We've got eight juicy new rumors waiting for you behind the crystal ball.
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
This week's rumor roundup comes with juicy tidbits like a glowing Apple logo that may land on the back of the iPhone 6, as well as a 4k iMac that could be making its way down the Apple product pipeline.
Of course with iPhone rumor season being in full swing we've also got new leaked parts, launch rumors, and details on Apple's secret plan to turn your iPhone into a wallet. Slide your way up to the crystal ball to see which of these rumors are the real deal, and which are just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
The Rumor: The iPad mini 3 will be 30% thinner than its predecessor.
The Verdict: Unbelievable. Jony Ive will have to work some impressive sorcery if the tiny iPad mini is really going to drop 30% off its 0.29 inches of thickness.
UDN reports Apple might even slap the Air moniker onto the iPad mini line once it drops a few ounces, but you must be huffing more glue than Charlie Sheen if you think the iPad mini Air could ever be a real Apple product name.
The Rumor: Retina 4k iMacs or a stand alone 4k monitor is in the Apple product pipeline.
The Verdict: Sounds like a safe prediction. We’ve heard that a Retina iMac is in the works for a while now, but 9to5Mac says it will really just be a 4k iMac (or monitor) because tech for pixel doubling the iMac’s current resolution isn't quite ready for prime time.
The Rumor: The 12-inch MacBook Air has been pushed back to Q3 or early 2015.
The Verdict: Its definitely not coming soon, but we will probably see it unveiled this year. UDN claims Intel chips that are supposed to make their way into Apple's next-gen MacBooks won’t be ready in time for a fall launch, which matches previous reports on the Haswell CPUs.
Apple needs to make at least one solid update to the iMac or MacBook this year and a super thin, 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display would be huge. Even if Apple doesn’t have enough supply ready for the holidays, it wouldn’t be surprising if they announce it at the end of the year to top off the best pipeline of the last 25 years.
The Verdict:: It’s not an exciting leak, but it’s most likely the real deal and indicates that the Apple production machine is in full swing, just in time to complete those orders for enough components to make 80 million iPhone 6s.
The Rumor: Apple is partnering with Swatch and others to create a variety of different iWatches.
The Verdict: Not happening. Swatch made a point to squashVenture Beat’s ridiculous rumor within 12 hours. That doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t be working with other partners, but after poaching so many high-level Swiss watch executives, they don’t need to make the exact same play as Google did with Android Wear.
Apple doesn't want iPhones to compete against each other
The Rumor: The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will launch months apart to avoid competing against each other.
The Verdict: The iPhablet will come late, but not to avoid the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. DigiTimes claims production problems aren’t to blame for the 5.5-inch iPhone’s delay, but that Apple is afraid selling both at the same time, like it did with the 5s and 5c, will hurt sales.
The only thing that will hurt iPhone sales is not having enough inventory. If Apple doesn’t at least announce both iPhones at the same event - with the caveat that the 5.5-inch won’t be available for a few months - fanboys will be up in arms to see their screen size obsoleted without notice just three months later.
The Rumor: Leaked rear shell confirms iPhone 6 will have glowing Apple logo.
The Verdict: Don’t get your hopes up. The possibility of a pulsating Apple logo that announces Apple fanboys’ presence to one another has got a lot of people excited, but it’s just as likely that Apple has made adjustments to the rear shell so that radio waves pass to the antenna easier.
uSwitch also thinks the clear plastic logo could be used for different colored notifications, but isn’t that a little too superfluous for Apple’s tastes when the iPhone already has a rear flash that can be used for notifications.?
The Rumor: The mobile payments solution Apple’s been working on for years will debut in the iPhone 6.
The Verdict: The odds look promising. TouchID gives Apple a killer advantage towards turning your iPhone into a wallet, and unlike the failed Google Wallet, Apple supposedly has figured out how to cut the carriers involvement out of the entire process so they can't block it.
Though our iPads can be great for relaxation, sometimes it’s crucial to use these mobile workhorses for business. Luckily, when there is a lot being asked of you and deadlines are to be met, there are applications that can help save the day.
In today’s video, we reveal our top three must-have applications that will help you get your work done more efficiently. Take care of your documents, get your to-do lists organized and more with these functional apps.
If you’ve been wary of joining the digital comics revolution because of digital rights management (DRM) concerns, Comixology, a comics portal and mobile app, is creating a solution.
Announced Thursday at the company’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, the new DRM-free backup service will let you keep a local copy of your purchased digital comics from the likes of Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. You’ll be able to save a local copy in PDF or CBZ (a comic-book archiving format) right on your iPad.
“For those out there who have not joined the comic reading community because of DRM – you have no excuse now,” said ComiXology’s John D. Roberts in a statement. “We’re excited about the launch of DRM-free backups today and look forward to announcing more innovative features as we move ahead with our mission of making everyone on the face of the planet a comic book fan!”
iPhones and iPads are remarkably simple to use. And yet they are also incredibly powerful — and incredibly complicated — devices. Sometimes getting them to do exactly what you want isn’t as straightforward as you might like.
In today’s video, we show you five basic iOS tips that will make using your mobile Apple devices much easier. Edit documents, keep snoops at bay and more by using these easy and effective tips that every iOS owner should know.
