Somehow an Australian teen named Sonny Dickson is getting some big scoops, first attracting attention last month by posting quality images and videos of the champagne and gray casings for the expected iPhone 5S. Now he's posted hi-res photos of the fingerprint sensor that's expected to be in the new phone. While one can never be sure the photos are authentic, he insists he's verified their authenticity. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be part of the Home button and to be used to enhance security.
This summer, Apple added eight content providers to their Apple TV set-top box, including Disney, ESPN, HBO Go, and Smithsonian, indicating that this product is getting increased attention. Not only that, but some evidence suggests that Apple may be working on a software developer's kit that will let content providers create their own apps for the device. That would hugely increase its appeal.
Now it's been discovered that Apple has received three shipments from China labeled "set-top boxes." Those three shipments total 40 metric tons. That's a lot of product. You can read more details on AppleInsider. Clearly something is going on, and the speculation is that Apple may announce a new set-top box at their event on September 10.
Should they release an enhanced version of their Apple TV set-top box, and should they announce a developer's kit, this will be unexpected—and big news.
iMore has posted a great article on how to get the most money for your old iPhone. The site gives tips for preparing it for sale, including unlocking it. The article also gives an overview of services that buy your old phone. Plus, it notes that last Friday, Apple began offering its own in-store trade-in program. You can read more on InformationWeek. It doesn't pay quite as much as other services, but you get the convenience of simply trading in your old phone when you go to buy a new one. The iMore article says a typical price for a used 16GB iPhone 5 is $250.
Apple sent out invitations today for an event next Tuesday, Sept. 10. The colorful invitation reads, "This should brighten everyone's day." The announcement appears to confirm two rumors: that the next iPhone will launch on that date, and that Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone 5C that will come in multiple colors. Plus, the top-of-the-line iPhone 5S is expected to come in a gold or champagne color as well as white and slate.
It seems pretty certain that Apple will host an event September 10 to announce new iPhones. And now new evidence suggests that those iPhones will go on sale Friday, September 20. The evidence? Both AT&T and T-Mobile have told their employees that nobody can take vacation time the weekend of September 20. This usually happens when a new iPhone launches: All hands are needed on deck because of the huge crowds.
Virtualization software from Parallels has done a remarkable job of letting Mac users run Windows software on their Mac right alongside their Mac programs. Windows programs simply appear as Mac programs. Now they've done something similar for the iPad. Their new app and service, called Parallels Access ($79.99/year), lets you run Windows and Mac software programs on your iPad. Your computer needs to be on and accessible via remote connection, but the genius of the Parallels app is that these programs act like iPad apps, such that you can control all of the functions in the same way you would any other app using all the gestures that are so familiar to you.
All the evidence continues to point toward a Sept. 10 event to launch two new iPhones, and we can likely expect Apple to make an official announcement next week. A new video has appeared on the web that gives you a good look at the forthcoming champagne- or gold-colored iPhone 5S as well as a blue iPhone 5C.
September should be fun. We'll get new iPhones, new iOS software, and the new iTunes Radio service. According to an article on Ad Age Digital, things are all set for the launch of iTunes Radio next month, with Apple having signed advertising deals with McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and others. The article says the streaming music service, which will be similar to Pandora, will have an audio ad every 15 minutes and a video ad every hour.
Any comparison of iPhone and Android is bound to generate heat, but I thought David Pogue's smackdown between Siri and Android voice recognition was informative. The bottom line: the iPhone is better for dictation and for voice control of apps. But Android blows Siri away when it comes to web searches.
Siri's dictation gets the edge because it understands a variety of formatting controls, such as "all caps," and all punctuation, such as "dash" and "ellipsis." Android just understands basic punctuation such as "comma," "period," and "exclamation point." Android, however, can do dictation even if you're not online whereas Siri requires an Internet connection. And Android transcribes as you talk, whereas Siri waits until you pause.
We keep hearing rumors that Apple's next iPhone, expected to be announced Sept. 10, will have a fingerprint sensor. The rumors say it will be a convex home button covered with super-hard sapphire crystal. The presence of related code found by developers in iOS 7 support these rumors. So assuming all this is true, what's the point? Security, of course. A helpful post on Macworld explains that passwords are fairly weak security, especially since so many people still do dumb things like use "password" as their password. Even two-factor authentication, in which a code is sent via SMS, still doesn't guarantee that the person with phone in hand is the rightful owner.