As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint finally made their way to the iPad, and they're already smashing successes just a day after their release. All three apps currently occupy the top three positions for free apps on the iPad App Store, and the fourth is occupied by Microsoft's redesigned OneNote. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella celebrated the news on Twitter, saying, "looks like it’s a productive Friday for #iPad owners!"
The latest word from the rumor mill suggests that two new iPhones from Apple will launch "as early as September," according to Japanese business publication Nikkei. The site's sources claim that Apple is well along in the production cycle for the supposed models with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, and that components such as the LCD driver chips and fingerprint sensors are already being produced.
A lot of people think "old" when they read "refurb" or "used" so we've made sure that all of this week's refurb models of Macs are as fresh as can be. Not one model predates last year and some of them are just barely a year old and some even less than that. So let's have a look at these gently used deals, buffed to a high gloss shine by Apple. And if that doesn't tempt you, we even have some great deals on brand new Macs and, as always, a round up of the hot discount gear ready and waiting for you.
One unexpected benefit of Apple's ongoing legal battle with Samsung is that it allows us to see resources from Apple that might have remained secret for years. The latest comes from Greg Christie, a senior software engineer at Apple, who recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal regarding the iPhone's development with permission from Apple.
Apple might have passed one of its biggest milestones to date, but it looks as though the Cupertino company feels no reason to share it. That, or they're waiting to reveal it during one of the this year's product launches. Based on analyst estimates of around 38 million devices sold during this quarter (via Forbes), Apple likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone sometime between now and the last quarterly earnings call.
If you're one of the unlucky souls with kids who have made accidental in-app purchases with an iDevice recently, then Apple has some good news for you. The Cupertino company recently consented work to with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to cover in-app purchases, which means you might be able to get some of that money back if you fill out a special form.
We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
We've heard in the past that Taco Bell is developing an app that'll let you order tacos in advance on your iPhone, and now Bloomberg reports that Burger King is paving the way for similar smartphone-dependent technologies in its own stores. Starting next month, you'll be able to pay for your burgers at the counter with your iPhone app at select locations; within a "few months," all of Burger King's roughly 7,000 restaurants in the U.S. will support the service.
The Pokémon series includes some of the most popular releases for portable gaming systems of all time, but despite Nintendo's continued reluctance to dabble in the smartphone market, we've yet to see a suitable clone come to iOS. With Monster Legacy, developer Outplay hopes to change all that. Its scrappy pet-battling game is so reminiscent of Nintendo's original, in fact, that the main differences center around execution and setting than with gameplay.
A disappointing reception compared to the iPhone 5s has led many commentators to call the iPhone 5c a flop of sorts, but the colorful little device refuses to go away. Indeed, leaked documents from O2 Germany suggest that a new 8GB model is on the way to stores tomorrow, and Cult of Mac notes that two carriers in the U.K. have, in fact, already received shipments of the new models.