Most of us aren't expecting a radical new design for this year's iPhone, especially considering that iOS 7 will be a significant change -- so it won't come as a big surprise to see what the rumored "iPhone 5S" probably looks like.
It's not often that a goliath tech company like Microsoft admits it was wrong and actually changes course before a highly anticipated new product release. Sadly we're not talking about Windows 8, but rather the company's even more lucrative Xbox One. Microsoft has responded to vocal gamers (and a little pressure from Sony didn't hurt), so read on to find out what they changed...
So, it seems as though Tim Cook was serious when he declared Apple was doubling down on secrecy. For the first time in years, we were actually surprised by the bulk of a WWDC keynote, from the audacious Mac Pro to the transcendent iOS 7.
To the surprise of approximately no one, however, was the lack of new hardware to run the shiny new operating system. Any iOS release--particularly one with so many radical changes--is going to need a fair amount of beta time before it's unleashed on the public, and there was absolutely no way Apple was going to announce a new iPhone for an old operating system.
So, autumn it is. But if you're hoping for a redesigned iPhone 6, I have some bad news for you: This year's iPhone won't look any different than last year's.
If you've been wanting to know what the so-called iPhone 5S looks like but don't have the patience to wait for someone to lose it in a bar, we've (maybe) got some good news for you. This morning a leaked image of the new iPhone's supposed logic board started circulating throughout the Internet after it appeared on Japanese blog Macotakara, and now MacRumors claims to have photos of the display itself. The kinda-sorta bad news? There's not much visible difference, although that was expected.
Keep in mind that we're still in the realm of rumor here, but it's looking more and more like there might be truth to those reports of a plastic iPhone aimed at emerging markets after all. We've yet to get any kind of confirmation on this issue from Apple itself, but according to Japanese blog Macotakara, we might be seeing a limited test run of 1,000 units in June, and in a plethora of colors to boot. If that goes well, we might start seeing them in stores later this year.
A lot of critics out there seem to think Apple has an iPhone problem. Apparently, sales of the trendsetting, outrageously profitable handset are poised to fall off a cliff sometime this year, when the new iPhone disappoints and everyone rushes to get an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4.
As far as I can tell, Apple doesn't have an iPhone problem — it has a numbering problem. Since last year brought a redesign, everyone with an opinion expects the 2013 model to be a letdown, a predictable, mid-cycle refresh with minor internal upgrades and few new bells or whistles. Based on little more than its name, you'd think the new iPhone is doomed to fail.
Everybody loves free, and today we've got not one, but two newly-free products up for grabs. Everpix Free promises to trump Photo Stream by storing a year's worth of photos absolutely free, while Boinx has made its previously paid photo collage app free thanks to iAds. Not enough free for you? Go download new updates to iBooks and Google Maps. There, you're welcome...
It was a week of news for the big iPad, the little iPad, and even something as old as email made news this week. We've got more details on all of this plus a how-to, a rumor, a jailbreak announcement, and the competition floundering. Sounds like a pretty good week, all in all.