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Rumor: Apple Looking To Bring Full USB 3.0 Support To iOS Devices


Lightning Connector
Apple may be preparing to offer full USB 3.0 support for the iOS devices, as they look to recruit individuals for USB testing on new iOS and iPod product lines. The company is today advertising for a Senior Software Quality Engineer (USB) to join the USB Connectivity Compliance QA Team. The individual is expected to have knowledge of high speed bus device testing including SuperSpeed USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0.

USB 3.0 connectivity, while supported through USB 3.0 ports on newer Macs, is not currently supported by iOS devices. The new Lightning connector is thought to be able to support USB 3.0 data transfer speeds, although when plugged into the new USB 3.0 ports incorporated into the latest Macs, the data transfer is equivalent to that of USB 2.0, as stated on Apple’s specifications for the Lightning connector cables. With this hire, Apple may be looking to expand their testing team for implementing the new USB 3.0 connectivity standard within iOS devices.
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Apple Releases New Premium Earphones And Lightning Cable


Premium Earphones

Apple has today quietly released an updated version of their in-ear premium earphones with a new, more rounded design for the remote control button and microphone that is found on the cable (via MacRumors). The new design is the same as the one found on the updated EarPods that Apple released last year and is the only visible change on the premium in-ear earphones which retail for approximately $79.
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Rumor: Apple Smart Watch Development Is Real


iPod nano Watch
The rumored Apple smartwatch is real and is apparently being worked on by a significant number of individuals within the company, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report suggests that a team comprised of around 100 product designers are working on a device that is designed to be worn as a wristwatch, and that will be able to demonstrate functionality comparable to the iPhone and iPad. The Apple Smart Watch team is apparently sourced from software and hardware engineers who have experience of working and developing the iPhone and iPad.

While it’s not clear at what stage the device is actually at, the report indicates that the significant numbers of engineers that are attached to the project give an indication that the product has moved to a level of development that is past experimentation i.e. towards a product that is destined for eventual public release. While Apple apparently constructs many prototypes for new products, many of them are not seen outside of Cupertino, never moving beyond the experimentation stage.
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Rumor: The Apple Smartwatch


iPod nano Watch
A report today is suggesting that Apple is working on a new Smartwatch with a design that incorporates a new type of curved glass that is bent to the curvature of the wrist. The rumor comes from the New York Times who report that ‘people familiar with the company’s explorations’ are suggesting that the device will run iOS software and will have a unique ability to stand apart from competitors due to developments in how glass can be curved aroud parts of the human body.

The report has a significant amount of detail related to the glass itself, suggesting that the device could incorporate a new type of bendable glass known as Willow Glass, which is made by Corning, who also make the Gorilla Glass found in other iOS devices. The report doesn’t give an accurate timepoint for release, but does suggest that it could be released in 2013.
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Review: A Cheap, Crap Lightning Connector Cable


Lightning Connector
The launch of the iPhone 5, the new iPod line-up and the fourth generation iPad was accompanied by the new Lightning connector and the release of a number of Lightning adapter cables from Apple. These cables, required for charging and transferring data to and from a device, are available on the Apple Store starting at a price of $19.00. We were curious, so decided to order a couple of cheap third party Lightning connector cables for around $3 each to compare against the full priced Apple versions.

Many iOS users prefer to have multiple cables in multiple locations (at home, in the car, at work). As such, there is a popular market for cheap third party Lightning connector cables. We ordered two Lightning to USB connector cables from a high profile retailer that sourced them from two separate manufacturers based in Asia. Both arrived in around two weeks and looked almost indistinguishable from the official Apple version. That is where the similarity ended.
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Thunderbolt Display Supplies Start Getting Low In Some Apple Stores


thunderbolt shipping
Following on from the report on Monday that third party resellers were starting to see stock shortages in the 27 inch Thunderbolt display, the shortages seem now to be extending to online Apple Stores in some international markets. The online Apple Store in the United Kingdom has just been updated to reflect shipping delays in the 27 inch Thunderbolt display, with the shipping status moving from ‘In Stock’ to dispatching in 3-5 days. The same is also true in other online Apple Stores like the Apple Store Ireland and the online store in the United Arab Emirates which were updated recently to reflect the shipping delays.
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Apple Thunderbolt Display Is In Short Supply At Retailers


Thunderbolt Display
The 27 inch Apple Thunderbolt Display is apparently running a little short at some third party retailers, which could translate to a new version of the display launching soon. According to the report from AppleInsider, the Thunderbolt Display is running out of stock at some third party sellers such as Amazon, MacMall and J&R Electronics. That said, there are still supplies available at Apple’s own online store and retail stores, so it could just be a stock blip.
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Rumor: Apple Working On A New iWatch


iPod nano Watch
Apple is apparently working, in a collaborative effort with Intel, to produce an intelligent, Bluetooth 4.0-based iWatch, with speculation pointing towards a release in the first half of 2013. The new device will reportedly have a 1.5 inch display and will have some functionality powered by Siri. The report comes from iPhone.tgbus (via 163.com) who say that the device will have an OLED screen and Bluetooth 4.0.

While some aspects of this story are perhaps a little less believable than others, there may be some truth behind the details. Ever since the new elongated iPod nano design was launched, many people have speculated on how Apple could release a device with substantial functionality that could be easily strapped to the wrist. The previous generation of iPod nano went some way towards this but with Apple revising the design to a more retro look, there is now a gap for the company to release something more substantial than a music player and fitness accessory.
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Rumor: 2013 Intel Processors Leaked


Intel Haswell
The details and specs for the next generation of processors from Intel have apparently leaked on to the web, stimulating a little speculation as to whether these chips will be seen in Macs released in 2013 (VR-Zone via Engadget). The processors, coded ‘Haswell’, are the successors to the Ivy Bridge processors released by Intel this year.  The Ivy Bridge processors are the chips that power the latest models of the iMac, the Mac mini as well as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
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Will.i.am Wants Your iPhone To Look Like This



Black Eyed Peas artist, Will.i.am has unveiled a new accessory for the iPhone called i.am+. The accessory is an iPhone case that docks with your device and offers an upgraded image sensor for the iPhone camera, upgrading it to 14 megapixels over the 8 that is currently found in the latest iPhone (via The Telegraph). In addition to this, the i.am+ also features interchangeable lenses, as well as a built in flash and slide out keyboard.

It’s pretty hard to gauge the first reaction to this accessory. On the one hand my brain says it’s one of the ugliest pieces of bling that you could possibly want to strap to an iPhone (or indeed any device). On the other hand, it brings some pretty cool functionality to the iPhone camera, with interchangeable lenses and increased image quality.
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