The Facebook app for iOS is frustrating. Users have complained that it’s sluggish, has a propensity to crash at the most tender moments, and is constantly struggling to load. The New York Times has even found that that out of 38,000 iTunes App Store reviews, about 21,000 of users gave the app just one star.
The hot news is of course Apple's confirmation that something's going down this Wednesday. It doesn't take a genius to figure out the schedule and the image and now all that's left is wrangling over specs. Will there be surprises? We sure hope so. Meanwhile, here's a few other stories that were burning up the wires this week.
New reports indicate a number of alleged changes in the next iPhone, including RAM, processor, and camera upgrades. But, it is the new Assistant software that sources believe will be the key feature of the iPhone 5.
According to the report, Assistant will be based on the Siri platform, and will be the evolution of the Voice Control software that first appeared with the iPhone 3GS.
Apparently a Sprint version of the iPad is all ready to go and just awaiting the green light from Apple. According to sources, the Sprint iPad will be released alongside the iPhone, which may or may not be the iPhone 5, and could happen as early as October 5.
The report suggests that the Sprint iPad is completely separate from the CDMA Verizon iPad, and could possibly be built to run on Sprint’s robust 4G WiMAX network.
According to "people with proven insight into Apple's future product plans," the MacBook Pro will get a mild refresh this month. The update is reported to only mildly increase processor speed, and is being pushed out early because Intel will not have their next generation chips ready until the second quarter of 2012.
If it feels like we just got a MacBook refresh, well, that's because we did. It was just this past February when Cupertino released the latest MacBook Pros. Usually, we're stuck waiting for another year before it's time to upgrade, but it may be that Apple's doing it to keep up with the rest of its competitors and take advantage of the holiday buying season.
Rumors about anything to do with iOS are everywhere and unending. But don't worry -- we got this.
Here is the latest horde of rumors, covering all things iOS. Don't be scared, we'll go through them one at a time. Follow along, and when the next generation of these devices does actually come out from Cupertino, you can smugly say something like, "Meh, I heard about that already."
There are new reports in that Apple has locked in deals with two suppliers to build 8-megapixel camera lenses for the next iPhone. Apparently both Largan Precision and Genius Electronic Optical will be manufacturing the lenses for "Apple's newest iPhone 5."
Despite wile fluctuations in the rumors regarding every specific of Apple's yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5, there has been consistent chatter regarding the enhanced camera possibility, which gives this latest rumor a (slightly) higher degree of believability.
Spy shots are the images sent to rumor sites from secret sources and shadowy situations. They are supposedly from testing labs, or manufacturers, or even from bus riders who think they just saw an Apple employee flashing the latest goods on the commute home. Simply put, we can't get enough of them.
What makes them so compelling? Is it the hope that you will be able to tell your friends that you saw "it" first? Is it the rebel in you, that wants to believe in a world where someone is willing to defy the legendary secrecy of Cupertino? Do you just love to laugh at really bad Photoshop jobs?
New reports are in that a large Apple store has installed some 4G LTE equipment. According to the rumor, the LTE equipment was recently installed by AT&T.
The rumor also suggests that all Apple stores "in the region" are now hiring with a goal to increase sales staff by 30 percent immediately; this alleged hiring spree would be in addition to the normal seasonal hiring that occurs toward the end of the year.