Mr. Shakey Cam has been busy again. Alleged photos of the iPhone 5S box were recently posted on a Chinese site. Notably, the Home Button no longer appears to have the rounded square icon — a previously rumoured change. Instead, there’s a gray ring around the Home Button, which has also been rumoured.
The BBC have just published a very interesting report on where countries stand on the issues affecting Syria and the surrounding area. A very interesting read, considering the USA could take strategic action as early as this Thursday (29th August 2013).
The US and its allies are said to be considering military action against sites in Syria. But what do countries in the region and beyond think about any possible action?
CNET summarises a report [Google translation] from prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claiming that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on Friday, September 20, ten days after the devices are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event.
Not only does it look like Apple is set to unveil two new iPhones in September, but it will be shipping them then as well. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked assembler Hon Hai Precision Co. (better known as Foxconn) to start shipping its two new iPhone models early next month.
Apple has typically made its phones available within a week or so of their announcement, so this news is not particularly surprising. What is interesting is that this further confirms Apple will announce two different phones at its event next month — the iPhone 5S, as well as the rumored budget spinoff, the iPhone 5C.
According to the WSJ, Apple’s suppliers began working on components for two different phones in June — one with a metal casing similar to the iPhone 5, and another, lower-cost version. We’ve seen plenty of leaks purporting to be of the iPhone 5C, so this just fans the flames.
Another rumor seeming to quickly gain credence is that of a gold color option for the iPhone 5S. AllThingsD today is reporting that its sources have confirmed the phone will definitely be available in gold.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C at an event on September 10. It did not respond to WSJ’s request for comment.
Apple is looking to trademark “iWatch” in Japan, according to Bloomberg. The company filed for the trademark with the Japan Patent Office on June 3. A prior report noted Apple filed for “iWatch” in Russia, though that report could not be independently confirmed. The name of Apple’s rumored smart watch is still unknown, but “iWatch” is certainly a distinct possibility based on these reported filings.
It’s looking like we’ll be getting a seventh version of iOS come Monday evening; but Apple has some other surprises in store for the keynote that will kick off WWDC 2013. New laptops, an updated desktop operating system and possibly even a television are some of the rumours circulating.
The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is to kick off on June 10 in San Francisco.
We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers… Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.
– Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing
Activities promise to include:
- More than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies
- More than 1,000 Apple engineers supporting over 100 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps
- The latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X, and how to enhance an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design
- The opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented
- Engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment
- Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design
Interestingly Apple are keen to remind everyone that Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
It is key to point out that in the last few years the WWDC has not been used to announce a new iPhone. I expect this to continue ti be the case, although with the UK adopting 4G two months prior to this date, it is possible that the iPhone 5 4G could be brought to market for all other networks – EE having already adopted a slower 4G network in Q4 of 2012.
The user interface that helped make Apple’s iPhone and iPad the most popular devices in their respective categories may be getting a major overhaul after six years on the market.
The look of Apple’s mobile UI has remained essentially unchanged since it was first unveiled in January 2007, and its simplicity sparked a big shift in the look and feel of smartphone software. Now, according to Apple watcher John Gruber, the mobile platform will get its first overhaul since its debut when Apple takes the wraps off iOS 7 this summer.
While discussing Apple executive Jony Ive and the upcoming iOS 7 software, Gruber wrote that Apple’s next major iOS release will debut a “rather significant system-wide UI overhaul.”
Details are few and far between, though Gruber noted on Daring Fireball that his sources indicate iOS 7 will lose some of the graphical texture that currently characterizes many areas of the operating system.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 at its annual WWDC conference this summer.
Source: [Daring Fireball]
Sharp has missed a deadline of 29th March set by Qualcomm for its new Sharp IGZO technology screens – thin, power-efficient panels. It will not receive the second part of a $120 million investment from Qualcomm. As a consequence of the delay, Apple’s ability to start using the panels in its next-generation (iPhone 5s?) devices seems less likely, at least for the immediate future.
The companies will now try to meet a June 30 deadline for production of the new screens, which might then become available in late 2013 products.
The launch of the Z10 is a critical moment for BlackBerry. It’s good news, then, that early British and Canadian sales are reportedly far healthier than what has been seen in the past. In terms of sheer growth the UK reigns. First week sales in the nation were nearly three times those of any previous BlackBerry release. These are relative figures when BlackBerry had to spend much of 2012 without new flagship devices, and there’s no definitive numbers, but they’re encouraging for a company that’s had trouble getting traction as of late.