Apple Receives Chairman’s Award for Historic Architectural Preservation in NYC

The New York City Landmarks Conservancy today announced that Apple has won its 2016 Chairman’s Award, due to the Cupertino company’s preservation and restoration of a few architecturally important locations within New York City (via iFun.de) [Google Translate].

Apple’s retail location in Grand Central Terminal

The Landmarks Conservancy specifically referred to Apple’s SoHo, West 14th Street, Upper East Side, and Grand Central retail stores as the reason behind choosing Apple for the Chairman’s Award. Each location selected has historical significance prior to Apple’s restoration, including a former banking complex built in 1921 and an old United States Post Office.

The Chairman’s Award began in 1988 to recognize „exceptional commitment to the protection and preservation of the rich architectural heritage of New York.“ Apple will officially receive the award at the Chairman’s Luncheon on March 9.

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‘iPhone 6c’ Said to Have Slightly Larger Battery Than iPhone 5s and 2GB of RAM

Apple’s so-called „iPhone 6c“ will have a 1,642 mAh battery, slightly larger than the iPhone 5s battery’s 1,570 mAh capacity, according to Chinese website MyDrivers [Google Translate] (via Gadgetz Arena).

The report, citing „insider Foxconn employees,“ also corroborates multiple rumors claiming the 4-inch iPhone will feature an A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB base storage, Touch ID and the same 2.5d curved glass used on the iPhone 6 and later.

Apple’s suppliers will reportedly begin mass production of the much-rumored smartphone in January ahead of a possible March announcement and subsequent April release. At least five sources have now predicted the „iPhone 6c“ will launch in early 2016 since rumors about the device began circulating this year.

In November, often-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara reported that Apple has developed a new 4-inch iPhone that is essentially an iPhone 5s with sixth-generation iPod touch features, including an A8 chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and an improved FaceTime HD camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture. The „iPhone 6c“ may also come in at least three colors and lack 3D Touch.

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China Mobile Roadmap Claims New 4-Inch iPhone Coming in April 2016

Chinese cellular carrier China Mobile recently held an event discussing its upcoming plans for 2016, in which it hinted at an April 2016 release date for Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone, reports MyDrivers [Google Translate] (via Gadgetz Arena).

An April 2016 release date for the device is in line with previous rumors that have suggested it will launch during the first months of 2016. Apple is rumored to be holding a March event where it will introduce a second-generation Apple Watch, and it’s possible the 4-inch iPhone will also be unveiled at that time.

Today’s report from MyDrivers refers to the 4-inch iPhone as the „iPhone 7c,“ but Apple is unlikely to use that nomenclature for a device that launches ahead of the „iPhone 7,“ the name most probable for the 2016 flagship iPhone coming in September. All previous rumors have instead referred to the 4-inch iPhone as the „iPhone 6c.“

The iPhone 6c is rumored to feature an aluminum casing like the iPhone 5s, with at least two to three color options available and a 2.5D curved edge cover glass like the glass used on the iPhone 6 and later. It may also include the same A9 processor used in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, along with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.

Related Roundup: iPhone 6c (2016)
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Sketchy Rumor Says New 4-Inch iPhone Could Have Colorful Metal Design, Launch in February 2016

A sketchy report from Chinese website TechWeb [Google Translate] (via GforGames) claims Apple’s rumored „iPhone 6c“ could feature a colorful metal design and Touch ID, lack 3D Touch and launch in February 2016, corroborating previous rumors claiming Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone in early 2016.

The report, citing unnamed „Foxconn insiders“ and other various sources, confirms that Apple is working on a new 4-inch iPhone with a „colorful metal body design,“ in contrast with the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, but adds that Foxconn has not received orders yet for mass production of the device.

Apple’s exact release plans for the so-called „iPhone 6c“ remain unknown, but the report speculates about a possible January unveiling of the device, and says the budget handset could be priced between $400 and $500 in the U.S. The iPhone 5c, released in 2013, started at $549 off-contract for the 16GB model.

Often-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara said last month that Apple has developed a new 4-inch iPhone that is essentially an iPhone 5s with sixth-generation iPod touch features, including an A8 chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and an improved FaceTime HD camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture.

The report said the so-called „iPhone 5s Mark II,“ likely an internal name for the new 4-inch iPhone, has entered production and could be shipped at any time, and a recent research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and other rumors point towards a 2016 release date.

GforGames recently cited a similarly sketchy report claiming Apple is experimenting with at least five different „iPhone 7“ models with unique hardware features, reportedly including a USB Type-C connector for headphones, wireless charging technology, multi-Force Touch, dual camera configurations and Touch ID embedded in the display.

Follow our iPhone 6c roundup to keep track of the latest news about the 4-inch iPhone.

Related Roundups: iPhone 7 (2016), iPhone 6c (2016)
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Thinner MacBook Air in 13" and 15" Sizes Coming at WWDC 2016?

Apple may be preparing to introduce a revamped MacBook Air at next year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News [Google Translate]. If Apple holds true to recent history, WWDC 2016 would be held in June, and the today’s report claims the new MacBook Air will launch in the third quarter, which corresponds to the July–September timeframe.

The new MacBook Air is said to take on a slimmer design and arrive in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, but it is unclear whether an 11-inch model will also be included. The slimmer design will be enabled by „fully redesigned“ internal components across the board, and Apple is reportedly currently working with its suppliers to develop these new components.

Apple’s notebook lineup expanded earlier this year with the addition of the new MacBook, an ultrathin machine carrying a 12-inch Retina display and utilizing ultra low voltage Intel chips for a fanless design.

