Apple WWDC : iOS7, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iPad Mini, iPad 5… All on The Verge

Apple’s 24th annual developers’ conference to be held  next week will surely see some new versions of iOS and OS X software to test before they are released to customers. It’s a seven month gap for developers as well as customers after the release of iPad Mini in October.

Features of iOS 7 have already been leaked out by 9to5Mac in April and here we present some of the major ones:

More gestures will be included to access information other than one finger swipe and a four finger swipe to pull-up the menu. The report of 9to5Mac adds

that Apple will opt for AirDrop file-sharing service and a build in system level integration for sending media files to Flickr and Vimeo.

Apple and Yahoo together will bring additional contents and services like Yahoo’s sports and news sites to Apple’s devices. OS X 10.9, Apple’s operating system for Macs is also expected to be exposed at WWDC. Here are some major details from 9to5Mac:

One of main feature will be inclusion of tabs to solve the problem of floating windows on the desktop. It will also include Siri and integration of Apple Maps with full screen workable application along with new multi tasking features.

It is expected that the company will update and introduce some new hardware as well in WWDC which are due since long time. MacBook Pro and MacBook Air require up gradation in Display and FaceTime camera. The new version of Thunderbolt display and Apple’s Pandora-like Internet radio service, commonly referred to as iRadio are going to win hearts. Apple is making deals with

Warner Music Group and Universal Music to make music a free ad-supported service for iOS devices.

No new improvement in iCloud is on the agenda for Apple in WWDC meet, though the same needs to integrate storage and data-syncing tools into their applications. New iPhone or iPad is also unlikely to be seen as Apple trusts on developers to work out on new versions of iOS software before it comes to limelight.

Reports by 9to5Mac suggest that there will be no new iPad for WWDC this year as Apple’s Phil Schiller had introduced the iPad Mini in October. However, the casemaker Gumdrop Cases has already prepared a $59.99 protective

cover for the next iPad to matches up with specifications.
CNET’s live blog is full of

all details about Apple and can be tracked for everything it’s going to offer in near future.… Read the rest

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Windows 8 And iPad Mini All Set To Sizzle Next Week

First, it was all about Microsoft’s Windows 8 finally getting released. And then came along Apple’s announcement to expect ‘little’ things, which the tech world is expecting to be the iPad Mini. The week of October 23rd doesn’t seem to get any bigger, with two of the largest tech companies having important product launches, and for us the audience, well, we can’t wait for next week to begin! Oh, and there’s more than just Windows 8 and iPad Mini for the geeks to look forward to:

October 23rd: Look out for some big gaming action to get started. We’ve got three amazing games debuting on this day – Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Forza Horizon, and Persona 4: The Golden. Later in the day, Apple will finally give us more insight into its big announcement about the ‘little’ things – it could be an iPad Mini, a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, a new Mac Mini desktop, or a slimmer iMac. With Apple, you never quite know until the cat’s out of the bag!

October 24th: This day will see the start of the PhotoPlus International Expo in New York, where we could see some new cameras being announced. On the very same day, we’ve got Samsung officially lifting the lid on the various carrier versions of the Galaxy Note II, again in New York.

October 25th: A five hour event where Microsoft will officially bring out the Windows 8 – this one’s going to be huge, and not just in terms of the amount of time the program will last. By the next day, we could see Windows 8 products going on sale, so if you’re dying to pick one up, mark this day on your calendars!

October 29th: After the weekend, if you’re still not hungover on all the tech excitement, there’s more news to cheer. We’re expecting Andy Rubin, Google Android chief, to announce new Google Nexus devices at the “D” conference, also in New York. We’re hoping to see at least 1 new smartphone and a new Nexus tablet. This day gets even more exciting with the Windows 8 phone debut by Microsoft in San Francisco. Following this event, we’re hoping to finally see the HTC and Nokia phones running Windows 8 hit the markets!… Read the rest

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Apple sued by a Swiss artist, for unlawfully featuring her registered photograph

It’s surely troubling times for Apple. First, the world watched Apple and Samsung lock horns with each other in the patent war courtroom drama, this time in the New York Southern District Court. And now, Apple has been sued by Sabine Liewald, a Swiss artist, for unlawfully featuring her registered photograph in their ad campaign about the Retina Display MacBook Pro.

Liewald has claimed Apple obtained this photo through her agent, Factory Downtown, without proper licensing permissions. Apple had initially requested for a high-res version of the image for layout purposes only, but went on to use the picture in their ad campaign without taking permission from the artist. This image featured prominently in the MacBook Pro ad campaigns, keynote address, and other advertising materials for this product. Since Apple used the image multiple times without taking the artist’s permission or without offering any form of compensation, Liewald is seeking damages as well in the case.

Apple is not new to legal tussles with photographers. In 2007 and in 2009, Apple was sued by Louis Psihoyos for a TV promotion that resembled one of his works, ‘1000 TVs’, closely. We wonder if Sabine Liewald will get the apology and compensation from the tech major in this case.… Read the rest

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