• Wednesday Morning News

    ​The mock up of the possible MacBook Air 12-inch by 9to5Mac.

    After the reported possible specs for the rumoured upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air Retina, Digitimes is now reporting that they believe the new model will debut in the first quarter of 2015 as production ramps at manufacturer Quanta.

    Not that Mac sales are going all that bad it seems. Macrumors has picked up the Gartner report that indicates that Apple saw an increase in its U.S. PC Shipments during the 2014 holiday quarter. According to Gartner Apple shipped over 2.1 million Macs in the final quarter of 2014, up from 1.9 million in the same quarter in 2013. That meant Apple was the number three largest PC vendor in the United States.

    Many of us are loving the new cameraís in our iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Despite the rave reviews, particularly of the 6 Plus camera, Apple is aiming to do even better in the expected iPhone 6S according to Cult of Mac. They have picked up a report out of China that claims Apple are aiming at a dual lens with optical zoom and a 3D pressure sensor. As speculation goes, that seems like a great set of features but there seems to be little to support the claims at this time.

    You might recall awhile back that we reported how Apple was set to allow third party access to the female Lightning report. 9to5Mac report that Apple has now supplied more details to manufacturers and set out just what they hope to achieve and how it could improve accessories. From Apple seeing many different accessories, the port being able to directly charge and only one port per accessory it seems they have high hopes for the type of devices we might see take advantage of it.

    Do you like getting a free single of the week from iTunes? Well the bad news is that according to BusinessInsider, Apple has ceased the give away. This follows there being no 12 days of Christmas free App a day over the holidays this year.

    Apple has got a fair bit of heat from law enforcement about itís, and other tech companies, decision to encrypt messages in iMessage and other communication apps. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has now told the Independent that he will ban methods of communication that can not be read by security services even if they have a warrant, should he win the upcoming British election.

    So on that rather heavy note we wrap the news up today.

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