Apple http://www.stuff.tv/apple/news en-GB The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-will-come-24-carat-gold-or-platinum/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But don&#039;t worry: Jony Ive hasn&#039;t lost his marbles – we&#039;re talking about a third-party luxury &quot;upgrade&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="426" title="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" alt="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphonebrikk.jpg?1406711592" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a> hasn&#39;t even been announced yet, but US-based luxury accessory maker <a href="http://www.brikk.com/" target="_blank">Brikk</a> has made the highly anticipated smartphone available for pre-order in a trio of extravagant finishes: pink gold; 24ct gold; and platinum.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A preview of what&#039;s coming? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Going by Brikk&rsquo;s images, they believe the iPhone 6 will match up to speculation about its design and screen size.</p> <p>But of course, luxury comes at a hefty price: be prepared to fork out from US$4,495 (&pound;2,655) for the plated versions, while the plated diamond logo models cost US$8,395 (&pound;4,960). For now, a US$500 (&pound;295) deposit gets you in line for the pimped-out model.</p> <p>For those of you who feel a real 24ct gold iPhone is a bit OTT, rumours indicate that there could be a gold-coloured version of the device, just like its iPhone 5s predecessor. And of course, that one won&rsquo;t cost you an absolute arm and a leg like the Lux iPhone 6 range. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news">Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.brikk.com/" target="_blank">Brikk</a> via <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2014/07/29/the-iphone-6-isnt-official-but-a-24-carat-gold-iphone-6-is/" target="_blank">Forbes</a> and <a href="http://www.businessinsider.sg/photos-gold-iphone-6-2014-7/#.U9hJbcfEaRc" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" alt="The iPhone 6 will come in 24-carat gold, pink gold and platinum" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone1.jpg?1406711592" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-will-come-24-carat-gold-or-platinum/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:13:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443635 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple updates all MacBook Pro with Retina display models http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-updates-all-macbook-pro-retina-display-models/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Intel Core processors for all models and 16GB of RAM for 15-inchers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple updates all MacBook Pro with Retina display models" alt="Apple updates all MacBook Pro with Retina display models" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-15in-macbook-pro-retina.jpg?1406630482" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has quietly updated its Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro laptops.</p> <p>All 13in and 15in models have had some kind of upgrade, with the base 13in model (&pound;999) now offering a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage and a nine-hour battery. The next model up, priced at &pound;100 extra, boasts the same specs bar twice as much storage space, while the top-level 13in (from &pound;1,399) has 512GB of storage and a 2.8GHz Core i5 CPU (it can be upgraded pre-purchase, of course, with up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two new 15in MacBook Pros with Retina display, both equipped with a whopping 16GB of RAM and Intel Iris Pro graphics. The cheaper &pound;1,599 model offers a quad-core Core i7 processor running at 2.2GHz, 256GB of storage and eight-hour battery life. The top model (&pound;1,999). has a 2.5GHz Core i7, 512GB of storage, eight-hour battery life and an Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics card.</p> <p>All of the new models are available to order now from the <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/macbook-pro" target="_blank">Apple website</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="654" title="Apple updates all MacBook Pro with Retina display models" alt="Apple updates all MacBook Pro with Retina display models" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-retina-range.jpg?1406630482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-updates-all-macbook-pro-retina-display-models/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Laptops MacBook Pro Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:40:24 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443544 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 ways we'd improve OS X Yosemite before the big launch http://www.stuff.tv/5-things-wed-improve-osx-yosemite-big-launch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The beta release of Apple&#039;s new desktop OS is great - but not quite perfect. Here&#039;s how we&#039;d make it better still </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-Yosemite-Continuity.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s time we did Apple a favour.</p> <p>As you might have heard, the tech giant broke its own rules last week by previewing its new desktop OS, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, via a <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/betaprogram/" target="_blank">beta program</a>.&nbsp;That&#39;s a first for Apple, although you needed to act fast to get the update - only the first million applicants got access.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. If you’re going to change Spotlight, go the whole hog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, yes, we know, Apple - the new Spotlight interface bears a passing resemblance to <a href="http://www.alfredapp.com/" target="_blank">Alfred</a> (that smart little independent launcher app that does a ton of other stuff). And you can preview files from within the new Spotlight window, which is just lovely.</p> <p>But why can&rsquo;t we grow the new Spotlight window?&nbsp;It just sits there; take your mouse to a corner, and there&rsquo;s no option to drag it wider or deeper. Which means that you&rsquo;re left to squint at the previews in that window, wondering what everything says. </p> <p>And while you&rsquo;re sorting that out, could you sneak in a saved search feature in Spotlight that could be integrated into the Finder? We&rsquo;d be ever so grateful.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Can&#039;t. Make. Spotlight. Bigger. Argggh!" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-spotlight-1_2.png?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Fill screen good, full screen bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That little green button. You know - the one to the right of the trio in every Mac application window. Up until now, clicking that green button expanded the window to (almost) fill your screen (leaving the dock and menu bar visible). Now, it switches the application to total full screen.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s logic to it, we know (there&rsquo;s logic to everything Apple does), but it has driven us ever-so-slightly insane. You have to remember to press &lsquo;alt&rsquo; before clicking the green blob every time (this switches it back to normal fill-the-screen mode). It&rsquo;s one of those changes that could drive a million Mac owners to distraction - unless you all spend your lives swiping between full-screen applications on your glassy trackpads&hellip; which we somehow doubt.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Fullscreen apps, fully annoying" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari_0.png?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Have a word with the designer who thinks those new folders look good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re not as good as the folders in Mavericks 10.9. And no, they&rsquo;re not growing on us, no matter how long we stare at them (we&rsquo;ve tried &#39;em on a low-res Air, and a Retina-equipped Pro&hellip; no difference).</p> <p>If this was your idea, Mr Ive, you do not have the excuse that the folders in Mavericks were particularly skeuomorphic (and we know how much you hate a skeuomorph) - they were flat, clean, and pretty.</p> <p>The new, even flatter folders actually don&rsquo;t look like folders on a 2013 MacBook Air screen, at least in the most common Finder views (ie smaller). No, they look like rectangular, powder-blue cards. That&rsquo;s probably because when you blow &#39;em up big, that&rsquo;s what they are - slightly gradated powder-blue cards with a little tab and thin, lighter edge on top.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature">How to get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="New in 2014: folder rage" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-iCloud-2_2.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Don&#039;t go ahead with that font change just yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Stuff</em> office is divided. Between those with taste, and those with none. Some of us love it. Some (those with an eye for type, and an appreciation for care and attention) think that it&rsquo;s bland in a desktop environment, and that hours of work are needed in getting the face to kern properly.</p> <p>Stick it underneath those powder-blue cards that act as folder icons, and the effect is&hellip; well, different. By which we mean that you&#39;ll be too busy being upset about the folders to care about the font.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1069" height="802" title="Opinion is divided over the new font" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-messaging_0_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. PLEASE get Safari cooking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lots of people use Safari, we know. But loads more use Chrome (ask Microsoft - they feel the pain). Those Chrome users have multiplied for (we think) simple reasons. You can pin tabs, for one. Obvious, we know, but how many people arrive at their desk every morning and boot into a standard set of pages? Loads.</p> <p>Yes, Safari can open with a standard set of pages - but they eat 90% of the tab bar. So introduce pinned tabs, and look a little less like Internet Explorer (ouch&hellip;).</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s extensions. Again, we know they&#39;re built into Safari today. But it doesn&rsquo;t have many, while Chrome is building an entire ecosystem that turns the humble browser into a multi-tasking monster (and almost the replacement for a desktop).</p> <p>If the developers won&rsquo;t play (and right now, they not), give them an incentive: holidays, free Xboxes&hellip; anything.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Mac games right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Whither pinned tabs?" alt="5 ways we&#039;d improve Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari-2_0.png?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS X Yosemite: 5 things we&#039;d fix </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-things-wed-improve-osx-yosemite-big-launch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/5-things-wed-improve-osx-yosemite-big-launch/feature#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:11:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443434 at http://www.stuff.tv iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ichanged-my-mind-iphone-6-could-be-first-apple-product-have-nfc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaked iPhone 6 internals point to a future where NFC mobile payments will rule the roost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="967" height="725" title="Aww" alt="iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nfc-apple.jpg?1406545123" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a> could mark the end of Apple&#39;s shunning of NFC.</p> <p>A reportedly genuine iPhone 6 internal logic board has leaked on French site Nowehereelse.fr, and the source which supplied the photos claims that the iPhone 6 will be the first iDevice with NFC capabilities.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The lack of chips means that we can&#39;t confirm what processor the iPhone 6 will be packing inside it at launch, and it also means that we&#39;ve only got the source&#39;s word to go on, with regards to NFC inclusion.</p> <p>Still, there have been signs pointing to Apple embracing the wireless technology. Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/20/nfc-mobile-payments/" target="_blank">analysts predicted</a> that Apple was looking to incorporate NFC into its next generation of iPhones, and a <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_14065440379256&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;libId=58a3864c-0d0d-43e2-9f7d-177609a52319&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F01%2F16%2Fibeacon-mobile-payments%2F&amp;v=1&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fappft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%26Sect2%3DHITOFF%26d%3DPG01%26p%3D1%26u%3D%252Fnetahtml%252FPTO%252Fsrchnum.html%26r%3D1%26f%3DG%26l%3D50%26s1%3D%252220140019367%2522.PGNR.%26OS%3DDN%2F20140019367%26RS%3DDN%2F20140019367&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F05%2F20%2Fnfc-mobile-payments%2F&amp;title=Apple%20Investigating%20iBeacon-Assisted%20Mobile%20Payment%20Methods%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=Patent%20application%20number%2020140019367" target="_blank">patent application</a> outlining a virtual NFC wallet stored on a phone supports this prediction.</p> <p>Apple has also reportedly begun to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/garydallen/2014/05/10/apple-point-of-sale-upgrade-signals-better-security-nfc-access/" target="_blank">upgrade its retail point-of-sale systems</a> to support NFC, so this latest rumour seems plausible.</p> <p>If Apple does choose to adopt NFC then it could pave the way for a widespread mobile payment revolution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently, wireless mobile phone payment points in the UK are scarce at best, but with a giant power like Apple adopting the tech and pushing contactless payments, the future for NFC payments looks very bright indeed.</p> <p>Now all we need is an app to link our Oyster cards and work passes into a Passbook-like NFC hub app, and we&#39;ll be very happy gadgeteers indeed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: specs, price, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/26/alleged-iphone-6-logic-board-claimed-to-include-80211ac-wi-fi-nfc-chip" target="_blank">Nowwhereelse</a>.fr via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/26/alleged-iphone-6-logic-board-claimed-to-include-80211ac-wi-fi-nfc-chip" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="793" height="595" title="Check out those pins" alt="iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-pcb.jpg?1406545123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="210" title="Screws line up. It&#039;s a perfect science." alt="iChanged my mind: the iPhone 6 could be the first Apple product to have NFC " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-pcb-2.jpg?1406545123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ichanged-my-mind-iphone-6-could-be-first-apple-product-have-nfc/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ichanged-my-mind-iphone-6-could-be-first-apple-product-have-nfc/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:54:39 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443436 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best Mac games right now http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think your iMac&#039;s only good for GarageBand and iPhoto? Then think again - because inside that aluminium shell lurks a potential gaming monster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BioShock Infinite: an AAA title... and it&#039;s available on Mac" alt="The 15 best Mac games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bioshock-infinite-review-main-image_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&#39;s something you might have missed: the Mac is a great gaming platform now. No, really!