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The iPad Pro (Rumour)

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The new year brings in new rumours of a new iPad, slated to be release in the 3rd quarter of 2014. If sources are right, that means we could see an brand new (larger) iPad as soon as October.

Could Apple use the WWDC as the place to lay the first announcement teasers of a larger iPad that could hit the market. Besides the rumoured 12.9 inch display that is capable of displaying resolutions of up to 4K, there’s also a familiar name that could be used – the iPad Pro.

Other reports meanwhile state that Apple will remove the Retina technology from its next line of iPads.
The iPad Pro would allow Apple to compete in the same space as rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

Do we need another iPad in the market? Sound off in the comments, I want to hear how you feel about this.

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The “Flattening” Effect

Messages Icon Before and After

The iPhone and iPad user interface is expected to change dramatically by making it “flatter,” putting it in line with many already similarly-styled apps available for iOS.

Since lead Apple hardware designer, Jony Ive, in control of the look and feel of iOS, it’s more than likely that the hardware chief will also see major changes to the user interface aesthetic and design as well. According to reports, the “flat” design will more specifically simplify the icons and user interface.

Some experienced Apple watchers expect iOS 7 to take an ‘refresh’ approach in terms of user interface changes, as the company did with OS X over the years. The design was tweaked version-on-version, rather than being significantly overhauled.

Exactly how far these changes will go remains to be seen. Designer Tim Green created a mock-up that gives an idea of what the new user interface could look like.

iOS 7 App Icon Mock Up

iOS 7 also appears to be adding additional sharing options and deeper integrations with social apps like Vimeo and Flickr. At some point next week, we will have a better view of what to expect.

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The Best Apps of 2012 Roundup

App Store best of 2012 LogoIn case you missed it, Apple has released an extensive list of last year’s best Apps, Books and songs in the App Store. It’s a pretty extensive list, so you’ll want to be comfortable before jumping in and checking out the selection.

I’d be curious to see how many people already have downloaded most if not all on the list?

By the way, on a similar side note, yesterday marked another milestone for Apple and the App Store by way of 40 BILLION apps being downloaded through the store and that’s not even including re-downloads or updates! That’s incredible.

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2012 WWDC Announced: June 11 to 15

WWDC 2012 Logo
Apple has officially announced its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that will run from June 11 through June 15 at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

For those that are unfamiliar with the event; This is the event most anticipated by developers to get a sneak peek at what’s next for iOS and OS X and what will be available to allow them to build incredible new apps.

This year’s WWDC includes:

  • more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
  • 100 hands-on labs staffed by more than 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world—last year more than 60 countries were represented;
  • engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

If you’re a registered developer, you could have purchased your tickets here for $1599.00 a piece; Unfortunately they’re all sold out.

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MacAddiction on Facebook!

Mac Addiction Facebook Page Welcome

I want to start off by thanking those loyal followers on Twitter and WordPress that can now also follow along with everything that goes down on this blog (and more) on Facebook! With over 750 MILLION active users, I figured it was time to make the leap and launch our very own fan page dedicated to everything we talk about on the blog + more.

The intention of the Facebook page isn;t about being a stand-alone place, separate from the blog, but rather a place for friends and family of existing followers that aren’t sure if they’d benefit from subscribing to the blog, they can now contribute and comment on topics, just as they would, right here, on the main site.

If you’ve already clicked “LIKE” on the page – THANK YOU!, and if you haven’t yet, please click here to do it now. It would mean a lot to me as I look forward to keeping this blog consistent and up to date.

Once again thanks for the support and I’ll look forward to seeing you on Facebook and here!

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Steve Jobs’ Last Major Project: The iPhone 5?

iPhone 5 Mock Up

A mock up of the next generation iPhone.

The iPhone 4S is not the last major project that Steve Jobs worked on, according to one analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, Ashok Kumar. That would be the next generation iPhone – let’s call it the iPhone 5.

[The next-generation iPhone] was the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design. For that reason…this product will establish the high water mark for iPhone volumes…

If this speculation is true, the iPhone 5 is expected to be the next cult classic because of Jobs’ involvement in the redesign. Speculations suggests that the phone will have a slimmer profile and larger screen size but with the same dimensions as the iPhone 4S. Also expected to have LTE, or Long Term Evolution – what’s sometimes referred to as 4G.

I’m going to guess that the “iPhone 5” or “iPhone HD” (as some have rumoured would be the next likely candidate for an iPhone renaming) will have a complete redesign. Since Jobs’ time was limited, he couldn’t dedicate much of his time to the iPhone 4S and undertook a much larger project – the iPhone 5.

That sounds about right. From the outside, the iPhone 4S is identical to the iPhone 4. And though the 4S has been revamped on the inside it carries over technology and features already seen in the iPad 2: the dual-core processor, same memory capacity, same accelerometer, same gyroscope, etc.

One thing is for sure, you can expect a complete redesign of the next generation iPhone. Likely a newer operating system as well.. iOS 6? or even a revamped Siri?

An iPhone 5 could debut as soon as the time of Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference) in the summer of 2012. But for now, you can enjoy all the great things the iPhone 4S has to offer.

*iPhone 5 mock up courtesy of TechZek.com

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Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

Time Cook and Steve Jobs

Tim Cook with Steve Jobs

Two nights ago, the 14-year CEO run of Steve Jobs came to an end. Many speculated that it’s the end of an era and the end of the greatest legacy known to man! (OK, not that massive, but pretty close).

Jobs, rejoined Apple as CEO in 1997 and began the upward battle to bring Apple Computer Inc (It’s formal name at the time) in the 21st century. Under Steve Jobs the company saw a 180 degree turn in profits and then market shares as well as a 9000% increase in the stock price (APPL)

With his keen eye to minimalistic design and attention to detail, we’ve seen the iPod which single handedly brought Apple out from the shadows to the forefront, and then in 2007 the iPhone followed by the iPad in 2010. Three devices that were not only years ahead of the competition, but paved the way for similar technology creations.

