One of the great ways to get in on the Apple rumor writing racket is to scour the patents and the job listings. At least one of those bears fruit this week, plus keeping an eye on the Asian press, where so many Apple products are manufactured, also delivers some goods for your rumor mongering. So let's see what they've discovered and what else might be happening in the Apple news.
The holiday season is now officially in full force, which means many readers are hitting the open road to visit loved ones or just take a break from their daily routines. Apple's built-in Maps have had a rocky history thus far, but our Friday Morning Report has details on how the company might improve that situation, as well as big expansion plans into India. Find out what they've got in store for the future with just a click!
When LG says, "Talk to the hand" they mean it! Wait until you get a load of the Korean manufacturer's latest commercial for the LG G Flex, which finds a seemingly normal dude making out with his hand by the end of the two-minute spot. (If you don't believe us, just fast-forward.) Thankfully, not all of Thursday's news was quite so bizarre, and we're talking about the weekend that SXSW kicks off in Austin here...
Steve Jobs famously refused to look back, always keeping his eye focused on the future -- but the return of the discontinued iPhone 4 in a trio of emerging markets indicates the new Apple may be taking a different approach.
Google has been a busy little bee this week, finding time to add an activity stream view to Google Drive as well as data compression and Google Translate to the mobile Chrome browser (see below) in between acquiring companies like Nest. But that last move has also raised the threat level for many distrustful of the company whose mantra was once "Don't be evil" — a policy we'll try to stick to with today's recap.
While the iPhone 5 remains Apple's top seller and an updated version appears to be on the way this fall, the three-year-old iPhone 4 is quietly becoming the little smartphone that could, particularly in emerging markets.
We're used to seeing the iPhone virtually everywhere here in the U.S., but despite its success all around the globe, Apple is falling behind in India, a key market poised to become the world's third largest this year.
So how about that PlayStation 4, huh? Sony held a big event Wednesday night to announce its next-generation entertainment console, but neglected to show it to anyone, let alone offer up a price or release date. Maybe they're taking an anti-Apple approach? Guess we'll see how that works out for them, but from where we sit, seems as if the once-mighty CE giant seems to just be trying to get in line ahead of Xbox rival Microsoft…