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The iPad Pro (Rumour)

iPad Comparisons
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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WWDC Announced for June 10-14

WWDC Logo and Date
In case you’ve missed it (and I know I’ve been gone for a long time) but Apple announced way back in April that their annual WWDC (Worldwide Developes Conference) is going down from June 10 – 14, 2013. Can’t wait.

Besides the fact that this event is mainly focused at bring together app/software developers from around the world, Apple has in past used this event to unveil some new products and tweaks to existing products, but mainly OSX and iOS in recent years.

Here’s a quick run down of what to expect and what could happen.

FOR SURE

iOS 7 IconiOS 7This will be officially announced and previewed at the week-long event. Apparently we’re in for a “flattening” affect when it comes to the entire iOS interface and experience. Apps going from ‘bubbly’ to flat and simple. Combine that with a slew of other updates, this update appears to tweak rather than WOW anyone.

OS X 10.9
As is the case with the last two years at WWDC, there’s a new version coming… but not public yet. Things that could be making an appearance in the next generation of OSX included things like Apple maps, Siri and even more iOS-like options. They’re slowly blurring the lines between the mobile and desktop operating systems.

MAYBE

Fingerprint recognition and security features in the next software update
Considering the fact that Apple applied for a patent of this technology a few years ago, there might finger print recognition software or some other variable that allows user more security when using their mobile devices. Heck, we could even see the first announcement of NFC coming to the next generation of iDevices.

iRadio
This is one of the ones that seems most likely to happen than any of the others. I’ve even seen a few leaked images of possible logos for iRadio coming to all iDevices and possible built right into iTunes. Not entirely sure on the details of this one, but I personally stopped listening to Radio 3-4 years ago. It’s boring. Maybe this will bring it back.

iWatch
For months (actually years) people seem to want to believe there’s an iWatch out there somewhere that people would like if you could integrate it with your phone so you can see who’s calling before you look at your phone to see…. who’s calling. I don’t know, but let’s see if this happens.

Cheaper-priced iPhone
Tim Cooke mentioned something that would appeal to vertical markets… Whatever that means, maybe a cheaper price point iPhone? Not sure if this is legit yet, but might happen.

New Mac Pro debut
While there hasn’t been a major update in two years, Apple still claims that this market is “very important” to Apple and they have something really cool to show the world.

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Production Starts on the iPad Mini (Rumour)

Rumoured iPad Mini

Reports are out that the next generation iPad has started production, the WSJ reports on their website.

A smaller 7″ tablet to compete with the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7. I don’t entirely think that there would be a heavy demand for a product like this, especially considering price? I mean, the Kindle is priced for $200-300 range and Apple already has an iPod Touch for that market.

We’ll have to wait and see how well, this can/will do. Share your thoughts on my Facebook page!

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Next iPhone May Have a Smaller Dock Connector (Rumour)

Smaller Dock Comparison

Recent reports suggest that Apple has developed a smaller dock connector that will be used on the next generation iPhone (set for announcement and release this fall). If those rumours are true, the dock connector could become a 19 pin connect as opposed to the 30 pin connector we’re used to with all iDevices to date.

Some of my other sources report that aftermarket car audio manufacturers, such as Kenwood and Alpine have started developing a new line of connecting cables that will be compatible with a smaller dock connector.

While none of this has been confirmed by Apple, theres plenty of proof to suggest that this is the next step, including claims that Apple wants the next generation iPhone to be thinner and have a larger screen… and in order to make that possible something’s gotta give. A smaller connector would allow the earphone to be moved to the bottom of the device, allowing more room in the top region for possible NFC technology, larger screen or something else?

Does this spell great news or terrible news for users that already own docking system that support the old 30 pin design? Well, if this slimmer dock connection is true, you won’t be able to use the new phone on those older devices – at least not without an adapter.

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“iPhone 5” LM Concept (Mock Up)

Before anyone yells “fraud” – I should preface this post by saying that the following pictures are not official and are just renderings by Antoine Brieux’s and his perception of the next-gen iPhone.

iPhone 5 Mock Up Rendering

I had to share, because his view is so enthusiastic and definitely included elements I hope (and wish) for in the next generation iPhone, set for announcement this summer – if we’re lucky at the WWDC in June. The neatest idea is that of a virtual ‘Home Button’ that would replace the physical one we’ve gotten used to. It’s always good to dream – and dream big.

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A8 Processor for iPhone 5?

My bank account hasn’t yet fully recovered for when I purchased the iPhone 4 and there’s already rumours swirling about what the possibilities of the iPhone 5 are:

“The release of iOS 4.3 beta for developers has revealed updates to gesture-based navigation, AirPlay and Personal Hot Spot in the next edition of iPad and iPhone. However, not all changes are UI-related; it is reported that Apple is due to add an ARM Cortex A8 processor to its iPhone 5. Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based newspaper, reported that Apple’s iPhone 5 will be powered by a dual core processor with SGX543 graphics. It is reported that Apple is in contact with a Taiwanese component maker for the A8 SoC. Currently Apple uses a custom made A4 SoC in its iPad and iPhone 4 and uses SGX535 graphics and video support.”

But what does that mean? I’ll do my best to translate. After the slew of smartphones that were unveiled at last week’s CES with dual processors and 1080p video playback, which the iPad and iPhone currently lack, it was time to consider how to match and beat the competition.

Still with me? … The SGX543 dual core processor, rumoured to be in the iPhone 5, is designed to deliver real-world performance of 35 million polygons per second and 1 Gigapixel (1 billion pixels) per second at a fill rate of 200 MHz. Making it capable to drive HD screens with high def 3D graphics.

The next generation or iPhone and iPad would offer 1080p video playback and HDMI support. There are no official acknowledgements of a release or timeline for the new iPhone, but that doesn’t mean that speculation has died down. It’s alive and well and I’m just hoping I can pay down my iPhone 4 debt before jumping ship to the next device.

My wallet may file for divorce.

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