Many have assumed the MacBook Air will be discontinued at some point as declining costs allow the MacBook to become Apple’s mainstream notebook offering, so a redesigned MacBook Air giving the line a new lease on life could be considered a bit of a surprise.

The addition of a 15-inch MacBook Air could hint at Apple’s vision for its future lineup, with the 12-inch MacBook occupying the ultraportable spot, the MacBook Air serving mainstream customers at 13 and 15 inches, and the MacBook Pro offering more power at those same sizes.

Economic Daily News has a hit-or-miss track record with Apple rumors, so caution should be observed with today’s claims until or unless other supporting rumors surface in the coming months.

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Google Translate update brings Split View, new instant visual language

Learning a new language is hard work, especially if you’ve been raised in the U.S., which tends to eschew any real multi-lingual literacy. These days, however, Google Translate lets us all communicate a little more easily across language barriers. A new update for the app today brings both Split View support for newer iPads along […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Deutsche Telekom Now Accepting Reservations for Next-Gen iPhone

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has once again launched an online reservation service for customers interested in purchasing the next-generation iPhone, as spotted by Apfelpage.de.

The new early bird system promises preferred delivery of future smartphone models to customers that sign up with a valid email address and mobile phone number.

Deutsche Telekom does not specifically mention the much-rumored „iPhone 6s“ or „iPhone 6s Plus“ by name, but the reservation service launching just weeks before Apple is expected to launch new iPhones is unlikely a mere coincidence. In September 2011, the carrier rolled out a similar ticket-based reservation service nearly one month before the iPhone 4s was introduced.

The reservation service is essentially a pre-order system that functions on a first-come, first-served basis, allowing new and existing customers to provide their contact information, redeem a reservation ticket via SMS or email and receive preferred delivery of Apple’s next-generation iPhone to their door without needing to wait in line at an Apple Store or Deutsche Telekom store.

Google Translate:

By registering the reservation service you have bookmarked for a preferred delivery of pending smartphone innovations. The sooner you reserve and redeem your reservation, the sooner you can expect a delivery and have to stand in line in no snake. You get your device conveniently delivered to your door.

(Thanks, Marco!)



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Sixth OS X El Capitan Beta Includes More Hints to 4K 21.5-Inch Retina iMac

Apple’s sixth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta, released on Monday, includes a few lines of code that yet again reference the possibility of a forthcoming 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac, as discovered by Consomac [Google Translate]. A similar occurance happened back in June, when some code in the second OS X El Capitan beta referenced a 4K 21.5-inch iMac screen, but, as yet, Apple hasn’t given any word on the veracity of the rumors.

Consomac‘s research into the code of the new OS X beta found three new files, two of which include screen resolutions that hint at the possible arrival of new 5K 27-inch iMacs, and the other with a 4096×2304 resolution. Like the second El Capitan beta, this code could potentially refer to a 21.5-inch Retina iMac display with 4K resolution coming down the line. Although, as Consomac discovered, an image accompanying the three files points to a design that will largely „remain unchanged“ for the new line-up.

Beginning last October, Apple launched a few updates for the 27-inch iMac with Retina Display, but the rest of the iMac line-up hasn’t seen a proper upgrade since September 2013. The major reasoning behind the stalled upgrade cycle is the company waiting for Intel’s various desktop components – including the Broadwell and Skylake processors – to be available for a more substantial update to Apple’s smaller-sized desktop computer line-up.

An update to the 21.5-inch iMac line has been hinted at for a while now, including a rumor just yesterday from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that pointed to the iMac line gaining a significant boost this quarter. Kuo points to display improvements with greater color saturation thanks to a few new processors, but never references directly the arrival of a retina display for the 21.5-inch iMac line. Still, the timing with back-to-school shopping swinging into gear, and the lengthy update cycle of the 21.5-inch line-up, definitely suggests an impending update for the model sometime soon.



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Angela Ahrendts Updates Retail Employees on Apple Watch and MacBook Launch Situation

Angela Ahrendts today sent out a video to Apple retail employees, once again reiterating Apple’s Apple Watch policies and explaining why the company has decided not to accept walk-in orders.

In the video, shared by French site Mac4Ever [Google Translate], Ahrendts again told employees that the Apple Watch is only available online due to global demand exceeding supply. She also emphasized Apple’s efforts to give customers the best possible ordering experience by restricting in-store orders and said there are no plans to change the current Apple Watch ordering process.

It was not an easy decision, and I think it’s really important to remind every single customer that this is not just a new product for us, this is an entirely new category. And the first time we’ve ever previewed a product two weeks before availability.

The great news is from anyone who did pre-order, they’ll start getting their orders this Friday.

Ahrendts told employees that she’ll be providing updates on supply on a week by week basis, and she asked retail employees to prepare to help customers who will be receiving a pre-ordered Apple Watch in the near future. Ahrendts also once again confirmed that the Apple Watch launch is a unique situation and not reflective of Apple’s launch plans going forward. „We love our launches we do in stores,“ she said. „Have absolutely no fear, this is a unique situation.“

The video also covered the MacBook, which has been highly limited even in first wave launch countries. Ahrendts said the response to the MacBook has been „overwhelming“ and that it was one of Apple’s best MacBook launches yet. Demand for the Space Gray and Gold MacBooks was described as „off the charts,“ and she said MacBooks are rolling out to Apple Stores that do not currently offer them on display.

Both the Apple Watch and the MacBook are in very short supply. Apple Watch orders placed today won’t ship out until June or later, and MacBook orders for standard configurations carry shipping estimates of four to six weeks.




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