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.
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!
Rumors about Apple products — and reliable ones, at that — have become so common in the last couple of years that we know almost entirely what to expect when an event like WWDC comes around. Apple's had enough of it, apparently, and rightly so. Today Sonny Dickson (long a reporter of trustworthy Apple rumors himself) announced that this stream of information might be coming to an end, thanks to increased efforts on the part of both Apple and Chinese authorities.
As is the case almost every year since the iPhone blasted onto the scene back in 2007, pieces and parts are slowly leaking out for this year's presumed iPhone 6, which may have finally revealed its backside this week.
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.
We never like to kick off a recap with news about a product or service going down the tubes, but that's exactly what's happening with the folks at Springpad. Initially launched six years ago as a competitor to Evernote, Springpad announced that the service will be shutting down for good on June 25, taking all of its apps and sync with it. The company is working on an export tool to allow its more than five million customers to migrate their data elsewhere, and plans to have more details next month. We now return you to our regularly scheduled Wednesday recap...
A few weeks ago we heard that Touch ID was likely headed to other Apple devices in addition to the iPhone, and a new report from Asia backs up that claim. Notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims (via Cult of Mac) that the feature will soon come standard in most new iOS devices, such as the iPhone 5, the second iPad Air, and the third-generation iPad mini.
The $3.2 billion deal between Apple and Beats Electronics continues to make headlines, with more details seeming to confirm our previous report that the arrangment is less about overpriced headphones or streaming music services than the tastemakers running the company.
Looks like we've got a good handful of iPhone 6 and iOS 8 rumors cooking out there these days. No surprises to us. 'tis the season after all. As we move closer to WWDC, as we move closer to that traditional fall drop date, things start to percolate out there in the rumor mill world. So let's have a look at those and a few other tasty treats in this week's news roundup.
One of the big questions surrounding Apple's rumored transition to larger iPhones centers on what Apple plans to do with the device's screen resolution, and now 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman claims that Apple is testing a 1704×960 display for the units. (The current resolution for the iPhone 5s is 1136x640.) With those new specs, the new rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones should be able to give us better images than what we're familiar with from Retina displays.