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Apple Announces WWDC Schedule; To Start From 10th June

Apple today published the schedule of its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) that is all set to be held from June 10th to June 14th. The event will be held at Moscone West in San Franscisco.

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For the first time, Apple has also announced the time as to when the tickets will go on pre-order. The tickets will go on sales from April 25 at 10AM PDT/1PM ET. Last year, the tickets to WWDC sold out in less than 2 hours so it will be interesting to see if developers and Apple lovers are able to best their own record this time or not.

The WWDC logo from Apple is very bold this time as well. In fact, this is the first time I have seen Apple use such a bold and colourful logo. This will be the first event from Apple since iOS VP Scott Forstall left the company, and Ive took over the iOS UI department.

Apple will be giving the world a sneak peek into the next version of iOS and OS X to developers at WWDC, along with holding more than 100 sessions to cater to the needs of developers.

Via – The Verge

Apple Reduces The Prices Of Retina MacBook Pro And MacBook Air

Apple today announced that it is giving its Retina line-up of MacBook Pros a mid-cycle refresh along with a price cut. The cheapest MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the 13-inch rMBP, sees a $200 reduction in price and will now cost $1499. The top-of-the-line 13-inch rMBP sees a $300 reduction in price ($1999 vs. $1799), and will also sport a slightly faster (2.5GHz vs. 2.6GHz) Core i5 processor.

The prices of the 15-inch rMBP remain the same, but both the variants get an upgraded processor. The base 15-inch rMBP gets a 100MHz speed boost to 2.4GHz (Core i7), while the top-of-the-line variant gets a speed bump to 2.7GHz, along with a bump in RAM capacity to 16GB DDR3L from 8GB DDR3L. The prices of updating the SSD storage options for the rMBP have also been decreased considerably.

In addition to all this, Apple also announced a $100 price cut on the base 13-inch MacBook Air model. The price cuts are already in effect at all the Apple retail stores and at the company’s online store.

Apple Seeds iOS 6.1.1 Beta 1 To Developers

Days after Apple released iOS 6.1 to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners, the Cupertino based company has released iOS 6.1.1 beta for developers. Apple states that the first beta of iOS 6.1.1 brings with it major enhancements to the Maps app along with the Maps data for Japan.

Below is the full change-log of the update from 9to5Mac -:

  • Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
  • Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
  • Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
  • Updated freeway color to green
  • Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

At the moment it is unknown whether Apple has patched the exploit on which the latest jailbreak – evasi0n -was based on. Either ways, if you have jailbroken your iOS 6.1 running iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, stay away from installing the beta firmware on it.

 

Apple Releases The 128GB Fourth-Generation iPad Variant

Apple today quietly released a new variant of the fourth-generation iPad with a whopping 128GB of storage space. This is nearly double the storage space of what the 64GB iPad offers. Details about the 128GB iPad first surfaced in iOS 6.1. It was initially believed that the next-generation iPad will be available in 128GB storage capacity.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

With iPad apps and games getting bigger in size due to the Retina Display, Apple might just phase out the 16GB variant of the tablet when it unveils the fifth-generation iPad later this year.

The 128GB variant of the iPad will be available starting next week Tuesday, February 5th, with the Wi-Fi only variant costing US $799 and the Wi-Fi + 4G model being priced around US $929. The 4th-generation Wi-Fi only iPad with 128GB of storage will be available for Rs 49,900, while the 3G model will cost Rs 56,900.

Apple Releases iOS 6.1; Brings LTE Support And New Lockscreen Music Controls

Just a couple of days after releasing the fifth beta of iOS 6.1, Apple has released the final build of iOS 6.1 to consumers. Besides fixing some bugs, the latest iOS update brings LTE support in 36 different regions of the world including Italy, Denmark and Finland.

The update also showers some love on Siri, and allows iOS users in the United States to purchase movie tickets directly from their virtual assistant. Other changes include new lock screen music controls, and the ability to download individual songs from iTunes Match directly on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Apple TV owners can now also use a Bluetooth keyboard, thereby greatly enhancing their experience. On the developer side, Apple has released new APIs in iOS 6.1 that will allow developers to better integrate Apple’s Maps in their app

The iOS 6.1 is available for iPhone 3GS or higher, iPad 2 or above, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch or newer.

Fifth iOS 6.1 Beta Build Released To Developers

Today, Apple released the fifth beta of iOS 6.1 for developers for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPad, the iPad mini, and the iPhone 3GS/4/4S and 5.

Surprisingly, according to the hacker community, the fifth beta can be activated “without developer registration and has no release keys.” If Apple wants, it can very well release the fifth beta of iOS 6.1 to the consumers as the final version without making any changes. The beta also carries the build ID of a final iOS 6, and not that of a beta build.

iOS 6.1 will bring with it the ability to purchase movie tickets via Siri in the United States, new lock screen music controls, and the ability to easily report issues in the iOS6 Maps app. Other changes include the option to download music from the iTunes store over a mobile data connection, enhanced iCloud setup and other minor tweaks and enhancements.

