Call it the call before the storm: With iOS 8 inbound on Wednesday and the new iPhone 6 models touching down in stores Friday, it's going to be a long week for many readers. So why not kick up your feet and check out the latest Samsung attack on Apple, soak up rumors of a 5K Mac monitor, and check in on how Apple's gift of U2 is doing? It's all here in today's Morning Report.
How about a few tasty morsels of iPhone 6 rumors before Americans get to enjoy a three-day weekend? There's a second date you may want to pencil in to your calendar, while the 4.7-inch model gets a new video.
Good news for phablet lovers hoping a bigger iPhone will magically drop into their Christmas stocking this year: Sources are now claiming the larger smartphone will launch alongside a 4.7-inch model this fall.
Everything we had heard about a bigger, 5.5-inch model of the rumored iPhone 6 pointed to a release in early 2015, months after the smaller 4.7-inch version is expected to launch. But the extra wait may now be avoided, thanks to Apple finding a solution to a pesky battery problem.
Google has been a busy little bee this week, finding time to add an activity stream view to Google Drive as well as data compression and Google Translate to the mobile Chrome browser (see below) in between acquiring companies like Nest. But that last move has also raised the threat level for many distrustful of the company whose mantra was once "Don't be evil" — a policy we'll try to stick to with today's recap.
While a vocal minority cry out for an even larger iPhone, those making Android handsets keep delivering the goods. Troubled smartphone maker HTC is the latest, hoping to topple Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 with the One Max.