News tagged ‘design’
A number of Apple Stores across the USA have encountered with iPod shuffle shortages this week. This has caused rumors suggesting that Apple will no longer produce the smallest and the cheapest portable music player in its lineup. As it turned out, this rumors don’t make sense. The guys from Cupertino have no plans to stop the manufacture of the iPod shuffle. This week’s shortage is a result of supplier changes, which have temporarily stopped the production process.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, a minor iOS 8.1.3 update is currently in the works. It won’t contain noticeable stability improvements or design changes, however, it will fix some bugs and slightly enhance the overall performance of Apple’s mobile operating system. As to the public release, it may take place as soon as next week, since some retail employees have already begun testing the latest version of firmware.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release a brand new 12-inch MacBook Air later this year. The laptop will reportedly boast of energy-efficient Intel Broadwell processor, thinner body, better and bigger display and a number of other improvements, which deal with the elimination of traditional old-school connectors from its full-aluminum body.
Below you may take a look at some images showing a high-quality mockup of the next-generation MacBook Air. What we actually see is an incredibly thin laptop with large screen, slightly redesigned keyboard and connectors layout. Still, we should keep in mind that this is only a model, so the actual 12-inch device released by Apple may get a different design.
Back in December, a rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggested that the guys from Cupertino were planning to release a smaller 4-inch iPhone 6 mini in 2015. Looks like this rumor turned out to be untrue.
Yesterday I told you about the new campaign called “Start Something New” and its launch on Apple’s websites in the USA and in a number of countries of Europe and Asia. According to the latest reports from reliable insiders, the guys from Cupertino have begun expanding the campaign to their retail stores across the globe. Below you may see some photos taken at one store presumably in the USA.
Samsung has recently closed one of its largest flagship stores, Samsung Experience Store located at the shopping center called Westfield Stratford City in London is no longer working. Currently, there’re only nine flagship stores of the South Korean company in the country and this number looks ridiculous of to compare it to the number of Apple Retail Stores. In case you don’t know, the guys from Cupertino have 38 locations across the UK. Three stores are situated in London - at Covent Garden, Regent Street and White City. Moreover, Apple is probably planning to open some more.
According to what the analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company writes, next year, Apple may return to the 4-inch form factor and release the low-end smartphone called probably the iPhone 6s mini. The design of the handset will reportedly be similar to the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, however, the tech specs will be akin to the specifications of the iPhone 5s released in 2013.
Several weeks after the previous release, the guys from Cupertino have seeded three Safari betas to developers for testing, namely, Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3 and Safari 6.2.3. Each of these betas contains a wide number of stability and performance improvements as well as some new features.
At a media event in Beijing, Huawei today announced its new smartphone called Honor 6 Plus. Keeping in mind the fact that the previous handset released by this Asian manufacturer was called Honor 6, we can assume that the company has a very talented team and creative team responsible for branding and naming the new products.
As you probably know, Apple's long-anticipated smartwatch is expected to hit the store shelves in the first quarter of the next year. Today a new rumor appeared online that proves this launch date. As noted by the Taiwanese insiders, the mass production of the device is expected to start in January.
You have probably seen the drone video showing the construction site of Apple’s Campus 2, which appeared online a couple of weeks ago. Well, a new clip has been recently uploaded to YouTube. The short two-minute aerial video has been released after the guys from Cupertino revealed their plans to build a massive auditorium and a fitness facility for the employees working at the “spaceship” campus.
This clip indicates that thanks to the incredibly hard-working and persistent construction workers the new headquarters continues to grow rapidly. You may take a look at the video below.
According to the latest report from a Chinese website Jiemian, Foxconn robots, which were designed to assemble Apple's iPhones, are currently not precise enough to cope with that task. However, this doesn't mean that they won't ever be used in the production of the smartphones. They can substitute human workers after Foxconn solves the problems Apple found.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Chinese low-cost smartphone vendor called Digione accused Apple of violating its patent. The Asian manufacturer claims the design of Apple’s latest iPhone 6 was copied from firm’s 5.5-inch handset with 8-core MediaTek CPU, Android OS on board and a price tag of 799 yuan. The iPhone 6, by the way, has a price tag of 5288 yuan.
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an innovative and quite futuristic iPhone fall protection system that can recognize when the handset is dropped and shift its center of gravity to avoid serious damage. The Patent No. 8.903.519 entitled "Protective mechanism for an electronic device” describes how such a system may be created and added to the next-generations of Apple handsets.
President Obama has recently signed the E-Label Act, which would allow Apple and other companies not to place Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification stamps on back panels of smartphones and tablets. Instead of doing so, vendors would get the right to include the information about the certification into their software.