A picture of Logitech’s alleged iPhone game controller was leaked by @evleaks in a tweet. The apparent promo shot shows the front and back of the controller, which encompasses an iPhone 5. From the picture, we estimate the controller is roughly 7.7” long. A space on the back of the controller would allow the camera to be used while the gamepad is attached.
Logitech recently teased an iOS controller on its Facebook page. No further information about the controller, including pricing or availability, was noted. iLounge’s current poll asks “What’s the maximum price you’d pay for an iPhone 5/5s/iPod touch 5G-only game controller?”
Apple and a number of other technology companies have signed a letter supporting a pair of bills that would clarify the companies’ abilities to publish details on the government’s demands for user information. The bills — Senator Al Franken’s S. 1452, the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, and Representative Zoe Lofgren’s H.R. 3035, the Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013 — were introduced in August. Apple and other tech companies have been pushing for NSA transparency for some time. The Cupertino company immediately denied the NSA and FBI were mining its servers for data when the PRISM program came to light in June. [via The Verge]
Obama addressed concerns over today’s full launch of Healthcare.gov by comparing its “glitches” to Apple’s iOS 7 launch. “Now, like every new law, every new product roll-out, there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix. I’ve been saying this from the start. For example, we found out that there have been times this morning where the site’s been running more slowly than it normally will,” Obama said.
“…Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t. That’s not how we do things in America. We don’t actively root for failure. We get to work, we make things happen, we make them better, we keep going.” [via Washington Post]
Flixster’s free app with the lengthy title — Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes — has upgraded to version 6.6. The update brings HD streaming to select titles. The app also features a brand new design for iOS 7. Flixster notes those who are having issues with streaming movies due to the update should log out and log back in to fix the problem.
Navigon North America ($40) from Garmin has updated to version 2.6.1. As one might expect, it’s been updated to support iOS 7, and there are some bug fixes, but the big change is the app is now compatible with Garmin HUD. Garmin’s HUD — for Head-Up Display — projects navigation information onto a driver’s windshield from the app. HUD is an interesting concept that keeps eyes on the road while using navigation data, but the $150 device is a separate purchase from the already pricey app.
Apple has added Vevo and NHL channels to Apple TV in Germany. Users will find the channels have been automatically added to the home screen. Vevo requires users to sign up for a free account, while the NHL channel requires a subscription. U.S. Apple TV users received the Vevo channel in August, and the NHL channel was added back in 2011. [via Macerkopf (translated link)]
Apple has informed former MobileMe members via email that their 20GB iCloud storage upgrade has expired. Those users who haven’t purchased a storage plan and are still using more than 5GB of iCloud space have found that iCloud has temporarily stopped working. The service will work again once the amount of storage space used is reduced to 5GB or less, or if a larger storage plan is purchased. Apple has released a support article on the changes. Apple started notifying customers in early August that the free upgrade would expire and changes would need to be made to their iCloud storage. For more information on how to best reduce your iCloud footprint, check out this iLounge article from last week.
Apple is now selling refurbished fourth-generation 128GB iPads in its online store. Currently available are Wi-Fi models in black or white, for $679, and a Wi-Fi + Cellular AT&T model in white, for $789. The latter model is the only Wi-Fi + Cellular option available. Apple is expected to announce the fifth-generation iPad sometime in October. [via MacRumors]
Boost Mobile will carry the iPhone 5c and 5s, according to a tweet from @evleaks. It will be the first time the prepaid carrier will sell the iPhone.
A ruling has been issued in a class action lawsuit filed in 2010 against Apple and AT&T, with Apple agreeing to pay $40 to U.S. customers who bought or ordered an iPad 3G before June 7, 2010. Customers who didn’t sign up with AT&T are eligible for a $20/month discount for up to a year on the carrier’s 5GB monthly plan. The lawsuit stems from AT&T advertising an unlimited data plan for iPads, then eliminating the unlimited data plan. Reportedly, the deal will be finalized in February, when Apple will try to contact eligible customers. Due to anti-class action provisions in the AT&T contract, payouts will be limited; the AT&T discount will be offered to those who no longer own their original iPad and didn’t sign up for any AT&T data plan. [via GigaOM]
Apple’s motion to intervene in a patent infringement lawsuit Lodsys filed against numerous iOS developers has been dismissed by US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, according to a report. Lodsys originally sued seven third-party iOS developers, which prompted Apple’s motion to intervene more than two years ago. Apple proposed to claim alleged infringements by iOS developers were covered under its existing license to Lodsys’s patents. Lodsys’ original claims were related to patents involving in-app purchases and “upgrade” buttons. Martha Stewart, who was just in the news recently for tweeting about her broken iPad, recently sued Lodsys after the patent troll demanded Stewart pay the holding company for each of her company’s apps. Lodsys’ case is still on track for trial. [via Ars Technica]
Adonit has added the recently announced Jot Script Evernote Edition ($75) to its website. Jot Script Evernote Edition features a 1.9 mm tip, designed to feel like a real fine point pen. The stylus is part of an Evernote initiative to create a series of branded products in its Evernote Market, such as this Côte&Ciel Diver Sleeve for Mac. The AAA-battery powered Jot Script Evernote Edition uses Bluetooth 4.0. Available to order now, the stylus ships in three to four weeks.
