The iPhone 6 has reportedly been sighted months ahead of launch, with a purported insider at manufacturing partner Foxconn sharing shots of what's said to be a testing station for the new iOS smartphone. The leak, if legitimate, shows both a handset in a testing rig and 3D graphics of the supposed design, as well as what could be new sensors build into the body.
Apple has reportedly tried to bolster its "iWatch" wearable team with Swiss watchmakers, with the chief of at least one well-known brand accusing the Cupertino firm of trying to poach its talent. The drive for engineers and other experts in wearable tech has already seen Apple add sleep researchers to its iWatch project, but supposedly saw its efforts to recruit staff from Hublot rebuffed.
There are no shortage of set top boxes on the market today. Some of the most popular come from Roku. About a year ago, Roku launched the Roku 3 set top box and it is one of the most popular devices the company sells. Apple is also in the market with a product called the Apple TV that has been called a hobby for the company.
The iPhone 6 is expected to arrive with a sapphire display, which will replace Corning's offering as a new way to keep the screen safe. This hasn't been confirmed, but a newly discovered patent for an oleophobic coating on sapphire from the company suggests the rumors are correct.
Over the weekend, tips surfaced claiming a 12-inch fanless MacBook Air is in the works, of which it would be thinner and smaller than the currently available options. Following this, word has surfaced through DigiTimes that Apple plans to release a Retina version of the MacBook Air this year.
As the on-demand music streaming industry grows and competition with it (rumors that Apple may be among that competition surfaced last week), Spotify is looking to draw in a larger number of listeners to its Premium subscription service, doing so with a big perk: slashed rates for students.
We've heard a lot of rumors and tips on the anticipated iPhone 6 over past months, some that have already been shot down, others that look promising. Among them all has been word Apple is producing two different models with different screen sizes, one measuring in at 4.7-inches and the other at a larger 5.5-inches. According to the latest source, the latter among those two sizes has an uncertain future.
Chatter of an Apple deal with Comcast that would secure priority access for Apple TV streamed content has renewed speculation about a new set-top box and given stock prices a bump, but questions around net neutrality remain. Apple has reportedly been continuing the talks it began with Time Warner Cable with Comcast, which is set to acquire TWC, in the aim of avoiding last-mile congestion by using the same private connection the ISP itself uses for its own streaming media services.
Apple has been working hard to make its maps better and improve what users think of its maps service after the fiasco when Apple Maps first rolled out. The maps were not good initially and the press was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized to users. One of the cooler features for maps that Apple has been rolling out is 3D flyovers.