The [Rumored] iPhone 5C: What We Know So Far

Leaks and rumors about what Apple is working on always spring up when August rolls around each year. iPhone fans search high and low for whatever information they can gather on what new technologies will be added onto the newest iPhone. This year, loyal customers are all speculating about the iPhone 5C.

 

 

It’s still just a rumor, but there’s a lot of information supporting the existence of this “budget” iPhone 5. Many pictures, such as the one above, have shown both plastic cases for the iPhone 5C and for the overall plastic shell of the phone. Tim Cook has mentioned coming out with a budget phone for the masses so that their customer base opens up to those who may not be able to afford the latest and greatest right away, but still want to upgrade when the Apple products hit the market.

 

 

Speculators are mentioning that the “C” likely stands for “Colors”, tying their guess to Tim Cook’s mention of bringing more color options to the newest iPhone released this year. It makes sense to have a plastic version if they’re going to be producing many color variations of the phone’s shell. It’s likely to save on cost, and to make production quick and easy.

There have been some reports in China of Apple ordering the plastic shells like the one you see above. The iPhone 5C is becoming more of a reality with each passing rumor. But of course, Apple is great at throwing off the crowd. Those plastic shells that have been ordered were small in number, making it likely that Apple is just testing out some of their new product ideas. No one knows for sure if the iPhone 5C is going to be a reality, or if it’s just something made to throw fans off the scent.

 

 

With Samsung and HTC coming out with many variations of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, Apple is riding the wave with these rumored new phones. The iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C, and the iPhone 6 are all expected releases for this year’s new addition to the Apple family. Not to mention the rumored iPad Mini, the iPad Maxi (which has very little information supporting it’s existence) and the new iPod.

Whatever Apple has in store (or not yet in stores *wink*) for this years line up is sure to cover a lot of ground, but no one is completely sure which devices are really on the way and which are just red herrings. Either way, Apple is confident that their new releases will astound the public.

 

-David Collins

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The New Nexus 7 2.0 with Android Jellybean 4.3

Yesterday, Google proudly revealed some new additions to it’s hardware family. The Nexus 7 2.0 was it’s shining new tablet.

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The new Nexus 7 2.0 has made a large step forward in the world of tablets, being the first tablet to hold 330 pixels per inch. The tablet resolution is always a native 1080p, and is the only tablet to do so currently. The CPU and GPU processors are both 4x as fast as the previous Nexus 7, and it’s sporting a beautiful and very fast Jellybean 4.3 OS. 

 

Tablets are only getting more popular due to how functional they are, and also because of how family friendly they can be. On the Nexus 7 2.0, there’s a new feature that allows users to make restricted profiles for their children, enabling parents to completely control the content their children are allowed to access. Apps and games can be turned on and off from the initial user’s profile, allowing parents to make sure that kids are using their tablets for whatever they choose to dictate. 

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The biggest release involving the new tablet is the brand new ChromeCast. This small USB device hooks up to the HDMI port in your television and allows users on any Android or iOS device to bring online content onto the television directly. It will stream Youtube videos, Netflix movies, or music directly from the Cloud, so it doesn’t depend on your phone’s processing power. 

With this addition to the Google family, the Nexus 7 2.0 can be used on the go and at home to bring (and control) high quality content in the household. 

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We currently have three cases available for purchase on Amazon for the Nexus 7 2.0.

The Flipstand: http://www.amazon.com/KAYSCASE-FlipStand-Leather-Generation-Compatible/dp/B0096SK9A8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1374777401&sr=8-2&keywords=google+nexus+7+second+generation

The Bookshell: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096SK9IU

The Slimbook: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096SK78W

All which can be purchased now. 

-David Collins

 

 

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The App Store: 5 Years Strong and Looking to Get Stronger

Today is the 5th “birthday” of Apple’s famous App Store. When the program was launched 5 years ago, it completely changed the world of technology. There isn’t a day that passes by without millions of apps opening up each day. Apple took apps to a new level by opening up user friendly applications to the public through the iTunes Store. Previously, systems like the App Store were only for developers and were known to be quite a bit more complicated in functionality. But Apple has consistently provided the hardware and software for any and all developers to make and publish their own apps.

There’s an impressive track record seen over these last 5 years, but of course the focus has changed from what Apple has done to what Apple will do. At this year’s WWDC, it was mentioned that the App Store would see some changes but no details were released. Currently the App Store’s content (which features approx 900,000 apps) is only promoted by popularity. The top downloaded apps get the spotlight, while most of the apps don’t ever see the light of day.

