Live Coverage of Apple’s October 16th Media Event [Video]

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We’re less than 24 hours away from the official unveiling of Apple’s new iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2, and the public launch of OS X Yosemite. Apple’s event kicks off at 10am Pacific Time on October 16th 2014 and we’ll have live video coverage of the event right here on TechZany.com! Watch as the countdown hits zero, and Tim Cook takes the stage!

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Location:

Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California, USA

Time:

  • 10:00 am Pacific (Vancouver, BC)
  • 11:00 am Mountain (Calgary, AB)
  • 12:00 pm Central (Winnipeg, MB)
  • 1:00 pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
  • 2:00 pm Atlantic (Halifax, NS)
  • 2:30 pm Newfoundland (St John’s, NL)

Live Coverage of Apple’s iPhone 6 and “iWatch” Media Event [Video]

We’re less than 24 hours away from the official unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 6 and rumored “iWatch” wearable device. Apple’s event kicks off at 10am Pacific Time on September 9th and we’ll have live video coverage of the event right here on TechZany.com! Watch as the countdown hits zero, and Tim Cook takes the stage! Until then, why not check out our expectations and rumor roundup in our latest blog post: “iPhone 6 – What To Expect“.

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Location:

Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, USA

Time:

  • 10:00 am Pacific (Vancouver, BC)
  • 11:00 am Mountain (Calgary, AB)
  • 12:00 pm Central (Winnipeg, MB)
  • 1:00 pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
  • 2:00 pm Atlantic (Halifax, NS)
  • 2:30 pm Newfoundland (St John’s, NL)

 

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4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Leaked Case Preview

Comparison of 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone 6 Cases

Comparison of 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Cases

As the expected release date of Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 6 approaches, leaked photos and products continue to surface that feature a new form-factor in 4.7″ and 5.5″ sizes.

Thanks to multiple OEM manufacturers, TechZany was able to get access to various cases and parts for the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhone 6. Although we haven’t yet seen the official housing or back casing of the iPhone 6, these cases and parts come from a very credible source in China. They’re modelled from the iPhone 6 “dummy phone” which is used in the factories for iPhone 6 prototyping. These parts and new form factors have also been confirmed within the supply chain.

5.5" iPhone 6 Case

5.5″ iPhone 6 Case

It is expected that the 4.7″ iPhone 6 will be available in September, following the annual hardware update schedule. However, the 5.5″ iPhone 6 will not be available until later in the year, or early-2015 due to manufacturer issues with hardware design, according to multiple sources.

The hardware mockups, dummy models, and cases that have emerged seem to follow a consistent design on the 4.7″ model. As for the 5.5″ “iPhone 6S” or “iPhone Note” (As it’s being called by some Chinese manufacturers), there is the possibility that Apple will reveal this later in the year, rather than at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2nd 2014. It may also have some unique features or technology that isn’t currently being tested nor available in the supply chain and therefore, would not be demonstrated in these preliminary case designs.

Check out the photos below! For other photos, details, and information about the upcoming iPhone 6 (and other Apple products), follow @TechZany on Twitter!

4.7" iPhone 6 Dummy Models

4.7″ iPhone 6 Dummy Models

 

4.7" iPhone 6 Case

4.7″ iPhone 6 Case

Comparing 5.5" iPhone 6 to iPad Mini

Comparing 5.5″ iPhone 6 to iPad Mini

 

5.5" iPhone 6 Bottom Ports

5.5″ iPhone 6 Bottom Ports

 

5.5" iPhone 6 Photos from OEM

5.5″ iPhone 6 Photos from OEM

iPhone 6 Camera Modules

iPhone 6 Camera Modules


iPhone 6 Dummy - White

iPhone 6 Dummy – White


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Downgrading From OS X Mavericks to Mountain Lion

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Apple released OS X Mavericks in October 2013, the tenth major release of “The world’s most advanced operating system”. Hours after the release, I quickly upgraded the OS on my primary system, a late-2012 27″ iMac.

OS X 10.9 introduced several new features but, as expected, it also introduced several major bugs and removed features without good reason. After being frustrated with Mavericks, as many have, I decided to downgrade to 10.8.5 (OS X Mountain Lion).

A brief and condensed list of bugs and issues I found in OS X Mavericks:

  • There are a few incompatible applications that users were accustomed to using in Mountain Lion which no longer functioned, or caused some instability. RoaringApps.com is a trustworthy crowdsourced website for checking OS compatibility.
  • You lose control of scrolling with a Magic Trackpad, at random times through the day. A full system restart is required. Many users reported this on the Apple Support forum, and it’s still not resolved.
  • I love the new Multi-monitor features advertised in Mavericks and this was one of the reasons I upgraded so quickly. My main workstation is composed of 3 displays so it’s extremely important Apple handles this with care. Once again, they failed.
  • Shared network drives, screen sharing with other Macs on your network, AirDrop? Forget it. Not going to work if you’re using Mountain Lion on any of your other networked Macs. Theoretically it will … but implementation was subpar and obviously rushed.

