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...]

Dropbox Announces Carousel Gallery App, Mailbox Coming To Mac OS X

Carousel for iOS

The fine folks at Dropbox held a press conference today to announce some big things happening for iOS and Mac users. Heck, even Android users were able to get in on the fun. The big news for iPhone users was the introduction of Carousel, a new gallery app that works in conjunction with photos stored on Dropbox. The Mailbox app, which was among our favorite email apps for iPhone, will be made available for Mac users. Fans of Google's Android also have reason to celebrate, with Mailbox for Android is now available for download in the Google Play Store. … [Read more...]

Apple’s Interface Design VP Greg Christie To Depart Amid Reports Of Internal Conflict With Jony Ive

Jonathan Ive

Apple's software design group is undergoing major internal changes as a result of internal conflict between Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President, Jony Ive, reports 9to5Mac. Christie was a senior software engineer who played a key role in the development of the original iPhone software, at the time working closely with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Of late, his role at Apple had been to oversee all of Apple's software design and had been reporting to Craig Federighi. Ive will assume further control of Apple's software design, with Christie expected to leave the company. … [Read more...]

New Hires Suggest Apple May Be Looking To Build Baseband Processors

Paul Chang

According to updated profiles at professional networking site LinkedIn, two senior level Broadcom employees have left to join Apple. The two individuals have extensive experience as RF enginners, suggesting the move might indicate a move to bolster a team that will design and develop baseband processors in-house. … [Read more...]

Spring cleaning: How to hide apps on Apple TV

Apple TV homescreen

What had become a hobby for Apple, there has been an ever-growing interest in the set-top box, with an increasing number of adding channels that include SkyNews, HBO Go, Disney XD, Disney Junior and lesser known channels like KORTV and RedBull TV. With a 2-year old, I've got a great appreciation for those Disney channels, but little interest in Korean news provided by KORTV. Some folks have zero interest in Disney, so it all depends on what's important from your couch. While it's great to see Apple add new channels, it can make for an interface that can be unruly at times. At the end of the day, no one wants to scroll unnecessarily through a number of channels they never watch. Thankfully, Apple makes it relative easy to hide apps on Apple … [Read more...]

What the iPhone 6 might look like

iPhone 6

So far we've heard the iPhone 6 will feature a larger screen, with customers this fall having the option to select between models with either a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display. The news isn't terribly surprising given the Apple presentation slides from 2013 that were released as part of the recent Samsung/Apple trial. This basically pinpoint the high growth area as being phones with screens larger than 4.0-inches that are priced at $300. While you shouldn't expect Apple to give up their high margins, the move to a larger screen iPhone seems inevitable. When alledged schematics showed up in a Japanese Mac magazine last month, our friends at MacRumors commissioned a designer to create a rendering of what the iPhone 6 might look like and it … [Read more...]

Amazon Fire TV Review: Does it beat out the Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast?

Amazon Fire TV

You can add one more to crowded field of media streaming set-top boxes, with online retailer Amazon jumping into the fray with the new Amazon Fire TV. The battle for the living room continues to heat up with incredibly capable sub-$100 boxes that combine support for a large number of content channels, promising an easy-to-use device coupled with simple remotes and in some cases, gaming. Beyond the boxes, all of the major players have either their own stores or partner with providers, hoping you'll spend money renting or purchasing movies or TV shows. In the case of purchases, it's a lock-in to their platform, since content cannot be transferred between platforms. Amazon being one of the largest online retail stores, it's hardly surprising … [Read more...]

Amazon Instant Gets iOS 7 Makeover Treatment

Amazon Instant iOS 7

Amazon today released an update to Amazon Instant Video, the iOS app for streaming purchased or rented videos, in addition to content available free to Prime members. Version 2.5, available free, brings with it a new interface and icon. The update is now optimized for iOS 7 and has a new look in keeping with the design langauge of Apple's new operating system. The app also includes a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. … [Read more...]