We always feature refurb Macs as a big part of our week, but let's take a break from that, shall we, and focus on gear this week? Maybe you're already set for your computing needs, but what you really need is something to bring the whole package together. Well, you're in luck this week.
Remember that recent rumor about Apple planning a new set of Lightning-capable earbuds that will output higher quality sound? Those plans were absent at WWDC 2014, but appear to be very much still in the cards.
With WWDC 2014 right around the weekend corner (literally), heck no you don't want to shut your computer down. Why, this week's news is chock full of rumor, leak, speculation, and the ravings of analysts. Ahem, we mean the well thought out considerations of those with virtually no evidence. On with the show!
Earlier this week reports that Apple was preparing to announce a "home automation" system of sorts during WWDC started making the rounds, which followed several months after the discovery of the patent for the process back in November. Now, Gigaom has some specifics on how the systems supposed to work after speaking with unnamed sources allegedly involved with the project.
Back in November we reported that an iOS-integrated hearing aid could be on the way, and now it's here. The new device is called the ReSound LiNX, and its iOS integration allows users to listen to music and talk on the phone in addition to its standard hearing aid duties.
Stunned by the high costs of many of the new "Made for iPhone" (MFi) products? Apparently those high costs at least partially spring from Apple's high licensing costs. Change might be on the way, though, as Japanese site Mac Otakara reports (via MacRumors), as Apple has both reduced the licensing costs for the program and the price of the associated Lightning cables and other accessories.
With the release of iOS 7, Apple finally recognized the demand for physical gamepads via built-in support through its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program, which means all game developers and peripheral manufacturers alike can use the same compatibility standards. Now, any game that supports iOS 7 controllers should work with any MFi gamepad — in theory, at least. That hasn't exactly worked out thus far, with at least one game only compatible with a certain early controller, and a few titles that work better on some gamepads than others. If you're thinking about investing in an iOS 7 game controller now, here's a concise look at the strengths and weaknesses of each, complete with our review scores from the full appraisals.
The releases of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City a while back were impressive enough at the time, but today Rockstar announced that the beloved Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas would be making its way to iOS as early as next month. And it gets even better. According to the press release, it'll even support the Made for iPhone game controllers that just hit shelves in the previous weeks.
Well, it's official. Now that we're in our post-WWDC phase let the rumor mill begin. Leaked iPhone 5S shots, new case specs, carrier updates, stock invoices showing new handsets coming in new configurations before getting pulled, the whole enchilada. Well, we've got some of that action for you, plus a round up of other hot little news tidbits, all in one tidy package just waiting for you. Roll film!