iOS 7 Overhaul Reportedly Causing Delays at Apple
Recent rumors state Apple's design guru, Jony Ive, has stayed busy in his new role over the company's software. The forthcoming iOS 7 is reportedly receiving major updates in the form of user interface changes, but according to a report from Bloomberg, those alterations don't arrive without a cost. Namely, the collaboration between Cupetino's engineers and designers may be hindering the company's ability to get the new mobile OS out the door on time.
People with knowledge of iOS 7 development say Ive is interested in nixing the real-world textures found in past iOS versions like the faux wood grain of first-party apps like Newsstand. And more importantly, the Apple design lead has the software and hardware teams collaborating. Forcing the two departments to speak to one another, amazingly enough, is apparently a departure from the ideals of late CEO Steve Jobs.
But in finding ways to "flatten" the interface design and -- one has to hope -- bring entirely new ideas to the table for iOS 7, testing has apparently fallen behind schedule. According to the sources, Apple still expects its next mobile OS to be ready for primetime in September when the next iPhone will allegedly debut.
The bigger question is whether or not Apple will show off some new features or look of iOS 7 during Worldwide Developers Conference. The event is scheduled to take place June 10 through 14.
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The iTunes Store turns 10 this Sunday, April 28, and Apple is celebrating with a new area in the store chronicling a decade of selling music, movies, TV, and apps. “A Decade of iTunes” commemorates the store’s milestones in a separate section for each year.
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iPad Sales Make 65% Annual Jump, Apple Reports $9.5 Billion in Profit
While Apple may be struggling to maintain momentum in the stock market, the company has just reported quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion with a net profit of $9.5 billion. The company's continued financial success was driven by over 37.4 million iPhone sales, 19.5 million iPads, and 4 million Macs. iPhone sales were up nearly 7%, while iPad sales were up over 65% over the same quarter last year. Mac sales, on the other hand, were flat. Overall revenue and net profit was expectedly down over the previous quarter, which included heightened holiday sales.
Apple's Q2 earnings continue to defy analyst commentary, which has suggested that the company has lost momentum amidst stiff competition. While new and upcoming products from Samsung, HTC, and Microsoft are certainly growing in influence and marketshare, Apple continues to hold a commanding lead in the tablet market and represent a majority of smartphone revenues.
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Apple has announced that this year, WWDC 2014 will be held on June 10-14. Apple says they we'll get an in-depth look on whats next for iOS and OS X.
Tickets for the conference will go on sale tomorrow, April 25th at 10 AM Pacific / 1PM. Last year tickets sold out in less than 2 hours! With an overhaul for iOS 7 expected, this year's demand could be even more.
Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies, as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps available through the App Store℠ and Mac® App Store. Tickets for this year’s WWDC go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT.
“We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.”
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Apple iPhone budget model glimpsed in leaked photo?
Apple's much-rumoured budget iPhone has been glimpsed in what is said to be a leaked photograph of the device.
Case-maker Tactus provided the image, which appears to show a handset with a polycarbonate body, claiming to have captured it at a factory that provides parts for Apple manufacturer Foxconn.
The device is allegedly made of similar material to the iPhone 3G and 3GS, with a flat back instead of a curved one to reduce manufacturing complexity and therefore cost.
Other differences from the iPhones of old include two separate buttons for volume control and the inclusion of an LED flash.
The body of the device is reportedly taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone 4 and 4S, and will also come in black, blue, red and yellow.
Apple has been tipped to unveil a budget iPhone alongside the next-generation iteration of the smartphone this summer.
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Apple Allegedly Cuts Ties with Samsung over A7 Processors
Amidst rising tensions between the two constantly embittered tech giants, the Korea Times is reporting that Apple has plans to sever its ties with Samsung when it comes to producing its A7 processors, Apple’s next generation of mobile CPUs. An unnamed executive working for a Samsung partner revealed that Apple is looking to move its business to Taiwan, as the company has allegedly shared information regarding the A7 processors with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The processors are expected be to available in the first half of 2014 for use in mobile devices and it’s looking like Apple is preparing to decrease its dependence on Samsung for its component parts. Despite the fact that a recent $1 billion settlement between Apple and Samsung was slashed nearly in half, Apple still pays billions of dollars a year to its primary competitor for components like processors and displays.
Moving their business to TSMC might prove to be a strategically sound move for Apple as the Taiwanese-based company has recently boasted of success with producing 20-nanometer chips while expecting a sharp uptick in shipments of their 28-nanometer design in 2013. The same source said that Samsung is looking to deepen its relationship with NVIDIA as Apple gradually cuts the ties that bind them.