While we’ve seen Apple upgrade almost its entire Mac line-up with Intel’s latest processor offering, there’s still one product in Apple’s product portfolio that’s waiting for a refresh. Yes, the Mac mini desktop computer has yet to receive the Haswell blessing from Apple, but a Belgian retailer—Computerstore.be—has posted a placeholder listing for Mac minis equipped with i5 and i7 chipsets.
Apple’s iWatch announcement will happen this year, according to rumors; we’ve already seen a number of reports suggesting Apple is already internally testing its new smart watch. With so many reports confirming the possibility of an Apple iWatch, a lot of people have started to wonder what features will be available on the device. So, what can we expect in the new iWatch come the fall? Let’s take a look.
Apple is surely already working on the next generation iPhone 6 that is rumored for release sometime in the second half of this year. According to Taiwan’s Liberty Times, one of Apple’s suppliers–Pegatron–is expected to win a contract that will allow it to manufacture nearly half of all iPhone 6 models made. Pegatron currently manufactures many Apple products, including Apple’s iPad mini and iPhone 5c.
Not too long ago, a report at Digitimes suggested Apple is facing production issues with the alleged iWatch. A new report from The Information is now supporting this claim, clarifying that the manufacturing challenges Apple is facing stem from the iWatch display and the battery. The report also confirms the Digitimes rumor that Apple is facing yield problems due to the body of the device.
A recent report emerging from Korean shores, thanks to ETNews, gives us a little more to talk about with the upcoming handset. According to the publication, the purported iPhone 6 (they call it iPhone Air) will measure a mere 6mm thick; thinner than its predecessors, if the report is correct. Comparatively, the iPhone 5s measures 7.6mm, the iPhone 5c is 8.97mm, and the iPhone 4/4s were 9.3mm thick.
There is no official confirmation that Apple even has a 13-inch tablet under development, and there won’t be until such a product is released, but rumors and leaks from the upstream OEM chain that they do have been persistent since last spring. Current speculative consensus is that an iPad Pro or Maxi is in the works to join the iPad Air and iPad mini next October.
We are going to start seeing some real improvements in display technology, with American glass manufacturer, Corning, looking to produce a new “3D-shaped” Gorilla Glass for use in devices that will utilize a curved display. This seems to be the new trend, which is likely why the company has begun changing the form of its popular Gorilla Glass, which is currently used in many smartphones. Many of Corning’s products are used for industrial purposes and, as a result, are used in smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Apple has been rumored to be working on an iWatch for several months now, and it seems we see new rumors every week. Reports from mid-2013 suggested that Apple’s iWatch would launch in the first half of 2014, with some reports even suggesting a January launch. According to DigiTimes (who else?), Apple has reportedly run into production issues with the new iWatch, particularly with the body finish on the smart watch.
Early Monday, Digitimes reported that Apple will introduce a new iPhone with a larger 6-inch screen and a 20nm processor manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). This will be a huge change from the current 4-inch Retina display on the iPhone 5s and 5c. The report goes on to note that Apple is also looking to release a 12.9-inch tablet in October 2014, targeted towards the educational market in North America.
MacRumors has reported a list of pricing estimates they believe to be the upgrade pricing Apple will release with the new Mac Pro. MacRumor’s prices are based off of reports from business customers of Apple, which have likely received the pricing already. Apple has yet to announce its official prices but we will see those with the official release later this month.
Rumors have been circulating for some time suggesting Apple is working on a wearable device dubbed the iWatch. It was originally believed it would launch in 2013 as a competitor to the Sony Smartwatch 2 and Samsung Galaxy Gear. Since the year is about to end with no launch, the rumors have shifted towards late-2014 as the expected launch date.
Apple’s holiday line-up is set and the company is hunkered down for the winter, leaving its retail stores wide open for customers to come in and pick up its latest products. But we can’t forget that as soon as the New Year dawns on January 1st, the expectations for Apple to release new products is refreshed. That is a fair expectation, especially because the company has been releasing new software and new devices every year for as long as I can remember.