Its time for the Apple WWDC again and this year is no excpetion for the rumours and expected announcements.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to unveil the iPad Pro at next week’s iPhone event.
The idea of an iPad Pro has been bandied around for a few months now and was even satired by not Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) on Twitter:
We’ve already released an “iPad Pro.” It’s called the fucking MacBook. pic.twitter.com/D8HZBU2f2X
— not Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) August 19, 2015
Apple today dispatched invitations to the media for a gathering next Tuesday, October 22, in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. The show kicks off at 6pm GMT.
Just 48 hours after the iPhone 5s and 5c are announced and new images of the alleged iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 have been pictured together for the first time, showing an extreme similarity in design.
Apple’s latest and greatest iOS itteration dropped yesterday and already I’m testing it. My first thoughts are a much welcome chnage to what was becoming a stale and old fashioned OS – Jony Ive once again proving his metle in the design arena, although this time in a much more intriguing capacity – a million miles from his roots as an industrial designer.
The first release is only a beta of course and with good reason – Joe Public would be kicking off already if Apple had released it to them already. Things aren’t perfect yet, but with a million developers pouring over it, iOS 7’s transition from adolescence couldn’t be in better hands.
With iOS 7, Apple have taken something millions of people already love and refined the experience to make it even more effortless and useful. So the everyday things you need to do are the everyday things you want to do. And iOS 7 lets you work in ways that are instantly familiar, so there’s no need to relearn everything. Your Home screen is still your Home screen, for example. Only now, it takes even better advantage of your Retina display — and the space underneath the display. But you use it in exactly the same way.
A very informed article from Wired on what to expect from Apple’s WWDC event this year.
WWDC, Apple’s yearly developer conference, is just around the corner — it kicks off on June 10. Following Google’s I/O conference earlier this month, both developer and consumer expectations are sky high. Especially because other than a new-ish iPod, there’s been nary a product-related peep since Apple’s fall media event, which means there’s a lot that could be unveiled. Here’s what we expect.
Some things are relatively safe bets. Being developer-centric, we’ll definitely get a first look at the biggest upgrades to Apple’s mobile and desktop operating systems, iOS and OS X. Those are likely to include greater integration with social platforms, and more refined options for power users. WWDC is also often where we’ll see updates to the MacBook line. At last year’s WWDC, we saw the introduction of the Retina display MacBook Pro and a processor refresh for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
As to the rest? Here’s what Apple’s likely to unveil based on past trends, and what the rumor mill has been spinning up.
Apple will use Pegatron, not Foxconn, as its primary assembler for the company’s new low-cost iPhone “expected to be offered later this year,” according to a new report.
A rival of Foxconn, Pegatron was a “minor producer” of iPhones in 2011 and also made iPad minis last year.
Sources say Apple decided to use Pegatron to diversify its manufacturing after Foxconn had issues with scratches on the iPhone 5’s metal casing, and because Apple is expanding its product lines.
While some claim Pegatron will accept smaller profits to produce Apple products, neither company has commented.
This handset will undoubtedly be issued to countries with a high percentage of low income population, for example India, and China – with their recent adoption of the iPhone.
Source: [The Wall Street Journal]
Tim Cook’s one hour interview at the D11 conference on Tuesday brought up the question of whether the company’s mobile OS would become more open to developers – would Apple give up some of its notoriously strict control of iOS?
“Of course… On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you’ll see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there’s always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine.”
Cook said he believes customers pay for Apple to make certain choices on their behalf, such as a system’s security and stability.
Google’s Android lock screen assets were referenced as an example of being open to developers. Specifically Cook was pointed to Facebook’s Home Android launcher, highlighting how the social network offers a similar solution for iOS.
“I’ve see some of these settings screens, and I don’t think that’s what customers want,” he said. “Do some want it? Yes.”
In the future, Cook said he expects iOS to become more open, but hinted that the control would ultimately lie in the hands of Apple.
Could Apple trust developers who currently work on the Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks that exist through the Cydia repositories? It would certainly be a new revenue stream; but perhaps the Jailbreakers would jailbreak the very Apps developed by ex-Jailbreakers simply through the love and thrill of it.
Apple’s ‘security’ decisions in the past have certainly created a culture of people who love going against the grain and pushing the hardware beyond the limits set by Apple. This can even be seen in similar cases on Android – a platform supposedly ‘open’ – yet developers and users still feel the need to Root the devices and push forward with new ideas which are frowned upon by the hardware providers.
Source: [Apple Insider]
The way it is now, if almost anything is wrong with an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, the entire device is exchanged for a like-new re manufactured device; whether brought into an apple store or sent in for mail in repair. However, going forward Apple are reportedly going to start repairing the products and return the same device to the customer.
Currently, Apple Stores have the tools to replace speakers, receivers, home buttons, the vibrator motor and battery. Come June, capabilities will be expanded to display replacement, and by July cameras, sleep/wake buttons and logic boards.
The new in-store repairs are to be rolled out across the U.S., with international support coming online soon. Apple expects to save nearly $1 billion per year with the change in policy. This isnt necessarily a bad thing for Apple customers. In-store repairs would be a huge plus for those customers whose products are no longer under warranty. Instead of paying a universal “swap out” fee, out of warranty hardware issues will be fixed on a per device basis.
Apple has reportedly deployed advanced in-store repairs at select locations, with customer response being largely positive.
With the savings Apple expects to make with this updated policy, one wonders if it might be the turning point needed to move to 24 month warranties?