Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 6:20pm.
9to5mac has published a vague report that claims Apple would update 4 out of 5 Macs at WWDC. We are calling this report vague even though 4 out of 5 sounds definite, because as you read the report you realize that Mark Gurman is only sure about 15-inch MacBook Pro update and rest is just assumptions without any concrete backing. These are some of the excerpts from what Mark posted:
Basically, this means that like everyone else 9to5mac is only sure about 15-inch MacBook Pro update. Our sources say that the two systems that are most likely to see an update at WWDC along with MacBook Pro are iMac and Mac Pro. We believe Apple will announce the Mac Pro at WWDC to let pro users know that the tower is not dead and then shipping it later this summer.
Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 5:33pm.
All the major US carriers today announced that the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S III would start shipping on June 21st. Though all the carriers are offering similar pricing for the new handset there are some small differences. So, here is the Galaxy S III’s pricing and availability for various carriers in US:
AT&T: Preorders start on June 6th with shipping date of June 21st. AT&T will only sell the 16GB model for $199.99 with two year contract. However, AT&T will offer three not two color options including Marble White, Pebble Blue and exclusive red color that will come later this summer.
Sprint: Preorders on Sprint will start a day early on June 5th, but the new handset will ship on the same date June 21st as other carriers. Sprint will offer two models in two colors – 16GB model for $199.99 and 32GB model for $249.99 – in Marble White and Pebble Blue.
T-mobile: Samsung Galaxy S III will ship on T-mobile starting June 21st, but the carrier isn’t taking preorders. Also T-Mobile hasn’t announced pricing yet and offers a sign up page for more information.
U.S. Cellular: The carriers will starting taking preorders of Galaxy S III on June 12th and will announce the pricing on the same date. U.S Cellular will ship the new phone sometime in July and will offer both 16GB and 32GB models.
Verizon: Preorders for Galaxy S III start on Verizon on June 6th at 7am ET and the handset will ship on June 21st. Verizon will offer both 16GB and 32GB models in Marble White and Pebble Blue colors, priced $199.99 and $249.99 respectively.
Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 12:48pm.
Like last week was all about iPhone 5 rumors, this week is turning out to be iOS 6 rumors week. Again 9to5mac is the main source behind the iOS 6 rumors, and according to their reliable sources iOS 6 will bring features like Siri for new iPad, iCloud tabs for Safari, Do Not Disturb Toggle for Notification Center, Mail VIPs and Facebook Integration.
Siri on iPad: It will be just like iPhone 4S without the phone related features. Siri on iPad will support music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps, email, Notes, Contacts and Wolfram Alpha search. The interface won’t be full screen like on the iPhone and it will only work on the new iPad with Retina Display.
Safari iCloud Tabs: With this Safari feature users will be able to view a list of tabs opened in the Safari web browser across multiple iOS device and Macs. Mark Gurman describes the feature by saying “When the iCloud Tabs button is clicked on an iOS 6 device (or Mac), all the tabs opened on each device are simply shown in a synchronized list. From here, users can quickly pickup individual tabs that they were working on across their Apple devices.”
Do Not Disturb Toggle: The ‘Do Not Disturb’ in iOS 6 will be similar to the Do Not Disturb feature in OS X Mountain Lion Notification Center. According to 9to5mac’s sources, “while the option is present directly in the Mountain Lion Notification Center, the Do Not Disturb toggle is stationed like the Airplane Mode button in settings”.
Mail VIPs: Again like the Mountain Lion feature, the iOS 6 Mail VIPs puts a star next to emails received from a specified group of people. The Mail VIPs feature will sync via iCloud across iPads, iPhones, iPod touches and Macs in iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion.
Facebook Integration: It will be very similar to Twitter integration in iOS 5. The Photos app on iOS 6 will see the biggest presence of this new feature allowing users to post photos directly to Facebook from the app. Apple will also bring Facebook integration to App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with a standard Facebook “Like” button. 9to5mac says “If a user is logged into Facebook via iOS Settings, these app “Likes” will be sent to their Facebook Timelines. Accompanying status messages will also be an option.”
Overall, these features revealed by 9to5mac are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. And from what we have heard from ours sources iOS 6 will definitely have some revolutionary features with the new Maps app being one of those groundbreaking features.
Submitted by lalit on May 29, 2012 - 9:46am.
9to5mac has received an image from iPhone repair website iFixyouri that could be the back cover next generation iPhone. iFixyouri claims that this new part just entered their catalog and is supplied by a reliable Chinese parts supplier, who are actually selling this part as next generation iPhone back cover. Seth Weintraub wrote on 9to5mac:
If the part shown in the image is real then this is an interesting development, because we usually see leaked images of major parts for upcoming Apple products 3-6 weeks before actual product is shipped or announced. For example, we saw the new iPad back cover with bigger camera hole in February and Apple shipped the new iPad in March.
Submitted by lalit on May 29, 2012 - 9:14am.
