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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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photo credits: 9to5Mac

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

Cyber Week 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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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.

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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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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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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iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 Video

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A new video has come out recently comparing the shells of the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2.  The new iPad 5 will be almost as thin as the iPad mini, very much lighter than the iPad 4, and able to be held with one hand.  The tech specs, however, have not yet been released for the new iPad.  According to the video, the ambient light sensor has moved and the volume rocker has change to two separate buttons, likely made of metal.  Like last year, Apple is expected to have an iPad-focused media event in October where they will release the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2.  Although I would love a Retina display on the new mini, I think it will be held off for another generation.

Here is the video of the new iPads, which was posted by DetroitBorg (via 9to5mac).

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