This makes it extremely difficult for developers to find profit in such a cutthroat market. Most are hoping that Apple moves in the direction that the Android Marketplace now holds. In the Android Marketplace, apps are shown and recommended by relevance instead of just by how popular the app is. This opens up doors for niche marketing and can help to inspire creativity, as well as unique app designs.

Apple has yet to release any definite information of the changes they’re going to make, other than a “social popularity” function that will tell users what apps are most popular in their areas. Other developments are still under wraps. Although there have been some changes to the company overall, the App Store is one thing that has only progressed since it’s launch. Whatever the company has in store for it’s newest updates, it’s sure to be high quality.

We’ll likely find out soon.

-David Collins

The HTC One Mini

Just like with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Series, HTC has decided to move forward and come out with their own line of the HTC One. This is likely due to the fact that the Snapdragon 800 just hit the market, so both companies are looking to keep their successful smart phones at the top of their game.

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The HTC Mini is rumored to have a lot of impressive tech under the hood. It will likely sport 2GB of RAM, a 4MP UltraPixel camera, 16GB internal storage and Beats Audio enhancement. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 UI should tick inside. And of course, the new Snapdragon 800 processor.

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The big issue right now is that people are concerned. With these newer, more powerful phones, consumers aren’t sure if their purchase will be the “biggest and best” for more than a few months. S4 users have several types of S4 to choose from, and with the addition of the HTC One Mini and the HTC One Max, the One line now has a large arenal of options as well. This may be a common change made due to the Android system’s sense of personalization and open option UI style.

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In the end, users are still looking forward to the HTC One Mini coming to stores likely in August under AT&T. We’ll be keeping our eyes our for more developments on the Mini, as well as any other variations that may be released in the future.

-David Collins

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Windows 8.1 Release Review

For all the Microsoft fans out there, the world was excited to see the new Windows 8.1 update finally hit devices earlier this week. The OS has been through it’s ups and downs, but with Windows being the most used OS in the country (especially in the world of business) the release was a huge step forward for Microsoft. 

Microsoft is making a big push with 8.1 to enhance personalization with customization options. You can now change the color and background of the Start Screen to something more precise with a new color slider tool. You can also change it to a personal photo or the one that’s the background on your desktop. The lock screen can now display a slideshow of your photos.

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•Last year when Windows 8 was released, critics and fans weren’t as pleased with the OS as most had been with Windows 7. But Microsoft has shown us a great deal of changes that they hope will bring more faith to Windows 8. The company is not backtracking on concepts such as the Start screen or the “immersive UI” which presents Modern apps without the clutter of visible menus and toolbars. Yes, there is a Start button on the desktop – but it takes you to the Start screen rather than restoring the menu in Windows 7. The Start button will be a point of familiarity for new users, but its main benefit is the enhanced administrative menu (known as Win-X because of its keyboard shortcut) which pops up if you right-click, including an option to shut down.
 
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•SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage, is deeply embedded in Windows 8.1. It has its own section in PC Settings, and you can opt to save all documents to SkyDrive by default. Open Notepad, for example, type something, hit save, and it goes to SkyDrive if you do not change the location. Another SkyDrive change is that the Modern SkyDrive app now works offline, sharing local storage with the Desktop version. This makes sense if you travel or regularly work on more than one machine.
 
Microsoft is making a big push with 8.1 to enhance personalization with customization options. You can now change the color and background of the Start Screen to something more precise with a new color slider tool. You can also change it to a personal photo or the one that’s the background on your desktop. The lock screen can now display a slideshow of your photos.
 
Overall, Windows 8.1 is focusing on improving the on the issues that users had been having issues with in the original 8.0 version. It’s available now for all Windows 8.0 users, completely free as an update. 
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The WWDC: iTunes Radio, iOS7, and OS X Mavericks

   Apple fans and dedicated consumers were excited when Tim Cook took the stage at the WWDC on the 10th. Very few rumors had been verified before the conference as to what would be announced this year. Things like the iWatch and the iPhone 5S and 6 were anticipated, but Apple decided to push the release of the new iOS and OS X, as well as some new hardware. 

