Hit-or-miss KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has used his latest research note to advise KGI investors that he believes Apple is prepping all-new and thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros for a Q4 launch, while it is also planning a Q3 launch of a 13-inch variant of the 12-inch Retina MacBook it recently refreshed. Ming-Chi also said he expects that the MacBook Air line up will not receive further updates, as Apple looks to position it as an entry-level tier, sitting beneath the 12- and 13-inch Retina MacBooks. According to the analyst, the launches of the new flagship MacBooks will be the "brightest spot" in Apple's 2016 product line up, as he has previously played down the forthcoming "iPhone 7."
We've noted in this space previously that noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously declared that the forthcoming "iPhone 7," expected in September, will be a "flop" because it will be "unattractive" to buyers, since the current vision of the device is that it will look and function pretty much like the iPhone 6s -- a kind of second "s" release of the iPhone 6 design, mirroring Intel's recent announcement that its chip-development cycle was moving to a "tick-tock-tock" model, extending the life of a given processor.
Every so often, people browse the Internet and the Mac App Store to try and find useful things to add to their app arsenal, but sometimes it's hard to find discounted apps that you really want to get. For App Deals for OS X, the MacNN staff has compiled a list of apps for your Mac that are either a great bargain, or even free for a short while.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free.
Netflix will become one of the few places online that you will be able to stream recently-released Disney content from in the United States later this year, the video service has confirmed. Stemming from an agreement made in 2012, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV source of recent films within the Disney properties, including movies from Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, with the first batch of films set to arrive in September.
Charles is back on the podcast this week, so regrettably Jordan has been benched for a while. Managing Editor Mike remains the constant element, however, and Charles and Mike waste no time getting into the big topics of the week, including Apple CEO Tim Cook's trip to India, and what it means that he brought along at least two other key Apple executives. With over $200 billion in cash, most of which is held (hostage) overseas, we're likely to hear a lot more about foreign investments over the remainder of the year.
It's one of the most famous moments in Apple history: the time when John Sculley fired co-founder Steve Jobs. Only, when you examine the company's four decades in a week-by-week slice, you learn that it was more complicated than that -- and now you also see that it wasn't a moment, it wasn't a single event. There wasn't one event, but just as there has to be a start to everything, it's this week that sees the start of the end.
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the writing team of MacNN scours online retailers to find promotions, bargains, offers, and discounts for our readers to enjoy. Many of the deals from last week have been removed from the list due to age, while the new bundle includes a Dell 28-inch 4K monitor for $400, the 38mm Apple Watch with an accompanying stand for $400, and get a free $50 Amazon gift card when buying a Sonos Play:5 speaker.
AT&T is streamlining its device payment plans, switching from four different options for customers to pay for their smartphones to a selection of just two. Starting from June 9, the AT&T Next with Down Payment, Next 12, Next 18, and Next 24 plans will be replaced by a pair of plans, one confusingly called AT&T Next, and another which will offer an accelerated upgrade rate compared to Next called Next Every Year.
On Monday, Apple seeded to registered developers the first betas for new updates to OS X, iOS, and tvOS. The latest updates begin their beta cycles just weeks before Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, and could conceivably be released on or around that conference, which is expected to offer a sneak preview of the next major upgrades of OS X and iOS, respectively known as OS X 10.12 (though the "OS X" nomenclature may well be dropped in favor of simply "macOS" or "MacOS") and iOS 10.
It's called "scraping" a website, and that's a word that sounds painful. It is. If you scraped MacNN.com for instance, you'd not only be off our Christmas card list, you'd never get balloons again from any other reader: while you scrape a site, you're hammering away at it, and that slows everything down for everybody. It's not nice, but sometimes it's necessary.
How many of you still pay with cash when you go anywhere? We're willing to bet that it's a pretty small number -- and if you're like most people, chances are you've got more than a few cards in your wallet, taking up space. If you're looking for a way to pare down what you take along, allow me to introduce you to your new best friend: Spendwallet.
Sometimes, you want to get something for your computing setup or your home cinema, but it turns out to be just a little bit too expensive to acquire. If something has caught your eye on Newegg, you may want to enter this giveaway from MacNN Deals, as the prize is a $1,000 gift card for the retailer that you can use towards anything you want to acquire.
A law firm conducting a class action lawsuit against Fitbit, claiming the manufacturer's fitness trackers are not accurate enough for its users, has amended its complaint with research seemingly proving its point. A study commissioned by law firm Lieff Cabraser appears to support the class action complaint, claiming the heart rate measured by the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge were inaccurate by up to 25 beats per minute.
You could carry on reading Wikipedia articles in Safari on your iPhone and we wouldn't think you're a bad person. Offline readers are a nice idea, though, because they bring certain advantages. Chief among the benefits of WikiExplorer 1.1 for iOS would be that it's free –– at least at the time of writing. Go get it, go get the in-app purchase to eradicate advertisements which today is also briefly free, then have a play.
A lawsuit filed in the frequent venue for patent trolls has surfaced, and is attacking Apple over basic telephony and communications in its mobile portfolio. While specific patents are named in the filing, the patents are very vague and cover such materials as cameras on the same side of the display, the ability to display the user's location on a screen, email functionality, and the ability to perform phone calls through voice commands.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today's selections are all accessories and gadgets that primarily work over Bluetooth, including a keyboard, a portable speaker, and two options for converting non-Bluetooth equipment over to wireless audio.
The Maine Department of Education is reversing course on a program that supplied iPads to grades 7 through 12. After polling students and staff and negotiating a new deal with Apple, the department has offered a one-for-one swap for MacBook Air laptops at similar cost to the schools.
Jaybird has revealed a pair of wireless headphones that it claims to be the smallest the manufacturer has ever produced. The Freedom Bluetooth earphones are premium audio accessories that use an all-metal housing for the earbud itself to remove distortion that plastic equivalents can create, while its over and under secure ear fitting system uses silicone ear fins that make contact with a number of areas of the ear to keep them firmly in place.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