the wearable technology market, but may be holding out for the right moment.  If they are going to release a wearable device, they want to do it right.

7. iOS 8

The next generation operating system is a given and will likely be announced at WWDC and released in the Fall (unless the iPhone 6 is released in May like rumored to be).  It should feature more gesture/multitouch controls, the same design with many bugs fixed and a lot of new features.  I am still hoping for widgets.

8. iPods

Apple released new iPods in 2012 and we should see updated models this year.  The iPods should roughly stay the same, but include better internal components.  I doubt Apple would kill off the iPod classic (unless they updated it) because there still is a market for 160GB of music.

9. Innovative Technology

Although not completely rumored, Tim Cook did hint at something in 2013.  I expect we will see a new product, unforeseen.  You may argue I expect this every year, and that is true.  The past year, the unexpected product was the iPhone 5c.

Wishlist for 2014:

  • iCar- the next generation of cars featuring smarter technology
  • more integration between iDevices and Mac (i.e. wireless charging for iPhone within 1 foot of iMac or something)

The featured image of the iPhone 6 is from TechFaster and created by Jared DiPane.

Black Friday Survival Guide

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Black Friday is almost here and that means most of the advertisements are out.  Apple, as expected, waits until nearly the last minute to post their Black Friday deals.  For now, we have all the major retailers with their Black Friday Apple iDevice deals.  Here is your full guide to getting the best deals for the best iDevices, for hours check out this page:

First, the hot buys:
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