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. BioShock Infinite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve never seen a gaming world quite like Columbia. The floating city is a stunning but cruel place filled with warring factions - and you&#39;re the private detective sent into the mayhem to rescue a woman with a supernatural secret.</p> <p>Like the original <em>BioShock</em>, the heady narrative, super-powered combat, tremendous world design and period detail - the whole thing is set in 1912 - combine to create an unforgettable shooter.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/8870/" target="_blank">Buy BioShock Infinite here for &pound;19.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/bioshock-infinite/review">BioShock Infinite full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uB9yYfKq4ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Castle Crashers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The side-scrolling slash-&#39;em-up nearly perfected - and made absolutely loony. <em>Castle Crashers</em> is a cartoonish wonder, letting up to four players each command a colour-coded knight and charge into battle against an array of crazed monsters. </p> <p>It&#39;s not an especially long or complex game, but the co-op experience is hilarious fun, and it can be played again and again with wide grins intact. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/204360/" target="_blank">Buy Castle Crashers here for &pound;9.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/voQNKaG5gn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Tomb Raider </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Canning the swaggering sexpot routine that grew so tiresome, the new <em>Tomb Raider</em> starts afresh with an <em>Uncharted</em>-like reboot that&#39;s visually dazzling, incredibly intense, and has more of a story hook than we&#39;re used to from the series.</p> <p>You&#39;ll experience Lara transforming from a frightened young explorer into a confident killer when the need arises, and there&#39;s plenty to investigate and tackle. A welcome reinvention.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/" target="_blank">Buy Tomb Raider here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomb-raider/review">Tomb Raider full review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j0EFEIwGaPI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Portal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Several years and a much larger sequel later, the original <em>Portal</em> still stands as an utterly brilliant shake-up of the puzzle genre as viewed through a demented, first-person lens.</p> <p>Trapped in an experimental facility on the fritz, you must solve physics-centric tests to break free - all while the chatty computer system drops memorable quips. It&#39;s short, sweet, and one of the greatest games you&#39;ll ever play.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/" target="_blank">Buy Portal here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TluRVBhmf8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Batman: Arkham City </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After loads of bad Bats games, <em>Arkham Asylum</em> finally did the Caped Crusader justice - and then <em>Arkham City</em> soared past it a couple years later.</p> <p><em>Arkham City</em> is the ultimate superhero simulator, letting you explore (and glide through) the open terrain and battle a who&#39;s who of iconic villains. Greatest comic game of all time? For now, at least - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review"><em>Arkham Knight</em></a> is just around the corner.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/200260/" target="_blank">Buy Arkham City here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-city/review">Batman Arkham City full review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cczQjKGXwIQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Limbo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A side-scrolling, environmental puzzle-&#39;em-up, Limbo is mesmerising to look at and shot through with tension.&nbsp;With clever use of shadows and a moody soundscape, it&nbsp;builds atmosphere as well as any game out there.</p> <p>You&#39;re provided no context for who the young boy is or why he&#39;s in this hazard-filled setting, but you&#39;ll still feel compelled to push forward through the gripping, compact adventure.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/" target="_blank">Buy Limbo here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4HSyVXKYz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. XCOM: Enemy Unknown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brought back from the dead in glorious fashion, the <em>XCOM</em> franchise is arguably better than ever in the excellent <em>Enemy Unknown</em>. Blasting aliens in games is old hat, but Firaxis uses the premise to spin out an impressively extensive and challenging tactical campaign, and losing a comrade after a series of tough battles really stings - just as it should. The <em>Enemy Within</em> expansion adds further treats and is well worth trying.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/200510/" target="_blank">Buy XCOM: Enemy Unknown here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oz5ePZTXLOI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Gone Home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Gone Home</em> is the rare first-person experience without guns or combat, and it&#39;s all the better for it.</p> <p>You take the role of a young girl visiting her parents&#39; new home for the first time after a lengthy spell away - only they&#39;re not there. What happened? Examining the contents of the mansion and piecing together the story is the only way to find out. It might sound boring, but instead it&#39;s affecting and fascinating.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232430/" target="_blank">Buy Gone Home here for &pound;14.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x5KJzLsyfBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. The Walking Dead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another licensed game? Believe it: Telltale Games&#39; point-and-click take on the smash comic series is a marvellous thing, generating incredible, gut-punching emotion as it pulls you through the undead uprising.</p> <p>Every decision you make, whether it&#39;s an action or a response, alters the path of your story, and it all carries across the five-episode season - and then into season two, complete with its big shake-up.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/" target="_blank">Buy The Walking Dead here for &pound;18.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ugsKLovWZt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Fez </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This mind-punch of a retro homage anchored <em>Indie Game: The Movie</em> and nearly drove its creator crazy - and its more perplexing puzzles might do the same to you.</p> <p>Fortunately, it&#39;s the kind of frustration made more than bearable by the brilliant platforming tweaks (you can &#39;rotate&#39; the 2D world) and utterly charming presentation, not to mention the treasure trove of alluring secrets buried within.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/224760/" target="_blank">Buy Fez here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tfpKTclOnfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Half-Life 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Half-Life 2</em> is probably the only decade-old first-person shooter that we would put on this list in a heartbeat (to be fair, it&#39;s only been on Mac since 2010).</p> <p>It excels in all possible regards, whether it&#39;s the taut action against frantic alien beasts, the ambience of the world, or the enticing storyline with its very human-seeming characters. Play it - and don&#39;t miss the standalone follow-up episodes.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/220/" target="_blank">Buy Half-Life 2 here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-fps-games-ever/news">The 30 best FPS games ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ID1dWN3n7q4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. FTL: Faster Than Light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like your games unpredictable and simultaneously tough as nails, then <em>FTL: Faster Than Light</em> might be just what you&#39;re seeking.</p> <p>You&#39;ll guide your ship through a randomised galaxy and engage the various threats that emerge, working to keep your vessel intact all the while. The challenge will scare some off, but those who embrace it will fall hard for this engrossing sci-fi strategy experience.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/212680/" target="_blank">Buy FTL: Faster Than Light here for &pound;6.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4imWvoqxmc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Minecraft</em> has transformed from an indie game into an institution - 50+ million copies sold will do that, after all. But behind that madness is still (surprise!) a really entertaining little game.</p> <p>With worlds built from nothing more than pixelated blocks, <em>Minecraft</em> creates a real sense of wonder as you explore the terrain, discover its myriad secrets, and concoct all manner of LEGO-like structures.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://minecraft.net/store" target="_blank">Buy Minecraft here for &pound;17.95</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oTxrGZGfNJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Sid Meier&#039;s Civilization V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game series that lets you redo the past is arguably one of history&#39;s greatest time sinks, and <em>Civilization V</em> is the culmination of everything that&#39;s enthralling about the strategy series.</p> <p>Streamlined and more accessible than ever while maintaining its complexity and richness, <em>Civ V</em> grants great power as you lead your people to prosperity (or poverty), and proves seriously satisfying as such.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/8930/" target="_blank">Buy Civilization V here for &pound;19.99</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6z5WbNMRe_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There were many more big-name AAA titles we could&#39;ve selected to round out this list, and still we kept circling back to <em>Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders</em>. Why? It might be the most fun you can have on Mac for three quid, as this slick dogfighter is excellent both in its online aerial showdowns and its thrilling campaign missions based on World War II. Either way, it&#39;s a total blast, and super cheap too.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders/id575497998?mt=12" target="_blank">Buy Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders here for &pound;2.99</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8jexQTLEN0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 15 best Mac games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not just for work, you know </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature#comments Apple Gaming Lists Mac OSX Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:30:51 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443264 at http://www.stuff.tv Get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite http://www.stuff.tv/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to back-up your Mac or create a Yosemite partition - with ease </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The lovely Yosemite desktop" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mac-osx-yosemite-01.jpg?1406306145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple fanboy? Then you&#39;ll be wanting to install the open beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on your shiny MacBook or iMac. Well DON&#39;T DO ANYTHING YET.</p> <p>Sorry for shouting, but this is important.</p> <p>Yes, we know you&rsquo;ve read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">hands-on preview</a>, <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">signed up</a>, received your email from Apple and are just about to install - but wait. Yosemite is beta software. It&rsquo;s not fully baked.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BACK-UP YOUR MAC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can install Yosemite right over your existing OS X, but if an app fails to work, or it nukes all your data, you&rsquo;re pretty much stuffed, unless you&rsquo;ve got a back-up - and most people don&rsquo;t back-up.</p> <p>Just about the first thing Yosemite does is warn you to take a current back-up of your data, and it provides a handy link to Time Machine&rsquo;s preferences.</p> <p>Time Machine&rsquo;s fine, but we instead recommend you download either <a href="http://bombich.com/">Carbon Copy Cloner</a>&nbsp;or <a href="http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html">SuperDuper!</a>&nbsp;and make a clone of your Mac&rsquo;s drive to an external hard drive.</p> <p>Once that&rsquo;s done (and, sorry to the impatient, but that can take a few hours), restart and hold down the Option (Alt) key. Select the back-up drive and restart from it, making sure everything&rsquo;s working OK. If it is, restart again, but from your Mac&rsquo;s internal drive and install Yosemite.</p> <p>Should anything later go wrong, you can always boot from the clone (and even clone it back to your Mac&rsquo;s internal drive).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="See - even Apple says to be careful" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-back-up-warning.jpg?1406306145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" alt="Choices, choices..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-install.jpg?1406306145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - how to back up" alt="SuperDuper!