Hey guys, here we are again, on the midst of an Apple keynote event. This is probably one of the most anticipated events in a long time coming from Apple, a new CEO, new phone, new OS, new carrier partner, etc. So, I’m here to give you all a general round-up of all of the announcements you should expect this week.
The first, and most important, is the next generation of iPhone(s?). Our sources have been saying that we will be getting 2 new iPhones. We have quite a bit of detail on them and even some stuff that we are simply not allowed to share. Basically, there will be an iPhone 4S that will retail for $99 on a 2 year contract, this is just an upgraded iPhone 4 that also solves antennagate and carry an A5 chip and nothing else.
Also, there will be an iPhone 5, now, it’s possible that this new iPhone will not be getting a redesign but our sources are saying it won’t be a radical change until atleast 2012′s product cycle. This new iPhone will get a bigger battery, smaller board, fixes antennagate, A5, 1GB RAM, and it will RETAIN IT’S 3.5″ SCREEN! We can’t stress this enough, all of our sources have stated that “there is no screen bound for an iOS device with a screen size that lies between a 3.5″ and a 9.7″ capacitive touchscreen display.”
We expect a launch on either October 14th or October 21st. Oh, and before I forget, the iPhone is indeed headed to Sprint.
Next up, iOS 5. Again, this is a no brainer. We expect to hear about iOS 5 as well as a few (as of yet) unannounced major tentpole features and we expect a Gold Master to be released shortly after the keynote to developers as well as a public launch date. We expect this date to be either October 14th or October 17th.
Also, we should expect to see Apple’s new “Assistant” feature to be announced. Now, this goes with iOS 5 being announced and everything, but we have yet to hear a credible source say that the iPhone 4 won’t run Assistant. Why? The explanation I have is that this is why there hasn’t been an iOS 5 beta in over 4 weeks. Apple has reached the limit and can no longer publicly release versions of iOS 5 that don’t contain pieces of Assistant.
Also, another feature that will be announced will be 360 degree panoramic photography. We are not sure if this will be available for the iPhone 4 as well as the iPhone 4S & iPhone 5, but it will be a feature in iOS 5.
Oh, and to go with this iPhone announcement, we expect a small mention of a next-generation iPod touch that will carry an A5 chip, 512MB of RAM and will come in black or white.
Next up, iCloud. This is another huge thing that will launch. We expect this to launch on the day that iOS 5 launches to the public. Us developers have been using iCloud for months now and I can personally tell you that it is really an incredible thing that you don’t ever think about. This is what makes it “magical”. You don’t think about it and it’s a no-brainer, just as Apple intended.
iTunes Match will also make an appearance, now, we are unsure about this one. We are unsure if iTunes Match will be launched at the same time as iOS 5/iCloud judging by the beta that we’ve been using. It just doesn’t feel like it will be done in time for an October 14th/17th launch. It works great but the matching algorithm is still far from feeling complete. Possibly an early November launch, but we hope Apple launches at the same time as everything else.
Next Up, Mac OS X 10.7.2, this is a major update to Lion. I’ve been running this for months now (with the latest beta being released 48 hours ago) and it’s extremely well done. This bring iCloud to the Mac and it fixes A TON of Lion bugs and boosts performance. Even the first 10.7.2 beta was better than the public 10.7/10.7.1 release at the time.
Finally, we expect the end of an era, in more ways than 1. The first is obvious, Tim Cook is Apple’s CEO, this is the first test of his public persona. This event is extremely important to Apple, Tim Cook, the entire Apple executive team, and Steve Jobs. They need to really sell this and reassure investors and the public that Apple can still be Apple with Steve Jobs out of the picture.
Also, we expect the iPod brand to come to an end. Apple will finally kill the iPod starting on October 4th. The iPod Classic, the iPod Shuffle, and the click wheel will be phased out as well as the iPod brand will be stripped away from iOS 5. We expect the iPod touch to keep it’s iPod name but for how much longer, we’re not sure. Also, the iPod Nano is expected to stay. So with Steve Jobs goes the iconic iPod that saved Apple and launched them into the public eye once again.
