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Chinese microblogging site Weibo lit up Thursday after images purporting to show Apple's next-generation iOS 8 with new mobile versions of OS X's TextEdit and Preview apps -- as well as the rumored new "Healthbook" application -- surfaced alongside fresh claims of a new 5.7-inch iPhone.

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The images, from the Weibo account of Chinese wireless industry blog TDBeta.cn, show an iOS 7-style home screen with icons for each of the supposed new apps. The Preview and TextEdit icons appear to be lifted directly from their desktop counterparts, while the Healthbook icon mimics the existing Passbook app with an altered color scheme and new imagery.

Also on display is an icon labeled "Tips," sporting a white lightbulb overlaid on a yellow background reminiscent of the help icons found in Apple's revamped iWork suite.

The source of the hotly-debated screenshots also claimed that Apple's next iPhone will sport a 5.7-inch display, nearly 2 inches larger than the current model.There is a significant amount of debate on Weibo regarding the authenticity of the uncredited images, with many users questioning the icons themselves and others pointing to the matching timestamps as an indication of fakery. Another screenshot reportedly from the same source indicates that the device is provisioned for American carrier AT&T and sports 1 gigabyte less available capacity than a comparable 32-gigabyte iPhone running iOS 7, adding to the uncertainty.

While the Healthbook app matches up with previous rumors surrounding Apple's so-called iWatch, the addition of Preview and TextEdit apps is strategically suspect. iOS has long featured two other first-party document editors in the Notes and Pages apps, while iBooks collates PDF documents, though it does not allow editing. All three Apple-created apps already sync to the Mac desktop via iCloud, eliminating another possible reason for the switch.

The same source also indicated that Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" would come with a 5.7-inch display, adding to a rumor that has been making the rounds in recent months. Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara reported similar information earlier this week along with claims that the next-generation handset would take design cues from the iPhone 5c and seventh-generation iPod nano.

However, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has maintained that Apple will not exceed the 5-inch barrier on the display size for its next-generation iPhone. According to Kuo, Apple executives are committed to the "principle of one-hand use," and anything beyond 5 inches would require users to use two hands with the device.
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Has Apple used Mac icons on iOS as placeholders in the past?

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iPhone 6 will have a 6" screen size. It's as simple as that.
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I hope they fix the damn Shift key in iOS 8

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The only saving grace is that the placeholders make sense because they are making iOS versions of the same apps, so they needed something to start.. why not use existing while developing the app.. have graphics team whip up something as it gets closer to release..

You generally don't make the graphics first for new apps.. placeholders are common..

That said.. I don't care if it makes sense.. This seems photo shopped.. Apple doesn't do any dev work across sea's and they don't release that info to suppliers. China sources have had ZERO accuracy in the past. They maybe just taking advantage of the new rumors of TextEdit and Preview and Healthbook to drum up some clicks..

Healthbook doesn't even sound like an Apple name.. lol - not Apple'ish at ALL.. it would be simple.. like iHeart, or iHealth.. Healthbook makes no sense as a name..
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So where's the iTunes Radio app I don't see it.
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Another story lifted straight from The Verge with no attribution and slightly tweaked.

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iPhone 6 will have a 6" screen size. It's as simple as that.

The last iPhone was 64-bit so the next one will be iPhone 65¡

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
Has Apple used Mac icons on iOS as placeholders in the past?

 

They’ve used a box of Cheerios in the past. But this can be faked by literally anyone with Photoshop.

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I can't imagine why anyone out side of cupertino would have access to IOS 8 for nay reason at this stage of the game. Software is always the last thing they let of the bag, nor have any screenshots like this from china  ever been leaked before for iOS or OS X.

 

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A centralized place where all my files are displayed is essential. No need for more than one level folders. Give the user the possibility to see all the files he owns on every device and filter them as usual, like in the 'all files' section in OSX. That would be great because sometimes it's faster to just look for a file and select the app to open it rather than going into an app to transfer it to another app.
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The last iPhone was 64-bit so the next one will be iPhone 65¡

Exactly, and iOS 67, indicating the health focus, as 67 is the average heart rate of a 56 year old.

