Apple Reportedly Adopting 19-pin Dock Connector for Next iPhone

A few months ago, iMore reported that Apple was working on a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices, which would allow the company to reduce the size of the current 30-pin connector in order to allow its devices to shrink further and to provide space for other components. Since then, rumors regarding the smaller dock connector have been all over the place.

Now, TechCrunch reports that it is hearing more about the small connector. In addition, the word on the street is that it will include 19 pins for the connectivity. TechCrunch‘s report comes as Mobile Fun shares several case drawings and renderings from a case manufacturer who believes that the parts leaked so far will prove to be true.

One manufacturer we spoke to said that he was sure that the leaked images were accurate – so sure that he was already preparing to construct iPhone 5 cases and he’d be willing to ship replacements for free if they turned out not to be perfect. He enumerated three big changes from the old iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5:

1. The phone is much bigger, measuring 58.47 mm wide, 123.83 mm high and 7.6 mm thin. The screen is 4″.
2. The earphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the phone.
3. The dock connector is much smaller, similar in size to micro USB.

According to the post, the drawings and renderings have seem to be created by the case manufacturer as it works to design cases for the leaked form factor. It should be noted that nothing is confirmed until Apple confirms it themselves.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display Can Power 3 External Monitors

At WWDC 2012, Apple revealed a brand new 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display. Now Other World Computing reports that the new MacBook Pro with Retina display can power up to three external monitors for a total of four screens. Other World Computing connected the new laptop to two new iMacs in display mode via Thunderbolt and an LG monitor via HDMI while setting the machine’s own display settings to “Best for Retina”. Sounds amazing.

In fact, even with the four displays active, the new MacBook Pro did not appear to encounter to have any performance issues. “Moving images and media didn’t create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously,” OWC wrote in a blog post. Counting the full resolution of the MacBook Pro’s display, OWC’s four-screen setup shows the laptop powering 14.86 million pixels! Apple’s own technical specifications for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display only show support for two external displays at 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, plus the built-in display.

This makes the MacBook Pro with Retina display to be the first Mac — other than a tower-based workstation like the Mac Pro — to be able to power four displays simultaneously.

Kodak Sues Apple over Patent Ownership Dispute

In a new lawsuit, Kodak has accused Apple of attempting to interfere with its plans to sell off its patent portfolio. According to Reuters, the suit was filed on Monday in the U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan. Kodak has accused Apple of falsely claiming to own 10 patents related to a cooperative project between the two companies in the 1990s, the QuickTake camera.

The 10 patents that are in question are among more than 700 that Kodak is trying to sell. However, the lawsuit alleges that Apple has used “its substantial cash position to delay” the sale of those patents, and also to prevent Kodak from collecting royalties.

In addition, a defendant in the case is FlashPoint Technology Inc., which claims ownership of patents through an assignment from Apple. Earlier this year, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and it has been reportedly said that the company has a patent portfolio potentially worth billions of dollars. The company is expected to auction its patent portfolio in early August, and to announce a winning bidder by August 13.

Stanford Partnering Up with Piazza to Add Social Layer to iTunes U Course

Earlier this year, Apple introduced a brand new version of iTunes U with new iPad and iPhone apps as well as tools that allow teachers to include assignments, books, quizzes and syllabi with their iTunes U courses. In addition, it was also reported that iTunes U had passed 600 million downloads last year.

Now, Stanford has announced that it will partner with Piazza a social learning platform with one of the most popular iTunes U courses — Professor Paul Hegarty’s iPad and iPhone App Development [iTunes Link]. This course follows the iOS 5 course from the Fall 2011 semester, which is currently available via iTunes U. Stanford is currently taking those lectures and using Piazza to improve the experience for users taking the class across the same 10 week period.

The new social media aspect of the course builds on a technology many students already use: Piazza, a social learning platform. Stanford students taking the classroom version of Paul Hegarty’s programming course, on which the online course is based, have used Piazza.

Earlier versions of the 10-week apps course have proved enormously popular, with individual lecture videos downloaded more than 10 million times.

The inclusion of Piazza will enhance the learning experience, said Brent Izutsu, Stanford’s program manager for iTunes U. “There is an enormous potential for collaboration and community-building though Q&A and problem-solving with friends from across the globe,” he said.

Those enrolled in the iTunes U class are expected to answer questions as well as ask them, while the course captains facilitate discussions and drive students toward correct answers.

The course is available for free and will run from June 25th to August 16th. Registration is free and closes on July 6.

Apple Posts WWDC 2012 Session Videos for Developers

Just four days after the conclusion of Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CA, Apple has now posted the full set of WWDC session videos for developers on its website and iTunes. Going by tweets on Twitter, it seems this maybe the fastest ever Apple has made these videos available. In order to access the videos, you must have a registered Apple Developer account. A registered Apple Developer account is available for free.

Apple used to charge several hundred of dollars for these videos, but removed the charged in 2010 as the company restructured its developer programs to lower the cost of entry.

There are over 100 session videos available. The videos are extremely helpful to those who are interested in developer for OS X and iOS. The quick availability for videos is also helpful for developers who were unable to attend WWDC due to the quick sell out of tickets this year.

