Gooooood morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend and are ready to catch up on everything Apple. We have everything from rumors to new hardware to new software on this edition of Week In Review...
2 iPhone models entering production in July
A new report from Bloomberg says Apple will begin production on 2 iPhone sizes in July and both will go on sale, presumably in September, at the same time.
"Apple is ramping up on two bigger devices, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. One model will have a 4.7-inch display, compared to the 4-inch screen of the current iPhone 5s, that may be available to ship to retailers around September, said two of the people. A 5.5-inch version is also being prepared for manufacturing and may be available at the same time, the people said."
12 inch MacBook Air to begin production
Apple is reportedly readying a 12 inch model of the Air to better differentiate screen sizes between the iPad and the Air.
"The sources pointed out that Apple is releasing a 12-inch MacBook Air because its 11-inch model has a screen size similar to its iPad series products and iPad's increasing sales are impacting MacBook demand and therefore the company is looking to establish a clear boundary between the two product lines."
iWork for iCloud updated
- Pages for iCloud now remembers your last used document settings including zoom level, show/hide format panel, show/hide guides, and more.
- Numbers for iCloud now remembers your last used document settings including zoom level, last selected sheet, show/hide format panel, show/hide guides, and more.
- Keynote for iCloud now remembers your last used document settings including zoom level, last selected slide, show/hide format panel, show/hide guides, and more
5.5 in iPhone to have better camera then 4.7 in iPhone
A new report from KGI claims the 5.5 inch iPhone will sport optical image stabilization while the 4.7 inch iPhone will not.
"Rather, we predict it will use a middle-mount type of open-loop VCM updated from the one used in the existing iPhone 5S. The 5.5” iPhone 6 is more likely to be equipped with OIS VCM due to lower estimated shipments and the need for more product features to differentiate itself from the 4.7” iPhone 6."
9to5Mac says the 4.7 inch phone will still produce improved images due to improved internal motors.
Apple begins selling AT&T & T-Mobile pre-pay iPhones
Apple has officially began selling pre-paid iPhones in store for T-Mobile and AT&T.
Apple adds to iWatch team
Apple has hired top soft wear engineer Alex Hsieh from Atlas Wearables.
"It seems clear that the Cupertino company has hired Hsieh to work on the firmware for its upcoming iWatch, which is widely expected to be revealed to the public later this year. Perhaps most notably, Hsieh’s work at Atlas included an API that allowed third-party developers to integrate the company’s hardware with their applications, similar to Apple’s new HealthKit framework."
Apple ending iPhoto & Aperture development
Photos for OS X will be replacing these 2 apps next year. Aperture will receive update to be compatible with OS X Yosemite, but beyond that there will be no further development for the photo editing apps.
"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X."
Apple releases new iPod touch
Apple has updated the 16GB iPod touch to. The new device is available in multiple colors, adds the rear camera, looses the wrist strap, and gets a price drop to $199. The 32 Gb & 64GB have been lowered to $249 & $299 respectively.
Apple TV gets new channels
PBS Kids, ABC News, AOL On, Willow (the game of cricket) and an updated flickr app.
iPhone 6 gets a launch date?
A new report is os saying Apple will release the next generation(s) of iPhone on September 19. A september launch would be consistent with the 5 & 5S launch.
Apple airs "Parenthood" commercial
This ad shows off numerous apps highlighting how the iPhone is a powerful tool for parenting.
iOS 7.1.2 released
The update contains bug fixes for mail, iBeacons and 3rd party app accessories. The update is available from Settings > General > Software update or you can plug into iTunes and do it the old fashioned way.
Mac OS 10.9.4 released
The update contains a fix for wifi issues, sleep to wake improvements and a new version of Safari. You can update via the Mac App Store.
That's it for the week. I hope this got you all caught up on everything Apple for last week. Thanks for stopping by.