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Apple TV J33 Model Will Cost $99, B82 Accessory – $39, iPad AppleCare+ – $99



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New rumors about today’s media event have it that updated Apple TV J33 model will carry the same $99 price tag and similar prices worldwide. From previous reports we know that it will sport updated hardware including Bluetooth 4.0 Broadcom chip and a more powerful processor capable of working with 1080P video.


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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. 14:21

Apple rumored to be developing new audio format designed for iCloud streaming



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Apple is reportedly working on a new audio file format for iCloud service. The new audio format will offer improved streaming and "high-definition" quality of music allowing users to access music they obtained from sources outside of iTunes over the iCloud service.

"A source with inside knowledge of the process says Apple has asked a London studio to prepare audio files for a new streaming format that will adapt to bandwidth or hardware capabilities," the report said. It quoted an unnamed person who said users' libraries would "improve in an instant," and nothing would need to be done to upgrade files from the current AAC format to high definition.


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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. 23:41

Qualcomm Announced Its Fifth-Generation Gobi Chip



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Today chip maker Qualcomm took the wraps off its new chip, a fifth iteration of its Gobi platform. It includes a comprehensive support for TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, LTE on TDD and FDD networks and has GPS capabilities. Also it supports the EV-DO and HSPA+ for backwards compatibility. Theoretically, such a powerful combination would allow Gobi devices to connect locally to the faster LTE network and stay connected to the Internet on 3G networks worldwide.


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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012. 0:52

iPhone 5 Due for Release in September-October Timeframe



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Citing a “reliable source”, Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone in September or October of this year, about a year after the debut of the iPhone 4S that was released in October of 2011.

According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to be kept for years.

MacRumors also heard from a representative of a supplier known to provide parts for the iPhone that Apple's ordering plans are pointing toward a launch of new hardware in the September.


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Apple Officially Drops 'Mac' From The Name OF Its Future OS



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With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in July of last year, Apple was definitely moving towards dropping the word ‘Mac’ from the 'Mac OS X', which has been used as a name for Macintosh OS for more than 10 years.

Although Apple still used the naming scheme 'Mac OS X' in press releases, it called the new operating system 'OS X Lion' both on the product page of the Mac App Store and the main product webpage.


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Friday, February 17th, 2012. 0:23

Apple earned $1 out of every $5 US consumers spent on electronics this holiday



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NPD's Retail and Consumer tracking Services and Mobile Phone Track found that Apple accounted for 19 percent, or nearly one in five, of all U.S. consumer dollars spent on electronics, during the busy holiday shopping season. Apple, consequently, remained the largest consumer electronics brand for the second year in a row.

All of the other top five brands beyond Apple actually saw a year over year decrease in revenue in 2011. HP's sales dropped by 3 percent, third-place while Samsung dipped 6 percent, fourth-place Sony slid 21 percent, and Dell, in fifth, lost 17 percent.


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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012. 14:04

iPad 3 to Pave Way for 1080p iTunes Content and a New Apple TV



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Apple is widely expected to reveal its next-generation iPad at a special media event in the first week of March. The iPad 3 is believed to carry a ultra-high resolution 2048x1536 display that exceeds the resolution of 1080p content. Now Apple offers a maximum of 720p HD content on their iTunes Store.

We've already seen evidence that Apple has been working on a next generation Apple TV. Back in October, references to an unreleased "AppleTV3,1" model were found in the latest versions of iOS 5. Meanwhile, Apple has reportedly asked movie studios to start submitting 1080p content to the iTunes Store late last year.


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Monday, February 13th, 2012. 13:19

Apple intern's thesis leaks secret project to port Mac OS X to ARM processors



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In 2010, Tristan Schaap, who now serves as a Core OS engineer at Apple, published a Bachelor thesis on his 12-week stint as an intern with Apple's Platform Technologies Group, a subdivision of the Core OS department. The thesis revealed that the former Apple intern had been working on the secret project to port Mac OS X Snow Leopard to the ARM architecture.

According to the paper, Schaap worked with the group to get Darwin, the "lower half" of Apple's Mac OS X operating system, to boot onto an ARM processor from Marvell. During the course of the project, he achieved his goal of "booting into a multi-user prompt," though some issues still remained due to a "poor implementation on the debug hardware."


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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. 16:46

First Apple TV prototypes "in the works"



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Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster told that he had recently spoken to a "major TV component supplier" about Apple's rumored plans to release its Apple TV and received the following answer that Apple had contacted at least with one supplier "regarding various capabilities of their television display components."

In January 2011 Apple reportedly held a meeting in Asia that suggested Apple was investing in manufacturing facilities for LCD displays as large as 50 inches and in September 2011 the company held another meeting with a "contact close to an Asian supplier" who claimed prototypes of an Apple set are in the works. Now Piper Jaffray believes that Apple will likely release its television at the end of 2012, though, as usual, the timeline could be changed at any moment.


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Friday, February 3rd, 2012. 14:29

Apple Stands To Benefit From U.S. Government's Push For Digital Textbooks



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The Associated Press reports that U.S. government plans to help schools and textbook publishers shift to digital textbooks during the following five years. As Apple has been in the forefront of digital textbook expansion with the release of iBooks platform, the company is likely to considerably benefit if its iPads become a primary tool in the transition to digital textbooks.


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Friday, February 3rd, 2012. 2:44

iPad 3 Event in March, An 'Unusual' Apple Event in February



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Japanese site Macotakara has issued a new report where it clarified earlier claims of an Apple event in February with the cryptic details that Apple will hold a "Strange" event in February to unveil the so-called "iPad 3" and iOS 5.1 with deeper Facebook integration and a Special Event to launch the third-generation iPad in early March.

Citing both an Asian supplier and a source in the U.S., blogger Danbo has now corrected the original claim telling that Apple will indeed hold an event in February, but it will be a "Strange" event rather than a full product launch.

One possibility is that the rumored February event could contain industry-related announcements similar to how last month's education event in New York City to mark the release of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author without showing off new hardware. "Special Event for new products will be hold in early March and will release products during March as usual," Danbo continued.


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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. 16:10

New Photos of Camera-Equipped iPod Nano Casing Surface



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Last April, Apple.pro posted a photo of what appeared to be an iPod nano with a hole in the rear casing that was said to be for a camera. A second photo showing a clipless design casing for the device and claiming that it would carry a 1.3-megapixel camera.

Apple ultimately made no changes to the design of the iPod nano in September of last year, instead opting to update the software and lower pricing on the 8 GB and 16 GB models. But the idea of a camera-equipped iPod nano was revived in November with the publication of a May 2010 patent application on speaker design that appeared to show a hole in the iPod nano's clip in the same location as the rumored camera hole seen in the leaked photos.


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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. 22:47

Apple Is Looking To Open R&D Center In Haifa, Israel



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Following Apple’s acquisition of Israeli flash memory company Anobit, an Israeli business newspaper Calcalist reports that Apple wants to open a research center near Haifa city by the end of February. Reportedly the facility is located at the south of the Haifa city, in the neighborhood of Microsoft, Philips and Intel, who also have research centers there.


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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. 21:03

Case Makers Begin Producing Cases For iPad 3 To Fit Slightly Thicker Design



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Although last year most case manufacturers missed the mark by producing cases for a wider, thinner, “teardrop”, and taller iPhone 5, historically they have given accurate insight into Apple’s future plans for hardware products. Case leaks have emerged yearly and this year is no exception. Case producers have begun to make and ship cases for the expected third-generation iPad.


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