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-superduper.jpg?1406306145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A SEPARATE YOSEMITE INSTALL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you just want to muck about with Yosemite rather than use it daily, there&rsquo;s another option: install Yosemite somewhere else. Then use data from cloud services (iCloud, Dropbox, and so on) with Yosemite, meaning that will also be accessible to your main OS X install. </p> <p>OS X can be installed on to an external drive (although unless it&rsquo;s got a fast connection, the result may be sluggish). Alternatively, if your Mac&rsquo;s drive still has plenty of spare storage space, you can create a separate partition for Yosemite. </p> <p>(Note: if you have a Fusion Drive, don&rsquo;t follow this process - this is only a straightforward option if you&#39;re using a standard HDD or SDD.) </p> <p>In Disk Utility, select your drive, click Partition, and click the + button. Select the second partition and drag the separator until its size is however much you want for Yosemite - Apple says 8GB minimum, but we&rsquo;d say you need at least 20GB to test it properly. </p> <p>Once you&rsquo;re done, click Apply and your drive will be non-destructively partitioned. You can then select it during the Yosemite install, and boot to it from Startup Disk in System Preferences or by holding Option (Alt) when restarting. </p> <p>Note that when Yosemite is released this autumn, you can just delete the partition to get the space back on your Mac&rsquo;s main drive.</p> <p>See - that was easy enough. And trust us, you&#39;ll sleep better having done it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Mac OS X Yosemite beta hands-on preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-osx-yosemite-partition.jpg?1406306145" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/get-your-mac-ready-os-x-yosemite/feature#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:35:47 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443280 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Apple to launch 4K iMac and Retina display MacBook Air in October http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-4k-imac-and-retina-display-macbook-air-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And OS X Yosemite too? It’s going to be a big month for Mac fans, if reports are to be believed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rumour: Apple to launch 4K iMac and Retina display MacBook Air in October" alt="Rumour: Apple to launch 4K iMac and Retina display MacBook Air in October" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/macbook-air-and-imac.jpg?1406290560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>October could be a big month for Mac users, if a report by 9to5Mac turns out to be correct: the site claims the month will see the full release not only of OS X Yosemite, but also of a 4K iMac desktop and 12in Retina display MacBook Air.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of pixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Retina display MacBook is one we&rsquo;ve already heard a lot about. Apparently it won&rsquo;t replace either of the current 11in or 13in MacBook Air models, but exist on its own as a high-end option: it&rsquo;ll have a 12in hi-res Retina screen and an even thinner and lighter body than the current offerings.</p> <p>According to sources, Apple is confident that this model will be regarded as a major leap forward in the laptop industry. We&rsquo;re already excited. Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">MacBook Air with Retina display preview</a> for everything we&rsquo;ve heard about it so far.</p> <p>The 4K iMac, meanwhile, is something we haven&rsquo;t heard about before, and the rumours don&rsquo;t say much about it other than that it may actually end up being a monitor rather than a self-contained desktop, and that it&rsquo;s due for release in Q3 or possibly Q4 this year. So it&rsquo;s clear that 9to5Mac&rsquo;s sources don&rsquo;t know a great deal about it &ndash; but all the same it&rsquo;s intriguing news. Could this be a high-end iMac aimed at photographers and filmmakers?</p> <p>We&rsquo;re clamping our ears to the ground as we write this, and rest assured: if we hear any more 4K and Retina-related tidbits coming from Cupertino, you&rsquo;ll be the first to know.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/07/23/os-x-yosemite-planned-for-late-october-as-apple-preps-4k-desktop-12-inch-retina-macbook/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-4k-imac-and-retina-display-macbook-air-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 4K Apple iMac MacBook Air OS X Yosemite Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:15:04 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443269 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iWatch http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 24/07/14: Swatch and other watch manufacturers could design multiple iWatches to suit different tastes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iwatch_0_0_0.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s iWatch, unlike its leak-happy iPhone and iPad&nbsp;brethren, has been shrouded in&nbsp;mystery&nbsp;ever since rumours of a wrist-hugging Apple device began to surface at the beginning of this year.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Birth of a rumour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whispers of an Apple-made watch floated their way into the tech ether in February, with both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reporting that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-working-curved-glass-watch/news" target="_blank">Apple had started forging a smartwatch</a> deep within its secretive Cupertino-based lair.</p> <p>Bloomberg added heat to the fire shortly afterwards by reporting that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apple-news/rumour-mill/apple-iwatch-due-this-year-should-last-five-days-without-a-charge" target="_blank">more than 100 Apple employees were busy on the iWatch project</a> and that the device would be released this year in 2013. And so it began.</p> <p>Fast forward to July, and Apple had filed an application for an <a href="http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&amp;to=en&amp;a=http://bylines.news.yahoo.co.jp/ohmototakashi/20130701-00026100/" target="_blank">iWatch trademark in Japan</a>, following earlier patent applications for a <a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&amp;r=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;co1=AND&amp;d=PG01&amp;s1=20130044215&amp;OS=20130044215&amp;RS=20130044215" target="_blank">slap-bracelet smartwatch device</a> and a similar trademark name application in Russia.</p> <p>All of these rumours &ndash; together with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating that the wearable tech industry is an area<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/tim-cook-speaks-about-ios-7-iwatch-and-apple-apps-android/news" target="_blank"> &quot;ripe for exploration&quot;</a>&nbsp;&ndash; mean that it&#39;s surely only a matter of time before we&#39;re walking around with iThings strapped to our wrists.</p> <p><strong>Update 22/04/14:</strong> A leaked screenshot of an iOS 8 home screen features an app called Watch Utility, strongly suggesting that not only is an iWatch in the works, but its arrival is imminent. While the icon suggests that there&#39;s still plenty of polishing left to do, it does confirm the existence of an Apple timepiece.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-leak-confirms-apple-iwatch-way/news" target="_blank">iOS 8 leak confirms Apple iWatch is on the way</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 23/04/14:</strong> French site <a href="http://consomac.fr/news-2534-apple-mondialise-sa-marque-iwatch.html" target="_blank">Consomac</a> has discovered that Apple has registered iWatch trademarks in the guise of a dummy corporation called Brightflash to keep its movements on the down low.&nbsp;</p> <p>&#39;Brightflash&#39; has filed for iWatch trademarks in over 50 countries including the US and the UK, and each application has been filed under international classification 14, which covers jewellery, clocks and watches.</p> <p>As if that wasn&#39;t enough, Brightflash and Apple use the same intellectual property attorney. Adds up pretty nicely, don&#39;t you think?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="526" height="394" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iwatch-snap-band_0.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="Can you spot the iWatch app?" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-utility_0.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="600" height="450" title="Sneaky..." alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-brightflash.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What will it look like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike Apple&#39;s leaked iPhones and iPads, no one outside of Apple&#39;s secret design lair actually knows what the iWatch looks like, proving that Apple can keep a secret if it really wants to.</p> <p>There has been previous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apple-news/news-nugget/this-is-what-the-apple-iwatch-will-really-look-like" target="_blank">speculation of a round design</a> with a&nbsp;super-hard&nbsp;curved glass screen (as shown in the concept above), but reports from Korean site<a href="http://english.etnews.com/device/2839279_1304.html" target="_blank"> ET News</a> suggests that Apple is working on an iWatch with a flexible display.</p> <p>According to research <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2013%2F10%2F09%2Fsupply-chain-sources-feed-speculation-on-apples-display-plans-for-future-devices%2F&amp;v=1&amp;libId=1aa11046-fdda-4ca7-8b52-01d472251814&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.displaysearchblog.com%2F2013%2F10%2Fin-2014-apple-will-once-again-rely-on-displays-for-innovation%2F&amp;title=Supply%20Chain%20Sources%20Feed%20Speculation%20on%20Apple&#039;s%20Display%20Plans%20for%20Future%20Devices%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=research&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13817091400106" target="_blank">NPD DisplaySearch</a>&#39;s research, Apple is working on 320x320 1.3in and 1.6in flexible AMOLED displays for the iWatch &ndash; which we think is more realistic than a circular screen, though we doubt that only one size will make the final cut.</p> <p><a href="http://www.martinhajek.com/portfolio/iwatch-problems/" target="_blank">Martin Hajek</a>&#39;s more traditional-looking iWatch render is more likely to resemble the final product.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch-imagined-gorgeous-concept-art/news" target="_blank">Apple iWatch imagined in gorgeous concept art</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-render-closeup_0_0.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iWatch-concept-Maps-Martin-Hajek-005_1.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A joint effort </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 24/07/14:</strong> Apple has reportedly been speaking to a number of watch manufacturers about a potential partnership which could see a family of iWatches in different styles hit shelves. And if that sound familiar, it&#39;s because we&#39;ve <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/compete-android-wear-apple-needs-radically-different-iwatch/feature" target="_blank">already suggested it</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/23/apple-is-working-with-swatch-others-on-a-family-of-smartwatches/" target="_blank">Venture Beat</a>&#39;s anonymous source believes that one of the manufacturers allegedly involved in these talks is the Swatch Group, which owns makes such as Omega and Breguet.</p> <p>Apple could therefore license its iWatch OS out to manufacturers who will abide by Apple&#39;s guidelines, echoing Android&#39;s distribution amongst different devices.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/compete-android-wear-apple-needs-radically-different-iwatch/feature" target="_blank">To compete with Android Wear, Apple needs a little help from its friends</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="923" height="692" title="This is a fake logo." alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iswatch.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While detailed specs for the iWatch remain unknown,&nbsp;<a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2013%2F03%2F04%2Fapples-iwatch-said-to-run-full-ios-but-battery-life-an-issue-in-prototypes%2F&amp;v=1&amp;libId=3914b859-5fbb-47bc-acbd-32adf76abaa7&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theverge.com%2F2013%2F3%2F4%2F4062448%2Fapple-watch-will-run-ios-and-arrive-later-this-year-say-sources&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2Froundup%2Fiwatch%2F&amp;title=Apple&#039;s%20&#039;iWatch&#039;%20Said%20to%20Run%20Full%20iOS%2C%20but%20Battery%20Life%20an%20Issue%20in%20Prototypes%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=%3Ci%3EThe%20Verge%3C%2Fi%3E%20has%20weighed%20in&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13817093483996" target="_blank">The Verge</a>&nbsp;believes that it will run a full-fat modified version of iOS.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its sources also state that Apple is aiming for a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch-due-year-should-last-five-days-without-charge/news" target="_blank">battery life between four to five days</a>, which is a feature that the rival&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Gear</a>&nbsp;could certainly benefit from having.</p> <p>The most recent iWatch information from <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/01/31/iwatch-ios-8-apple-sets-out-to-redefine-mobile-health-fitness-tracking/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> suggests that the iWatch will run a version of iOS 8 with a built-in Healthbook fitness tracking app (more on that later).</p> <p><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/22/apples-smart-watch-may-not-launch-until-late-2014-use-biometrics-and-ipod-nano-technology/" target="_blank">KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Ku</a>&nbsp;believes that as the iWatch may have similar computing requirements to the iPod Nano, it will share the Nano&#39;s touch technology and application processor.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2013%2F03%2F04%2Fapples-iwatch-planned-to-launch-as-soon-as-this-year-could-include-biosensors-and-mapping-features%2F&amp;v=1&amp;libId=7672aa54-a1a0-4c13-aff8-586742fc2c5a&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberg.com%2Fnews%2F2013-03-04%2Fapple-s-planned-iwatch-could-be-more-profitable-than-tv.html&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2Froundup%2Fiwatch%2F&amp;title=Apple&#039;s%20&#039;iWatch&#039;%20Planned%20to%20Launch%20&#039;As%20Soon%20As%20This%20Year&#039;%2C%20Could%20Include%20Biosensors%20and%20Mapping%20Features%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=%3Ci%3EBloomberg%3C%2Fi%3E%20article&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_138170948116010" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&#39;s sources, the iWatch will let users make and receive calls, check location information and will have a pedometer for measuring your steps and tracking data for fitness apps - a feature that&#39;s become a standard in all smartwatches.</p> <p>Apple is also rumoured to overcome battery life issues by packing the iWatch with a flexible solar charging screen, according to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/technology/building-a-better-battery.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=2" target="_blank">New York Times</a>.</p> <p>Sources &quot;close to the efforts&quot; have revealed that Apple has been working on an iWatch screen with a solar charging layer &ndash; though the technology is reportedly some way off being a practical reality. &nbsp;</p> <p>Apple has already filed patents for a solar charging screen, and Alcatel has previously shown off its own solar charging screen technology.