Apple made history today, releasing two different iPhone models in one day. The 5S and the new 5C. Traditionally they have only released one new model per year, but this year marks the first year that they announced two new phones.
The iPhone 5S features ground breaking Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and the new A7 Processor makes it the worlds first 64 bit smartphone. Here are more details about the 5S from Apple:
With iPhone 5s, getting into your phone is faster, easier, and even a little futuristic. Introducing Touch ID — a new fingerprint identity sensor. Put your finger on the Home button, and just like that your iPhone unlocks.
A7 makes iPhone 5s the first 64-bit smartphone in the world — that’s desktop-class architecture in a superslim phone. And because iOS 7 was built specifically for 64-bit, it’s uniquely designed to take advantage of the A7 chip.
Also features a Co-Processor, the M7 which allows the phone to handle certain tasks without even engaging the A7 chip.
The 5S Camera features a “Larger sensor. Larger pixels. Larger aperture. It also includes Continuous burst mode, Slow-motion video and all new 2 tone flash for perfect lighting in all situations.
The iPhone 5C is a cheaper alternative, starting at $99. It is available in 5 different colors, and has a plastic case. Its other features include:
8MP iSight camera with 4-inch Retina display.
Ultrafast LTE wireless.
According to Apple, iPhone 5c has the things that made iPhone 5 an amazing phone — and more, including iOS 7. All in a completely new design that feels great in your hand.
The iPad mini is the tablet the whole web has been buzzing about, and as we expected Apple has officially announced it today. The new iPad mini comes with a 7.9 inch display and boasts a 10 hour battery life. This mini tablet could very well be the knockout punch Apple has been looking for, to crush lower priced rivals such as the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Apple also announced a 4th Gen iPad with a Retina display. It features an all new A6X processor and many other new features. (more…)
Steve Jobs, looking very thin, received a standing ovation before leading the keynote at Apples latest event, while releasing iTunes 9 and iPhone OS 3.1. Apple also announced that they’re updating the iPod Classic, Touch, and Shuffle. The iPod Nano received the biggest update, which now features a 640 x 480 video camera. With the Apple event just finished. So, how correct were we?
Although they want you to think the new LP features are amazing, for young folks, most probably won’t care. For them, the big news is improved syncing and social media integration. With the new syncing you can now drag, organize, and delete apps from inside iTunes. The new social media integration allows you to send albums to Facebook or Twitter. (more…)
Apple’s annual event was recently confirmed, and with the 9th less than a week away, I thought it would be wise to give a run-down of rumors and predictions to what will be released. A flurry of information will surely be leaked as the days continue, but here’s what’s going on right now.
Seeing as this has historically been when the iPods are updated, and the invite gives no indication to being any different, there are loads of rumors involving the iPods. Some believe that the iPod Classic will be discontinued. I think it will receive the standard upgrade of a hard drive boost (to 160 GB), while remaining the same price.
As for the iPod Touch, the rumors abound that it will receive a camera. I’m hesitant to agree because it is one of the few features that separates it from the iPhone, but I believe we will see it added. I also think it will receive a storage boost to 64 GB.
From leaked images of new iPod Nano cases, many also believe they will receive cameras. I don’t particularly understand the reasoning of the addition, but I could definitely see it happening. They should also see a storage bump to 32 GB, though the 8 GB model may remain at a lower price point, say just under that psychological barrier of $100.
With the iPod Shuffle having been updated just last March, it is doubtful that we will see any changes to it. If there are, it would probably be only a price decrease.
The Apple TV is long overdue for an update and the current rumors are that the 40 GB version will be phased out and the 160 GB version will receive a lower price. I could see that happening. But, I can also see them not even mentioning it at the event and just making the change when the Apple Store is back up.
It is very likely that we will see iTunes updated to version 9. What features it heralds are still debated though. The most likely are Blu-ray media support and visual organization of iPhone and iPod Touch apps. There is also speculation of some form of social integration, and while I would not put it past them I am hesitant to believe it.
iPad (Aka Apple Tablet) The big kahuna is the Apple Tablet, or iPad or Macbook Touch, whatever you want to call it. In my mind, I believe that we will one day see this device, but not on the 9th. This seems more like a MacWorld announcement. Yes, yes, I know they are no longer attending MacWorld, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have their own event around that time. I say we won’t see this until January at the earliest.
Because it is an iPod event, I doubt we will see any changes to any Macs. However, there are rumors that the MacBook line, which currently only contains one model, will be fleshed out and receive some new models, perhaps under the $999 entry-level price, to compete with budget PC notebooks.
Every year people ask and with all the press around The Beatles Rock Band being released the same day, now is as good as time as ever. So, will we finally see the Beatles added to the iTunes Store? Probably not. Does anyone really care anymore? After all these years of waiting, is there anyone who doesn’t already have some digital copy of their library?
With him having been back since June, I think it is very likely that he will if not lead the event, at least make an appearance. Don’t expect him to say anything about his absence, except perhaps a one or two-line joke.
What do you want to see updated at the event? Let us know in the comments.
With Apple even approving to carry this gadget on their online and brick-and-mortar stores, it is a given that even the revered company sees the usefulness of this product. This peripheral is cleverly called the BackPack. It is a simple solution for your other gadgets that connects to your iMac like external hard drives, USB hubs, your favorite plastic toys, or pretty much just about anything that you wish to put on the back of your iMac.
BackPack is a dead-simple solutions that fastens tot he back of the new Cinema Displays and iMac’s aluminum stem through non-scratch clips. It costs $30 for a single shelf and $150 for a pack of six. (more…)
I, for one, think that weighing scales need a redesign. The idea of checking your weight may be a hard task to handle for some, while for others with privileged genes, it’s a guilty pleasure. Still, for those of us not blessed with 20/20 vision, it is an arduous job to stand and squint so hard just to see the numbers on the scale by your feet.
Here’s one that could even charm the geek who sits all day programming and eating chips and drinking energy drinks: a weighing scale connected to your iPhone which stores, graphs, and tracks your weight and progress. (more…)
Palm released an update to webOS for its Palm Pre device Wednesday. The new version, 1.1.0, according to its release notes, “resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with the latest version of iTunes (8.2.1).”
The update comes after last week’s update to iTunes, which broke the Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes. Despite Apple’s notoriety for closed systems, personally, I don’t see why this effects them. (more…)
According to recent rumors, the long-awaited Apple Tablet will be released in time for the holiday season this year and it will be subsidized by Verizon.
I’m hesitant to post rumors, especially rumors regarding Apple, and even more so regarding the Tablet, but I have heard from other reliable sources that Apple has been talking to Verizon. While they speculated that this could have been about the iPhone moving carriers, when you take this into account, the Tablet seems far more likely. (more…)