Mac|Life - News http://www.maclife.com/articles/24/feed en Apple Co-Founder 'Woz' Thinks Wearables Like iWatch Will Be A 'Hard Sell' http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_cofounder_woz_thinks_wearables_iwatch_will_be_hard_sell <!--paging_filter--><p>So what does Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, think of the "wearables" category of technology, which the so-called "iWatch" will join when it's presumably announced on September 9? "I feel that wearables are a hard sell," he says. "Woz" explained his beliefs further in a recent interview with <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-co-founder-woz-calls-wearables-a-hard-sell-wants-bigger-screen/" target="_blank">Cnet</a> shortly after word leaked that we would probably be seeing the long-awaited smartwatch next month after all.</p><p>Wearable pieces of technology like the iWatch, he says, are simply "go-betweens for your smartphone, but are an extra piece and need special advantages that the smartphone doesn’t have, in my opinion. If they are just a Bluetooth go-between then it could wind up in the category of Bluetooth headsets: Fun to wear and show off for a day."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/steve_wozniak_2012.jpg" width="620" height="410" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wozniak" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a></strong></p><p>For his part, he sounds like he's more interested in what the rumored larger iPhones have to offer.</p><p>"I personally want a larger screen that can do more of what my iPhone does," he says. "The small 1.5-inch by 1.5-inch screens don’t hack it for me. If it serves as a speakerphone, the speaker had better be good. My Martian watch is usable for phone calls but not my Galaxy Gear, for this reason."</p><p>The Galaxy Gear, of course, was Samsung's ill-fated attempt to beat Apple to the punch in the smartwatch phase, and<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/samsung_reportedly_rushed_production_galaxy_gear_smartwatch_beat_apple" target="_blank"> the project fell flat</a> at release. Woz's predictions for Apple's own device echo some of the most notable rumors, such as how the device might have "personal health aids built in, Fitbit style."</p><p>In spite of his skepticism, Woz seems excited to see what Apple unveiled on Sept. 9.</p><p>"Apple works very hard to produce exceptionally great products and doesn’t quickly release things like a wearable," he says. "So if one is introduced I expect it to have a chance to set the direction and make the product category finally viable."</p><p>"I'm holding my breath," he says. So are we, Woz.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_cofounder_woz_thinks_wearables_iwatch_will_be_hard_sell#comments News cnet iWatch Rumors speculation Steve Wozniak wearable tech wearables Woz Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:03:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 20548 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Building Massive Mystery Side Stage for Sept. 9 Media Event http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_building_massive_mystery_side_stage_sept_9_media_event <!--paging_filter--><p>This morning Apple<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/big_apple_event_confirmed_sept_9" target="_blank"> started sending out invitations</a> confirming that there will, indeed, be a media event on September 9. In all likelihood, we'll finally get to see the iPhone 6 and the fabled "iWatch" then. And in sharp contrast to another announcements Apple's made in the past, the company is apparently building a mysterious auxiliary stage.</p><p>That stage is reportedly off to the side of the main event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts. It's not a small thing — according to eyewitness accounts at <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/big_apple_event_confirmed_sept_9" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>, it measures a full three stories. "Scads" of security personnel are said to protect the thing, and the company is keeping it wrapped under a white barricade. When asked what it was for, the security team simply responded: "We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/flintcenter.jpg" width="620" height="465" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/28/apple-flint-center-structure-iphone-6/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>Here's where things get interesting. Steve Jobs first unveiled the Mac at the Flint Center way back in 1984, and the building itself serves as the main theater for De Anza College, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's alma mater. It also seats considerably more people that San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. All three facts seem to indicate that Apple expects to be the unveiling to mark a milestone in the company's history.</p><p>It's possible that the stage may have something to do with the unveiling of the "iWatch" — perhaps in the form of an athletic demonstration of the health-sensor activities. It also may serve as a demonstration area for iOS 8's HomeKit capabilities. Earlier today <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/apple-bets-iphone-magic-will-spill-over-to-wearables.