Teardown of low-end 21.5-inch iMac finds RAM soldered to the motherboard

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

thinimac

You won’t be able to upgrade the RAM on the new, low-end 21.5-inch iMac.

Per MacRumors, the cool cats at Other World Computing have performed a full teardown and discovered that the 8 GB of RAM that the iMac ships with is permanently soldered to the motherboard.

(more…)

Amazon announces its Fire Phone with launch on July 25th

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 08:17
Category: Amazon, Android, Announcement, Features, Mobile Phone

Amazon_FirePhoneOn Wednesday, Amazon introduced the latest iPhone competitor, the Fire Phone which boasts a number of unique features. First up is the Dynamic Perspective feature which gives users a 3D perspective view of items on a map or within a game. The same technology allows you to tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to navigate menus and access shortcuts with one hand. These functions are controlled by its four forward facing cameras located in the four corners of the handset. This allows two cameras to track the user’s head regardless of the position in which the phone is held. Imbedded infrared sensors allow the feature to be used in complete darkness.

Next up is Firefly, Amazon’s equivalent to Shazam for everything you can buy as well as other information. Point the Fire Phone’s 13 MP rear-facing camera at a book or an item in a magazine, and Firefly will return results about the item that may be important such as where to buy it, or bring up a celebrity’s IMDB entry. Firefly can also read telephone numbers and give you the option of calling or saving the information. It’s a little like what Google Googles was supposed to be, but mainly for media and text.

(more…)

Apple rolls out new low-end 1.4 GHz, 21.5-inch iMac for $1,099

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 11:46
Category: iMac, News

thinimac

The new low end iMac just arrived, complete with a bit of a price break.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday formally launched its anticipated new low-end 21.5-inch iMac with a lower entry price of US$1,099. The new machine, which is now US$200 cheaper than the 21.5-inch 2.7 GHz previous low-end model, boasts a 1.4-gigahertz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, a 500 gigabyte hard drive, and 8 gigabytes of RAM.

With the new model, users will downgrade from a faster quad-core chip to a dual-core CPU. RAM stays the same, but hard drive space is cut in half from 1-terabyte on the US$1,299 model. Graphics are also downgraded from Intel’s Iris Pro integrated solution to Intel HD Graphics 5000.

(more…)

Will Siri have to answer to Samsung?

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Apple, Business, iPhone, Mac, News, Samsung, Siri, Software

siri-icon-ios7According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the voice-recognition tech company behind Apple’s Siri assistant may be in talks with Samsung to sell its technology to Apple’s most notorious competitor. Nuance has reportedly been in talks with several potential buyers as the company seeks to sell off its highly sought after voice-to-text translation software. According to some sources familiar with one of the companies involved, Samsung and other private-equity firms have been part of discussions surrounding a possible sale of the company. In addition to Siri, Nuance provides the technology behind Dragon Naturally Speaking software for both Mac and PC, as well as Samsung’s own phones, tablets, and wearable devices.

(more…)

2nd Gen Apple TV support is dropped in iOS 8

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 08:18
Category: Apple, Apple TV, Hardware, iOS, News

2ndgenappletvBeing an owner of said version of the Apple TV (also formerly of the 1st gen), I find this very disappointing, but not altogether unexpected. The second beta of iOS 8 dropped on Tuesday and according to those who like to dig out any hints of the future that new code may reveal, there is no sign of the 2nd generation Apple TV. For those of you who didn’t know, starting with the release of the first black, hockey puck sized Apple TV, Apple started using the same A4 chip (or a version of it) that was used in the iPhone 4.

(more…)

iPad Air 2 dummy mockup photos show possible recessed volume buttons, other changes

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 12:13
Category: iPad Air, News, Pictures

There may be some changes to this year’s iPad Air.

Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, pictures of a nonfunctioning dummy model iPad Air shows an indented space for two elongated volume buttons, representing a change from the current iPad Air where the buttons protrude. The mockup was first spotlighted on Tuesday by Nowhereelse.fr.

ipadair2recessedbuttons

Strangely, the dummy device also lacks a mute/orientation lock switch above the volume buttons, and instead has just a small circular hole. To date, all iPad models have featured a toggle switch above the volume controls, just like every iPhone.

(more…)

Amazon expected to launch branded smartphone on Wednesday, AT&T to function as exclusive carrier

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 12:44
Category: Rumor

amazonlogo

All the cool kids have their own branded smartphones, so why not Amazon?

Per The Mac Observer and the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is expected to introduce its own smartphone on Wednesday, with AT&T as its exclusive carrier upon. Apple struck a similar deal with AT&T in 2007 when the iPhone first launched, which gave the cell service provider a healthy boost in its competition with U.S. market leader Verizon.

Sources have indicated that the launch will happen during an event in Seattle with plans to ship by the end of September.

Amazon’s smartphone is claimed to sport a 4.7-inch touch sensitive display, 720p resolution, six cameras — including a 13 megapixel camera for high resolution photo and video capture — designed to help create 3D-like effects without the need for special glasses, and 3D effects in the interface, too.

(more…)

Foxconn could include Sharp in production of next-gen iPhone displays

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014, 11:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

samsunglogo

In spite of disagreements over the years, legal tussles and injunctions galore, there’s still money to be made in cranking out iPhone handset displays.

According to Electronista and the United Daily News, Apple’s main assembly partner, Foxconn, is in talks to use Sharp technology to help build iPhone and iPad displays. Sharp is presently one of several companies already involved in producing displays for Apple products, other partner companies including LG Display and Japan Display.

(more…)

New 5.5-inch iPhone 6 prototype comparison pictures leaked, additional details shown

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014, 11:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

The early iPhone 6 picture leaks continue and they’re churning up some interesting comparisons.

Per Boy Genius Report, Insider Sonny Dickson, who published images of unreleased Apple devices before their launch last year, has now posted new images on Twitter showing the two iPhone 6 models side by side.

In an interesting set of changes, the iPhone 6 phablet has the power button relocated to the right side and slimmer volume rockers. On the back, the 5.5-inch model has the same camera and antenna design as the current 4.7-inch model, including a new camera flash design, while on the front side the only thing different is a new hole next to the FaceTime camera.

comparisonshot1
(more…)

Apple recalls millions of European iPhone chargers, focuses on A1300 model

Posted by:
Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 17:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

applecharger

No one ever said a multi-million item recall would be pretty.

Per Boy Genius Report, Apple on Friday announced a new program that invites millions of iPhone users across 37 different countries to swap out their iPhone chargers, which may be faulty. According to Apple’s website, the company has determined that one of its iPhone charger models can potentially overheat and pose a safety risk. The company says overheating may onl occurs in rare cases, but it apparently decided to play it safe and offer users the opportunity to swap affected chargers out for newer models.

(more…)