</p> <p>Apple has also experimented with wireless inductive charging similar to that found in some Nokia Lumia smartphones. &nbsp;</p> <p>A 2009 patent reveals that Apple has also dabbled in motion charging, which would use the kinetic energy of the wearer&#39;s swinging arm to top up the iWatch&#39;s battery.</p> <p>Of course we don&#39;t expect Apple to cram all of this charging tech into a single device, but we&#39;re hoping that one or two innovations will be enough to avoid regular charging. Our phones suck up enough juice as it is, thank you very much.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="466" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch-iphone_3_0.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than a smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://bgr.com/2013/10/10/iphone-6-bigger-display-iwatch-details-cantor/" target="_blank">Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald </a>believes that the iWatch will be more than just an extension of your iPhone, as it will have home automation abilities baked directly into it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Controlling your central heating and lights from your watch sounds like a genuinely useful feature and one which will definitely set the iWatch apart from the competition &ndash; if it turns out to be true.</p> <p>The iWatch is also expected to have powerful health-tracking abilites, thanks to iOS 8 and its in-built Healthbook app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-could-track-your-fitness-new-healthbook-app/news" target="_blank">iOS 8 could track your fitness with new Healthbook app</a></strong></p> <p>According to <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/01/31/iwatch-ios-8-apple-sets-out-to-redefine-mobile-health-fitness-tracking/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>, The Healthbook app will be able to track steps taken, calories burned and distance travelled, in addition to keeping a tally on your weight loss (or gain, for that matter). Not dissimilar from the Samsung Galaxy S4&#39;s S Health app, then.</p> <p>But Healthbook reportedly goes further still, being able to track your blood pressure, heart rate and hydration levels, in addition to glucose levels, with the right accessories.</p> <p>An iWatch could potentially tick that box and&nbsp;Healthbook app&#39;s interface itself is reportedly based on Apple&#39;s existing Passbook app and will offer extra functionality including medication reminders.</p> <p>The iWatch could therefore pack in a whole host of sensors that&#39;ll put other smartwatches to shame, but exact details remain scarce for the time being.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1023" height="768" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iwatch%20concept.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When can you strap in? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/22/apples-smart-watch-may-not-launch-until-late-2014-use-biometrics-and-ipod-nano-technology/" target="_blank">KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Ku</a> believes that the iWatch won&#39;t hit shelves until late 2014, blaming the immaturity of wearable device components and a lack of adequate resources.</p> <p>As for pricing? We&#39;re hoping that the iWatch won&#39;t be anywhere near as expensive as the &pound;300 Samsung Galaxy Gear, but we&#39;ll just have to sit tight and see what the iRumour mill throws our way...</p> <p><strong>Update 04/06/14:</strong> Some more evidence that points to an imminent arrival: according to <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/07/04/tag-heuer-sales-director-apple-iwatch/">MacRumors</a>, Apple has poached the former sales director of luxury watch firm TAG Heuer. Jean-Claude Bivet, the big cheese when it comes to jewellery and watches at TAG&#39;s parent company LVMH, told CNBC that the sales director had left to work on the iWatch project.</p> <p><strong>Update 10/07/14</strong>: KGI Securities analyst <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/07/10/iwatch-mass-production-nov/" target="_blank">Ming Ghi Kuo</a> now believes that while the iWatch is expected to be revealed in October, its production has been delayed till November due to a number of challenges.</p> <p>The first of these challenges is reportedly the new materials and hardware that Apple is working with. Kuo believes that the iWatch will use a flexible AMOLED display, a waterproof body and a sapphire crystal screen cover, and combining and manufacturing all of these components is the reason he gives for the delay.</p> <p>We could therefore see the iWatch strut its stuff on stage in October, with its retail launch landing at least one month later.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="999" height="749" title="Apple iWatch" alt="Apple iWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-logo-price_2.jpg?1406211502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review#comments Apple Geek accessories iWatch Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:55:24 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427850 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple to release four different iPhone 6 models? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-might-surprise-us-not-two-four-iphone-6-units/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The freedom to choose – or just a headache when you have to decide on one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" alt="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/g6.jpeg?1406201534" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just when we thought having a choice between two <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> models was going to mean making a touch decision, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">XtremeGuard </a>drops a hint that there might actually be more. Four, to be precise.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> History may repeat itself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Apple does make these four models, there could be a differentiation in its marketing strategy. With the iPhone 5s and the 5c, the former was pitched at a high-end premium market while the latter was for a mid-tier segment. The same could apply for the iPhone 6 and 6c.</p> <p>If rumour has it right, the iPhones may also boast <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news">an </a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news">almost indestructible glass screen</a> and arrive alongside <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news">a new NFC-enabled mobile wallet service</a>. You can read all the speculation about it in one place: our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 preview</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/47in-iphone-6-screen-subjected-sandpaper-fares-better-iphone-5s/news">iPhone 6 screen subjected to sandpaper torture, fares better than the iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/iphone_6_renders_show_up_in_screen_protector_listing-news-9118.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>; image: <a href="http://www.xtremeguard.com/Apple-Screen-Protectors-s/107.htm#.U9CLy8fEaRe" target="_blank">XtremeGuard</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="428" title="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" alt="Apple may surprise us with not two but four iPhone 6 units" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/phonesi.jpg?1406201534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-might-surprise-us-not-two-four-iphone-6-units/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iOS iPhone 6 Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:55 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443160 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It seems Cupertino may have finally found a use for NFC: turning its next phone into a payment platform </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="717" height="538" title="Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6" alt="Rumour: Apple to launch mobile wallet service with iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render_4.jpg?1406197222" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a report by The Information, Apple may launch a mobile wallet service alongside its next iPhone this autumn.</p> <p>The service would essentially turn the iPhone 6 (or whatever it&rsquo;s called) into a portable payments platform: you could use it to pay for a bus ride or a pint of lager through touch-to-pay technology.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NFC: Now For Certain? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple has apparently also said it intends to cut the mobile networks out of any payments programme in order to retain control of it, and that it may use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for the touchless payment technology &ndash; although Near Field Communication is probably a stronger possibility.</p> <p>Despite NFC becoming a standard feature on most higher-end smartphones, Apple has steered clear of using the technology thus far &ndash; but a proper mobile wallet service could change all that. NFC provides an instant, fuss-free connection between two gadgets, while Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are far more fiddly. One advantage they have, however, is that they&rsquo;re on older iPhone models, which could mean the payment system isn&rsquo;t restricted to the next generation of iPhones.</p> <p>As we say, it&rsquo;s just a rumour for now &ndash; but an interesting one all the same. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted. In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest Apple smartphone rumours in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 preview</a>.</p> <p>[<a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Apple-Mobile-Wallet-Talks-Heat-Up" target="_blank">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/24/5932507/apple-mobile-wallet" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature">Ditch your wallet now: NFC mobile payments explained</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-apple-launch-mobile-wallet-service-iphone-6/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:19:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443164 at http://www.stuff.tv Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 23/07/14: The Yosemite Beta is now available to all - we go hands-on to find out if you should dive in now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite - quite the looker" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-Yosemite-Desktop-2.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s latest and greatest OS - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/7-things-you-need-know-about-mac-os-x-yosemite/news" target="_blank">OS X 10.10 Yosemite</a> - will be out later on this year, with plenty of new tweaks and tricks to entice new and faithful Mac users alike.</p> <p>But you don&#39;t have to wait until Autumn to give it a go. For the first time in its history <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">Apple is launching a public beta - and it&#39;s available right now</a> (albeit limited to the first million people to sign up).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A prettier place to be </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Californian national park that shares its name, OS X Yosemite is a pleasure for your eyeballs. Apple has tightened up the design, with a flatter, simpler look to icons that&#39;s lifted from iOS 7; it lends the Dock a much cleaner look and makes it more instinctively navigable.</p> <p>And how about that new translucenct Trash icon? We&#39;ve not been this excited about a desktop bin since the thrills of the Oscar the Grouch utility for Mac OS 7.1.</p> <p>Translucency is actually a big theme here, and is used to&nbsp;give toolbars and sidebars a frosted glass-like effect, allowing you to see colour tones of background content through your foreground programmes. It&#39;s terrifically pretty, but the level of transparency informs you only that there&#39;s <em>something</em>&nbsp;behind the window you&#39;re working on, rather than what it might be.</p> <p>Prettiness for prettiness&#39; sake is fine by us, mind, and it doesn&#39;t even really matter that this sort of thing was introduced first by Microsoft way back at the launch of Vista. We only wish Apple had also seen fit to pinch the auto-sizing of windows that leads to a pleasingly regimented arrangement of, er, windows in, um, Windows.</p> <p>That hasn&#39;t happened, but Toolbars have been tidied and streamlined.&nbsp;The Close, Minimise and Maximise buttons are now Close, Minimise and Full-screen. Maximise hasn&#39;t moved elsewhere, it&#39;s been relegated to a secret (OK, not actually secret) shortcut - press Alt while you click the Full-screen button and you&#39;ll get the old-school Maximise, which means your window will fill most of the screen but leave the dock and menu bar visible.</p> <p>Apple clearly wants people to use Full-screen, swiping from app to app using their MacBook&#39;s touchpad. Honestly, that&#39;s not a usage scenario we&#39;ve managed to get used to just yet, but in a two-screen setup Full-screen works well, giving you a massive space for your most used app (in our case the web browser) while leaving your dock and an array of smaller windows available on the secondary screen.</p> <p>And finally there&#39;s the new font, which while not identical to that used in iOS 7 will feel immediately familiar to all those iPad and iPhone users out there. There are font bores in Stuff Towers (one of whom you&#39;ll be hearing from in the next couple of days) who&#39;ve taken against it in quite a big way, but to these eyes it&#39;s a rather fetching blend of fun and function, and is never less than perfectly legible.</p> <p>All-in-all the design changes are fairly subtle, which means existing Mac users will find themselves right at home in mere moments. Whether everyone will immediately take to the new icons and font is another matter, but we suspect that once those knees have stopped jerking most will agree that the cleaner look makes for a nicer overall user experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2100" height="900" title="Translucency looms large in Yosemite" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Family.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="820" height="615" title="Disappointed to see that the stack of pancakes are in fact, stacked bowls" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-design1_1.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glorious continuity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuity is perhaps the biggest and most exciting new feature in OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately it only works with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>, which isn&#39;t yet available to test. We have seen it in action, though, so read on for all the details.</p> <p>During its launch at WWDC, Apple stressed how important it was for it to create a seamless experience between all of its iDevices and Macs, and Yosemite absolutely looks like it&#39;s set to deliver just that. And then some.</p> <p>For starters, Macs and iDevices will be able to automatically recognise when they&#39;re near each other, connecting between themselves without you having to lift a finger. And it opens up a box of very powerful tricks.