iPhone 6 To Launch At WWDC In July With Supercharged Touch ID?

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When will the iPhone 6 be released? Ever since the iPhone 4s, Apple has unveiled the next iPhone in September, but at least one analyst is now claiming that Apple might go back to a WWDC launch in 2014.

According to Mizukho Securities analyst Abhey Lamba, the next iPhone could launch as early as a July, getting an early jump on the Christmas season that would make sure that supply is plentiful in time for the holidays.

That’s not all. Lamba says his sources in the supply chain believe that the iPhone 6 will come in an array of screen sizes, from 4.7-inches to 5.5-inches.

He also claims that Touch ID will be get a boost this year with app integration, as well as jumping from the iPhone to the iPad this year (which isn’t much of a prediction — Apple usually rolls out the last-gen iPhone’s killer feature to the iPad the year after, such as Siri and the Retina Display).

Finally, Lamba claims that a next-gen Apple TV will also be launched this year. Again, not much of a prediction: at the very least, it seems likely that Apple will update its set-top box to use a more modern A7 processor this year.

All of these predictions, of course, should be taken with a huge grain of salt. It’s not likely Apple will release iPhones in a range of display sizes, although it’s possible Apple could take an Air/mini approach with the next-gen iPhone.

Either way, the idea of a 5.5-inch iPhone is hard to swallow, considering the fact that phablets haven’t really caught on in the States the same way they have in Asia. Time will tell.

Source: Cult of Mac.

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Realmac’s Clear task manager now free for 24-hours.

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Realmac announced earlier this month that it was removing Clear+ from the iOS App Store and keeping the original Clear app as the only version of its popular task manager. To compensate customers who bought Clear+, Realmac decided to make its Clear app free for two 24-hour periods, allowing existing users to upgrade for free. The first of these two “free” windows opened today.

Clear+ was built for iOS 7 and was offered as a universal app for Clear customers who wanted an iPad version of the app. Realmac discontinued its original Clear for the iPhone, with the expectation that customers would pay for the upgrade and switch to Clear+. Instead, the company was deluged with angry customers who were upset at the removal of Clear from the App Store.

In response, Realmac reversed its decision to discard Clear for the iPhone and put the app back into the App Store. After updating and maintaining two versions of Clear, RealMac changed its mind again and settled on one version — Clear for the iPhone. Clear was updated in early February with support for the iPad and will be the only version maintained by Realmac going forward.

Clear+ owners should switch to Clear and take advantage of the free offer that is in effect today.

Smartwatches don’t have to be ugly and this concept is proof.

It’s safe to say that in 2014, we’re not short of smartwatches. But how many do you actually want to wear? That’s a question that manufacturers are finally starting to ask themselves. It’s also a question that Creoir — who designs products for brands like Nokia and Jolla — is trying to answer with its Ibis concept (shown above). Unlike most smartwatches, the Ibis was designed as a watch first. The elegant, metal design resembles a timepiece you would expect to see in a jewelry store. The “smart” part was conceived with the intention of supporting, not overwhelming the device’s primary function. Essentially, the clock part is a regular watch face, while a small display sits beneath, ready to serve up notifications, calendar entries or let you answer and reject calls.

While the hardware we saw was a prototype, we were also shown the user interface on a separate demonstration device. The UI has been skinned to complement the watch’s design language, and runs on a pruned back version of Android. A working device would also include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer and USB connectivity. While the Ibis is very much a concept for now, Creoir has built products — including smartwatches — for a number of household names, including other watch-makers such as Suunto. So, while it might not be finding its way to your wrist any time soon, there’s a very good chance a version, or “inspired-by” design will at some point.

This Infographic Visualizes 15 Years Of Tech Company Acquisitions.

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With the tech world still buzzing over Facebook’s $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition, business insurance provider Simply Business has put together a fascinating infographic.

Showing 15 years of acquisitions by Apple, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, the chart lays out in visual terms when tech giants were at their purchasing busiest, as well as how much they typically spend on deals — with the size of individual dots representing the price paid for each startup.

