Yesterday, Apple confirmed their final special media event this year. It will be held at Apple’s Cupertino campus at 10am PDT on Thursday, October 27th. The company is expected to announce updates to the Mac lineup with a redesigned MacBook Pro and discontinued MacBook Air.
It has been a while since Apple’s computers have been updated and rumors suggest updates to the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac. The MacBook Pro will have new design with a OLED touch panel on the keyboard, likely called (more…)
As rumored, Apple has officially announced their next special media event will be held on Monday, March 21st. They are expected to announce the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new bands for the Apple Watch.
The special media event will held at Town Hall at their Cupertino campus, which is a smaller venue so don’t expect any major product launches. Previously, this place was used for the iPhone 5c/5c announcement in September 2013 and the iPad Air 2 event in October 2014. Following the same pattern, Apple is not expected to announce any “new” products, just an upgraded version of the iPhone 5s, the successor to the iPad Air2 and new Apple Watch bands. We will also find out the release date of software updates, like iOS 9.3.
Apple announces a special media event for March 21st, credit: TheVerge.com
The special media event invitation says: “Let us loop you in.” with an interesting design above the top of the apple. The colors we see are orange (gold), pink (rose gold), light gray (white) and dark gray (space gray) which likely represent the colors for the iPhone SE. The phone is expected to look like an iPhone 6 with the exception of its 4-inch display and come in the same colors as the iPhone 6s. In addition, there’s also a gray/peach color on the left side, which is in the shape of an Apple Watch band and “loop” in the title most likely refers to an Apple Watch band/loop.
Apple’s special media event will be live streamed (here) starting at 10am PDT (or 1pm EST). The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can stream the event if they are running iOS 7.0 or later, the Mac with OS X 10.8.5 or later and a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. The event will also be streamed on the Apple TV (2nd, 3rd and 4th generations) with software 6.2 or later.
A new report by BGR claims that a trusted source has told them details about Apple’s spring roadmap. They say that iOS 8.2, the software update that will bring Apple Watch compatibility to the iPhone, will be released in the second week of March and that Apple is planning a special media event geared around the launch of the Apple Watch. Since it was only shown off at the iPhone 6 event in September, many of us expected that Apple will be planning an event for the release of their first wearable device.
BGR doesn’t specify as to when Apple will be scheduling this event, but I would expect it to be around the time iOS 8.2 comes out. Since iOS 8.2 is responsible for bringing Apple Watch compatibility to the iPhone, the watch and update should be announced together at one event. Apple could give us the release date for the update, likely the week after the event, and either a preorder date or launch date for the Apple Watch. They may even release the next-generation MacBook lineup as well.
The second version of iOS 8 is currently in the fifth beta for developers.
The iPhone 6, iWatch and Apple’s new mobile payment system are expected to be announced at their special event tomorrow morning. Today a few reports came out across various networks that give us more details about the next-generation phone and Apple’s first wearable product. Here’s a quick summary of today’s rumors:
China Mobile, which is the world’s largest mobile operator, leaked the full tech specs for the iPhone 6 in addition to already starting preorders. These specs may be based on what they hope the phone will be like or more likely, what the phone actually is like.
A8 quad-core processor
8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera
4.7″ model: resolution of 1134 x 750 pixels with a sapphire display
4.7″ model dimensions: 7mm thin, 138mm long and 67mm wide
waterproof and dustproof
colors: gold, silver and space gray
storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
In addition to China Mobile’s specs, other rumors for the phone came out today as well:
4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhones will be launching at the same time on September 19th, but the larger one will be available in limited quantities (iGen.fr)
The smaller iPhone will be called “iPhone 6” and the larger will be “iPhone 6 Plus” (Macotakara) (remember the rumored iPhone Math from a couple of years ago?)
CAD image of the housing for the iWatch.
First pictures of the watch leaked online via Reddit and give us some of the tech specs: microphone, speaker, Siri, flexible touchscreen, waterproof up to 20 feet, 4 colors and 2 sizes available, battery lasting about a day, no Lightning port (only wireless charging) and mass production to begin in January
The watch may also have its own App Store and apparently some major developers are already working on apps for it
Mobile Payment Plan
Apple may be looking to incentivize customers and businesses to use its new system by with a special rewards program (Bank Innovation)
They also may be using implementing a feature called tokenization into their plan, which only transmits one-time use codes for purchases instead of account numbers and other confidential information (Bank Innovation)
The New York Times claims that U2 will be playing even though the band has denied involvement in the special event.
