Apple might be working on a really interesting project, fresh news reveals. A report coming this week claims that Apple CEO himself, Tim Cook, met with Beats Audio CEO and hip hop oriented music producer Jimmy Iovine in order to talk about setting the foundations of a new service, which has been nicknamed “Project Daisy”.
Reuters added that chief of media development, Eddy Cue, was also present at the important meeting, which overall covered a lot of interesting topics. The report goes on to say that Cook showed significant interest in the concept and layout of “Project Daisy” but no palpable deal has been made just yet.
AllThingsD conducted an interview with Iovine in January, and back then he said that he intended to schedule an appointment with Eddy Cue in order to discuss in depth more about the project. Apparently, “Project Daisy” isn’t a new idea circling around the tech world. As a matter of fact, Iovine stated that he brought the same idea before Steve Jobs back in 2001 and he seemed quite interested by it even if “he didn’t want to pay record companies enough”.
Iovine is a long time partner of Apple. Besides owning the Beats company, he is also in charge of the music label Interscope-Geffen-A&M and has been one of the first people to invest in what was to become the iTunes service.
Apple has been rumored for some time to be working on a streaming music service that will be able to rival the Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio services.
Mar 05, 2013 - 3:07 PM - by dgstorm
If you are a fan of Italian sports cars as well as iPads you might be intrigued by today's cool news. Ferarri, the Italian exoticar maker is developing an enhanced business relationship with Apple. In fact, they just announced their new 1 Million Euro supercar, the "La Ferarri," will come equipped with iPad Minis on-board. Here's a quote with the full details,
Apparently, in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo. Here's what Luca said in regards to the meeting,
Ferrari SpA, the luxury carmaker owned by Fiat SpA (F), will be “more precise” about its partnership with Apple (AAPL) Inc. in the next few months, Chairman Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo said.
Ferrari, which today unveiled the 1 million euro hybrid model “LaFerrari,” is in talks with Apple about broadening a partnership on in-car entertainment, Di Montezemolo said today at the Geneva motor show.
The FF is also now seamlessly integrated with Apple technologies, thanks to direct access to the infotainment system via SIRI voice commands and the adoption of two iPad Minis as the entertainment system of choice for the rear seat passengers.
That's certainly an impressive endorsement, although it is not really very surprising. Both products are the pinnacle of their respective markets, and these companies seem like a great fit together.
[Luca] was impressed with Cook’s “availability and openness.” He said Apple and Ferrari are “connected by the same passion, the same love for the product, maniacal attention to technology, but also to design.”
I remember waiting for my friend at the mall and noticing a family having coffee and cookies at some café nearby. But what really drew my attention to the whole scene, was their kid. He must have been no more than 3 or 4 but he was fiercely engaged in a game (probably?) on his parents’ iPad. I just stood there wondering at the dexterity with which he managed the gadget. But is the iPad child-friendly?
Apparently not. In the case described above, the parents were with their kid and they probably opened the application he was so focused on. But what happens if you leave your iPad unattended and your 4 year old stumbles upon it? Well, in the U.K, parents were in shock when they found out that their 5 year old b
oy accidently purchased $2,500 worth of apps in no less than 15 minutes. For him it was just play, for their parents it was a nightmare. Thankfully. Apple refunded the money back to the parents.
So, shouldn’t the Cupertino tech giant start thinking more seriously how younger users are interacting with its products and act accordingly? For example, the company could set a “kid sign in” that should be used by kids in a safe mode. Looking in the Android camp, we can see that solutions have been found to the problem like KIDO’Z, Kytephone, Play Safe and others. Why aren’t these apps extrapolated to the iOS environment, we wonder?
The iPad has been one of the most successful gadgets in history, breaking record after record with its massive sales numbers. But as things work in the tech world, the tide shifting in a matter of seconds is no surprise. Even for Apple.
A new report and a creative data analysis coming from NPD showcases some surprising news. iPad shipments have apparently been dropping like flies in the first month of 2013. According to the information, full-fledged iPad shipments have literally disappeared off the map, dropping under the line with as much as 80%, compared to the last month of 2012. In the enemy camp, Android tablets have experienced increase in sales.
Tech-Thought analyst Sameer Sing wrote:
“Unless Apple has a new full-size iPad on the way with a 10.1″ display, this strongly hints at a collapse in sales because of cannibalization from the iPad mini.”
NPD reports that 9.7-inch display iPad shipments have fallen from a steady 7.4 million in December of 2012 to a minuscule 1.3 million in January. Android, however, managed to hold a steady grip on the market.
The iPad might be still very popular in countries like the United States, but in world-wide terms, Android snatched the number one spot in tablet marketshare in six out of eight quarters.
However, there might be a reason to this downfall experienced in the iPad sector. One theory states that Apple is on its way to redesigning the whole iPad concept and maybe even planning a different screen size in order to compete with Android.
