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.
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.