If there's one thing the Apple rumour-sphere likes talking about, it's the cheaper iPhone. The latest rumours on this topic include the fact that this cheaper iPhone will be launching in the coming months, and how it will feature a plastic casing and interestingly, a non-Retina display. That last point is of particular interest, as the iPad mini is currently the only non-Retina iOS device Apple sells — a non-Retina iPhone is certainly one way to cut costs.
Photos of next-generation iPhone parts have surfaced, signalling the beginning of iPhone 5S rumours. The home button, vibrator, and volume control cables have all been leaked by a Japanese parts vendor, and the parts don't look all that different from the current generation, suggesting the next iPhone will be a pretty simple spec bump, like the S version of the iPhone has always been.
Apple has bought WifiSLAM for $20 million, a company mostly concerned with indoor GPS. It's an exciting prospect for Apple, as it opens entirely new possibilities for location data, and as it so happens, one of Apple's competitors has also just recently entered the same space; it's not too much of a stretch to say Apple will be looking to improve their indoor location services as a result of this acquisition, possibly as a response to Google's recent efforts in this area.
Strategy Analytics has revealed Apple's own iCloud and iTunes Match are the most-used cloud services in the US, with 27% of respondents to their poll using either one of the two services. The fact that they're the most used cloud-based services shouldn't really come as a surprise given the popularity of iOS devices, but it is surprising given they beat out other services that you think would be popular — in this case, Dropbox, Google Drive, and even Amazon Cloud Drive.
A major security snafu that happened over the weekend saw people rush to enable two-step authentication after it was discovered that Apple ID passwords could be reset with just an email address and date of birth. The now-fixed exploit used some kind of URL-trickery to skip steps in the password reset process, allowing a malicious user to reset your password with just two pieces of information. The Verge broke the original story, iMore has an analysis of how it worked, and The Next Web wrapped it up with their piece on how Apple promptly fixed the security hole.
We all know that iTunes is one of the largest music stores on the planet, and now we know that iTunes rakes in close to $2 billion per year. The number is buoyed by the inclusion of Apple's software team, the guys that work on OS X, iWork, and iLife; the addition of this team and the fact that iTunes is no longer just about music means iTunes is much more than just a part of Apple that breaks-even, according to Asymco.
Apple has already deprecated UDID usage for a while now, but as of May 1st, they'll start to reject apps that use the universal device identifier. A updated set of app submission guidelines has put the writing on the wall for developers, with the news about rejecting UDID-using apps coming alongside news that apps that don't support the taller iPhone 5 display or Retina displays will also be rejected.
I've been wanting Apple to make a backlit version of their Apple aluminium keyboard ever since it was released, but they never have. Instead, Moshi has — the Moshi Luna keyboard is kind of like the Apple aluminium keyboard in that it uses a very similar set of flat, low-profile keys as the Apple keyboard, but with one important difference: it's backlit. And black. It might not have the mechanical switches that are all the rage these days, but it's still a good keyboard.
Loveshack Entertainment's first iOS game will be a title called Framed, and Touch Arcade's preview of the game strongly suggests it'll be one to keep an eye out for.
Apple has updated their "Why iPhone" page to reflect that the iPhone has received nine straight awards from J.D. Power and Associates awards for customer satisfaction, the latest being awarded just recently.
The App Store now explicitly states whether an app offers in-app purchases before you buy the app. The method used isn't as intrusive as a popup, but the statement directly below the buy button is a more visible method than having to look through the "top in-app purchases" menu on the left. Presumably, the move is designed to alleviate issues where people think they're getting content for the price on the tag.
Few things make the list of "hardcore Mac keyring accessories", one of them being the MacBook Air restore USB, but for pure Mac-geekiness, the Bit Wise Magsafe Adapter keyring is just a ring with a magnet that holds onto your MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter when you're not actively using it. At least it looks kind of cool, right?