Entertainment tabloid site TMZ has been buzzing with its latest scoop on the new iPhone 6. As people got excited or disappointed with what the next iPhone would look like, the so called exclusive pictures are nothing but a cheap knock off of the purported iPhone 6.
The folks at 9to5Mac had rebutted its claims by pointing out several UI flaws which turn out to be a re-skinned version of Android. The new iPhone would be running on the latest iOS 8 but the interface is rocking on an older iOS 7 apperance. Another giveaway is the overly thick font used for the calendar and the use of Back button on the overlay interface. The exterior design is still heavily based on what has been speculated on the internet for several months now.
While the good news is that this isn’t the real device, will the real iPhone be drastically different from what we’ve seen so far? Thankfully we won’t have to wait too long as Apple is said to be announcing the next iPhone this coming 9th September.
After months of anticipation and leaks, the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced next month, right after the busy IFA 2014 week. According to recode, Apple is organising a major event on September 9 which is quite a significant date when it comes to product announcements.
From what we’ve seen and heard so far, the new iPhone 6 is expected to be up-sized with a 4.7″ and a 5.5″ screen. This would mark a major jump from its current 4″ offering which is the smallest among the flagship smart phones in the market. The initial leaks also point to a slimmer design with rounded edges which follows closely with its current iPad Air and its latest iPad mini with Retina Display. The biggest change to the iPhone experience also comes from the software where it harnesses the latest features of their latest iOS 8.
Jimmy Kinmel crew is at it again and this time they went to the streets of New York to see if they can trick people into thinking that a thinly disguised US$20 Casio is a smart watch from Apple.
It gets funny when the poor unsuspecting victims go gaga over simple features like a large hours and minute display and a built in stop watch.
Watch the short skit after the break.
If you’re looking for a cheaper way to own an iPad in Malaysia, it looks like there will be an option to purchase a certified pre-owned unit very soon. One of our readers have spotted a Refurbished iPad section on Apple’s Online Store but the image is not linked properly at the moment.
According to Apple’s Certified Refurbished FAQ, some of these units were returned due to technical issues which have been resolved under strict Apple quality control. Before it goes on sale, it is treated like brand new product where it undergoes testing, repackaging and it even gets a new serial number.
Obviously the main benefit is getting substantial savings over an actual brand new unit. For greater peace of mind, it is also covered by a standard 1 year limited warranty as you would have on a fresh new product. So far there’s no details of when Apple will commence such sales in Malaysia but we reckon stocks would be very limited. You can check out yourself at the iPad section of Apple’s Malaysia Online Store.
Thanks BorneoBoi for the tip!
You’re a bad parent if you don’t have an iPhone. At least that’s what Apple is telling us with their iPhone 5S Parenthood ad that you can watch after the break.
Sure you can change a lot with the iPhone but that comes with the added cost of buying peripherals that are almost always overpriced.
Apple tells parents that they are more powerful than they think if they have an iPhone. We’d like to think parents are great with or without a smartphone.
The iPhone was introduced about 7 years ago by Steve Jobs which defined a new course for smart phones that we know today. Apple will be releasing a new iPhone model at the end of this year and they had just announced its latest iOS 8.
To showcase how iOS has progressed over the years, the Verge had compiled a highlight video from the very beginning when it was known as iPhone OS until the current iOS 8. Initially the iPhone OS was a very closed system and AppStore was only introduced in iPhone OS 2.0 where they finally open up to 3rd party app developers.
Copy and Paste function was lacking on the iPhone until it was finally introduced on iPhone OS 3.0. The mobile operating system then was renamed to iOS in 2010 when the iPad was first introduced.
We are not going to spoil the rest of the history lesson, so head after the break to watch the video.
When Apple introduced its new iOS 8 at WWDC, their new Message app has been revamped with push to talk and video message. With the features very much similar to WhatsApp, its CEO Jan Koum had tweeted that he’s “flattered” to see Apple “borrowing” features from Whatsapp in their messaging app.
This isn’t the first time copying has happened. While Apple has revolutionised touch screen smart phones with the iPhone, most of the features introduced these days are merely playing catch up with the current trend. This includes interactive notifications and gesture keyboards that have been implemented by other mobile platforms. Ironically, Whatsapp too has been accused for ripping off BlackBerry’s BBM messenger with its delivery status and group messaging. The success of WhatsApp is attributed to its clever approach of supporting cross-platform. This propelled it to become an instant hit that even threatens the usage of SMS.
