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iTunes Radio, Preview and TextEdits Apps are Coming [Rumored]

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Last week, Apple announced their new operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at WWDC.  Some of the new features included in the update show a better designed Notification Center, quick reply with messages and a new time-lapse camera mode.  There were other features that were rumored to be included in their announcement, but may have been dismissed as “just rumors” since they weren’t announced. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman and Hamza Sood found some code in iOS 8 that shows the rumored standalone iTunes Radio application in addition to Preview and TextEdit applications.

The following pictures show code identifying the rumored applications as a part of iOS 8.  Although this doesn’t prove that the applications are coming (they may be cut or may come in iOS 8.1), they do show Apple is testing them on the mobile platform.

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Rumored iOS 8 Feature: Smart Homes

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A report by the Financial Times revealed that Apple will unleash a new feature on iOS 8 that we haven’t heard about yet.  They are looking towards smart homes and creating a centralized experience on the iPhone.  Your iPhone could connect to smart appliances, like the Nest thermostat and Phillips Hues (lights), and control them.

The Nest thermostat

The Nest thermostat

For example, your iPhone may be used to either directly control the lights with your touch or it could signal the lights that you just pulled into the garage and the lights should turn on.  Or when you get outside a set radius of your house, the security system would turn on.  Smart homes are a relatively new market so Apple has the opportunity to directly compete and get ahead of Google and Samsung.

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Expectations for WWDC

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On June 2nd at 10am PST, Tim Cook will kick out the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in California. It is has been confirmed by Apple that they will introduce the future of iOS (most likely called iOS 8) and the future of OSX (the next generation operating system for the Mac).  In addition a new report by Mark Gurman, of 9to5Mac, says that new hardware will also be revealed (according to his sources). Based on this, all the rumors we have heard and past keynotes, here is what we expect at WWDC 2014 for iOS:

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iOS 8

The next generation operating system for the iPad, iPod and iPhone will likely be announced at the keynote at WWDC and then released to the public in September.  Apple has consistently introduced us to the new operating system at WWDC (released it to Apple developers) and then made it available to the public in the days following their iPhone event in September.  The first operating system to follow this rule, iOS 5, didn’t come out until October when Apple announced the iPhone 4S.

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Rumor Roundup: iPad Pro, New iOS 8 Feature, iPhone 6 Dimensions

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Here are the latest iOS rumors from this past week:

Dummy Model for iPad Pro Surfaces

In addition to two new larger iPhones, Apple is expected to update its iPad lineup with the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.  This larger tablet has been rumored for a while and may have a release date in late 2014 or early 2015.  Nowhereelse.fr found pictures on Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging site, that claim to be an aluminum dummy model of the iPad Pro.  There is no way to confirm if the picture is legitimate or the size of the model.  The rumored size is 12.9 inches, which is high above the 9.7″ iPad Air and a little below the 13″ MacBook Air.  The picture shows the Apple logo facing the correct direction for an iPad; on computers the apple’s leaf is facing on the longest side.  Also, there is an indentation for a camera on the top left and microphone on the top center.    The iPad Pro is rumored to feature the A8 Processor, an ultra-high definition Retina display and have the same design as the iPad Air.

iPad Pro mockup?

iPad Pro mockup?

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iOS 8 Adds Split-Screen Multitasking for iPad

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In a new report by Mark Gurman on 9to5Mac, he revealed that the iPad will be receiving a new feature in iOS 8 that will allow someone to run two apps simultaneously.  The source of his information, cited as people with “knowledge of enhancement in development”, say that iPad users will be able to split-screen their tablet to run two applications at one time.

credit: AppleInsider

credit: AppleInsider

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iOS 8 to Include HD Audio Playback and Other New Features

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The iTunes Store and iPods are on a decline due to services like Spotify that allow a person to stream any music without purchasing it or storing it on their device.  Apple has noticed this decline and are planning on enhancing their music store and iTunes Radio app.  iOS 8 is rumored to be health and fitness-focused, but it will also come with features that are music-focused.

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Reports have came out in April that Apple is working on a standalone iTunes Radio app, Siri will work with Shazam to provide song identification and a drastic overhaul of iTunes. A new report by Macotakara, via MacRumors, said that we should see high definition (HD) audio playback, updated in-ear headphones and a new Lightning connector capable of supporting HD playback.

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Rumor/News Roundup: Apple vs. Samsung Trial, Mockups Galore, iWatch and Apple TV

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Apple vs. Samsung Trial Results

The verdict is in for the trial between Samsung and Apple.  Although this is only the second trial and there will likely be more to follow as both companies release new products, this one resulted with Samsung being guilty of infringing on three patents and Apple infringing upon one.  Although Apple was suing Samsung for $2.2 billion in damages, Samsung was ruled by the jury to pay only $119 million.  Since Apple was ruled to also be infringing upon one of Samsung’s patents, it was ruled to pay $158,400 in damages.  For a breakdown of the patents infringed upon, check out iDownloadBlog’s report.

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Concept Video Shows iPhone 6 with iOS 8

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The next generation operating system (iOS 8) for the iPhone, iPad and iPod is expected to be announced at WWDC in June (specifically June 2nd).  Rumors have come out that iOS 8 will include some new apps like Healthbook and Tips, new features like Shazam with Siri and a car mode than locks your iPhone while you are driving.  These rumors have been compiled into the below video by TechRadar on the also-rumored iPhone 6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlCuUucFpw8

If iOS 8 is anything like the video above, I am going to love it as much as I love iOS 7.  For more iOS 8 rumors, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

 

 

 

Is This iOS 8?

