Apple Discontinues MobileMe Retail Boxes, Free Service On Its Way?

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With all the fuss surrounding Apple’s new line of MacBook Pros and the first developer preview of OS X Lion today, there was another little bit of news that you may not have noticed. As of February 24th, Apple has discontinued its boxed MobileMe packs, igniting new rumors that the company will introduce a free or tiered version of the … Read More

New iPad 2 Mockups Suggest Thinner Design, Speaker Grill, Cameras

Fresh pictures of what is claimed to be an accurate mockup of Apple’s second-generation iPad have been published by a Japanese blog today, and suggest that the iPad 2 will boast a significantly thinner design, as well as a front- and rear-facing cameras, and a speaker grill on the back. The new design will not only be much thinner, but … Read More

Minimum iAd Advertising Spend Cut in Half by Apple

In a bid to increase the popularity of its iAds and attract smaller companies to sign up, Apple has reduced the minimum spend on iAd advertisements by half from $1 million to $500,000. It’s hoped the new price for the interactive advertisements will help to fill vacant slots and renew existing contracts for a service that is rumored to be … Read More

Claims that Apple’s iPad 2 & iPhone 5 Could be Delayed are Dismissed as False

Reports published earlier today from financial analysts claiming that this year’s release of Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 5 devices could be delayed have been dismissed as false in numerous reports from different sources that quickly followed these claims. Reuters was first to deny the rumors in a Tweet pictured above, but a very short statement from them soon followed: … Read More

Could Apple’s iPad 2 Boast Light Peak Port in that Mystery Slot?

An expected update to Apple’s line of MacBook Pros later this week may see the debut of the company’s high speed Light Peak port, but could the port also feature in the second-generation iPad? Many of the third-party iPad 2 cases that have been discovered in recent weeks have included a cutout for a “mystery port” at the bottom of … Read More

NY Times Says No iPhone Nano, But Cheaper iPhone on its Way

Despite recent reports that suggest Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPhone, “people briefed on Apple’s plans” have told the New York Times that although the company is looking into offering a cheaper model of the device, it will not be smaller than the current size. One source said that the company is hard at work on … Read More

Sony Has “No Intention of Withdrawing from iTunes”

Recent rumors regarding Sony’s displeasure with Apple and suggestions that the company could soon pull its content from iTunes have been dismissed by Sony’s Chief Operating Officer Shawn Layden. According to Silicon Valley Insider, Layden referred to a previous comment from Sony’s Chief Executive, who told an Australian newspaper that he hoped the company could would not need to sell … Read More

iOS 5: Five Features We Would Like to See from Apple

Now that Apple’s iOS has some major competition when it comes to smartphone operating systems, what would we like to see the company to do to ensure that iOS 5 features stay ahead of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, HP’s webOS, and Google’s Android? Well, we’ve put together a list of 5 things we think Apple could change, improve, or introduce … Read More

iBookstore Purchases Blocked and Unreadable on Jailbroken Devices

What seems like Apple’s latest attempt to deter jailbreakers has emerged today after the company has blocked jailbroken devices from opening books purchased from the iBookstore. The latest version of iBooks – 1.2.1 – triggers a “jailbreak check” before it opens a DRM-protected book and then refuses to open it if it detects that the device is jailbroken. The message … Read More

iPhone 5 With Slide-Out Keyboard One of Three Prototypes Being Tested by Apple

According to a report today from Taiwanese site Apple.pro, Apple is currently testing three prototypes for its upcoming iPhone 5, one of which features a slide-out physical keyboard similar to that on the HTC 7 Pro. The other prototypes are said to be not too dissimilar to the iPhone 4 – the current generation device – but with an improved … Read More

Apple Already Working on iPad 3 To Be Available This September?

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber recently gave us his opinion on where Apple is going with its incredibly popular iPad. However, unlike all of the iPad 2 rumors that have been circulating recently, Gruber has instead speculated on Apple’s third-generation device iPad 3 — suggesting that it could be released when the iPod line is updated in September of this year: … Read More

Apple Working on Smaller, Cheaper iPhone to Compete with Android?

In an effort to compete with the large selection of Android smartphones in the current market, it has been suggested that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of iPhone (nano?) which would be available without the need to sign up for a contract. The Bloomberg report published today cites “people who have been briefed on the matter,” and … Read More

AT&T Offers Unlimited Mobile to Mobile Calling

A press release from AT&T today announced the carrier’s decision to provide a new “Mobile to Any Mobile” feature to customers who are signed up to unlimited texts. As I’m sure you’ll guess from the name, the new feature allows customers to take advantage of unlimited calls to any other mobile in the U.S., regardless of the recipient’s carrier. The … Read More

iPad 2 Will Be Thinner, Lighter, Faster, Same Display – Says WSJ

A recent report from the Wall Street Journal, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” claims that Apple’s second-generation iPad 2 will not only be thinner, lighter, and faster, but it will also boast a faster processor, more memory, a better graphics processor, and a front-facing camera. On the downside, there will be no Retina display – the iPad 2’s … Read More

Mac App Store to Spell End for Boxed Software in Apple Retail Stores?

Having recently launched an already successful App Store for the Mac back in January, it seems that Apple’s future plans may be to eliminate boxed software from its retail stores completely, encouraging users to take advantage of the Mac App Store’s digital software distribution model. The Cupertino company already has plans to point Mac users towards the Mac App Store … Read More