TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 8/28-9/02

This is it folks. We are so close to September, I'm kind of giddy :)  This week we have more rumors of the iWatch , a confirmed event date and more.

iWatch to be unveiled in September

John Paczkowski of Re/code is reporting that Apple will unveil the fabled iWatch during the planned September event.  

"Remember how I said, Could things change between now and fall? Turns out that was a prescient hedge, because things have changed. Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones."  

John also says in another post that while the device will be unveiled next month, it won't be available for purchase until early 2015.  Bloomberg also sats the iWatch will be unveiled.

While I am super excited to see Apple while show us, I am bummed that it won't ship until next year. It's been rumored for so long and I hope it finally happens.  

Apple denied sales ban against Samsung

Bloomberg reports Apple has failed to win a sales ban on Samsung products found to infringe its patents.  

"Judge Lucy H. Koh denied Apple’s bid for what the company had pitched as a “narrowly tailored” ban on some older Samsung smartphone models after a jury in May found infringement by both companies."

Apple begins AT&T financing for iPhone sales

9to5Mac reported about this happening last month.  As of now, AT&T is the only carrier available for financing from Apple's website.  

I think this is great for Apple. It will give so many more people the opportunity to purchase the iPhone directly from Apple, something I always recommend to people. I am thinking about switching to the Edge program from Verizon once my contract is up. Being able to go with the Edge program the day iPhone is available at the Apple Store is a huge benefit.

Apple announces event for September 9th

New iPhones, the iWatch and iOS 8 are expected to be announced during the event.  

Apple building structure outside of the Flint Center

The Flint Center is where Apple is holding their even on September 9th.  There is a building being constructed by Apple outside of the Flint Center.  Jim Dalrymple of The Loop feels the building is going to be the hands on area. Jim also notes that security around the construction is very tight.  

NFC could finally be coming to iPhone

After years of rumors that NFC will be included in the iPhone, they may finally come to an end.  Apple is reportedly working with XNP to include NFC on iPhone 6. This report along with leaked images and schematics indicate NFC will be included. The inclusion of NFC would benefit Apple in the mobile payment industry and possibly as a way for the iPhone to communicate wt the iWatch.

I was listening to a podcast with Jim Dalrymple on it and when NFC was brought up he simply said Apple will include it when its right. He did not shoot it down like he has done previously or give it his famous "Nope".  I find that to be a better indicator that NFC will be included.


Apple update iOS 8 HealthKit terms

The iOS 8 terms of use have been updated to note that developers are not allowed to resell any information gained through the upcoming HealthKit framework.  9to5Mac notes one exception:

"Apple explicitly states that developers may share user health data with third parties only if those parties are using the data for health-related research. In order to share a user’s information with those third parties, the developers must first get permission from the user. Anyone who doesn’t want their information being used for research purposes can simply choose not to opt-in to any research sharing initiatives."

Video of purported iPhone 6

iWatch to cost up to $400.00

Re/code reports the iWatch could cost as much as $400.00

"Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device.  Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to begin shipping next year. Sources say consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions."

$400.00 is double what LG and Samsung charge for their wearable device. Apple products are always priced higher then the competition so a high price tag is expected. Apple will have to do a lot to convince people why they should spend that kind of cash on a wearable.  (Who am I kidding? I will get it on day 1)

Apple patents new flexible dock

Patently Apple has discovered a new patent that describes a dock with a flexible lightning cable.  

"The patent reveals an improved method of producing a lightning connector that has a newly defined breaking strength. This new feature will be able to protect the receptacle lightning connector and/or the electronic device from damage when a force is applied to the lightning connector."

The question is, if this is true, when will Apple have it ready to ship?

Apple working with American Express, Visa & MasterCard

Apple has reportedly reached a deal with the 3 major US credit card companies on a mobile payment system.  

"The agreement includes Visa Inc. , MasterCard Inc. and American Express Co.  and will be unveiled on Sept. 9 along with the next iPhone, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
The new iPhone will make mobile payment easier by including a near-field communication chip for the first time, the person said. That advancement along with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone, will allow consumers to securely pay for items in a store with the touch of a finger."

Will Apple announce a mobile payment platform next week? 


Potential iCloud hack leads to FBI investigation

Over the weekend, there was a major iCloud hack of celebrity accounts leading to private pictures being leaked. Hackers reportedly brute forced the iCloud accounts and were able to gain access because of weak passwords.

FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller said:

(The FBI is) aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter. Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time

Apple's response thus far: "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report"

Please people, use strong passwords to help avoid this happening to you.  Don't repeat passwords, don't use real names for security questions, use CAPITAL LETTERS mixed with special charters (!@#$%^&*()_+"?><:|}{[]\/.,;'-) and enable two factor authentication where available. Also,utilize a password manager such as 1Password to create and securely store your encrypted passwords.


iWatch reaches "Engineering Verification Test" stage

Digitimes is reporting Apple's iWatch has reached the engineering verification test stage of development, likely beginning shipping in 2015. Once the EVT is complete, then the device will move to production verification testing and then mass production. Digitimes also says Apple will not unveil the iWatch next week though Re/code and Bloomberg have said otherwise. I'm going with Re/code on that claim.  

That's it for the week folks.  It's close to September 9th. What do you think we will see?  Let me know in the comments. While you are at it, make sure to complete the iOSDocked Prediction Show form for your chance to win an iOSDocked t-shirt.

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