Throughout the year, Apple-related rumors are always present; whether it be a new MacBook or iPhone, publications always seem to find something to gossip about. For the past few years, summer has been the time of iPhone and iOS-related rumors –the iPods used to be included in these rumors, however interest in iPods have dramatically decreased as have rumors surrounding them. This year is no different with both the iPhone and iOS taking center stage, although there is a new addition, the Apple Television.
Based on its history, the iPhone is due for a new design this coming generation. Based on rumors, this is true. It is said that the coming iPhone will feature a larger display which is 3.999 inches diagonally (as opposed to 3.5 inches) allowing 16:9 videos to play full screen at their native aspect ratio. It is possible that this new device will feature a fifth row of icons (besides the stationary app dock) on the homescreen. 9to5Mac has received photos of the supposed new iPhone which sports a unibody-esque build, a new dock connector (long rumored), room for the previously mentioned larger display, and moved earphone jack and FaceTime cameras. The publication has also received word the new device will feature 1GB of RAM (like the iPad) and a new GPU chip.
It is rumored iOS 6 will be released alongside the newest iPhone. 9to5Mac has learned Apple’s three major stores (App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes) will receive a major overhaul in iOS 6 and ”focus on improved interactivity when making purchases in iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.” Social integration plays a big factor behind the changes including the addition of Facebook (also to be added in a way similar to twitter in iOS 5) integration. Continue reading
iLounge is reporting Apple will soon offer Tony Fadell’s Nest, a “learning” thermostat which first debuted back in 2011. Fadell, who is currently both founder and CEO of Nest, formerly served as senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division and holds unofficial title of “father of the iPod.”
9to5Mac has also independently confirmed the Nest Learning Thermostats have already appeared in Apple’s internal inventory database and will be coming to Apple Stores “soon.”
Both sites confirm the Nest Learning Thermostat will be sold at Apple Stores for $249, the same price as via Nest’s own online store.
9to5toys, a sister site of 9to5Mac, has compiled a list of iOS apps which are on sale for this Memorial Day –and apparently accompanying weekend. 9to5Toys will be updating its list throughout the weekend. The current list follows:
Universal Apps (iPad, iPhone, iPad)
Grand Theft Auto 3 for iPad, iPhone, iPod, regular 99 cents, regular $4.99
Infinity Blade II, $2.99, regular $6.99
Mass Effect: Infiltrator, $2.99, regular $4.99
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, 99 cents, regular $9.99
Burnout CRASH!, 99 cents, regular $4.99
Combat Arms: Zombies, $1.99, regular, $6.99
Solar Walk 3D Solar System, $1.99, regular $2.99
Earlier this week, MacPaw, the team behind well-known CleanMyMac, released CleanMyDrive, a powerful Mac utility capable of cleaning, monitoring space, and ejecting mounted drives.
CleanMyDrive offers users a new, efficient means of maintaining removable media. Through the use of cleaning algorithms MacPaw mastered with CleanMyMac, CleanMyDrive clears annoying service files and trashed data like DS_Store, .Spotlight which in turn frees up space. In addition, the app is able to automatically clean up drives on unmount.
“We extremely love how OS X is built. But still, there are things like mounted drives handling that can be further improved. As laptop users we face such issues while working with removable media as the necessity of regular trash bin cleanup, removing unwanted and annoying service files, inability to eject all drives in one click if needed,” said MacPaw CEO, Oleksandr Kosovan, “That had made us think how the ideal experience of using mounted drives should look like, and eventually we came up with the CleanMyDrive application.”
CleanMyDrive is free on the Mac App Store here.
Leap Motion, a California-based motion control start-up has just released a demo of its Leap 3D motion control system. The Leap 3D is accurate down to .01mm making it 100 times more accurate than Microsoft’s Kinect motion control system.
The Leap 3D ecosystem consists of a small-sized USB device (fit with high-tech sensors and cameras) which, in conjunction with software, creates a workspace of roughly four cubic feet in which gestures and objects can be utilized. In its demo, Leap Motion demonstrated the Leap 3D’s ability to pinch-to-zoom, precisely draw, as well as to enhance the every day web browsing experience.
The Leap 3D system is set for launch early 2013 at a price tag of just $69.99 –though it is taking pre-orders now. The demo video follows… Continue reading
In an interview with Reuters, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, the man behind “The Social Network” and the soon-to-be Steve Jobs screenplay disclosed the production will not be “a straightforward biography.”
On Tuesday, movie studio Sony Pictures announced Sorkin will be adapting Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple who died at 56 in October after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
“I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write. It can’t be a straight ahead biography because it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography, ” Sorkin told reporters at a news conference for his upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom.”
In the interview, Sorkin revealed the film studio hired Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the man that helped found Apple from a garage in 1976, as a “tutor” on all the technical aspects of computers and on Jobs himself. Continue reading
Artist and designer Anton Kudin has created what I believe to be the best looking concept for a replacement of Apple’s “Slide to Unlock” feature: Fold To Unlock. As noted by Cult of Mac, it brings a Smart Cover-esque fold to the iOS homescreen.
Kudin’s creation was inspired by Dribbble user, ididi’s Android concept which was based on Guillaume Gaubert’s.
Keep on reading for a full hi-res image… Continue reading
For some, iPod nano wrist watches are just not good enough, or at least for Dave Hurban they aren’t. On his own, Hurban undertook implanting magnets into his wrist granting him the ability to wear Apple’s latest iPod nano on his wrist without a band.
In order to turn himself into a “human iPod dock,” Hurban made four incisions on his wrist to insert four magnets –one for each of the nano’s corners. A bit of healing, blood and time later, Hurban became the first human dock. As if there were more to come…
When Digital Trends asked why, Hurban simply said “I just thought it would be cool.”
Read on to check out the video… Continue reading
Today, MacPaw released the newest addition to its product line, Gemini. While it was announced a few weeks back, the only available information on the application was a vague teaser page. The company revealed what the application truly does after its release on the Mac App Store this afternoon. Gemini is a very attractive duplicate finder for the Mac.
“Everything started from an idea to create a simple one purpose application for removing duplicate files on a Mac. We made a research on what utility apps lack for and found that most of them might be more personal, usable and are not perfectly designed like day-to-day apps. So we created Gemini, the first application that brings perfection of a user interface and design to the utilities category. Gemini is a simple, fast and entertaining solution for finding duplicates, a task that once was considered boring and time- consuming”, said Oleksandr Kosovan, MacPaw’s CEO.
Check it out on MacPaw’s site here or download it from the Mac App Store for $5 here.
MacPaw, the group behind applications like CleanMyMac has announced its newest project, Gemini. Not much has been released about it so far, but a lot more will come soon. Check out it’s pre-launch page here.