The Loop reports that Apple has just sent out invitations for a media event scheduled for next Tuesday, October 23. This time, the event will held at the California Theatre in San Jose. Apple’s media event on October 23rd will begin at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern and the tagline on the invitation reads “We’ve got a little more to show you.”
Apple is expected to reveal the iPad mini at this event. In addition, Apple is also said to be revealing a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro at the event. Rumors have also suggested that Apple will reveal new iMac and Mac Mini models.
Last week, it was reported that Apple had hired a key chip designer from Samsung. AllThingsD reports that Apple has hired William Stasior, a search veteran from Amazon and early search engine AltaVista, to run its Siri division.
Stasior has an impressive pedigree (you can read his resume and see a really geeky binary image he posted of himself here). The MIT Ph.D. has taught here too and has done stints at Oracle, Netcentives and AltaVista. He came to Amazon in 2003 as its director of search and navigation.
He will now be in charge of Siri, which is Apple’s famous voice-activated personal-assistant program. The tech giant acquired Siri in April of 2010 to garner a big stake in voice-activated search.
Stasior previously lead Amazon’s A9 unit, the company’s worldwide search and search advertising division. Back in April 2010, Apple acquired Siri and made it a major part of iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S in October 2011.
The addition of Stasior may suggest where Siri as a product is headed and where Apple plans to take the product in the future.
Rumor has it that alongside the iPad mini, Apple will reveal a new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro at next week’s media event. Now, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will also announce a new version of the Mac Mini.
These new Mac minis are said to begin shipping immediately after announcement. Apple last redesigned the Mac mini with a unibody aluminum enclosure in 2010, and last updated the computer with faster processors last summer. These current Mac minis are on last-generation chipsets and lack USB 3.0, so we should be seeing those components updated in these new models.
According to the report, the Minis will come in similar configurations to current Mini models, two standard versions and a third setup that runs Mountain Lion Server. The last refresh for the Mac Mini occurred in July 2011, about 450 days ago. Sounds like next week is going to be expensive.
Apple is supposedly holding a media event next week. Yesterday, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be launched alongside the iPad mini this month. Today, AllThingsD reports with its own sources making similar claims. AllThingsD has an excellent track record when it comes to Apple rumors.
The smaller iPad may be the star of Apple’s as of yet unannounced October 23rd invitation-only event, but it will have an impressive supporting cast.
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well.
The report provides a summary of the expectation for the new machine, which include a 2560×1600 display, same thin profile as the 15-inch model, and all-flash storage. However, pricing remains unknown. Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. Going by this, we can expect Apple to continue the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without.
Last week, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is reportedly still on track for a 4Q 2012 launch. Today, 9to5Mac reports that Apple will reveal the rumored 13″ Retina MacBook Pro alongside the iPad Mini later this month. 9to5Mac usually gets this information from early part numbers, suggesting that two higher priced configurations have already shown up in Apple’s systems.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be sold in two configurations, with differing processors and storage, and will be available for purchase soon after introduction. Like with the 15-inch MacBook Pro lines, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be sold (at a higher price) in addition to the current non-Retina display model.
Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. The recent report states that Apple will be continuing the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without. Apple is expected to the reveal the iPad mini on October 23rd.
The Wall Street Journal reports that former AMD chip designer and executive Jim Mergard has been hired at Apple. Mergard is a 16 year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung. He is known to have played a leading role in the development of a high-profile AMD chip.
The gadget maker has hired Jim Mergard, a 16-year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices who was a vice president and chief engineer there before he left for Samsung. He is known for playing a leading role in the development of a high-profile AMD chip that carried the code name Brazos and was designed for low-end portable computers. […]
It is not clear whether Mergard will work at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters or remain in Austin, where he worked for AMD and Samsung. Apple has long operated a customer support center in the Texas capitol, but the company has had a local presence in chip design as well since its 2010 purchase of the startup Intrinsity.
The report quotes former AMD executive Patrick Moorhead as saying that Mergard has expertise in both PC chip design and system-on-a-chip design such as that used for Apple’s iOS devices. Apple uses ARM-based designs for its A-series chips that power its iOS device, and the latest A6 chip in the iPhone 5 has been reported to be Apple’s first custom design. This hire marks a significant talent win for Apple as it continues its efforts to build its own chips.
Apple will probably unveil the iPad Mini, a budget version of the iPad, aimed at boosting its market share, on October 23.
It was expected to send out invites to a special iPad Mini event on October 10, but that has obviously not happened. However, rumors suggest that Apple will still be holding an event on October 23, so that the iPad is available before the holiday season.
While Apple may not have as fat a margin on the iPad Mini as it does on the iPad, it’s targeting another segment of the potential tablet market with it, so that there is minimum cannibalization.
WSJ recently reported that Apple had begun mass production of the iPad Mini, and that it was building close to 10 million units for Q4 2012 in the initial run.
With the iPad Mini, Apple will target the low end segment of the tablet market which is currently dominated by Android tablets. If Apple does play this game well, it will completely dominate the tablet market in a year.
The next quarter is going to be very exciting for Apple, given that the iPhone 5 sales will be reflected in its financials, and we might even see the impact of the iPad Mini.
During the September keynote, Apple previewed its ad for the new iPods. Today, Apple has posted that ad and it is called “Bounce.” The ad features the new fifth-generation iPod touch, iPod nano and shuffle and highlights the new colors offered. Willy Moon’s song “Yeah Yeah” accompanies the ad.
It is a fantastic commercial and was really fun to watch.
Back in August, 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. Then in September, Digitimes reported 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. Now CNET reports on comments from DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, who says that Apple’s plans for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro remain on track for production during this quarter. This would suggest that a launch may come in the near future.
DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has been telling CNET for a while now that a 13.3-inch Retina version of the MacBook Pro (MBP) is slated for production in the fourth quarter. And today Shim reiterated that he sees no change in those production plans.
What’s not clear is when Apple would release the new MacBook. Shim speculates that it would happen after the iPad Mini announcement — which is expected to be released in the coming weeks — though he said he has no first-hand knowledge of this.
Shim restates that that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will carry a resolution of 2560×1600, doubling the number of pixels in each dimension over the current model. As Apple has done with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Apple will probably offer the new 13-inch Retina model alongside the current non-Retina model at different price points. New iMacs also said to be in the works.
It is very rarely that you will see competing companies like Apple, Adobe, Google, Facebook, Nokia, HP, Mozilla, Opera and Microsoft join forces to make the world a better place but it really is happening. All these warring Internet companies have decided to create an ultimate resource for all things related to web-development and as a result, we have webplatform.org.
The focus of “Web Platform” is only on open web technologies, and the aim of this website is to provide a one-stop info spot for all things related to web-technologies like HTML5, CSS3, Canvas, WebGL, IndexedDB etc. The initiative is administered by the W3C, and Tim Berners-Lee describes this initiative as,
People in the web community — including browser makers, authoring tool makers, and leading edge developers and designers — have tremendous experience and practical knowledge about the web. Web Platform Docs is an ambitious project where all of us who are passionate about the web can share knowledge and help one another.
“Web Platform” is an open community of developers, and is open for contributions. There are various sections at “Web Platform” like the blog where the website was announced with a customary first post, a Q&A style forum and a chat section. However, the most attractive part is perhaps Web Platform Docs, where one will find resources on various topics presented as a Wiki.
If it lives up to its promises, Web Platform will drive innovation on the web. However, it needs a proper launch with drum-rolls to attract more web-developers.