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.
Amidst persistent rumors that Apple plans to introduce a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in August followed by a larger 5.5-inch model the following month comes word that retail employees are being restricted from taking vacations in September.
Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote is now less than three weeks away, and while speculation has run amok about iPhone 6 and iOS 8, at least one of the company's accessories is getting a slice of the rumor mill this week.
A lot of mockups of the so-called iPhone 6 have been making the rounds ever since the rumors started flying not long after the release of the iPhone 5s, and now (unless Apple is really pulling a fast one) we now have enough information for creative minds to make some impressive mockups. The latest one comes in the form of a video from Italy's Macitynet (via MacRumors), which shows how the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone will look compared to the iPhone 5s.
Near-field communication (NFC) has wound up in a lot of Android devices over the last few years, enabling retail shoppers to pay with a tap. With each passing year, Apple has been rumored to finally adopt such technology, so it should come as little surprise to see it surface again in 2014.
Amazon kicked off the weekend by adding 15 more cities to its Sunday delivery lineup, growing from New York and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and other markets. The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't cost Amazon customers an extra dime, so if you happen to be in one of the now 17 cities served, you'll now have one less reason to leave the house each weekend. Speaking of which, here's a handful of other news bites you might have missed this past weekend...