We have some breaking news, it is also said that Sprint will be getting the iPhone 5 exclusively though 2011. WSJ & BGR have said that the Sprint iPhone 5 will be an all new redesign with a 4″ screen, NFC, iPad 2-like metal back, A5, Assistant, and 1GB of RAM.
So there you go guys, lots of great news and other not-so-great news (for you iPod lovers out there). Again, we encourage everyone to come check us out on Tuesday @ noon (central) for live coverage of Apple’s iOS press event. Either come to the site or if you want some brief bulletins, make sure to check out our Twitter or Facebook feeds where we will be posting news as we post it on the site.
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We are finally here! It looks like we are finally getting some confirmation from Apple. Media invites have been released for October 4th this morning. Apple has surprisingly chosen their own headquarters in Cupertino, California for the keynote. It will be at 10a.m. pacific/noon central so we will be here covering it all as it happens!
Now, from my analysis, we may only be seeing 1 iPhone. As you can see, the badge on the iPhone icon clearly shows a “1″. If they would have wanted to say that you have “1″ invitation, then they would have used a Reminders application or use badged the Calendar.
Also, the calendar shows a “4″ for October 4th, the clock shows at 10am pacific, and the Maps icon depicts Apple’s headquarters on Google Maps.
So there you go guys, we will be convering the keynote live as it happens, so stay tuned!
We can put all of these rumors to bed next Tuesday! See you then.
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Well well, it seems that we may have another Apple hire in the jailbreak community. MuscleNerd has posted what seems like himself receiving a specially made Apple shirt as well as himself talking about his “host” at Apple and that he received a specially made “Muscle Nerd” guest name tag on his Apple HQ visit.
If Apple hired Muscle Nerd, could this be signs of new things to come? The “Pay to jailbreak” solution that I had spoken of in the past? Or just a way for Apple to silence the iPhone Dev Team? Who knows, especially now with Tim Cook as Apple’s CEO, it’s hard to tell how he will run Apple, so anything can happen, and Muscle Nerd isn’t talking.
If he does get hired by Apple, we wish him the best. Again, MuscleNerd was mostly responsible for the iPhone’s baseband hacks as well as some untethers along with the rest of the iPhone Dev Team.
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We have just received a picture that really tells a very dire story for former Apple, Inc. CEO, Steve Jobs. I think the picture speaks for itself. This picture was taken just 2 days after Steve resigned.
As you may remember, Steve said the following:
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
When I originally read this quote, it didn’t sit well with me. I knew something dire had happened in regards to his overall health.
This photo confirms this.
I wish Steve Jobs the best in this life and the next. I don’t want to report his passing for many more years to come, but seeing this picture makes it very hard to be optimistic about his health.
Steve Jobs has been battling Pancreatic Cancer since 2004. He’s taken multiple medical leaves of absence from Apple, leaving, now Apple, Inc. CEO, Tim Cook at the helm in Jobs’ absence.
Godspeed Steve. Godspeed.
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Hey guys, well, with the late breaking-news coming out of Cupertino that Steve Jobs would now be known as “former Apple, Inc. CEO”, the press (and the Apple community) has been sent a letter from Steve Jobs himself.
The letter reads:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
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Holy shit, we have just all been alerted that Steve Jobs has just resigned as CEO of Apple, Inc. The positiion will be given to Tim Cook, as expected. I never thought that this day would come so soon.
Steve Jobs has brought the most advanced and “magical” devices to millions of people and has brought Apple back from the brink of death in the 90s wih the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and the iPad.
This comes as a shock to the entire tech industry. Expect tomorrow to be a bad day for Apple’s stock.
Steve Jobs has taken the role as Chairman of Apple’s Board of Directors.
Apple has officially released a press release:
Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company”
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.
As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices
More info as it comes in…
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