Good news for phablet lovers hoping a bigger iPhone will magically drop into their Christmas stocking this year: Sources are now claiming the larger smartphone will launch alongside a 4.7-inch model this fall.
Holding out for a new MacBook Air? DigiTimes reported Monday that Apple may be planning to introduce a new 12-inch model sometime in the third quarter of this year, presumably an attempt to distinguish between the 11-inch model which isn't much bigger than an iPad and the 13-inch ultrathin notebook. But bad news for 12-inch iPad holdouts: That device has apparently been delayed. Read on for other news items you may have missed yesterday!
Microsoft has tried a number of tactics to get the Apple faithful to switch over from iPads and MacBooks to their Surface tablets (which were partly meant to kill both markets with one stone), and so far it's failed rather dismally. But now the company is attempting to one of the most direct routes to winning your hearts — bring in your MacBook Air, and they'll give you a wad of store credit to put toward a Surface Pro 3.
Regardless of whatever happens to Nuance, it looks as though Apple's about to extend Siri to a greater segment of the world's population. MacRumors reports that the Cupertino giant recently posted job listings for "Siri Language Engineers" fluent in Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, and Russian — none of which are currently supported by the service.
In OS X Lion, Apple incorporated the pop-up accent typing tool that was first introduced in iOS, which allows you to easily access accented characters by holding down the corresponding letter key. But if you don't regularly use accented characters, it might be best to disable this function with a little Terminal hackage.
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Now here's one of those reports that won't exactly come as a surprise: It's late June and Apple suppliers in mainland China are said to be recruiting new hires to assemble Cupertino's latest smartphone.
Google will be countering Apple's WWDC 2014 announcements with its own annual developer conference this week in San Francisco, an event rumored to include an Android Wear smartwatch from Samsung as well as new TV and automobile products from the search giant. Google I/O kicks off Wednesday, so we'll be sure to keep an eye on the proceedings and report back here with any big developments. In the meantime, here's what you might have missed over the weekend...
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Rumors, we got hot and tasty fresh rumors stewing in the pot for you this week. So many leaks and speculation and unnamed sources. Some of them are probably right, but which ones? Ah, that's the trick. See if you can spot the plausible ones. (Photo by Apfel Page Concept Design.)
One of the first changes to iOS 8 that beta testers noticed was that Yahoo, long the source of Apple's data for its default Weather app, had been ousted by The Weather Channel. At the time, some commentators wondered if it was a simple mistake. But according to Re/code, the switch was all part of a plan by Weather Channel CEO David Kenny, formerly a Yahoo board member, to wrest the high-profile logo placement from his former company.
Last month we reported that L.A. Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant had been seen hanging around Apple's offices in Cupertino, and at the time we speculated that he was in town to discuss endorsement deals regarding the rumored "iWatch." But a new report from 9to5Mac claims that he and other athletes from the NBA, NHL, and MLB have instead been visiting Tim Cook and friends to test the fitness capabilities of Apple's long-anticipated wearable tech.
Okay, strap yourselves in, kids, because this week is seriously killer. Major studios are busting down prices across the board, big name apps are down to a buck from five and more, and everyone's acting like it's a holiday weekend. So stop reading this and get clicking below!