Most rumors agree that Apple's next big reveal will be a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," but according to a respected analyst, production hiccups may keep Apple from mass producing the device until the second fiscal quarter of next year. And that's not all; Kuo also has some rather grim sales projections for Apple's entire tablet line.
So we have some news of what's coming up in the near future but we also have a few rumors to add to the pile. What's the latest on Apple Watch? And hot on the success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is Apple going bigger and bigger and bigger? And just who does want to play Steve Jobs in a biopic anyway? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
The runaway success of the iPhone 6 Plus no doubt proves to Apple that big is in, but is that success enough to make the Cupertino company turn its back on one of its most highly rated devices? Apparently so, according to a dubious new rumor from Taiwan's Economy Daily News, which claims that Apple plans to discontinue the device in favor of the long-rumored, gigantic 12.2-inch "iPad Pro."
A dubious rumor started making the rounds this afternoon that Apple is planning to make an operating system for its rumored 12.9-inch iPad that includes elements of both OS X and iOS. This is allegedly one of two prototypes for the large tablet: one currently sports only iOS in the style of previous iPads, and the other is the "2-for-1 device" described above.
Well, we're entering the home stretch of the last few weeks before the release of the iPhone 6. Have the spate or articles and leaks and so on dampened enthusiasm or stoked it? Guess we'll find out soon enough. At the very least, this week's been heavy on the iPhone 6 "news" so let's see what we have in the hopper for Labor Day weekend.
Big is in at Apple. We already know that's true for the iPhone based on all the rumors surrounding the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models that are expected to hit shelves later this year, but now Bloomberg is reporting that we'll see a 12.9-inch iPad sometime in early 2015. Naturally, the sources "asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public."
Flappy Bird once again made headlines Wednesday as the Vietnamese developer announced plans to resurrect the overnight sensation later this summer in a supposedly less-addictive version. According to BGR, Rovio has soft launched their own take on the popular game with Retry, which the company bills as "an eight-bit time machine." You'll have to take our word for it, though, because Retry is only available in Finland, Poland, and Canada for now, but will presumably fly the coop and go global eventually.
Even more than its trademark lowercase "i," Apple's surnames come with certain expectations. Air implies tremendous lightness and thinness. Mini means small, but not less. And Pro is the absolute cream of the crop, the finest mix of power and performance money can buy.
The iPad is only a post-PC device if you're a person who isn't looking for the "incredibly great computer in a book" that Steve Jobs predicted three decades ago. It may be true that people are buying a lot fewer PCs, but anyone who uses a Mac for something their iPad can't do — serious photo editing, design work, video rendering, etc. — has probably bought one within the last year or two. For them, a true post-PC device hasn't really been made yet.
For most of 2013, we've been reading about Apple's supposed decline. As the weeks ticked by without any new products to speak of, the discontented din grew louder, declaring innovation was dead in Cupertino, with the ghosts of the iPhone and iPod forever haunting the halls at 1 Infinite Loop.
If its critics would do a bit of homework, they would see that Apple's innovations aren't born out of thin air; they follow a pattern of intense focus and fine-tuning. In short, Apple looks to its own products for inspiration.