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Also, Textedit is a leftover from Next, its an afterthought to Apple and has never been of use for marketing in 14 years since OS X was first released.

 

There is absolutely no reason for them to push it as feature today when it hasn't been modernized in all that time.

Preview is also of no use on iPhone. Preview of what? The image you have in Photos or iPhoto which already display your image?

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Looks legitimate to me. I'm looking forward to having icons retrofit for my iphone 1smile.gif
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They’ve used a box of Cheerios in the past. But this can be faked by literally anyone with Photoshop.

With the type and amount of color they use in iOS 7, I would've gone with Fruit Loops myself. :lol:

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Also, Textedit is a leftover from Next, its an afterthought to Apple and has never been of use for marketing in 14 years since OS X was first released.

There is absolutely no reason for them to push it as feature today when it hasn't been modernized in all that time.


Preview is also of no use on iPhone. Preview of what? The image you have in Photos or iPhoto which already display your image?

Preview is used for a lot of files types. Pictures are just a small part of the files types it can open.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preview_(Mac_OS)#Supported_file_types
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Healthbook doesn't even sound like an Apple name.. lol - not Apple'ish at ALL.. it would be simple.. like iHeart, or iHealth.. Healthbook makes no sense as a name..

 

It sounds just fine, and simple enough. Ever heard of passbook? It makes as much sense as most of their other app names. 

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I hope they fix the damn Shift key in iOS 8

They should!  Its horrible. 

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These apps are only for testing purposes and will not be present when iOS 8 ships.

The Preview and TextEdit APIs will add this functionality to other apps.

There will not be standalone apps for viewing PDFs and Text files.

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So where's the iTunes Radio app I don't see it.

Its on the other home screen!

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I can't imagine why anyone out side of cupertino would have access to IOS 8 for nay reason at this stage of the game. Software is always the last thing they let of the bag, nor have any screenshots like this from china  ever been leaked before for iOS or OS X.

 

No. Software and Hardware teams work in conjunction at Apple! :D

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I suspect some here will be surprised when iOS 8 is revealed.
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I would love a Preview app. It would solve a simple problem that no 3rd party apps do.
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I would love a Preview app. It would solve a simple problem that no 3rd party apps do.

With everything sandboxed in iOS I'm not sure how it would work. On the Mac images and PDFs open in Preview from other apps. I am having a hard time seeing Apple kick you out of one app to open up those files in another app instead of having the developer take the simple steps to support those file types. And TextEdit just doesn't seem like a good fit for iOS, especially when we have Notes.

For these reasons I'm going to go all in by saying these are not coming to iOS 8 without some serious changes to how these apps work.
Edited by SolipsismX - 3/13/14 at 11:36am

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With everything sandboxed in iOS I'm not sure how it would work. On the Mac images and PDFs open in Preview from other apps. I am having a hard time seeing Apple kick you out of one app to open up those files in another app instead of having the developer take the simple steps to support those file types. And TextEdit just doesn't seem like a good fit for iOS, especially when we have Notes.

For these reasons I'm going to go all in by saying these are not coming to iOS 8 without some serious changes to how the apps work.


"serious changes to how the apps work"
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Also, Textedit is a leftover from Next, its an afterthought to Apple and has never been of use for marketing in 14 years since OS X was first released.

There is absolutely no reason for them to push it as feature today when it hasn't been modernized in all that time.


Preview is also of no use on iPhone. Preview of what? The image you have in Photos or iPhoto which already display your image?

Preview of the PDFs I saved in preview.app icloud.

Makes sense.
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"However, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has maintained that Apple will not exceed the 5-inch barrier on the display size "

Ah shit.
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I hope they fix the damn Shift key in iOS 8

What's up with it?
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Not believing it.  Those icons look WAY too good. 

