Rumors have been circulating for some time that we'll see an update to the Apple TV, but today marks the first appearance of what looks like proof that a hardware refresh is on the way. As 9to5Mac notes, it's a simple thing, really--an inconspicuous mention of "AppleTV 4,1" found buried in the framework for the existing Apple TV's AirPlay connection features. That designation corresponds to no existing models, which means in all likelihood it refers to a new device entirety.
Get ready for a tougher iPhone. Word came in today via 9to5Mac that Apple's partner GT Advanced had received equipment for sapphire glass manufacturing and testing at its new plant in Arizona, and the whole setup is allegedly capable of putting out between 100 to 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays per year.
These days, the very thought of finding Mac OS X on a machine that wasn't designed by the folks in Cupertino seems a bit like heresy. But according to an interview with former Sony president Kunitake Ando, reports Japanese journalist Noboyuki Hayashi (via AppleInsider), that almost wasn't the case. Indeed, if Steve Jobs (of all people) had has his way back in 2001, Sony's Vaio would have also run Mac OS.
Isn't the entire point of the Olympics to bring together diverse groups and let them participate in friendly competition? That's not how Samsung sees it, apparently, as the South Korean tech giant has asked all participating athletes to cover up Apple logos on their devices during the opening ceremony. Samsung is one of the big sponsors of the winter games at Sochi, reports Slashgear, and it has little patience for participants who prefer iPhones over Galaxies.
We've heard before that Apple plans to place a lot of emphasis on health monitoring with its upcoming iWatch, and each new bit of news seems to confirm it. As 9to5Mac reports, the latest proof seems to come from Apple's alleged hiring of Roy J.E.M. Raymann, a sleep researcher from Philips Research, who's the latest name in a growing list of health professionals associated with the iWatch team.
It's not entirely clear what they're teaching people over in North Korea, but it certainly isn't innovation. ComputerWorld managed to get a hold of screenshots of the third version of the secretive communist country's homemade Linux-based operating system, and almost any Mac|Life reader should be able to spot some key resemblances right off the bat. Indeed, it looks like nothing so much as Mac OS X.
The folks over at Pebble know the iWatch is coming, but that isn't stopping them from delivering a great experience for the many fans of its successful smartwatch. And with today's launch of the dedicated app store for the device we first heard about back in December, that experience just got better.
Remember Walter Isaacson, the guy who wrote that bestselling biography of Steve Jobs that seemed to be everywhere in the winter of 2011-2012? Isaacson once again found himself in the spotlight earlier this month when he argued in an interview with CNBC that the "greatest innovation today" was coming from Google's offices, not Apple's. It sparked such a harsh response that Isaacson held another interview with Bloomberg this morning in which he argued that Apple is still better at turning their ideas into reality.
If there was any clear loser during Apple's earnings call this week, it was the once mighty iPod. After the news broke that only 6 million units of the portable music device had been sold--around half as many from the same time last year--pundits across the Internet hopped on their soapboxes to declare the iPod dead. But not so fast, 9to5Mac says--evidence suggests that Apple might have big plans for the device yet.
Big things are afoot at Microsoft; perhaps big enough to warrant attention from the folks in Cupertino. According to Bloomberg's sources, Microsoft plans to fill the CEO chair currently occupied by Steve Ballmer from within the company, and probably soon. And here's an arguably bigger chunk of news--the board might even replace Bill Gates as chairman.