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The iPhone 6 is going to include a new payments system allowing owners to pay in stores simply by tapping their phone on a reader.
And now it sounds like they’ve got the big guns on-board.
The iWallet app will allow users to pay for things like lattes and Wired magazine with their phones, using Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology is already widely used by credit cards for low cost payments.
The handset, which is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday 9th September, will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.
It is rumoured that it will also have a flexible, scratch-proof screen, which is good news for, well, everyone – especially you clumsy alcoholics who get in a lot of arguments where you feel the need to throw your phone around.
Apple is also expected to link the system to their iTunes store, which already holds customer’s payment details, so you’ll be buying Rene & Renato’s Greatest Hits in no time.
Most phones already do it as well, but hey ho.
Apple have been intentionally coy of late, leaving everyone else to fill column inches about what they might do next. Is it going to be their smartwatch?
Or will it be the new, larger iPad (which one reader brilliantly referred to as ‘the maxiPad, which we’re stealing and claiming as our own).
Whatever it is, Apple have gone from coy to downright flirty, sending out an invitation to all, with the date on it (9th September 2014) and a ‘wish we could say more’ on it. Of course, they could totally say more. They don’t want to. They’re like those awful people who put a status on a social network that says “Oh, something amazing has happened! Can’t say too much right now #excited”.
So there it is. Apple have, at least, given a date for their devoted fans to excited about (they’re going to book the day off work so they can watch a speech on the internet and make plans to buy some sleeping bags and deck chairs so they can queue up for Whatever It Is for a whole week while being filmed by a tech blog).
Either way, we look forward to people arguing about Apple being overpriced against “Shut up! It’s a luxury purchase! You cheapskates wouldn’t understand!”
We’ll just remind the rest of you that a phone really doesn’t define you as a person (unless you’re making nuisance calls with it, because that absolutely defines you as a person).
So. Is it a phone, tablet or wearable technology?
According to reports, Apple are launching a new iPad in the first part of 2015 with a new 12.9 inch screen.
This iPad size follows the 7.9 inch and 9.7 inch.
But don’t leap off a cliff just yet, an updated version of the 9.7 inch iPad and the mini will be in the shops by Christmas, according to Bloomberg.
The iPhone is now expected to increase to 5.5 inch screens, which should be announced at an event on September 9th.
And iPhones only scraped 35.2 million sales, short of the market predictions of 36 million.
Let’s all cross our fingers and hope things work out for them at this difficult time.
According to some people who probably should go outside occasionally, this date would keep things consistent with previous releases.
Of Apple’s new iPhone, there are rumoured to be two new models: a 4.7-inch handset, and a 5.5-inch version.
Other sources suggest that the handsets will include faster A8 processors and super-durable sapphire crystal displays, which are being billed as practically indestructible (but in reality, actually are).
The Apple logo (pictured) on the back of the phone may light up for notifications, meaning you’ll be able to put the handset face down and still get alerted to an incoming message when the ringer’s off. Which is, as you can imagine, A SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH.
Apple’s two main iPhone manufacturers—Foxconn and Pegatron—reportedly started mass producing the 4.7-inch model this month. It’s been reported that Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the rumoured 5.5-inch iPhone, work that’s supposed to start in September.
This has been given credence by the fact that Foxconn and Pegatron have been harvesting hundreds of new staff to compete with the inevitable demand.
And if you want to be an irritating flash git, luxury brand Brikk announced that it will offer 14 high-end versions of the expected 4.7-inch 128GB iPhone, including models constructed of 24-carat yellow gold, 24-carat pink gold, and pure platinum.
The government wants to make sure Apple’s products don’t contain tools to spy on state institutions.
The Russian proposal was made during a meeting between communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov and Apple’s general manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen.
Russia reckon it’s all perfectly cool and this move is to ensure the right of consumers and for state security interests.
Apple, unsurprisingly, aren’t too keen on the idea.
While it’s not unusual for non-profit and charitable organisations to offer up their source codes, as it lets other people in to help improve them. The majority tend to keep their codes confidential.
In a statement, Mr Nikiforov said Russian-ly: ”Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 and US intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware.”
“Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programmes are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products.”
That’s making Russia look all far out and liberal, eh readers? Especially with a “remains uncertain” when questioned about a company’s future if they failed to comply.
Mr Nikiforov has also asked for the source codes used by SAP, the world’s fourth-largest business software maker and Germany’s biggest tech company.
Oh, those Russians.
Apple will dripfeed everyone with their new operating system, Yosemite, as of tomorrow.
OS X Yosemite was announced in May, and now it will be available as a public beta test, which will kick off around 1pm EST (which is around 6pm in the UK). If you want to test it out, then hit this link and sign up.
So what’s new? Well, Yosemite will use translucency throughout the system, so if you didn’t like the ‘flat’ colourful UI design of iOS 7, you’ll probably hate this.
