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.
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).
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.
Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year. The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected. There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass). This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.
Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:
This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.
Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack. Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.
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.
“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)
2013 has been an excellent year for iDevices. We started out the year with the newly released iPad with Retina (iPad 4) and iPad mini, iPhone 5, redesigned iPod touch and iPod nano, iOS 6 and more. This year, Apple, planned to show they are still innovating by releasing improved products and a new one too. Here is the summary of what Apple has released for iDevices over this past year.
May, June: Until Autumn, Apple had a small presence in iDevices over the year. In May, they released the fifth generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage. This iPod is a less expensive version of the colorful iPod touch that lacks the back iSight camera, iPod touch loop and back flash. It would only be available in silver, but has the same size screen as the larger storage iPods (32GB and 64GB models). At WWDC, Apple introduced the new operating system for iDevices. The redesigned OS came straight from the mind of Jonathan Ive, SVP of Design. iOS 7 eliminated the felt and leather we were used to since the start of iPhone. It added new colors, redesigned apps, many features, more multitouch/gesture control and increased accessibility to allow more people to use it.
5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7
September: In September, Apple announced the iPhones. The iPhone 4S was still a major competitor for $0 with a new two-year contract and 8GB of storage. The iPhone 5 was being replaced by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. This iPhone 5s was expected to be announced this year. It came with a fingerprint scanner, 64-bit A7 processor, motion-tracking M7 co-processor, dual-LED flash and a slow-motion HD camera. The iPhone 5s is available in space gray/black, silver/white and gold/white, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and starting at $199 with a new two-year contract. The iPhone 5c, a mid-range less expensive iPhone, comes in multiple colors with similar specifications to the iPhone 5s. In addition, iOS 7 was released. We also saw a new case for the iPhone 5s and 5c.
iPhone line-up at Apple’s September Media Event
October: Apple announced the next generation to the iPad line-up. The fifth generation iPad, as expected, was announced, but it came as “iPad Air” instead of “iPad 5” or the “new iPad”. This iPad came with a redesigned form factor, with less weight and similar bezels to the iPad mini, new 64-bit A7 chip with the M7 co-processor, advanced wireless and dual microphones. Apple retained the iPad 2 and replaced the iPad 3/4 with the new iPad air. The iPad mini was debated all year to either include a Retina display or to not include one. In the end, Apple went with the Retina display at 326ppi, 64-bit A7 chip and advanced wireless. Apple retained the iPad 2 and iPad mini (1st generation) to sell alongside the iPad air and iPad mini with Retina. We also saw new smart covers and smart cases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas is my favorite time of year because of the smells, the sights, people coming together, being able to spend time with family and friends and receiving gifts. I love spending the entire month deciding which gifts to get each of my loved ones in order to have a great Christmas (and they do the same so I have a great Christmas too.) However, as soon as Christmas comes, the season ends and everything goes back to the way it was. To keep the Christmas ball rolling, Apple has created an app called 12 Days of Gifts. This app has been around for many years in other parts of the world, like the UK and Japan, but this is the first year it is available in the United States.
12 Days of Gifts, created by Apple, gives you a new gift (free song, movie, app, book and more) each day from December 26 to January 6. The gifts are only available for 24 hours and they are not available in all countries. Apple gives you Lorde’s new single to get you started once you download the app.