It is that time of year again. Time to deck the halls and wrap the gifts and listen to your favorite holiday music. Apple wants to supply some of that music this year and is actually giving away 8 songs as part of a Holiday Cheer playlist.
At its October 22nd event, Apple announced that the redesigned Mac Pro will hit the shelves in December, but didn’t give any exact launch date when customers can buy the upgraded Mac Pro. Now, according to a product listing on a German retailer’s website, the new Mac Pro is expected to go on sale starting December 17th.
This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about the deal between Apple and China Mobile to sell the “forward-thinking” iPhone 5S to over 700 million subscribers. They began even before the announcement of the iPhone 5S, with latest one mentioning that China Mobile started taking pre-orders in selected cities in China, along with the launch of their 4G LTE services, which is going to happen on December 18th. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple struck a deal with China Mobile to sell iPhone 5S on its network starting December 18th.
The last thing we heard about the new 12.9 inch iPad, was that the device is being made by Quanta for Apple, and now according to a recent report, Apple will launch two 12.9 inch iPad tablets in 2014.
We had previously heard that the 12.9 inch iPad would either come with a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels or a 4K display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
Last week Honda announced that they would be bringing Apple’s Siri Eyes Free technology to a range of models, and now the company has announced deeper iOS integration for their 2014 Civic with the launch of HondaLink.
HondaLink is designed to smartphone like technology to the new 2014 Civic, the vehicle will come with a 7 inch touchscreen display that can be used to control a range of functions on your iPhone.
Apple has been awarded a new patent for facial recognition technology by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with patent number 8,600,120.
The patent relates to a “Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition.”, and it is described as a three point system which is made up of a face detection application, a facial recognition application, and an input and output control application.
Last week we heard that Apple had purchased 3D sensing company PrimeSense, and now Apple has made another acquisition, this time it is social analytics firm Topsy.
The deal is said to be worth $200 million US dollars, the company is provided of analytics for the social web, specifically Twitter, and according to the WSJ, it is unlikely that the two companies would have agreed the deal without first getting some sort of agreement from Twitter.
Since the announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, several rumors suggest that China Mobile, world’s largest carrier with over 700 million subscribers, will sell Apple’s latest offerings on its 4G TD-LTE network in China. We’ve seen several reports in the past confirming the availability of the handsets on China Mobile, but we’ve yet to see an official announcement from the carrier itself. Several rumors predicted the devices will hit China Mobile in November, which didn’t happen.
A new rumor suggest that iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch on China Mobile on December 18th. If you don’t know, it was reported that China Mobile will begin its 4G LTE services in China from December 18th, and that will be day when it will it will start selling the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, if rumors are to be believed. In addition, a leaked screenshot of the pre-registration page for both devices on China Mobile has been leaked as well.
After the release of iOS 7 on September 18th, several developers updated their applications to give them a similar look and feel as iOS 7. WhatsApp recently updated their application for iPhone, bringing a bunch of improvements and features, along with an iOS 7 redesign with flat UI. It’s interesting to see that it took almost three months for the folks at WhatsApp to release an update featuring iOS 7 design.
Apple has announced that their new iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini will launch in India this week on Saturday the 7th of December, with prices for the 16GB Retina iPad Mini starting at Rs 28,900 which works out at around $465.
Prices for the 16GB iPad Air will start at Rs 35,900 which works out at around $578 at the current exchange rate, and both devices are expected to be popular in India like the iPhone 5C.
Amazon has released a new TV advert, and they have decided to take on the iPad Air with their latest video, putting the device up against the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX.
The video below describes the iPad Air as ‘magical’, and then goes on to say that the Kindle Fire HDX has 1 million more pixels than the iPad Air and that the device is also 20 percent lighter.
Developers who are dedicating their time to Apple’s operating iOS have something to be happy about. While Android OS has a larger installed user base, iOS continues to dominate when it comes to monetization and generates five times higher revenue for developers.