Today Bloomberg reported that Jony Ive’s efforts to redesign iOS as part of his new softwaredesign role puts Apple at risk of delaying the release of iOS 7. While a public release is said to currently stay on schedule for "as soon as September", internal deadlines in the company has been pushed back as software teams race to finish iOS 7 and prepare a preview for Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report adjusting his previous roadmap for new Apple product releases. He previously predicted that Apple would launch new iPhones and iPads in June/July. Unfortunately, that has now been pushed back significantly.
Earlier we estimated that shipments of the new iPhone would begin in July (FDD version) and September (TDD version), while iPad mini 2 would hit the market in August. Currently, market consensus for shipments of iPhone 5S, low-cost iPhone and iPad mini 2 is July, July, and August, respectively. But in light of publicly available information and our knowledge of technological trends, we now think all three products will begin shipments later than our previous expectation and market consensus.
While Apple has earned much praise for its iPhonedesign aesthetic, it also has received criticism for durability problems, with many users experiencing the issues after dropping their smartphones onto hard surfaces.
In the fifth-generation iPod touch and iPhone 5 Apple began using sapphire crystal in order to cover the rear camera of the devices, providing superior scratch resistance and durability. Apple notes:
Tom’s Hardwarepublished results of a detailed performance test of a Core i7 Haswell processor, which suggest that it will offer 7-13% performance increase over equivalent Ivy Bridge chips – a similar increase experienced with the transition from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.
In an interview in The Australian FinancialReview (via AllThingsD), Thorsten Haynes, Blackberry CEO characterizes the iOS user interface as outdated, arguing that the popularity of the iPhone may be reduced due to the lack of innovation.
Today Apple introduced a new section in its iBookstore entitled "Breakout Books", offering books that have been independently published to the iBookstore by authors. The section features titles that have earned 4 and 5 star reviews.
The Federal Trade Commission today published a report, where it recommends how key players in the mobile ecosystem can better inform their consumers about how their personal data is being used. In its report, the FTC named several companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and BlackBerry as well as advertising networks, app developers, app developer trade associations and analytics companies.
According to TechCrunch, Apple removed the 500px app for iOS from the App Store because of the nude pictures. The recent acquisition of ISO500 to 500px from Pulpfingers also removed from the App Store, but is still available for download.
Yesterday Apple announced on its Developer Portal that appscreenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect after the app has been approved.
“Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an update to an existing app or a new app”.
Google Maps was keenly anticipated by users who were not satisfied with Apple’s built-in Maps app over its rampant errors. Criticism over Apple’s mapping solution led to public apology from Tim Cook and the restructing of iOS software team.
“The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series.”