Apple is ceasing the development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps. Both apps will be replaced with the Photos for OS X app when it ships next year.
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On Thursday, Apple unveiled a tweak to the iOS App Store that showcases games that were updated in a new “Best New Updates” section. Apple used to curate game updates into a curated “Best New Games” section.
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It is rumored that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 will be launched on September 19th. Apple already sells 32GB and 64GB iPhones, but it does not have a 128GB version as of yet. Based on rumors coming out of China, a 128GB version of the iPhone is on the way. However, the 128GB version of the phone will only be available to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Apple is said to launch the iPhone 6 in two different sizes like the 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Both of these models are expected to start production in July. It is unknown how much the 128GB will cost.
Apple has launched a new version of the iPod Touch. The new iPods include a new 16GB model and there are lower prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions. The cheapest iPod Touch is now the 16GB model for $199. It has six colors and a rear facing camera. The 32GB and 64GB models cost $249 and $299, respectively. The iPod used to be one of Apple’s best selling products, but it is now being overshadowed by the iPhone and iPad.
Apple has updated the Apple TV with ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow TV. The streaming set-top box is staying relevant with the occasional app refresh. ABC News will offer access to live and on-demand video around the clock just like the Bloomberg app on the Apple TV. The ABC News app is free unlike the Watch ABC app. The Flickr client has been redesigned on the Apple TV as well.
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Apple is rumored to be working on a new MacBook Air that is expected to enter production as soon as Q3 2014, according to DigiTimes. These rumors are in line with what analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in the past.
Next month, Apple will start producing two new iPhone models, according to Bloomberg. One phone will have a 4.7-inch screen and the other will have a 5.5-inch screen.
Apple’s manufacturing partners are preparing for the launch of new iOS devices later this year. Foxconn is even bringing 100,000 new workers to help assemble the iPhone 6, according to Economic Daily News.