New ‘Powerful’ iPhone 5s TV Ad Features ‘Gigantic’ By The Pixies

iPhone 5s TV ad

Apple debuted a new commercial on prime time TV tonight that featured a song from the Pixies. The ad featured a new version of 'Gigantic', a song that debuted on the 1988 Surfer Rosa album, credited for being an influential album that help spawn the alternative rock scene including Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The upbeat commercial shows how the iPhone 5s being used to film, record music and play games. There is also a nod to health apps, with a blood pressure app, something that could see a big push in iOS 8. It's a long spot, spanning a minute and thirty seconds. … [Read more...]

Beautiful iPhone 6 Concepts With Stunning Edge To Edge Display

iPhone 6 render

Using the schematics that showed up in a Japanese magazine and cases that are purportedly specific to the design, designer Martin Hajek (via nowhereelse.fr) has imagined the iPhone 6 with these absolutely stunning conceptual renders. The concepts show what an iPhone 6 could look like should Apple use an edge-to-edge display. It's some serious eye candy that has us salivating in anticipation of September. … [Read more...]

Yahoo Pitching To Become Default Search Engine on iPhone and iPad

Marissa Mayer

For years, Apple's Safari browser has used Google as the default search when users search on either their iPhone or iPad. Under Marissa Mayer, Yahoo is looking to make an agressive pitch to Apple to change the default mobile search in Safari from Google to Yahoo. According to re/code, Yahoo is looking to display advertising to boost earnings. With mobile search becoming increasingly important, landing the default position in iOS would be a big coup for Mayer and Yahoo. … [Read more...]

Alledged iPhone 6 Cases Show Curved Body, Sleep/Wake Button Moved

iPhone 6 cases

Yet another case manufacturer has gone through the trouble of producing iPhone 6 cases. What remains unclear is if this is based on any inside information or simply to generate buzz around their company. Advertised on Alibaba, Shenzehen JWP Trading company is offering the alledged iPhone 6 cases, requiring a minimum order of 300. The case seems to reinforce what we've heard thus far regarding the iPhone 6 from the schematic which appeared in a Japanese Mac magazine and Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo. There are pre-fabbed buttons for the volume up/down and a cutout for the mute switch. Most notable is the sleep/wake button which appears to have moved to the right side of the device. As mentioned before, if and when Apple does shift to … [Read more...]

Hyundai Sonata Among First To Offer Apple CarPlay Early This Summer

Hyundai CarPlay

Hyundai today announced via Twitter that the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata would be among the first vehicles to offer Apple CarPlay support when it is released early this summer. This news follows a flurry of announcements from car audio manufacturers offering CarPlay aftermarket solutions. Later this year, #NewSonata will be one of the first to offer Apple #CarPlay support. #NYIAS ^rl pic.twitter.com/IMq1eCOltd— Hyundai USA (@Hyundai) April 16, 2014 The Sonata will be Hyundai's first of thirteen new products coming this year. Customers will find them in dealerships early this summer. Hyundai was among a large group of auto manufacturers who committed to bring iOS to their cars that also included BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, … [Read more...]

Apple Among Consortium Of Manufacturers, Wireless Carriers Supporting Anti-Theft Commitment

Announced by the CTIA Wireless Association today, Apple is among a large group of smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers who will support the 'Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary┬áCommitment'. The move comes as politicians have started to lobby aggressively for 'kill switch' technology, in an effort to curb smartphone theft. Apple joins a list of manufacturers that includes Google, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. U.S. Wireless carriers have also signed on in support include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile. The move is a victory for customers, who will benefit from a downloadable anti-theft tool at no additional cost. CTIA outlines capabilities which will be available on any new phones manufactured after July, 2015. … [Read more...]

Pioneer To Offer Aftermarket CarPlay Options This Summer

Pioneer AVIC NEX CarPlay

Pioneer is the second aftermarket car audio manufacturer to pledge support for Apple's CarPlay, which brings iOS in the car, making it easy and safe for iPhone owners to access commonly used features. Pioneer will release a firmware update for five of the 2014 NEX model in-dash receivers. Plans are for the update will get pushed early this summer, allowing consumers a chance to experience CarPlay, without having to purchase a new car. … [Read more...]

Windows 8.1 Developer Preview Working With Apple Passbook Data

Passbook Windows Phone

Microsoft today introduced the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1, the next major update for the line of smartphones. One surprising feature that surfaced was support for Apple's Passbook data, which was uncovered by The Verge's Tom Warren. It allowed Warren to display a boarding pass for Virgin America using Microsoft's Wallet app. "Windows Phone 8.1 supports Apple's Passbook natively. I've been using it for flights. Works perfectly," tweeted Warren. Rene Ritchie at iMore explains that the current implementation of Passbook involves rendering what ultimately is a web page consisting of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Apple processes this information in the Passbook app, but ultimately it's no more than a browser, specific to boarding … [Read more...]

Analyst Speculates On 2014 Apple Roadmap: iWatch, All New iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Macs

Apple 2014 Product Roadmap

As was 2013, when it comes to product launches, Apple has been relatively quiet this year. If KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo is correct, Apple is preparing an extensive product rollout, primarily in the third quarter of 2014. His lengthy research note provides his expectations for what we'll see from Apple and when. … [Read more...]