Apple to hold iPad launch event on October 22nd.

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Well, it appears as if Apple’s upcoming new iPad event has finally been given a date. According to multiple reports this evening, the Cupertino firm will be holding an event centered around the announcement of new iPads on Tuesday, October 22nd.

The rumor is that the event will be focused on the brand new fifth generation iPad (iPad 5?) the second generation iPad mini (please make a Retina display!) as well as possibly the new Mac Pro that was briefly shown off during Apple’s WWDC. It is also likely that the company will launch OS X Mavericks during this event along with the other new Mac gear like the Mac Pro.

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The new full sized tablet from Apple is expected to have an all new design, taking its design cues from its smaller sibling, the iPad mini. This means we’re expecting a much thinner and lighter device, as well as much thinner bezels on the sides of the tablet. In addition, we are likely to see an improved camera as well as a faster and more efficient processor. When it comes to the iPad mini, I’m still hoping for a Retina display, although I won’t be holding my breath. More recent rumors are pointing towards a Retina display, but we’ve also seen numerous rumors that say a Retina iPad mini won’t be coming until 2014. Both devices are also said to be coming in Apple’s updated color scheme of White/Silver, Black/Space Gray, and possibly even the rare White/Gold combo.

In addition to the report from AllThingsD claiming that this is the event date, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has chimed in, simply adding that “yep” the event will occur on the 22nd of October. He has been pretty reliable when it comes to Apple news recently, so it is looking pretty certain that this will be the date the refreshed iPad line will be shown off to Apple fans everywhere.

Source: TodaysiPhone.

The iPhone 5s will be hard to find at launch, claim reports.

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Apple broke with tradition when it declined to make the iPhone 5s available for pre-order after its announcement, and now it’s looking like low stock might be the reason. According to All Things D, sources at the wireless carriers are claiming that launch inventory will be significantly less than expected. “We will have grotesquely unavailable inventory,” said one carrier source, while another claimed that shipments from Apple were extremely disappointing. However, that same second source also said that demand for Apple’s flagship iPhone might be less than anticipated, as well. Despite Apple’s silence on iPhone 5c pre-sales, it seems that the company’s new colored device is proving popular with customers so far, at least according to All Things D’s sources. While there’s no word on how the iPhone 5c may be selling so far, it appears Apple has enough devices to meet demand — you can still order one from Apple’s site and get it delivered on launch day.

It’s also looking like these availability issues might extend beyond the carrier stores: that the iPhone 5s will be hard to come by at Apple’s retail stores, as well. Out of all the shipments of new iPhones going to Apple stores, between 70 and 80 percent of the stock will be the iPhone 5c. Of course, there’s also a chance that this report will just help to fuel the launch day mania for the iPhone 5s and build up those famous launch-day lines that have greeted all previous iPhone launches. We’ll find out this Friday when both the iPhone 5s and 5c officially become available.

Source: The Verge.

Apple increasing hiring for iAd team before iTunes Radio launch.

logo-iadApple, it appears, is trying to work on scaling up its iAd team before the inevitable launch of iTunes Radio, which will most likely come sometime around the September 10th event next week. According to the report from Ad Age, Apple has posted 40 different iAd related job listings in August alone, 5 of which were via its own site with the other 35 coming via LinkedIn. Up until now, the iAd service has only been used on iOS applications, but with iTunes Radio will bring audio and video advertisements; something that Apple hasn’t done with 3rd party companies before.

Part of the report is saying that Apple could be hiring all the new people to the iAd team in order to help strengthen its ad creating team, as Apple likes to have a lot of the creative control over iAd in order to give each one an “Apple look and feel,” meaning it feels like it should belong on an Apple product (take the iAds found in iOS, for example). Linda Waste, senior recruiting manager at Apple, is said to be leading the search, which would make sense given her position. Some companies that are said to be already in the mix for iAd on iTunes Radio include McDonald’s, Pepsi, Nissan, and Proctor & Gamble.

New iPhone shipments already arriving in US in anticipation of launch.

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The iPhone 5S and 5C launch is getting closer and closer. The announcement is coming in just one week from today, and the excitement is growing here at Today’s iPhone and for all Apple lovers. In anticipation of the launch shortly after the announcement, it appears as if shipments of the new iPhones are already beginning to appear in the United States today.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple has begun to receive shipments form overseas of the new devices, and it is stockpiling the new iPhones for distribution purposes. It makes sense that the Cupertino company would be keeping the devices in warehouses ahead of the launch to ensure that keeping the devices in stock for launch won’t be a major issue. It is rumored that over 1 million iPhone 5C units have been shipped to America already in anticipation of the rumored September 20th launch of the new hardware. Hopefully this will mean that getting one on launch day won’t be an issue, but (as always) it still could be a problem for some.

Source: TodaysiPhone.

MAPi Cases launches new iPhone 5 cases with some new prices.

