The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher — “Jobs,” formerly titled “jOBS,”— has been delayed, with no new release date determined as of yet. “Jobs” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in late January, and was originally slated to hit theaters April 19.
Meanwhile, comedy website Funny or Die announced its own Steve Jobs movie, “iSteve,” will be released online April 15, before “Jobs.” A report describes “iSteve” as “a biopic poking fun at biopics. Starring Justin Long as Steve Jobs, the “very silly” movie is 60 to 75 minutes long. That leaves Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs movie, based on Walter Isaacson’s officially authorized biography and said to consist of three scenes, likely to arrive third. [via The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times]
Apple has created a new page on its site extolling the benefits of owning an iPhone, a somewhat surprising move for the company. Following Samsung’s unveiling of its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, the new page popped up on Apple’s site, starting with the text, “There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else.” The page touts the virtues of the device’s aluminum design, Retina display, battery life, A6 chip, LTE, iSight camera, and Siri, in addition to Apple’s iTunes, App Store, iOS 6, iCloud, and technical support. Apple’s introduction of this new page follows comparatively brief recent comments from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller about the advantages iPhones have over Android phones, and suggests that Apple is now facing stronger competitive pressure than before.
THX has sued Apple alleging an infringement of speaker technology in iPhones, iPads and iMacs, according to a report. A complaint filed by THX refers to a 2008 patent for a narrow profile speaker unit that can attach to computers or flat screen TVs and output sound through a slot with a narrow dimension. The lawsuit maintains Apple products containing the speaker units infringe the patent and cause THX “monetary damage and irreparable harm.” THX seeks a court order to stop the infringement, and a royalty or damages to compensate for lost profit. [via Bloomberg]
iLounge today announced the creation of iLounge NYC, a curated special event and exhibition area at CE Week 2013. Working with CE Week and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), iLounge will bring the Apple accessory world to Manhattan, beginning with a special event for trade and media members on June 25, and a curated exhibition space on June 26 and 27. iLounge NYC will be the back-to-school/holiday-focused version of the incredibly successful winter iLounge Pavilion at CES in Las Vegas, which now occupies over 120,000 square feet of floor space — the largest unified exhibition area at the show.
“Apple accessory makers know that the iLounge Pavilion is the best place to debut their winter and spring lineups,” said Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief. “We’re thrilled to curate a new iLounge NYC event to preview the year’s biggest back-to-school and holiday releases—at a great venue, within a city known for its love of Apple products.”
The full press release follows. Companies interested in additional details on iLounge NYC and the iLounge Pavilion should contact Jeremy Horwitz today.
New photographs show that the new, tweaked Apple TV has kept the same box and Apple part number as the previous iteration of the device — a somewhat unusual decision by the company, given that the model number has changed from A1427 to A1469. Notably, the box still makes references to AirPlay mirroring with the iPhone 4S and iPad; newer devices, such as the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G or iPad mini, are not referenced.
A report from Anandtech notes that the new Apple TV uses significantly less power than the previous version. “Overall the power savings seem to be around 800mW across the board,” the report claims. Previous reports have noted that Apple is using a new version of the 32nm single-core A5 chip in this Apple TV — a smaller design with no other obvious performance changes.
Former Apple retail chief John Browett said he “just didn’t fit” the company in a recent interview at the Retail Week Live conference. Browett left Apple in late October after a brief stint with the company. “Apple is a truly fantastic business. The people are great, they’ve got great products, it’s got a great culture and I loved working there, it’s a fantastic business. The issue there was that I just didn’t fit within the way they run the business … you are rejected from the organization for fit rather than competency,” he said. However, Browett also noted what he learned during his time at Apple was “probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me, certainly from a business perspective,” suggesting that he learned humility and became a “much kinder person” as a result. Browett is now chief executive of London-based retailer Monsoon Accessorize. [via The Independent]
UK-based Lego site The Daily Brick is now offering free instructions on how to design a Lightning-compatible dock for the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini. Using 79 parts, the dock supports the iPad and has rubber bumpers for the back of the iPad, as well. The iPad cable clips into place on the Lego clips within the dock.
