Images of iPhone 6 Undergoing Testing Surface

A user on Chinese microblogging site Weibo has published 3 photos of what is supposedly the upcoming iPhone 6 undergoing testing at a Foxconn facility.

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The images square up with recent rumours of a protruding camera on the iPhone 6, along with rounded edges as with previous generations of the product.

We are unable to ascertain the authenticity of the images but the design of the iPhone does seem to be in line with what the rumour mill has been suggesting. Furthermore, previous leaks in the past from microbloggers on Weibo have proven to be accurate so this might certainly be the real deal.

The images however, do not reveal much information about the screen size of the iPhone 6, which is reportedly coming in 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch sizes according to several sources.

New iPhone 6 Mock-Ups Based on Japanese Sketches Emerge

French site Nowhereelse has released new images of iPhone 6 mock-ups created by famous concept designer Martin Hajek.

Mock-up of a Gold iPhone 6 by Concept Designer Martin Hajek
Mock-up of a Gold iPhone 6 by Concept Designer Martin Hajek

The mock-ups are based on purported sketches of the iPhone 6 by Japanese blog Macotakara last week.

Hajek had previously created sketches of the iPhone 6 based on the current iPod Nano design, complete with squared edges. His new designs, however, utilise curved edges for the iPhone, which is more in-line with the historic design trend of the product.

Apple is purportedly releasing the iPhone 6 in two screen sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch, this fall. The rumour mill has been in overdrive recently, with an increasing number of reports corroborating this information, suggesting that it is highly likely to be true.

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Office for iPad Finally Comes to the App Store

On Thursday, Microsoft debuted its long-anticipated Office productivity suite for iPad on the App Store. Office for iPad features Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote.

Users can download all three apps for free from the App Store, but they will only be able to access documents in read-only format. In order to create/edit documents, users would have to sign up for an Office 365 subscription, which costs approximately $13.80/month for home users and approximately US$5 ~ US$22/month for businesses.

Previously, Microsoft had put off plans for an iPad version of Office, instead choosing to focus on creating versions for its Surface tablets. The move somewhat signals a shift in the direction of the company under new Chief Executive Satya Nadella and probably indicates that Microsoft is acknowledging that it has been missing out on a huge chunk of market share by not releasing a version of Office for the iPad.

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Free ‘Single of the Week': Zedd – Fall into the Sky (feat. Ellie Goulding)

This week’s ‘Single of the Week’ on the iTunes Store is German producer Zedd’s “Fall into the Sky”, featuring Ellie Goulding.

“Russian-born, Kaiserslautern-based EDM phenomenon Zedd (Anton Zaslavki) has long been a sensation in electro house circles, but his 2012 debut album Clarity brought him into the pop mainstream with its blend of hard dance floor beats and pop-friendly hooks. One of that album’s highlights, “Fall into the Sky” is a pan-global affair pairing Zedd with California-based producer and remixer Lucky Date and British pop diva Ellie Goulding that starts out sweet and perky before morphing into a monstrous dance-floor workout.”

Download it here.

Supply Chain Sources Indicate Impending Retina MacBook Air Release

Digitimes has published a report citing supply chain sources that a new MacBook Air model with a Retina display will be launched in the second half of the year.

“However, other Taiwan-based supply chain makers hold the opinion that 2014 MacBook shipments estimates may not be accurate because Apple will launch new models in the second half of 2014. Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with Retina display, the makers said.”

This comes after a forumer on Weiphone.com posted last week that Apple is looking to upgrade the MacBook Air and also release a new 12-inch laptop model. The post did not make any mention of a Retina display for the MacBook Air though.

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Analyst: 4.7-Inch iPhone “Certain”; 5.5-Inch iPhone May Come Later

UBS Analyst Steve Milunovich has published a note stating that his sources in the supply chain indicate that the prospect of Apple launching a 4.7-inch iPhone “seems certain”, whereas a 5.5-inch iPhone might come later and likely at a similar resolution. This suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone is likely to come with a lower pixel-per-inch (ppi) resolution.

Mockup of a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by Macrumors

Milunovich also foresees an August to September launch for the new iPhone(s), as opposed to June as predicted earlier by some analysts.

