Oct 18, 2012 - 9:42 AM - by Maura
John Paczkowski at AllThingsD has some disappointing news for those of us who were looking forward to Epic Games’ Infinity Blade: Dungeons, the next instalment in the Infinity Blade series on iOS. Unfortunately the game will not now be arriving in the App Store until next year. This would make it nearly a year since the game was first demoed at the launch of the third-generation iPad this past March. Since then, the iPhone 5 has been launched, and the iPad mini is about to be launched, but still no Infinity Blade: Dungeons. Spokesman Wes Phillips told AllThingsD that the main reason for the delay is the sheer logistics involved in setting up a new studio and team at Impossible Studios. Still, all the more to look forward to, then, as Paczkowski notes that sources have told him that the new team working on the team comprises several Gears of War vets.
Source: Epic's Infinity Blade Dungeons for Apple's iOS Won't Ship Until 2013 - John Paczkowski - Mobile - AllThingsD
Oct 18, 2012 - 9:11 AM - by Maura
Phone Arena reports that Apple has finally been awarded with the patent for the original iPad. According to Phone Arena, Apple filed a patent application for the design with the USPTO on the day before Steve Jobs announced the very first iPad, back in January 2010, although it seems much longer ago than that! Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive are just two of several people named in the patent. Apparently the iPad’s design also refers back to another patent from 1947. What this actually means for Apple is that its lawyers will now be able to use the fact that Apple holds the iPad patent should any more cases arise where they accuse rival tablets of copying the iPad’s design. Apparently the patent is not concerned with the inner workings of the iPad, instead concentrating on, “the ornamental design for a portable display device, as shown and described.” The patent is number: D669, 069.
Source: Apple receives patent for original Apple iPad design; it's one more arrow in the quiver
Oct 17, 2012 - 4:55 PM - by dgstorm
Reports have been getting numerous about the devices Apple is actually going to launch on the 23rd October event. First, it was just the iPad mini, then the 13-inch MacBook Pro was added to the list. Last but not least, came a Mac mini version and now 9to5mac.com has received a list which apparently shows more than 24 versions of the mini tablet which are going to be released.
The list reveals four distinct models named P101, P103, P105 and P107. Each of the four is then tagged as “Good”, “Better” or “Best” which might indicate their overall storage capacity. Also, each model is also described by “A” or “B” which is believed to indicate color – probably black and white. The models will probably also sport a WiFi and WiFi+3G variants.
Another compelling theory is that at least two of the model presented in the list could be updated versions of the iPad 3 which was rumored a while ago. If so, the devices would have to include Apple’s new Lightning connector, which can be found currently in the iPhone 5.
The list doesn’t indicate anything price wise, but the rumor mill places cost starting at around $199 for the 8GB WiFi version.
On the other hand, Microsoft is getting ready for a roll out of its own. On October 26th Windows 8 will finally hit the store alongside the brand new Surface tablet. Prices for it will start at $499.
Source - Apple to launch 24 new iPad models, comprised of iPad minis and perhaps Lightning iPad 3 | 9to5Mac
Oct 17, 2012 - 2:06 PM - by Maura
BGR reports today on a new rumour that says that the iPad mini will go on sale on November 2. This follows on from yesterday’s news that Apple has sent out press invites for a special event on October 23, which is widely thought to be for the launch of the iPad mini. BGR says that the November 2 release date rumour comes from 9to5’s Twitter page, although 9to5 Mac also points out in its tweet that it has only “heard whispers” and nothing more concrete than that.
Meanwhile, in a separate story on AppleInsider, analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray says that he thinks the iPad mini will have a cannibalisation rate of 20%, with every five iPad minis sold replacing one regular-sized iPad. Munster says that Apple could sell at least 5 million iPad minis in December, cannibalising 1 million full-sized iPads that would have been bought in the holiday period.
Source: iPad Mini Release Date Rumor: November 2nd Launch
Every five 'iPad mini' sales projected to cannibalize one full-size iPad
Oct 17, 2012 - 1:33 PM - by Maura
MacRumors has today posted pictures of what is said to be the iPad mini’s display. The pictures were originally posted by parts supplier ETrade Supply, which says that they show an LCD screen of nearly 8 inches, measuring 162 mm long and 124 mm wide. ETrade Supply also says that the display is 4:3 aspect ratio, which is the same as the regular-sized iPads. MacRumors says that text on the back of the display indicates that it has been manufactured by LG Display. The ribbon cable also has text on it, which according to MacRumors is consistent with genuine Apple parts labelling. As a result of ETrade Supply posting these pictures, French website Nowhereelse.fr has posted a snap of what is said to be an iPad mini display undergoing quality testing. The French site said that it had actually received the snap last week, but had only been sure it was genuine after seeing ETrade Supply’s photos.