I left Mountain Lion installed on a small 150GB partition before upgrading to Mavericks. The idea was that I could launch Mountain Lion at any time, just in case I didn’t find the new OS to work for my needs. Unfortunately, that caused more trouble than it was worth. With only 6GB left on the Mountain Lion partition, it quickly filled up and I needed more space. I tried deleting the Mavericks partition and allocating the free space to Mountain Lion, but it’s not that easy. (even while running Disk Utility from an external drive). Long story short, I ended up formatting the entire SSD (including the Mountain Lion recovery partition, yikes!)

Of course I kept a backup of all my data, thanks to Apple’s Time Machine (Which I no longer recommend using, by the way). This was not the concern. The next real challenge was finding, and installing, Mountain Lion. Why does Apple make this so complicated? And why do these bugs even exist? Short answer – OS X developers at Apple don’t support or think in the mind of the minority; most users would never notice the bugs and complications in Mavericks that we geeks (ahem, power users) do.

A persistent banner ad seen in the Mac App Store. Apple is encouraging all users to upgrade to Mavericks as soon as possible.

A persistent banner ad seen in the Mac App Store. Apple is encouraging all users to upgrade to Mavericks as soon as possible.

Rushing to download and install Mavericks back in October, I copied the installer onto the same SD card that Mountain Lion was on, replacing and deleting 10.8 forever. Installing via SD card was out of the question.  :-(

No problem, I can just download Mountain Lion from the App Store like I did last year? Wrong again – it’s not longer available in the Mac App Store and shows an error when attempting to download. At this point, I’m quite frustrated.

After a vast amount of searching, I found a clean copy of Mountain Lion on a popular torrent website. 1.5 hours and 4.5 gigabytes later, I inspected the installer package to notice it was completely mangled so I don’t recommend trying this. I ended up purchasing an Apple Mac Developer account, solely for the purpose of downloading an old OS. Apple provides many past versions of OS X and iOS to developers who want to test their app for previous generation products. Continue reading

Preview: Apple iPad Mini 2

As the expected release date for the iPad Mini 2 approaches, leaked photos continue to surface that show the new device in many new colors. These include silver, gold, and space gray – similar to the newly unveiled iPhone 5S.

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Apple iPad Mini 2 – Silver – WiFi / 3G

Many reports suggest the iPad Mini 2 will not feature a Retina display, nor a new form factor. It’s likely that we could see Apple Touch ID implemented, with the new Apple A7 processing chip.

At first, you may not be able to see the difference between the original iPad Mini, and iPad Mini 2 and that’s because the outer shells are quite similar. It features a few small design tweaks, such as the reflective Apple logo that has been pressed into the aluminum, rather than engraved on top. The internal components, currently available, suggest an identical microphone and speaker, with minor camera improvements.

Because the form-factor of both iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 are nearly identical, you will be able to continue using your favourite iPad Mini case or Smart Cover. It’s expected that Apple will announce new cases, potentially similar to those found on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

Thanks to some OEM factories, such as Hon Hai / Foxconn, I was able to get my hands on various parts for the new iPad Mini 2. Although I don’t have all available parts, a “space gray” iPad Mini 2 has also been confirmed in the supply chain.

 

Expected Announcement Date: October 22nd 2013

Expected Release Date: November 2013

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iPad Mini 2

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iPhone 5 Rumors

According to many sources, the next generation iPhone will be released on October 7th, 2011. In this next release of the iPhone, the new iPhone will most likely be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S. In this upgrade the iPhone is supposed to have a faster processor or even maybe a dual processor inside the iPhone, this generation of the iPhone will most likely have HD cameras on both the front and back of the iPhone.

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This iPhone will still have the Apple Retina Display. Also with this release of the iPhone there will most likely be a more affordable version of the iPhone, maybe a iPhone mini or a pay-as-you go iPhone! Also many sources say that Apple is defiantly working on two versions of the next generation iPhone. We will just have to wait and see.As you can see Apple has came a long way since the original iPhone they release in January 7th, 2007. Maybe this iPhone will only be on Verizon Wireless network because Apple has had some problems with AT&T. We will just have to wait and see!

Posted by:  Alex Sullivan <sulligraphics.co.cc>