The Apple rumor mill is beginning to creak back into action after a quiet period following the launch of the iPhone 5S in September.The latest talk, brought to us by Bloomberg, suggests the tech company is planning later next year to launch two new handsets sporting 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.While talk of iPhones with larger screens has been knocking around for quite a while, Bloomberg’s source – a person “familiar with the plans” – throws a few interesting tidbits into the mix, claiming the handsets will have curved displays which are pressure sensitive.First, about those curves. While Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Round handset with a side-to-side bend, and LG unveiled the G-Flex with its top-to-bottom curve, Apple’s glass-bending approach will reportedly be somewhat different, and altogether more modest, with “glass that curves downward at the edges”.Pressure sensitivePerhaps more interestingly, the Cupertino company is said … [Read more...] about Apple developing 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones with curved, pressure-sensitive displays?
Speculation that Apple is in talks to drop carrier distribution and sell the iPhone directly to consumers is circulating the Web this morning. GigaOm first reported the rumor, claiming that European sources know Apple to be in the process of creating a SIM card that can hop from carrier to carrier, potentially enabling users to purchase iPhones from the Apple Store (including the online store) and use the App Store to choose from among available GSM carriers. Apple is allegedly partnering with SIM card manufacturer Gemalto to develop the technology.So what exactly would this mean for (at the moment, European) consumers? First, it could save new iPhone users a trip or call to their carriers to get the specific SIM card. Second, users could roam more freely, potentially hopping between multiple networks on a whim. The European cell phone carrier market is much more competitive, and multiple providers carry the iPhone, so this could be a blessing for consumers, and a death … [Read more...] about Is Apple developing a carrier-hopping SIM to liberate the iPhone?
Snapchat. Periscope. Vine. Facebook Live. Instagram. Ephemeral video apps all, built for sharing clips of late-night debauchery with your closest buddies. And they’ve obviously tapped a nerve.Cisco predicts the amount of video streamed via mobile will grow to 11 times the current rate by 2020. It’s really unsurprising then that Apple, rarely a company content to sit on the sidelines, wants to tap the veritable gold mine with a pick of its own making. Bloomberg reports that the Cupertino, California, firm is working on an enhanced camera app for iOS that allows users to quickly edit and share video they’ve shot on an iPhone.The repositioned camera app has serious development chops behind it. Programming is being spearheaded by the same core team that worked on Apple’s Final Cut Pro and iMovie software, and Joe Weil, former president of a New York-based video production company and co-developer of … [Read more...] about Report: Apple developing iPhone-based social video app to take on Snapchat
It’s taken a while but Apple on Saturday finally fully restored its developer site following a security breach more than three weeks ago.The news will come as a relief to developers eager to continue with work on their apps and other software, as well as those working on the latest betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5, and OS X Mavericks.The site, which provides third-party software developers with app-related resources, information and downloads, was taken down by the Cupertino company on July 18 and replaced with a message explaining that “maintenance work” was taking place. However, after several days of silence and with developers still unable to access many parts of the site, Apple revealed that the situation was more serious, explaining that “an intruder” had entered the site in an effort to steal personal information.The tech giant said that while it was certain that sensitive personal information of registered developers had not been accessed, it was possible … [Read more...] about Apple developer site fully restored after lengthy outage
An App Store change that flew under the radar is hurting apps that display other downloads other than their own platform to users, and apps like FreeAppADay and AppShoppr could be finding themselves on the outs thanks to iOS 6. PocketGamer.biz was the first to report on these changes to the terms of service, which now forbids third-party app promotional services from the advertising of apps that these services do not own themselves. It’s a clear signal Apple is trying to further control the App Store, as it seeks to ban the third-party promotion of apps altogether.The new clause in question reads: “Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.”The first indication of Apple’s move to crack down on any in-app promotional activities that might affect the App Store and its rankings came last year Apple updated its iTunes chart algorithm to support apps that had been … [Read more...] about Updated Apple developer guideline may phase out third-party app promotion services
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' remarks during his company's Q4 earnings call on Monday have riled Google, Research In Motion and Tweetdeck, all of which he mentioned in his comments.Google's Android operating system isn't open, Jobs said, and he derided Android tablets. He also wrote off RIM's sales figures.As part of his criticism of Android, Jobs said Tweetdeck had to, in essence, work very hard to create an Android version of its browser app.Was Jobs jockeying for more publicity for Apple by making those comments? Was he serving up a side dish of repositioning competitors in the public's minds? Or is he feeling the heat from Android's success in the smartphone marketplace and trying to pre-empt Google's march into mobile?Apple did not respond to a request for comment by press time.Jobs first lashed out at RIM, saying the 14.1 million iPhones sold in the Apple fiscal quarter ending in September "handily beat" the 12.1 million BlackBerries RIM sold in its most recent quarter, ending in August. … [Read more...] about Scorned Rivals Bite Apple’s Bait
Despite all the cool updates Apple promised to bring the world at its Worldwide Developers Conference -- iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, a new Mac Pro -- the most tantalizing new possibility wasn't described at all: games. Gaming. An Apple-made gaming console. A new vision for living room gaming delivered via home WiFi and an Apple TV. Since Apple wasn't out there on the stage talking about this specifically, why bother diving into the vaporous chance of a new class of Apple living room product now?Two reasons: One, the lackluster and downright silly Anki Drive demonstration; and two, Apple released to its developer partners a new game controller framework with instructions and stipulations for building a physical game controller. If you're an Apple developer, you can access the document here.These two essentially isolated events could mean everything or nothing, but this I know: If I were Microsoft or Sony trying to launch a snazzy and expensive new game console late this year before the … [Read more...] about OPINION Watch for an Apple Sneak Attack on Living Room Gaming
In what promises to be a closely watched trial, Apple and Samsung headed to federal court on Monday. Apple has alleged that Samsung Electronics essentially produced illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products, and it is demanding US$2.5 billion damages. Samsung has countered that Apple's designs of its smartphones and tablets have been industry standards for years.This is just latest salvo in an ongoing battle between the two companies over product designs, and follows trails in the United Kingdom and Germany.With $2.5 billion at stake, which would dwarf any award in a patent-related verdict to date, this is shaping up to be quite a trial, but is it one for the history books?"I think it is hard to say it is the patent trial of the century," said R. Polk Wagner, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania. "The devil is in the details. Apple could win on some fairly narrow patents and not gain any significant traction, or they could win on some fundamental patents, … [Read more...] about Titanic Apple v. Samsung Patent Clash Begins in Earnest
Apple and General Electric on Wednesday announced a new software development kit for Apple's mobile operating system, iOS. The SDK, which will be available for download next week, enables developers to create applications for Predix, an Internet of Things platform made by GE."Together, Apple and GE are fundamentally changing how the industrial world works by combining GE's Predix platform with the power and simplicity of iPhone and iPad," said Apple CEO Tim Cook."Working together, GE and Apple are giving industrial companies access to powerful apps that help them tap into the predictive data and analytics of Predix right on their iPhone or iPad," said GE CEO John Flannery.Applications developed with the new SDK could give industrial operators more insight and visibility into the performance of their equipment and operations on an iPhone or iPad.For example, a worker who was notified of a problem by phone would be able to check it out immediately and even collaborate with others on the … [Read more...] about Apple, GE Join Forces on Industrial IoT Apps