Apple is apparently planning on updating the MacBook Air lineup during the third quarter of 2013 with new Intel processors and a Retina Display. Component makers speaking anonymously claimed Apple will use Intel's Haswell chip platform in the new MacBook Air, and that the upgrade may include additional external features, too.
Recent rumors suggest that the second-generation iPad mini will adopt a Retina resolution display that exceeds the pixel density of its larger sibling, but doing so could raise the production cost of the device by more than 30 percent due to the need for additional backlighting and GPU performance. The change would also hit Apple's already shrinking margins, which have negatively affected the company's stock price.
A report surfaced Friday morning claiming Apple plans to release iOS 6.1.2 early next week with a fix for the passcode bug that gives access to a locked iPhone through a series of taps and swipes. The update will apparently also include a promised fix for a Microsoft Exchange-related issue that's causing fast battery drain.
Apple may be preparing a March event to introduce Apple TV-related developer tools as a prelude to a later launch of the much-rumored Apple "iTV" television hardware, according to a new note from Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.
Financial markets in Europe reacted late Wednesday to rumors that Apple is preparing a bid to purchase German luxury TV firm Loewe, sending the boutique company's stock up nearly 40 percent.
Rumors surrounding Apple's iWatch smartwatch device keep coming on strong and the latest claims the company has 100 people working on the unconfirmed product. The team apparently includes hardware and software designers from the iPhone and iPad, managers, and staff from the company's marketing group.
Apple has been granted a broad patent describing how advanced sensors attached to devices or worn by users can monitor and analyze movement, force, and environmental conditions. Many of the described functions fit well with possible features of the rumored Apple "iWatch."
Rumors of a forthcoming Apple “iWatch” exploded over the weekend, fueled by reports that the Cupertino iDevice maker is already testing prototypes of a device that will run a version of iOS and integrate closely with the iPhone.
Rumors and leaks suggest that the 5th gen iPad will be thinner and narrower with the same relative proportions as the iPad mini. Using this information, MacRumors has prepared high quality renderings of what such a device would look like.
Apple may finally unveil the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro in the next few months, according to information reportedly given by the company to an Authorized Reseller in France this week. With the current Mac Pro about to be banned in the EU due to new safety requirements, Apple has reportedly promised a new Mac Pro model for this spring.
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