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> also added strength to reports that Apple's long-awaited wearable would be revealed at the event, and <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/iphone-6-to-use-nfc/" target="_blank">Wired </a></em>added credence to <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/leaked_logic_boards_iphone_6_may_confirm_nfc_rumors" target="_blank">yesterday's report</a> that the iPhone 6 would support NFC payments.</p><p>(Also, as a bit of humor? According to<a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/293138/apples-iphone-6-event-host-hasnt-updated-website-15-years/" target="_blank"> Cult of Mac</a>, the Flint Center hasn't updated its website since around the time of the reveal of the iMac.)</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_building_massive_mystery_side_stage_sept_9_media_event#comments News fitness iphone iphone 6 iWatch media event NFC Sept. 9 September 9 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:16:18 +0000 Leif Johnson 20546 at http://www.maclife.com Big Apple Event Confirmed for Sept. 9 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/big_apple_event_confirmed_sept_9 <!--paging_filter--><p>We've been hearing the rumors for weeks, but now Apple's made it official: the company will indeed be holding a major press event on Tuesday, September 9. Though Apple hasn't said what they'll be showing — the invitation cryptically reads "Wish we could tell you more" — it's widely expected that the event will feature the long-anticipated official unveiling of the iPhone 6. Rumors also started popping up earlier this week suggesting that the iWatch will make its debut at the event as well.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/08/invite_620.png" width="620" height="530" /></p><p>The event is scheduled for 10AM Pacific time on September 9, and will be held at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino. Check back on that date to see all the breaking news at MacLife.com!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">For more iPhone 6 info, take a look at our expanded list of news and rumors&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #0099cc; text-decoration: none; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;" href="http://www.maclife.com/article/iphone/iphone-6-features-rumors-release-date" target="_self">here</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">.</span></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/big_apple_event_confirmed_sept_9#comments News apple events events iWatch iPhone Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:45:01 +0000 MacLife Staff 20543 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: Still More iPhone 6 Parts, NYC Glass Cube Patent, Dropbox Pro http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_still_more_iphone_6_parts_nyc_glass_cube_patent_dropbox_pro <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/iphone_6_sim_tray_home_button_parts_620px.png" alt="iPhone 6 SIM tray &amp; home button parts" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>We hope you like the existing iPhone color options, because Apple appears to be continuing that tradition with this year's iPhone 6 — that is, if a new set of leaked components can be believed. Thursday's Morning Report also has details on a patent for Apple's iconic glass cube store, along with Dropbox going on the offensive with its cheapest cloud storage yet. What are you waiting for? Click and read on for more!</p><h3>iPhone 6 Components Confirm Same Trio of Color Options</h3><p>Getting sick of iPhone 6 leaks yet and hoping Apple will just announce the thing already? <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/28/iphone-6-rear-logo-revamped-speaker/" target="_blank">MacRumors today reported</a> that yet another batch of leaked components have turned up online, this time in a triumvirate of color schemes which seemingly confirm Cupertino's plans to unleash the handset in the Space Grey, Silver, and Gold options currently available with the iPhone 5s.<br /><br />Among the parts shown are the nano-SIM card tray, the Touch ID-enabled home button, and an embedded Apple logo from the rear of the handset, which appears to contradict earlier rumors of a scratch-resistant Liquidmetal alloy. However, the component marks the first time since the original iPhone in 2007 that Apple has returned to an embedded logo component.<br /><br />Last but not least, the <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&amp;sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;u=http://www.nowhereelse.fr/iphone-6-nouveaux-composants-pagaille-100424/" target="_blank">leaked images from Nowhereelse.fr</a> (via Google Translate) appear to show off both the internal speaker as well as the vibration motor of the alleged iPhone 6, which is expected to be unveiled on September 9.</p><h3>Apple Nabs Patent for Iconic Glass Cube Flagship Store Design</h3><p>Usually when Apple patent filings make headlines, it's because Cupertino has some amazing new technology up its sleeve. But this week, <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/08/apple-wins-a-patent-for-their-famous-nyc-glass-store-design.html" target="_blank">Patently Apple reported</a> that the iPhone maker has also filed for both trademark and patent design protection for its most famous retail store, the so-called "glass cube" on Fifth Avenue in New York City.