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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending March 14

John Cox | March 18, 2014
With spring stirring, so is the iOSphere's optimism, not to mention Wall Street's. The thrilling prospect of a Big Screen iPhone 6 is prompting visions of an upgrade tidal wave.

Finally, a rumor that is actually based on reporting.

Screenshots purporting to be of iOS 8, and details of new cloud-focused apps that could appear in the next release this year, continue to crop up.

9to5Mac's Mark Gurman has been on top of trying to confirm and elaborate on both.

In one post this week, he shows images first posted on the Chinese-language website Weibo. "Even though the source of the images is absolutely uncertain, I have confirmed with several sources that these shots are legitimate," he writes.

Here's one shot, showing part of the home screen. Honestly, The Rollup couldn't see any real differences when comparing this image with one of the just-released iOS 7.1. As was the case with 7.1, the visual changes in iOS 8 may be quite subtle, with more attention paid on addressing issues that Apple didn't have time to deal with in the fast development of iOS 7, leading up to its release in September 2013.

That becomes apparent in Gurman's earlier post, where he explored information about two new iCloud apps for iOS, along with some new developer tools.

"Apple is developing versions of the Mac operating system's Preview and TextEdit applications that are optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch," Gurman writes. "The applications are said to not be designed to actually edit PDFs, images, or text documents. Instead, the apps are built to serve as tools to view Preview and TextEdit files stored in iCloud by OS X. Apple added iCloud synchronization for Preview and TextEdit with OS X Mountain Lion, but has not yet released iOS counterparts to actually view the synchronized content."

IOS users will work with the iBooks app to edit and manage PDFs, with iWork's word processor Pages for other documents, and the new iOS Preview and TextEdit apps to view and sync the cloud-stored documents created on a Mac.

Gurman's sources tell him development is still in early stages and that it's not yet clear whether these new apps will ship with iOS 8.

Also on tap: "Apple is said to be researching new iCloud storage tools to make the development of server-integrated App Store applications for iOS simpler," Gurman writes. "Developers have long complained that building App Store apps that rely on iCloud is a complex and unreliable process. This potential future initiative would be designed to resolve those issues."

iPhone 6 to have "Kinect-like" motion sensor

This is the typical "if it's an Apple patent, it will appear in the next iPhone" rumor.

"On March 13, two new published patent applications hinted at Apple's foray into three-dimensional images in mobile devices," writes Precious Silva in a post at TheBitBag. "The patents also describe a system allowing better ways mobile phones can connect or work with laptop computers. Will Apple really introduce a Kinect-enabled iPhone?"


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