Apple fell just shy of Wall Street’s third-quarter revenue predictions but came in well within its own guidance, bringing in $37.4 billion gross and $7.7 billion in profit for Q3 2014.
iPhone sales were modest at best, but that’s probably because everyone is waiting for the iPhone 6 in September.
Apple sold 35 million iPhones, 13.2 million iPads and 4.4 million Macs in the just-ended quarter, the company announced Tuesday just prior to its Q3 earning call. That’s decent for what’s traditionally the company’s slowest quarter of the year, but they’re not numbers to sing about—which is why Apple is steering everyone’s attention to what it has planned for the coming months.
With a great quarter behind Apple and massive refreshes of both iOS and OS X in the near future (along with a little something called the iPhone 6) Tim Cook is unlikely to have a lack of things to crow about during today’s earnings call.
If he is, however, maybe he can bring up the fact that – despite increased competition – the iPad is still driving a massive majority of tablet web usage, as measured through ad impressions.
The data was collected by research firm Chitika Insights, who sampled tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian ad impressions between July 1 and 7 this year. They found that the iPad accounts for 78.0% of all tablet ad impressions — up from the 77.2% the iPad represented back in April, and one of the largest quarter-over-quarter increases for any tablet brand.
We've got lots of film-related apps this week, from a slo-mo stabilizer and an on-the-go moviemaking app for the iPhone to a video collaboration editing suite for the Mac. You’ll also get reminded to do errands when you arrive at a certain right place, and you can even tell the temperature. By crickets.
Cinamatic for iOS is like Instagram’s video recorder, only better (and not just for Instagram). It comes from the makers of Hipstamatic, and brings all the filters you’d expect because of that. I’ve been using it a ton over the weekend, and I love how easy and fast it is to make an edited video with sound – you just hold the big button down to record, release to stop, and repeat until you’re done. All video is square, and many effects are free. You can even add music from your iTunes library. Free
PlaceUs, from Google Maps developer Sam Liang, is a kind of tracking app for you and your family or friends. It uses location data to track users, and you can share your location (and even your route) with others. You can also use it to track your own movements, and it can even learn your routines and automate tasks – the example given is that PlaceUs would see you’re going to Starbucks and warn you to buy proper coffee elsewhere. Just kidding – it would automatically message your friends and ask them if they want anything from Starbucks too. Free
Aperture Exporter is a free tool for those fleeing Aperture after Apple shut it down. It’s a beta, but that’s cool because you can still use Aperture for now while you wait for the final version. Aperture Exporter will mirror your collections as folders, save the original files with XMP metadata sidecar files, and even retain your ratings, comments and other metadata. What you won’t get is your image edits, but that’s because Lightroom and Aperture are so different. Free
Ballloon is a Chrome browser extension that should really be an iOS app. It is a quick and easy way to add any pictures or files to your Google Drive or your Dropbox. Hover over an image and a Dropbox and/or G-Drive icon pops up. Click it and your image is saved to a (user-definable) folder. Links can be saved by right-clicking. This would be neat-o in Mobile Safari, but isn’t even in regular desktop Safari yet. Still, it’s free, and very handy indeed. Free
Did you know that you can tell the temperature by crickets? If you own Money Mark’s album Mark’s Keyboard Repair, and have listened to the track Insects Are All Around Us, then you do. Cricket Temperature is an app that uses the iPhone’s mic to listen to crickets and turn the pitch of their chirrups into a temperature reading. You can also do it manually: Count the number of chirrups in 15 seconds and add 40. The result is very close to the temperature on the Fahrenheit thermometer. $1
Frame.io looks nothing short of amazing. This collaboration tool for video artists lets you upload clips, view them, rearrange them on a grid and share them with others. Your collaborators can comment and sketch on your clips, and you can even check out a clip to work on, adding it back as a new version. Then these versions can be watched side by side. It pretty much replaces all the crap you’d need to do this manually with one integrated app. Coming soon
Spillo is the first OS X Pinboard app that is as clean and simple as the Pinboard bookmarking service itself. You can browse all your saved bookmarks in a three-pane window with entries for private, public, starred and unread, plus another section for community-sourced bookmarks. My favorite part is Collections, which lets you make smart collections based on tag, title, URL and more. You can even save a search of public Pinboard bookmarks, making this a great place to keep up-to-date on, well, anything. Spillo costs $10, with a free trial available.
Steady Camera is like a Steadicam for your iPhone, in app form. You can shoot stabilized video and slow-mo and preview the results instantly. The app works with any iPhone from the 4s up, and can smooth video shot even while you run along. Options are simple (square or 16:9 format, choose which clips to save to the Camera Roll), and it costs just $2.
To-do app Todoist can now remind you to take certain actions when you get to a specific place. Premium users can set location-based alerts and get reminded when they arrive at or pass by that location. I use Siri for this, as it’s incredibly easy to set a reminder to do something when I get home, but I guess if you’re already a Todoist user this will be a great addition. Todoist costs €21 per year for a premium subscription.
Getting into the streaming TV business might be all the rage right now, but it’s far from an easy game to play. (Which is why Tim Cook referred to Apple TV as “a hobby” for so long.)
Proof positive of this is Qplay, the Internet video-device and iPad app startup launched by the founders of TiVo, which has announced that it’s closing shop less than six months after launching its debut product.
Apple today announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival in London with a whole bunch of massive acts already confirmed. Those lucky enough to bag tickets will see the likes of Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Kylie, Sam Smith, and Blondie.