Generally speaking, this is usually about the time of the year when rumor season on new Apple gear (and refreshes or updates to old) starts to heat up, and right on time we've got a juicy iWatch tidbit and a little dish on the iPhone 6. Meanwhile the past is proving popular for revelations and the Olympics are kicking off and we've got you a little help to make sense of the Sochi madness. So let's dig in.
Earlier this week, a report surfaced that the late Steve Jobs wanted Mac OS X to run on Sony VAIO PCs -- a rather ironic coincidence as the Japanese consumer electronics giant announces plans to kick that very brand to the curb.
These days, the very thought of finding Mac OS X on a machine that wasn't designed by the folks in Cupertino seems a bit like heresy. But according to an interview with former Sony president Kunitake Ando, reports Japanese journalist Noboyuki Hayashi (via AppleInsider), that almost wasn't the case. Indeed, if Steve Jobs (of all people) had has his way back in 2001, Sony's Vaio would have also run Mac OS.
So get this--according to Variety (via MacRumors), Aaron Sorkin, acclaimed for his work with The West Wing, The Social Network, and A Few Good Men, has submitted a screenplay to Sony based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. Sony tagged him as the screenwriter for the project back in may of 2012, and it looks as though he's finally wrapped up his draft.
Will they or won't they, and if so, when? That continues to be the question as a new advertisement on China Mobile's website seems to indicate that the carrier will launch its 4G network with the iPhone 5s and other compatible handsets.
Yesterday I wrote about how Apple puts comparatively little cash into its advertising budget, and last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, five-year-old Arden Hayes showed us why word-of-mouth works just as well for the folks in Cupertino. During his interview, Hayes utterly devastated Sony's attempt at product placement when he expressed preference for Apple's iPad.
When is free not exactly “free”? Apparently, Apple’s iWork and iLife apps fall into this category, given that they come with one big “gotcha”: You’ll need to purchase a new Mac or iOS device to get them free, and you'll only receive the apps for that given platform. But it seems Cupertino may have left a loophole for at least three of those apps on the Mac, and our Wednesday recap explains how it works.
The banners are going up in San Francisco, and that means another Apple media event is on the way next week. Given that it's likely to the be the company's last such shindig for 2013, there's plenty of speculation and anticipation about what Cupertino has in store for us on Tuesday -- but in the meantime, let's coast into the weekend with a recap of what else is making news...
We're slowly approaching the days when our smartphones can perform just as well as any "normal" digital camera on the market, but there are still many of us that prefer the options that we can get with more specialized models. Fortunately, it appears that Sony (already known for some impressive cameras) is developing a solution for such shutterbugs. As reported by Sony Alpha Rumors (via AppleInsider), we may soon be able to attach small lens-like devices to our iOS (or Android) devices.