Tim Cook says Jony Ive is ‘really key’ to iOS redesign coming at WWDC

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed what many have long assumed — that Jony Ive is working on a new version of iOS, and that it will be revealed at WWDC next month. Speaking at the D11 conference, Cook said that Apple “recognized that Jony had contributed significantly to the look and feel of Apple over many many years and could do that for our software as well,” calling the designer “absolutely incredible.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook interview at D11: the liveblog

Apple CEO Tim Cook interview at D11: the liveblog

Ive is the creative force behind many of Apple’s most iconic hardware designs, but washanded an additional role in “human interface” last year following the removal of Scott Forstall as iOS senior VP. Recent weeks have seen rumors that iOS 7 will feature a “flat” UI that removes much of the glossy, realistic sheen currently seen in Apple’s software.

When asked if the new version of iOS is indeed what Ive has been working on, Cook replied in the affirmative, calling him “really key” to the update. The CEO wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, only saying that new versions of both iOS and OS X would be on show at Apple’s developer conference in less than two weeks, and that he will “let you be the judge” as to how significant the changes are.

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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference june 10-14, San Francisco

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference june 10-14, San Francisco

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference june 10-14, San Francisco

Get an in-depth look at what’s next in iOS and OS X, and learn how to take your
apps to the next level. With over 100 sessions, extensive hands–on labs, and
engaging events, you’ll connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers
for an incredible week of inspiration.

 

Apple in safe hands with bigger role for Jonathan Ive: Analysts

The exit of Apple Inc’s longtime mobile software products chief may be a surprise, but a band of able executives led by Tim Cook and a bigger role for design boss Jonathan Ive meant the company was in good hands, analysts said on Tuesday.

Jonathan Ive Hero

Jonathan Ive Hero

Ive, Apple’s celebrated industrial design chief will now look into both hardware and software designs, following the departure of Scott Forstall after years of friction with other top executives.

“Yesterday’s announcement all but confirmed that Ive will be with the company for the foreseeable future, putting to rest a recurring investor concern of an Apple without Ive,” Piper Jaffray & Co analyst Gene Munster said in a research note.

“This, combined with Tim Cook’s nine years remaining on his contract with Apple, suggests the two most critical management figures will be in place for the longer term.” John Browett, recently hired as Apple’s retail chief, will also leave, the company said on Monday.

Eddy Cue, who runs online products, will lead Apple Maps and its Siri voice search software, while Craig Federighi, who oversees the OSX software that powers the Macintosh computers, will take charge of the iOS software.

“We think that despite the departure of Forstall who ran iOS development, iOS’s future is in good hands,” Munster said.

Forstall – long-time lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs – refused to sign a public apology after the mapping software on the latest iPhone contained embarrassing errors and drew fierce criticism, Reuters reported citing sources.

His departure was years in the making, and came to a head with the Apple Maps incident, sources said.

“Though Scott Forstall’s departure is a surprise, this appears to be part of Tim Cook putting his own stamp on the company, and importantly, he is still surrounded by several key long-time Apple executives and innovators,” Robert W. Baird & Co analyst William Power said.

iPhone 5 : Watch the iPhone 5 Keynote [Video]

Apple has posted the keynote video to the iPhone 5 launch event. If you’re a fan of Apple’s event videos it’s well worth watching, you’ll see the usual cast of Apple all-stars unveiling the iPhone 5, new iPod touch, iPod nano, review iOS 6 and some great new apps and features, a discussion of iTunes 11, and even get a bit of a State-of-the-Apple-Union type overview from CEO Tim Cook.

iPhone 5. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

iPhone 5. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

If you’re having trouble viewing the video in your browser, try loading it with Safari rather than Chrome or Firefox, or you can download the keynote video as a video podcast from iTunes.

Don’t want to spend an hour watching the keynote video? Here’s a quick overview of everything launched today.

Sprint Rolling Out 4G LTE in Over 100 More U.S. Cities

Only days before the iPhone 5’s release, Sprint has announced that it’s expanding its 4G LTE to more than 100 cities throughout 2012.

Sprint Rolling Out 4G LTE in Over 100 More U.S. Cities

Sprint Rolling Out 4G LTE in Over 100 More U.S. Cities

Sprint started rolling out its 4G LTE service on July 15. Currently, Sprint offers 4G LTE connectivity in 19 cities in the United States,

including Houston; Atlanta; Baltimore; Dallas; Athens, Georgia; Calhoun, Georgia; Carrollton, Georgia; Newnan, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Georgia; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Montana/Kansas City, Kansas; Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Montana; Waco, Texas and St. Joseph, Montana.

