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iPhone 6 To Have 4.7 Inch Screen, No 5.5 Inch Model This Fall


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A new report is suggesting that Apple will only be releasing one variant of the next generation model of iPhone, termed the iPhone 6, this Fall and that it will have a larger display (4.7 inches diagonally) than the current model. The report comes from Reuters who apparently have some information from supply chains that say that only a 4.7 inch model of the iPhone 6 will be released, despite Apple having prepared a 5.5 model which is also ready for production.
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Microsoft Office For iPad…A Bad Pricing Strategy?


Office for iPad
Microsoft yesterday launched the long-awaited Microsoft Office for iPad, bringing Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel to Apple’s tablet device for free of charge. There was, however, one major catch with this approach in that users could only view documents with the apps, and would have to subscribe to Office 365 for the sum of $9.99 per month in order to be able to create and edit documents.

While this amount also includes a substantial number of other features such as access to Office 365 online apps, as well as Skype calling minutes and OneDrive storage, it also represents a major barrier to what Microsoft is trying to achieve. Microsoft itself is treating this subscription amount as a monthly charge to enable users to work on any device, anywhere. The only problem is, and it seems strange to point it out, is that they are trying to get Apple users to switch to a paid service when Apple already offers the same thing free of charge.
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Microsoft Office For iPad Launches Today


Microsoft Office for iPad
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has today announced via a press conference that Microsoft Office for iPad will launch today at 11am PST. The new productivity suite will be made available as three separate apps on the iPad, which will all be free of charge. However, initially the apps will only allow viewing of documents, and users will actually require an Office 365 subscription in order to create and edit documents.
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Rumor: iPhone 6 To Launch In September


iPhone 5S
The iPhone 6 could apparently launch in September of this year, according to a new report from Japanese publication Nikkei. The report states that the new device could be launched in both 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screen sizes and the resolution of both screens are expected to be significantly higher resolution, rather than simply increasing the pixel size.
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Rumor: MacBook Air With Retina Display Launching This Year


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A new report is suggesting that Apple is preparing to launch a MacBook Air model with a Retina Display, which would represent a combination that users have wished for ever since the Retina Display was launched with the first MacBook Pro models. The report comes from the omniscient Digitimes who have garnered the information from sources within the Apple supply chain. The launch will apparently take place in the second half of the year.
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Fantastical 2 For iPad Is Actually Coming Soon


Fantastical 2 iPad
Fantastical 2 for iPad devices is apparently getting pretty close to launch as makers Flexibits have today offered a teaser image of the new app which is apparently ‘coming soon’. There is no release date given for the app, but users who visit the Fantastical 2 for iPad section of the Flexibits website are being given the option to sign up with an email address for news of the launch.
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iTunes Radio Updated With NPR


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Apple has added National Public Radio to iTunes Radio today, making available NPR programming 24 hours a day through a free stream (via Re/Code). The new service is available as a free stream and should be updated soon with local stations offering their own channels as well, but represents the first full news service on iTunes Radio. An NPR app for iOS devices has been available for some time but this is the first time that NPR has appeared on iTunes Radio.
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Rumor: Brand New ‘Thin’ 12 Inch Macbook Coming Soon


MacBook Air
A new report is suggesting that Apple has been working on a brand new model of the MacBook that is significantly thinner than current models and has a 12 inch screen. The report comes from weiphone.com (via MacRumors) and says that Apple has been working on a notebook that lacks a fan assembly, enabling a much thinner structure of the device whilst retaining full functionality. In addition, the new MacBook will reportedly have a brand new trackpad design that doesn’t include a physical button as it currently has, but will function by other means.
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Newsbeat: A Newsreading App To Collate All Your News


Newsbeat
A new iOS app has today been launched on the App Store which aggregates news from all your favourite sources and then reads it back to you. The app is called Newsbeat and has been launched as kind of a ‘morning drive newsreader’, which lets you focus on other things. The app collates news from national online and print news organizations and reads stories back to you after converting them using text to speech technology.

The app itself can target local news and weather, as well as national news from a massive amount of sources. While the text to speech functionality is interesting for those who might want to listen while driving or running, it is interrupted every ten minutes with an advertisement, which might put people off. While the app itself is free, there doesn’t seem to be a paid tier which would enable users to turn this off.
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Apple Launches 8GB iPhone 5C And Relaunches 16GB iPad 4 With Retina Display


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Apple has today released a new version of the iPhone 5C and has relaunched the previously discontinued 16GB iPad 4 with Retina Display. Following on from reports yesterday that Apple had quietly shipped 8GB models of the iPhone 5C to its retail stores, the company has released the new models to the public through the online store and physical retail stores, but only in selected countries (namely China, UK, France, Germany and Australia). The iPhone 5C 8GB model is priced at £429 in the UK (around £40 less than the 16GB model), and will be launching later today on the US store.
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