January 6, 2013
Even before the calendar officially showed 2013, predictions and rumors concerning Apple began to surface. One, in fact, was debunked soon after it arrived. The iPhone Nose Ring in Blueberry Around mid-year, Apple will unveil the company's seventh-generation iPhone. When they do, we may actually see multiple handsets that use the "iPhone 5S" moniker. Numerous reports now suggest that Apple will not only release their next handset in more colors, but also in different sizes. The result could be saying hello to the iPhone mini. Some of those new handsets are already living in the wild. Usage logs for some apps are showing a new ‘iPhone 6,1’ identifier plus traces of iOS 7. The iPhone 5, by contrast, “bears the identifiers ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ depending on the LTE model of the handset and the 4G bands on which it operates.” The logs have been tracked back to an IP address on Apple’s campus. This suggests that Apple’s software development and app teams are compatibility testing some apps already in the App Store. Not exciting enough or you? Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray is convinced that within 10 years time, wearable computers will overtake smartphones as must-have items. When that happens, he believes that Apple will be in the forefront. As the analyst suggests in a note to investors:
We believe technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches, navigation, etc. through voice control. Longer term, screens in glasses or projectors could replace the necessity of a screen from a smartphone or tablet.For this to happen, Munster sees Apple leveraging the company’s Made for iPhone program. The result could be wearable “clothing, shoes, belts, earrings, bracelets, hats, etc.”
It Wazen't meant to beApple was buying Waze, the company best known for their voice-guided navigation system. According to sources, Waze wanted Apple to pay around $750 million for the company. Unfortunately, the rumor proved incorrect. By the end of the week, TechCrunch backed off their original claim. Under the headline “That Apple/Waze Deal Hits A Roadblock” the site now says:
This isn’t a rumor (of a non-deal). There is no deal is happening. At least not now or anytime soon. [sic]Perhaps Apple is pursuing Foursquare after all.
- Yawn: Apple Could Launch iRadio Streaming Music Service This Year by yours truly discusses the likely arrival later this year of an iStreaming music service.
- Steve Jobs Biopic Starring Ashton Kutcher To Be Released In April by Aldrin Calimlim confirms a springtime release date for the first of two movies about the late Apple co-founder.
- Minimalistic Puzzler Hundreds Is Surprisingly Addictive by Juli Clover looks at the first big iOS game of the new year.
FinallyThe Consumer Electronics Show begins on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and AppAdvice will be there! Here is a preview of what we could see in Las Vegas this week:
Waze social GPS traffic & gas
Semi Secret Software, LLC