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Monday, March 26, 2012

I have no idea how Apple designs products.

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 AM

"Apple's pulled off another successful product launch. You know what that means! Time to try to trash it! Quick, to the baloneymobile! And if you like baloney, you're going to love the new iPhone rumor."

Great article by The Macalope.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A 7-inch iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"Spurred by the recently announced Amazon Kindle Fire and its $199 price, Apple is rumored to be exploring a new low-cost iPad for release in the first few months of 2012."

We don't go into too many rumors around here, especially since most don't end up being true (such as the iPhone 4/5 rumors of which only about 28% were true according to at least one source, but even worse actually when taken overall as evidenced here), but this one does bring up an interesting question. Namely, would a smaller tablet aka iPad interest you at all, if it was priced comparatively to the Kindle? How popular do you think something like this would be? I find the current iPad just about right so I'm not that interested in something like this, but what are your thoughts?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Will The iPhone 5 Look Like This?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:43 PM

"This is my next drops a bombshell, claiming that the next-generation iPhone will not be a minimal departure from the iPhone 4, like others are saying, but will be a completely re-designed phone, as Engadget reported earlier this year."

This from a story at "This is my next..." and I have to admit I kinda like it. We don't get too involved in rumors around here but since it appears the iPhone 5 might not show up until later in the year, it's interesting to see what kind of mock ups are out there and eventually how close they come to the real deal. What are your thoughts, yay or nay?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Interesting Mock Up of Smaller iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"This one comes to us from S J (ha!) with the following ‘specs':home button is between the headset jack and on/off/sleep/awake, display resolution same as iphone4 and the weight is about 3.2 ounces"

While there have been numerous reports that Apple is considering making a smaller iPhone, it truly is speculation but I do enjoy seeing what people think it will look like. This is one of the best ones so far I think. If it were to come true that Apple rolls out the iPhone in a smaller footprint, is that something you would be interested in?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

iPhone 5 to Have NFC Capability?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple's next generation iPhone and iPad will supposedly be "Near Field Communication" (NFC) capable, and could feature a "mobile payment system." This would allow Apple fans to use their iDevice in place of a debit or credit card when paying for goods."

According to Bloomberg that is, but it certainly has merit based on other information out there, such as the NFC expert that Apple hired back in August and subsequent reports on the testing Apple has done with this technology. Google has NFC capability in their Nexus S so it certainly isn't outlandish to think that the next iPhone will have this as well. What are your thoughts? Is this something you look forward to or are you kind of "meh" about it all?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Will iOS Merge with OS X?

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 07:00 AM

"Jean-Louis Gassée is back, making his predictions for the future of Apple's operating system plans, which he sees as heading inexorably to a combined form of iOS becoming Apple's OS inside all Apple devices."

It seems inevitable that some of the ideas that Apple created for the iPhone and iPad would make their way over to OS X. I think it is unlikely, however, that there will be one universal Apple OS running on all of their devices. A laptop/desktop OS has to be different than a slate/phone OS. Much of that has to do with user interface issues. It's much harder, for example, to use a touch screen all day if it is sitting vertically in front of you. It's easier to use a touch screen if you can look down at it and it is almost horizontal. And Apple can't possibly lock down OS X in the same way they lock down iOS. For one thing, they need developers to be able to compile code on OS X. That fact alone makes it impossible to lock down. I think there will be cross pollination between both platforms, but they will remain distinct.

Tags: software, rumor, osx, ios

Saturday, July 24, 2010

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and the iPhone...My Thoughts

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:30 AM

"Rumors of the iPhone jumping to a US provider outside of AT&T continue to swirl as Apple's exclusivity contract with AT&T looks to expire this year. First it was iPhone + Verizon and now it's iPhone + T-Mobile."

I'm sure by now you have seen numerous reports about T-Mobile possibly getting the iPhone. For months it was that the iPhone was sure to be on the Verizon network (PC World has a timeline in case you are interested), and now it is the T-Mobile rumor that is getting legs, as the mentions of an impending iPhone release on their network keep popping up. Adding to this is a recent one that Verizon will get it but after T-Mobile, as well as one that says the elusive white iPhone 4 will actually be a Verizon iPhone. What to believe? Could there be an additional network from which to choose for your iPhone service? AT&T, and Apple for that matter, took a risk and it paid off big with the iPhone. With that risk, AT&T also got something from Apple, namely exclusivity. With the upgrades in the iPhone year to year, and the addition of the iPad in the mix of products, you can see from their financials that the partnership with Apple is paying off handsomely. I guess it goes back to that old risk versus reward saying. But how is it doing for the customers that, according to Steve Jobs, are so important to Apple? Well here is my two-cents on the topic, and the rumor about T-Mobile.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

For You Rumor Fanatics Out There

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Tablet? YES! With its own App Store? MAYBE! More hype than Avatar? CERTAINLY! If you've spent the last week or so thinking about the new iTabletSlateBookCanvasPod and nothing else, you'll probably want to grab David Weiss's Prediction score card for tomorrow's big announcement. Then you can check off the features as they come tumbling from the Jobsian lips."

