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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).

Kickstarter Project of the Week: COBURN Jr.

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In November, FineGrain launched a Kickstarter campaign for their simple and beautiful wood iPad stand.  The COBURN was very popular and they quickly received full funding because it was gorgeous like the iPad and locally made.  You can purchase the COBURN here for $25. FineGrain received many requests for an iPhone version, so the COBURN Jr. was born this past year.  This stand looks similar to the original one, but it is made for the iPhone 5/5s with or without a case.

The COBURN Jr. holding an iPhone 5s for a FaceTime call.

The COBURN Jr. holding an iPhone 5s for a FaceTime call.

The COBURN Jr. is made out either light cherry wood or a dark walnut wood and manufactured in the Rocky Mountains.  The wood is cut to size and chamfered by machine and finalized by hand.  The stand comes in two different sizes for either a naked iPhone (no case) or dressed up iPhone (case).

The lighter cherry wood next to a black iPhone 5s and darker walnut wood.

The lighter cherry wood next to a black iPhone 5s and darker walnut wood.

This iPhone stand looks excellent next to the iPhone and adds beauty to an already gorgeous product.  The COBURN Jr. allows you to stand your iPhone in virtually any direction, whether it be for FaceTime, playing a game, watching a movie or watching YouTube videos.  If beauty is not enough, it is also made from locally sourced wood and your pledge helps to support local businesses.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the COBURN Jr., check out FineGrain’s Kickstarter page.  In order for the COBURN Jr. to become an actual product, FineGrain must receive all of their funding.  They are seeking $2,000 by April 9th and at the current rate, they should have no problem reaching their goal.  There are 28 days left of their project and 40 backers have already pledged a sum of $708.  The iPhone stand can be purchased with a pledge of $15 here.

 

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iOS 8: Latest Rumors

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Rumors for the next generation operating system has been increasingly recently.  Likely called iOS 8, based on Apple’s history, it will have a health and fitness focus.  Here is a quick sum up of the rumors (and expectations) of this OS.

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iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration (9to5Mac)
  • “Healthbook” (a new app, like Passbook, from Apple that can monitor and store steps taken, calories burned, miles walked and other fitness statistics in addition to monitor a person’s blood-related data points like glucose levels and heart rate)
  • integration with iWatch
  • new features for Siri, including voices (Macworld UK)
  • no major interface or graphics changes (unlike iOS 7)
  • minor enhancements and bug fixes, like battery bugs
  • will be announced at WWDC in June and then in the Fall with the new iPhones
  • release date (ibtimes): September 17

Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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Black Friday Deals Update

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Why look online through Black Friday advertisements looking for Apple iDevice deals when I have already done that for you.  Come back here often to see the iDevice deals. (Updated 11/12 8pm)
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iPad Air

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The iPad Air (the fifth generation iPad) was announced at Apple’s October 22 Event.  In addition to a brand new design for the full-sized iPad (mostly taken from the iPad mini), Apple updated its internal components.  This iPad will be available for purchase starting November 1.  Here’s a breakdown of the new iPad Air with features, tech specs and what’s included along with rumors for future iPads.

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

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Features of iOS 7

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My post about the Top Features of iOS 7 has been very popular and it seems like there is no place on the Internet that actually lists all the features of iOS 7.  There are some books on the iBookstore where you can learn about some secret features.  Here is my free list of 100 features of iOS 7.  Enjoy!

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October 22 Event Invitation Released

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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.

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Invitation Clues:

“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.

 

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iPad 5 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • 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

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iPad mini 2 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • 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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WSJ Confirms Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 5S

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It is the morning of Apple’s second media event of the year (the first was WWDC back in June) and leaks are still coming out. Over the course of last night, the fingerprint scanner was confirmed to be true by two sources. First, the Wall Street Journal confirmed with people familiar with Apple’s plans that a fingerprint scanner would be on the iPhone 5S, but not the iPhone 5C.

Danny Yadron, the journalist, wrote this;
“Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.”

The other source claiming the fingerprint scanner is real is an alleged user guide (finally in English) for the iPhone 5S. It shows the iPhone 5S running iOS 7 with a ring around the Home button and a blurb indicating that it is the Home button/Touch ID. Apple is expected, based primarily on this, to call the new fingerprint sensor the “Touch ID”.

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Apple is expected to reveal two new iPhones (the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C), a software update for the Apple TV and the release date for iOS 7. Based on the blackout vacation days at Apple and AT&T, Apple is expected to release the iPhones on September 20. Also, iOS 7 is expected to be released on September 18, if history is likely to repeat itself (and for Apple, it usually does).

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More Evidence Released for iPhone 5S

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The iPhone 5S/5C event is only two days away! And, as expected, more photos of the iDevices are showing up online.  The iPhone 5S is rumored to feature a fingerprint scanner on the Home button and to help confirm this, Patently Apple discovered an European patent concerning a Home button with a sensor ring around it.  This picture, shown below, looks a lot like the Home button that we saw earlier on the iPhone 5S retail packaging.   Patently Apple believes it is a sensor ring surround the Home button with the ability to detect a user’s fingerprint without them actually hitting the Home button.

Apple's Home button patent

Apple’s Home button patent

After the September 10th event in the United States, Apple has planned a separate event in China on the 11th.  Apple is expected to reveal the same two iPhones in China, which is the first time they have held a separate event in another country!  Apple is said to have just made a deal with China’s largest carrier.  The iPhone in the picture below has CCC marks on the back, which are like our FCC mark in the United States.  The CCC and FCC marks are mandatory safety marks to show the device has undergone testing to make sure it is safe to use and that it will not interfere with government and emergency systems (iDownloadBlog).

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

CCC safety marks

CCC safety marks

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