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Apple to announce redesigned iPad 5, iPad mini with Retina display on October 22

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, PC / Laptop

iPad mini Retina

Apple is set to announce its brand new iPad 5 and iPad mini with Retina display on October 22, according to AllThingsD sources familiar with the matter. After announcing the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in September, Apple will be following a similar pattern to last year, with the October announcement focusing on its tablets.

So what can we expect from the event? For starters, the fifth-generation iPad will see a redesign, bringing in cues from the iPad mini, like the thinner side bezels and a more sleek rear design. The iPad mini will be picking up a Retina display, the one glaring omission from the original model that launched almost a year ago. No word yet on if the Touch ID fingerprint technology will make it to either tablet, but we have heard reports that we may see both a space gray color, and the champagne gold that's been popular on the iPhone 5s (see our iPhone 5s review.) IGZO display technology from Sharp may be featured here, and AllThingsD says that both models will sport the new 64-bit A7 processor as well.

Of course, there are other products we're waiting for Apple to update us on as well, so there's a good chance we will also get pricing and release information for the new Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks (especially since the Mavericks Golden Master is available to developers,) and a spec bump for the MacBook Pro to include Haswell processors, and possibly an Apple TV update. Of course, we'll be here to bring you all the news as it unfolds.

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Apple set to start iPhone 5S production this month

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone 5s production

AllThingsD is reporting that Apple is set to ramp up production of the iPhone 5S at the end of July, which coincides with a recent report from Peter Misek. Misek says that Apple likely started a small production run of the iPhone 5S last month in preparation for the full meal deal later this month.

Similar to other iPhone releases, it's been reported that iPhone 5S will be constrained in the supply chain initially, likely due to low yields on the new fingerprint sensor feature that is rumored to launch on the device.

AllThingsD also believes that the lower-cost mid-range iPhone is also already in production:

Interestingly, Misek says that iPhone production ramp up will follow one that’s already under way for Apple’s long-rumored lower-cost iPhone, a device he figures the company will price somewhere between $300 and $400 — without a subsidy. He estimates production plans at 25 million to 30 million units, split pretty much evenly across the 5s and its new lower-cost sibling. And he says the new entry probably won’t be competitive with the truly low-end handsets popular in emerging markets.

It's mid-summer, y'all, and the iPhone rumor mill is chugging along at full power.

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HTC One with stock Android arrives June 26 for $599

Sundar Pichai HTC One Stock Android

The HTC One is a highly impressive Android device, but many users wish that they could get the beautiful hardware with stock Android Jelly Bean software. Luckily, that wish is becoming reality, as Android head Sundar Pichai announced during his D11 talk that the HTC One with Nexus UI will go on sale on June 26th on the Google Play store, and will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Be sure to check out our HTC One review as well.


Tesla set to triple Supercharger charging network by the end of June

Tesla supercharger network

At the D11 conference, Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced a major expansion to the Tesla Supercharger network. According to Musk:

"There's going to be a dramatic acceleration of the Supercharging network. By the end of next month, we'll triple the Supercharger coverage area. There's a map that'll go live tomorrow. By the end of this year, you'll be able to drive from LA to NY just using the Supercharger network. We're improving the density of Superchargers in well-traveled routes, as well as the overall coverage area."

This is huge, as there is always range anxiety for owners of vehicles that are 100% powered by electricity. Rapid expansion of Tesla's Supercharger network is essential to curbing that feeling. Tesla Model S owners using the Supercharger can go from 0% to 80% charged in 30 minutes. Of course, the Model S is a very expensive vehicle, but getting Superchargers in place for when Tesla expects to have a $30,000 range vehicle for sale (in about three years, according to Musk,) will go a long way towards buyer confidence.


Watch this: Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 90-minute D11 interview

Tim Cook D11 interview

Yesterday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the state at the 11th annual D: All Things Digital conference, and spoke about many topics relating to Apple. During the D11 interview, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher hit Cook with tough questions, most of which were answered with just enough information so as not to give away specific future plans. Talking points include wearable computing, changes coming to iOS, Apple stock price, taxes, and more. We've got the full 90-minute interview video for you after the break--check it out.

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Microsoft readying OTA update remedy for Windows Phone 8 reboot epidemic

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Microsoft, Software

windows phone 8 reboot

Microsoft has gotten to the bottom of the random Windows Phone 8 reboots, and is issuing an OTA update by December. The company, however, won't reveal the problem.

Here's what Microsoft had to say: “We’re continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have identified a cause with our partners. We are working to get an over-the-air update out in December.”

If you're currently one of the people with affected phones, let us know in the comments what model you have, as Microsoft hasn't detailed the types of phones affected or whether it's all Windows 8 devices.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display set for October 23rd?

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

Macbook Pro 13 inch Retina display

First reported by 9to5Mac, AllThingsD is also reporting that a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display may be anounced alongside the 7.85-inch iPad mini during a speculated Apple invite-only press event on the 23rd of October. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is rumored to have a 2560 x 1600 display (226 pixels per inch,) the same port layout as the 15-inch model, and the same all flash storage configuration. Also like the 15-inch model, the smaller version will be priced much higher than the non-Retina display MacBook Pro of the same size. All in all, it appears that the next Apple event will focus on new size iterations, rather than on entirely new products.

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AllThingsD: Apple will announce iPad mini on October 23

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Rumors

iPad mini October 23

AllThingsD is reporting that it's been informed by "people familiar with Apple plans", by which they might mean Apple PR, that an invite-only event is being held for October 23rd for the much-rumored  and highly-anticipated iPad mini. The report also speculates that the event will be held at a smaller venue like Apple's Town Hall. The timing makes sense since the new revamped user interface iTunes was promised by Apple to be released at an unspecified date in October. Likewise, it is a perfect competitive maneuver against the Microsoft Surface Tablet which is slated to launch on the 26th.

The iPad Mini is rumored to house a 7.85-inch IPS display with the same resolution of the iPad 2 and a new Lightning connector. The starting price is expected be around $199-249. Details of the wireless connectivity are vague, yet some are speculating it will be Wi-Fi-only, forgoing a cellular option. If I were a betting man, the iPad mini will be very thin, light, easy for one-handed use and perfectly sized as a stocking stuffer for the upcoming holiday shopping season. In addition, AllThingsD has a good track record forecasting past Apple events. So, fingers crossed. 

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Apple set to release next iPhone on September 21

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors

New iPhone 5

After iMore broke the news that sources indicated that Apple would announce the next iPhone on September 12 with the launch of the device happening nine days later on the 21st, more outlets have independently confirmed the scoop. Publications that have chimed in include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, All Things D, and even Jim Dalrymple at The Loop (he's likely the most trustworthy of the bunch.) This means that interested iPhone buyers have just six weeks to wait until Apple announces its next flagship product, and one more week on top of that to get their hands on it.

Gallery: iPhone 5 3D renders

The design of the next iPhone has likely leaked multiple times, and is expected to feature a taller 4-inch display, two-toned rear casing, built-in NFC, and other improvements, including a new, smaller dock connector.


Next Amazon Kindle Fire to get 1280 x 800 display

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Rumors

Kindle Fire II

Amazon is readying the successor to the Kindle Fire tablet, and AllThingsD is reporting that the device will have a nice, crisp, high-resolution display when it arrives. The display resolution will purportedly be boosted to 1280 x 800. This is the same display resolution (and possibly even the same panels) you'll find in the Google Nexus 7 tablet as well. Interestingly, this means that the Kindle Fire aspect ratio will change, as the current model has a 1.71 ratio while a 1280 x 800 display is 1.60.

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