There’s also a thing called ‘Handoff’, where Yosemite and iOS 8 will work easier with each other. If you start work on your iPad, it’ll be simpler to pick up where you left off on your Mac (and vice versa). You’ll be able to answer phonecalls from your iPhone with Yosemite too.
There’s improvements to iCloud and the Mail app too, and AirDrop will now work between iOS and Mac devices.
There’s a load of other new things going on as well, but we advise that, if you’re really interested in all that, you let Apple tell you all about it, here. The short version is that Apple want to hook your iPhone up with your other devices in a way that is much easier for the user.
Smartwatch watchers, your hunch was correct. Apple have indeed been busy designing a smartwatch and were awarded a patent for a wrist-worn device with a touchscreen that can communicate with a smartphone.
The patent was submitted in 2011, but Apple’s secretive design manoeuvres mean that it wasn’t officially disclosed until yesterday.
On some of the documents, the device is called ‘iTime’ but as the name hasn’t been trademarked, it’s possible that idea has been ditched somewhere along the line.
The patent is for a device that can work either clipped into a wristband, or on its own.
But when connected to the wristband it turns into a smartwatch which includes ‘haptic sensors’ that mean you can control it with hand gestures (you probably know a number of ‘hand gestures’ you’d like to do at smartwatch wearers).
When will the watch finally appear? Who knows? But Apple say in the patent that there are: ‘continuing needs to make portable electronic devices smaller and more portable. There is also a continuing need to enhance functionalities of portable electronic devices.’
GET ON WITH IT THEN.
Which!!! pitted US prices against UK prices on 13 products, including TVs, games consoles, headphones and even computer software, and found that UK customers are getting the less fragrant end of the stick.
One Samsung TV was £402 more expensive in Britain, while a Macbook Pro 13 inch laptop was £194 more. Meanwhile, Xbox Ones and Playstation 4 cost £57 more than in the US. Software is also astronomical – Adobe Creative Cloud costs £114, and Microsoft Office is £89 more. And the list goes on…
Why? Well it’s not particularly clear. Which! attempted to contact a variety of companies to ask why Britain was paying over the odds and got nothing but mumbles, bumbles and fumbles. Most didn’t bother to reply, and Amazon said something incoherent about ‘different operating costs in each country.’
WTF, Richard Lloyd from Which!!!: “UK consumers are getting a raw deal by paying up to hundreds of pounds more for the same tech products on sale in the US.’ Manufacturers should play fair and explain why consumers are paying more for buying in the UK.”
Last July, we told you about Apple going to court for playing a central role in the price fixing of e-books.
We told you about the daytime ITV drama scenario of book executives meeting up in the private dining rooms of upscale New York restaurants, where they bitched about Amazon’s low prices and asking Apple what they could do about it. Apple pulled their best innocent face, but are now coughing up money.
Apple have agreed to pay $450-million to resolve the US State and consumer claims that they conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.
The settlement will provide $400-million for consumers, on the condition of the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling.
Apple will be holding out for the second ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York going in their favour. If they reverse the liability finding, they could reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million going to consumers.
Or they could eliminate payments altogether.
There could well be a lot of private dining rooms in New York getting booked, filled with executives and judges in the coming weeks, if you catch the drift?
In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Luke Wood pooh-poohed the idea that the headphones were too bass heavy.
“I’ve certainly heard that as an opinion on the headphone, I disagree. We didn’t go to build a reference headphone, something you build in the studio that is really a technical tool to hear when you are recording.”
Adding: “If you look at Dre’s pedigree, Jimmy’s (Iovine) pedigree, even my pedigree, we are all recording engineers. What we did is build a headphone for playback. What does it sound like right when it is finished? And that is what we’ve accomplished.”
Exactly, surely the idea of buying some headphones invented by people who enjoy a bit of bass, saying that they’re a bit bass heavy defeats the point somewhat.
Wood also refused to discuss pesky rumours about sockets on Apple products being changed to accept only Beats headphones following Apple buying Beats earlier this year.
“I’m not here to talk about Apple with you today,” he said. “The truth is that the deal has not closed with Apple, which it will shortly, once it goes through regulatory approval. And at that point we’ll actually sit down with Apple and figure it out. But right now, the truth is there’s absolutely no plans made.”
As you may recall, Apple is set to buy Dr Dre’s Beats Music streaming affair and headphone company for $3 billion, which is nice seeing as Dre can’t be arsed to make music anymore.
“Bass heavy”. Honestly. You Herberts want the moon on a stick.
This follows a similar trademark registration in the US in 2010.
The ruling now means that if anyone thinks you’ve pinched their store layout, then you could be forced to change it or even be shot at* (*sued)
A chap name David Dalziel, who is the creative director at retail consultancy Dalziel and Pow, said to Design Week: “I am really surprised about this ruling, it doesn’t seem to be defendable to me.