As you may have realized by now, we don't post a lot of rumors here at Apple Thoughts. But if you are into keeping score you can download the PDF of the score card mentioned above right here. Or alternatively, you can head on over to iTunes [affiliate link] and get this handy $2.99 USD app that will keep track of it for you on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can even add to the predictions with some of your own. I predict that I will NOT be buying this app. Oh look, already got one right!

Apple Event Today!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 07:00 AM

If you are like me, you won't be attending the Apple event today at 10am Pacific, but that doesn't mean you aren't interested in seeing just how true the rumors are, and what kind of wonderful things Apple will be introducing. So our only option is via live coverage right here on the Internet. Some of those that are providing coverage are:

ars technica



The iPhone Blog

The AppleBlog (you can also follow their twitter feed here)

Seth Weintraub's Blog at ComputerWorld

These are just a few, there may be more but at least this gives you a start to your coverage, coverage that will tell you if the tablet lives, if AT&T loses their exclusivity and the iPhone goes to Verizon, what is up with the next iPhone and what the winning Megabucks numbers will be! Well, maybe not the last one, but it will still be an information filled event I'm sure! Any guesses for what lay ahead?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The iPhone 4G, Visualized

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Last week, some enterprising fans created a visual guide to the Apple Tablet rumors. Today, the French website Nowhere Else has done something similar for the next generation iPhone. The image highlights the various rumors surrounding the next version of the iPhone (the iPhone 4G if you will) into one annotated graphic."

I like how they set this up, with each feature given a percentage for probability. And it is always good when you get a well done image to go along with the rumors. Not so sure I like the Front Facing Video Camera angle, how is that supposed to work??

Tags: hardware, rumor, iphone, 4g

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Does It Exist?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"It was inevitable really, as there was no way Stéphane Richard's comments on the iSlate would be allowed to go unanswered. So sure enough, Orange - who are owned by France Telecom - have sent some PR goodness to a UK media website denying that anything resembling a confirmation of the iSlate or Orange's involvement with such a device, if it even existed, ever happened and it was all in blogger's minds."

Image Credit: Gizmodo

Of course they are referring to the faux pas from Stéphane Richard, an executive from France Télécom, when he let slip in an interview that indeed there was an Apple Tablet (with camera) that would be announced soon. So many rumors swirling around this one and in about 12 days we shall all learn the truth! So, do you think there will be a tablet announcement? If so, what features is it going to have?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Rumor: New iPhone to be "iPhone Video?"

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"While this could be just another rumor, this name would fit perfectly with what a source told me in late April: that Apple would differentiate the new iPhone by making it the first device that makes home movie-making mainstream."

I'm all about this one, if it's true. It goes together nicely with the other rumor about the new iPhone: that it'll have a front-facing chat camera and some sort of video chatting capabilities. I'm not a big video chatter, but I do shoot a lot of video and if the iPhone does it well, it'll be one less thing I have to carry on a day-to-day basis.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fueling the New iPhone Rumor

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"We've received news from a Best Buy insider about some new phones that may be on the horizon for the electronics retailer. Taking a peek into Best Buy's inventory system reveals three AT&T phones that have a "Project Charlie" codename."

Charlie 1, 2 and 3. Each with an individual SKU. All from AT&T. Screams new iPhone doesn't it? The only thing that I see that could possibly be lending credence to this addition to the rumor mill about a new iPhone, is that they are using code words and being very secretive, something Apple has been known to do in the past. But that isn't to say that other companies also do this and this could be a regular occurrence in the cellular phone industry, anyone know?

Monday, May 4, 2009

MacFormat Shows Off Coronary Inducing Mockup of Mac Netbook / Tablet

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

"The world and his dog, it would seem, want Apple to make a netbook. Even that part of the world that has no idea what a netbook is wants Apple to make one. But this is Apple we're talking about, and if it decides to make something that fits into the same market that the PC industry has been addressing with netbooks, you can bet it will be something special. Here's our best guess at what it might be."

Okay not for nothing, but if the upcoming (maybe) Netbook (tablet) that Apple may (or may not) make looks like this or along these lines, you won't be able to get my credit card into the hands of a black turtle-necked salesperson fast enough. Frankly, I think whoever made this mockup should probably sell the design to someone because it's brilliant.

