The Economic Daily news has reported the latest rumors of Apples upcoming iOS devices that include the iWatch and the sapphire-crystal iPhone display.
BrightWire has reported that Apple may integrate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology into the iPhone 6.
Apple has made a deal with China UnionPay to incorporate the banking company’s s services into the Passbook app for mobile payments and the two companies are also working together to create another mobile payment method that will be used to make purchases in Apple Stores, according to source.
Apple is planning an “enormous iPhone upgrade event” at its retail stores this week in multiple states across the country, according to a 9to5Mac source. Apple will be emailing customers that own older iPhones to visit their stores so they can upgrade to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, says source. Angela Ahrendts , Apples new SVP of Retail and Online Stores will be supervising the event.
In a segment titled ‘A New Kind of Apple Farm’ Anne Thompson, NBC’s chief environmental correspondent, was given a rare look inside Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data center.
According to a new report from Re/Code Facebook will launch a mobile ad network later this month at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco according to multiple sources familiar with the matter, says Re/Code.
According to a report from Nikkei, Alpine Electronics a Japanese car audio manufacturer, will start selling standalone aftermarket CarPlay console by the fall. Many car manufacturers will be offering CarPlay equipped cars soon but Alpine will be offering independent CarPlay units that can be installed in current cars.
StreetInsider has reported that according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, Apple has been negotiating with carriers on a possible $100 iPhone 6 price increase.
Initial carriers response was “no” they refused to increase the base price form $199 to $299, but since there is a growing interest for the iPhone 6 with bigger screen and there will be no other game changing devices this year carriers are more likely to accept the increase.
Apple depends on chip makers like Qualcomm but is now planning to develop baseband chips for iPhone and iPads in-house according to a report from Digitimes.
According to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, Apple may be launching its iWatch in the third quarter of 2014. The wearable device will be manufactured by Quanta Computer while TPK and Richtek, a Taiwan-based chip design house, will supply panels and chips for the device, according to report.
iPhone 5s is low in china according to a report from Cantor Fitzgerald, But there is much more interest in the larger-screen iPhone 6. Chinese vendors and carriers are very interested in the larger screen model according to report.