We got rumors and we got betas this week as Apple news moves into the summer's concluding month before the fall rumor season really heats up. Blackberry tries to stay relevant, some new games hit the consoles, and it feels like Apple TV is getting some of its due. More just like that inside.
While it's not quite a mass exodus just yet, more and more musicians appear to be thumbing their nose in the general direction of Spotify. Rather than view the streaming music service as just one more way to receive royalties, folks like Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke have started pulling their work from the Spotify roster, while others continue to sit it out entirely. As usual, the losers are the end users who just want to hear their music, and the situation is probably going to get worse before it ever gets better…
According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via MacRumors), we might not get to see the long-anticipated iPad mini with retina display until 2014. The culprit? Believe it or not, it's the retina displays themselves. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we've heard of delays, as DigiTimes reported earlier in the year that production concerns were holding up the release until late this year.
It's that time again, time when we roll away the refurbs and bring you sweet deals on all brand new Macs, with that delicious new computer smell. No one but the assembly team's touched these babies before you get your paws on them so they're all yours. Plus a goodly assortment of iOS accessories to give you more boom for your buck.
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
Well, the iPad minis are hitting the refurb market for real now, just as we predicted. Not so long ago, it seemed like everyone loved their mini and they were few and far between anywhere, but now, just as with all things, the bloom is off the rose and minis can be had in nearly every configuration. Verizon buyers seem more smitten than AT&T customers, but if you're hankering for the little iPad, you've come to the right place, accessories and all.
Apple's anticipated reveals of new iPad hardware may only be a couple of months away (unless they shock us all and reveal them at WWDC), and it looks like they're trying to move as much of the old stock as they can. That's good news if you've been looking for a comparatively low-cost iPad directly from the source, as Apple today announced discounts of 15 to 17 percent for refurbished iPad 4 units and iPad Minis for the Apple Store.
Sometimes you want all new Mac goodness, and sometimes you want a little upgrade or accessory action for that Mac. We've got you covered in both cases this week, along with the usual bevy of iOS accessories, one of which is especially useful if you drive a car from the 1990s.
If you life webcomics then have we got a news item for you. And if you're a big fan of streaming movies and YouTube, your life is about to get better, but if you're looking to upgrade to Windows 8, you may have to wait a little on your iTunes. That and more in this week's hot topics.
If you've been holding out for a iPad mini with a retina display, you won't have to wait much longer. According to a statement by NPD DisplaySearch to CNET this morning, Apple will start mass producing Retina iPad minis later in the year, and as a bonus, it'll have one of the highest tablet resolutions currently on the market.