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

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4 To Address iPhone 5 Issue

 

Apple has just seeded iOS 6.1.4 to everyone, and it seems that it will be addressing a speaker issue that is in the iPhone 5. So it seems to update a small audio profile in order to fix the speaker’s clarity.

It can be downloaded via OTA, and it’s only 11MB, and seems to be specifically for iPhone 5 users. Of course, you’ll want to stay away from this if you jailbreak. Apple patched some evasi0n exploits in iOS 6.1.3, so if you want to jailbreak, this won’t help you out.

If you’d like to download iOS 6.1.4 directly, here are the links for:

iPhone5,1: 6.1.4 (10B350)
iPhone 5,2: 6.1.4 (10B350)

Other than the small profile, there seems to be no noticeable differences in this firmware.

Engineers Hard At Work To Complete iOS 7, Avoiding Delays

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So far we’ve heard that Apple and Jony Ive have been hard at work completely redesigning and developing the next iteration of iPhone software, iOS 7. However, it wasn’t that long ago that we’ve heard Apple was borrowing engineers from OS X 10.9 to help with the completion of iOS 7. Today, AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski is claiming that Apple is continuing to borrow engineers in an effort to avoid any type of release delay, and to at least finalize the first beta build of iOS 7:

Sources who declined to be named because they are forbidden to talk publicly about Apple’s plans tellAllThingsD that the company has been “borrowing” engineers from the OS X 10.9 team as part of an effort to double down on iOS 7.

Don’t panic however, Paczkowski assures us that his source says it will be releasing on schedule, and it’s likely just taking a little extra time than predicted to complete this overhaul. It’s worth noting that Paczkowski has been accurate with Apple predictions, citing reputable sources, in the past. Bloomberg backs the overhaul with their report earlier today, stating iOS 7 will contain a flat interface which is nothing like iOS has been in the past:

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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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Analyst: 6th Generation iPhone Will Be Larger, Release In 2014

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According to a new report from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, it’s rumored that Apple will be increasing the screen real-estate on the 6th generation iPhone, which would be slated to release in 2014. Despite last week’s clarification by Tim Cook that Apple isn’t looking to increase the size of the iPhone, Misek is still standing by his claims. Here’s the scoop, via Financial Post:

Apple Inc. will likely launch a larger screen iPhone 6 in June 2014, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek.

While this may seem like an eternity for fans of the popular smartphone, he explains the wait is due to the time required to transition the device’s display technology.

FP raises the question of why anyone would want to buy an iPhone 5S, when rumors of the iPhone 6 are surfacing. Misek claims that the next-generation iPhone, or iPhone 5S, will bring different color schemes to the device, like the current iPod touches, as well as, a faster processor, likely the A7, and an improved camera.

Again, it seems that Apple’s conference call from last week completely goes against all of Misek’s predictions:

We always strive to create the very best display. Some customers value large screen size. Others value other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, reflectivity, power consumption, compatibility of apps, portability.

Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.

Despite all of the rumors and what Apple has said, it’s possible that the 6th-generation iPhone may have a slightly increased screen size, but definitely not something drastic. What are your thoughts? Would you like a slightly bigger iPhone? source

Original iPhone To Soon Be Rendered Obsolete At Apple Retail Stores

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According to internal Apple documents obtained by 9to5mac, it seems that Apple will soon be rendering the original iPhone ‘obselete’ this Summer, along with various older Mac laptops and desktops. The original iPhone was debuted back in 2007, so it would make sense that Apple will no longer service these products from June 11, 2013 onward.

Apple defines obsolete, or vintage, products as:

…those that were discontinued more than five and less than seven years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products with the following exception:

-Products purchased in the state of California, United States, as required by statute.

-Owners of vintage Macintosh products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the state of California, United States.

-Owners of vintage iPod products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.

Apple’s iPhone was discontinued over 7 years ago, and AT&T has even stopped activating original iPhones over 18 months ago. The original iPhone was announced and unveiled at the 2007 MacWorld conference, starting at $499 for a 4GB model on-contract. Now, you can get a much sleeker, faster, and all-around great iPhone 5 starting at $199, or even $99 if you choose to get on on T-Mobile’s network.

Question: Are you still rocking an original iPhone, or using one for any reason? Let us know in the comments below!

