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Foxconn Moves Into Televisions


Apple TV

Favored builder of Apple products, Foxconn, is making big moves into the television market, according to a new report from the New York Times. In a strategy, that could prove interesting for Apple should the company make a long-rumored move into the television market, Foxconn has apparently formed close investment partnerships with companies like Sharp and, as a result, has invested around $840 million in a new LCD panel factory in Japan. The company now has the capability to make 90% of the component required for a television in-house.

While the move is said to be part of an effort to diversify Foxconn’s interests so that it is not as reliant on Apple, it is an interesting move for the company that builds a significant number of Apple products. Apple itself has been long rumored to be looking at revamping the television market with recent rumors suggesting that the company is developing a television with Ultra HD ’4K’ resolution. The new television is also thought to include motion control functionality and internet connectivity.
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Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4 For iPhone 5 Devices


iPhone 5 FaceTime

Apple has today released a minor update for iOS 6 that is apparently restricted only for the iPhone 5. The company issued an update labelled as iOS 6.1.4 that apparently contains one new feature in the form of an updated audio profile for the speakerphone on the iPhone 5. There is no further detail of what exactly has been fixed or altered in the update, but improvements to the speakerphone, for example during a call, are not immediately apparent.
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Apple Makes In-App Purchase Rules More Visible


In App Purchase
Apple has added a new section into the iOS App Store yesterday with a page which will provide information about in-app purchases for users. The new page, which is likely targeted towards the parents of children who use apps with an in-app purchase option, explains the context of in-app purchases and what they can be used for (via AppAdvice). The document also highlights how in-app purchases can be restricted to prevent excessive spending.
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Analyst Says iPhone 5S Will Have Fingerprint Recognition And Better Camera


iPhone 5 Camera
A further analyst report on the potential upcoming features of the iPhone 5S has appeared and, while providing no information that has not been suggested before, the report seems to reaffirm some of the new feature sets that Apple will be incorporating with the next generation iPhone. The analyst is Brian White from Topeka, and in a new research note, he suggests that the new fingerprint recognition technology will be the key new feature for the iPhone 5S, differentiating it from the iPhone 5.

In addition to this, he also suggests that the iPhone 5S will be launching in the same screen size as the iPhone 5, which is a clarification on his earlier thoughts that the new device could launch in multiple screen sizes. He also suggests that the camera for the device will receive a significant upgrade.
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Rumor: iPhone 5S Launch Date Proposed To Be June 20


iPhone 5 Front
A new report is claiming that the iPhone 5S will be announced at an Apple event on Thursday June 20, according to Japanese site MacFan via Macotakara. The site claims to have intelligence on the launch date of the new device suggesting that a media event with the announcement of the iPhone 5S would take place on this date and that the device would go on sale in early July.

The report also claims that Apple will be releasing the long-rumored ‘low-cost’ version of the iPhone at the same event, being targeted for developing markets. However, this version would apparently not be released to the public until August.  Finally the report predicts that iOS 7 could be previewed at the same media event, although it is apparently not yet ready for a public release.
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Rumor: First iPhone 5S Components Appear


iPhone 5S Home Button
Pictures of what appear to be the first leaked components for the upcoming iPhone 5S have been published by French site Nowhereelse, showing what is claimed to be the Home button and a vibrating motor for the next generation iPhone. Details on the components are scare but the claimed Home button component for the iPhone 5S appears to show a slightly modified construction to that of the iPhone 5.

Interestingly, rumors have suggested that the killer feature for the iPhone 5S could be a biometric fingerprint sensor concealed under the Home button, but given the similarity of the Home button itself shown in these photos, it may not be the case. However, it should be noted that the connectors for the Home button part in the iPhone 5S do look to be a little more complex than those in the iPhone 5, possibly indicating an improvement in functionality, and may yet still mean that a fingerprint sensor could be included in the next generation iPhone. However, the veracity of these pictures is unconfirmed.
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Bargain Refurbished iPad Mini Models Now Available


iPad mini black white

Apple has today updated their online store, adding the iPad mini and the fourth generation full size iPad to the inventory. This is the first instance that these devices have been made available on the refurbished section of the Apple store, and offers buyers the potential to make some significant savings on the two devices.

The iPad mini is being offered in both the WiFi only (32GB only) and the WiFi + cellular option (16GB only). In addition, the full size fourth generation iPad is being offered in both the WiFi and WiFi+ cellular option, but the available model is currently only compatible with the Verizon network. The storage capacities included in the offer are 16GB and 32GB.
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Rumor: Latest OS X 10.8.3 Beta Brings Support For Advanced Mac Pro Graphics Cards


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A new version of OS X 10.8.3 contains support for a new NVIDIA graphics card that is destined to be included in the new version of the Mac Pro which will reportedly be released this year. According to a report by MacRumors, the new OS X 10.8.3 beta, which was seeded to registered members of the Apple Developer Program for testing yesterday, contains support for the Quadro K5000 graphics card. The Quadro K5000 was unveiled by NVIDIA last year but has, as yet, not been released.
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Mac Pro No Longer Available In European Apple Stores


New Mac Pro

Further to reports earlier this year, Apple has ceased selling the Mac Pro through their European online stores (via 9to5Mac). The removal of the Mac Pro comes as a result of new regulations that come into force on March 1st and which the current generation Mac Pro does not meet. The regulations that prevent the current Mac Pro from being sold relate to power and fan blade requirements but it is expected that Apple is working on a revised, updated version of the Mac Pro that will meet the requirements for sale in the EU.   The current version of the Mac Pro is now listed as ‘Currently Unavailable’ in Apple online stores.
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Apple iWatch Speculation Continues


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The speculation surrounding the rumored Apple iWatch concept gained an interesting perspective today as Jean-Louis Gassée, former Apple executive at Apple during the 80′s and early 90′s, published a piece with his opinion on the device. On the site Monday Note, Gassée suggests that the popularity iPod nano wristbands give some indication as to Apple’s plans for an iWatch, noting that such a device could become an “even more personal personal computer – an intimate computer”.
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