I strongly believe that Steve Jobs resignation has been carefully planned and executed. Having struggled with pancreatic cancer, Jobs took his second medical leave of absence on January 14, this year and still made appearances at two keynote addresses this year. He’s truly a dedicated individual and it breaks my heart to see him step down, but he’s doing it with Apple’s best interests in mind.

I also believe that Tim Cook, his successor, was being trained the past few years and behind-the-scenes has been the guy in charge. It was about timing the announcement to allow him to formally assume the role of CEO and continue the legacy.

Thirdly, I’ll assume that while Steve Jobs will stay on the board, he won’t have an active role in decisions moving forward and as much as it pains me to say it, his health may get the better of him. I strongly hope that’s I’m wrong and he has many years of life left!

I bid farewell to the man that made Apple what it is today, and without his intelligence and dedication, even this blog wouldn’t exist, because no one would care.

Below is the exact letter sent to Apple’s Board of Directors and the Apple Community from Steve Jobs.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

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Apple Will Refund MobileMe Subscriptions

For MobileMe subscribers, like myself, that were left scratching their heads and wonder what iCloud means for MobileMe users, I’ve managed to briefly summarize the changes and what you have to do, or not do, next.

MobileMe Welcome Screen

The full information run-down can be found on Apple’s site, but for some, there’s more questions than answers at this point. So if you’re recently renewed your MobileMe subscription, you’re in luck, Apple will be issuing refunds. (Read the fine print)

If you wish, you can cancel your service right now and get a refund, but the amount of the refund will depend on how long ago you renewed.

If you want to keep using MobileMe until iCloud is released this fall, you can do that and still get some of your money back. That would mean cancelling your MobileMe subscription in the fall and you’ll get a pro-rated refund, again, depending on how long ago you renewed.

What You Should Know
All users that had active account as of June 6, 2011 have been automatically extended to June 30, 2012 at no extra charge. On June 30, 2012, the service will no longer be available.

If you decide to wait that long, you should note that you won’t be able to make any changes to your account or sign up for upgrades or additional storage either.

Refunds
Apple will cancel and refund your full $99 USD subscription payment if you’ve renewed in the 45 days previous to the June 6, 2011 announcement of iCloud. However, you will lose all your MobileMe services immediately and have to sign up with everyone else when iCloud comes out in the fall.

If your account was renewed 46 days or prior from June 6, 2011, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the date you submit your request. Again, your MobileMe services will be lost immediately doing it this way too.

Apple does have a knowledge-based article that covers cancellations/refunds and pay special attention to this line:

If you have an active MobileMe subscription and would like to cancel it for a refund, you may do so at any time.

Which means that you can cancel in the fall (when iCloud is released) and still be able to get at least some money back. So you’ll get the full service that you paid for, plus a little money back.

I think it sounds fair. Would you agree?

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iPad 2 On Course to Outsell Original

iPad 2 Stand

The iPad 2 is on pace to outsell and (already) out-demand the original iPad. On Apple’s website, iPad 2’s estimated shipping time has recently been downgraded to 2-3 weeks. Despite that news though, DigiTimes is reporting that Apple’s suppliers have reported shipped between 2.4 and 2.6 million iPad 2 tablets, and virtually every outlet that gets stock sells out almost as quickly as they arrive.

If that’s true, shipments of the iPad 2 are significantly outpacing the original iPad with further guesstimations that over 4 million additional units are expected to be shipped each month between April and June this year. If you’re doing the math, that’s over 12 million units for the second quarter of this year!

The iPad 2 has seen tremendous demand in the U.S. and globally, having sold out in nearly every retail location that made the tablet available. Lines continue to form as new inventory arrives at retail locations abroad, and strong sales have kept stock low at U.S. retailers as well. Shipping estimates for online orders placed on Apple’s website improved to 2-3 weeks last month but that is where they have remained ever since, suggesting supply still hasn’t caught up with demand. Apple’s iPad 2 launched on March 11th in the U.S., and we said in our review that it pushed Apple’s already huge lead in the tablet space even further.

When the iPad 2 was unveiled back on March 2nd and the only ‘new’ features were dualing cameras and slightly quicker processor, I recall all the Apple-haters chiming in about how silly it was to release a second generation of the SAME tablet. “It would never do well” and “Won’t sell”. All along I’ve thought that the upgrades, though minor, would be enough to make the iPad 2 a success. I’m happy to see that so far – I was right.

What should/could Apple have done to better maximize this launch? (BTW, I’m on the waiting list for mine – sigh)

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NFC Technology Could Be in Next Generation iPhone

NFC In Use on iPhone

I had mentioned this last month, but now it’s confirmed (sort of). New York Times is reporting that Apple is indeed working on NFC technology to be a part of the next generation iPhone.

According to two people with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone — although not necessarily the next one — a chip made by Qualcomm for the phone’s processor will also include near-field communication technology, known as N.F.C. This technology enables short-range wireless communications between the phone and an N.F.C reader, and can be used to make mobile payments. It is unclear which version of an iPhone this technology would be built into.

What does this mean?
NFC is short for Near Field Communications or in other words; A chip that would be placed inside the new iPhone that would allow users to make secure payments/purchases by simply holding your phone close to a receiving unit/terminal.

Think about Visa and Debit transactions at retailers without having to carry any cards in your wallet. Just pull out your phone, launch the app, confirm your pin and swipe through the air to send payment. That’s it. Quick, convenient and secure.

I’m already looking forward to retiring my wallet.

Photo courtesy of Cult of Mac.

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