Adonit has also been working with Adobe. The companies have teamed up to bring Adobe’s cloud pen, Project Mighty, and digital ruler, Project Napoleon, to market. Adobe announced it has plans to ship the devices in the first half of 2014.
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Apple has hired Nike design director Ben Shaffer, according to a report. Shaffer was Studio Director of Nike’s research and development lab, and he played a key role in developing the company’s lightweight Flyknit shoe; some reports have suggested, perhaps erroneously, that he was involved in the FuelBand as well. Shaffer’s hiring and Apple’s earlier hiring of another Nike Fuel Band developer, Jay Blahnik, lends further credence to a report that the company’s rumored “iWatch” would be focused on fitness. Another report made note of Apple “aggressively” hiring for the project — a trend that appears to be continuing. [via 9to5Mac]
[Editor’s note: This report was updated after publication to reflect ambiguity over Shaffer’s role in FuelBand development.]
Major League Baseball plans to utilize Apple’s new iBeacon indoor mapping feature in its At the Ballpark app. The app will use the new iOS 7 feature in MLB stadiums. “Essentially, we want to create micro-locations within the stadiums where you can get different experiences,” said MLB iOS developer Marc Abramson. It’s possible the app could load a ticket through Passbook when a spectator approaches a stadium gate, and present a map which can show spectators to their seats.
A number of other possible features were revealed, including discounts and loyalty cards at concession stands, and historical information about the park. The New York Mets are currently testing the Bluetooth LE-powered iBeacon for in-stadium use, but Abramson said, “A lot of teams have expressed interest so far.” [via Mashable]
Schematics of Apple’s fifth-generation iPad have allegedly been leaked, according to a new report. The fifth-gen iPad will apparently be 169.48 mm wide, as compared to the fourth-gen’s 185.8 mm width. It appears the height will be reduced to 240 mm from 241.3 mm, and the fifth-gen iPad will be 7.5 mm thick, a notable drop from the previous incarnation’s 9.55 mm thickness. As long expected, the next iPad will more closely resemble the iPad mini’s design.
Notably, this new report also notes “main elements of the device, including the home button,” will stay “largely” the same. There is no mention of Touch ID on the device, though a recent report suggests the second-generation iPad mini will have the feature. [via AppleInsider]
Virgin Mobile will carry Apple’s iPhone 5c and 5s starting Oct. 1. The carrier announced the news through its official Twitter account. Virgin Mobile didn’t start selling the iPhone 5 until June of this year. A number of regional carriers will also begin carrying the new iPhones on Oct. 1.
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart apparently invoked the wrath of Apple public relations Thursday night with a series of tweets about a shattered iPad. Stewart initially tweeted, “I just dropped my iPad on the ground and shattered two glass corners. What to do? does one call Apple to come and pick it up or do I take it?” After a few other iPad-related tweets, Stewart then tweeted, “i cannot believe that Apple Public Relations is mad at me for tweeting about my Ipad and how to get it fixed! steve jobs gave it to me!” Apparently, Apple PR contacted Stewart at some point regarding the tweets. Stewart appeared to calm down in later tweets about her iPad, and she was soon tweeting happily about upcoming pork- and potato-themed episodes of her PBS show.
The Tokyo District Court ordered Apple to pay 330 million yen (about $3.35 million) to Norihiko Saito for infringing on the Japanese inventor’s click wheel controller patent. Saito’s company applied for the patent in 1998, before Apple used a click wheel in its iPod. Saito sought 10 billion yen in damages, but received only a fraction of that amount. The inventor had previously tried three times to reach a settlement with Apple. [via Dow Jones Newswires]
A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has voted to recommend letting airline passengers use smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, the Associated Press reports. The recommendation will be sent to the FAA, which has final say on whether the restrictions will be eased. However, it’s notable that downloading data, using the Internet, and talking on the phone would still be prohibited below 10,000 feet under the recommendations. The FAA began seeking public comments on the issue more than a year ago. While the FCC urged the FAA to expand in-flight device use, another report claimed passenger electronics interfere with equipment.
Staples’ U.S. website will sell iPads and iPods starting in October, according to a recent report. “Several versions” of the devices will be sold as soon as Oct. 1. Staples already sells the iPad in its Canadian online store. The report also notes Staples would like to sell the iPad in its retail stores by early next year. Staples started selling Apple accessories online in February. [via 9to5Mac]