February 25, 2013

February 11, 2013


Based on Apple’s surprise release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in February 2012, many are expecting Apple to unveil OS X 10.9 within the next few weeks. Last year, we reported that early builds of Apple’s next Mac operating system include Siri and Maps integration. Additionally, last year, we noted that we began seeing visits to 9to5mac.com from OS X 10.9 computers. With 10.9 expected to arrive in the near future, we have decided to share some interesting tidbits from 9to5mac.com analytics over the last month…

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January 28, 2013


Over the past few months, multiple rumors have pointed to Apple’s fifth-generation iPad being in development with a design akin to the recently launched iPad mini. That design would likely feature the black & slate/white & silver design language, thinner casing, chamfered edges, and a smaller overall footprint. Today, we received an unverified image from a purported China-based iPad accessories maker, an industry that seems to frequently tip off Apple’s future product designs, of the back plate for the next iPad.


While we cannot confirm that the above image is legitimate, it does provide a solid representation of what Apple’s next iPad will likely look like. We were told this is a prototype back piece for the fifth-generation iPad with a 9.7-inch display. We were also told that the casing is almost as thin as the iPad mini’s back (pictured to the right). As you can see at the top of the purported iPad 5 backplate, this casing would likely be for an LTE model – as the black antenna cut implies.

More photos and information after the break:

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January 16, 2013

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December 28, 2012

2012 was an incredibly prolific year for Apple in terms of products and company-related changes including being the first year without Steve Jobs at the helm. In line with Apple’s big year, 2012 was also a significant year for 9to5Mac’s leadership in digging up information on Apple products. As we close this year and transition into 2013, we have compiled our most important and popular stories of 2012…

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December 20, 2012

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December 10, 2012


Business Insider summarizes comments from Jeffries analyst Peter Misek who claims that Apple will release a new iPhone in June. Misek claims that this new iPhone will be an “S” upgrade, calling it the “iPhone 5S.” Misek says that it will feature such hardware updates as an improved camera and NFC.

Like the fifth-generation iPod touch, he also claims that it will ship in multiple color options (6-8 different colors). Additionally, he says improved battery life will be in the mix.

Misek is not the first to claim that a new iPhone will launch sooner than Apple’s typical one year iPhone upgrade cycle. Reports out of Asia have already claimed that Apple is gearing up for pre-production of an “iPhone 5S” product.

Misek also claims that the new iPhone 5S’s screen will be “SuperHD” (whatever that means) which does not make much sense to us given Apple’s major iPhone display upgrades for the current generation and fourth generation iPhones.

Misek also says that Apple has multiple iPhone 6 prototypes floating around:

Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.

As we usually are with analyst reports, we are looking at this with much skepticism. Earlier today, Jeffries lowered its $900 Apple stock forecast to $800.

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November 30, 2012

iTunes 11 gift card camera redeem

A developer of iTunes 11’s neat new camera-based iTunes Store gift card redemption feature has profiled the feature. The feature, which we noted yesterday, allows a user to take a photo of the back of an iTunes Store gift card, rather than type in multiple digits, through iTunes in order to credit their account.

While the feature is seamless and simple to the user, the developer notes the complexity of the development of the tool:

A very sophisticated set of image processing and computer vision algorithms extracts the 16-digit code from the iTunes Card and converts it into a string in few milliseconds. Core Animation, Accelerate, Core Graphics, GCD, AVFoundation and other frameworks were combined together to meet some very strict performance and usability requirements.

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November 29, 2012

We’re getting word that Apple has begun seeding select AppleCare representatives with “PRERELEASE” builds of the upcoming iTunes 11 app. It is unclear if these builds point to a release today, as the WSJ predicted, and if they are the final versions. Either way, with AppleCare employees getting their hands on the new app, we’re expecting a launch soon.

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November 26, 2012

November 16, 2012

October 26, 2012


It appears those who ordered the LTE iPad minis late last night in the U.S. will start receiving theirs about Nov. 23, according to what we heard from a number of early buyers. Orders placed overseas are generally less specific. Apple notes only LTE models will ship “mid-November” in its advertising:

Nov. 23 is Black Friday, for those who keep track of such things.

For some who choose expedited shipping, we’re hearing some reports of November 21st:

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October 23, 2012

Photo of iPad 2 Smart Cover. There are no photos of the iPad Mini version yet. 

Apple will sell what it is calling the “iPad Mini Smart Cover” in red, dark gray, light gray, pink, green, and blue. This is according to reliable sources. These covers are actually called “iPad Mini Smart Covers,” so it may be safe to assume that the smaller iPad is, in fact, called the iPad mini.

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October 20, 2012


The authors of blog Apple.Pro have posted a photo of what appears to be the shell for the upcoming tweaked third-generation iPad with a Lightning port. No other changes appear to be shown in this image. That is in line with expectations of this being a very minor refresh. Apple.Pro is known to have a fairly reliable track record when it comes to sharing images of parts for upcoming Apple products.

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