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).
A Japanese case maker’s blog recently uploaded the image below, saying that it is the case mold for the iPhone 6. There is no way to say whether it is really a mold for cases or not, but it does give us perspective on what the next generation iPhone will look like (and it fits in with the rumors). The display is larger compared to the iPhone 5s, the bezels are thinner and should still be comfortable enough to hold in one hand. The iPhone 6 is rumored to have a higher resolution display, a much faster A8 processor, an 8MP camera and a thickness of .22 inches.
Front of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing
Back of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing
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)
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.
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 shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart. For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws. Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide. (more…)