Leaked picture of iOS 8?
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iOS 8 is the next operating system for the iPad, iPod and iPhone.  It is rumored to contain a new app called Healthbook, integration with the iWatch and minor enhancements to the user interface.  The picture below, supposedly a screenshot of iOS 8 on the iPhone 6, was found on Weibo by BGR.

Leaked picture of iOS 8?

Leaked picture of iOS 8?

What We See

The screenshot shows 5 columns of apps by 6 row of apps, then a bottom row of 5 additional apps (total of 35 apps).  This is more than the iPhone 5s has: 24 apps.  The iPhone 6 is rumored to come in both a 4.7″ size and 5.5″ size so they screenshot may be from a larger device.  Most of the apps are laid out in the default position that Apple puts them in (e.g. Messages, Calendar, Photos).  There are some new apps: iTunes Radio (its own app), CarPlay, Healthbook, Watch Utility and Apple’s own purchasable apps like Keynote and iMovie.

The time at the top is 9:41am, which Apple uses in all its screenshots on their website.  There is no cellular carrier listed and the battery is at 100%, suggesting the screenshot is not from an actually device, but one made by Apple to post on their website or other devices.

Here's the default screen for the iPhone 5c.

Here’s the default screen for the iPhone 5c.

 

Is It Real?

First and foremost, all the apps shown in the screenshot (of the apps that currently exist) line up with what you would see on the iPhone 5s.  The icons are all the same so this provides some authenticity in each app.  Secondly some new apps are present, which line up with current rumors.

  • iOS 8 will bring integration with the iPhone and the iWatch (Watch Utility app)
  • iTunes Radio is likely to be expanded to compete with competitors like Pandora, so it may require it to have its own app (iTunes Radio app)
  • CarPlay has been announced recently, allowing your new car to use iOS.  This may require a downloadable app for use (CarPlay app)
  • Healthbook has been rumored to be a part of iOS 8 to provide a health and fitness focus to Apple’s operating system
  • Perhaps Apple’s other apps are present because they want to fill the Home screen to show the size of the display (but why didn’t they use Find My iPhone or Find My Friends?) This brings us to the next section:

Questions

  • Why are Apple’s paid apps listed on the Home screen instead of other important apps, like Find My iPhone?
  • Why is the background an iOS 7 wallpaper, wouldn’t Apple add new wallpapers (or at least a new one to be associated with iOS 8)?
  • Where are the other apps that were leaked like Tips and Preview?
  • In actual screenshots by Apple, the Passbook app is behind iTunes Store and App Store, why is it before it?
  • Where did the user on Weibo get the picture from?

These questions lead me to question the authenticity of the screenshot. Based on my analysis, I believe it is not real.

Rumor/News Round-Up: WWDC, Apple vs. Samsung, Latest Rumors

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WWDC 2014 Invitation Released

Apple’s 25th annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), which is located in San Francisco, was announced this week to be June 2nd through June 6th.  The conference is built for developers to create better apps and enhance their existing apps for the next-generation operating systems for the Mac and iOS.  There are labs, sessions, keynotes and events.  This year we expect (and Apple pretty much confirmed) that iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 (the successor to Mavericks) will be announced.  We also hope some new products, like the iWatch and Retina MacBook Air, will be announced too.  Apple always hides clues in their invitations and this event is no different.

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Apple vs. Samsung Trial Continues

Apple is looking for $2 billion in damage from patent infringement from Samsung.  The trial, which is in its second round, would ideally prove that Samsung in purposefully stealing from Apple with the unapproved use of patents related to the iPhone and other technologies not yet seen in Apple products.  Since this is a legal proceeding, any evidence is available to the public in the form of emails, testimonials from the executives and other evidence.  Here are some of the things we have learned this past week:

  • Every year, Apple has a meeting with its top 100 executives, managers and engineers to very secretly discuss new products
  • An email between Tchao and Schiller reveals the Apple TV may introduce apps, a “magic wand” and more
  • The original iPhone was in the works for three years, built for “normal people“, codenamed “Product Purple” and ideally would have been always on (no lock screen)
  • An internal email shows Apple was also concerned with the iPhone’s growths as its competitors introduced larger phones and cheaper prices
One of the slides that Apple introduced in the first round of the trial.

One of the slides that Apple introduced in the first round of the trial.

Latest in Rumors

  • The iPhone 6 will come out in two models: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display
  • The 4.7-inch model will begin production in May and released in the Fall, the 5.5-inch model may be delayed due to production issues with in-cell technology for the display
  • Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 taken at Foxconn came out on Monday
  • The iPhone 6 will also feature a sapphire display, instead of Corning’s Gorilla Glass used in previous models
  • iOS 8 will include in-app public transport in Maps, Siri improvements (to help compete with Cortana) and buy physical items with Touch ID
  • Apple is in talks to buy Renesas SP Drivers, which will improve battery life and image sharpness of future devices
iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

Kickstarter Project of the Week Update

This past week, I posted about the Solartab on Kickstarter.  It is a solar-powered charger for your tablet and smartphone.  With 25 days left to go, it has reached over 50% of its funding goal.  Pledge now to get the Solartab for $99 (regular retail price of $149).

The Solartab charges your phone when your outside.

The Solartab charges your phone when you’re outside.