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The iOS 7 may not have been the first reveal at the WWDC, but it may have been the most important. Apple has been running the same visual style on the iOS since the iPhone hit the market, but after a great deal of work they’ve released the newer, more sleek and efficient iOS7. It’s focus is to integrate and layer all functions with more options in every avenue of use. Folders can hold pages of content, photos will be immediately arranged by the location the photo was taken and the date/time, and a heads up display can be swiped up from the bottom of the UI at any point of use. Some speculate that the new iOS looks more like the Android Jellybean, but the functionality and look haven’t been fully reviewed quite yet. Developers gained access to the iOS7 less that 24 hour ago, so there’s still much to be experimented with. 

Another big hit for Apple was the OS X Mavericks (10.9). The new OS hasn’t changed much in look, but has some big new features. iBooks, Apple Maps, Calandar, and the brand new Safari are just some of the new changes Mavericks is bringing to the table. Apple, as always, is setting up the OS to function as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. The system is set up to save power so that your Macbook Air can supply you with full 24 hour use. And the Safari changes are set so that reading articles and roaming through bookmarks is seamless with endless scrolling. Apple will be releasing an entirely new desktop, the Mac Pro.

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The new desktop features components  that are built around a “central thermal core,” and the specs include an Intel Xeon CPU, faster 1,866GHz RAM, and new SSD storage that’s 2.5 times faster than current SSD drives. Dual AMD FirePro GPUs are supported (even though current MacBook Pros use Nvidia graphics), and the system can output to as many as three 4K resolution displays.

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Lastly, Apple has set out to contend with Pandora and Spotify with their own digital station, iTunes Radio. The system appeared easy to navigate and familiarize with, being that such programs have become extremely popular in the past few years, but Apple has added it’s own twist on their radio system. It’s an integrated part of iTunes which can be accessed as easily as the iTunes Store: just a click away. The radio will play whatever bands, artists, or genres you chose and will also give you a purchasing option for individual MP3s. Playlists can be formed and shared with other users, similar to the Spotify function. All of it connects to the iTunes store, so expect an ease of purchasing new music on your desktop or your mobile. All information is distributed throughout your cloud, so your music can stream from your iPhone, iPad, or desktop, regardless of where the purchase and download took place. 

The WWDC did bring some large changes to the table, but Apple stock has not taken a major rise since the conference ended. It’s likely that consumers and investors are waiting for the release of the new iPhones as well as information on the iWatch before business takes a jump forward. We can only wait until the end of the year before finding out. 

-David Collins

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The Future of Wearable Technology

  The tech world has been progressively moving forward on all sides, but the most interesting changes we’re seeing are in the world of wearable technology.

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Google has put their foot forward with Google Glass, giving the public an inside look on the product’s stages of development. Since the beta item has been available for purchase, Google has encouraged developers to test and record as much data as they can on the usability of the glasses. Each step Google takes is taken in the eye and participation of the general public. They’ve yet to set a final date for a completed product in order to refine the technology, but it’s likely that Google will be ready by next year’s IO. 

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Google isn’t the only company who is getting into the world of wearable devices. Of course their main competitor, Apple, is rumored to have a new product coming soon. The spectated device is the iWatch, which most are expecting to see at the WWDC. Not much is known about the device, but leaked information and images are rising up across the internet. The russian newspaper Izvestia  reported that Apple has filed for the iWatch trademark, but we don’t know how soon this product will be released. We don’t know the functions of the watch yet, but you can be sure that they’ll do their best to combat Google Glass with voice command functions, a new OS, and some gesture technology. Anything beyond that is unknown.

Both of these products are not yet on the market, but here at KaysCase we’re always preparing new product lines for the latest technologies. A delicate and expensive piece of hardware like Google Glass would highly benefit from a form fitting glasses case, or maybe even a charging case. And the iWatch will likely need some surface protection like our screen protectors. And a watch case for display as well as a charging dock would be the perfect addition to Apple’s innovations. As information continues to become available, we continue to fit our product line to your needs and desires. 

We’re looking forward to seeing what new developments arrive in the oncoming months. Google and Apple are the heads of innovation in today’s tech world. 

-David Collins

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Apple and the D11 Conference

timcAt this year’s “All About the D”, Tim Cook took the stage for the second time as the Apple CEO and representative. Interviewers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher were immediate in their quest for answers from Cook due to the drop Apple’s stock has been making in the recent months. This year we’ve seen a great deal of competition from HTC and Samsung with the HTC One and the Galaxy S4.