“UBS’s Steve Milunovich reiterates a Buy rating on Apple shares, and a $625 price target, writing that his “checks” of the supply chain suggest the next iPhone, an “iPhone 6” is most likely to come in August or September, rather than June, in two different models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, one with a 5.5-inch screen. He thinks the former, the smaller of the two, “seems certain,” but that the 5.5-inch model “may or may not launch at the same time and could be of the same resolution (lower pip), which would help app developers.”

Apple is rumoured to be launching two new iPhone models in the second half of the year, with supposed 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. While most of this is speculation and guesswork from analysts thus far, the recent increase in the number of sources corroborating similar information suggests that Apple may indeed have such plans in the works.

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Apple to Shift to Automated Production Lines for iPhone Batteries

According to a report from Taiwan-based Digitimes, Apple is looking to move to automated production lines for iPhone batteries beginning this year.

The US-based tech giant is currently heavily-reliant on manpower from China for its production needs, but is looking to shift to automated production in the face of rising labour costs owing to shortage of manpower and high turnover rates, the report states.

“Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing.”

However, it is unlikely that Apple would shift its manufacturing outside of China in the short-term, given that most of its supply partners are still located in the Mainland.

Apple is rumored to be launching its upcoming iPhone 6 in the second half of the year, and if the report is to be believed, the move might help to reduce production defects with the new iPhone, a significant issue which plagued the launch of the previous iPhone 5.

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Free ‘App of the Week': Ridge Racer Upstream

Namco Bandai’s Ridge Racer Upstream is the App Store’s Free ‘App of the Week’. The game is available for free for one week beginning 21 March 2014 and is available for both iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 and later.

“The ultimate arcade racing franchise brings the console experience to your iOS device! Slipstream past your rivals and drift around tight turns at over 150 MPH!

A NEW BREED OF RACING MACHINE

•12 powerful machines speed you to victory 
•Hundreds of customization possibilities to create your dream machine
•6 game-changing Perks give you advantages you’ll appreciate

EXCITING CAREER AND ARCADE GAME MODES

•Make a name for yourself in the full featured career mode 
•Need a quick fix? Take on Regular and Knockout Races in Arcade Mode 
•Burn up the track and trade paint as you challenge competitors in multiplayer

BREATHTAKING COURSES & INSPIRING RACES

•10 unique venues and 20 courses for head to head racing
•Over 100 racing competitions across 6 Grand Prix Series
•Push the limits of high end graphics in beautifully detailed locations: Lost Ruins, Industrial Drive, Harbor Line, Old Central, and others

REAL TIME MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE & CHALLENGES

•Challenge the world in thrilling 8-player multiplayer action!
•Battle friends and racing rivals to make your way to the top
•Connect with Facebook to gain rewards and share achievements and milestones with the Ridge Racer community

RIDGE RACER – THE ULTIMATE ARCADE RACING EXPERIENCE!
Dating back to its original release in 1993, Ridge Racer has the honor of being one of the longest running racing franchises in history. Over 25 releases on arcade, home & portable consoles, PC, mobile, smartphones & tablets.”

Download it here.

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More Claims of a 12″ MacBook Emerge; iWatch Unlikely to be Released Soon?

Prominent tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously predicted in October that Apple has plans to release a 12-inch MacBook some time later this year. On Friday, a forumer at weiphone.com backed up these claims with more details of the upcoming release, as spotted by MacRumors.

The post provides several details of the new MacBook, including an all-new redesigned trackpad without a mechanical button and a lack of a fan assembly. There is no mention of whether the redesigned laptop would come with a retina display, as previously predicted by Kuo.

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Local iTunes Gift Cards Available for Sale from Selected Retailers

In case you haven’t heard, local iTunes Gift Cards are available for sale from selected retailers (Courts, Challenger, Nubox, etc.) in Singapore as of last month.

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These gift cards can be used for purchases from the local iTunes Store and App Store and can be used to purchase music, movies, games and other applications.

Previously, users in Singapore could only purchase gift cards from unauthorised resellers. These gift cards were only valid for use in the respective countries’ iTunes Stores and App Stores.

The local iTunes Gift Cards come in denominations of S$30, S$50, S$100 and S$150.

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