Apple and News Corp will Launch The Daily on February 2nd

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Jan 272011
 

The Daily, News Corp’s iPad-specific news”paper,” is living up to speculation about an early February inauguration with the announcement of a launch event on February 2nd. CEO Rupert Murdoch is explicitly mentioned on the invite, though Apple’s presence will be fulfilled by Eddy Cue, presumably a late draft-in to substitute for his company’s CEO, Steve Jobs, who’s currently out on medical leave. Even without the great Apple orator, we expect the arrival of the first tablet-only news outlet to be a significant event, so we’ll be strapping on our liveblogging gear and heading out to the Guggenheim Museum for a looksie. You’ll join us in spirit, won’t you?

[via engadget]

White iPhone 4 Issues Fixed by New Paint Material?

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Jan 262011
 

We recently told you how Apple’s white iPhone 4 has started to show up in various carriers’ stock handling systems throughout the world, but with no official word from Apple it’s been unclear whether this is a sign of an impending release. With Apple delaying the white version until Spring 2011 due to ‘manufacturing problems’, the common theory was that the paint was causing concern in Cupertino. According to sources at the time the painting of the handset with a white color was proving more difficult than Apple had hoped with producing a uniform color being the main problem.

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iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will come with NFC built in, hints well-connected analyst

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Jan 252011
 

You’ll no doubt be aware of our (well justified) distrust for anything that passes a tech analyst’s lips, but this time’s a little different. Richard Doherty of Envisioneering Group cites “engineers who are working on hardware” for Apple’s latest project in asserting what that project actually is: NFC capabilities are apparently being built into the next generation of iPhone and iPad devices. Contactless payments via NFC have been steadily building up in hype and adoption recently — at least in the western hemisphere, the stuff is commonplace in Japan — and Doherty predicts Apple will make its move into the field with some new hardware and an accompanying “revamp” of iTunes. The idea would be to allow the use of iTunes gift card balances and the credit card info Apple already has from you to make swiping payments at compatible retail outlets. Apple is said to be planning enticements, like loyalty credits and points, to get you using its service in the place of the competition, and there are already a couple of software patent applications from the company detailing other potential uses for the technology. All of which could mean absolutely nothing, of course, but this seems like an awful lot of smoke for there not to be a fire under it.

[via engadget]

Universal iPhone bumper found in Apple Store (video)

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Jan 212011
 

We were wondering how Apple was going to handle two different button configurations for its AT&T and Verizon iPhones, and well, the solution couldn’t be simpler. One reader visiting the Apple Store stumbled upon a bumper with a slightly different packaging. Thankfully, this intrigued him enough to pick one up and do a side-by-side comparison between this new “universal case” and the old first-party solution. The only change, since volume buttons are mapped identically between the two, is a slot for the mute button that’s decidedly less mute. Definitely works with his AT&T model and should theoretically fit Verizon’s model, too. Tough luck if you’re making a move to Big Red and trying to bring an old case, but let’s be honest… you’d be paying a pretty penny for the new device anyway, so what’s a few more dollars for physical protection? Video comparison after the break. Continue reading »

iOS 4.3 Reveals FaceTime, Camera Apps; Points To iPad 2 Camera

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Jan 202011
 

There have been a bunch of rumors in the past few weeks that the iPad 2 would come with a front-facing camera for Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature. However, these rumors and speculations were based on reports from part vendors and accessory makers.

There was nothing from Apple that suggested that these features would arrive on the iPad 2 until iOS 4.3 Beta was released earlier this month. Macrumors has noticed that iOS 4.3 Beta 2 contains even more evidence, which indicates that the second generation iPad will get a front facing camera and also come pre-installed with Apple’s FaceTime, Camera and Photo Booth app. Continue reading »

Apple Planning To Launch White iPhone 4 February 27?

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Jan 192011
 

It appears as if the long awaited white iPhone 4, will finally make it to the shelves. MacRumors reports that they have received screenshots from a source, showing the white iPhone in Best Buy’s database. The model name and SKU are identical to the ones Best Buy was taking about in summer last year before they were cancelled by Apple. Continue reading »

Apple Launches ’10 Billion App Countdown’ Promotion; Winner Gets $10,000 iTunes Gift Card

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Jan 172011
 

When Apple launched the App Store on July 10th, 2008, even they would not have thought in their wildest imaginations that it would end up becoming such a huge success.

The success of the App Store was clear when one billion apps were downloaded in just 9 months. Fast forward to the present and the App Store is about to hit the magical 10 billion app download mark.

Apple has launched a 10 Billion App Countdown promotion to celebrate the milestone. The user who downloads the 10 billionth app from the App Store will get a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

According to the landing page of the promotion: Continue reading »

Steve Jobs takes medical leave from Apple, Tim Cook taking over in his absence

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Jan 172011
 

That’s all we know for now, folks. Apple’s CEO is taking a medical leave from work, his second in as many years, with Tim Cook filling his role during that time. In an email to the Apple team, Steve Jobs says he’ll be on leave to “focus on [his] health,” though he will retain the position of CEO and will remain involved in the major strategic decisions — Tim Cook will be picking up the slack on day-to-day operations. No further details have been provided, save for Steve expressing his love for Apple and wish to return to his duties as soon as he can.

[via engadget]

‘Find my Friends’ MobileMe feature revealed in iOS 4.3

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Jan 132011
 

Looks like Apple will be adding a new “Find My Friends” feature to its MobileMe service in the not too distant future. The settings pictured above were unearthed in the latest iOS 4.3 developer build that’s already yielding a healthy list of new devices and functionality including in-app AirPlay video support, a carrier-dependent personal WiFi hotspot, the return of the physical orientation lock switch, and a host of new multitouch gestures. Presumably Find My Friends will offer functionality akin to the free Google Latitude app doing little to justify Apple’s $99 MobileMe annual cost.

Update: Remember Apple’s iGroups location-based social networking patent application? We just did.

[via engadget]

iOS 4.3 code reveals new iPhone and iPad models, rumor suggests replace of home button

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Jan 132011
 

History lesson, folks. If you dig far enough into iOS’s code, you’ll eventually come across iPhone3,1, which is the AT&T iPhone 4, and the analogous iPhone3,2 (i.e. Verizon iPhone). It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but then along comes iOS 4.3 with a handful of new mystery identifiers to spurn speculation — namely, two new-generation iPhones (4,1 and 4,2) and three iPads (2,1; 2,2; and 2,3). Speculate all you want, but there isn’t much else at all we can say definitively here, but if we had to take a guess, it’s the GSM and CDMA variants of the next-gen models (plus a WiFi-only iPad). It is interesting to note the lack of an “iPhone4,3” given the yet-to-be-revealed iPhone3,3 is still there — will the last member ever see the light of day? Outside of iOS 4.3 but still very much related, BGR is claiming it’s heard from sources that the next iPhone / iPad models will eschew the physical home button altogether in lieu of the new multi-finger gestures and that employees at Cupertino are already testing such devices. That seems a little more out there to us; five-finger pinch to home feels extremely clunky. The real takeaway here? We can finally have an iPhone rumor that doesn’t involve wondering if it’ll head to a new US carrier.

[via engadget]