If you wish to order all the correct parts in black, the site offers a kit for £20 (about $30). The Daily Brick previously offered similar instructions on how to build your own iPhone 5 dock.
Apple is now selling refurbished fourth-generation iPads and iPad minis in their online store. Currently, the store has five separate options for the refurbished fourth-generation iPad, ranging from $449 for a Wi-Fi 16GB white iPad to $679 for Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 32GB models. As for iPad mini, Apple is selling a refurbished Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon 16GB model in black for $429, and a Wi-Fi 32GB model in white for $389, relatively small discounts. [via 9to5Mac]
Apple’s free Apple Store app has been updated to version 2.5. The app, which lets users research, personalize, and purchase products, as well as make service appointments, now features new shipping options for different items in an order. It’s also easier to see if a product is available for pickup at any selected U.S. location of the Apple Store.
CBS Interactive has released a brand new CBS app (free) which offers full streaming HD episodes of popular CBS shows, including NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor, Elementary, The Young and the Restless, and The Late Show with David Letterman. It’s noted that some shows are available 24 hours after airing, while others are available 8 days after the initial broadcast. The CBS app also includes a personalized show list, live social feeds, photo galleries and cast pages, and the CBS primetime schedule.
China Mobile has announced plans to spend $6.7 billion on developing 4G technology this year, in anticipation of carrying the iPhone. While some expect the next iPhone to support China Mobile’s TD-LTE 4G technology, China Mobile also recently unveiled multi-band TD-LTE terminal devices that can support FDD-LTE, among other frequency bands. More than 10 million of China Mobile’s customers already own an iPhone, even though the carrier’s current technology doesn’t properly support the device. [via Reuters]
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller had choice words for Android on the eve of competitor Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy IV. “Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone,” Schiller said in an interview. He downplayed the competition, saying that four times as many iPhone users switched from Android than those who switched to Android in the fourth quarter. Schiller also said Android users often run old operating systems and don’t have the benefits of the cohesive experience that Apple offers. “When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with,” he said. “They don’t work seamlessly together.” [via The Wall Street Journal]
A newly published patent application reveals Apple’s designs for a Smart Cover that uses inductive charging to wirelessly power an iPad. The protective cover described in the application could “wirelessly pass power to a corresponding inductive power receiver unit disposed within the tablet device” by coupling magnetic elements. It’s also noted that “useful power can be supplied directly to a tablet device by way of a protective cover that can be placed in close proximity to a surface of the tablet device.”
The protective cover could use a battery or inductive coils powered by an external supply. A Smart Cover battery would need to be charged normally, but other embodiments recognize the possibility for solar cells to gather power for inductive transfer. [via Apple Insider]
Apple CEO Tim Cook must sit for a deposition in the U.S. government’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple for alleged e-book price-fixing, according to a new report. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted a Justice Department request for Cook to testify for four hours. Apple had argued that Cook’s testimony would be “cumulative and duplicative” due to the depositions of 11 other Apple executives, but the Judge held that Cook should be made available for testimony, as there was no opportunity for live testimony from Apple’s late former CEO Steve Jobs. The lawsuit dates back to April, and initially targeted a number of publishers — Apple was the only publisher not to settle charges in the suit. A trial is currently set for June. Apple and other publishers settled an e-book EU antitrust investigation in September. [via Reuters]
CalypsoCrystal has announced its new CalypsoTab case collection for both iPad and iPad mini. Sold in four different varieties — pebble red, natural grain white, smooth black, and pebble black — CalypsoTab sleeves each feature an Italian leather exterior and microfiber interior.
Each handcrafted case is $169. The CalypsoTab collection will be available to ship in one to two weeks.
