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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.

Cyber Week Deals

Cyber Week 2013 Walmart deals
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Black Friday was almost a week ago already and we are on our way to Christmas.  For the rest of the month, my blog posts will be about iDevice deals, potential rumors for next year’s iDevices, this year’s roundup and expectations for next year.  While we wait, let’s look back on the expectations I had for this year.  It is still cyber week, at least for a little while, so here are some great deals you can score on this week:

Walmart:

  • iPhone 5c: $45 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th
  • iPhone 5s: $189 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th

There are new deals every day of this week.  Click on each retailer below to be directed right to their deals page.

Cyber Monday Week:

Regular Deals:

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Black Friday Deals Update

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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.

October 22 Event

 

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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September 10th Event: One Week Later

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It has officially been a week since Apple has revealed their new iPhones.  We saw the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C be announced, but some other products came out too, but were left unannounced.  Here’s the recap:

iPhone 5C: the mid-tier iPhone 5 in multiple colors

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Apple usually decreases the price of the previous generation iPhone when they release a new one.  In theory, Apple should have brought the iPhone 5 to $99, the iPhone 4S to $0 and the new iPhone 5S was starting at $199.  However, they switched things up and discontinued the iPhone 5 in favor of the updated iPhone 5C, which is available in multiple colors.  It has similar specifications to the iPhone 5, like camera (back: 8MP, front: 1.2MP), A6 processor, LED flash, panorama, etc., but it is also a little heavier (lighter than the iPhone 4S), has a polycarbonate (plastic) back, slightly larger and bulkier and a battery battery.  This iPhone starts at $99 for the 16GB model on contract.

 

iPhone 5S: the best iPhone 5 ever

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This iPhone was highly expected because Apple always announces a new numbered iPhone (ex: iPhone 4, iPhone 5) and a year later, they announce an updated model with the “S” attached (ex: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S).  This model has improved specifications and always includes some extraordinary, like the iPhone 3GS had a video camera, iPhone 4S had Siri and now the iPhone 5S has TouchID (fingerprint scanner).  This iPhone is the same size and weight or the iPhone 5, it has an improved battery, a new A7 processor with a separate M7 motion tracking processor, the ability to take slow motion videos, a dual LED flash and TouchID.  This iPhone starts at $199 and comes in Black/Space Gray, White/Gold and White/Silver.

 

iPods: the silent color update

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The iPods were silently updated to include Apple’s new Space Gray color.  The specifications remain the same, but this new color is now available.  Since Apple decided to quietly update the old models with Space Gray, this suggests they will not be updating the iPods anytime soon.  Although the iPod Classic has not been updated since 2009, it is still available in two colors.

 

If you noticed any other updates to iDevices, leave a comment below.

Finally, don’t forget iOS 7 is coming out tomorrow.  Based on Apple’s history, they usually release the new operating system sometime between 9:30am and 10:30am PST or 1:30pm and 2:30pm EST.  Make sure you back up your iDevice before you update.

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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Tech Specs

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UPDATE: 3:00pm, September 10: The tech specs below have been updated to the beautiful new iPhones that Apple has announced at their event earlier today.  This post will be moved relatively soon to a new page featuring iPhone and iPad comparisons.  Until then, see the specs below. Also, if you tweet or share this post, it will still count as 2x the number of entries. 

It is less than 24 hours until Tim Cook comes on stage at Town Hall at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California to talk about what Apple has done this past year; iOS 7 and of course, two new iPhones.  Apple is expected to announce a release date for iOS 7 (probably September 18th if history tells us anything about past Apple’s iOS releases), the iPhone 5S (the successor to the iPhone 5), the iPhone 5C (a new inexpensive iPhone unlike anything we are used to) and potentially a software update to the Apple TV.  Recently, a rumor came out saying that the new iPad 5 and iPad mini could be announced too, but it is highly unlikely Apple will announce four major products on the same day.

The tech specs of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are shown below in the style Apple lists tech specs based completely on rumors.  We won’t know for sure about any of the specs until Apple officially announces them tomorrow.  To compare, the iPhone 5 tech specs are also listed.  This blog post should be updated again tomorrow or Wednesday with the legit specs that Apple gives us.

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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.

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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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Apple Confirms September 10 Event

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Apple has officially confirmed the September 10th event where it will reveal its new innovative products. The event will start at 10am PST (or 1pm EST) at Apple’s headquarters Town Hall in Cupertino. Like the past few media events, it is likely to be recorded live and available to watch on the Internet.

