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Another Leaked Case Suggests iPad 2 Will Simply Be Called ‘iPad’, Comes with Rear Camera Hole





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A new leather case for the next-generation iPad appeared on German website Macerkopf.de. Design of the leaked case confirms all rumors about tapered edges, thinner design, rear-facing camera and flat back, but also provides some details on the actual name of the “iPad 2”. The terms iPad 2 was used by journalists and bloggers for indication of the second-generation iPad. That case comes with packaging with a simple label “For the new iPad” that might mean that iPad 2 will actually be called simply iPad.

It is also noteworthy to say that current iPhone 4 accessories don’t come with labels like “Made for the iPhone 4″. Instead, Apple went for a simple “Made for iPhone” that doesn’t point to the “iPhone 4” name in any way.




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Manuals on Amazon Suggest Late July Launch for Lion



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The  Amazon UK website placed several manuals for the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7 Lion  that will be released late in July. That fact might suggest that the operating system will also launch around that time. It seems that the OS will be released right after WWDC, this year expected to be from July 5 to July 9. The cover of one of the Mac OS X Lion manuals makes reference to the already announced Launchpad and Mission Control features but also references the dock, most of which was demonstrated last year at the Lion announcement. Noteworthy to say that the release date of these guidebooks is a good indication of product launches. For example, Amazon information predicted the release date Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Sunday, February 13th, 2011. 16:30

The iPhone 5 Will Debut Between June 5th and 9th at WWDC 2011



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The next-generation iPhone will be probably announced between June 5th and 9th , 2011. On these very dates Apple booked the Moscone Center in San Francisco for this year’s WWDC. Noteworthy to say that on the Moscone Center’s website the June event is listed as the “Corporate meeting”, though, such description is usual one for this Apple’s event. Apple’s next iPhone is traditionally announced at each year’s WWDC event held at the Moscone Center sometime in June. Moreover, there are two other “Corporate Meetings / Events” on the Moscone schedule: one for May 10th through 11th, and the second between June 22nd and 23rd. The May event probably is for the iPad 2 launch and the June is for something more important because it is placed closer to WWDC.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011. 19:40

Verizon iPhone Available for Pre-Order to Existing Customers



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Today Verizon has opened its website for iPhone pre-orders. Though, people on Twitter have reported that the Verizon site had difficulties and crashed, may be because of a high demand. New handset is also available for pre-ordering on Apple’s official page. If you are purchasing from the Apple Store you have to be an existing Verizon user. The Verizon iPhone 4 is being sold for $199 for the 16 GB model and $299 for the 32 GB model and you have to sign up to the two year contract.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. 13:11

Apple is Hiring an Engineer Experienced in Integrating LTE



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A new job listing appeared on Apple’s website. Now the company is looking for LTE 4G connectivity expert. This is the first time LTE is mentioned among the “specific duties” for an applicant.

Specific Duties

- Implementation, Integration, customization, enhancement and maintenance of L1-3 Protocols for one or more of the following air interface: GSM/UMTS, CDMA (1x/EVDO), LTE etc.

Job listings often provide good indications that Apple is working on a new feature, which might be implemented in Apple’s devices in the feature. Moreover, US carriers are updating their networks to provide support for 4G network and some European carriers confirms that they start working with LTE during 2012 and 2013.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011. 15:16

White iPhone 4 makes an appearance on Three, Orange UK, AT&T



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Last week the rumored white iPhone 4 appeared in Best Buy database. And recently the device has been listed in AT&T's Online Account Management system as an option for users managing their accounts online. Both 16GB and 32GB versions of the phone listed in the model picker, which could definitely suggest that the company is getting ready to finally make them available. The carrier's online account tool obviously doesn’t t include any indication as far as when we might expect white iPhone 4 models.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011. 10:36

Apple Spends $3.9 Billion on Secret Contracts



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At Apple’s financial report revealed yesterday there is might be found evidence that Apple has entered into secret long-term contract with suppliers of key components. The contract concerning the key strategic resources used in Apple’s products going into the future is worth $3.9 billion. Apple’s officials mentioned that the deals are similar in nature to the flash memory deals made in late 2005 concerning flash memory supply for many of Apple’s portable devices including the iPhone and then the iPad. According to some websites, the most likely component, which might be the subject of the recent deal, is high density display that Apple uses in its iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod Touch.




