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Apple Rumor Roundup: Back-to-School Promo, MacBook Air, MobileMe and More

Written on June 19, 2011 by Adam Eve

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People at the Rumor City are spreading words about Apple's MacBook Air, Mac Pro, iCloud, iPhone, iOS 5 and more. Which of them are true and which are just plain hearsays?

Back-to-School Promo
In the past, Apple gave away free iPod – which is usually worth around $200 – for every Mac purchase to qualifying students. However, there are rumors suggesting that the company’s back-to-school promo this year is a $100 iTunes Gift Card only. The fact that the iPod will not be part of Apple’s promo for the upcoming school year only means that the company will be delaying the device’s upgrade. And with iPod’s financial importance diminishing to Apple, it only makes perfect sense.

iPhone 5 and iOS 5
While Apple did not show even a preview of its upcoming iPhone 5, there are words on the other side of the fence that it’s now in advance testing. Manufacturers, Omnivision and Sony, were tipped to provide 8-megapixel cameras for iPhone 5, while a purported leak of data from UAE suggests that the device might support LTE protocols. On the other hand, the iOS 5 is instructed to sport a native panoramic camera app that will surely grate on the developers of existing apps to do the same trick.

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iWeb’s Demise

Written on June 14, 2011 by R. Cruise

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The venerable iWeb hosting feature won’t make the transition when Apple moves existing MobileMe users to its new iCloud service by fall.

MacRumors published email correspondence seemingly between a MobileMe user and Steve Jobs, confirming the death of iWeb. MobileMe features will continue to be supported by the company until June of 2012 though.

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Apple Finalizes Deals for its Cloud Music Service

Written on May 21, 2011 by Adam Eve

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One more record label to go, and users might have their music stores in the clouds.

Apple is extremely negotiating with record label to complete their deal to allow music streaming from Internet to mobile devices and computers. The company has already came to terms with Sony, EMI and Warner, which leaves Universal Music.

With the Streaming Rights different from Digital Download Rights, Apple has to re-negotiate all of its music deal. Once everything turns out well, a cloud music service will enable consumers to keep all of their music online and stream it to any device.

As soon as Universal Music gets on board, Apple will now gear up in launching its iTunes in the cloud. However, it still unknown whether iTunes will remain a buy-to-own model or an unlimited subscription platform. Nevertheless, removing all of your hassles by simply storing your music from various devices in one central location can be cool.

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Apple’s Scheduled Retail Meeting Heats up Rumors

Written on May 17, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The rumor mills are churning, and they're saying that Apple's got some plans this Sunday. Now, would that weekend plans be?

There are rumors claiming that Apple will hold an all-hands employee meeting on May 22 in US retail stores. Considering that the company holds this kind of meeting after stores close on Sunday, the said event will start at an unusual time — 7:00 am.

This retail meeting is also heating up a lot of speculations, as WWDC 2011 is fast approaching. It is said that Apple might train the employees for the upcoming iCloud feature or other products set to be announced at the developer event. It is also note worth taking that the Cupertino-based company will be celebrating its 10th Retail Anniversary this week.

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Apple’s iOS Integrates New Social Media Features for MobileMe

Written on January 21, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Apple's success with its iOS devices are undisputed but its continuous venture towards global domination isn't over yet for they are not yet on the lead when it comes to social media.

When the Beta 2 of the iOS 4.3 was released, people found a little evidence that Apple might be integrating some social features for its operating system. The first beta hinted an evidence of a “Find My Friends” features for MobileMe that offers a real-time location data sharing to friends. Meanwhile, the Beta 2, Mac and Apple tech site, 9to5Mac, pointed a few references that there are services such as “Media Stream” and “Photo Streaming”.

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