<br /><br />First filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office back in August 2010, the trademark on that iconic design may still be pending, but Apple was recently granted the design patent D712,067, protecting yet another invention that credits late co-founder Steve Jobs as one of the structure's inventors and designers.</p><h3>Dropbox Pro Takes Aim at Google Drive with 1TB for $10/Mo.</h3><p><a href="https://blog.dropbox.com/2014/08/introducing-more-powerful-dropbox-pro/" target="_blank">The Dropbox Blog announced Wednesday</a> an extensive revamp of Dropbox Pro, the cloud storage provider's paid service tier. Although Dropbox is widely considered something of a cheapskate when it comes to storage capacity, the company has moved to eliminate that perception by distilling its Pro offering to a single pricing plan: 1TB of space for only $9.99 per month.<br /><br />That matches a similar Google Drive offer launched earlier this year, and now makes Dropbox an exceptional value, especially considering the extensive range of features included. In addition to the price change, Dropbox Pro now includes new sharing controls including passwords and expirations for shared links, as well as view-only permission for shared folders. Pro users also have the option to unlink a lost or stolen computer from their account, remotely wiping the contents of a Dropbox account from that system in the process.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter<br /><br />(Image courtesy of MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr)</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_still_more_iphone_6_parts_nyc_glass_cube_patent_dropbox_pro#comments News apple leaks apple patents Apple Retail Stores components Dropbox Dropbox Pro flagship iphone 6 Morning Report iPad iPhone Mac Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:00 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20541 at http://www.maclife.com Leaked Logic Boards for 'iPhone 6' May Confirm NFC Rumors http://www.maclife.com/article/news/leaked_logic_boards_iphone_6_may_confirm_nfc_rumors <!--paging_filter--><p>China's GeekBar has been on a roll lately, as <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/alleged_leaked_schematics_hint_iphone_6_might_support_128gb_storage" target="_blank">almost every day</a> brings a new set of schematics and parts that supposedly come from one of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. The repair firm sometimes doesn't properly identify the parts, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/leaked_phosphorus_component_may_be_iphone_6s_barometer" target="_blank">according to other experts</a>, but the leaks themselves appear to be legit. GeekBar earlier <a href="http://www.weibo.com/p/1001593744250318689390" target="_blank">claimed</a> that one part in particular was the iPhone's <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/nfcbased_mobile_payments_could_finally_come_iphone_year" target="_blank">long-rumored</a> near-field communications (NFC) chip, and now the forum users over at MacRumors <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/27/iphone-6-nfc-chip/" target="_blank">maintain</a>&nbsp;there might be some truth to the claim.</p><p>At the time, GeekBar claimed that the schematic listed as PN65V was a new iPhone version of the PN65 NFC package made by NXP that you sometimes find in Android devices. One of MacRumors's forum users, chrmjenkins, attempted to confirm the claim by pulling up a separate document for NXP's PN65 chip, which pointed out that the chip measures 5x5mm and contains 32 connectivity channels. With that in mind, verifying GeekBar's claim seemed to be a simple case of looking for the appropriate spot on the leaked photos of the iPhone 6's alleged logic boards.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/nfc.jpg" width="620" height="427" /></p><p><strong>Logic boards (alleged) of 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5s, and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/27/iphone-6-nfc-chip/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a></strong></p><p>And surprisingly enough, there's a space on both of the&nbsp;boards that look like they could support the chip in question. (You can see it outlined in red in the space above.) So far, MacRumors says, "many of the current major components can be mapped reasonably well to locations on the iPhone 6 logic board," leaving this mystery piece of real estate a prime candidate for an NPC chip.</p><p>And not a moment too soon. According to some commentators, the iPhone 6 is going to be the device that finally makes mobile payments a big thing at Apple, and an NFC chip would mark an important step toward making that vision a reality. Fortunately, we should only have to wait until <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_said_reveal_iphone_6_during_sept_9_media_event" target="_blank">September 9</a> to learn if all this speculation has any weight.</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">For more iPhone 6 info, take a look at our expanded list of news and rumors&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #0099cc; text-decoration: none; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;" href="http://www.maclife.com/article/iphone/iphone-6-features-rumors-release-date" target="_self">here</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', lucida, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">.