“It is one thing to protect against the direct copy, which can and does happen in some developing regions where design is less sophisticated, but to attempt to protect a store layout would seem to be too broad, too sweeping to defend.
“Stores designed with a rigid table plan existed long before Apple was invented and will continue long after Apple evolve their concept to their next iteration. That is the nature of retail design.”
Of course, there have been outrageous copies all over the world, as previously reported on Bitterwallet.
The European Court’s judgement reckons that Apple’s store layouts fulfill the three main criteria – they constitute a sign, are capable of graphic representation and can distinguish the goods sold by one company from those of another.
Nobody else seems to be remotely bothered about this ruling, however now Apple has stirred it up, it means that more companies can start copyrighting its store layouts and sue other retailers if they feel that they’ve been copied.
Of course, it’s just another layer of bullshit that we were doing really quite well without until yesterday.
God help us if there’s a war.
According to a video, the new iPhone is going to have a bigger screen, which will be made out of something so unbreakable that, if you try and smash it up, you’ll probably bleed to death before you make a dent in it.
This iPhone 6 screen measures 4.7 inches diagonally and is made from sapphire crystal glass. The thing with this new glass thingummy is that it is hard to break and very tough to scratch. That means you won’t be wrecking your phone with whatever is in your pocket (keys, coin, Steely Dan dildo, whatever).
Marques Brownlee, who leaked the new screen, said: “When I get it in the mail and open up the package, it’s pretty easy to tell if it’s a fake or something someone made.”
“It’s pretty clear to me that this is an Apple part.”
So there you have it. A bit of a new phone which looks relatively impressive if you like looking at bits of phones.
If you’d like to see a bit of a phone in action, then the glaringly obvious video below this sentence is where you want to be. Click play and then mutter to yourself; “I bet I could break it.”
Apple have been all coy about their iWatch, which has provoked a series of annoying speculative articles (such as this one) and made a number of Apple fans giddy because they love it when they get teased by a technology company.
Well, Apple have hired one of the most high-profile executives in the luxury watch industry, which is the biggest clanging clue to get those who would like an iWatch in a tizz.
“Our sales director left yesterday because he took a contract from Apple to launch the iWatch,” Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH’s luxury-watch division (they’re behind TAG Heuer and Hublot). The big hand points to a fella called Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer’s vice-president of sales and retail.
Biver isn’t arsed about losing Pruniaux: ”If it had been a direct competitor, I would have felt a bit betrayed, but if he goes to Apple, I think it is a great experience for him.”
There’s been a lot of talk about the iWatch already being in production, with a release date later this year (possibly October), but as usual, Apple are buttoning their lips and steadfastly refusing to saying anything.
Thankfully, the rest of the world likes a gossip and Biver continued to run his mouth off to get some limelight action by saying: ”I think it’s very clever if Apple is [making an iWatch]… and if they would do it, I would really say bravo. Because my feeling is that Apple is not only a technology company, it’s also a retailer and it’s also a luxury brand.”
So there you go. Apple Fanboys – you can start getting excited now.
Anyway, rumour-mill time and apparently, the gadget vendor is looking to produce to larger versions of their iPhone in July. When they’ll find time to make and release an iWatch is anyone’s guess.
Apple are rumoured to be rolling out a 4.7in iPhone and a 5.5in phablet while Chinese suppliers starting production in the next month.
It seems Apple are having a headache with their phablet (something to do with display problems) but not so with the phones. They’re expected to ship out in September. In layman’s terms, this new iPhone will be as tall as a Samsung Galaxy S5, but not as wide. Or thereabouts.
It is also thought that the new phone will have rounded edges (the phones have rounded edges any way, but you assume this will be ‘more round’, if you can imagine such a thing) and wireless charging, NFC and possibly a barometer, which is nice.
Thing is, have we plateaued with mobiles? Surely all anyone wants is something that doesn’t get clogged up with bloatware and doesn’t freeze up?
They’ve added an iMac to their product line which will cost you £899 ($1,099), which is cheaper than the rest of their offerings, but not exactly something you could buy on a whim once the direct debits have come out of your account at the start of the month.
So what’s under the hood?
Apple say that it’ll have a 21.5-inch display with 1.4GHz dual-core Core i5, a 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 5000 hardware. It’ll have 802.11ac WiFi and Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, but, with 8GB of RAM soldered hard to the motherboard, you won’t be able to beef it up. There’s pictures of that here.
This is something of a turnaround for Apple.
Once upon a time, Steve Jobs said that they wouldn’t go cheap(er) because ”we don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk.” Of course, this isn’t a $500 computer, but apply some inflation and it’s as good as.
Fancy one, or is it worth just saving up for a proper one?