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Apple's New Dock Connector Even Smaller Than Originally Thought
In February, iMore reported that Apple would introduce a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices. Now these rumors are confirmed by various sources and the evidence revealed recently shows a much smaller opening in the casing of what is claimed to be the next-generation iPhone.
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iPad's Share of Tablet Market Hits 68% in 2Q 2012
Apple announced that 17 million iPads were sold during the second calendar quarter of 2012. A research firm Strategy Analytics claims that Apple captured 68.3% of the global tablet market comparing with 62% in the year-ago quarter. That is the company's highest share in nearly two years.
Apple shipped a robust 17.0 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 68 percent share during the second quarter of 2012. Apple continued to shrug off the much-hyped threat from Android and the iPad’s global tablet share is at its highest level since Q3 2010. [...]
Apple Preparing “All-New” iPod Nano And iPod Touch With 4-Inch Display And A5 Chip
Analyst Mink-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities today reported that Apple is planning to release “all-new” iPod nano and iPod touch in September. The upgraded iPod touch is said to have the new touch display based on in-cell technology that has been rumored by multiple sources for the next iPhone 5.
Apple Is Placing All Eligible Products Back on EPEAT Registry
Last week we reported that Apple asked EPEAT to withdraw its products from its registry, and said that it would no longer register its devices in EPEAT for evaluation. EPEAT assesses the environmental impact of electronic devices and its rating is used by many governmental organizations and corporations as a yardstick for purchases of electronics.
Google admits Chrome bug responsible for crashing MacBook Airs
Shortly after release of the updated MacBook Airs, a number of users reported that their machines were frequently crashing. Gizmodo noted this week that the issue was caused by the Chrome browser. One Genius technician said that the problem was "the specific combination of Intel HD 4000 chip + flash + Chrome." Moreover, Google has recently accepted responsibility for a kernel panic issue on Apple's new MacBook Airs. Apple is aware of the issue and planning to release a patch soon.
Next-Generation iPhone Prototypes Reportedly Support NFC for Mobile Payments
9to5Mac has reanalyzed the previously-obtained code for the next-generation iPhone prototypes and found references indicating that the new smartphone would support NFC technology for mobile payments.
We’ve previously been able to pull data from PreEVT iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 prototypes codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2), which leads us to believe that the new iPhone will have a bigger 1136×640 display. We also detailed a lot of the hardware here but forgot one very important little bit. Further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have Near Field Communication (NFC) controllers directly connected to the power management unit (PMU).
Apple released iOS 6.0 Beta 2 for developers
Apple recently released new iOS 6 beta 2 for developers. It is available as an OTA update or as a download here. Apple also updated Xcode 4.5 developer preview 2, Apple TV beta 2 as well.
When you download and install iOS 6.0 Beta 2 OTA the Settings icon animates. Take a look:
Apple Plans To Launch OS X Mountain Lion In Late July?
At Worldwide Developers Conference this month, Apple announced that it would release OS X Mountain Lion through its Mac App Store in July. Apple also said that users of Snow Leopard and OS X Lion would buy the new OS at an upgrade price of $19.90. After the conference keynote, the company also issued a “near-final” build of its new OS to developers for testing purposes.
Microsoft Announces Its New Tablet Called Surface
Microsoft has unveiled its new tablet that will compete with iPad, Google’s Android and tablets from other manufacturers.
iOS 6 Maps Hacked To Work On iPhone 4
As we reported earlier this week, some iOS 6 features will not be compatible with all iDevices. Among these features are new turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover that are not supported on the iPhone 4 and older devices.
But according to videos posted by Russian site iGuides, Flyover and 3D maps can properly work on a jailbroken iPhone 4. After digging in the firmware, an iOS developer Anton Titkov has managed to get these feature working on the iPhone 4 and has even posted instructions for enabling these functions.
Download WWDC 2012 Keynote video in HD
Video of WWDC 2012 keynote is officially available for download in iTunes.
Apple presented new operating systems iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion, as well as hardware changes to MacBook Pro and MacBook Air product line.
WWDC 2012 live blog
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Video shows purported next-gen iPhone 5 'uni-body' backplate in detail
ETrade Supply, wireless parts company, posted a video comparison of the next-generation iPhone 5 back cover and the iPhone 4S one. Noteworthy, the back shell of the forthcoming iPhone is identical to a part seen in previously leaked photos.
'Greatly enhanced' iOS Maps, upgraded Camera & Photos apps expected at WWDC
At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Apple is likely to present new software features in iOS and OS X, and refresh its Mac line up.
Analyst Shaw Wu said on Friday that a new Maps application in iOS to be unveiled at WWDC later this month will be a "greatly enhanced" version with 3D capability. The app was internally developed by Apple and allows the company to move away from Google.
Facebook reportedly hiring former Apple iPhone engineers for phone project
The New York Times claims that Facebook is drawing upon former Apple engineers and has hired "more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone" to develop its own phone. The New York Times’ report also said that Facebook is interested in buying a smartphone company. It raised $16 billion during its recent IPO, enough to purchase either Research in Motion or HTC.
One tipster suggested that the current effort is the company's third attempt to build a smartphone. People who reportedly worked on the first attempt told the Times that the project fell apart because it proved to be more difficult than expected. As a result, Facebook is believed to have realized that it needs industry-experienced veterans to develop hardware, specifically Apple alumni.