iPhone 5 Rumors

Two rumors have been really turning up a lot lately with a lot of evidence, however, as always, do not trust any apple rumors until Apple announces them because so many times they have turned out to be untrue.

First rumor: iPhone 5 will be out in October. This sounds about right. Everyone is expecting a Fall announcement.

Second rumor: the connector (white plug that connects your iPhone to charger/computer) has been changed. It will be smaller. While this will make tons of chargers, plugs, car chargers, etc obsolete I think this might just be true. Large dock connectors just take up space and Apple is very concerned with design so this would not surprise me. Its also a chance for Apple to make more money from us. Here is an article about it: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57477641-37/iphone-5-will-launch-with-19-pin-dock-connector-report-says/

Clueful Pulled From Apple’s App Store

And this is why I hate the apple app store and will never have an iPhone (at least as my main phone). I do have an iPad and Macbook though so I do like apple, I just hate iTunes and their app store.

From Huffingtonpost: “Privacy-conscious iPhone users, the app of your dreams is no more. Clueful, an app that policed your iPhone’s other apps for privacy violations, was pulled from the App Store this week, and both the company that made it and Apple are keeping their mouth shut about why.

What Clueful did, as The Huffington Post described back when it was released in May, was tell you exactly what sort of misbehavior your apps were up on your iPhone. Does the app you just downloaded access your address book? GPS coordinates? Social networking accounts? Clueful claimed to be “the world’s first and only app” to tell you so.”

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How is Google Chrome doing on iOS?

It has 1.5% of the market share. The thing is, its only been available for a few weeks and its already grown that much. Will Safari stay king on iOS though? My guess is yes. Most people will not download another browser when safari comes with the iPhone/iPad. I do not even download browsers either and just use the default on my Android device although maybe I should change.


apple rumor: mini ipad and iTV?

Looks like the usual Apple rumors are abound on the net. The latest though seems pretty reliable. Is apple working on a mini tablet and iTV? Would you buy either? I personally do like the size of my Kindle Fire vs the iPad size. While I like the bigger screen on the iPad, the Kindle just feels better in my hands because its a little smaller.

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Apple putting ‘eligible’ products back on the green list

Well it looks like Apple realized taking their products off of the green list was a bad idea. So they are putting them (just eligible products) back on. But is it already too late? I highly doubt they will get the same press for putting them back on as they did when they took them off. And what does ‘eligible’ products mean considering all of their products used to be on the list?

Here is what they had to say:

“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.”

Full letter from Apple

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Apple’s response after pulling all of their products off the green list

Here is Apple’s response. This is a follow up what I posted yesterday: “Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2. We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials. ” – Source

Apple Removes Green Electronics Certification From Products

This is very interesting as this was one thing Apple really used in marketing over the last few years. Here is the info I could dig up about why Apple pulled all of its 39 products out of EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool).

– Official news article about Apple leaving from EPEAT: http://www.epeat.net/2012/06/news/apple-leaves-epeat/

– The only reason given was “They said their design direction was no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements-Source

– Here is some interesting information on the topic from WSJ:

“One of Apple’s newest products, the MacBook Pro with a high-resolution “Retina” display, was nearly impossible to fully disassemble, said Kyle Wiens, co-founder of iFixit.com, a website that provides directions for users to repair their own machines. The battery was glued to the case, and the glass display was glued to its back. The product, released just a month ago, had not been submitted for EPEAT certification, according to the organization.

Frisbee said that the structure of that laptop would have made it ineligible for certification. “If the battery is glued to the case it means you can’t recycle the case and you can’t recycle the battery,” Frisbee said.

Apple was putting design first in an effort to make products smaller and have batteries last longer, said Shaw Wu an analyst at Sterne Agee. “They are not trying to purposely make it hard to open, they are just trying to pack as much as they can into a small space–it’s a design decision,” Wu said.

Many corporations like Ford, HSBC, and Kaiser Permanente require their CIOs to purchase computers from sources that are EPEAT certified, said Sarah O’Brien director of outreach for EPEAT. And the U.S. government requires that 95% of the electronics it purchases be EPEAT certified.

In 2010, the last year the survey was conducted, 222 out of the 300 American universities with the largest endowments asked their IT departments to give preference to EPEAT certified computers. Around 70 of the schools required EPEAT certification for electronics purchases, according to O’Brien.” -Source

– And finally here is Apple’s environment page which still looks untouched but I imagine they might need to change some of this info: http://www.apple.com/environment/


First malware app discovered in Apple’s IOS store

“Find and Call” was identified as the first iOS app to be malicious. Obviously it is already removed but this is a clear sign that Apple is going to soon become a target. Get ready Mac/iPad/iPhone users, anti virus, etc software will soon need to be installed on your devices. As I have written before, Apple products did not need antivirus software because people were not developing viruses for them – that is the only reason. However, with Apple’s popularity, closed system, and other things such as their patent hording, virus writers are going to find their products and users more enticing to harm.

Link to article: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/software/apple-ios-app-store-hit-by-first-malware-app-50008523/