</p> <p>Take phone calls for example. Imagine if you&#39;re on your iMac, doing important... iMac things, &nbsp;and your iPhone&#39;s charging away in your bedroom.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of a sudden, you get a phone call, and you&#39;re tripping over Barbie&#39;s Selfie Summerhouse in an attempt to make it to your iPhone on time. With Yosemite and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>, instead of crushing your little girl&#39;s dreams, you&#39;ll get a notification on your Mac desktop to tell you who&#39;s calling.</p> <p>You can choose to reject the call, or answer it and carry out the phone call directly on your Mac, while the iPhone remains in the other room. Impressive, no?</p> <p>Messages get the same treatment. You can now send and receive SMS, MMS and new audio clip messages directly from your Mac - regardless of whether or not they&#39;re being sent, or received from, an iPhone. The only exception to non-iOS devices might be audio clips, but this has yet to be confirmed.</p> <p>Another big benefit of your Mac automatically connecting with your iPhone is that you&#39;re able to use OS X Yosemite&#39;s new Instant Hotspot function.&nbsp;</p> <p>If the Wi-Fi at your local Starbucks conks out due to a mocha explosion, then all you have to do is selected your automatically connected iPhone in the Wi-Fi menu, and boom - you&#39;re hooked up to mobile data in an instant - no passwords required.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Continuity will almost certainly be Yosemite&#039;s killer feature. Alas, it&#039;s not ready for testing yet." alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Continuity.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1069" height="802" title="Aren&#039;t we popular?" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-messaging_0.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very handy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuing with, er, continuity, Yosemite and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature" target="_blank">iOS 8 </a>both have a useful new function called Handoff, which lets you seamlessly work across your Macs and iDevices, saving your current state each time.</p> <p>Imagine writing a report on your Mac, then realising you have to dash out. Instead of having to emailing it to yourself, the Handoff button will let you instantly transfer the report to your iPad, saving it exactly where you left off.</p> <p>It works the other way around too. If you&#39;re editing a photo on your iPad but would prefer to work on a larger screen, a simple tap of the Handoff button will let you do just that.</p> <p>It&#39;s simple, yet powerfully convenient, and works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. It looks like a very tempting way of convincing people to buy into Apple&#39;s ecosystem, but we&#39;ll have to wait for iOS 8 before we can test the feature fully.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-215in-14ghz/review" target="_blank">Apple iMac review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="964" height="723" title="Insta-switch" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-os-x-yosemite-photo.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will your Mac support Continuity? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 18/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;Yosemite&#39;s Handoff and Continuity features are likely to be limited to Macs which are Bluetooth 4.0 LE-enabled.</p> <p>German site <a href="http://apfeleimer.de/2014/06/kein-continuity-airdrop-handsoff-fuer-ipad-2-und-aeltere-macs" target="_blank">Apfeleimer</a> has put together the above chart which will show you if your Mac is compatible with Yosemite&#39;s Continuity feature. If you&#39;re in the green, then your Mac will play nice with your iPhone. If you&#39;re in the red, then you can still run Yosemite, but you won&#39;t be able to use the Continuity features.</p> <p>Apple could change the requirements before Yosemite&#39;s full retail release, and we&#39;ll be sure to update our preview if that&#39;s the case.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Green: Good Red: Bad" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yosemite-bluetooth.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Souped-up Notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Notification Center, which appears to the right of your desktop with a click or a swipe, now has a new Today feature - essentially an at-a-glance look at any imminent meetings, events, reminders and birthdays, in addition to summarising what you&#39;ve got to look forward to (cake tasting), or dread (dentist), the following day.</p> <p>Click Edit at the bottom of the Today panel and you can remove unused widgets (Stocks, begone!), move others around, and add new ones from the pre-populated list to the right or from the Mac App Store (although this portion of the App Store isn&#39;t open for business just yet).</p> <p>Interestingly, certain websites when accessed from Safari already have pop-ups that ask if you&#39;d like to add their Notifications widget. <a href="http://variety.com" target="_blank">Variety</a> is one such example, although the Notifications themselves don&#39;t actually appear to be active yet. Expect loads of these to become available in the run-up to Yosemite&#39;s full launch.</p> <p>It logically makes sense that the Tomorrow entry would go right at the bottom of the Today panel, what with it not being something that happens today, but I&#39;d personally prefer to see it directly underneath the Calendar widget. Alas, Tomorrow can&#39;t be moved. It can&#39;t be clicked on, either, so if you want more details than a vague &quot;There are 6 events scheduled&quot; you&#39;re going to need to open the Calendar app yourself.</p> <p>And while we&#39;re on the subject of Calendar, entries in its Today widget occasionally appear with black titles, making them hard to read over the grey background. This has the feel of a simple bug, and one that will undoubtedly get a fix in short order.</p> <p>Serial Tweeter? You&#39;ll probably appreciate the Social widget of Today, which allows you to post to Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter - or send iMessages - in a snap. You can&#39;t add images, but this is perhaps the quickest way yet to spout your thoughts on to the interwebs.</p> <p>And of course the thoughts of the interwebs are spouted right back at you via the standard Notifications panel, but now if it all gets a bit much you can activate Do Not Disturb, which has endless customisation options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Today feature is great for keeping track of appointments" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Notifications.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spotlight search is accessed in the same way as before (click on the magnifying glass or hit CMD+Space), but it&#39;s now far more useful.</p> <p>It takes pride of place right in the middle of your display, and as well as more effectively searching your local documents and media (it has an unerring habit of picking exactly what you&#39;re after as the Top Hit) it also draws information from sources such as Definition, Wikipedia, Maps and Yelp. The Wikipedia integration is especially useful - no longer is IMDB the quickest way to work out which darn film it was that you last saw that blasted familiar actor in.</p> <p>Spotlight is also a fantastic way of finding little snippets of information you read on the internet days ago but that you&#39;ve no chance of finding by looking through the list of obscurely titled web pages in your History. That&#39;s because it actually searches right <em>through</em> the pages in your history.</p> <p>And when Continuity does go live the integration of Contacts should also prove supremely easy. Start typing a name, your mate&#39;s details appear and you can message or ring them directly through Spotlight, providing a more fluid experience for getting in touch with people even faster.</p> <p>Naturally, Spotlight also brings up books, movies and videos that are relevant to your search, letting you pick them up from iTunes within seconds. That&#39;ll keep Apple&#39;s revenue streams flowing nicely.</p> <p>Instant currency conversions are also possible, as are quick app launches.</p> <p>In short, get used to using Spotlight and your entire computing experience will instantly become way, way quicker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Spotlight now searches online sources such as Wikipedia - brilliantly quick and useful" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-spotlight-1.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="Maps is also included in the new Spotlight" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Spotlight-2.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can You Upgrade? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s a list of compatible hardware for OS X Yosemite:</p> <ol> <li>iMac (Mid-2007 or later)</li> <li>MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)</li> <li>MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)</li> <li>MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)</li> <li>Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)</li> <li>Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)</li> <li>Xserve (Early 2009)</li> </ol> <p>Minimum system requirements are 2GB of RAM, 8GB of free storage and OS X 10.6.8 or above</p> <p>[source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/06/psa-the-idevices-and-macs-that-will-support-ios-8-and-os-x-10-10/" target="_blank">Ars Technica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Surfin&#039; Safari </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In keeping with the general theme of Yosemite, Safari has been given a significant tidy-up. The URL bar finally doubles-up as a search bar (with Spotlight integration), and clicking on it also opens a drop-down panel with neat rows of icons for all of your favourite and most visited sites.</p> <p>This panel, combined with scrollable tabs and a Tab View that shows you every single open tab (across all devices once iOS 8 goes live), goes some way towards making up for the fact that Pinned tabs are still not a feature of Safari. But not all of the way. Those who have a strict setup of pages that they sit on all day might want to change the default Favourites to those tabs that would be Pinned in Chrome and open them at the start of each Safari session with the Open In Tabs option in the Favourites section of Bookmarks. Or they might want to simply stick with Chrome.</p> <p>Sharing is also easier. Seen a hilarious meme that you simply have to share with your great aunt Gertrude? A few clicks is all it takes to beam it straight to her via Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Oh how she&#39;ll chortle.</p> <p>Also, Safari has caught up with Chrome&#39;s private browsing features in the sense that you can, at long last, open up a separate Private Browsing window, in which all tabs will also be private. That means you can go all Secret Squirrel in one window, while browsing normally in another.</p> <p>Apart from a visual makeover, Safari&#39;s back end has also undergone some tweaking. Boring bar charts aside, JavaScript optimisations and Yosemite&#39;s overall energy efficiency mean that in addition to being faster than ever, you should be able to squeeze an extra two whole hours of Netflix streaming out of your MacBook Air&#39;s battery life. This isn&#39;t a feature we&#39;ve been able to test as yet, but we&#39;ll provide an update here as soon as we have.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Safari is now a much cleaner app" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="The URL bar is also now a search bar and quick-access to your favourite and most visited sites" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Safari-2.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve Got Mail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest new feature of the Mail app is Markup, which apart from coming in handy for quickly signing off PDF files with your scanned signature, also allows you to scribble notes over images. It&#39;s clever enough to recognise when you&#39;ve doodled, say, an arrow or a speech bubble, and convert it into a smoothly rendered drawing. Jony Ive will brook no squiggles; everything you do on his Macs will fit into the Apple design language, whether you like it or not.</p> <p>It also allows you to place localised zoom areas on pictures, highlighting a particular detail or object from the background, and while that&#39;s currently a little slow (and therefore fiddly) when dealing with high-res images (even on an i7 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM), it will still be an incredibly useful tool for certain users.</p> <p>Mail also lets you send attachments up to 5GB in size, preventing large emails from bouncing back. It&#39;s all thanks to the new Mail Drop feature which automatically uploads large files to iCloud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple users will, of course, find the experience seamless; if the recipient&#39;s using Mail on a Mac, they can open the file as if it was an ordinary attachment. non-Mail users have to slum it with a download link, as the service depends on iCloud.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="We could be far less mature than this" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-Yosemite-Mail-Markup.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="900" title="Yeah, we&#039;re pretty excited about Destiny around here" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-Markup-2.png?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharing is caring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with Continuity, the iCloud features of Yosemite aren&#39;t ready for testing yet, but we have been eyes-on. Here&#39;s the skinny:</p> <p>iCloud is now built directly into the Finder window, and behaves like any other standard local folder.&nbsp;If you&#39;re using Dropbox then the experience of dragging and dropping files directly into the iCloud folder to sync it instantly will be familiar, and you&#39;ll already know how incredibly useful it is. In fact, Dropbox might be a bit worried about this new version of iCloud.</p> <p>You can create additional folders using iCloud Drive too, which then syncs them across all of your Macs and iDevices. And iOS 8 includes the option for developers to create iCloud folders so that certain things - doodles you&#39;ve made in Sketchbook Pro, for example - will then be available across all devices.</p> <p>AirDrop is another useful feature which lets you push files between nearby iOS devices or Macs with just a few clicks, though we&#39;ve yet to test out if this method will be faster than bashing out a quick email.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="900" title="iCloud is going to be way more powerful and flexible - Dropbox should be worried" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yosemite-iCloud-2.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A near-flawless performance, even in beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just because Apple is launching a public beta for the first time doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s unleashing a shoddy piece of unstable software on an unsuspecting public. In fact, even in its beta form Yosemite is exceptionally stable.