 

Apple's been crapping it up so much lately that there's no way they're going to use icons that look that nice.

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No Photoshop required.  Any developer could create an "app" (a stub of an app, no functionality required) called TextEdit or Preview with those icons and have them appear on their home screen with about 10 minutes' effort.  That proves absolutely nothing.

 

Having said that, why would Apple create a third text editor/word processor for iOS when they already provide Notes and Pages?  Makes zero sense.

 

Whoever whipped this up should have included Terminal and Finder icons too to really freak (gullible) people out.

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lol, no.
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What's up with it?

When you go to CapsLock mode... the UP-Arrow gets a line below it, and it jumps up a little - which is not really Apple'ish.  And that looks very awkward. 
they should have maintained the arrow size same and the same. YOu know what I mean?

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A centralized place where all my files are displayed is essential. No need for more than one level folders. Give the user the possibility to see all the files he owns on every device and filter them as usual, like in the 'all files' section in OSX. That would be great because sometimes it's faster to just look for a file and select the app to open it rather than going into an app to transfer it to another app.

Can you give an example of this?  I've been using my iPhones and iPad for a few years now and really haven't felt constrained by the lack of a Finder-like file viewer.  But then I don't use my iPad as a laptop or desktop replacement, and I'm ok with that.

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I would love a Preview app. It would solve a simple problem that no 3rd party apps do.

With everything sandboxed in iOS I'm not sure how it would work. On the Mac images and PDFs open in Preview from other apps. I am having a hard time seeing Apple kick you out of one app to open up those files in another app instead of having the developer take the simple steps to support those file types. And TextEdit just doesn't seem like a good fit for iOS, especially when we have Notes.

For these reasons I'm going to go all in by saying these are not coming to iOS 8 without some serious changes to how these apps work.

I could see it working similar to how my PDF Pro app works. You receive a file attached in an email, you tap it and it opens in Preview. You then save it into Preview's sandboxed file system which could sync to iCloud. Same thing for .txt files in TextEdit. A lot of times a developer needs a pure txt file for a config setting or just so that they know there is no formatting like in rtf file.

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When you go to CapsLock mode... the UP-Arrow gets a line below it, and it jumps up a little - which is not really Apple'ish.  And that looks very awkward. 
they should have maintained the arrow size same and the same. YOu know what I mean?

I don't see THAT as a problem (really hard to notice under your thumb and who cares if it moves up a pixel to make room for the bar).  What I find odd is the shading.  It's hard to tell when it's "highlighted" since it's grey to start with and turns white when when pressed.  I assume that that changed with 7.1.  But not a huge deal either way.

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They do know that Apple uses steganography in the background images to discover where leaks are coming from, right? That starry night background contains more than just stars; there's a code in there pointing straight to the leak.
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When you go to CapsLock mode... the UP-Arrow gets a line below it, and it jumps up a little - which is not really Apple'ish.  And that looks very awkward.

 

I doesn't jump. It only appears to because it's of the chaining from the Caps to Caps-lock icons. I think the little jump is also a handy way of knowing that you've successfully activated Caps-lock.

 

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They should have maintained the arrow size same and the same. You know what I mean?

 

?

 

I'm unsure what you mean, but if you mean that it was better before I kind of disagree, because it's easier to tell now if you've Caps or lock set.

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So where's the iTunes Radio app I don't see it.

 

You said the same thing on The Verge. What's your point?

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Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post
They do know that Apple uses steganography in the background images to discover where leaks are coming from, right? That starry night background contains more than just stars; there's a code in there pointing straight to the leak.

 

Wait, every single internal beta has a slightly different Springboard image to distinguish exactly which device it’s running on? :lol:

That sounds exactly like something Apple would do, but I know they’re not doing it. 

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Healthbook doesn't even sound like an Apple name.. lol - not Apple'ish at ALL.. it would be simple.. like iHeart, or iHealth.. Healthbook makes no sense as a name..

What about Passbook?

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