Mar 05, 2013 - 9:50 AM - by Maura
SEGA has ensured that legendary gaming hero Sonic the Hedgehog has been rejuvenated via iOS gaming, and has now announced a new iOS game that is bound to delight fans of the speedy hedgehog and his friends! Following on from the massive success of Sonic Jump, Sonic Dash is an endless runner for the fastest of all endless runners! Created exclusively for mobile platforms by Hardlight Studios, the game sees the player controlling Sonic the Hedgehog on a fast and frenzied 3D dash through the grassy vistas of Seaside Hill. Play the game and challenge your mates to run as far into the hill as you can and beat their top scores! The game will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but SEGA has yet to announce when it will arrive in the App Store, or how much it will cost. All they are saying is “soon”. Can’t come soon enough as far as I’m concerned!
Source: SEGA, SEGA Blog | Announcing Sonic Dash: Can You Run Forever?
Mar 05, 2013 - 8:34 AM - by Maura
iMore has popped up with what it says is a scoop today about Apple’s imminent plans regarding the iPhone 5S and next iPads. The highly credible website says that it has heard from sources familiar with Apple’s plans that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5S in the summer, most likely in August (this ties in with other recent rumours). However, when it comes to the next wave of iPads, well, they could be here as soon as next month. As far as details about the iPhone 5S are concerned, the sources say that it will have a similar design to the current iPhone 5, only with a better processor and camera. As for the new iPads, iMore doesn’t have quite as much info, but says that it has definitely heard that Apple is thinking about an April launch for the new iPads, but this is nowhere near confirmed. [/FONT]
Source: iPhone 5S planned for August, next iPads may debut as soon as April | iMore.com
Mar 04, 2013 - 3:26 PM - by Maura
Amidst the constant talk of this or that new tablet being the next iPad killer, it seems that the iPad is still the favourite of consumers, at least according to a new survey from The Yankee Group, as reported on by AppleInsider. The survey polled 506 consumers, asking them what tablet brand they planned on buying. As you can see from the table provided by The Yankee Group, the answer was a very big result for Apple, with 47% of respondents saying that they intended to buy Apple’s tablet (the figures did not indicate what percentage this was iPad mini or full-sized iPad, which would also have been very interesting). As AppleInsider notes, the figures for Apple’s main rivals are not very encouraging for them, with just 6% saying that they intend to buy a Samsung tablet, and 7% saying that they will buy an Amazon tablet (such as the Kindle Fire). And to put it in even more stark terms for Apple’s rivals, the iPad brand scored 20% higher than all the other brands put together!
Source: Apple's iPad by far the most desired tablet among consumers
Earlier this month we mentioned some rumors stating that Apple is in the process of developing a smart watch – the iWatch, as it has been dubbed by the press. Now, more information surfaces about the seemingly upcoming gadget, via a report released this week by Bloomberg.
According to the report, Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive, is a big fan of the project and has been known to order Nike sports watches for his entire team some years back. It is supposed that the watches were delivered in ordered to be analyzed.
Previous reports have claimed that Ive has already assembled a team that numbers more than 100 engineers to do the job. The Bloomberg article adds some more info, stating that Apple has choosen to work around iOS and model it so it could run on a smartwatch as opposed to using the iPod touch operating system. Using the iPod OS made sense as the device is already the size of a watch, but apparently Apple has other plans.
So far, using the iOS in the design process has Apple facing battery problems. The team has set as one of its goals to make a battery that would last at least through 4-5 days of constant use but so far they are only getting enough power for two days.
With all that, the report claims that the watch will be out later this year. The gadget is probably going to be in time for Google’s high-concept Glass wearable device. Apple loves a good competition.
Source: Network World
Mar 01, 2013 - 3:50 PM - by Maura
Check out this very cool video from iDownload Blog, which shows scientists at Oxford University using an iPad to enable a Nissan Leaf car to drive itself. The iPad, which is installed in the car’s dashboard, is able to take over from the car’s human driver. All the driver has to do is tap once, and the iPad will start to control the car. At present, as you might imagine, this is just a prototype system, and costs £5000/$7500, but the makers belief that it could eventually retail for as little as £100. According to the report, the car moves in 2D, but senses in 3D, and has to learn its environment before taking over from the human that is driving the car. It works by using built-in cameras and lasers, with 3D laser mapping providing a detailed picture of the car’s surroundings. iDownload Blog notes that GPS is not used by the system, as it might not always be available. Very cool idea!
Source: Oxford University researchers show off iPad-powered self-driving Nissan Leaf
Mar 01, 2013 - 3:23 PM - by Maura
According to new figures from NPD Display Search, reported on by AppleInsider, it looks like 2013 is set to be the year when the iPad mini becomes Apple’s main tablet, ahead of the full-sized iPad. NPD Display Search says that it has heard that Apple intends to ship 55 million iPad minis in 2013, and just 33 million regular iPads. As AppleInsider notes, if accurate, this would represent a big shift from Apple away from what was believed to be the company’s plan back in December of 40 million iPad minis shipped and 60 million regular iPads. And aside from that breakdown, also interesting is the fact that the combined figure of 88 million iPad shipped would be a big improvement on 2012, when Apple sold 58.31 million iPads in total. AppleInsider says that this change in plan came about after the 9.7-inch tablet shipments “collapsed” from 7.4 million in January, while smaller tablets such as the iPad mini and the Nexus 7 from Google increased to 14 million from 12 million.
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