March 31, 2013
Happy Easter! Here are just some of the stories we covered in the past week.
Accessory makers prepping iPhone 5S while T-Mobile gets the iPhone 5confidential presentation,” accessory manufacturers are very much in the loop with Apple this time around. As such, many will be ready to launch new cases, and other accessories on day one. Meanwhile, Apple's current smartphone, the iPhone 5 will hit T-Mobile USA stores on Friday, April 12. This is a "big deal" for both T-Mobile and Apple, and comes at a time during the year when iPhone sales usually fall flat.
Forget spring, bring on summerThe likelihood that Apple will announce a new or updated product this spring diminishes with each passing day. Summertime is another story. Besides the next iPhone and the unveiling of iOS 7, Apple could use the summer months to launch iRadio. The long-rumored service now has the backing of Universal and Warner, which is huge news according to Brent Dirks. Quoting The Verge, Dirks states:
Now multiple music industry insiders have told The Verge that significant progress has been made in the talks with two of the top labels: Universal and Warner. One of the sources said “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore.” Apple is pushing hard for a summertime launch.Another product that Apple may tease us with in the coming months is the so-called iTV. Apple's television product is expected to utilize Ultra HD technology, according to a recent report. This technology offers two times the horizontal and vertical resolution of the current 1080p standard, and checks in at a whopping 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is four times the resolution of 1080p. The plan calls for LG to begin mass producing these Ultra HD TV panels by the second half of the year. Assuming that this proves successful, Apple could release the first-generation iTV by the end of the year.
So what did happen to spring?It wasn't that long ago that many of us were convinced that Apple was reverting to a six-month product release schedule. If that had happened, we'd be discussing actual products right now and not rumors. So what happened? A number of things, which I noted in this week's Opinion: Apple's Six Month Product Life Cycle Is Dead, Or Rather It Never Existed.
- Another 'iPhone Killer'? Facebook Set To Unveil 'New Home On Android' Next Week by Aldrin Calimlim reports on the social network's big plans.
- Dungeons & Dragons And Other Role-Playing Games Headed Soon To iOS by yours truly confirms that D&D is coming to the App Store.
- Now You Can Create Your Own Magazines With The Flipping Fantastic Flipboard 2.0 by Aldrin Calimlim explains how Flipboard just got better than ever.