Try to at least act surprised when you read this, but yet another news giant has now "confirmed" that Apple will be hopping into the small tablet space this fall with a junior version of the iPad priced much closer to competing slates like the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire.
It seems as if Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal just can’t give up on the greatly rumored "iPad mini". It’s not the first time that the baby iPad has become the hottest tech-media topic. With the recent Microsoft and Google tablet announcements, the two publications are once again speculating that a Q4 release of the 7.85-inch iPad is imminent. With the perfect synergy the current iPad and iPhone offer in the screen-size department, many Apple fans are wondering how exactly Apple will pull off such a device, especially consindering that a majority of the apps in the App Store wouldn't fit. Developers would either have to redesign their apps or users would just have to live through the new resolution changes.
Apple has finally put the Proview trademark lawsuit behind it, which means the company can start to focus on releasing the new iPad in China at long last. According to one blog in that country, Cupertino may be planning to do just that on July 27.
It's been awhile since we've heard this one, but a report this week is dragging out new details about Amazon's ambitions to release a smartphone of its own to follow up the company's Kindle Fire success.
Before we all take a mid-week day off here in the United States for eating hamburgers and hot dogs, drinking beer and watching stuff explode in the night sky, the tech world is busy grinding out plenty of news for this lazy Tuesday. And hey, you don't want to miss a single scrap of news, right? Without further ado, let's dive right into today's news for Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Seems like day two at the Google I/O developer conference was more about iOS users today, with both Google Chrome and Google Drive apps finally making their way to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. But that's not all this fine day has in store for you: Save big on Parallels Desktop 7, sign up for a Verizon Share Everything plan or celebrate Atari's 40th birthday -- it's all here for Thursday, June 28, 2012.
While Apple users were out enoying the summer sun in their four- and five-star hotels that they may or may not have booked through Orbitz, Zynga unveiled that its expanding its gameplay and allowing users to play with each other across different platforms. The San Franciso-based game company may or may not be planning world domination. Meanwhile, there's talk in the bushes about a new Kindle Fire hitting Amazon's virtual store shelves soon, while Brightcove works on a sweet toolkit that might turn your Apple TV into a mini living room game console. Look out, Xbox 360!
The iPhone 5 hasn't been officially announced yet, but one of the persistent rumors is that it'll have a 16:9 aspect ratio, stretching the current 960x640 screen to 1136x640, adding 176 extra pixels. This isn't a big deal for scrolling apps, but what about games, which tend to be full-screen, making every pixel count? We asked some developers to comment on the rumor.
A mere three weeks after WWDC, details of the rumored iPhone 5 have already begun to unravel. Early this morning, 9to5Mac reported on the heavily rumored iPhone and Near Field Communication (NFC) hardware combination. Seth Weintraub reports that not only will the iPhone 5 have a bigger display but that it will also include an NFC chip, which has become a popular staple in the Android sphere.