The infographic also lets you zoom in on specific time periods, as well as filtering the search by certain types of acquisition.

It’s a great way of getting your head around some of the giant numbers thrown around when it comes to tech deals, and also a means of looking at how the product and business strategy focus of major tech companies have changed over the past decade-and-a-half.

It shows that Apple has been more or less consistent in keeping the price of its acquisitions low despite its massive cash reserves — preferring to buy companies for their technology and employees rather than just market share.

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This attitude was imbued in the company by Steve Jobs, who reportedly viewed acquisitions as a “failure to innovate.” While Tim Cook has by and large stuck to this mantra — avoiding massive transformative deals — he has still been proactive about buying companies to bring new intellectual property to Apple.

Of the five companies profiled on the infographic, Apple has spent by far the least on its biggest-spend acquisition during the 15 year time period: shelling out $390 million for flash memory company Anobit and $356 million for AuthenTec, both in 2012.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Oral-B Shows Off iPhone-Compatible Smart Toothbrush at Mobile World Congress.

Proctor and Gamble first introduced its smartphone-connected Oral-B toothbrush earlier this month, but the company is on hand at the Mobile World Congress conference in Spain to give attendees a look at the upcoming device.

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The Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 connects to the Oral Blue iPhone app using Bluetooth 4.0, allowing the app to provide real-time guidance on brushing habits. It records brushing activity on a chart that can be shared with dental professionals to create personalized brushing routines and because the Bluetooth connectivity works both ways, the app can also be used to program the toothbrush.

Engadget went hands-on with the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 to show off how the app interacts with the brush itself. While brushing, the iPhone app runs a timer in real-time to keep track of how long a user has brushed and it also includes a stream of news articles to keep users entertained while brushing.

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In case the sheer boredom of brushing your teeth for that long is too much to bear, you can also thumb through a stream of news articles or local weather reports (no, really) to help you hang in there. Turns out, just furiously mashing those bristles into your teeth isn’t great either, so the timer will blink red if you’re pressing too hard.

In addition to Bluetooth connectivity, the SmartSeries 7000 features oscillating-rotating-pulsating technology, six different cleaning modes (Daily Cleaning, Deep Clean, Whitening, Gum Care, Sensitive, and Tongue Cleaning), a pressure sensor to prevent users from brushing too hard, and several different travel accessories.

Oral B’s Bluetooth 4.0 smart toothbrush technology will be available in several of its toothbrushes, beginning with the Oral B SmartSeries 7000, which is expected to launch later this year for $220.

Source:  Mac Rumors.

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5.

iTunes updateApple has released iTunes 11.1.5 which, according to the company’s copious release notes, “…fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected and improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks.” Go and get it now in Software Update or Mac App Store.

What Happens To Your Old iPhone When You Sell It To Gazelle.

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When you sell your old iPhone to a third-party, what happens to it? It enters a thriving third-party marketplace in China, where it is restored to almost new and sold in gray and emerging markets. Weird!

According to a report from Chinese tech site ITHome, when an iPhone with a shattered screen, scratched back, broken motherboard, or more is sold to some third-party sites, it ends up being sold in bulk and, if purchased, getting shipped into China from the USA, Hong Kong or Japan. There, it goes to a place like Shenzhen, where phones are disassembled and restored to pristine condition, thanks to the surplus of spare parts these iPhone-making centers can afford.

Once they are refurbished, these iPhones are then wrapped up in pristine Apple product packaging, even going so far as to stick replacement serial numbers on the boxes and putting the original screen protector back on. Then, the boxes are shrink wrapped, and sold to China’s emerging markets at a considerable mark-up.

Due to the fact that there’s plenty of spare parts lying around and they are easier to take apart than the iPhone 5/5s series, the iPhone 4 is a more popular device to get this sort of treatment.

So now you know what happens to your old iPhone when you sell it to someone like Gazelle. Who knew?

Source:  Cult of Mac.