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

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

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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.

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Will Siri have to answer to Samsung?

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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.

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2nd Gen Apple TV support is dropped in iOS 8

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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iMac speed-bumps next week?

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 08:32
Category: Apple, Hardware, iMac, Mac, Processors, Rumor

elthinimacAccording to C|NET, a report sent out on Tuesday from French blog site MacGeneration (use Google Translate) says that the iMac lineup is getting some speed upgrades to be announced as early as next week. Expectations for the base versions of all four of the iMac models are as follows;

  • The $1,499 21.5-inch 2.9 GHz version would see its CPU speed inch up to a full 3 GHz, while its Turbo Boost feature, which automatically manages individual cores of the processor for better performance and power efficiency, would rise from 3.6 GHz to 3.7 GHz.
  • The $1,299 21.5-inch 2.7 GHz would undergo no changes, according to MacGeneration.
  • The $1,799 27-inch 3.2 GHz variant would increase its processor speed to 3.3 GHz accompanied by a Turbo Speed bump from 3.6 GHz to 3.7 GHz.
  • The $1,999 27-inch 3.4GHz model would rise in CPU speed to 3.5 GHz, while the Turbo Speed’s performance would grow from 3.8 GHz to 3.9 GHz.

While the information provided showed no evidence of these iMacs sporting Retina Displays, some recent rumors say that code within the early betas of OS X 10.10 Yosemite hints that a Retina Display may find its way into an iMac in the near future.

 

 

Amazon introduces Prime Music – more value for your $99

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 08:49
Category: Amazon, Announcement, iOS, Mac, music, Opinion, Review, Services

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Amazon just announced the latest service in its Prime family, Prime Music, which together with Prime Instant Video and Prime Shipping will cost $99 a year. Earlier this year, Amazon increased the the price of a Prime subscription from $79 to $99, but at the time there was no indication that there would be any new features to offset the higher price-tag (unless you count the promise of a sky full of drones).

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