The truth is WhatsApp has nothing to worry about considering Apple’s iMessage only works with their own device. Who knows one day Apple might just open up its messaging feature to all, but that’s wishful thinking.
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The spotlight at WWDC 2014 was focused on two things – OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. While the number 8 represents a major release for iOS, the usability and interface hasn’t been changed radically but instead has been refined subtlety to give more room for extra features. If we can sum up the latest changes, the new iOS with its Mac OS X now offers better sharing and continuity no matter what Apple device you are on.
In addition, the new SDK opens up new possibilities for developers particularly in health, Touch ID and gaming. There was even a new programming language introduced called Swift which promises faster performance with less code. The new AppStore on iOS 8 now offers app bundles where users can purchase a collection of apps at a discounted price, which is good news for both users and developers. Read on as we highlight a couple of new iOS 8 features that were announced at WWDC.
If you’re up for it Apple’s WWDC is happening tonight. Ok, not technically tonight it’s more like in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. Apple’s annual developer conference will kick off at 1am and if you have an iOS device or a Mac computer you can watch the future of Apple’s product roadmap unfold right in front of your very eyes via the official live stream here (you’ll need Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later).
What can you expect from Apple at WWDC? Considering that the WWDC is a developers’ conference after all, it’s obvious that Apple will show off the future versions of its mobile and computer operating systems, so you will probably be seeing iOS 8 and and OS X 10.10 for the first time tonight. Whether you like it or not, expect to see OS X mimicking the overly simplistic look and feel of iOS to make the user experience between the two more seamless.
Along with the new version of iOS you can also expect improvements and new features applications like Siri and Apple Maps that will hopefully put the mobile OS on par in terms of features with its competitors.
Will we see the new iPhone tonight? We can’t say for sure but it doesn’t look like it, not for at least another couple of months.
Will Apple debut its wearable devices at WWDC? Don’t think so unless the iWatch — or whatever Apple’s wearable is going to be — works with mobile devices that’s not running iOS. The iWatch — if Apple is indeed making one — is almost certainly going to be a companion device for the iPhone and if this is indeed the case, Apple would want to unveil the iWatch and new iPhone together.
Are we going to see anything from Apple’s newest and biggest acquisition, Beats? Don’t think so, it’s too early for the two to have anything substantial to show.
Anything else? Well, to sum it up, expect tonight’s WWDC to focus on software with not much emphasis on really new hardware. Of course, we could be completely wrong so why don’t you come join us and let’s talk Apple tonight.
Apple acknowledges an issue with the iPhone 5, where its power/wake button would show signs of failure and possibly stop working altogether. According to them, this affects a small number of units that are manufactured from March 2013. If you do face such issues, the good news is that Apple is offering free replacements for the power button mechanism.
The replacement program has started in the US and Canada, while replacement elsewhere including Malaysia will start on 2nd May which is this coming Friday. You can check if your iPhone 5 is eligible for power button replacement over here. Just key in your serial number which can be found on Settings > General > About.
Apple highlights that this is only applicable if your device is listed and the power button is showing signs of failure. For Malaysia, you can send your iPhone 5 to most Apple on-ground retailers and you can find one closest to you over here. According to Apple, the replacement process will take 4-6 days from the time your phone is sent in to their service centres
At the footer of its recall announcement, Apple mentions that if you have paid for such repairs, you may contact them for a possible refund. If your iPhone 5 power button is working fine, take note that the replacement program will continue to cover the device for 2 years since its first retail purchase. Before sending the device over, make sure you’ve backed up your files to iCloud and it is recommended to erase all contents on the device. .
Recall and replacements are two words that we hardly hear from Apple when it comes to iPhone units in Malaysia. In the midst of iPhone 4 antenna-gate issue, the free bumpers were not extended to Malaysian buyers which later claims to be fixed with a software update. When the iPhone 5 was released, several units were found to have scuff marks out of the box which Apple refuses to acknowledge as a problem. With consumers getting spoilt for choice, it is no surprise that Apple is now concerned with customer retention, which is a good thing for consumers.
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