</span></p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/leaked_logic_boards_iphone_6_may_confirm_nfc_rumors#comments News iOS 8 iphone iphone 6 mobile payments NFC Rumors speculation Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:51:36 +0000 Leif Johnson 20539 at http://www.maclife.com iWatch Possible to Debut At Sept. 9 Apple Event http://www.maclife.com/article/news/iwatch_possible_debut_sept_9_apple_event <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're sick of <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/iwatch-features-rumors-leak-price-release-date" target="_blank">all the "iWatch" rumors</a> that have clogged the Apple news pipeline for what seems like years now, take heart — it might all be over on September 9. According to sources who spoke with <a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/27/codered-apple-plans-to-announce-wearable-in-september/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, at least, that's the day when Apple will at last officially announced its highly anticipated piece of wearable tech.</p><p>That's also the day, of course, when we're supposed to hear about the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_said_reveal_iphone_6_during_sept_9_media_event" target="_blank">two new iPhones</a>, which means we're in for a more exciting media event than we've had in some years. (Previously, the word among Apple rumormongers was that we wouldn't hear about iWatch until a separate media event <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/report_claims_iwatch_will_appear_october_2014_hints_wireless_charging" target="_blank">held in October</a> —&nbsp;or worse yet, until sometime in 2015.)</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/balogh-iwatch.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.behance.net/baloghgabor" target="_blank">Gábor Balogh</a></strong></p><p>All Re/code's sources say is that Apple will reveal a piece of "wearable tech" at this event, and at this point, it's not even clear if it's going to be called the iWatch. One of Apple's patent applications for the device, after all, referred to it as <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_secures_patent_filed_2011_itime_smartwatch" target="_blank">"iTime."</a> The device will reportedly work in tandem with iOS 8's HealthKit platform, and HomeKit, too, will play a noteworthy role in its day-to-day use.</p><p>September 9 isn't that far away, which means that if this new rumor has any weight to it, we should start seeing the invitations any day now. As for the October event? It's now thought that Apple will reserve it for new models from its iPad and MacBook lines.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/iwatch_possible_debut_sept_9_apple_event#comments News iOS 7 iOS 8 iTime iWatch Rumors September 9 speculation wearable tech Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:00:30 +0000 Leif Johnson 20538 at http://www.maclife.com iPhone 6 Features and Rumors: What We Know So Far http://www.maclife.com/article/iphone/iphone-6-features-rumors-release-date <!--paging_filter--><p>We all know the iPhone 6 is coming; it's just a question of when. Since 2008, Apple has unveiled an entirely new handset every two years, and all evidence indicates we're only a short time away from the eighth iteration of the iPhone — naturally, we're pretty stoked.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/06/iphone_6_dickson_leak_620.png" width="620" height="585" /></p><p>We're sure Apple will have a few tricks up its sleeve on the big day, but there's a lot we already know about the new iPhone. Leaked schematics, pilfered parts, and substantiated rumors have been floating around the Internet for a while now, so it's not too hard to get a pretty clear picture of what it will look like. (Plus, we're sure it'll be shipping with <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/ios-8-best-new-features" target="_self">iOS 8</a>.) Here's what we're likely to see:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Design</strong></p><p>Each new numbered iPhone model has brought significant case changes, and it's a safe bet that this year will showcase another one. Based on a flurry of reports, it looks like Apple is going to modify its trademark shape for something a bit more akin to the iPod touch and iPad mini, sporting a slightly tapered design and extra rounded corners. Rumors are also calling for it to be significantly thinner than the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/iphone_5s_review" target="_self">iPhone 5s</a>, while trimmings the thickness of the bezel even further. But don't expect anything too radical — the home button is sticking around until at least the iPhone 7.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Screen</strong></p><p>With the new design comes one giant change: the display. While it won't be quite as large as the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, reports peg the iPhone 6 at around 4.7 inches, with a slightly-less-then-full-HD resolution of 1704-by-960. The extra screen real estate probably won't be enough to fit another column of icons in our home screens, but it'll certainly give developers more room to experiment with. Also rumored is an even bigger, phablet-sized phone clocking in at 5.5 inches; some have taken to calling the larger model <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/latest_iphone_6_rumors_claim_sept_25_release_new_front_panel_video" target="_self">the iPhone Air</a>&nbsp;or the iPhone 6L. If it arrives, it might be timed a little later, possibly aligned with Apple's annual iPad event.