MS Office for iPad launching Nov 10

Microsoft will launch Office for iPad on Nov. 10, The Daily has learned. This follows reports earlier this month that a late fall release was likely.

Take it as a rumor, it is a great feat to know the exact launch date as there is no official announcement from Microsoft yet.

Let’s Have Some Fun Reading Way Too Much Into the Preliminary Schedule for WWDC 2012

There are always TBA sessions on the preliminary schedule, because there are always some sessions pertaining to new stuff that will be announced on Monday. But this year there seem to be more TBA sessions than usual — particularly in Presidio, the aforementioned biggest room for sessions in the building.

“To Be Announced” sessions are for product features with secrecy. The sessions might be for new features in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, or as if the rumors have it, a new SDK platform for the TV.

Sharp and Hon Hai (Foxconn) team up for new plant to supply iPhone screen panels

According to Nikkei business daily, Sharp will supply the technical know-how to Hon Hai Precision Industry for a new plant in Chengdu to produce screen panels for iPhone. Hon Hai, being the parent company of Foxconn, invested about 46% stake in Sharp’s LCD plant in Sakai in March.

Apple appears to be the main driving force for the team-up between Sharp and Hon Hai. The partnership is positioned to become a major supplier of displays for Apple, joining Samsung and LG to meet Apple’s demand. The investment of Apple’s long time partners in Sharp in March also roused suspicion of a forth coming LCD TV from Apple. 

Sharp to supply technology to Hon Hai’s China plant: Nikkei

The return of iSight

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Remember iSight camera on your Mac? iSight is the name Apple used for the webcam on Mac computers before its transition to the current “FaceTime” or “FaceTime HD” camera naming. When Apple launched the new iPad, it refers to the new 5MP camera as an iSight camera.  And iSight name is prominent in iPad’s product literature. More than just the new iPad, Apple has just applied the iSight name to the camera in iPhone 4/4S. The camera on both the new iPad and iPhone 4S appears to be the same going by specification.

The iSight branding is expected to extend to the camera on the Mac during their next refreshes later in the year. It is safe to say that the resurrection of the name only make sense when Apple plans to make it a differentiating product feature. To speculate, Apple might be adding motion sensing detection technology into the iSight camera. This new technology might be enabled as part of Mountain Lion and in iOS 6. There might even be a standalone iSight webcam accessory for the AppleTV, with full gaming API support for its motion detection technology. Will Apple play catchup with Kinect? We will know for sure when Apple unveils iOS 6 in June.

Apple to announce iPad 3 on Wednesday March 7?

Base on past announcements, it is a safe bet that Apple will announce iPad 3 in early March. Already, rumor is flying high with a Wednesday March 7 announcement date. Here are some predictions on iPad 3 specification:

  • iPad 3 will have a 2048×1536 Retina Display.
  • iPad 3 will sport either a dual-core or quad-core A6.
  • iPad 3 is likely to sport 4G LTE networking as an option.
  • iPad 3 will have a better camera.
  • iPad 3’s battery will last longer than iPad 2.
  • We hope iPad 3 will include next-gen 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking.
  • Siri will be standard software.
  • Apple is likely to offer a low cost iPad 2 together.

Update: The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that both Verizon and AT&T will “sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks”.

Mac Pro no more?

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Mac Pro is the only Mac left that has not been upgraded this year. The last Mac Pro update is August 2010. One reason cited for the delay is the lack of a suitable Sandy Bridge Xeon Intel processor, which is said to debut only in earlier 2012. There is also wild speculation at the moment of Apple “rethinking” their Mac Pro line.

Desktop Mac currently consists of Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro. With desktop range of Mac declining in sales in favor of notebook Mac,  there is a possibility that Apple might cancel it’s Mac Pro line, in the footstep of Xserve server line which was canceled end January this year. The truth is, Mac Pro is a very niche workstation class of computer, its sales number might not justify its attention for resource inside Apple.

We are hoping Apple will keep the Mac Pro line, with a brand new case design. A case that is smaller than the current one, and is convertible to be rack-mountable. But we see Apple shifting to be more and more focus on the consumer market, and will not be surprised if the end of Mac Pro is announced.

When will Pages, Numbers, Keynote for Mac support iCloud?

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With the launch of iCloud, many native apps in iOS and OS X are updated to support the latest cloud service from Apple. Apple iOS apps such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are updated as well. Notable missing is an update to Pages, Keynote and Numbers on the Mac to support iCloud.

It is inevitable that Pages, Keynote and Numbers on the Mac will eventually support iCloud. This is just a delay. And we suspect that brand new version of Pages, Keynote and Numbers for Mac is looming on the horizon.