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It is widely anticipated that the event will reveal a new iPhone 5S (the successor to the iPhone 5), new inexpensive iPhone 5C, a release date for iOS 7 and the new Apple TV (stay tuned for updates on this one). The iPhone 5S is rumored to contain a fingerprint scanner on its Home button, the new A7 chip that is 31% faster and better for the battery, a dedicated motion tracking chip for gesture control, a dual-LED flash and two more colors (gold/champagne and graphite) in addition to the current white and black iPhone 5’s. The iPhone 5C is expected to be Apple’s entry into the inexpensive smartphone market. It will have a cheaper price tag in addition to a polycarbonate outer shell that will come in blue, green, yellow, red and white. The 5C is also rumored to replace the iPhone 5.

In addition to confirming the event, Apple always includes hints in their invites. For starters, “this should brighten everyone’s day” is a reference to the iPhone 5C, which will be available in multiple colors, and iOS 7, which is a multicolored redesigned user interface. The “everyone” could be an additional reference to Apple offering a lower cost iPhone. It is probably not a coincidence that the colors of the iPhone 5C coincide with the colors of the event invitation: white, green, blue, yellow, red (pink), etc. I think the biggest hint is the gray circle indicating a white circle (or bubble). they purposely included a white circle.

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First Video of iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C

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Earlier this week, I posted pictures from Sonny Dickinson about the new iPhones.  Now we have a high-quality video that was posted to YouTube of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C compared to the iPhone 5.  AppAdvice was able to get their hands on a new video of the shells of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The new iPhone 5S is supposed to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded on the Home button, a new champagne color, dual-LED flash, a better camera and the A7 quad-core processor.  The iPhone 5C will be available in five different colors and a thicker plastic housing with a significantly reduced price.  These new iPhones are rumored to be announced on September 10 at an iPhone centered event and will be released on September 20.

The AppAdvice video is embedded below:

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iPad Mini Event

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Calmy waiting for Apple to start their event…10 more minutes. I got my iPad ready, Facebook ready, I’m on the Apple website to watch the live stream and my blog ready to add new information too with updates every few minutes 🙂

The live stream isn’t working on this computer, but I have it on my new iPad 😀

Updates with iPhone 5:

  • sold out the first weekend (5 million sold)
  • most iphones ever in opening weekend (or most phones)

Updates with iPods:

  • sales are fantastic
  • sold over 3 million iPods since new ones released

Updates with iOS 6

  • 200 million devices running ios 6
  • fastest upgrade rate of any software in history

Updates with Mountain Lion:

  • documents in the cloud: 125 million documents placed in cloud
  • iMessage: sent 300 billion messages sent, 28,000 per second sent
  • 160 million game players on game center
  • shared photo streams: 70 million photo shared

Update with App Store:

  • 275,000 iPad apps (not stretched out smart phone apps)
  • milestone: customers have downloaded 35 billion apps from the store
  • 6.5 billion dollars paid to developers

iBooks: AVAILABLE NOW 🙂

  • 1.5 million iBooks (downloaded 400 million of them since store opened)
  • iBooks 3.0 😀
  • a bunch of new features

Macbook: AVAILABLE TODAY 🙂

  • number one selling mac: macbook pro 13″
  • so here’s the new product! new Macbook Pro 13″ (.75 inch thin, 3.5 lbs weight, retina display, 2560 x 1600 pixels, more pixels than any competition, dual microphones, stereo speakers, 7 hour battery life)

Mac mini: AVAILABLE TODAY 🙂

  • quad processors, WiFi, bluetooth 4.0, starts at $599

iMac: AVAILABLE NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER:)

  • next generation iMac announced
  • omg its so thin (holy cow lol)
  • edge to edge glass
  • specs (5mm thin edge, friction stir welding, no optical drive, 27 or 21.5 inch screens, anti-reflective coating on display, plasma deposition process, individually calibrated, dual microphones, 720p HD camera, stereo speakers)
  • flash, hard drive or fusion drive avail (fusion drive: 128gb flash storage, 1TB or 3TB hard drive, fused into one volume, etc.)

iPad:

  • 100 million ipad sold 2 weeks ago 🙂
  • 90% of web traffic of tablets
  • new version of iBooks Author (AVAILABLE TODAY)
  • iPad 3- top selling tablet in the world

iPad 4th generation announced 😀 (SEE IPAD MINI BELOW FOR AVAILABILITY)

  • A6X chip, 10 hour battery life, facetime HD with 720P, expanded LTE, 2x faster WiFi, lightning connector, black and white, starting at $499

iPad Mini!!! Preorder October 26, NOVEMBER 2 WIFI ONLY VERSION and CELLULAR 2 WEEKS LATER

  • 7.2mm thin, thin as a pencil, .68lbs (light as pad of paper), black and white (like iphone 5), screen size: 7.9″ screen, 1024 x 768 pixels (like iPad original)
  • FaceTime HD camera, A5 dual core chip, 5MP iSight Camera, 4G LTE, faster WiFi, lightning connector, smart covers are avail as well
  • 16gb starting at $329 with WiFi only

iPad mini starting at $329

iPad 2 starting at $399

iPad with Retina starting at $499