As previously reported, Apple is set to replace Google Maps in iOS 6 with an in-house solution that's the result of the company acquiring mapping companies like C3 Technologies, Poly9, and Placebase. Today, we see leaked screenshots from a BGR "trusted source" that shows off a bit more of what we can expect.
The screenshots show that the new 3D mode is certainly in the works in build 10A314 of iOS 6. Again, this is a total replacement for Google Maps, allowing Apple to provide the exact Maps experience that it want to provide on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. We expect to get a full preview of iOS 6 at WWDC next month.
Since the introduction of FaceTime, users have been clamoring for a time when the technology would work over 3G. Since the debut of FaceTime as the major feature of the iPhone 4, it's been relegated to Wi-Fi-only staus, which meant that many on-the-go users never used it. However, a recent error message found by iDevice displays the message "Disabling 3G may end FaceTime."
With the next iPhone rumored to be LTE-enabled, it isn't hard to believe that FaceTime over 3G and/or LTE will be a feature of iOS 6. When FaceTime was first introduced, Steve Jobs noted that Apple needed "to work a little bit with the cellular providers to get [FaceTime] ready for the future."
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Apple is preparing to launch a redesigned MacBook Pro that'll be sporting all sorts of new features. According to multiple sources, the new MacBook Pro will feature a new, ultra-thin unibody design, USB 3.0 ports (a first for Apple,) and at the center of it all, a "jaw-dropping" Retina display.
How's Apple gonna achieve making a thin notebook even thinner? With the removal of two components. First, the optical drive is going bye-bye. Apple started phasing out optical drives with the release of the original MacBook Air, and then continued the trend with the latest Mac mini. With the release of the Mac App Store, and broadband being to ubiquitous, it stands to reason that digital files and downloads are here to stay. Apple does still sell an external optical drive that connects via USB for those who need it.
With the 2012 Wordwide Developers Conference so new reports of what Apple is set to reveal to the world are beginning to appear. Today, we get word from The Wall Street Journal that Apple is set to reveal a bunch of new iCloud features alongside iOS 6.
According to WSJ sources, Apple will be revealing a new photo sharing service for iCloud users, which will allow you to share individual pictures, or entire galleries, with other users of the service. Separate from Photo Stream, the sharing service will also allow your friends to comment on your images as well. Speaking of Photo Stream, another forthcoming change will see the inclusion of videos in the service, allowing you to access video shot on your iOS devices in your Photo Stream as well.
Additionally, iCloud.com will begin syncing data from the Reminders and Notes iOS and Mountain Lion apps, making this information available in the browser. We'll bring you all the news from WWDC 2012 as it happens.
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Google Maps has been a mainstay on in iOS since the birth of the original iPhone back in 2007. For us, the Maps app is one of our most used apps on the device, and we'd bet that this is the same for many others. However, Apple need Google Maps anymore. The company has purchased multiple mapping companies in the past couple of years, including C3 Technologies, Poly9, and Placebase. We haven't really seen the fruits of these acquisitions yet, but that may all be changing with iOS 6.
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Now that we're more than halfway through the iPhone 4S year, you can expect the rumors about the next iPhone (iPhone 5? iPhone 6? The New iPhone?) to start coming at us fast and hard in the time leading up to the release of Apple's next flagship smartphone. This morning iLounge reports that a source has clued it in on what the next iPhone will look like, and it doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.
There's a little company out there called Senseg that makes tactile displays using an electrostatic field to simulate the feeling of friction and different textures right on the touchscreen, and the last-minute rumor of the day is that the technology might be the big secret feature of the iPad HD. The folks over at Pocket-link spoke with a Senseg rep, and were told that the company wouldn't be making any statements until "after Apple's announcement." Kind of odd and interesting. Either the person knowns they need to keep their mouth shut, or there's really nothing there and they just want a little publicity. However, in mid-2011 it was reported that Senseg was partnering with "a certain tablet maker based in Cupertino," and Apple's invitation for today's event does read "We have something you really have to see. And touch." Is that a vague clue? We'll know in under an hour.
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The other day we filled you in on details about the iPad 3, which will feature a 2048x1536 display, as confirmed by our friends at MacRumors. Now, the folks over at iFixIt are chiming in, explaining the process of figuring out that the purported iPad 3 panel will feature a Retina Display. Check out the video above for the details. Of course, Apple has yet to officially announce anything having to do with the next iPad, and won't be saying anything until March 7, so this is all just a hypothesis. Nevertheless, this is what's gonna happen. Expect it!
If you were curious if the iPad 3 would ship with a Retina display after all the rumors, well, wonder no more. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the panels that are to be used in the next iPad sport twice the linear resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, sporting four times as many pixels. The site obtained one of the new panels and put it under a microscope in order to check out the pixel density. The results show that the pixels in the newer display panel are a quarter of the size of the pixels found in previous models.
MacRumors does note that the panels are not directly from Apple, however, they are listed as OEM replacement displays for the iPad 3 and are in mass production. The difficulty in creating 9.7" display panels with a 2048x1536 resolution make this all but obvious that these are for the next iPad.
Alongside the iPad 3, Apple has been expected to introduce its next-generation mobile processor as well. The assumption was that it would be a quad-core A6 chip, naturally following the progression of the A4 chip that shipped in the original iPad, and the A5 chip that was included in the iPad 2. However, if the above image is to be believed, Apple won't be releasing the A6 processor with the iPad 3, and will instead go with the A5X processor. Why the difference? We figure that this matches recent reports that Apple would not be bumping the processor to quad-core in the iPad 3, and would instead ship a faster version of the A5 that has greatly improved graphics power.
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