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iPad Mini With Retina Display Slated For Production In Summer

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According to a research note from NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, it seems that Apple is ramping up production and is working on the second-generation iPad mini with a Retina display that is slated for mass production in summer:

We should see the start of mass production of the panels in June or July.

However, don’t fret. Yesterday, Shim predicted that Apple would be beginning preparations to release an iPad mini during the second half of 2013, with another iPad mini during the Q1 of 2014, which is kind of what they did with the iPad 3-to-4th generation last year.

LG Display is said to be the main manufacturer of the displays for the iPad mini, as per usual. It’s also said that any type of Samsung manufacturing has been ceased altogether, stating Samsung is no longer a supplier:

Samsung is currently not in the iPad mini and they won’t be in the next generation. LGD is becoming a much bigger supplier than before.

As we all know, Apple and Samsung have not been pals lately, as Apple will hope to end all current manufacturing with relations with Samsung by the end of this year. Chinese-based TSMC will play the role to produce Apple’s processors.

However, the iPad mini with the retina display will be here soon, and will contain a resolution of 2048 x 1536-pixels. source

iOS 7 To Bring In-Car Features

Although we’ve heard rumors that iOS 7 will be possibly releasing at WWDC, along with an overhauled interface, it seems that Apple is attempting to integrate iOS within the vehicles for easier hands-free access with Siri and Apple Maps. According to a new report from 9to5mac’s Mark Gurman, Apple is working with car manufacturers, and is adamant of having the iPhone connected to a center console where it would be able to display, or mirror, Maps and/or Siri information onto that screen:

According to people familiar with the plans, Apple is working with car makers on updated versions of car center consoles that could attach to iOS devices like the iPhone. Specifically, an iPhone could be plugged into a car and an optimized, redesigned version of Apple Maps will appear on the car’s built-in display instead of a proprietary GPS system found in many cars.

Back at WWDC 2012, Apple was beginning to launch an initiative where cars would be able to have a dedicated button for hands-free Siri. That plan was actually well thought out, however, we never really saw that play out with most car manufacturers. It wasn’t actually until these past few months that we saw these type of features hitting specific vehicles. Chevrolet was first to have a car that contained one of these “Siri” buttons, and Apple has even collaborated with Volkswagen on creating the “iBeetle”, which is of course centric of having your iOS device connected to your car.

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WWDC 2013 Slated For June 10-14, Confirms Future iOS and OS X Previews, Tickets On Sale Tomorrow 1PM EST

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Apple has just officially announced that their 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference will be held at the normal Moscone West in San Francisco from Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14th. Tickets for WWDC will be going on sale tomorrow, April 25th at 10am PST / 1PM EST.

Apple holds WWDC as a way to showcase their newest software, and holds many sessions for developers to work on new projects, and to better improve their applications. Apple confirms that the future of iOS and OS X will definitely be discussed, and possibly previewed(?) at WWDC:

We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.

As many of you know, in late 2012 Apple’s previous iOS designer Scott Forstall left the company abruptly, leaving the future of iOS in Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design, Jony Ive. Many have said that Ive will work wonders, and is going to be reworking the software from the ground-up, and will be unveiling a totally brand new interface at WWDC.

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Photos of Alleged iPad 5 Rear Casing Shows Off iPad Mini-Like Design

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It seems like our new best friends will be the folks at Tactus, because this week they’re bringing us photos of the alleged rear casing of the upcoming 5th-generation iPad. We’ve previously heard that the iPad 5 would take design elements from the current iPad mini, which consumers have been taking a liking to its aluminum casing.

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Photo of Alleged Budget iPhone Plastic Shell Surfaces

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According to numerous reports, it seems that Tactus has a very interesting photo that seems to be the rear polycarbonate shell of the rumored budget iPhone that is said to be released sometime this year.

Many sources have claimed that Tactus isn’t entirely reliable due to their prior track record, however, it seems that this case seems to be consistent with prior rumors and dimensions of the budget iPhone so far. It’s very reminiscent of the iPhone 3G and 3GS, however, it looks extremely modernized with squared-off edges and a much larger panel for the alleged 4-inch display.

