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iOS 5 to Offer Significant Voice Integration? Fall iPhone 5 Launch Opens Door to LTE?

Tuesday March 29, 2011 7:38 am PDT by
TechCrunch has posted another lengthy report detailing what it is hearing about Apple's plans for the fifth-generation iPhone and iOS 5, now both rumored for release closer to a "fall" timeframe than the traditional June/July timeframe seen in past years. Perhaps the most notable information comes at the end of the article, revealing that sources have said that Apple's April 2010 acquisition ...
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Cloud-Focused iOS 5 to See WWDC Intro, Fall Release?

Saturday March 26, 2011 8:32 pm PDT by
TechCrunch reports that Apple may be departing from its usual pattern of releasing major new iOS releases alongside new iPhone hardware in the June-July timeframe, instead pushing iOS 5 to a release in the fall, potentially with an initial unveiling at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Many people (including myself) were a bit disappointed that Apple didn't devote any time during the...
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Apple Already Nearing Golden Master Candidate Versions of Mac OS X Lion?

Friday March 25, 2011 9:09 pm PDT by
TechCrunch reports that Apple is preparing to seed the first golden master candidate version of Mac OS X Lion to developers. While Apple may yet issue several such candidates before reaching the final version to be released to consumers, the candidate designation would suggest that Apple has essentially completed development on the new operating system version and will simply be fixing bugs...
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New Final Cut Pro Changes Described as 'Dramatic and Ambitious' - Due in Spring 2011

Tuesday February 22, 2011 9:24 pm PST by
TechCrunch claims to have heard that the next version of Final Cut Pro is due soon and it's supposed to be a big one: According our very own people familiar with the matter, a small group of video editors were on the Apple campus recently in order to preview the new version of video editing software, which is in the same space as Avid and Adobe Premier. Apparently Apple is still putting the...
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Mac OS X Lion to Have User Interface Overhaul?

Tuesday February 22, 2011 8:54 pm PST by
Last year, Apple provided the public with a sneak peak and the next major version of Mac OS X (Lion). Steve Jobs showed off only a few of the new features that were inspired by iOS: "Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Lion has a ton of new features, and we...
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iPad 3 to Arrive This September?

Wednesday February 9, 2011 4:33 pm PST by
Even though Apple hasn't yet even announced the 2nd generation iPad, we are already hearing the first rumors of the 3rd generation iPad. Those rumors seem to suggest that Apple is planning on accelerating the iPad's release cycle with the 3rd generation model arriving as early as this fall (September). The buzz started when Daring Fireball's John Gruber mentioned that the new HP tablet may ...
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Apple Considering BOKU (Mobile Payment Company) Acquisition

Monday November 1, 2010 3:48 pm PDT by
TechCrunch reports that both Apple and Google are in early talks with mobile payments company Boku. Boku is a startup company that has partnered with mobile carriers to allow customers to purchase goods using their mobile phones. Customers simply enter their mobile phone number when looking to purchase an item and a confirmation message is sent to their device. The resulting charges are...
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Apple in Early-Stage Negotiations to Acquire Spotify? [Updated]

Tuesday October 26, 2010 2:41 pm PDT by
TechCrunch reports that Apple and Swedish music streaming service Spotify have been engaging in very early-stage discussions about a possible acquisition by Apple. Discussions have apparently yet to progress beyond the feeling-out stage, however, with no firm offers on the table at this time. "Apple, Inc. (AAPL) in negotiations to acquire Spotify," read the tip that came in yesterday via email...
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Mid-2011 iPhone to Utilize Dual-Mode GSM/CDMA Chip, Skip 4G?

Monday October 11, 2010 7:51 am PDT by
TechCrunch, which offered some of the earliest specific claims of a late 2010 manufacturing run for the Verizon iPhone, now reports that the fifth-generation iPhone due for release in mid-2011 will utilize a dual-mode chip to provide compatibility with both GSM and CDMA network technologies on a single device. The updated model will not, however, support the 4G LTE standard that several carriers ...
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Apple Reportedly Orders CDMA Chips for December Production Run of Verizon iPhone

Sunday August 8, 2010 8:34 am PDT by
Yes, it's the subject that's been beaten to death: a Verizon iPhone. The ongoing rumors have been stoked in recent weeks by a claim from Bloomberg that the device will launch in January, with this week's announcement that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will offer the keynote address at CES 2011 sparking speculation that an iPhone introduction could occur there. TechCrunch weighs in today with...
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iTunes to See Increased Facebook Integration?