BGR claims that they have obtained from a trusted source exclusive info and photos of the upcoming Maps app, which will be one of the main features of iOS 6. Jonathan Geller wrote on BGR:
Apple has already announced that they will reveal details about upcoming iOS 6 at WWDC 2012, which starts on June 11th in San Francisco. You can check out more blurry photos on BGR that show change in maps layout design when compared to Google’s Maps that iOS uses now.
Submitted by lalit on May 28, 2012 - 5:08pm.
Since it was revealed in Steve Jobs biography that he was working on a TV as one of his last projects and he believed that he had cracked the secret to a simple HDTV, rumors have been going round that Apple will soon launch a smart HDTV. And now a Chinese newspaper China Business News claims that they have heard from “informed sources” that Foxconn, Apple’s well know manufacturing partner has started trial production of the much rumored Apple HDTV, with aim to start mass production by end of this year. AppleInsider posted the following from translation of China Business News’ report:
The only thing we have heard from our sources about Apple HDTV is that Apple is looking at different screen sizes ranging from 40-inch to 60-inch. We haven’t heard anything about when the production will start or how much it will cost.
Submitted by lalit on May 28, 2012 - 1:27pm.
ITU has announced a new Recommendation that represents a major advance in television broadcasting that will create an entirely new television broadcast environment with the advent of ‘Ultra High Definition Television’ or UHDTV. ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standard – or Recommendation – in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organizations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6.
The quality of television pictures that viewers see has improved dramatically since it was invented in the 1930s. A dim black and white screen in the corner of the room has become the sparkling ‘high definition’ colour picture that we see on today’s large ‘flat panel displays’. But technology does not stand still. ITU-R Study Group 6 has now agreed a draft new Recommendation on the technical details for ‘Ultra High Definition Television’ or UHDTV which is now being submitted to Administrations for approval.
The ITU-R Recommendation lays out the quality standards for UHDTV in two steps. The advances made with each of these quality steps are roughly similar to the step from the old ‘standard definition television’ to ‘high definition television (HDTV)’. HDTV pictures today have the equivalent of between 1-2 megapixels. The first level of UHDTV picture levels has the equivalent of about 8 megapixels (3 840 x 2 160 image system), and the next level comes with the equivalent of about 32 megapixels (7 680 x 4 320 image system). As a shorthand way of describing them, they are sometimes called the ‘4K’ and ‘8K’ UHDTV systems. Ultra high definition picture quality is accompanied by improved colour fidelity, and options for higher numbers of pictures per second than for today’s television systems.
Check out the introductory video posted by ITU describing the new UHDTV standards.
Submitted by lalit on May 28, 2012 - 9:10am.
LG introduced today a 5" Full HD LCD panel for smartphones – the highest resolution mobile panel to date. Though many LCD makers including Toshiba and Samsung have promised and shown prototypes of 1080p smartphone display, but LG will be the first to actually ship a 1080p smartphone panel. LG has already started sampling the new 5-inch full HD display.
LG’s 5-inch Full HD LCD panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology features 440ppi and 1920x1080 resolution, providing for the first time Full HDTV quality on a smartphone. With 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, the panel is also 0.5 inches larger, 2.2 times denser in pixels, and 1.3 times more advanced in ppi than the preceding 4.5" panel at 329ppi and 1280x720.
The 5" Full HD LCD panel from LG Display is expected to be released during the second half of this year, and will be on exhibit for the first time at SID 2012 Display Week in Boston starting June 4.
Submitted by lalit on May 28, 2012 - 7:31am.
Apple hopes to see a big jump in MacBook demand with launch of new models in June. The company is planning to see about 50% jump this year and plans to ship 16.24-19.2 million units compared to 12.79 million units in 2011, because of the new thinner and lighter MacBook models. According to DigiTimes, this increase in demand is causing labor shortage in upstream supply chain players. Aaron Lee wrote on DigiTimes:
It is rumored that Apple will announce the new MacBook Pro lineup at WWDC 2012 on June 11, along with next generation OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6. June is going to be a big month for Apple with WWDC and new hardware launches.
Submitted by lalit on May 24, 2012 - 9:11pm.
Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence is working with Technion in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on small, wearable computers that can offer new applications to enhance daily life. The system can continuously monitor human functions from the brain, heart, blood, eyes and more, and send this data to a remote server that will combine them with other data such as environmental weather conditions, along with historical data, and could proactively warn people about a potential headache or dizziness during driving.
The system won’t be just for monitoring our health, it will act as a companion that will remember our habits and help in day-to-day tasks. For example, if you have a habit of forgetting your keys in the house the system will in first week remember where you left the keys, and by second week it will start reminding you to take your keys while leaving the house.
“Despite their name, smartphones are rather dumb devices. My smartphone doesn't know anything more about me than when I got it,” Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, told reporters in Tel Aviv. “All of these devices will come to know us as individuals, will very much tailor themselves to us.”
Intel says such devices/systems will come to the market by 2014 or 2015. [Via Reuters]
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