It's one more rumorific round up of the news before next week's unveiling of the latest and greatest iPhone hardware. Will there be surprises? Should Apple pull a "one more thing"? And what about the iPad? Will we be seeing anything on that score soon? That and more in this week's speculative edition of The Week's Hottest news.
If you met the recent launch of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac with a shrug, that's probably because you're a faithful VMware Fusion user waiting for the arrival of the latest version, in which case your patience has been rewarded.
The big news on Tuesday was Apple's official confirmation of a media event scheduled for September 10, exactly as the rumor mill had predicted. While no one outside of Cupertino knows for sure what's coming, it's a good bet we'll see the latest iPhone (and maybe a candy-colored cheaper version) as well as any other surprises in store with iOS 7. While we're waiting, here's a look at what else went down on Tuesday...
Everyone likes being part of an exclusive club, and if you happen to own Parallels Desktop for Mac, today is the day you've been waiting for -- version 9 is now available as a paid upgrade ahead of the public release next week.
Sorry, developers and those who were randomly invited early to the party: Apple's iWork for iCloud beta is no longer an exclusive club, as Cupertino has lifted the velvet ropes and made it available to anyone with an Apple ID.
Fear not, speed-hungry pro users: Those Geekbench scores for the new Mac Pro's CPU earlier this summer apparently don't tell the whole tale, with a second round of tests showing more impressive results.
For the past 12 years, we've been dreaming about OS XI. Based on Apple's relatively unconventional roadmap--point releases are tied to major changes, a break from the classic system of whole numbers--conventional wisdom assumed that Mac OS X 10.10 just wouldn't fly, and Apple would be forced to overhaul the whole system and rebrand things accordingly.
The upcoming release of iOS 7 seems to lend even more credence to that theory. Presumably, Jony Ive just didn’t have the time to apply his pixel hammer to OS X, and the next 12 months will be spent flattening icons and adding translucency until our Macs mirror our iPads and iPhones as much as possible.
Apple's iOS App Store is one of those services we've become so used to having, it doesn't feel like five years have passed. But that's certainly the case, and Apple has made this week's milestone official with two handfuls of free apps for all to download. If that's not enough, get caught up on what's new with the latest iOS 7 developer beta or try to figure out what T-Mobile will announce tomorrow, all in today's recap.
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...