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Apple may not buy Beats by Dre after all

Beats by Dre deal is taking longer than expected and now may not be finalised until late next week. Following on from our report last week about Apple acquiring the audio company Beats by Dre recent news is suggesting the deal may take longer than first expected.

Apple’s planned deal to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion may not be finalized until next week, according to people familiar with the transaction. That’s a longer timetable than some people expected as recently as a few days ago.

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Once the deal has been finalised it is expected that the Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will take up senior roles within Apple. It is not yet clear weather this bold move by apple is in order to inject the company with new ideas to attract a younger generation or if it is simply a deal to gain access to the Beats song library and royalty deals which would give apple preferential rates and an advantage in the streaming market for iTunes. On another note Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are said to be making their first appearances as employees of apple in the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) later this year.

Worldwide Developers Conference 2014

wwdc14The WorldWide Developers Conference or WWDC has been announced for the 2nd June 2014 in San francisco. At a glance WWDC 2014 will open its doors on the 2nd June with a keynote speech from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. OS X 10.10 is overall the mostly likely focus of the event, but there are also a number of other possible topics, including the upcoming iOS 8 and the slight possibility of some new hardware however the new Apple TV and the iWatch are reportedly not yet ready for production.

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iOS 8

There is very little information currently available on any of the topics to be discussed at WWDC however a new operating system for mobile devices is almost a certainty. healthbookleakedscreenshotThe update is said to focus on refining the major visual updates that were introduced with iOS 7 and adding new functionality to the operating system, of which the biggest new feature seems to be the new HealthBook app which appears to track all sorts of biological information from heart rates to oxygen saturation and blood sugar, presumably there may also be some new hardware linked to this which will be required for some of the functionality. Rumours have also surfaced which suggest that Apple may be looking into the mobile payment industry with the use of TouchID verification when performing NFC enabled transactions at supported contactless outlets. iTunes Radio may be moved out of iTunes Music and into its own app with iOS 8. Apple is also said to be preparing a new song naming feature for iOS in partnership with Shazam who currently have an app in the app store which performs this task. Such a service would be built directly into iOS 8, integrating with apps and Siri to allow users to identify songs playing on the radio or via other sources.   [ad 1] Minor improvements to integrated features may also be included such as improvements to Siri by enabling an API style integration with third party apps and Maps getting the upgrade to include public transport directions have also been rumoured to be included in this update although as always, nothing has been confirmed.

OSX 10.10

There is even less information available on this subject than there is on iOS 8 however what we do expect is a lot of new features or possible a complete redesign as the last update (OSX Mavericks) introduced only a handful of features compared to previous releases. Hopefully apple wont make the same mistakes Microsoft did with Windows 8.0 and alienate a large number of their users by making the design “too” flat!

Unlikely Announcements

According to a recent interview with a source who has insider knowledge it seems we are unlikely to see a new Apple TV or the iWatch being launched this year.

Tim Cook will not use WWDC to unveil Apple’s mythical wearable device. Nor will he use it to show off a new Apple TV, or even preview the new software the company is developing for it. Which makes perfect sense, really. There’s little point in Apple unveiling a new OS in advance of a significant hardware update.

As always apple may be planning a big surprise and trying to catch everyone out but usually there are some inevitable leaks and this seems to be one of them, disappointing for all of us who are looking for a new SmartWatch with real style!

CarPlay launched at the Geneva Motor Show

As we predicted apple launched CarPlay, its integration between in car entertainment systems and the iPhone today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The integration was described as allowing an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music.

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Once a Lightning-enabled iPhone is connected, CarPlay can be controlled on compatible cars through Siri voice control and the cars built in touchscreen with on-board iOS style buttons. From there, users are able to access various iOS apps such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Podcasts, and Music. Is was also noted that third party apps such as Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are also supported, with Apple promising compatibility with more apps soon.

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CarPlay is being launched with vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while other manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will receive the update later.

CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car, iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.

This feature was originally named “iOS in the Car” when it was announced at last years Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) by Apple. CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones which means currently it is limited to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

News from WWDC

Well WWDC kicked off just over an hour ago and so far there has been lots of news and revelations regarding OSX and the success of the App Store both on iOS and OSX, and also the success of iCloud this year.

