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TEKSide Presents: Week in Review: 1/19-1/27

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Week in Review where I post links to Apple & iOS news with a brief summary and my thoughts on the topic. Lets get started...

Apple to release iPhone 6 in May

BGR reports (via Unwired View) that Apple plans on releasing the iPhone 6 with a 4.7in display in May and a larger 5.7in display device later in the year (in the fall). Applensider is now claiming that a 4.8in display is a lock for the next generation iPhone. 

I personally don't see Apple having 2 iPhone launches in the same year but hey, it's Apple they do what they want when they want so it could happen (but unlikely).

Apple and LG sign "iWatch" Exclusivity Deal

AppAdvice (via G4Games) is reporting that LG will be producing 2 million 1.52 inch flexible displays for the long rumored iWatch. The report also states production to start in the fall. 

I would love for Apple to come into the smart watch market and blow everyone away. LG and Apple have a good relationship as LG manufactures displays for the iPad Air.  

Apple releases iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to developers

On Monday Apple released the latest beta version of iOS 7 to developers. BGR has the full change log of the update. 9to5mac is reporting very subtle visual changes and more of a performance update. According to AppAdvice, an essential exploit used to allow the jailbreak has been patched. 

7.1 beta 3 was very stable for me, no re-springs since running it. I am hopeful that beta 4 is even better and will soon be a public release. As for the jailbreak, looks like devs need to get back to work.

Apple now offering in-store screen replacement for iPhone 5C

Last week Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac reported that Apple would soon do this. Well it went live this week. 

This means no phone swap for people for people that have a broken screen. A phone swap was beneficial if you had cosmetic damage. You will have to make an appointment to have your screen fixed.  

Phil Schiller tweets that 99% of mobile malware belonged to ....Android  

Cisco has released their annual security report and its no surprise that Android has the majority of malware. They don't really filter their AppStore the way Apple does. Click here to view the full report. 

U.S. court finds Samsung to infringe one Apple patent, declares one Samsung patent invalid

FOSS Patents is reporting that Apple has won another patent battle against Samsung.  Samsung was found to be infringing on an autocomplete patent.  

Its a small win but a win is a win.

Apple promises to fix iOS 7 springboard crashing issue

An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the issue with Mashable and that a fix is on the way. 

"We have a fix in an upcoming software update for a bug that can occasionally cause a home screen crash"

They could be talking about 7.1 (Beta 4 that was recently released is a huge improvement on stability) or they could be speaking about a possible 7.0.5 release. Time will tell but 7.1 needs to get out to the public and fast.

Glass panel at iconic 5th Ave Apple Store shattered

Not really news but it will cost them about $450K to replace it.  


Mac mini could see refresh next month

9to5mac via MacRumors is reporting that a Belgium retailer has place holders for a Mac mini with updated specs.

Not a huge deal but it has been a while since the mini was updated. The site is reporting updated processor, USB 3, and updated wifi.

New Apple TV may be coming soon

iLounge reports a new Apple TV will be available in the coming months with its own App Store possible. They also go on to say developers are working on Bluetooth controllers for the new device.

Updated devices are always good. I don't know what else they could add to the current form factor to make me want to upgrade from the current device. Aside form an App Store, what else would you like to see in an updated Apple TV?

Apple seeds new beta for OS X Mavericks,  10.9.2

This update is available to registered developers in the dev center or via App Store update if you are currently on a beta build. Apple is asking developers to focus on mail, messages, graphics drivers, VoiceOver, VPN, and SMB2. Source

Apple updates iWork for iCloud 

iWork for iCloud is starting to take shape of the iOS . 9to5 Mac has some screenshots of whats new and the layout. iWork for iOS has also been updated. This update includes ability to share password protected documents,  improved import of Microsoft formatted files, better ePub support and bug fixes. Also included in the Keynote app is a remote feature. This replaces the Keynote Remote app that has not been updated since forever.  

How much storage does your device actually have?

A blog over in the UK, Which?, did a comparison of 8 smartphones to see which phone come closest to giving you the storage as advertised. The results are interesting.

We all know that a 16GB iPhone doesn't give you a full 16GB. Thats because  the OS takes up space on the device. Click here to view the article and see how your device stacks up.  

Macintosh turns 30

January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs introduced the world to Macintosh. 

The video is long but worth if for the fans out there. 

Macworld has a nice article with Apple executives on the history of the Mac.

Apple also has a beautifully designed section of their site dedicated the to Macintosh anniversary.  

ABC News did a 1 on 1 interview with Tim Cook and you can watch it here.

Apple to allow purchasing of physical goods via iTunes?

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that Apple is going to expand its iTunes payment system beyond apps and music to everyday purchases. According to the report, users would be able to pay for times with their iPad or iPad. 9to5 Mac speculates that this system could work similar the the Apple Store app where you scan the barcode for an item and  pay.

Making everyday purchases easier would be nice. I have used the Apple Store App to pay for thing a few times with out hassle. I would imagine that Touch ID would be the input method for approving a purchase. Picture walking into any store, scanning an item with your iPhone and walking out without ever taking out your wallet out, not having enough cash or forgetting your pin number. I love future technology.

Apple has most secure password protection

According to a study done by DashLine Inc, Apple's password protection is tops in e-retailers.  Among the top are Newegg, Microsoft, Target and others. The bottom? MLB, 1800 Flowers, Toys R Us and more. Here is another excerpt: 

Key findings:

  • 55% still accept notoriously weak passwords such as “123456” or “password”
  • 51% make no attempt to block entry after 10 incorrect password entries (including Amazon, Dell, Best Buy, Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma)
  • 64% have highly questionable password practices (receiving a negative total score in the roundup)
  • 61% do not provide any advice on how to create a strong password during signup, and  93% do not provide an on-screen password strength assessment
  • Only 10% scored above the threshold for good password policies (i.e. 45 points or more in the roundup)
  • 8 sites, including Toys “R” Us, J.Crew and, send passwords in plain text via email

This is definitely worth a read. People need to be smarter about their passwords also. I know it is not easy remembering 20 different passwords but it is only beneficial to the user. I highly recommend a password manager such as 1Password. They keep your passwords securely encrypted and can create extremely difficult passwords making it hard to crack it.

That does it for this weeks recap. Mac turns 30, possibly some new hardware, software updates coming soon, there was a lot this week. I hope you enjoyed reading. Did I miss something?  Did I get something completely wrong/? Do you disagree with me on anything?  If so please let me know in the comments.