Apple is updating its iOS Maps “often and significantly,” according to a new report. Flyover support was added to numerous cities in recent months, and other cities have seen flyover coverage and 3-D buildings expanded. Some city labels, satellite imagery in numerous countries, and location information have also been updated.
The map content was also recently updated in Japan, with toll road notifications, improved pronunciation during turn-by-turn navigation, updated icons and labels, and added 3-D buildings. Maps in China has a new coloring scheme, updated roads, re-prioritized locations, and a new character font for improved readability.
A full list of cities recently updated is included below. However, it’s notable that not all users might see the updates as of yet; for instance, Buffalo, NY supposedly now has flyover support, but the app doesn’t appear to show anything new. [via The Loop]
Rovio has issued a major update to one of its popular Angry Birds games, Angry Birds Rio. Most notably, version 1.6 of the game features 36 new levels and an all-new episode, the marmoset-filled Market Mayhem. Additionally, players can collect all the hidden fruit to unlock a new bonus level. Angry Birds Rio is currently available for free in the App Store.
Google’s Field Trip (free), available for Android since last year, has arrived for iOS. Field Trip is an interactive location guide that runs in the background, using location services and push notifications to tell users what’s around them. Categories such as architecture, historic places and events, lifestyle, offers and deals, food drinks and fun, movie locations, outdoor art, and obscure places of interest are all featured. Field Trip uses data from the likes of Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, Run Riot, Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, Remodelista, Atlas Obscura, Daily Secret, Songkick, and Flavorpill. If you’re using a headset, or Bluetooth audio, Field Trip will read the information aloud. The app is optimized for iPhone, but not iPad.
A patent granted to Apple today details a social networking system that can reliably identify friends, as well as “stalkers” and “spammers.” Under the system, a user with a relationship to another user can enter a “friend state.” However, rejections of friend requests increase a user’s “stalker count” — a user rejected a number of times within a specified time period will no longer be able to make a friend request to that same user. Likewise, a “spammer count” is created by limiting the number of friend requests one user can make within a specified time period, making it possible to prevent additional friend requests for the remainder of the time period. [via Apple Insider]
Twelve South has announced an updated version of its BookArc for iPad, which now touts compatibility with the iPad mini ($30). An arc-shaped, steel stand first released three years ago, BookArc for iPad now also comes with silicone inserts to hold an iPad mini, as well as prior-generation iPads.
For those who already own a BookArc for iPad and only want the rubber inserts to hold the iPad mini, Twelve South announced plans to offer the inserts separately “within the next few weeks.” BookArc for iPad — with the mini rubber inserts included — is available now.
A firm will supply Apple with fingerprint and near-field communication (NFC) components to be included in the iPhone 5S, according to a report. Chipbond Science and Technology will supply the chips for both features, as well as the phone’s integrated touch display driver. Fingerprint sensor possibilities have been claimed a number of times for Apple’s next iPhone — speculation increased prior to the release of the iPhone 5, with the company’s acquisition of AuthenTec, and continued after the iPhone 5’s release with Apple’s reported deal with Microlatch for use of fingerprint recognition technology, strongly suggesting that enhanced biometric security is a priority for Apple. However, numerous claims of imminent Apple NFC adoption have proved inaccurate in the past; it is possible that Apple is waiting to combine both features together for a proper digital wallet solution before adopting either one of them. [via China Times (translated link)]
A recently revealed early iPhone prototype from early 2005 confirms that the device was originally tested in a size closer to the iPad—the first physical evidence of Steve Jobs’ 2010 revelation that the iPhone began life as a tablet project. From early 2005, the early prototype features a 5” x 7” screen and a number of ports, including USB, Ethernet and serial ports.
An anonymous former Apple employee noted that “at that early date no one knew what (the final device) would be.” The prototype was never meant to be anything more than that, and Ethernet and serial ports were only included for development purposes. [via Ars Technica]