The new 4G LTE offerings will now spread further across the U.S., entering cities like Boston, Chicago and New Orleans.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Network for Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business, connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

Sprint’s complete list of cities to receive the 4G LTE network in the coming months can be found here.

Sprint, which obtained the iPhone for the first time last fall when the iPhone 4S was released, could likely be preparing for the iPhone 5’s release in two days. The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone to have 4G LTE connectivity.

 

New iPod touch said to have built-in GPS & new colors, to act as game controller

Apple is reportedly set to unveil a next-generation iPod touch that will be a major change from its predecessor, packing in a dedicated GPS receiver, a high-definition FaceTime camera, and a 4-inch in-cell touchscreen — and potentially acting as a game controller with other devices like the Mac or iPad.

The details were revealed on Wednesday by the well-sourced Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. He also indicated that the iPod touch will come in different colors beyond black and white, much like the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, to increase the appeal of the iPod touch to younger customers.

He also believes Apple will somehow enhance compatibility of the iPod touch with other devices thanks to new hardware and software in the device. The new additions would allow the iPod touch to connect to “Mac or iPad devices equipped with larger panel, working like a game controller,” he said.

By adding built-in GPS support to the iPod touch, Kuo said Apple will be able to offer better support for its own Maps solution in its new iOS 6 mobile operating system.

White iPod touch mockup

And while the iPod touch is expected to have a high-definition forward-facing camera, the rear camera will be a thinner but lower-grade 5-megapixel module that will accommodate the slim body of the iPod touch.

The updated iPod touch is also expected to have a 4-inch in-cell touch panel matching the screen size of the new iPhone. By switching to in-cell touchscreen technology, the new iPod touch could be 10 to 20 percent thinner than the current version, making it 6 to 6.5 millimeters thin and weighing less than 100 grams.

Kuo also said the new iPod touch will feature the same A5 processor as the iPad 2, while the new iPhone will sport a faster A5 chip. There is no need for the iPod touch to use the A5X found in the third-generation iPad, he said, because it does not need to push as many pixels as that device.

The use of an A5 chip and a higher resolution display were also detailed on Tuesday by Will Strafach, otherwise known as developer “Chronic.” He revealed that the new iPod touch is known by the code name “N78AP.”

Apple iPhone 5 and New iPods: Announcement Today in San Francisco

Today, after months of rumors and speculation, Apple will announce its next iPhone – the iPhone 5. Starting at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage and detail the new features of the phone.

Apple iPhone 5 and New iPods: Announcement Today in San Francisco

Apple iPhone 5 and New iPods: Announcement Today in San Francisco

Thanks to those rumors (which we gathered together here) we have an idea of what Cook might just reveal. Numerous reports have revealed that the new iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch display, a new dock connector, a faster processor and LTE for faster data speeds. Purported photos of the phone have also leaked over the last few months, indicating that the phone will have a different design than the current iPhone 4S model.
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When it comes to the software, the new iPhone will run Apple’s iOS 6, which the company detailed in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 6 has a whole host of new features, including Apple’s own homebrewed maps app (which will replace Google Maps), Facebook integration, and a new passbook app, which organizes airplane tickets, coupons and other passes you might have.

YouTube is not preloaded with the new software, but earlier this week Google released a new iPhone YouTube app.

The iPhone 5 has been rumored to go on sale as early as today following and start shipping on Friday, Sept. 21st. The iOS 6 software will likely be released around the same time and will be available for previous versions of the iPhone via a download.

Demand for this version of the iPhone is one of the strongest in the history of the phone. Sites like Gazelle and Glyde, which buy older iPhones, have seen a huge surge in traffic over the last few days as people look to unload their phones in preparation for the new one. Some analysts predict the company might sell over 10 million phones within the first month of being on sale. Apple noted on its last earnings call that it saw a significant downtick in iPhone sales last quarter as consumers wait for the new phone.

In addition to the iPhone, Apple is also rumored to announce new iPods today, including a new iPod Shuffle, a redesigned iPod Nano and a new iPod Touch.

Apple is not expected to discuss the its smaller version of the iPad today. According technology sites and ABC News’ own sources Apple will hold another event in October to release the so-called iPad Mini.

ABC News will be live at the event at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST. You can follow our live blog here. Stay tuned for our continuous coverage throughout the day.