Check out Apple.com to see this beautiful advertisement for today’s event.
“In just a few short hours” (thanks Apple!) Apple’s new products will be revealed. We expect a new Retina iPad mini 2, a slimmer iPad 5, Macbook Pro updates, a new Smart Cover/Case and the release date for two already-announced products: Mac Pro and OSX Mavericks. The Apple Store has already been shut down ahead of today’s event and they announced earlier a live stream of today’s event is available here.
After the event today, I will post a full breakdown of Apple’s new products including lots of pictures and the tech specs. For when my post goes live, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Apple will be revealing the new iWork in the Cloud today at their event.
Attention ladies and gentlemen: the Apple Store has been shut down for the iPad event.
In other news, Nokia is expected to reveal today an iPad and iPod competitor.
Yesterday afternoon, Apple finally released their event invitation for the iPad-focused event on October 22. We expect Apple will announce the slightly thicker Retina iPad mini (second generation), the slimmer iPad mini-shaped iPad 5 (fifth generation full-size iPad), the release date of OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.
“We still have a lot to cover”
“We still” –> Apple isn’t finished yet announcing products, the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are expected to be announced around this time and Apple is secretly confirming that “yes, we know and yes are going to be talking about iPads.” Also, “still” refers to them updating their products, not necessarily announcing new ones.
“a lot” –> 2 new iPads do not qualify as “a lot”. Apple is expected to announce the iPads in addition to the release date for OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro. Does 4 new products count as “a lot” to you?
“cover” –> very interesting choice of word, could it refer to the new color choice for the iPads (Space Grey, White and Gold) or maybe a new Smart Cover because their iPad 5 is changing form or something.
The colors of invitation and transparencies are interesting, I don’t think it has a direct referral to the iPads. The leaves could represent Autumn, since the event is in Autumn and the colorful transparent leaves could relate to iOS 7.
Here’s a crazy theory: I mentioned on Facebook that 71% of users have upgraded to iOS 7 within a month. What if the leaves represent people who have upgraded. The non transparent leaves represent people who have not upgraded (they are in the minority towards the top of the invitation) and the transparent leaves are users who have upgraded (the majority towards the bottom of the invitation). Or the leaves are covering one another, directly relating the the “We still have a lot to cover”.
We will know within a few days.
iPad 5 Tech Specs:
7.2mm thin due to thinner display
iPad mini-like design, narrower bezels
storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
same prices as previous generations
iPad mini 2 Tech Specs:
Retina display with 324ppi (2048×1536 resolution)
same form as previous generation, maybe slightly thicker to incorporate Retina display (like the iPad 2 vs. iPad 3)
A6X processor (same as iPad 4)
storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, potentiall 128GB
camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
same prices as before
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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has said that 2014 will be a major product year for Apple. The mostly reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities has predicted that some of the new products Tim Cook is talking about include a higher resolution iPad 6, 12-inch Retina MacBook and a less expensive iMac. The iPad 6 will have a greater pixel density, up to 40% more pixels per inch (PPI). It will retain the same 9.7″ display we all know and love. Although rumors recently have pointed to a larger iPad display, a higher resolution model is more likely. In February of 2013, I posted about Apple likely creating a higher pixel density Retina display, code named “Retina HD”. The 12-inch MacBook would likely be released in Summer of 2014 with a Retina display and n brand new design. This MacBook is said to “redefine laptop computing” with its clamshell structure, Intel chip and potentially lower price. Finally, the lower cost iMac should help Apple compete with PC desktop computers and will be released during roughly the same time of the 12-inch MacBook.
This week we expect to see invitations for Apple’s rumored October 22 event where they will introduce a second generation iPad mini, iPad 5, OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro they have been teasing movie-goers about for months. The iPad mini will have the same form factor, but have a Retina display. The iPad 5 will have a smaller form, like the iPad mini, and will be announced initially with the standard storage sizes along a 128GB model. Rumors have indicated we should see the new iPads in Space Grey, Gold and White. OSX Mavericks was announced at WWDC 2013 and should be out sometime before the end of Fall (December 21). The Mac Pro also will be out before the end of Fall, as said by Apple.
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