Cook did not receive much time or kindness when asked how he views the company’s decline. Apple has been the leading example for innovative technology since the iPod, but with the death of former CEO Steve Jobs, some have lost faith in the company’s potential future. This is what Tim Cook had to say about the current drop in stock:

“Apple has always had competition to focus on, but our North Star is always on making the best products. We always come back to that. We want to do the best phone, the best tablet, the best PC. I think we’re doing that.” 

Cook reassures investors and consumers that as long as Apple continues to focus on the product quality being the best and the brightest of the generation, that everything will smooth out in time. He noted that the company sold 85 million iPhones, 42 million iPads, and 13 million Apple TVs in the second half of the last year. But interviewer Kara Swisher was not moved by the numbers.

She pointed out that the sales may be high, but faith is low. Apple has not come out with a new product type since Steve Jobs passed away. New iPhones, iPads, and upgrades to all standing systems have been made, but Apple has not pushed past the competition with the “future technology” that was the staple of the company for so long.

Cook was questioned about many of the moves that the competing companies have been making, including the future of Apple TV (which hasn’t received much focus from the company) and Google Glass. Unfortunately Cook never gave any solid answers to most questions, mostly referring to the future of wearable technology as “interesting” and “ripe for exploration”.

The only real information that Cook would comment on is the new iOS that will be displayed at the WWDC in the middle of June. The iOS and the OSX will debut there, promising a smoother and more futuristic system for Apple consumers to get excited about. But it appears that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 we’re being promised at the upcoming conference may not provide customers with stunning changes or upgrades. No large details have been revealed, but Cook did speak briefly about the smart phone’s screen size.

“People do look at the size. They also look at things like do the photos show the proper color? The white balance, the reflectivity, battery life. […] At this point we’ve felt the retina display that we are shipping is overwhelmingly the best.” 

After an intense session of questions, it’s come to light that Apple might not be in the lead when it comes to making new and fresh products anymore. Cook has made it clear that their main goal is to make their product clean, smooth, and the best. But will Apple stock remain in it’s slump with this change in company focus? Will consumers stick around if Apple doesn’t remain the flagship company in the world of smart phone technology?

When Tim Cook was asked if he was afraid for the status of the company and the future of their business, he replied with a calm and confident, “absolutely not.”

Hopefully what we see at the WWDC will only add to his statement.

-David Collins

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The Xbox One, the PS4, and the Future of Smart Phone Integration

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At the beginning of this week, Microsoft revealed their newest console in the Xbox lineup, the Xbox One. The company decided to take their gaming platform in a new direction, integrating the system with other forms of entertainment in order to make the Xbox One the new hub of entertainment in the home. Some of the technology shown has given us a glimpse into not only the future of gaming and home entertainment, but the integration of cloud technology and the growing potential of smart phones.

Already smart phones have become the main focus of the tech race since Apple changed the world with the iPhone, 6 years ago. Since then, every major phone company and software company has been putting heavy amounts of time and money into giving individuals the power of a computer in a mobile device. And with the introduction of cloud technology, which allows users to connect all of their online content to separate hardware devices, the smart phone is now the most important purchase an individual can make. So where does the Xbox One stand in this system and why is it important?

Gaming aside, the Xbox One is an entertainment system that is joining the cloud network. The new system will be able to be operated by any smart phone that runs the latest Windows OS. Your phone can act as a remote for your Xbox, similar to the function the Nexus 4 has with the Nexus Q. You can search and download Xbox games with your mobile device while at work and your system will download the game at home. These sort of accomplishments are driving smart phones to become necessary in today’s technological world.

The Playstation 4 is moving forward in the same direction. Sony has the mobile gaming device, the PS Vita, which can also download games to the home system while on the go. Not only do the two systems communicate with each other, but they can also connect to your smart phone.

The main focus here is that smart phones are becoming the most important part of daily tech life. The advantages of having the latest device are becoming more important to everyday life. Whether it’s programming your DVR with your phone while busy at work or having control over the content your children are downloading onto their newest gaming system, smart phones are quickly becoming a necessity in everyday life.

The technology of work and recreation are linking, so it’s important to keep an ear to the ground in all veins of tech. KaysCase will be keeping you updated on the biggest moves these companies are making to keep your daily life fun, easy, and entertaining. The future is now.

-David Collins

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