Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 13 September 2013

On September 13, 2013

 Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

Why Apple’s 64-bit iPhone chip is a bigger deal than you think – In the wake of Tuesday’s iPhone event, you’ve likely heard the news that iOS 7 and its core apps have been ported to 64-bit, and Apple’s new iPhone 5s now has a 64-bit “A7” system-on-chip (SoC) inside. You might have also heard that it’s just a marketing stunt; a cynical attempt to wow consumers into buying Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone. You heard wrong.

Display Panel Shipment Projections Suggest iPhone 5c May Be More Popular Than iPhone 5s – Shipment volumes of the display panels used in Apple’s new iPhone 5s are expected to reach 10-15 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to industry sources cited by Digitimes. Primary Apple supplier Sharp is expected to produce 7 million units, with LG Display and Japan Display expected to pick up the rest of the orders for the recently announced device.

Overhauled Apple TV software with enhanced AirPlay coming Sept. 18 – Along with releasing iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple next week will update its set-top box, the Apple TV, with new software that will offer enhanced AirPlay capabilities.

Touch ID is huge for businesses and employees, but for different reasons – Apple’s newly revealed iPhone 5s sports a number of improvements over its predecessor, but if there’s one feature that truly sets the device apart from other iPhones (if not from all previous smartphones), it’s Touch ID. The Touch ID sensor built into the home button of the 5s can read your fingerprint as an alternative to swipe-to-unlock or PIN/password entry.

Apple releases OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion maintenance update, fixes Mail and file transfers – Apple on Thursday released the latest 10.8.5 maintenance update for its current Mountain Lion operating system, bringing a host of bug fixes and performance improvements including a fix for Mail.

4 Ways iTunes Radio Changes Everything – The launch of Apple’s iOS 7 signals more than a major upgrade to Apple’s mobile operating system. Embedded in its feature set is an alternative to every music-playing radio station and every online radio service – iTunes Radio.

Apple’s iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint scanning feature will kick off a biometric adoption race – The use of a fingerprint reader isn’t revolutionary, but as the rate in which smartphones are being stolen and to better protect user data, having this feature is a big deal. In a way, it’s also ushering in biometric technology adoption into the mainstream.

Apple’s upcoming iCloud keychain feature removed from iOS 7 Golden Master – Developers updating their devices to the iOS 7 Golden Master seed have found that iCloud keychain, Apple’s new cloud-based credential storage system, has disappeared.

The Luxury Brand Of Apple Is Enhanced By The $99 iPhone 5c – More than any other product, the iPhone 5C signposts how Tim Cook wants Apple Apple to be perceived. For all the talk of a cheaper iPhone, the new and colorful handset maintains Apple’s favoured price points, iterates on the hardware from previous handsets, and is set to attract many more customers to the platform.

Preorders Go Live For Apple’s iPhone 5c: Here Are All The Details – The clock has struck midnight, it’s now Friday, Sept. 13, and Apple’s iPhone 5c is officially available to preorder in the Apple Online Store, along with a number of major carriers and retailers.

Welcome to the post-PC era: Tablets to outsell computers for the first time ever in Q4 2013 – Apple wasn’t the first company to launch a tablet, but they sure did make them a popular device category. So much so that IDC says the fourth quarter of this year will be the first quarter in the history of computing where tablets outsell personal computers.