Via – 9to5Mac

Apple iPad mini and iPad Coming To China On January 20th

Today, Apple announced that it will be bringing the fourth generation iPad and the iPad mini to China beginning from Friday, January 18th.

The iPad mini sports a 7.85-inch screen, a dual-core A5 chip, and a 5MP camera. Its bigger brother, the fourth generation iPad, sports a 9.7-inch Retina Display, 1GB of RAM, and a very powerful A6X SoC. Both the tablets will come with iOS6 pre-loaded, which Apple dubs as the most advanced version of iOS yet.

The iPad mini with Wi-Fi and Cellular model will set buyers back by US $459 for the 16GB model, and US $559 for the 32GB model. The 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and Cellular radio is priced at roughly US $629, while the 32GB variant costs US $729.

The iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be available at Apple’s online store and retail stores, along with certain authorized resellers from this Friday in China.

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC Uses PowerVR GPU Instead Of ARM’s Mali GPU

One of the highlights of this year CES was the announcement of an Octa-Core mobile SoC from Samsung – the Exynos 5 Octa. This absolute beast of an SoC makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation and packs 4 Cortex-A15 based cores, and 4 lower-power Cortex-A7 based cores, manufactured on the 28nm HKMG process.

The use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology will allow this SoC to provide the best of both worlds – performance and battery life. On the GPU side, it was assumed that Samsung went with ARM’s Mali GPU, which was found inside the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III.

However, it looks like Samsung may have had a change of heart and has instead used PowerVR’s Imagination GPU on its latest SoC. AnandTech has confirmed from multiple sources that the Exynos 5 Octa SoC packs in three cores of PowerVR SGX543 GPU, with each core clocked at 533MHz.

This is the same GPU that Apple uses in its A5 and A5X SoC, with the latter being found inside the third generation iPad. Considering the PowerVR SGX543 inside the Exynos 5 Octa SoC is clocked so high, it should be able to beat the 3rd generation iPad in benchmarks. However, it won’t be able to surpass the performance of the A6/X SoC found inside the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad.

There is a very strong possibility that Samsung will end up using the Exynos 5 Octa SoC on its upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone.

First Look At Tegra 4’s Development Board Performance In GLBenchmark

If you follow the mobile industry closely, you will be pretty much aware of the fact that whatever GPU Apple uses in its iOS devices is usually the fastest, which is then followed by Samsung’s Exynos/ARM GPU. While Qualcomm GPU’s never really were top-performers, the release of Adreno 320 GPU with the S4 Pro SoC changed all that. The Adreno 320 gives tough competiton to the ARM GPU in Samsung’s Exynos SoC and even manages to beat Apple’s A6 SoC in some benchmarks.

Yesterday, when Nvidia unveiled the “world’s fastest mobile” SoC, Tegra 4, with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72 GPU cores, it boasted of the fact that its mobile SoC is faster than even Apple’s A6X SoC found inside the iPad 4. Given Nvidia’s past, I was skeptical about their marketing and I might just be right.

Thanks to some terrific investigation by an XDA member, Turbotab, we may have got our first look on how the Tegra 4 performs in real-world benchmarks or at least GLBenchmark. In an offscreen Egypt HD benchmark at 1080p resolution, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 based developer board managed around 32.6FPS, while the iPad 4 managed a whopping 49.6FPS.

Now, even if we consider that development boards are around 10-20% slower than the ‘retail’ units, the Tegra 4 will still end up playing catch up with the A6X inside the iPad 4.

It was earlier rumored that Nvidia will unveil the Tegra 4 with its new unified Kepler based GPU core, which is similar to its desktop GPUs. However, AnandTech has confirmed that Nvidia has not used Kepler GPU inside the Tegra 4.

Head over to this XDA thread to read about the stunning investigative work done by Turbotab. 

P.S. – All the above information may just turn out to be complete BS, but taking into consideration Nvidia’s past, I am highly doubtful about that. In Nvidia’s slides, the company presumably compared the quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU of Tegra 4 to Apple’s custom Swift cores, and may have intentionally left out the GPU part.

Ashton Kutcher Movie ‘jOBS’ to Be Released in April

Today, Open Road Films and Five Star Feature films announced that agreements for distribution have been made for the Steve Jobs biopic “jOBS’, reports Deadline. The movie will be released in April of this year.

The film features Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and is said to feature the 30 years of Jobs’s life.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar- winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs’ life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. jOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Inferno Entertainment is handling international sales on jOBS.

‘jOBS’ will premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month.