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Processor &amp; Memory</strong></p><p>Allegedly, the iPhone 6 will boast a brand-new A8 processor supplied by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) and Samsung. The A7 chip in the iPhone 5s was revolutionary thanks to its 64-bit architecture, but the A8 will be even faster — <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apples_rumored_new_a8_chip_may_surpass_2_ghz_while_remaining_dualcore" target="_self">likely more than 2GHz</a> — and more powerful, although the dual-core design will likely stay intact. The reported improvements will be possible due to 20-nm process that replaces the 28-nm process used for the A7 chip. A <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/leaked_phosphorus_component_may_be_iphone_6s_barometer" target="_self">leaked schematic</a> indicates that the processor will include a component that's code-named "Phosphorus." Although Phosphorus was initally thought to be a motion coprocessor, it's now commonly believed to be a barometric sensor, which could be used to help with GPS, weather, and health functions. Meanwhile, it's rumored that the maximum storage capacity of the iPhone 6 could <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/alleged_leaked_schematics_hint_iphone_6_might_support_128gb_storage" target="_self">jump up to 128GB</a>, up from the 64GB max of previous iPhones.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sapphire</strong></p><p>When Apple unveiled its Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s, the home button received a serious upgrade, with a stainless steel detection ring and, most importantly, a slick sapphire crystal covering. Now it seems that the scratch-resistant material is coming to the screen, too, as Apple and partner GT Advanced Technologies significantly ramped up sapphire production earlier this year, expanding operations in its Arizona plant far more than would be needed for a few million home buttons. If <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/new_videos_purport_show_iphone_6s_sapphire_glass_surviving_stress_test" target="_self">a leaked video</a> is to be believed, the sapphire glass allows the display a good deal of flexibility without breakage.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Timing</strong></p><p>Reports about the iPhone 6's timing have been all over the place, but most of them suggest the phone will be hitting sometime in September or October. A <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_said_reveal_iphone_6_during_sept_9_media_event" target="_self">big reveal event is slated for Sept. 9</a>, and although Apple hasn't officially said that iPhone 6 will be shown there, it's almost a certainty. Coupled with the rumor that Apple has been blocking Apple Store employee vacations in September (traditionally a sign that something big is on the way), it seems possible that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could hit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/iphone_6_may_launch_sept_19_optical_stabilization_55inch_model" target="_self">Sept. 19</a>, though some Apple watchers even think it might arrive even sooner. In fact, reports out of China indicate that the phone is <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apples_iphone_6_reportedly_final_stages_mass_production" target="_self">ready to enter mass production</a>.&nbsp;As for the larger 5.5-inch version, reports are all over the place, and there's speculation that it <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/production_issues_may_delay_55inch_iphone_6_after_all" target="_self">might not even arrive until 2015</a>. However, a Thailand government official recently announced he gave approval to <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_receives_approval_distribute_two_iphone_6_models_thailand" target="_self">two models of iPhone 6 being sold in his country</a>, which indicates they could be released simultaneously. The one thing you can count on, however, is that demand will be through the roof, so you might want to start staking out your spot in line now.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Camera</strong></p><p>According to rumors, the iPhone 6 will feature <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/iphone_6_camera_rumored_include_improved_13mp_sony_exmor_sensor" target="_self">greatly enhanced photography capabilities</a> thanks to the use of a Sony Exmor IMX220 camera sensor, which is a significant upgrade from the older IXM145 featured on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models. The 1/2.3-inch sensor is said to pack 13 megapixels capable of recording 1080p videos with a resolution sampling of 3840 x 1080.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NFC</strong></p><p>Apple has thus far resisted the temptation of near field communication — despite rampant rumors that seem to pop up around this time every year — but it looks like the technology might actually make its way into the iPhone 6. Adding a bit of credence to the speculation this time around is a report that Apple is in talks with banking providers and retailers to seamlessly integrate a proprietary payment service into PassBook and the iPhone. We wouldn't be surprised to see nothing come of it, but it's definitely a stronger possibility than it's ever been.