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iPhone 6 Concept Based on Leaked Pictures

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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

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.

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

To stay up to date with the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out the iPhone 6 page and follow us on Twitter. The iPhone is expected to be announced in September alongside iOS 8.

Case Mold for iPhone 6 Leaked

Potential mold for iPhone 6
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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.

Potential mold for iPhone 6

Front of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing

Backside of case mold for iPhone 6

Back of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing

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

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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.

Kickstarter Project of the Week: MagBak and MagStick

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iPad stands are excellent for holding your iPad up against a flat surface when you’re making a recipe, watching a show on Hulu or FaceTiming with a friend, but stands are limited to tables and counters.  Have you ever wanted to mount your iPad onto the wall to watch your shows or maybe on your desk for Skype.  Well now you can with MagBak.  MagBak, brought to you by Alex Baca and 1Lss Inc., is the very creative iPad mount that allows you to put the iPad on virtually any surface (metal and non-metal).

The blue pieces made up the MagBack.

The blue pieces make up the MagBack.

MagBak is made of soft silicone and attaches your iPad to any metal surface (refrigerator door, whiteboard, filing cabinet).  For non-metal surfaces, there is MagStick.  Using double-sided tape supplied by 3M, MagStick works on any non-metal surface, like in your car, on cabinets and furniture.

With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.

With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.

MagBak not only allows you to mount your iPad anywhere, but it provides an excellent grip, protects the back and keeps the Smart Cover in place.  This product works specifically with the iPad mini and iPad Air.

The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.

The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.

I love my iPad, but my problem is that is does not stand up by itself.  I purchased the Smart Case, which works well, but if I am on an uneven surface (like my bed) I have to move pillows around to get the iPad in the perfect position.  The MagBack would allow me to attach my iPad to the wall and become like a mini HDTV.  I can see even more uses, then just watching TV.  This would be great for watching videos in the kitchen while making a recipe, getting directions in the car from Siri and doubling as picture frame on the wall.

Pledge now

Pledge now and get your MagBack in late April

The MagBack team has already received all its funding with 28 days to go.  If you are interested and would like to purchase one, a pledge of $34 gets you one MagBack and one MacStick (if you share with friends, you get a second MagStick free).  For more information, check out their Kickstarter page and be sure to pledge before April 17.

If you have a Kickstarter campaign and you would like it to be featured on the blog, send me an email at: info@idevicegeekblog.com. All photos are credit of the company creating the project on Kickstarter.

iPad: Latest Rumors

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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.

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The iPad air, credits: Macgasm

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.

  • A8 Processor, which is the same processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID, found on the iPhone 5s (KGI Securities)
  • Similar design
  • Improved internal components
  • Better camera (higher than 5MP)
  • Release date: October 2014, some rumors suggest April or June at WWDC

iPad mini 3

iPad mini with Retina display

iPad mini with Retina display

This will be the third generation iPad mini, but the second one to feature a Retina display.

  • Release date: 2015 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID
  • 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.

iPad pro

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air.

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)
  • Touch ID, 64-bit A7 or A8 chip (TechRadar)
  • Arriving with late spring/winter or October 2014 release, 2 models (2K display launching in April 2014 and 4K display launching in October) (Pad News)

Other iPad Rumors

iPad 4 and iPad air side by side, credit: iMore

iPad air and iPad 4 side by side, credit: iMore

2013: Year in Review

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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

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

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. 

iPad line-up at Apple's October event

iPad line-up at Apple’s October event

 

Expectations for 2014

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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.

5. iPad pro

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.

6. iWatch

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.

8. iPods

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.

12 Days of Gifts

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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.

12 Days of Gifts app

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

Cyber Week Deals

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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:

Walmart:

  • 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.

Cyber Monday Week:

Regular Deals:

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Map Out Your Black Friday

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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.
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