More rumors on the next generation iPhone, Apple TV updates, a new unannounced platform is coming plus more in this TEKSide Week in Review.
Beatles Channel Live on Apple TV
Apple pushed a new channel to its Apple TV, The Beatles. The channel commemorates the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US. Their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show is available for a limited time. Fans of the group should watch the content while its available.
iPad & Mac VP of Operations Retires
Rita Lane, VP of iPad Operations has retired. Lane was in charge of the supply chain and manufacturing for iPads, iMac, and Apple’s Mac accessories. Lane will not be easy to replace. Apple has not yet announced a replacement.
Mac Pro Shipping Slips to April
Within hours of the new Mac Pro being made available for purchase, shipping had slipped to March. Nearly two months later shipping times are back to April. Not sure if demand is super crazy or if Apple is having difficulties manufacturing the Mac Pro.
Sapphire Display Coming to Rumored iWatch, Not iPhone?
A new report out of China claims that the next gen iPhone will not have a sapphire display and the iWatch would. The report suggests that a sapphire display on the iPhone will cause the price to sky rocket.
I find this hard to believe as we heard last week that Apple has acquired enough materials and equipment to manufacture 200 million 5 in displays. 9to5Mac also debunks this rumor. Additional link on the topic.
Next Gen Apple TV Reference Appears in iOS 7 Builds
Apple TV4,1. That is the value showing up in iOS 7 under previous Apple TV versions. Game Controller support is one feature rumored to be included along with AirPort functionality.
The Apple TV is long due for an update. It is just a matter of time before it happens.
New Job Listing Confirms "New Platform" Coming
Apple has a job opening for Instrumentation Design / NPI Engineer. The biggest giveaway: "This role will be applied to the hottest topics across the company, always moving, from Mac, to accessories, to iPad, iPhone and new platforms as of now unannounced."
Sony Likely to Supply New FaceTime Camera in Next iPhone
Reports out of China claim Sony is about to double the amount of CMOS Sensors that they supply to Apple for an "unreleased phone." The current FaceTime camera is 1MP and does not perform well in low light situations. Improving the FaceTime camera would improve the quality of "selfies" and better FaceTime calls.
I am all for improved camera optics.
Bloomberg & Wall St Journal Say New Apple TV Coming
"Apple is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box as early as April and is negotiating with Time Warner Cable Inc. and other potential partners to add video content." - Bloomberg
"In the current discussions, which involve at least two big media companies, Apple envisages working with cable companies, rather than competing against them, the people said. For programming, it would rely on cable providers to acquire programming rights from media companies, rather than acquire them on its own" - WSJ
The report also states the new device will be announced in April and go on sale in December.
Since the report was released, Time Warner Cable announced they will be merging with Comcast so that may alter negotiations.
Apple Ready to Discontinue iPad 2
After 3 years of being on the market, Apple is going to stop selling the iPad 2 (non retina display). The iPad 2 was available for $399 (same price as the retina iPad mini) but has not been selling well.
A possible replacement for the $399 price point could be the 4th ten iPad. Apple may decide not to replace it at all. Time will tell.
Microsoft Office for iPad May be Coming Soon
zdnet is reporting that the long rumored Microsoft Office Suite for iPad is not dead and may be launching sooner then later.
"Microsoft officials have acknowledged, in a somewhat roundabout way, that it exists and is coming. Last we heard, it sounded from ex-CEO Steve Ballmer that it was going to arrive some time after Microsoft's own touch-first, "Gemini" implementation of Office. Gemini is Microsoft's Metro-Style/Windows Store versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote."
The article goes on to speculate the pricing structure of the service. I have 2 questions, 1- Who cares any more as there are other options available and 2- is it too late??
Mediation Talks Between Apple & Samsung Reportedly Fail
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung's mobile chief and co-CEO JK Shin met last week to work out a settlement in the on going intellectual property dispute. Reports out of Korea say that while the two did meet, they were unable to come to an agreement.
Samsung blatantly copies Apple, admits to it and tries to get out of paying any damages. I am not really surprised that he two failed to come to an agreement. Back to court they go.
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