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wireless Charging</strong></p><p>Aside from its new design and updated specs, the iPhone usually has a killer new feature that gets everyone talking. Last year it was Touch ID, and if the rumors are right, this year it will be wireless changing. Most likely it'll be via a charging mat that still needs to come into physical contact with the phone, but we're holding out hope for a true Apple solution that requires no wires whatsoever — either through tiny solar panels or some kind of internal kinetic wizardry.</p><p><em>(Image via Sonny Dickson)</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/iphone/iphone-6-features-rumors-release-date#comments News iphone 6 iPhone 6 features iphone 6 rumors iPhone Coming Soon Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:39:28 +0000 Michael Simon 20169 at http://www.maclife.com Morning Report: iPad Hits Speed Bump, V.BTTN, Thinner MacBook Rumors http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_ipad_hits_speed_bump_vbttn_thinner_macbook_rumors <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/v.bttn_with_phone_620px.png" alt="V.BTTN" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>While many pundits and analysts proclaim it's curtains for the tablet market, one of technology's more prominent voices says it's too early to write off such devices. Today's Morning Report also takes a look at rumors of a thinner MacBook for early next year, and a cute little programmable button that works with all of your devices. Read on for the details!</p><h3>Apple CEO Dismisses Tablet Sales Slump as "Speed Bump"</h3><p>You've seen the headlines: It's apparently game over for tablets, the market for such devices has crashed, and it was fun while it lasted. Thankfully, we have the far saner voice of journalist Walt Mossberg, who <a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/26/in-defense-of-tablets/" target="_blank">published a report Tuesday on Re/code</a> about this current "end is nigh" phenomenon with the tablet market.<br /><br />Among the voices of reason: Apple CEO Tim Cook, who gushed about how Cupertino "couldn't be happier" with the iPad's first four years, and with good reason — the iPhone maker leads the pack by a wide margin with 225 million units to date, and $6 billion in revenue last quarter alone. (Mossberg notes that's more than the "quarterly revenues of Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Groupon, and Tesla combined.")<br /><br />“I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump, and I’ve seen that in every category,” Cook added, suggesting the current tablet slump is something of a crossroads as buyers realize the devices aren't going to necessarily replace a PC for everyone. Mossberg also cited Microsoft Office as an example of where the iPad can actually excel (pun intended) over a traditional PC, claiming the best is yet to come for this young device category. We couldn't agree more....</p><h3>V.BTTN Connects Wearable, Programmable Button to iPhone</h3><p>The advent of Bluetooth LE has broadened the horizons of what's possible from our smartphones, and on Tuesday <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-1941423.htm" target="_blank">the folks at VSN Mobil expanded</a> the field even further with the arrival of a $59.99 button called <a href="http://www.vsnmobil.com/wearables/v-bttn/" target="_blank">V.BTTN</a>. The gadget is quite simple: It's a 32mm black button weighing only eight grams, which can be programmed via apps to do just about anything developers can imagine, including send a text message, remotely activate a camera shutter, or even order up dinner.<br /><br />VSN recently held the My Button Challenge to get developers excited about the hardware and its potential, and a number of those apps are already available for iOS, including Blare, Cam, and Click-Shot, the contest winner created by Luke Wilson. The company promises much more functionality yet to come, given that V.BTTN works with all major platforms including Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.</p><h3>Supply Chain Claims Thinner MacBook Coming by Early 2015</h3><p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140827PD207.html" target="_blank">DigiTimes today reported</a> that Apple may be putting the MacBook on a diet, and the already svelte notebook line could be ready to depart from the fat farm as early as the end of this year. According to Taiwanese supply chain sources, component production for a trimmer, more fit MacBook is already underway in "small volumes," and could slim down both the MacBook Air as well as the more robust MacBook Pro with Retina Display models when they arrive no later than early 2015.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="https://twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_ipad_hits_speed_bump_vbttn_thinner_macbook_rumors#comments News apple rumors Bluetooth LE Developers DigiTimes iPad MacBook Morning Report tablet market Tim Cook V.BTTN iPad iPhone Mac Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:40:33 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 20536 at http://www.maclife.com Showtime Anytime Channel Comes to Apple TV http://www.maclife.com/article/news/showtime_anytime_channel_comes_apple_tv <!