Eddy Cue recently said in an interview at the Code Conference that Apple’s product pipeline is the best he has seen in his 25 years working for Apple. Walt Mossberg, one of the interviewers, questioned his statement because Apple has released some revolutionary products. Products like the original iPhone, iPad, iPod and iMac all came during the past 25 years. So how can Apple top these devices? What products do they have in store that would allow Eddy Cue to say they are better than the iPod and iPhone?
The iPhone 6 is rumored to be in production now for an anticipated announcement date in September. Previous iPhones have sold out quickly due to high demand so it appears to be that Apple is increasing production to attempt to satisfy demand with a large supply. Rumors about the iPhone 6 have appeared everyday now which has convinced some case manufacturers to get ahead of the game with their cases.
The picture originally found on Nowhereelse.fr shows a case for the upcoming iPhone 6.
The case shows an iPhone that will have rounder edges (like the iPod touch and iPhone 5c), a Lock button that has been relocated to the side of the device, new volume controls (like the iPod) and a 4.7″ display.
This picture clearly shows there is no Lock button at the top of device, instead it is on the right side.
Case manufacturers in the past have attempted to get ahead by producing thousands of cases based on a rumored product. Turns out, those rumors were off and the company wasted thousands of dollars (and the iPhone 4S featured the same design as the iPhone 4). Please note that this case is only based off rumors, so if the rumors are incorrect, the case is too.
As more rumors and iPhone 6 leaks appear, the blog will be updated many times daily with new posts. Follow the blog via email (on the right side of the page) or like our page on Facebook.
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
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.
Earlier today, Nowhereelse.fr snagged some photos of the iPhone 6 from the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo that were taken inside the Foxconn facility. These pictures potentially reveal Apple’s next generation iPhone, which is expected to have a larger display, thinner body and new design. The pictures below align with some of the rumors; however, they are blurry so it is hard to determine their legitimacy. Although they look like an Apple device, the phone seems to lack the dual-flash that Apple introduced on the iPhone 5s (AppleInsider, MacRumors).
The iPhone 6, credit: Nowhereelse.fr
The iPhone 6 is rumored to come in two different sizes: one with a 4.7-inch display and a larger 5.5-inch display. The iPhone will also feature a 8MP camera, A8 quad-core processor and a new design. For the latest rumors, like this one, for the iPhone 6, check out the iPhone 6 page and like us on Facebook.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Front of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing
Back of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing
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, 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
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
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.
iPad stands are excellent for holding your iPad up against a flat surface when you’re making a recipe, watching a show on Hulu or FaceTiming with a friend, but stands are limited to tables and counters. Have you ever wanted to mount your iPad onto the wall to watch your shows or maybe on your desk for Skype. Well now you can with MagBak. MagBak, brought to you by Alex Baca and 1Lss Inc., is the very creative iPad mount that allows you to put the iPad on virtually any surface (metal and non-metal).
The blue pieces make up the MagBack.
MagBak is made of soft silicone and attaches your iPad to any metal surface (refrigerator door, whiteboard, filing cabinet). For non-metal surfaces, there is MagStick. Using double-sided tape supplied by 3M, MagStick works on any non-metal surface, like in your car, on cabinets and furniture.
With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.
MagBak not only allows you to mount your iPad anywhere, but it provides an excellent grip, protects the back and keeps the Smart Cover in place. This product works specifically with the iPad mini and iPad Air.
The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.
I love my iPad, but my problem is that is does not stand up by itself. I purchased the Smart Case, which works well, but if I am on an uneven surface (like my bed) I have to move pillows around to get the iPad in the perfect position. The MagBack would allow me to attach my iPad to the wall and become like a mini HDTV. I can see even more uses, then just watching TV. This would be great for watching videos in the kitchen while making a recipe, getting directions in the car from Siri and doubling as picture frame on the wall.
Pledge now and get your MagBack in late April
The MagBack team has already received all its funding with 28 days to go. If you are interested and would like to purchase one, a pledge of $34 gets you one MagBack and one MacStick (if you share with friends, you get a second MagStick free). For more information, check out their Kickstarter page and be sure to pledge before April 17.
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Here is your guide to the news and rumors that came out this past week:
iPad Pro Put on Hold
A report from DigiTimes suggests that the larger iPad, code-named ‘iPad Pro‘, will be on hold for now because of the lack of support from developers and ecosystems. The iPad Pro was rumored to be released later this year, but if we see it, it will likely be in 2015.
One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air, credit: MacRumors.
Tim Cook announced earlier this year that the response for the iPhone 5c was less than anticipated so these new advertisements seem like Apple is trying to promote their underwhelming phone. The ads online are interactive, which is something Apple has stayed away from in the past.
iPhone 5c advertisements, credit: AppleInsider
Check out the new Selfies Section in the App Store
Selfies have become very popular and Apple has started a new featured section called “Sharing Selfies” on the App Store. Some of the apps include Snapchat, SnapDash and Close-up.