OS X 10.9 Rumored To Release Later This Year With More iOS, Power-User Features

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Apple’s next major iteration of desktop software, OS X 10.9, internally codenamed “Cabernet”, is rumored to release later this year and will bring many features that are seen on iOS to the Mac. OS X 10.9 is not said to be a major overhaul, rather implementation of different key iOS elements to the main operating system.

Despite bringing iOS features to OS X as its predecessor Mountain Lion did, OS X 10.9 will also concentrate on bringing power-user features to the Mac as well. Most notably, it’s been rumored that Finder will undergo a small upgrade, and will finally bring tabbed browsing. Currently, users would have to use a hack or a 3rd party application to enable that, so it seems that Apple is definitely listening to the community for certain design aspects.

It also seems that OS X 10.9 will also bring better support for multiple monitor setups, allowing a user to use multiple applications on multiple displays. This is a definite must-have for any Mac power-user, and Craig Federighi replied to a 9to5mac reader on the topic:

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MessageBox: Chat Heads on iOS

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Remember that cool tweak that we reported on a while ago? The concept behind the tweak was to enable Chat Heads on iOS system-wide, therefore “de-sandbox”ing it. It was whipped up in 24 hours by developer Adam Bell, and today it’s been released. The new tweak, dubbed “MessageBox”, allows you to view, send and read Facebook messages via Chat Heads throughout your entire iOS device (besides the lockscreen), just as it would be on Android, or a Facebook Home-compatible device.

Adam has been prominent in the jailbreak scene, developing useful tweaks such as Stride, and many others. However, this is a tweak that many have been looking forward to, and it seems to be the best, and only, rendition of Chat Heads on a device that’s not Facebook Home-friendly. I’ve been using the beta for a little while now since I got in contact with Adam, and today, he’s released the beta build to everyone, with hopes that an official release will soon follow.

Here’s how to get it:

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#ALTWWDC: Free Alternative To Apple’s WWDC, Live Streams and All

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Scoring a ticket to WWDC was probably not in any of our favors, however, if you were lucky enough to score one in the two minutes that they were available, enjoy the conference. However, for those of you that did not, and happen to live in California, you can visit #AltWWDC, which promises to be an open, and free alternative to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Yes, free.

#AltWWDC will be taking place the same days that WWDC will be in session, and will take place almost a block from the “Moscone West” where WWDC will be taking place. Here’s the scoop:

Join us for AltWWDC – a free and open alternative to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference – June 10th-14th, 2013. Five days of talks, food, co-working, and mingling with other developers all without the bar noise. Got a WWDC ticket? Didn’t get a WWDC ticket? Doesn’t matter – the conference happens outside the conference.

#AltWWDC is being organized by the folks at Appsterdam, who is a non-profit organizations for app creators, or developers. The small event will feature a few speakers such as Mike Lee, Victor Agreda, Jr., Brett Terpstra, Brent Simmons, Saul Mora, and more.

Most notably, the event will have a Keynote breakfast which will allow you to eat, relax, and see what Apple has to offer via a live stream. By the way, did we mention that this little gathering will have free food? Yes, #AltWWDC will be serving free lunch everyday, so if you’re interested, you better get your ticket ASAP as they’re first come first serve.

If you are interested in attending #ALTWWDC, it will be held at 845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103 and admission is absolutely free. source

WWDC 2013: Sold Out In 2 Minutes

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As many of you may know, today, the page to purchase tickets for Apple’s WWDC went live. Apple announced their 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference yesterday, and will be held on June 10-14th. However, it didn’t take long for developers and attendees to slam Apple’s website, and completely sell out the conference in 2 minutes flat. For comparison purposes, WWDC 2012 sold out in an hour and 42 minutes.

At $1,599 per ticket, admission is anything but cheap, but if you do the math, you’d see that Apple taking in around 41.6 ticket sales per second, and would be generating $66,625 per second (if everyone was paying full price). That’s insane.

Despite selling out so rapidly, it’s hard to predict what we would possibly see at WWDC, but, the conference is also centric for developer sessions and will allow them to improve and enhance their coding for future applications. On the bright side, Apple does promise developers that we’re unable to attend that videos of sessions will be posted throughout the week of the event.

Also, if you happen to be a student who develops applications, you might want to check out Apple’s WWDC 2013 Student Scholarship.

With that said, is any of our audience going to WWDC? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to stay tuned to iOSVlog.com during the conference for the latest news from the WWDC Keynote. source