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If you saw the MAPi Soli iPad mini case that Cam reviewed a week or two back and took interest in its cases, then here is a chance for you to get one for your iPhone 5. MAPi has announced a few new iPhone 5 case lines that also come with a new price tag. These new cases, which are dubbed “budget friendly”, include the Poros Caller ID pouch, the Altos Flip Wallet case, the Pella Shell case, and the Taos Snap Wallet case. If any of these sound interesting, you can check out the press release below for a little more description:

MAPi Cases Launches New Line of iPhone 5 Cases at New Price Points
 
New iPhone 5 case styles made from fine European leather now available at new budget-friendly prices
 
ATLANTA, GA (March 28,2013) — MAPi Cases, a leading manufacturer of innovative smartphone and tablet cases made from the world’s finest leather, announces four new varieties of stylish and protective cases for the iPhone 5. The new product will be showcased for the first time at the CTIA Wireless show in May, and range in price from $25 to $55. These new offerings from MAPi Cases introduce high quality products at an introductory price point that makes luxury leather cases accessible for all consumers.
 
“We are adding the new models to the MAPi lineup of iPhone 5 because we want to show we are committed to brand development. Our iPhone 5 model platform needed a little refreshment, mid-cycle,” said Emre Sener, CEO of MAPi Cases. “These new models are slotting into price points where we had gaps, and setting us up as a strong competitor against manufacturers in China. With these additions and new color selections of our existing models, we have also significantly broadened our customer demography.”
 
Expanding on MAPi’s extensive lineup of luxury iPhone 4/S and iPhone 5 cases, the new additions to the MAPi iPhone 5 lineup include:
 
Poros – Caller ID Pouch
The Poros is a simple, yet stylish, premium soft leather pouch case with a unique opening that makes caller ID visible when the iPhone is in the case. A simple pull out tab makes it easy to remove the case, and the soft lining will clean the iPhone screen every time you put your device away. Poros is available in three colors of soft textured premium leather: black, brown and red.
 
Altos – Flip Wallet Case
Altos is a wallet style case with a snap-in cradle to securely hold the iPhone 5. A leather front cover flips over the screen and is held with a magnetic closure for full bodied protection of the device. The soft fabric lining further prevents scratches and abrasions as well. The Altos is available in five luxurious premium leather colors: black, brown and red.
 
Pella – Shell Case
A minimalist shell-style case, the Pella provides the option for protection without adding bulk. A premium leather inlay, using color accented stitching, is sewn to an engineered polymer for superior protection. The Pella gives a sleek look and feel that is easy to snap on and off when desired. Additionally, the Pella case is designed to be usable with most charging docks without needing to be removed.
 
The Pella is available in five premium smooth leather colors: black, brown, red, white and tan; as well as two crocodile patterned leather colors: croco black, and croco brown.
 
Taos – Snap Wallet Case
Another new wallet style, the outside of the Taos is 100 percent premium European leather, while a plastic cradle inside securely snaps the iPhone 5 into place. A leather front cover, with soft lining, provides an added layer of protection, as well as style.
The Taos is available in three luxurious leather colors: black, brown, and red.
MAPi cases are hand crafted in Istanbul, Turkey using 100 percent, premium European leather. Cases are also available for other smartphones, such as the BlackBerry Z10, as well as the iPad and other popular tablets.
 
The new MAPi iPhone 5 cases, ranging from $25 to $55, are now available for pre-order on www.MapiCases.com and through retailers such as Amazon.com.
 
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About MAPi Cases
MAPi Cases is the home of premium, high-quality leather cases and is becoming the quintessential brand for elegant and chique case styles for BlackBerry, Apple, Amazon and Samsung devices. All leather cases are handcrafted from 100% European leather and designed for elegance, style and function. MAPi Cases uses 100% premium quality leather, which is handcrafted at manufacturing facilities in Istanbul, Turkey, All MAPi Cases display the Eagle Insignia which is the symbol of quality and elegance. MAPi Cases is an LLC organized in Atlanta, GA. MAPi –Leather like no other.

Source: The Mac Observer.

Analyst reaffirms own iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor & Smart Flash claims, hints at July launch, China Mobile variant.

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has re-affirmed his January claims regarding Apple’s 2013 iPhone roadmap, as noted by MacRumors. As he previously said, Kuo expects Apple to release both an iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone later this year. Kuo adds that the launch is expected to occur this July after an announcement in June alongside iOS 7.

The “iPhone 5S,” following in the footsteps of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S, is expected to retain the new design of the iPhone 5, but it will add a smaller, faster processor (presumably an “A7″ chip”), an improved LED “SmartFlash” sensor on the back, and a tweaked camera sensor. Kuo also adds that a China Mobile-compatible version of the “5S” will be released by September.

Most interestingly, the reported highlight feature of the device is said to be a finger-print sensor. Kuo maintains his earlier predictions that this fingerprint sensor will sit beneath the iPhone 5S’s home button. Presumably, this sensor will be able to be used to unlock the device and be used as a replacement mechanism for passwords.

As others have also reported, Kuo is expecting a lower-cost iPhone to also launch this year. The design is, once again, expected to be a hybrid of plastic and metal casings. The phone will supposedly be slightly thicker and heavier in comparison to the current iPhone 5 and rumored iPhone 5S.

Earlier this year, Kuo also predicted that Apple will discontinue non-Retina models of the MacBook Pro, release faster iMacs and Mac Minis (in Q4 2013), and tweak the iPod touch and Apple TV by the end of the year.

Source:9to5Mac.