The newest (and unannounced) iPod touch, the 6th generation, was expected to be announced at Apple’s October event since it fit perfectly in line with their theme. The iPod, however, wasn’t announced and we just passed over two years since it was last updated. Some recent rumors point to a major update with larger screen sizes, better battery life and other internal improvements in early 2015. Some analysts, like Janna Dela Cruz of Christian Today, believe that the iPod will be here for Christmas, which means an Apple event is imminent. Regardless of when it happens, it will likely be within the next year.
Searching for “iPod touch 6th generation” on Google does return some search results; specifically a page on Walmart.com. The page is full of current and older iPods for sale under the title “iPod 6TH Generation.” These same iPods appear on the page titled “iPod 5TH Generation.” Whether this is an accidental mistake or a hint at a new Apple event, that remains to be seen.
There are no other sites talking about the 6th generation iPod touch, we haven’t seen any leaked parts or heard any rumors. So this probably was a mistake unless we start to see more evidence of the iPod.
UPDATE: It was likely an error, but Apple accidentally leaked three new colors for the next-generation iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle in early July 2015. Check out the post here.
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.
This past couple of weeks I have written posts about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but now it is time for the iPad. Some rumors came up this week about the 12.9″ iPad (code named iPad pro) and third generation iPad mini won’t be launching until 2015 and the iPad air will have some iPhone 5s improvements. At this point in time, there are not many rumors for the next generation iPads because they usually don’t launch until October. With that said, here’s a quick guide to what we know so far about the iPad air, iPad mini and iPad pro.
iPad air 2
The iPad air, credit: Macgasm
This iPad, for those of you who are keeping track, is the iPad 6 (or the sixth generation iPad.) The redesign of the iPad 5 came with the new name “air” which relates to the lightness and thinness of it. There’s a lack of rumors for the new iPads, so many of the points will be educated guesses based on Apple’s history.
They predict the release date won’t be until 2015 because the iPad mini currently has updated internal components (A7 chip and Retina display) and can survive another year.
This reminds me of a rumor saying the iPad mini 2 (the current generation) wouldn’t come out until 2014…but the rumor wasn’t true since it came out in October.
One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a 11″ MacBook Air.
This 12.9″ rumored iPad will be aimed at the education market, business market and at developers creating apps for the iPad. The larger display will be a hybrid between the laptop and a tablet. Here are some of the latest rumors:
Quad-core A8 Processor, available in 128GB size, arriving in Fall 2014 (Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners)
Arriving in 2015 because Apple is busy working on the iWatch (KGI Securities)
64-bit computing with an UHD (ultra-high definition) display (Korea Times)
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)
The VARIUS DOCK is created and designed by Michael and Enblue Technology. It is elegantly designed and works with all brands (Apple, Samsung, HTC, Kindle and more). It works with lightning cables (iPhone 5/5s/5c), 30-pin (pre-iPhone 5) and micro-USB (android devices). The first model, VARIUS DOCK SINGLE X1, is a dock for one. It works for holding tablets, smartphones and phablets. This model comes with a USB wall charger and tablet support inlay. The second model, VARIUS DOCK DUAL X2, is the dock for two. It comes with two slots for two different slots to charge and sync your devices at the same time. Although they might not like it, you can charge an iPhone 5s in the front slot and a Samsung Galaxy S4 in the back slot. This model comes with a USB cable, wall charge and tablet support inlay.
The available finishes on the VARIUS DOCK: gold, silver, white, black, walnut, oaktree and bamboo.
All models are compatible with iOS 7. They are made out of either a single block of aircraft aluminum or the finest hardwood. There are seven finishes available: black (aluminum), silver (aluminum), white (aluminum), walnut, oaktree, bamboo and of course, gold. Each model comes with a wall charger made for Samsung and Apple. The gold one is plated with real gold.
How to Pledge
The project is looking for $50,000 by Saturday, February 8 at 1am EST. It currently has 21 backers with $2,235 pledged. If the project gets the funding by the end date, the docks will be delivered by the end of April. The minimum pledge is $1. The single pack, X1, (surface of your choice, except gold, adapters, cable and charger included) is $69. The dual pack, X2, is $79. If gold is the one you want, you can play $499 for the X1 and $549 for the X2. You can pledge your amount here.
The VARIUS DOCK looks perfect next to the iMac like it was made by Apple.
It has been a few days since the new year has started and many New Year’s resolutions that were made might seem to be nearly impossible. The number one New Year’s resolution is to exercise because the holidays always take a toll on people’s bodies. With delicious treats like gingerbread and pumpkin pie, it is hard to say no to a second or third helping. To keep you motivated in your New Year’s resolutions, there are some excellent apps on the App Store and Google Play (for our Android users). My New Year’s resolution in 2013 was to exercise and I exercised the entire year. To take it a step further this year, my resolution is to exercise at least twice a week and these are the apps that I will be using to help me accomplish this:
This app is excellent motivation for any goal. Choose from hundreds of plans; including exercise, drink more water and spend less time on Facebook. Once you decide on a plan, you’ll see you are not alone in your plan. Many of them have thousands of participants that you can connect to. Set a goal, like exercise, and make it your priority for 21 days (the time it takes the average person to make something into a habit) with this app. Lift is free on the App Store and Google Play.
The POPSUGAR Active app is a great exercising app that makes any workout fun. Discover new workouts (yoga, strength training, running, etc.), save workouts and create custom routines, download workouts for offline viewing, schedule workouts directly into your calendar and more. The workouts either come with a video that makes you feel like you are part of the class or a step-by-step guide that moves at your own pace. For exercising apps, this one covers a broad range of exercises. POPSUGAR Active is free on the App Store and Google Play.
Fooducate has to be the best app on the App Store that tells you more information about the food you have in front of you. It can be used to track your meals and exercise, personalize your weight loss goal and help you achieve it. I rather use the app to find out how healthy my food is and what are some better alternatives. Scan any product to reveal if any ingredients are genetically modified, if there is excessive sugar present, additives and preservatives, vitamins, good fats and more. The app not only identifies the negative aspects of the food, but the positive aspects too. The food is graded on a scale with “A” being the highest depending on nutrition and ingredients. Fooducate is free on the App Store and Google Play.
Download these three apps and you will be on your way to a healthier 2014 full of exercising. Many New Year’s resolutions don’t survive the first month, but it is time we change this. Stick to your New Year’s resolutions so when Christmas comes around, you can indulge without having to worry about the effect on your body. Good luck and enjoy your 2014.
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.
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:
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.
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