--paging_filter--><p>The <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/new-apple-tv-delayed-wont-launch-before-2015" target="_blank">big update to Apple TV </a>may still be in the works, but in the meantime, everyone's favorite Cupertino company has expanded the device's current offerings with the addition of a Showtime Anytime channel. Notably, the channel acts as both an on-demand channel and way to view subscription content if you already have the channel through a cable provider.</p><p>There's a good chance you can run the channel if you live in the States and have both a cable connection and a subscription to Showtime. Supported providers include AT&amp;T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DIRECTV, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS — along with a massive number of regional providers. The channel also reportedly allows the viewing of full episodes from select shows for free, although it's unclear what these programs are.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/showtimeanytime.jpg" width="620" height="244" /></p><p>The addition of the Showtime Anytime channel allows Apple TV owners to watch popular shows such as <em>Dexter</em>, <em>Homeland</em>, <em>Californication</em>, <em>House of Lies</em>, <em>Ray Donovan</em>, and <em>The Tudors</em> on Apple's diminutive entertainment device, as well as Showtime's normally impressive list of premium movies.</p><p>The news follows on the heels of today's earlier announcement that Apple had revived the iTunes Festival Channel for the device, which we covered in today's <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_itunes_festival_additions_california_smartphone_bill_now_law" target="_blank">Morning Report</a>. Earlier in the month, Apple also added <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/nfl_now_brings_premium_football_content_apple_tv" target="_blank">NFL Now</a>, <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/cnbc_and_fox_now_come_apple_tv" target="_blank">Fox Now, and CNBC</a>. As for the highly anticipated Apple TV refresh? It's likely that we won't see it until sometime next year.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/showtime_anytime_channel_comes_apple_tv#comments News Apple TV Californication Channels Dexter Homeland iOS 7 movies Showtime Showtime Anytime television Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:52:06 +0000 Leif Johnson 20534 at http://www.maclife.com 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' is Real, Bloomberg Claims, And We'll See It in 2015 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/129inch_ipad_pro_real_bloomberg_claims_and_well_see_it_2015 <!--paging_filter--><p>Big is in at Apple. We already know that's true for the iPhone based on all the rumors surrounding the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models that are expected to hit shelves later this year, but now <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/apple-said-to-prepare-new-12-9-inch-ipad-for-early-2015.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> is reporting that we'll see a 12.9-inch iPad sometime in early 2015. Naturally, the sources "asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public."</p><p>Rumors about this device have been floating around since last year. We published a <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/columns/predicting_ipad_pro_part_1_innovation_cycle" target="_blank">three</a>-<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/columns/predicting_ipad_pro_part_2_postpc_myth" target="_blank">part</a> <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/columns/predicting_ipad_pro_part_3_lesstouchable_tablet" target="_blank">series</a> outlining predictions for the device (then commonly called the <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_allegedly_working_129inch_ipad_pro_release_early_2014" target="_blank">"iPad Pro"</a>) last winter, and a July 2013 report from the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> claimed that the Cupertino company was testing tablets that measured "slightly less than 13 inches diagonally."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/ipadpro2.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="http://ramotion.com/" target="_blank">Ramotion</a></strong></p><p>The report from Bloomberg claims that the big iPad represents an attempt to "shake up" the iPad line after two consecutive years of declining sales. The screen is said to support a high enough pixel density to reach ultra high definition (UHD), and its overall design will roughly match that of today's iPad mini and iPad Air.</p><p>Apple may be planning to market the massive tablet to business buyers, particularly in the wake of its notable partnership with IBM aimed at assisting enterprise customers. It's worth noting that reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities shot down rumors of a big iPad last year (via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/12/ipad-6-with-30-40-higher-pixel-density-expected-in-2014/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>), suggesting instead that Apple will release a new 9.7-inch iPad sporting significantly higher pixel densities than we see in current models.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/129inch_ipad_pro_real_bloomberg_claims_and_well_see_it_2015#comments News 12.9-inch 13-inch bloomberg iPad ipad pro Rumors speculation UHD Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:19:10 +0000 Leif Johnson 20531 at http://www.maclife.com