Apple Releases New iPad Television Ad: “Do It All”

Last week, Apple aired the first ever commercial for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Today, Apple has posted a new television ad for the new iPad  called “Do It All”. The ad’s main focus is the Retina display, with a number of different apps being demoed. It is fantastic ad and nicely done.

Send a note. Stay informed.

Catch a show. Make your point.

Make a memory. Make a masterpiece.

Read something. Watch something. And learn something.

Do it all more beautifully, with the Retina display, on iPad.

This is the second ad Apple has released for the new iPad. In March, Apple aired the first ad for the new iPad, which was titled “This Good”. It also focused on the Retina display.

Apple and Liquidmetal Technologies Extend Intellectual Property Agreement

Today, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing revealed that Liquidmetal Technologies has agreed to license its ongoing intellectual property development to Apple for an additional two years. The agreement, is made through a subsidiary known as Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, provides Apple with a full license to use all of Liquidmetal’s intellectual property for commercialization in consumer electronics.

Under the MTA [Master Transaction Agreement], the Company was originally obligated to contribute to Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, a special purpose subsidiary of the Company, all intellectual property acquired or developed by the Company through February 5, 2012, and all intellectual property held by Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC is exclusively licensed on a perpetual basis to Apple for the field of use of consumer electronic products under the MTA. Under the Amendment, the parties agreed to amend the MTA to extend the February 5, 2012 date to February 5, 2014.

The foregoing does not purport to be a complete description of the Amendment and is qualified by reference to the full text of such agreement, which will be filed with the Company’s next Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

The original deal required Liquidmetal to submit all of its intellectual property discoveries to the subsidiary through February 5, 2012. However, as of last Friday, the agreement has been extended through February 5th, 2014.

In 2010, Apple acquired the rights to Liquidmetal’s amorphous metal alloys after reportedly having tested the material in the iPhone 3G SIM eject tool. However, since the technology is still pretty new, broader use of the Liquidmetal’s alloys is still likely years away.

Apple to Launch Standalone Podcast App with iOS 6

With the release of the iOS 6 beta, folks out there are trying to figure out every new change introduced. Earlier this week, AppAdvice pointed out that the three categories of content had disappeared from the iTunes app in iOS 6: Podcasts, Audiobooks, and iTunes U. Earlier this year, Apple launched a stand alone iTunes U app, but what the company was going to do with other apps in iOS 6 remained unclear.

Now, AllThingsD reports that Apple will also be launching a standalone app for podcasts in iOS 6. By doing so, this will give them a much higher visibility and will help simplify the iTunes app. Currently, iTunes is cluttered with a large number of content categories.

So why have podcasts disappeared from the new version of iTunes that Apple started showing to developers this week?

Because Apple plans on giving the recordings their own bit of digital turf.

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices. Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.

Podcasts are one of the most used media types on Apple’s devices, and have been available through the iTunes Store since the release of iTunes 4.9 in mid-2005.

Mozilla Building an iPad Browser

On iOS, there are many third party browser options available via Apple’s App Store such as Atomic, Dolphin, Opera Mini, etc. However, one name that was surprisingly missing was Mozilla. So far the company has only offered  an iPhone app that allows users to sync tabs from a PC or Mac to your device.

Last week, Mozilla Product Design Strategy announced that the team is working on a few projects including something called Junior. Junior is a Webkit browser for the iPad with no tabs or search. This browser is operated via simple gestures and a simplified UI, which changes the way we use the web.

Browsing the web is pretty simple. You press one of the three buttons – forward, back, and a plus that displays a list of recent sites, bookmarks, and a search bar. Everything else on the page is the web.

In addition, the team is also working on adding two new features called Search Tabs and Presence. Search Tabs is a feature that will display search results from multiple sites. Presence allows users to communicate with friends and family on the web.

[via The Verge]

Apple’s “Time Capsule” Takes it to Court

The debate regarding fragility encompassing non-tangible media has taken yet another toll. This time around, it is Apple’s Time Capsule that which has done the damage and has failed to live up to consumer expectations. Perminder Tung, a lawyer by profession has sued Apple, alleging the incapability of the Time Capsule causes severe personal losses.

According to CBC, Tung has backed up two laptops and an iPhone to store personal photos. Upon failure, he got in touch with Apple to assist him in retrieving the lost data. His query did not reap expected results as Apple informed that the desired data was lost and could not be retrieved. Tung is infuriated and says the data included the birth certificate of his child. He has demanded a compensation of $25,000!

The failure of the Time Capsule is not anything new. Back in 2010, the device literally failed over and over again and received plenty to negative remarks from consumers which prompted Apple to offer free replacements. Tung purchased the product in 2008 and claimed he was outside the recall period.

Stories as such have started to pop up quite frequently in the digital age. People are giving up on the conventional physical storage method and are going and going to the more contemporary non-physical media. While this phenomenon has been on the up, the debate regarding data security is likely to elevate to new heights.

Let’s wait and see if the cloud is the answer to this dilemma.