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Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

Apple Announces September 19th Release Date for iOS 6

Today, during Apple’s media event, the company announced that iOS 6, which was announced in June at the company’s WWDC keynote event, will be available on September 19th.

iOS 6 will offer 200 new features. Siri will be enhanced to offer movie information, sport scores, and the option to easily post to Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the Passbook app will hold tickets, passes, and payment cards for participating businesses. Also, Safari will offer full-screen mode for better browsing and iCloud tabs to save your open tabs and offer immediate access to them on your other iOS devices and your computer.

Another great new feature in iOS 6 is the new maps app. The new maps app will offer turn-by-turn directions and a new 3D flyover feature to show a more realistic view of buildings and land features. Facebook has also been integrated into iOS 6, with the option to post Photo Stream pictures straight to Facebook and status updates via Siri.

iOS 6 will be available as a free download for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod touch. The iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6.

 

Apple Reveals 4″ iPod Touch, Multitouch iPod Nano

Not only did Apple reveal the incredible new iPhone 5 during its keynote today, but the company also announced an updated iPod touch and iPod nano line up. The new iPod touch offers a 4″ screen and is only 6.1mm thin and just 88 grams. The iPod touch also contains the A5 processor. Apple has also improved battery life in the iPod touch. The company promises 40 hours of music playback, and 8 hours of video, which is an improvement over the 4th generation iPod touch.

The new iPod touch’s camera has also been significantly improved. The back camera is much improved to a 5-megapixel, backside illuminated, f/2.4, 5-element lens, with the same sapphire crystal lens cover as the iPhone 5. The front camera has also been upgraded to a 720p camera. Apple’s new iPod touch also supports the new Panorama feature and also includes Siri. Finally, there’s also a hidden feature on the back of the new iPod Touch, called the Loop. It’s designed to hook to a wrist-strap for added security.

Apple’s new iPod touch will be offered in five colors and will be available in October at $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). The 4th Generation iPod Touch will remain at $199 (16GB. Preorders for the new iPod Touch begin September 14th.

Apple also announced a radically redesigned iPod nano. The new iPod nano has a 2.5″ screen and multi-touch interface. The iPod nano includes an FM tuner, widescreen video, pedometer, Bluetooth, and the new Lightning connector. The new iPod nano is offered in seven colors and will be available in October for $149. Preorders for the new iPod Nano begin September 14th.

Google Launches Native YouTube App for iPhone

Earlier this year, we reported that the YouTube app from iOS 6 had been removed due to the end of licensing terms. At that time, Google promised that a native iOS apps was in the works. Today, Google has released a new native YouTube app for iPhone. YouTube had previously been one of the built-in iOS apps since the original iPhone launch.

The app is available via the App Store and is a free download. However, the app does have ads in order to support the “tens of thousands” of new videos. Currently, the app does not support the iPad, but the NY Times reports that a native iPad app is in the works.

For the first time in a native iOS experience, YouTube will show pre-roll adds ahead of its mobile videos. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that with more monetization comes more content. Thanks to mobile ad capabilities baked into its own app, YouTube will unlock tens of thousands of music videos from VEVO and others that were not viewable on the old app.

I have been using the app since last night and really like it. The app’s icon needs a lot of work though.

Review: Boxfish for iPad

Mobile apps have unquestionably made our lives easier and better. From helping us with discovering a new song to new things to do, there’s always an app for that. Meet Boxfish, a new app that highlights what’s actually happening right now on TV by analyzing hundreds of TV channels in real time. Boxfish wants to be the information engine for TV, letting viewers easily discover what’s hot, and also easily alerting them of when topics of interest come up.

How does it work? Boxfish gathers the closed captions from 3,600 cable and local broadcast stations all over the U.S. and indexes and analyses all the data in real time. CEO and founder Eoin Downling gave me a demo of how it works at the Boxfish HQ and I was simply blown away by the technology they are using. The result is presented as a constantly updating stream of trends and topics. Boxfish presents topics from sports, news, business, and celebrity gossip by default as a part of its live feed. Users also have the option to “favorite” their topics. They can also see what’s trending. The app can also be customized to be synced with a TiVo or a DirecTV set-top box. However, there’s no easy way of filtering out channels that a subscriber does not have access to.

I have been playing around with Boxfish for sometime now, and it is the most intriguing app that I have used in the past month. The app can be found overwhelming sometimes, but it is a great app that let’s TV watchers catch up on popular topics. Overall, the idea is very unique and Boxfish is a must have for TV lovers. It is like Twitter for TV. The application is a free download via the App Store [Download Link] and I’m told an iPhone app is on its way.