</p> <p>In our week of constant use and abuse we&#39;ve not encountered a single crash or freeze. Only the Notifications toolbar, which fairly regularly stumbles rather than glides into view, has given us any cause for concern, and we&#39;ve no reason to think that won&#39;t be looked at and smoothed-out long before the final release of Yosemite.</p> <p>Apart from that the performance has been lightning fast and stutter free, but in fairness we have been testing on an i7 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM. Our next step will be to install Yosemite on a number of other Macs to put Apple&#39;s claims of faster performance and longer battery life to the test - stay tuned for updates on that one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review" target="_blank">Apple MacBook Pro review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac OS X Yosemite" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite-design_1_1.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple OS X initial verdict - should you download the Beta now? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may be &#39;only&#39; a point release, but OS X 10.10 Yosemite is actually a rather large update for Apple&#39;s Mac operating system. The tricky thing is that the biggest, most striking features (Continuity and iCloud) aren&#39;t yet available to test as they&#39;re reliant on iOS 8.</p> <p>But even at this first stop on the long road of an open beta we are able to get a good feel for Yosemite, and it already appears to be lovely. The cleaner, simplified design is immediately familar yet fresh and a little more instinctive in use. It&#39;s super fast and already extremely solid, too.</p> <p>So should you download it now? That depends. If you&#39;re a developer or have a penchant for seeing software develop, fill your boots. Ditto if you fancy doing some serious testing and bug reporting for Apple.</p> <p>But the average user? Perhaps not quite yet. There&#39;s no guarantee that all of those apps you rely on on a daily basis will work with the Yosemite beta, and as a beta there&#39;s always the chance it will fall over and do something horrible to your vital data. If that sounds like it would be a fate worse than death, best hold on for the full, final release. We&#39;ll certainly be waiting until then to deliver our final verdict.</p> <p>Still want to take the plunge? Then head to the <a href="https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/en/betaprogram/" target="_blank">OS X Yosemite Beta Program page here</a>, but not before heeding&nbsp;Apple&#39;s own warnings about doing so, which we&#39;ve reprinted in the boxout below.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news" target="_blank">iOS 8: 8 things you need to know about Apple&rsquo;s new iPhone and iPad OS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="786" height="589" title="Can you smell what the rock is cooking?" alt="Mac OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-yosemite.jpg?1406543662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s Yosemite Beta Tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve received these tips (or should we call them warnings) directly from Apple. Ignore them at your peril!</p> <p>&bull; This is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected</p> <p>&bull; We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac</p> <p>&bull; Make a back up of your Mac before installing</p> <p>&bull; Some features require iOS 8, which is not being offered as part of the OS X Beta Program</p> <p>&bull; There will be periodic updates to the OS X Yosemite Beta, and you will be able to upgrade to the final version of OS X Yosemite when it ships this fall</p> <p>&bull; Use your Mac as you normally would and if you encounter any issues, use the built-in Feedback Assistant app to report them</p> <p>&bull; Visit the OS X Beta Program guide for the latest information about the Yosemite beta and how to submit feedback</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with the beta: should you dive in to Apple&#039;s new OS now? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review#comments Apple Desktops Laptops OS X Yosemite Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:18:50 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438470 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple ups R&D investment, suggesting brand new products are imminent http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ups-rd-investment-suggesting-brand-new-products-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The company is ploughing 30 percent more into research and development than it did at this time last year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple ups R&amp;D investment, suggesting brand new products on the way" alt="Apple ups R&amp;D investment, suggesting brand new products on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iwatch_0_0_0%20%281%29.jpg?1406131675" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple had its third quarter earnings call yesterday, and while the general tone was, &ldquo;Well guys, we&rsquo;re still making lots and lots of money&rdquo; there was a hint that something special could be on the way.</p> <p>The call revealed that Apple invested US$1.6 billion in research and development this past quarter of the year &ndash; a 30 percent increase on the same quarter of 2013 and just over four percent of its entire revenue for the quarter.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iWatch out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, so we know that&rsquo;s just numbers, not hard evidence that some earth-shattering new gadget is imminent. However, it&rsquo;s interesting to note that the last time Apple spent that proportion of its revenue on R&amp;D was 2006 &ndash; just before it launched the iPhone and subsequently shifted the mobile phone landscape.</p> <p>So, what could be just over the horizon? We could speculate all day, but the smart money is on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a> or similar wearable device &ndash; plus, of course, new iPhones and refreshes to its existing lines of iPads, iMacs, MacBook Airs etc.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> looks set for a late September launch, while the iWatch may come along a few weeks later in October.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/23/apple-earnings-new-products/" target="_blank">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: The 11 most impressive iWatch concepts so far: which would you wear?</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ups-rd-investment-suggesting-brand-new-products-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iPhone 6 iWatch Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:02:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443059 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iWatch? It's iTime for a change http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple patent shows off smart wristwear with gesture control and sensors in the strap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="iWatch? It&#039;s iTime for a change" alt="iWatch? It&#039;s iTime for a change" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-itime-01.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An Apple patent has revealed details of a smartwatch device dubbed &#39;iTime&#39;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first version resembles a sixth-generation iPod nano; a dockable module that can be clipped into a strap, turning it into a smartwatch. Interestingly, the illustrations of this device refer to it as &quot;iTime&quot; &ndash; though Apple has already filed for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-snaps-iwatch-trademark-russia/news" target="_blank">&quot;iWatch&quot; trademarks</a>.</p> <p>The device&#39;s strap could contain sensors &ndash; such as accelerometers and GPS &ndash; and haptic feedback devices systems.&nbsp;Other electronics packed into the strap could include Bluetooth and, interestingly, a near-field antenna &ndash; is Apple finally ready to get aboard the NFC bandwagon?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Apple iTime" alt="Apple iTime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-itime-02_0.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second version of the device is a more conventional watch-style device, with a curved glass screen and an integrated strap.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s patent also describes ways in which the iTime device could function as part of a &quot;personal wireless environment,&quot; communicating with an iPhone. The example cited will be familiar to anyone who&#39;s used <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>; an incoming e-mail triggers a notification, with the option to interact with it using the iPhone or iTime device.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s expected to announce a smartwatch this year &ndash; although the usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">claims</a> that production of the device has been delayed due to the challenges of working with the new materials involved in its production. Only iTime will tell.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(361%2F679.03.CCLS.+AND+20140722.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/361/679.03+and+isd/7/22/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/361/679.03+AND+ISD/20140722)" target="_blank">US Patent Office</a> via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/22/apple-granted-comprehensive-itime-smartwatch-patent-with-in-strap-circuitry-arm-gesture-support" target="_blank">Apple Insider</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Apple iTime" alt="Apple iTime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-itime-03.jpg?1406542544" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iTime for a change </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple patent reveals iWatch features </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news#comments Apple iWatch Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:36:31 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442962 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 22/07/14: Apple may be preparing for the biggest iPhone launch yet with a huge ramp in production </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="910" height="683" title="So, what will the iPhone 6 look like?" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a> owner who has yet to snap up the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">5c</a>, chances are you&rsquo;re holding out for the next iteration of the iPhone, like a sensible gadgeteer.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field 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</div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Makeover time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s almost guaranteed that the iPhone 6&#39;s appearance will be different enough from the iPhone 5s to earn it its all-new number.</p> <p>Traditionally, &lsquo;s&rsquo; devices have kept the same design as their predecessors, with major differences appearing on the insides, and Apple will get a lot of flak if the iPhone 6 turns out to be a 5s with faster innards.</p> <p>Thankfully, that doesn&#39;t look likely. The iPhone 6 body has leaked countless times over the past year in various forms, and now actual (and apparently genuine) production cases have made their way into the hands of online tech aficionados.</p> <p>The video above, courtesy of YouTube user iCrackUriDevice, shows off one of these rear cases, and it clearly shows off Apple&#39;s new design in all its glory.</p> <p>It&#39;s immediately obvious that the iPhone 6 will likely arrive with a bigger screen. The case is larger than the iPhone 5s, and its thinner, with a much rounder design.</p> <p>One big change is the relocation of the power button from the top to the right hand side, where it will be easily accessible with your thumb, Samsung Galaxy-style.</p> <p>Looking at the rear, the pill-shaped flash cutout has been replaced by a circular one, suggesting that Apple has either ditched its dual two-tone LED flash, or it&#39;s managed to cram both LEDs into a circular space.</p> <p>The volume buttons however, have appeared to do the reverse. They are now a thinner&nbsp;pill shape, falling in line with the iPod Touch, as opposed to the circular buttons currently found on the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>Looking at the internals of the case, we can see a slight recess over the Apple logo cutout. This, combined with the fact that previous Apple logos weren&#39;t left as cutouts, suggests that the logo will light up, like the ones found on its MacBook brothers.</p> <p>This is supported by previous photos leaked by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2014/07/iphone_6_new_unseen_photos_could_confirm_light_up_notifications/" target="_blank">uSwitch</a>&nbsp;(with the aid of famed Apple leaker Sonny Dickson), which show off the rear housing of an iPhone 6, with a plastic panel that&#39;s thin enough to let line shine through it.</p> <p>Apart from attracting moths, the logo could be used as a blinking notification light - a handy function if the device is face down.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-logo_2.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in June,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/exclusive_iphone_6_sized_up_to_galaxy_s5-news-8773.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>&nbsp;snaffled a picture of the phone alongside its likely main rival, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5.</a></p> <p>The image shows off the expected larger screen, along with a clearly visible power switch on the right edge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another iPhone 6 dummy leak courtesy of <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/space-grey-iphone-6-vs-iphone-5s-htc-one-m8-44032/">G for Games</a>&nbsp;also emerged,&nbsp;this time apparently of a non-working dummy model.</p> <p>The first image above shows it next to an iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8). As you can see, it&#39;s not far off the size of the latter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPhone 6, pictured alongside a Samsung Galaxy S5 (via GSM Arena)" alt="The iPhone 6, pictured alongside a Samsung Galaxy S5 (via GSM Arena)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone_6_leak_galaxy_s5_white_gsmarena.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="1599" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-versus-iphone-5s-and-htc-one-m8_2.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A trio of iPhone 6 dummy units in gold, black and grey have leaked online in July, courtesy of a <a href="https://twitter.com/SonnyDickson/status/484969129598676993/photo/1" target="_blank">tweet</a> sent out by Apple leaker Sonny Dickson.</p> <p>The photo matches up with all previous iPhone 6 leaks, although the exact size is hard to determine without a regular iPhone 5s for scale.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="What&#039;s your flavour?" alt="iPhone 6 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-trio.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android-matching screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6 will almost certainly have a larger screen than the 4in display of the iPhone 5s, and it could very well arrive in two models - one with 4.7in screen, and another 5.5in version.