Microsoft has tried a number of tactics to get the Apple faithful to switch over from iPads and MacBooks to their Surface tablets (which were partly meant to kill both markets with one stone), and so far it's failed rather dismally. But now the company is attempting to one of the most direct routes to winning your hearts — bring in your MacBook Air, and they'll give you a wad of store credit to put toward a Surface Pro 3.
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.
A sketchy rumor posted overnight to Taiwan-based Industrial and Commercial Times claims that supplier Pegatron has already received 15 percent of Apple's orders for the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 ahead of a September launch. Apparently the supplier will produce something in the neighborhood of 50 million iPhones this year, which includes the current generation as well as the new model, which just so happens to pop up again in today's recap...
Sure, there were new iPads in big and little configuration on display this week, but what really seems to have caught our fancy is Mavericks. That’ll all change of course once we get our hot little hands on these new models, but until we give that a spin for you, here’s what happened on your Mac this week.
Of all the things Apple announced yesterday, few seemed so immune to criticism as the Cupertino giant's decision to make iWork free for all existing Mac and iOS users. However, Frank Shaw, Microsoft's corporate vice president of communications, thought much differently, as AppleInsider reports. In an official Microsoft blog post, Shaw derided the new iWork software, Apple's decision to make it free, and especially the idea of the iPad as a competitor to Microsoft's own Surface tablet.
It seems the smartwatch train is chugging along with no sign of stopping. We've been dropping rumors about Apple's drive to create one of the devices over the past several months, and now it looks as though Microsoft's ready to jump into the race. Indeed, based on a report in The Verge this morning, it's apparently much farther along than its rival over in Cupertino. Reportedly, the prototype's already moved from the company's Xbox team and into the hands of its Surface tablet developers.
Generally speaking, hybrids are good. Hybrid cars save us money on gas and help the environment. Genetic hybrids produce delicious fruits like the grapefruit and tangelo. Without hybrid experimentation in music, we wouldn't have such brilliant, groundbreaking records from Miles Davis and the Beastie Boys.
But hybrid PCs are another story. There are plenty of them out there — powerful tablets that connect to full-sized keyboards; laptops with screens that spin around or detach — but none are really making any noise. It's not for a lack of design; some of these machines are so, um, inspired by the MacBook Air, you'd think they were designed in Cupertino, but still, they come and go without much fanfare.
It was a week of news for the big iPad, the little iPad, and even something as old as email made news this week. We've got more details on all of this plus a how-to, a rumor, a jailbreak announcement, and the competition floundering. Sounds like a pretty good week, all in all.
Oh, that whacky Samsung! Their contentious relationship with Apple is hitting Cupertino right in the pocketbook, with a report Monday that the Korean component manufacturer has raised prices by 20 percent for its application processors. Apple gobbled up more than 200 million such components in 2012 alone, so that should give Samsung plenty of walking around money to pay for all those patent courtroom battles.