Boxfish was founded in 2010 in London, and the founders moved to the Bay Area in 2011. The company has raised a $3 million Series A round, which was led by Naya Ventures and T-Venture.

Production of 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro and Updated iMacs Reportedly Ramping Up

Late last month, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim claimed that suppliers had begun production on 2,560 by 1,600 high resolution displays for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Today, Digitimes reports that full production on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is on its way with shipments from Apple’s supply chain beginning to ramp up ahead of a speculated September or October launch.

The report also claims that production on updated iMacs are ramping up. Digitimes also reports that Apple maybe facing difficulties with its high-end iMac models. If Apple is indeed encountering difficulties with new displays, it is unclear on how the company will handle the launch.

As for the iMac, Apple originally planned to release three new models with upgraded panels and CPUs, but due to poor yields of the panels, the mass production of the high-end model, has been postponed, without any launch schedule. The other two models – targeting the mid-range and entry-level segments – saw shipment volumes from the supply chain increase in September.

Digitimes’s track record is known to be unreliable, but it does sometimes offer correct information and guidance on other reports.

Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to Support “Around the World” LTE

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple maybe looking to create a radio streaming service to rival current services like Pandora. Today, WSJ is reports that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will support 4G LTE networks around the world. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that the next-generation iPhone will offer compatibility with 4G LTE networks in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. However, the functionality may not be available to all countries and carriers at launch.

Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said.

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It isn’t likely to work with all carriers’ LTE networks in all countries, the people said, though it wasn’t clear which would be left out.

The first Apple device to support high-speed 4G LTE networks was the third-generation iPad, which supported AT&T and Verizon’s network, but did not work internationally. Apple is expected to reveal the next-generation iPhone on September 12th.

Rumor: Apple Working on Pandora-Like Music Service?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple may be looking to create a radio streaming service to rival current services like Pandora in an attempt to protect its position as the world’s largest music dealer. Supposedly, the company is already in talks with content owners.

The report claims that a service like this would work across Apple’s line of products including Macs, the iPhone and the iPad, and possibly even Windows PCs. People familiar with the matter said that the service will offer virtual stations to play music on a web browser or via dedicated apps. Unsurprisingly, Android is not expected to receive access. Sources also said that Apple is looking to strike deals which would allow users to skip songs and eliminate other restrictions on internet radio services.

The New York Times also reports on these developments citing “three people briefed on Apple’s plans”. The report is a similar description of Apple’s goals and noted that the service would likely be offered as an app that could interface with a user’s iTunes Store account to build upon the current Genius functionality in iTunes.

Apple Responds to UDID Leak

A couple of days ago, it was reported that hacker group AntiSec claimed to have obtained millions of unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs) from an FBI laptop. The group posted download links to an 89 megabyte file to PasteBin, which consisted the list of UDIDs. Today, AllThingsD reports that Apple has responded by saying that the company did not provide the FBI with the information.

The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID,” Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.

However, where the data exactly came from still remains unknown. Apple has been working to get rid of the use of UDIDs. The company has created tools to allow developers track usage of their apps on a per-device basis.

iPad Replacing PC Sales in Education

A new analysis (via AppleInsiderfrom Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company said that PC education shipments saw a decrease of 265,000 units, or 13.9 percent, from the June quarter a year ago. During the same time period, Apple sold nearly a million iPads in the K-12 market in June, which he said is “definitive evidence” that the iPad has been “cannibalizing” PC sales in the U.S. education market.

The market data from the June quarter shows that for the first time ever, Apple’s iPad is replacing sales of PCs to schools and students. iPad sales in the June quarter were double from the previous year. The iPad also sold nearly double the number of Macs Apple sold to the education market during the same quarter.

Wolf believes that the sales of the iPad in the education market are only the beginning and will begin to put a dent in PC sales in other larger markets in the near future. Welcome to the “post-PC era”, folks.

Apple Announces Special Event for September 12th

The Loops reports that Apple has just sent out media invites for an upcoming media event scheduled for next week Wednesday, September 12. Apple’s event will be at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern. The tagline for the invitation is simply “It’s almost here.”

On September 12th, Apple is expected to reveal the next-generation iPhone and give a final preview of iOS 6 at the event. The rumored “iPad mini” is also nearing a launch, but rumors have suggested that Apple is planning a second media event for October to introduce that product. On the invitation, there’s a “5” which would suggest that Apple’s next iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5.

Apple’s iPod lineup is also rumored to see an update at one of two events, while rumored iMac updates and the launch of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are rumored to appear separately.