</p> <p>April saw&nbsp;an iPhone 6 manufacturing mould leak, pointing to at least one larger iPhone in the works. French site&nbsp;<a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.nowhereelse.fr/iphone-6-dimensions-moule-96433/&amp;hl=en&amp;langpair=auto|en&amp;tbb=1&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">Nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;scaled up the image using the iPhone 4s for comparison, and it suggests that we could be looking at &nbsp;a 4.7in screen size, which fits in with all of the previous rumours we&#39;d seen up to that point.</p> <p>In June, Italian site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macitynet.it/iphone-6-vs-iphone-5s-i-mockup-confronto/" target="_blank">Macitynet</a>&nbsp;posted images of an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-dummy-unit-brushes-shoulders-galaxy-s5-and-iphone-5s/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 dummy unit</a>&nbsp;alongside the iPhone 5s and a Samsung Galaxy S5. The pictures support rumours of a taller, wider iPhone 6, with rounded edges and an all-black anodised aluminium finish. Also notable is the protruding camera array, similar to the design of the current iPod Touch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Looks bigger to us" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-case-2.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The iPhone 6 could have a screen size around 4.7 inches" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-mould-leak_0.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And as for the 5.5in phablet version - A fellow called Jimmy Lin (who<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c-spotted-wild/news" target="_blank">&nbsp;leaked the iPhone 5c</a>&nbsp;before its launch last year) went on to repeat himself by leaking the iPhone 6 in June.</p> <p>Lin shared pictures of an allegedly genuine iPhone 6 on Chinese site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.weibo.com/1608574203/B9yENsm3U" target="_blank">Weibo</a>, after previously leaking images of the smaller 4.7in model, which he stated was a beta unit for testing purposes.</p> <p>His latest picture showed off the larger size of the 5.5in iPhone 6 against what appears to be an iPhone 5s being repaired.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to tell whether or not the unit is genuine, but given Lin&#39;s past leaks, we could be looking at the real deal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="449" title="Big enough for you?" alt="iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6-5.5-1_2.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://gizmodo.com/bloomberg-larger-iphones-go-into-production-july-ship-1595175683" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&#39;s source also added fuel to the dual iPhone rumour flames once again. The source stated that Apple will release a 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone in September, both of which will feature rounder and thinner designs, which matches up with all the leaked pictures we&#39;d seen to date.</p> <p>The screens will also apparently taper off towards the edges, thanks to some curved glass magic, which should make the new iPhones feel even thinner.</p> <p>The rumour came straight after leaked model photos of the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, which indicate that all three devices will sport Touch ID Home buttons. No surprises there.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-ipad-air-2-and-ipad-mini-3-show-touch-id-sensors/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 show off Touch ID sensors</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The whole family" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-6-ipad-air-2-ipad-mini-3.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Sapphire </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are also rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a <a href="http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/05/apple-plant-arizona/3440009/%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">super-hard sapphire glass display</a>, which will be produced by GT Advanced Technologies - the company which already produces the camera lens and Touch ID home button sapphire glass sections for the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>Nothing short of a diamond can scratch pure sapphire, so this is promising news for scratch-phobic gadgeteers.</p> <p>More recently, YouTuber Marques Brownlee scratch-tested a reportedly genuine iPhone 6 screen, and although it was still marked by sandpaper, it held up noticeably better than the iPhone 5s&#39; display.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-s-unbreakable-sapphire-glass-screen-shown-two-videos/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6&rsquo;s &ldquo;unbreakable&rdquo; sapphire glass screen shown off in two videos</a></strong></p> <p>This could be due to the fact that the iPhone 6&#39;s screen is a sapphire display hybrid, as opposed to a pure sapphire screen. This is supported by the visit of MIT&#39;s <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/news/529401/cheap-and-nearly-unbreakable-sapphire-screens-come-into-view/" target="_blank">Kevin Bullis</a>&nbsp;to GT Advanced technologies, where he saw a machine slice of a micro-thin layer of sapphire, which could then be laid over a regular glass panel.</p> <p>This would explain the iPhone 6 screen&#39;s improved (but not invincible) scratch-resistance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5R0_FJ4r73s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="930" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gt-technologies.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best look at the iPhone 6 yet (sort of) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouTuber <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrHIY1N9yPA" target="_blank">Tom Rich</a> also managed to get his hands on a non-working 4.7in iPhone 6 dummy unit, and he compares it to rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), before super-imposing iOS8 into the unit&#39;s screen, showing off the difference in size between the current iPhone 5s&#39; 4.3in display.</p> <p>The 4.7in iPhone 6 model is only slightly smaller than the 5in Galaxy S5 and HTC On (M8) rivals, implying that the 5.5in version might be uncomfortable to use one-handed for people with regular-sized hands.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BrHIY1N9yPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s has an excellent camera with dual-tone flash for more natural colour reproduction, and while we&#39;d like the same flash to remain in the iPhone 6, the circular cutout the rear of the iPhone 6 creates some doubt.</p> <p>Given the iPhone 6&rsquo;s larger screen (and therefore larger build) though, we could see a bump in megapixels and sensor size, as there&rsquo;ll be more internal room for Apple to play around with.</p> <p>Actual reports on megapixel counts have been confusing however. Way back in January,&nbsp;China&#39;s Nomura Security told the <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/iphone-6-camera-tipped-to-retain-8-megapixel-sensor-11312866/" target="_blank">China Post</a> that the iPhone 6 won&#39;t be bumping up its megapixel count.&nbsp;Instead, it&#39;ll apparently keep the same 8MP camera that&#39;s currently nestled inside the iPhone 5s, with one major improvement &ndash; optical image stabilisation (OIS).</p> <p>OIS is already present in impressive smartphone cameras like the ones found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, and it should provide iPhone 6 owners with sharper, more detailed shots in low-light conditions, thanks to longer shutter speeds resulting in the capture of more light.</p> <p>This is supported by an OIS <a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;d=PG01&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&amp;r=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;s1=%2220140009631%22.PGNR.&amp;OS=DN/20140009631&amp;RS=DN/20140009631#ystfuv" target="_blank">Apple patent </a>which outlines the use of a coil and magnet assembly for driving the movement of the lens.</p> <p>Coupled with improved auto-focus and the iPhone 5s&#39; impressive camera performance, the iPhone 6&#39;s photos will be unlikely to disappoint, even without an increase in megapixels.</p> <p>One month after the 8MP camera prediction came&nbsp;Chinese site <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13915359198786&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F02%2F04%2Fiphone-6-10-mp-camera%2F&amp;v=1&amp;libId=d064750e-0d94-440b-a6dd-52516d366b17&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.it168.com%2Fa2014%2F0202%2F1590%2F000001590839.shtml&amp;title=iPhone%206%20Rumored%20to%20Include%2010%2B-Megapixel%20Camera%20with%20f%2F1.8%20Aperture%20and%20Improved%20Filter%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=Chinese%20website%20%3Cem%3EIT168%3C%2Fem%3E" target="_blank">IT168</a>&rsquo;s sources, which stated that the iPhone 6 will land with a 10MP camera instead. The sources went on to state that the&nbsp;iPhone 6 will also arrive with an f/1.8 aperture lens &ndash; an improvement over the iPhone 5s&rsquo; current f/2.2 lens.</p> <p>If true, iPhone 6 users can expect to take pictures with a shallower depth of field, keeping subjects in sharp focus while blurring the background.</p> <p>The site also believes that Apple will opt for a new resin lens filter, created by Japanese manufacturer JSR.</p> <p>The filter itself is found in digital cameras with CMOS image sensors and it&rsquo;s lighter and thinner than existing IR filters. The benefits of the newer filter are likely to be clearer shots and more accurate colours.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-could-have-10mp-camera-f18-aperture-and-improved-filter/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 could have a 10MP camera with f/1.8 aperture and improved filter</a></strong></p> <p>The latest megapixel whispers (as of July) come courtesy of Chinese site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digi-wo.com/thread-19938-1-1.html" target="_blank">Digi-wo.com</a>, who&nbsp;reports that Apple is considering upgrading its main camera sensor to a 13MP Sony-made model &ndash; a big bump from the 8MP sensor used in the iPhone 4S, 5c and 5s. The sensor would be the same Exmor RS model used in several of Sony&#39;s Xperia smartphones.</p> <p>Reports in April suggested that the iPhone 6 is so thin that its rear camera will stick out slightly like the one found on the latest-gen iPod Touch. Coupled with an <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(359%2F828.CCLS.+AND+20140401.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/359/828+and+isd/4/1/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/359/828+AND+ISD/20140401)" target="_blank">Apple patent </a>which outlines how a protruding lens could be surrounded by a bayonet mount for interchangeable lenses, this could be big news for smartphone snappers.</p> <p>The patent describes how the different lenses like wide-angle or fisheye offerings can be securely screwed over a camera lens. The system is much more secure than magnetic attachment, and if if true, the iPhone 6 will be even more of a formidable pocket camera than the iPhone 5s already is.</p> <p>One month after that,&nbsp;Chinese analyst Sun Chang Xu stated that the iPhone 6&#39;s camera will increase its 1.5&micro; pixel size to 1.7&micro;. That&#39;s close to the HTC One (M8)&#39;s &nbsp;2&micro; pixel size &ndash; the much-touted &quot;Ultrapixel&quot; camera that&#39;s designed to excel at low-light shooting. Xu also claims that the iPhone 6&#39;s camera will feature electronic image stabilisation to reduce blur.</p> <p>Optical Image Stabilisation reared its head again in June.&nbsp;</p> <p>A &lsquo;floating lens&rsquo; design was desctibed, outlining how it could help stabilise photos, making up for jerky hand movements. It&rsquo;ll also allow for a longer shutter speed, which will result in more&nbsp;light being captured, with less blur to boot. We&#39;ve already seen benefits of this system in devices like the LG G3.</p> <p>Analysts from<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/24/optical-image-stabilization-iphone-6/" target="_blank"> Pacific Crest Securities</a> believe that the OIS tech will be limited&nbsp;to the larger 5.5in iPhone 6 model, which could be due to supply constraints,&nbsp;or Apple could simply be releasing the larger model as its flagship device.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-camera.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="751" height="563" title="Nice and secure" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-camera-bayonet-patent_0.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beefier insides </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s 64-bit A7 processor is already blazing fast, but if previous generations of iPhones are anything to go by, we could see a souped-up A7x processor beating within the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 could also be the first iPhone to sport 2GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, though we imagine the latter will bump up the price by a considerable amount.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14:&nbsp;</strong>Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/22/analyst-apples-iphone-6-design-locked-down-with-48-display-80211ac-wi-fi" target="_blank">reckons</a> that the new iPhone will play nice with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, as found in the 2013 line of Macs and Apple&#39;s AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;ESM-China&#39;s chief analyst <a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/iphone-6-pressure-temperature-humidity-sensors-40937/" target="_blank">Sun Chang Xu</a> believes that Apple will include pressure, temperature and humidity senors in the iPhone 6.</p> <p>The pressure sensor will measure atmospheric pressure as opposed to blood pressure, which is instead a skill that&#39;s expected to be a part of the iWatch&#39;s sensory arsenal for iOS 8&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-could-track-your-fitness-new-healthbook-app/news" target="_blank">Health app</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch: price, specs, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p>The environmental sensors are expected to be managed by the iPhone 6&#39;s M7 motion co-processor, which&#39;ll leave&nbsp;iPhone 6&#39;s main processor (expected to be the A7x) free to run more demanding apps and games.</p> <p>While weather apps already take care of temperature and humidity information for your general area, there is one&nbsp;overlooked bonus - GPS accuracy. When a GPS reading is combined with barometer data, devices can more accurately pinpoint your position, orientation and velocity,&nbsp;cutting down on the number of calculations required to get a GPS lock.