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Rumors/News Round-Up: 8GB iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 Camera, Healthbook

9to5Mac mockup of Healthbook app
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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.

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

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

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.

Healthbook app icon

Healthbook app icon, credit: 9to5Mac

Check out this week’s Kickstarter project of the week: MagBak and MagStick.  These handy devices allow you to stick your iPad to any surface: furniture, wall, cabinets, etc.  It is great for FaceTime, watching movies and reading recipes as you cook.  Back this project now to get the MagBak for your iPad Air or iPad mini for $34.

5 Secret Features in iOS 7.1

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Have you updated your Apple devices to iOS 7.1 yet?  It comes with a bunch of new features, like you can hold the Home button as you speak for Siri and let go when finished, faster animations and better readability with settings in Accessibility.  Here are five secret features that may have slipped past you in the update.


1. Volume and Brightness Physics

Slide your finger from the bottom of the screen towards the top to display Control Center.  This feature was added in iOS 7 and Apple has enhanced it very subtly.  When you increase/decrease the brightness and volume slider bar, you may notice they have their own physics (first noticed by TUAW).  When you slide your finger, the white dot will keep going in that direction depending on how fast you swiped it.


2. Phone and Messages App

iOS 7 redesigned all the app icons with brighter colors for a completely different user interface.  With the release of iOS 7.1, the original neon green for the Messages and Phone app has been toned down a little bit to a duller green color.  The bright green color was a source of complaints for many users, so Apple made it less bright.

Less bright Phone and Messages icons.

Less bright Phone and Messages icons.

3. Slide to Unlock/Power Off

On the Lock Screen, you’ll noticed the “slide to unlock” has a different, more liquid animation.  The “slide to power off”, which comes up when you hold down the Lock button for a few seconds, is a white circle that you must physically slide to power off your device. Once the circle is all the way to the right, the display is quite dim, but you can still see the circle.

New slide to unlock liquid motion.

New slide to unlock liquid motion.

4. Weather App

The cloud, sun and moon icons have been colored in instead of just being outlined shapes.

Don't we all wish we were in Cupertino? Sunny all week :)

Don’t we all wish we were in Cupertino? Sunny all week 🙂


5. Better Readability

Apple added a lot of whiteness to iOS 7 and some of it made it difficult for users to distinguish between empty space and buttons.  Some settings to decrease the whiteness and make it easier to read can be accessed in the Accessibility menu of General Settings.  Turn on these features for ultimate better readability: Bold Text, Button Shapes, in Increased Contrast (Reduce Transparency, Darken Colors, Reduce White Point), Reduce Motion and On/Off Labels.

With all these settings turned on, transparency is grayed, the screen isn't as bright and you can easily read each app.

With all these settings turned on, transparency is grayed, the screen isn’t as bright and you can easily read each app.

Rumor/News Round-up for the Week: iPad Pro, iOS 8, iPhone 5c

Leaked photos of iOS 8 Home Screen
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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.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air, credit: MacRumors.

iOS 8 to Fix Apps and Add HealthBook

9to5Mac reported that Apple may be working on fixing their stock apps in addition to making iOS 8 fitness-focused.

  • Notification Center is said to be simplified with only two tabs: “Today” and “Notifications”
  • Better inter-app communication (upload a picture from Photos with the actual Facebook app)
  • Simpler Voice Memo application, less confusing and with better readability
  • Optional auto-deletion of old text messages and iMessages
  • Game Center deleted (although these leaked screenshots say otherwise)
  • CarPlay over WiFi
Leaked photos of iOS 8 Home Screen

Leaked photos of iOS 8 Home Screen

iPhone 5c Ads Spotted on Yahoo!, NYT.com, Rolling Stones

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

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.

Share your selfies.

Share your selfies.

iOS 7.1 Comes With Tons of New Features

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iOS 7.1 was released on Monday, March 10 and is now available for downloading.  This will likely be the only major update to iOS 7 until iOS 8 is announced/released.  Here is your quick guide to downloading and what new features are available.

To Download:

On iDevice: Settings app –> General –> Software Update –> Install & Download
In iTunes: Connect device –> Check for Update –> Install & Download


New Features:

Settings app:

It is even easier to set a passcode and update your wallpaper with iOS 7.1.

It is even easier to set a passcode and update your wallpaper with iOS 7.1.

  • Passcode has its own menu under Sounds
  • In Cellular Data, you can now see how much data uninstalled apps are using
  • More information is found under Do Not Disturb
  • Accessibility gives you new options: Button Shapes, under Increase Contrast (Reduce Transparency, Darken Colors and Reduce White Point), Hearing Aids, changed settings in Switch Control
  • Wallpapers & Brightness is now directly under General, you can choose a new wallpaper easier and it also gives you the capability of turning off Perspective Zoom (tap on the Wallpaper preview)
  • In Safari settings, choose to either open new links in the background or on a new page and what you see on your Favorites bar.

General Tweaks:


The keyboard has better readability and the Shift key is a lot clearer.

  • Faster animations: opening folders, going back to the Home screen, etc.
  • More defined Caps Lock, Shift key and Backspace, darker keys
  • CarPlay is now available for select 2014 cars (enabled in iOS 7.1)
  • Touch ID is improved
  • Home screen crash problem fixed
  • No longer allowed to nest folders inside other folders (bug fix)
  • Improved responsiveness and performance for iPhone 4 users

Other Apps:


The call button is now green and a lot simpler, add a new contact with the plus sign on the left and backspace on the right.

  • Calendar: new list view in day (next to magnifying glass), more detailed event list in month view (next to magnifying glass)
  • Calculator: swipe in any direction on the black number bar to delete the last input
  • Camera: auto flash displays a yellow square, easily enable HDR on iPhone 5s, minor updates
  • Phone: green call button and red end button, add new contact (+) on the left on numbers section, new user interface for incoming calls
  • Music: shared libraries available under More, easier readability when Shuffle and Repeat are turned on
  • Videos: shared libraries available under More
  • Weather: new Yahoo! logo
  • Siri: manually control Siri by pressing and holding the Home button until you finish speaking

Notification Center:


Come back later…you have no notifications.

  • Changed (x) buttons and (Clear), App labels above notifications,
  • When you have no Missed notifications, it displays “No Missed Notifications” instead of a blank screen; no All notifications, it displays “No Notifications”; no events, it displays “No Events”
  • Events tweaked to show calendar events for the day instead of next few hours
  • New Yahoo! logo for weather and stock information
  • Wording changed; for example for weather, instead of “the high today was 36°”, it says “the high today was forecast as 36°”


Some features may not be available in all countries.  To see what updates your country has, check out Apple’s Feature Availability list.