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Apple Unveils ‘CarPlay’


CarPlay
Apple has today introduced CarPlay, which is a new feature that allows iOS integration of the iPhone into any vehicle with a compatible dashboard display. The technology allows users to plug in an iPhone, and access functions via the in-car display. Features available include the ability to send an receive messages, make calls, get directions through Maps, and listening to music stored on the iOS device.

The new CarPlay feature can be either controlled via Siri’s own voice control, or can also be used with in-car touch screen displays and push button controls. The system is designed to be used while driving and thus is intuitive and does not require the driver to remove his or her eyes from the road. The CarPlay functionality also provides support for other apps on the iPhone 5, 5C or 5S, such as Spotify, Beats Radio, the Apple Podcasts app, iHeartRadio and Stitcher.
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GT Advanced Technologies Sapphire Order Backlog Is Big


Sapphire
GT Advanced Technologies, the company that holds the contract to directly supply sapphire to Apple, earlier this week filed earnings documents with the SEC that commented on the suitability of the arrangement with the company and revealed some interesting figures. Tom Gutierrez, the President and CEO of GT Advanced Technologies Inc was quoted as part of a Q4 and Fiscal Year 2013 Earnings filing and said that the sapphire supply arrangement with Apple is ‘progressing well’. Gutierrez’s statement is below;
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Rumors: An Interesting Transformation For The iPhone 6 Display


iPhone 6 Bezel Concept

Two new reports have surfaced today which claim to have advance knowledge on the major changes that Apple will be making to the display in the next generation iPhone 6. The first report comes from the Korea Herald who suggest that Apple will be incorporating an almost bezel-less display. This would mean a significant design upgrade for the next generation iPhone model and would also have implications in terms of the rumored increases in screen real estate to between 4.5 and 5.5 inches diagonally. The report itself doesn’t offer any other significant details about the device other than the changes to the edges of the display.
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Fantastic High Quality iPhone 6 Concepts


iPhone 6 Concept
Some amazing new rendered images of an iPhone 6 design concept with a curved rear panel have been released by Italian design house Ciccarese Design. The renders show an iPhone 6 with a display constructed with almost no side bezels. The renderings show an iPhone 6 with either a 4.7 inch, 5.5 inch or 7 inch display, all with full 16:9 aspect ratios. The images, while conjured out of the designers own mind, show an iPhone concept that transforms the current iPhone design into something that is completely novel.
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Rumor: iPhone 6 To Include A Blisteringly Good Camera


iPhone Camera Panoramic
Recent rumors have claimed that the iPhone 6 would house a camera with an 8 megapixel image sensor, the same as that found in the current generation iPhone 5S. Perhaps sensing an easy solution to the calamitous pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth that no doubt accompanied this article, a new report has today emerged which has gone slightly better and is claiming that the iPhone 6 will actually have a camera with a 10 megapixel sensor. The report comes from website IT168 (via MacRumors) who say that the camera will have a 10 megapixel sensor and a wider f/1.8 aperture.
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Paper Unleashed: Facebook Reimagines Facebook


Facebook Paper
Facebook has today released it’s brand new app, Paper, on to the iOS App Store. The app, designed to reimagine the way that users interact with Facebook and generate content for their friends, is Facebook’s first major deviation away from the timeline-based format that has historically been used up until now.  The app allows users to choose from a range of sections about various themes and interests, with customized content options and photos, videos and articles displayed in a magazine-like format.  The app includes curated content from major news sources like Time, The New York Times, and National Geographic and allows easy sharing with Facebook friends.
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Someone Apparently Has Some Display Specs For The iPhone 6


iPhone 5S
A new report [read on with dubiety] is today giving some suggestions for the specifications for the unannounced, unreleased iPhone 6. The report comes from an ‘industry insider’ for Oled-display.net who have apparently confirmed some specifications for the iPhone 6, including pegging the size of the display as either 4.7/4.8 inches or 5.5 inches in size with 1920 x 1080p (440 ppi) or 2272 x 1280p (510 ppi) resolution. The report also suggests a 64-bit A8 processor and a launch date of either the second or third quarter of this year.

The report also suggests that the iPhone 6 will be launched with storage capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB and will have an 8 megapixel rear camera sensor.  Furthermore, the iPhone 6 will apparently launch with iOS 7.2 which is perhaps odd in the context of the dramatic changes in resolution that will be offered by the device.
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So This Dark Sky Weather App Is Actually Really Good


Dark Sky
The most popular Weather app of the moment, Dark Sky, has received a brand new design for iOS 7 and has been relaunched with a number of new features. After using it for the past 48 hours, it has now become apparent that this stupidly accurate weather app is actually really outstanding. A key realization in this came today when the app said it was going to rain in 20 minutes and that the rainfall would last 15 minutes. It could not have been more accurate.

Dark Sky started life as a funded project through Kickstarter and now that it is a fully fleshed out iOS 7-ready app, it is a pleasure to lose and is inordinately accurate. As well as the immediate weather forecast, it also gives the weather for the next 24 hours and the coming days. But the killer hook is the immediate weather forecast for the next few hours.
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Facebook Delivering ‘Paper’ For iOS


Facebook Paper
In a pleasantly surprising twist, Facebook has today announced that it will be launching an app called ‘Paper’ for iOS devices on February 3. The app is a reimagining of the way that users interact with Facebook as a whole, in terms of of both reading and creating content. Paper allows users to read items that are curated from a personal News Feed, but also from online news sources, either sourced by the user or from a team of Facebook editors.

The Paper app has been designed to have a magazine style user interface which is more reminiscent of something like Flipboard rather than the scrolling news feed which Facebook users will be used to. The app is designed to encourage people to rethink what sort of content they create, by using the new magazine style approach to encourage more creative thinking. With themed sections, it will allow users to follow stories of interest more easily.
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Apple Gets ‘Aggressive’ Over Sapphire Sub-Components


iPhone 5S
A new report is today suggesting that the new Apple manufacturing plant located in Arizona will be the hotbed for the manufacturing of a sapphire-based sub-component. The article from 9to5Mac provides documents that shows that Apple is looking for approval of their ‘Application for Interim Production Notification’ so that they can “meet an aggressive go-live timeline of February of 2014″. The timeline indicates that Apple could therefore include more sapphire-based components in their products as early as this year.
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