</p> <p><strong>Update 26/06/14:&nbsp;</strong>Chinese site <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_14037963350866&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;libId=a128a439-4785-4446-ab8d-554763e073ee&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F06%2F26%2F128gb-iphone6-5-5%2F&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Ftranslate.google.com%2Ftranslate%3Fsl%3Dauto%26tl%3Den%26js%3Dy%26prev%3D_t%26hl%3Den%26ie%3DUTF-8%26u%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.feng.com%252FiPhone%252Fnews%252F2014-06-26%252FSources_said_5.5_inches_iPhone_6_will_have_128_GB_version_587962.shtml%26edit-text%3D%26act%3Durl&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pocket-lint.com%2Fnews%2F129598-apple-s-5-5-inch-iphone-6-may-get-128gb-and-ois-exclusively&amp;title=Only%20the%205.5-Inch%20iPhone%206%20May%20Offer%20128GB%20Models%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=Google%20Translate" target="_blank">Wei Feng</a> believes that that larger 5.5in iPhone 6 model will land with a massive 128GB of internal storage, which should satiate the lust of most diehard media fans.</p> <p>The smaller 4.7in version will reportedly land in 32GB and 64GB flavours only. Neither iPhone 6 model will have a 16GB option.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update 18/07/2014:</strong> Another Chinese site, <a href="http://www.cnbeta.com/articles/309147.htm" target="_blank">CNBeta</a>, reports the iPhone 6&#39;s main processor will actually be called the A8 &ndash; and it won&#39;t increase the amount of CPU cores used by the A7. Yes, while pretty much every other top of the range smartphone is quad-core, Apple&#39;s apparently happy sticking with dual-core. But that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s going to be slow: it may be clocked at 2GHz or more (the iPhone 5s&#39; A7 chip is 1.3GHz) and will be smaller and more efficient than the A7.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-a7x-processor-mockup_0.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bigger tank </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The extra space created by the iPhone 6&rsquo;s larger body should result in a bigger battery, which will be a crucial requirement if Apple wants to retain the iPhone 5s&rsquo; battery life despite a larger, more pixel-packed display on offer.</p> <p><strong>Update 28/01/14: </strong>The iPhone 6 could feature solar charging tech built into the screen, according to a report by&nbsp;<a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/1968091-apples-solar-powered-iphone-6-and-ipod-touch-under-a-sapphire-hood" target="_blank">Seeking Alpha</a>&#39;s Matt Margolis. He&#39;s pieced together evidence from different sources&nbsp;&ndash; including Apple job postings for &quot;thin films engineers&quot; with solar experience and expenditure on sapphire materials and cutting-edge lasers &ndash; to reach his conclusion. <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2014/01/26/will-iphone-6-improve-battery-life-by-inscribing-solar-cells-in-sapphire-glass-coated-screens/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>&nbsp;notes that solar charging technology would enable Apple to keep battery weight down, allowing for a lighter, thinner device. And the technology isn&#39;t that far-fetched; Alcatel demoed its own solar charging screen technology at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>.</p> <p><strong>Update 16/07/14:</strong> According to <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/15/rumor-apple-solves-alleged-iphone-6-battery-issues-with-new-supplier" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>, Taiwanese battery maker Simplo Technologies has succeeded where Apple&rsquo;s current battery suppliers Samsung and LG Chemical have failed: it&rsquo;s made batteries thin and flexible enough for the iPhone 6. The phone is apparently so skinny that it requires a battery less than 2mm thick, and neither Samsung nor LG could deliver &ndash; but Simplo can. That means one less problem for Apple as the iPhone 6 goes into production.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 03/06/14:&nbsp;</strong>The iPhone 6 will almost certainly launch with Apple&#39;s new iOS 8 operating system. All previous versions of iOS have debuted with a new bit of hardware, and given that we know iOS 8 will be out in the autumn, it stands to reason that it will arrive on the iPhone 6.</p> <p>So what&#39;s new about it? Rather a lot, actually.</p> <p>For starters, iOS 8 will mark a major break with the past for Apple, in that third-party apps will have greater access to the OS&#39; inner workings. You&#39;ll now be able to install third-party widgets into the Notification Centre, add third-party keyboards such as Swype and SwiftKey.</p> <p>Apps will also be able to install extensions within other apps. So, for instance, tapping on an image within Apple&#39;s Photos apps will give you the option to apply filters from other photography apps you may have installed.</p> <p>They&#39;ll even be able to work with Touch ID, so the possibility of paying for an Ebay purchase with the tap of a finger is now very real. But, because of the way Apple will still control security, third-party apps won&#39;t themselves have access to your fingerprint or other sensitive info - so you won&#39;t need to worry about your data being stolen.</p> <p>As has long been rumoured, iOS 8 will also see the arrival of a Health app. It&#39;ll work with the new HealthKit tool for devs and will collect data from all of your third-party health and fitness apps, syncing and presenting it all in the one place.</p> <p>Even without any hardware developments, Health could prove a very useful app. Health and fitness trackers are notoriously bad at working well with each other, meaning that you usually have to go into several apps in order to view all of your data. Apple&#39;s solution could put an end to this, and big partners such as Nike are already on board.</p> <p>That said, we wouldn&#39;t be surprised to see Apple include a hardware feature or two to make the most of the new app. The iPhone 5s&#39; M7 motion co-processor is already capable of tracking and analysing movement data, but if the iPhone 6 included a heart-rate monitor such as the one on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, that would give it greater powers. Or maybe that&#39;s something that will feature on the fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a>...</p> <p>Gaming should be big news on the iPhone 6. As well as having a larger, more finger-friendly screen and more powerful processor, it&#39;ll also gain new skills via iOS 8. Apple&#39;s invented a new programming language, called Swift, and a developer tool called Metal, and together they should bring console-quality graphics to the iPhone.</p> <p>At WWDC, Apple showed off a demo of a game called <em>Zen Garden</em>, which looked seriously nice. The App Store is also being reworked to make it easier to find the best games (and apps in general), and we expect big releases to arrive with iOS 8 in the autumn.</p> <p>And then there&#39;s Continuity. That&#39;s Apple&#39;s name for a raft of services which link your iPhone to your iPad and your Mac, so long as it&#39;s running the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">OS X Yosemite</a> (which will also debut in the autumn). Chief among them is Handoff, which will let you start a task on one device and continue it on another. For instance you could tap out half an email on your iPhone, then stroll over to your Mac and with a single click on the Mail icon, finish it off there.&nbsp;You&#39;ll also be able to pick up phone calls on your Mac using your iPhone&#39;s connection, or create a hot spot with a single click when you don&#39;t have any Wi-Fi.</p> <p>And we could go on: iCloud Drive will bring Dropbox-like document storage and syncing to iOS; Family Sharing will enable you to share iTunes and App Store purchases with up to six family members; HomeKit will let Apple control all of your home-automation gadgets; mail and messaging will get new abilities; Siri will be smarter; Photos will be synced across devices... But this is an iPhone 6 preview, so we&#39;ll say no more about iOS 8, except that you&#39;ll get a full analysis of it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview - everything you need to know about Apple&#39;s new mobile OS</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Apple Mac OS X Yosemite preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8 running on the 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="You&#039;ll now be able to install widgets into Notification Centre" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-widgets_1.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="Third-party keyboards will be a feature on iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-third-party-keyboards_1.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 review" alt="The Health app will be new to iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-health_1.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We expect the iPhone 6 models to be labelled with the same price tags as their iPhone 5s counterparts.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/14</strong> Analyst Sun Changxu and blogger Eldar Murtazin <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-prepping-47in-and-57in-iphone-6-june-launch/news" target="_blank">both claim</a> that the iPhone 6 will launch in June 2014, pointing to &quot;shorter cycles for the whole industry.&quot; A launch so soon after the September 2013 debut of the iPhone 5s would mark a break from the norm, but it would make for a big announcement at Apple&#39;s Worldwide Developers Conference.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14 </strong>Analyst Timothy Arcuri may agree with his fellow financial wizards on the iPhone 6&#39;s boosted screen size, but he differs in his opinion of when it&#39;s going to launch. Citing sources within the supply chain, he claims that the iPhone 6 will launch in <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/22/iphone-6-80211ac/" target="_blank">September</a>, as its predecessors have.</p> <p><strong>Update 27/03/14</strong> <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140326PD212.html" target="_blank">Digitimes</a> reports that Apple has only just placed orders with two smartphone battery suppliers in the Far East. That suggests that the iPhone 6 is not yet in mass production, which in turn points to a release this autumn (September, most likely) rather than June.</p> <p><strong>Update 07/05/14:&nbsp;</strong>Apple supplier Pegatron has received a 15 per cent share of orders for the 4.7in iPhone 6, according to Taiwan&#39;s <a href="http://ctee.com.tw/News/Content.aspx?id=518756&amp;yyyymmdd=20140507&amp;f=0d427af3103c9091f4a9eb51c4c75dae" target="_blank">Commercial Times</a> (via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/05/07/rumor-apple-supplier-pegatron-nets-orders-for-47-inch-iphone-6-to-ship-in-september-" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a>). Production of iPhones will rise from 35m in 2013 to 50m this year &ndash; the boost in production coming from the iPhone 6, which according to &quot;supply chain rumours,&quot; will debut in September.</p> <p><strong>Update 27/05/14:</strong> German carrier Deutsche Telekom has reportedly told its call centre representatives that the iPhone 6 will hit store shelves on Friday 19th September, according to <a href="http://www.apfelpage.de/2014/05/27/iphone-6-telekom-bereitet-sich-auf-marktstart-vor/" target="_blank">apfelpage.de</a>. <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/05/27/german-carrier-allegedly-enticing-customers-to-stay-by-claiming-sept-19-iphone-6-launch" target="_blank">AppleInsider</a> points out that the date is likely an educated guess, though it&#39;s consistent with previous iPhone launches.</p> <p><strong>Update 04/06/14:</strong>&nbsp;Apple has announced that iOS 8 will be available &quot;this fall&quot;. That&#39;s American-speak for this autumn. So September is still looking likely.</p> <p><strong>Update 22/07/14: </strong>Apple is reportedly looking to avoid any chance of iPhone 6 shortages by ensuring some 70 to 80 million units are ready to be sold this year alone. According to the <a href="http://stream.wsj.com/story/apples-new-iphone/SS-2-49206/SS-2-585440/" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, the company has requested its China-based suppliers deliver this amount &ndash; easily the largest initial production run of an iPhone model &ndash; by the end of December. To give you some perspective of how many units this represents, there were 50 to 60 million iPhone 5s and 5c units manufactured in 2013.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="449" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6-5.5-1_1.jpg?1406737924" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Caught on camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="498" src="http://player.youku.com/embed/XNzM1MTc4NTg0" width="510"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Update 04/07/14:&nbsp;</strong>An reportedly genuine 4.7in iPhone 6 front panel has been shown off on video by Chinese site <a href="http://www.ifanr.com/430261" target="_blank">iFanr</a>.</p> <p>The front panel is substantially larger than the comparison iPhone 5s&#39; front panel, and we get a real sense of just how larger the iPhone 6 willl be once we see the 4.7in panel placed over it.</p> <p>If rumours of a 5.5in iPhone 6 also prove to be true, then smaller-handed gadgeteers could be in for a struggle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone 6 Smartphones Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:28:10 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428771 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6 screen subjected to sandpaper torture, fares better than the iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/apple/47in-iphone-6-screen-subjected-sandpaper-fares-better-iphone-5s/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t stand scratches on your screen? Then it&#039;s best to look away now... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1052" height="788" title="Ouch" alt="4.7in iPhone 6 screen subjected to sandpaper, fares better than the iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-sapphire-test.jpg?1405955385" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6s-fully-scratch-proof-crystal-sapphire-glass-screen-looks-more-and-more-likely/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 with a sapphire crystal display</a> have been making the rounds for quite some time now. If the latest iPhone 6 display video is any indication, Apple&#39;s next iPhone could have the toughest screen yet. But it&#39;s probably not pure sapphire.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pure sapphire glass can only be scratched by diamond, and this is proven by the iPhone 5s&#39; pure sapphire Touch ID Home Button, which is unscathed in the sandpaper torture test.</p> <p>It&#39;s likely therefore that the iPhone 6&#39;s display is either a newer, improved version of Gorilla Glass, or a hybrid sapphire-coated screen, which cropped up in an Apple patent last year.</p> <p>Either way, it looks like the iPhone 6 should survive your jeans with ease. Just as long as you&#39;re not walking around with scraps of sandpaper in your pockets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6: specs, price, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://youtu.be/b7ANcWQEUI8" target="_blank">MKBHD</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b7ANcWQEUI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/47in-iphone-6-screen-subjected-sandpaper-fares-better-iphone-5s/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/47in-iphone-6-screen-subjected-sandpaper-fares-better-iphone-5s/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:19:16 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442744 at http://www.stuff.tv