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New "Google Places" Application for iOS Devices is Launched



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Google the new version of application called Google Places. It lets iPhones and iPads users to look for new places and review visited ones.

Google Places allows to look for locations and places nearby and mark visited places by posting individual ratings and reviews. There are default lists of places located nearby, but there is an option to customize this list by adding favorite places found with the help of Google Places. Google Places also provides “Hotspot” rating and review system in order to give an opportunity to rate favorite shop, restaurant or a night club via an iPhone.


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Parts supplier selling purported iPad 2 screen, iPad vibrating motor



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One parts supplier began selling the screen part for Apple's next-generation iPad from Globaldirectparts.com. The part listed is the "iPad 2 LCD Screen" which is "out of stock" but is listed for a price of $218.19. Since the website currently offers replacement screens for the original iPad for $63.35, the higher price of the so-called "iPad 2 screen" could possibly corroborate reports of a 2048x1536 resolution display on the second-generation tablet. Globaldirectparts.com is also selling an "OEM Apple iPad Vibrating Motor" for $9.99. No photo is provided, but it's a curious part since the iPad currently has no vibrating motor. It's possible this is simply a mislabeled iPhone part, but does raise the possibility of the feature making its way into the next iPad. The part may be evidence that Apple is working on vibrating alert functionality for the second-generation iPad.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, January 17th, 2011. 13:05

“Treasures” of The British Library Are Available for Apple Users



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All those Apple products’ users who can’t imagine their lives without usage of such devices as iPad and iPhone and enjoy reading get a unique opportunity to gain an access to the rarest world’s books and masterpieces of literature thanks to the newest application “Treasures” which appeared due to the collaboration of the British Library and Apple developers.


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Apple forbids newspapers to allow free iPad access for print subscribers



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This Friday Dutch website called deVolkskrant published a report, where it was revealed that Apple will soon bring in new rules for publishers. According to it they won't be able to offer free access via iPad for their paid print subscribers anymore. The changes will be made because in this way publishers currently avoid to pay Apple a 30% cut for an access through its device.

Another Dutch site nrc.nl also revealed the date when all the new restrictions will take effect - it will be after April 1.

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Saturday, January 15th, 2011. 3:34

iPad 2 May Come on April 2nd or 9th



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Today German website MacNotes has suddenly revealed new information on the next-gen iPad. It is said in its report that iPad 2 will be presumably launched in the first week of April, or, to be precise, on the 2nd or 9th or April, and both of these days are Saturdays. As you may remember, first-gen iPad appeared in stores on April 3, which was also a Saturday.

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People Buy Kindle Though They Already Have iPad



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This week Amazon has revealed another press-release, where it is said that the company's third-gen Kindle became the best-selling product in the history of the online retailer. To take the top spot it surpassed the book of Joanne Rowling "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

Though it was said that this holiday the 3G and Wi-Fi Kindle models are the best-selling products, actual sales figures were not unveiled. But it is interesting that Jeff Bezos, who is Amazon Chief Executive, said that people who buy Kindle also have one more tablet.

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Apple's First Quarter Earnings Release Set for January 18th



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Apple has announced that it will publish its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 (forth quarter of 2010) and host a conference call regarding the release on Tuesday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m. PT. The conference call will be streamed live, audio-only, on Apple’s website. A link to the webcast will be provided in the following weeks. During the conference call we’ll hear about the sales of the new MacBook Airs and iOS devices’ performances in the holiday season and get chance to listen to Steve Jobs’ thoughts again.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010. 16:49

WikiLeaks App Has Appeared in App Store



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New app in the App Store has appeared. It is called WikiLeaks App and gives an access to WikiLeaks archives and tweets related to the site's activity. The interface is pretty nice and clean and formatted for iPhone and iPad.

Features list includes automatic forwarding to actual mirror, full access to website's materials including CableGate and tweets with #wikileaks hashtag and those that mention @wikileaks.

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Written by SimplyMax

Monday, December 20th, 2010. 1:39