Tuesday April 6, 2010 11:12 am PDT by
TechCrunch reports that it has received information claiming that Apple is set to roll out support for Facebook Connect in iTunes, making it easier for users to share items and information with their friends and extending the social aspects of the iTunes Store to broaden its reach. It certainly adds up. Over the last few weeks, iTunes has been building out its Facebook Page at Facebook.com/iTunes, ...

Hulu Developing Non-Flash Player for Deployment on iPad?

Wednesday February 10, 2010 1:41 pm PST by
TechCrunch reports that popular video site Hulu is working to bring its content to the iPad, despite the lack of support for Flash content on Apple's new tablet device. One rumor I've heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked...

And... Tablet Rumors Revived: Larger Mac-Like Tablet in the Works?

Monday February 1, 2010 5:51 pm PST by
After just five days free of Apple tablet rumors, it has begun again. TechCrunch claims that they have heard that Apple is working on a second larger tablet that will be "much more like a Mac than an iPhone." But the information were hearing is that Apple is thinking much larger for another version of the product, maybe all...

Steve Jobs on Apple Tablet: "This Will Be The Most Important Thing I've Ever Done."

Sunday January 24, 2010 5:46 pm PST by
TechCrunch reports that Steve Jobs has been heard saying that the upcoming Apple tablet "will be the most important thing I've ever done." The report is said to come from multiple independent sources: We haven't heard this first hand, but we've heard it multiple times second and third hand from completely independent sources. Senior Apple execs and friends of Jobs are telling people that he's...

Apple Tapping Lala Media Team for Cloud-Based iTunes?

Tuesday January 19, 2010 7:04 am PST by
With Apple's acquisition of streaming media firm Lala Media last month, speculation about Apple's plans for the company has suggested a number of possible opportunities, including a new iTunes streaming service or simply a "talent" acquisition of Lala's engineers. In a guest post on TechCrunch today, digital music executive Michael Robertson claims that rather than a traditional...

Google to Launch Music Service to Compete Against iTunes? [Updated]

Wednesday October 21, 2009 7:25 am PDT by
In a brief note, TechCrunch reports that it has heard from multiple sources that Google is preparing to launch a music service that would appear to compete against Apple's iTunes Store. Google will soon launch a music service, we've heard from multiple sources, and the company has spent the last several weeks securing content for the launch of the service from the major music labels. One source...

Apple and Google Had Informal Agreement Not to Poach Each Others' Employees

Monday August 10, 2009 7:47 am PDT by
TechCrunch reports that Apple and Google had an unofficial policy not to poach each others' employees during Google CEO Eric Schmidt's tenure on Apple's Board of Directors. The policy only covered contact initiated by the two companies in "head-hunting" capacities, and not unsolicited applications from employees. This news follows a report by The Washington Post in early June that the Justice...
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Cameras Ordered for iPod Touch? Another Case Design

Monday July 6, 2009 3:27 am PDT by
TechCrunch now claims that they too have heard evidence that the next generation iPod Touch will have a built in video camera. One of our sources in Asia say that Apple has placed an order for a massive number of camera modules of the type that they include in the iPhone. These are inexpensive cameras, in the $10...

More Rumors of Limited Third-Party Background Apps Coming to the iPhone? [Updated]

Friday May 15, 2009 2:25 pm PDT by
Silicon Alley Insider has heard some rumors that seem to corroborate MacRumors' report from February that Apple is working on allowing limited background processes in a future version of the iPhone's operating system. Our sources had told us they would be limited to one or two additional processes, while Silicon Alley Insider suggests that it could alternatively be for specifically-approved...

Apple Looking to Acquire Twitter?

Tuesday May 5, 2009 2:34 am PDT by
TechCrunch reports that they've heard that Apple may be in late stage negotiations to buy Twitter.com for $700 million. Of course, when the site checked with other sources, they were told they knew nothing of the sort... making this rumor seem very questionable. Twitter is a social messaging platform that allows users to broadcast short messages to "followers". The web app has seen a...