I'd definitely buy it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Screenshots Leaking Out Everywhere (Maybe)

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with some exclusive iPhone 3.0 shots. Things like detailing a video recording application, more settings options, an accessibility entry, and even showing that Apple could possibly be integrating voice dialing, too."

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to doubt what's coming just because of the number of rumors out there. Apparently Apple is including World Peace 1.0 rA in this version of the iPhone OS. While I'd love to see all of it, I'm starting to wonder if a lot of it is just wishful thinking. If it is true, then we're gonna have one hell of a device in a few months.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rumor: New iPhone Coming in June

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"We can’t tell you where or who, but pretty high up in AT&T’s food chain, the following was reported to be said: New iPhone announcement around mid-June (duh) New iPhone will be faster and have a more seamless experience unmatched by any device (could be just talking about 3.0, but we think it’s also a new iPhone) U-Verse iPhone application; will allow control of your home DVR (play, pause, rewind, etc.) The annual iPhone launch is “becoming a tradition.”"

It's not surprising that in the wake of the 3.0 announcement rumors would start swirling about a new version of the phone itself. I'm not sure I buy it, though. They had everyone's attention with the 3.0 announcement. To come out a mere two months later and announce a replacement phone when they easily could've done the same with a captive audience doesn't make sense to me.

Luckily, we won't have to wait long to find out of there really is any meat behind this rumor. June is definitely not that far off!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Rumor: Apple Event on March 24th

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"A source has disclosed to World of Apple that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 24 to unveil new desktop hardware. The source which has been confirmed to be in reach of such information stated that the event would be similar to the notebook event held by Apple last October. World of Apple’s source was unable to offer any details on hardware specifics but did speculate that the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro would all be refreshed."

Why not, right? I'm still fiending for the new Mini, the iMac is a bit long in the tooth, and the Mac Pro hasn't been updated since Dinosaurs were buying them, so maybe this has some legs. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this one or if another "event" goes by without an actual event.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rumor: Next Gen Mac Mini Photographed

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 11:00 AM

"A photo making the rounds on the Internet appears to conform to descriptions of a next-generation Mac mini published by AppleInsider earlier in the year. The photo shows the rear of a Mac mini that includes five USB ports instead of 4, both mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort connectors, and FireWire 800 instead of 400 -- all of which were specifications for a next-generation Mac mini first published by AppleInsider back in January. For what it's worth, this is the second picture of a Mac mini seen by AppleInsider with such a port makeup, the first of which we were asked not to publish. While we cannot vouch for the authenticity of this new photo, it shows a Mac mini that is identical in every way to the system in the unpublished photo, which was said to be a prototype from last fall."

As I've made clear on here on numerous occasions, I'm anxiously awaiting the new Mac Mini. I was hoping that this machine, which is, to me, the ultimate gateway drug into Mac computers wouldn't be discontinued or put out to pasture. Now it seems like every day we're hearing a new rumor about the next version of the Mini. I'm all for it, and honestly if there is a new Mini with a nVidia GPU on board, I'll be buying it the day it comes out; no questions asked. Anyone else?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

RUMOR: Apple May Offer Streaming in iTunes

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 01:00 PM

"Apple is believed to be wrapping up a new feature in iTunes 8 that will allow users to stream their iTunes video purchases directly from the company's servers for playback anywhere, anytime without eating up local storage. Dubbed iTunes Replay, the service would allow iTunes shoppers to build out their digital video collection without worrying about the space needed to store the often hefty media files. It's unclear whether Apple plans to charge for the service, which is said to support both iTunes Movie and TV show purchases."

If this is true, it would be pretty darned cool. I want to own my music, but for the most part, I don't keep movie downloads after I watch them. That's why I love Netflix's Watch Instantly on my XBox 360 so much; no commitment to keeping movie files. Apple could easily pull this one off, but I imagine the big stumbling block will be getting the studios to cooperate. Isn't that always the way it is?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rumor: iPhone 3.0 Coming Soon? Maybe...

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Coverage of Apple's plans to launch the iPhone 3G in the United Arab Emirates later this month appears to also signal a June release date for the handset's successor. On Monday, Emirates Telecommunications - Etisalat said that it had struck the first iPhone deals of 2009 when it announced in a local newspaper plans to bring the iPhone 3G to the UAE and Saudi Arabia (under the Mobily brand) later this month. Mark Davis, Program Director for iPhone at Etisalat, later spoke with Dow Jones and revealed the precise launch date to be February 15th. The same report went on to say that the "next version of the device, which is due out in June, will be launched in the UAE at the same time.""

June? I'll take it. Honestly, I don't feel the urgency for the next version of the iPhone OS that I felt for 2.0, so it isn't pressing to me, but I always like to see new gadgets come along! Anyone else looking forward to the 3.0 release?

Tags: rumor, iphone, 3.0

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