There is yet to be anything announced relating to the iPhone and so things are quiet for now, however as news comes out of the conference at Moscone West Convention Center this evening in San-Francisco where it is around 11am.

New remote control AI car game “Anki Drive” announced at WWDC

Earlier this evening Tim Cook stepped aside during his keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to allow an app developer called Anki to take to the stage to showcase their new product, Anki Drive.

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Anki Drive is a revolutionary use of the iOS platform enabling the remote controlled cars to use an iPhone as the processor to allow them to interpret their environment and react to their surroundings. The name itself is Japanese for memorize and that is certainly what these robotic AI controlled racing cars do!

The cars connect to a device running iOS via Bluetooth LE and then using the processing power of an iPhone for example, know where they are on the track and are able to react to their surroundings in real time.

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The toy cars can see and analyse the track up to 500 times per second and are equipped to handle a multitude of situations on the printed race track. The cars can be controlled manually through an iPhone or iPad running the companion app, which according to the developers is when the real fun begins, after all the demo car’s shown at WWDC did have weapons!

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The full Anki Drive experience which is being described as a “video game in the real world” including the hardware required to play the game (cars & the track!) will be available in stores in the US around Autumn, which means we can hopefully expect it to make an appearance over here in the UK in time for Christmas.

The company describes themselves as being “dedicated to bringing artificial intelligence and robotics to our everyday lives” and after looking at their website they are certainly trying very hard to achieve this goal.

The app called Anki Drive is available to download today in the App Store.

All Leaks Are Wrong about WWDC

On the weekly episode of The Talk Show by John Gruber, we hear a few surprising rumors about the software being unveiled at tomorrows conference.

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Gruber who has previously been able to share some pieces information due to his close ties within Apple, has said that this time around he has had little information about the upcoming iOS 7 and has actually indicated that “all leaks are wrong” to date in regards to the new software.

[ad 1]He said himself that he is not exactly sure what that statement means but the biggest rumor about iOS 7 to surface was that it would be adopting a flatter design now Jony Ive has replaced Scott Forstall in heading up the Human Interface department in apple.

I know almost absolutely nothing. I don’t think I’ve been this ignorant of what’s coming, software-wise, for a keynote since the iPhone 1 back in 2007. Which is great…I’m super excited. […]

The one thing I keep hearing over and over again from friends who would know is…the one word I keep hearing is that some of the stuff they’re going to show is “polarizing”.

And I also heard from somebody that just “all the leaks are wrong”. Which is interesting. I have no idea what to make of it.

The main presentation starts at 10AM PST tomorrow which is around 7PM UK Time as we mentioned in our rumor roundup. One thing is for sure and that is that something big is being announced tomorrow and its based around apples major software in the form of iOS and OSX.

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OSX Banner with waves goes up at WWDC

New images have been released from various sources late last night showing a new banner that’s gone up at the Worldwide Developers Conference due to start on Monday. The banner features a large wave in the background with simple the letter X showing in the foreground.

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The letter X is in the same Helvetica Neue Ultra Light font as the previous iOS banner we posted yesterday however both these banners are a significant change from previous banners we have seen in the past as they feature colourful background images where as all the previous banners I have seen have featured plain white backgrounds with black text.

Reviews have been mixed on these new posters and styles, one particularly interesting one I have included below

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Update: We have had a few comments saying that the font looks similar to the nexus 7 logo and after some investigation we can confirm that this is definitely a different font!

Simple iOS7 Banner has been seen at WWDC

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Apple has been seen erecting banners today at the Moscone Center which is the location for this year’s “WWDC” or Worldwide Development Conference next week.

Apple has previously announced that their latest iOS operating system will be announced and showcased at this event.

[ad 1]The banner is very different to previous banners that we have seen at this event as previous banners have been plain white backgrounds with text and a tagline on them, this banner features just a simple number 7 in what appears to be the Helvetica Neue Extra light font against a fancy carbon fibre style textured background.

The WWDC conference Starts on Monday and will open with Apple’s annual keynote speech. We are expecting to see iOS 7, OS X 10.9, the iRadio streaming music service and new Macbook model.

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