Some new purported leaks about iOS 8 just rolled in, and as before they're from the usually reliable 9to5Mac. We've already heard about additions like Apple's so-called Healthbook and the new Maps app, and recently we saw some screenshots that allegedly show what some of the new apps will look like. But now the rumors go deeper. The site claims to know some of the key changes Apple is considering for the next version of its mobile operating system.
Apple may have wowed competitors with the announcement of its A7 chip for the iPhone 5s (even in spite of some vocal dissenters), but now it's already moving past that and starting production of its new A8 chip. And guess what? Samsung isn't making it.
Apple's stuffing a lot of improved features into iOS 7.1, just as it's filling its roster at SXSW (South By Southwest) with memorable acts. It turns out that the two may have more in common than it initially seems. Based on info from a "little birdie," John Gruber of Daring Fireball stated that Apple's dedicated app for steaming performances from SXSW's iTunes Festival will need iOS 7.1. The upshot? Considering that SXSW starts on March 11, that means we could see iOS 7.1 in the next couple of days.
One of the persistent (if odd) rumors that's been floating around lately is that Apple plans to buy the Tesla motor company as a part of its supposed drive to create the "iCar," but if it does, Tesla isn't telling. Yet in an interview with Bloomberg today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk did confirm that the motor company had "conversations" with Apple, but he wasn't specific as to what these concerned.
Holy smokes is it a week full of rumors. Since we love you, you know we do, we've got the good ones saved up here ready for you, just like a box of your favorite chocolates, the carmel only kind with no disgusting coconut in there to gunk it up. So, kisses all around, now let's dig in.
Could Apple's fabled "iWatch" be nothing more than a health and fitness sensor strapped on the wrist which connects to a new built-in app to monitor your well being? If so, this could offer a glimpse at what to expect.
Steve Jobs famously refused to look back, always keeping his eye focused on the future -- but the return of the discontinued iPhone 4 in a trio of emerging markets indicates the new Apple may be taking a different approach.
The introduction of the iPhone 5s made it clear that Apple considers including great cameras with its smartphone a priority, which is why it's so easy to believe the latest rumor coming out of Taiwan. According to Chinese site IT168 (via MacRumors), hints scattered along Taiwanese supply line suggest that the next iPhone will boast a 10 megapixel camera with a f/1.8 aperture.
Apple's worked hard over the last year to make Apple TV more than a "hobby" (as it's referred to its own relationship with the diminutive entertainment unit in the past), and now the device seems on the verge of one of its most significant updates to date. According to iLounge (via MacRumors), we might see game support in an upcoming update, along with support for Bluetooth controller and an Apple Store on the Apple TV itself. And the best thing? This could happen as early as March.
Just yesterday we wrote about an analyst's conjectures that we'd see a larger iPhone when the next release comes around, and today that claim finds new strength in a report published in the Wall Street Journal (via TechCrunch). The news is actually more impressive this time. Next year, the Journal claims, we'll actually see two bigger phones from Apple.