Daily Archives: 16/02/2013

Apple Online Store Offering Refurbished Current-Generation 21" iMac, Shipping in 1-3 Days


Apple has added refurbished models of the current-generation 21.5″ iMac to its Online Store in the past several days, offering a faster-shipping alternative to customers looking to get a desktop Mac.

New iMac models on the Apple Online Store list a lead time of several weeks to get delivered, while the refurbished models claim to ship in 1-3 days, with $200 and $230 discounts on the low- and high-end 21″ models respectively.

Apple Retail Stores list mid-March as the earliest time to pick up new 21″ iMacs ordered online, but claims to have both 21″ models in stock [$1,299 and $1,494] and eligible for Amazon Prime shipping.

Ship times on the 21.5″ iMac rose to 2-3 weeks back in January, and have not improved since then. Tim Cook mentioned on Apple’s earnings call in January that the company would increase iMac supply this quarter, but may not get to supply/demand balance.

27″ iMac models have yet to appear on the refurbished store, with the company reporting a 3-4 week lead time online and late March for in-store pickup. Amazon has the base 27″ model in stock for $1,799.  by macrumors

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Claims of Apple Putting New Hires to Work on ‘Fake’ Projects Questioned, Found Unlikely

apple_tv_buy_99-250x217As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has posted a job listing seeking a new software engineering manager focused on “next generation features for Apple TV”.

    The Apple TV team is looking for an experienced engineering manager to help deliver the next generation features for Apple TV. Bring your creative energy and engineering discipline, and help us bring the Apple experience to the Living Room. […]

    – Lead a team of engineers working on exciting new features and functionality
    – Drive releases from initial concept to completion
    – Work closely with cross functional teams, representing Apple TV across Apple
    – Develop the engineering plan for upcoming projects
    – Communicate status to key stakeholders and senior management

The managerial job listing comes roughly a month after the company posted another listing seeking an Apple TV software engineer interested in “delivering first in class home entertainment solutions”.

While the listings unsurprisingly do not offer any specific information about Apple’s plans for the Apple TV platform and are filled with typical human resources phrases designed to appeal to prospective employees, they do suggest that Apple may be increasing staffing to push forward on a television initiative.

Rumors of an Apple television set and/or a new set-top box with increased functionality have repeatedly surfaced over the years, although the company’s efforts have reportedly been slowed by content negotiations. A new report from TechCrunch’s MG Siegler indicates, however, that Apple may finally be ready to begin its push later this year with a focus on third-party apps for the Apple TV and future hardware.  by macrumors

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iOS 6.1.2 to Address Exchange and Passcode Bugs Reportedly Coming Early Next Week


German site iPhone-Ticker reports [Google translation] that Apple is planning to release iOS 6.1.2 early next week to address both the Exchange bug and lock screen passcode issue affecting iOS 6.1 users. According to the report, iOS 6.1.2 is likely to arrive before Wednesday, February 20.

Like iOS 6.1.1 released for the iPhone 4S earlier this week, iOS 6.1.2 will be a limited update addressing only these issues in order to allow Apple to quickly release it to the public. Apple last week seeded to developers an initial iOS 6.1.1 beta including broader changes such as improvements to Maps in Japan, but it now appears that this release will become iOS 6.1.3 as Apple addresses a few high-priority bug fixes on a separate basis.

iPhone-Ticker has previously offered accurate information on iOS update schedules, including word of the iOS 6.1.1 update [Google translation] a few hours before it was released to the public. by macrumors

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DIE HARD Game Released for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch


A new DIE HARD game has been released for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch coinciding with the theatrical release of ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’.
Play as Jack McClane, the son of New York City’s most famous cop, legendary John McClane. Prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – blast your way out of Moscow’s mean streets and travel to the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl, where you’ll have to overcome incredible odds to save the world from nuclear terrorism.
Combining the best of the “endless runner” genre with non-stop first-person shooter action, you now have the ability to play through one of the most popular action-movie franchises in film history! Keep moving and stay alive as long as you can!

☢ Awesome 3D graphics, vivid colors and immersive world
☢ Easy to use swipe controls with a tap to shoot feature
☢ Tons of characters, gadgets, weapons, outfits, and power ups to unlock.
☢ “Adrenaline” – a unique ‘bullet-time’ feature that freezes the action into super slow motion, allowing you to take out multiple enemies at once
☢ Action-packed missions and real-life locations pulled right from the new hit movie, “A Good Day to Die Hard”
☢ Native retina support at 60 FPS
☢ Facebook and Twitter integration to shout out your score in real time
☢ From Goroid, the developers of the hit app “The End”
You can purchase DIE HARD from the App Store for $0.99.



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Google to Open Its Own Stores By Year’s End?


Google is reportedly planning to open its own stores by the end of the year. Citing an ‘extremely reliable source’, 9to5Google says the company wants to have its first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas.

The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase.

While Google already has Chrome store-within-a-store locations inside Best Buy, the tech giant decided it needed its own stores when looking at how to market Google Glass. Apparently, they feel customers will need to try Google’s new glasses first hand in order to make a purchase. by iclarified

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Leaked Screenshots From Upcoming Samsung Smartwatch?


A collection of screenshots have surfaced online which are allegedly from a Samsung smartwatch dubbed the GALAXY Altius, reports SlashGear.

This series of screen-grabs includes the name GALAXY Altius, one that we’ve heard in a set of rumors very recently attached to what was thought to be the Galaxy S IV – another device rumored to be revealed soon. This device has SKT and SKTelecom on several shots, this indicating that it will be carried with a data plan on that particular South Korean mobile service. Though the software here does appear to have an Android-type look to it, it could just as easily be a basic Java-based interface not unlike what we’re seeing with today’s reveal of the REX series from Samsung.


The screenshots are 500×500 pixels and show a codename of ‘Samsung-GA7’ and a software version of AltiusOS beta2. The internal storage space is 235MB of which 1.5% was used up.


A series of tiles show a music player, a clock, and a connection to your email with badges.

Smartwatches have surged in popularity following some highly publicized devices including the Pebble. Rumors of an iWatch have also been on the rise with the Bloomberg claiming Apple has a team of around 100 product designers working on the device and the New York Times reporting that Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass. by iclarified

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Time Between Apple Events Suggests March/April Announcement


Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is out with a new investor note suggesting that Apple will introduce something new in March or April, reports AppleInsider.

“We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April,” analyst Gene Munster told clients on Friday. “Over the past two years, the Spring event has been iPad updates.”

“The average time between the events has been 123 days, about 4 months. The longest amount of time between events since the 3GS launch in 2009 was 216 days (about 7 months), which was the gap between the iPad 2 launch in March 2011 and the iPhone 4S launch in October 2011.”

Munster thinks that perhaps the update could be an iPad 5 with an iPad mini style design.

“We believe Apple could update the full-sized iPad to a body style similar to the iPad Mini. Additionally, we believe that the iPad Mini could get a Retina display, although that may happen later in the year given the supply constraints Apple faced on the Mini in the December quarter.”

Notably, a report from iLounge said Apple is working on an iPad 5 with a similar design to the iPad mini for release in October; rather than in spring. by iclarified

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