Tactus also heard some information about upcoming Apple devices:

I’ve also heard on the grapevine that the alleged budget iPhone will have an A5 processor like the iPad Mini with a 32nm diecast. It’s also rumoured it will have a 3.5 inch retina screen, much like the 4S, but not as big as the iPhone 5 … I’ve also discovered the factory producing this secretive project have confirmed the device will be available in Black, White, Blue, Red and Yellow

Do you think the above photo is really the budget iPhone’s rear casing? Let us know in the comments below! source

Foxconn Hiring New Workers As iPhone Production Ramps Up

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According to numerous reports, it seems that Apple has asked Foxconn to take on more staff, implying that the company may be in production for the next-generation iPhone, as well as, a budget iPhone. Sources are saying Foxconn will be, and is, hiring upwards of 250,000+ workers in order to meet Apple’s excessive supply demand. Bloomberg has the scoop:

Workers have been recruited at Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, eastern China, for the past month, ending a hiring freeze imposed in February, said the person, who asked not to be named because the plans haven’t been made public. The extra workers will assemble the new device as well as existing models and have been added at Apple’s request to boost capacity, the person said.

Also, the Wall Street Journal was able to contact an unknown executive familiar with the matter and commented with the following:

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iPhone 5S, iPad Mini 2, and Budget iPhone Delayed

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he claims that Apple’s upcoming devices (such as the iPhone 5S, iPad mini 2, and the alleged budget iPhone) will be slightly delayed due to various “technical challenges”, this per a research note sent out to Kuo’s clients. Kuo was sure to note that he no longer predicts that we will be seeing any of the devices launching in June, but rather July/August, as previously expected (via AppleInsider):

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Microsoft Office Rumored To Release On iOS In Fall 2014

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Early November, The Verge published the first photos of what seemed to be a near-finalized version of Microsoft Office for iOS, and claimed that it would be released early 2013. However, in December, MacRumors reported that Microsoft Office would be pushed back due to certain App Store regulations. Thankfully, a new report today from ZDNet says that Microsoft is slated to release Office for iOS in Fall of 2014.

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet is citing reliable sources, and is saying Microsoft is prepping their upcoming ‘Gemini’ updates which will include updates for Office for Windows 8, Office for Mac, and will bring the new Office for iOS and Android. Here’s the scoop:

Also on the roadmap for fall 2014 is what’s listed as iOS/Android support for Office. One would assume this is the expected and widely rumored Office for iPad release. It could, however, be Office for iPhone and Android phone, given that it’s not listed on the roadmap as being tablet-specific.

Rumors about Microsoft’s plans to deliver Office for iOS and Android have been circulating for more than a year. Microsoft officials have never outright denied these apps were in development. A number of us Microsoft watchers heard from our various sources that these apps were on track to be delivered by early- to mid-2013.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft has never denied that these applications have been in development, yet they’ve never confirmed that these apps would hit the market anytime soon.

The rumors of MS Office releasing are getting extremely crazy, and seem to never align with one another. However, what are your thoughts? Would you be ecstatic if Microsoft released Office for iOS? Let us know! source

Alleged iPad 5 Front Panel Photos Surface

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Just a day after hearing some reports about iPad 5 production, french blog NowhereElse.fr is bringing us photos of an alleged front panel of the 5th generation iPad that seems to be in development. Just so you all know, NWE has been known for bringing many legitimate leaks prior to launches so the chance that these are legitimate are very high, and are reminiscent of the iPad mini.

As you can see from the photo above, the side bezels are definitely thinned out which gives it a bit more of that iPad mini-esque feel. These photos have definitely leaked out of Foxconn, or some manufacturing plant, so it’s hard to estimate when the iPad 5 will be released.

You may remember, yesterday a new report was released claiming that Apple would begin iPad 5 production in July or August. However, it’s evident that this device has already begun some sort of manufacturing and/or development. Check out for a video after the break!

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Analyst Suggests iPhone 5S Will Come In Two Screen Sizes

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Oh analysts. Well, according to some new reports on the rumor mill, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is alleging that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5S with at least two, maybe three, different screen sizes, thus repeating what they’ve previously done with the iPad lineup. Here’s the scoop, via Business Insider:

After our meeting with a tech-supply chain company, we walked away with the view that Apple will release the iPhone 5S in at least two screen sizes this summer and possibly three.

Essentially, we believe Apple is coming around to the fact that one size per iPhone release does not work for everyone and offering consumers an option has the potential to expand the Company’s market share.

Remember, this is just an analyst’s note and nothing is entirely set in stone (especially considering White doesn’t have the best track record). However, it may not be a total surprise. It’s possible that Apple could slightly increase the size of its flagship device, and save the current 5-inch display for the cheaper, or budget, iPhone that is rumored to release alongside the 5S.

Again, this is all speculation, but what are your thoughts on this? Do you think Apple would actually create two iterations of iPhone 5S?

FWIW, Apple is slated to release the iPhone 5S around the summertime, likely at WWDC, and will come with a “killer feature” along with iOS 7. source