The next iPhone is just days aways. With rumors about its design and features reaching a fever pitch, The Mac Observer provides a roundup of what to expect (and not expect) from Apple's next big thing.
Rumors of an update to the iMac line continue to grow. A new report from Fox News today says that the update is "imminent." Although many are hoping for a major redesign including Retina displays, this year's iMac update will likely only include an upgrade to Ivy Bridge and the addition of USB 3.0 support.
New rumors suggest that Apple will drop the free-on-contract iPhone 3GS after the launch of the iPhone 5 and replace it with a new 8 GB iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S at 8 GB would become Apple's new mid-range option at $99, leaving room for the iPhone 5 to start at $199.
A high-quality 3D rendering of the rumored "iPad mini" was released this morning. Although new rumors continue to pop up, the rendering gives Apple fans a good idea of how an iPad mini will look.
Following the news earlier this month that Apple Retail Chief John Browett was linked to an aborted attempt to drastically diminish the quality of the company’s retail stores by cutting employee pay and working hours in an effort to improve profit margins, a new report suggests that Mr. Browett’s controversial moves were orchestrated by none other than Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.
Apple is planning on introducing a new version of AirPlay that would allow users to stream audio to AirPlay Direct speakers without the requirement of a Wi-Fi network. Citing unnamed sources, The Telegraph reported that Apple will announce the technology, possibly dubbed “AirPlay Direct” at the September 12th media event where the company is widely expected to announce the iPhone 5.
Apple’s highly anticipated 7.85-inch iPad, frequently referred to as the “iPad mini,” will officially take its rumored name when the product is launched later this year. Additionally, the next iPod nano, to be unveiled alongside the iPad mini, will have built-in WiFi capabilities in order to take advantage of Apple’s iTunes Match music service.
Just a few months after the release of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, a Retina-quality display is scheduled to come to laptop line’s 13-inch model. Production of high resolution displays for a future 13-inch MacBook Pro has already begun, with signs pointing to a fall release.
Apple is currently in talks with U.S. cable television providers to adapt the Apple TV device into a full-featured set-top box for viewing and recording live television. The proposed device would merge Apple’s existing Apple TV online and local streaming capabilities with TiVo-like functionality for live television.
Microsoft’s Surface tablet was announced to significant fanfare in June. Many pundits and early reviewers were impressed with the product’s design and software implementation of the new touch-focused Windows 8, but everyone was curious about one thing: the price. New information now suggests that Microsoft’s answer to the iPad will launch on October 26 for $199.
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