The big news heading into this past weekend had to be the announcement that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down sometime in the next 12 months, a decision that has many pundits wondering if the longtime company man is abandoning the post on his own or if the board of directors helped show him the door in an orderly fashion. One thing's for sure: Microsoft is in dire need of a shakeup if it ever hopes to make a dent in the mobile and tablet markets, so this one will be interesting to watch. In the meantime, here's a quick recap of some other stories you might have missed...
If it seems like it's been months since Apple released anything new, it's because it has. With the exception of a MacBook Air refresh in June, nothing new has emerged from Cupertino since last October, when the iPad mini made its debut. But autumn is nearly upon us, which promises to bring a bevy of goodies for the holiday shopping season, not least of all the new iPhone. Or iPhones, as a series of increasingly convincing leaks and rumors have seemingly revealed. With an official unveiling (possibly) on the near horizon, we've pulled together the most believable rumors and reports we've heard so far, and boiled them down to a list of what we're likely see in the coming weeks.
Sorry, developers and those who were randomly invited early to the party: Apple's iWork for iCloud beta is no longer an exclusive club, as Cupertino has lifted the velvet ropes and made it available to anyone with an Apple ID.
Like products from McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble? Let's hope so, because if you're planning on using the free version of iTunes Radio once it reportedly goes live next month, you're going to be hearing a lot from them. According to AdAge, the four companies will have exclusive rights to ads on the platform throughout the end of 2013.
Rumors and leaks are heating up and you know what that means: pure speculation! Fakes! A slowly growing fever pitch of excitement as we get closer and closer to the big day. If the 9/10 predictors are right, we'll be seeing Apple invites pretty soon, but only time will tell. That, and a MacLife columnist goes Android rogue — GASP!!!
Apple appears to be getting all of its ducks in a row ahead of the iOS 7 release this fall, including two significant changes to its App Store Review Guidelines related to apps intended for kids or online gamblers.
Now that Apple's apparently smoothed out a lot of the kinks in iOS 7, it's finally starting to turn its attention to other upcoming updates. Today, Apple rolled out a new version of iCloud for developers, and it's chock-full of designs that more closely resemble's Jony Ive's extreme makeover for the Cupertino company's mobile OS.
And so our long wait is almost over. Maybe. This weekend AllThingsD revealed that "sources" claimed the next iPhone would be revealed on September 10, and this morning Jim Dalrymple of The Loop seemed to confirm this with a simple "yes." Not the hardest evidence to rely on, to be sure, but both sources have a reputation for being right about this kind of thing.
Apple released the fifth beta for iOS 7 today just a week after it released the fourth beta build, but this newest release points to evidence that Apple might be finalizing some of the key design changes before the anticipated launch this fall. The changes range from minimal tweaks to icons to entire new looks for key menus.
In a move that could signal that Apple is starting to take independent streaming radio stations more seriously, the Cupertino company sent an e-mail to multiple radio stations asking them to submit cover art for future use on mobile device and iTunes.