Source: iPad mini display leaked photos: 4:3 aspect ratio
Photos of 4:3 Display from Apple's 'iPad Mini' Surface - Mac Rumors
Oct 17, 2012 - 7:45 AM - by Maura
Starbucks has announced that its UK iOS app has finally been updated so that users will now have the ability to add your Starbucks card to the iOS 6 Passbook app, so that you can then use it to pay for drinks and food, or for anything that is on sale in a UK Starbucks branch, for that matter. The app can also be used to manage your Starbucks card balance, top up your Starbucks card, view transactions, and even see how many stars you’ve got in the My Starbucks Rewards scheme. Other features that you might find useful when you’re on the hunt for a coffee or tea fix are a store locator complete with directions, a food menu with nutritional information, a drinks builder to help you construct your perfect yummy drink, and fascinating facts about Starbucks’ whole bean coffees.
Click here to download the free app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star...331177714?mt=8
Oct 16, 2012 - 1:35 PM - by dgstorm
It doesn't get much more official than straight from the horses mouth, and that's what we have here. The folks at Cupertino sent out a press invite to an event they will hold on October 23rd. The event will be held in San Jose, California, and no concrete details were shared, just a vague and cryptic, "We've got a little more to show you." Of course Apple are masters of teasing, so this comes as no surprise.
Most of the industry intel suggests that we will likely see the official announcement of the iPad mini, but other "rumint" also indicates we may see a mini Mac and a new Macbook Pro. Of course, regardless of what else is announced, all eyes will be on the new svelt and sexy iPad mini. Color us excited!
Source: Apple sends out invites to Oct. 23 event - Yahoo! Finance
Oct 16, 2012 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm
The feud between Apple and Samsung is a topic the entire tech world is acquainted with, and the war between them seems to be a never ending one. Even so, ironically enough, the two have relied on one another in the chips and screens department. According to some recent information, this will evenutally not be the case anymore.
A report coming via Korean Times unravels the relationship between the two tech giants has deteriorated severely even though Samsung is still in charge of manufacturing the A6 chips Cupertino puts in its brand new iPhone 5s. The South Korean publication apparently talked to a senior Samsung official and this is what he had to say about the partnership:
``Samsung’s agreement with Apple is limited to manufacturing the A6 processors. Apple did all the design and we are just producing the chips on a foundry basis,” the unnamed Samsung official declared at the technology fare in KINTEX, Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.
Analyst Gus Richard of Piper Jaffray already thinks Apple has started looking for new chip partners and will probably start working with 20-nanometer chips provided by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the future. According to him the transition will probably take some time and will happen in the beginning of 2013.
“They’ll ramp down Samsung and ramp up TSMC. And some products will get some of one and some of the other,” he stated.
This news is extremely bad for Samsung as the company was getting a lot of revenue from its Apple contracts. Not to mention that the Korean company was recently ordered in court to pay massive patent infringement prejudices to Apple, after losing a big law suit.
Source - Moving from love-hate to hate-hate
Oct 16, 2012 - 10:37 AM - by Maura
9to5 Mac reports that Chipworks has performed an in-depth teardown of Apple’s new Lightning cable (I love that even Apple’s cables are interesting enough to warrant teardowns!), revealing that the cable contains a TI chip, “BQ2025” (as well as several others, of course!), which is a bit of a mystery, as it is not listed on TI’s website. Looking at four other similar chips that are listed on TI’s website, Chipworks surmises that the BQ2025 could have “some security implementation”. 9to5 Mac says that it is also possible that the chip is used by the Lightning connector as a way of conserving electricity, perhaps by only drawing the required amount of electricity to fully charge the device, and then stopping at that point. This could be why the iPhone 5 has been found to cost just 41 cents per year for a daily charge. Chipworks goes on to say that the Lightning cable is the first secure cable that it has seen with such a security device built in.
Source: TI chip in Lightning cable could allow iOS devices to save electricity when charging | 9to5Mac
Oct 16, 2012 - 9:36 AM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports that it has learned that the iPad mini will be available in two colours (black and white?), and that there will be 12 different models and four different storage capabilities. This expands upon yesterday’s story of a leaked inventory document in Germany. According to AppleInsider, the different models are named P101, P103, P105 and P107, representing four different storage capacities. The models are also described as “GOOD”, “BETTER”, and “BEST”, which most likely refers to the Wi-Fi-only, Wi-Fi and 3G, and Wi-Fi and 4G LTE variants. AppleInsider says that someone who is familiar with Apple’s inventory procedure has told them that they presume that the P101 will have the most availability at launch, with this most likely being the 8GB, Wi-Fi only model, considered to be the “entry-level” iPad mini, and which is expected to cost around $249/£250. Apparently the iPad mini launch event is due to be announced later today.
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