Monthly Archives: "March 2014"

Patently Apple (via USPTO) is reporting that Apple has invented systems and methods for cutting polished corundum (sapphire). According to the patent background: “Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide and is found in various different colors, all of which are generally commonly referred to as sapphire except for red corundum which is commonly known as ruby and pinkish-orange corundum which is known as padparadscha. Transparent forms of corundum are considered precious stones or gems. Generally, corundum is extraordinarily hard with pure corundum defined to have 9.0 Mohs and, asRead More
Laoyaoba (Google translate), a Chinese website, is reporting that Apple is set  to release two new versions of the iPhone in September 2014. The smartphones will reportedly feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch  displays. According to the report, sources in the supply chain have indicated that the new iPhones will be produced by Foxconn and Pegatron. In addition to the iPhone news, supply chain sources are also claiming that the iWatch will be launched alongside the new iPhones in September. Apple’s iWatch will be assembled by RoyalTek, a subsidiary of contract manufacturer Quanta Computer, the reportRead More
Former Apple marketing vice president Allison Johnson shares her experience at the company between 2005 to 2011 in an interview with 99u.com. Key highlights from Allison Johnson’s interview include: Steve Jobs did not like the word “Brand”, he thought this was a ‘dirty’ word which was associated with TV advertising.. articficial things. He believes the most important thing was people’s relationship with the product. Steve Jobs was as passionate about the marketing team as he was with Jony Ive’s team.  The Product Marketing team “understood deeply what was important about the product, whatRead More
South China Morning Post (via Umeng, China’s largest app analytics platform) is reporting that Apple’s gamble on the iPhone 5c has backfired spectacularly in China. According to the latest data out of China, Apple’s iPhone 5c accounts for slightly less than two percent of all active iOS devices on Umeng’s app analytics network after four month on the market. In contrast, the iPhone 5s accounts for 12 per cent and the iPhone 5 tops the chart with 15 per cent. “The iPhone 5c, originally designed as a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5s, launched in the mainlandRead More

Posted On March 17, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Leaked Image Confirms Apple Will Launch A 8GB iPhone 5c

It’s no secret Apple has been struggling to shift their iPhone 5c smartphones, even Tim Cook admitted as much at the company’s last earnings conference call: “I think the 5S, people are really intrigued with Touch ID. It’s a major feature that has excited people. And I think that, associated with the other things that are unique to the 5S, got the 5S to have a significant amount more attention and a higher mix of sales.” Apple is about to change this according to a new report from Engadget. The Cupertino-basedRead More
The iPhone 6 and iOS 8 rumors are reaching feverish pitch as we move towards the summer. First up, we have new information out of China from International Electronic Business news chief analyst at Sun Changxu suggesting that the iPhone will feature more sensors than previous generation iPhones. It is expected to add barometric pressure, temperature and humidity sensors. Next, Apple insider Sonny Dickson is reporting that the next-generation iPhone will reportedly be 0.22 inches thick, sport an Ultra-Retina screen at 389 ppi and the new A8 Chip will run at 2.6 GHz.   And finally,Read More
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Digitimes research is reporting that GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) will only be able to produce  9.0-16.6% of the sapphire-crystal screen for their next-generation iPhone. GT Advanced Technologies has recently signed an exclusive deal to supply sapphire-crystal to Apple. According to the report: “Assuming that the new-generation iPhone will have a 5-inch screen, then the forecast sapphire revenues are translated into output of 6.27-11.6 million 5-inch sapphire-made screen covers. As Digitimes Research estimates that Apple will ship 70 million units of the new-generation iPhone in 2014, the output of sapphire screen covers from GTATRead More
According to a new report from Umeng, an app analytics firm in China, there were 700m active smartphones and tablets in China at the end of 2013 and Apple reportedly has 80 percent of the high-end phone market. This market is 27 percent of the total active base, the report said.In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple is only interesting in the high-end smartphone market: “There’s always a large junk part of the market. We’re not in the junk business. The upper end of the industry justifiesRead More

Posted On March 13, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Brilliant iPhone 6 Concept Video By Ran Avni

Here’s a new iPhone 6 concept video by Ran Avni (design by Arthur Resis) of a 4.5-inch “iPhone 6” with astonishing curved screen, better camera, higher performance and all-new design. This new design appears similar to that of the iPhone 5c. A recent report suggests that new iPhones may keep the basic design of the iPhone 5c such as the rounded back edges, button designs, and speaker/microphone hole designs. )Read More
Here’s Tomas Moyano take on how Apple’s rumored iWatch should look and function: Moyano’s iWatch concept sports a 1.4-inch sapphire display, A6 Processor, M7 Motion Coprocessor, Front iSight 1.2MP Camera, 720p HD video recording and many more features. In other news, Appleinsider is reporting that Apple is looking to improve the accuracy of pedometers in wearable devices: “Apple’s proposed implementation looks to intelligently parse generated raw data, translating it into an accurate representation of steps taken and distance traveled. More importantly, the system frees the user to wear the pedometer device anywhere on their body. Specifically, the patent filing describes aRead More

Posted On March 12, 2014By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac Giveaway

Leawo promises to that their iOS Data Recovery for Mac app will help you regain lost data on your iOS devices without breaking a sweat. iOS users that regularly backup their devices to iCloud and/or iTune may not find this to be very useful.However, it can be an indispensable tool for the rest of us. The software can help users recover data from their Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Contacts, Messages (MMS, SMS, iMessages), Message Attachments, Voice Memos, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Safari Bookmarks. The iOS Data Recovery app has a  simple and intuitive interface on startup which gives users theRead More
According to the latest report from the Japanese tech blog –Mac Otakara (via MacRumors), Apple will be releasing their next generation iPhone in 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch models. The report also revealed that the design of the new iPhones will be similar to that of the iPhone 5c and iPod Nano. Key highlights from the report include: The new iPhones may keep the basic design of the iPhone 5c such as the rounded back edges, button designs, and speaker/microphone hole designs. The 4.7-inch iPhone will measure at 14×7 cm, while the 5.7-inchRead More