Who will be Apple’s next chipmaker? Every time a new iOS device comes out, within months, there are reports that Samsung getting dumped by Apple. Years ago, the tech world started spreading rumors that Apple was looking to sign contracts with Qualcomm, TSMC, and whomever else they could get to produce their system-on-a-chip. Reasons varied, Samsung’s prices were too high, Apple hated Samsung for their patent war antics, Intel offered a better deal, but what has remained constant all of these years is that Apple has never stopped working with Samsung to design and manufacture the mobile device chips that go in our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices.
LifeProof is known for their waterproof cases. The company makes fully sealed cases for mobile devices so you can take your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch underwater. Today, the company has launched a new case for iPad Air called “fre.” This waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof, snow proof case will keep your Apple tablet protected from the outdoors so you can play how you like.
Accessory maker Twelve South just announced the launch of their newest iPad mini case. The SurfacePad for iPad mini is a multifunctional leather cover that includes a few fancy features that have never been used for an iPad mini before. The genuine Napa leather case doubles as a stand for watching movies or typing. With this sleek new look, you’ll be turning heads at the coffee shop.
There’s a lot of money on the line for potential component developers and manufacturers in the mobile industry and we saw some of the intensity of Tony Tripeny, a senior vice president at Corning Glass, emerge yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. Instead of simply defending their Gorilla Glass product, he decided to openly bash a competitor that is rumored to be on Apple’s list of potential providers.
If you consider yourself to be fashion-forward, you may not have found yourself an iPad case to suit your style yet. The best way for a fashionista to make a splash with iPad accessories is to make the accessories. One such fashionable project comes from a trendsetter named Erica over at HonestlyWTF. She took inspiration from Stella McCartney’s Falabella bag to create an iPad sleeve that is to dyi (pronounce it “die” to get my pun) for.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball legitimately has the inside scoop on a whole lot of Apple-related information. So, when he says something is coming, you can bet that it probably is. Thus is the case with Apple’s next big update to iOS 7. According to Gruber, “a little birdie” told him that Apple’s iTunes Festival at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) will be watchable from a special app that requires iOS 7.1. If his information is correct, that means Apple will launch iOS 7.1 prior to March 11, which is when the festival begins.
MagBak is hoping that lightening will strike twice with their second generation iPad mount, designed specifically for the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Their first Kickstarter campaign funded in 3 days and reached over a total of $70,000, which is impressive considering they started with a $15,000 goal.
Google has glasses, Apple (supposedly) has a watch. It appears that Intel may be in the market for wearable computing, as well. According to a recent report from TechCrunch, the software company has just purchased health tracker developer Basis for between $100 and $150 million. Interestingly, Apple and Google were both supposedly bidding for the same company.
Yesterday, Apple officially announced the launch of iOS in the Car under its new name, “CarPlay.” Initially, the feature is scheduled to be ready to drive off the lot in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo vehicles by the end of this year. All three manufacturers have already been showing off CarPlay in Geneva at the biggest car convention in the world.