Leaks suggest new MacBook Airs coming Wednesday, voice recognition in iOS 5

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
A pair of leaks have hinted that Apple begin selling unlocked iPhones at U.S. Apple Stores on Wednesday and add voice recognition support from Nuance in iOS 5.



Update: Chronic has issued a correction that unlocked GSM iPhones, not new MacBook airs, are coming to U.S. Apple Stores on Wednesday, claiming his source "mixed up part numbers." According to the rumor, the part numbers for unlocked iPhone 4 models are MC603 (16GB, Black) MC604 (16GB, White) MC605 (32GB, Black) MC606 (32GB, White).



MacBook Air leak



Twitter user Chronic, who has been a source for leaks on Apple products in the past, first noted late Saturday that his sources have "100% confirmed" a Wednesday release for a MacBook Air update. Early on Sunday, Chronic added that Apple Store displays will be updated on Tuesday night to launch the company's annual Back To School promo alongside the new MacBook Airs.



The leak comes on the heels of an exclusive AppleInsider report that Apple is scheduled to begin mass production of revitalized MacBook Airs this month with an initial build volume of roughly 400,000 units.



Though Chronic has yet to hear specific details on what changes will be made to the new MacBook Airs, Apple is expected to move the notebooks to Intel's 32-nanometer Sandy Bridge architecture via the chipmaker's ultra-low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 chips, which feature between 3MB and 4MB of Smart Cache and support a theoretical maximum of 8GB of internal system memory. Rumors of a June launch of Sandy Bridge-powered MacBook Airs emerged in February.







Apple revamped the thin-and-light notebooks in late 2010, adding an 11.6-inch model to the lineup for just $999. The laptops instantly became best-sellers, with one analyst reporting that they were "flying off the shelves" over last year's Black Friday weekend.



Voice control in iOS 5



Chronic also posted a pair of screenshots of an alleged internal build of iOS 5, displaying settings for "Nuance Dictation" and "Nuance Long Endpoint." In addition, a "Mic on space key" may provide further evidence of the rumored voice recognition support in iOS 5. The features are reportedly disabled for the developer build of iOS 5.







In May, it was suggested that Apple would deepen its relationship with Nuance, which makes voice recognition technology, in iOS 5. However, Apple neglected to demonstrate voice control features at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference. After Apple's keynote, several sources claimed that voice features weren't ready in time for WWDC.



Apple has been expected to add complex voice command features to iOS since it acquired Siri, the developer of a voice search app that supported open-ended questions, last year.
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  • Reply 1 of 78
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,382member
    With Lion so close I am surprised Apple isn't going to wait and ship any new hardware with Lion already installed.
  • Reply 2 of 78
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    With Lion so close I am surprised Apple isn't going to wait and ship any new hardware with Lion already installed.



    Why would they do that? People get to pay extra for Lion if it comes with Snow Leopard.



    Certainly worked for the first-gen aluminum iMac and Tiger.
  • Reply 3 of 78
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    ... Twitter user Chronic, who has been a source for leaks on Apple products in the past, ...



    One look at his icon and you can see he is both extremely young and extremely full of himself. I wouldn't trust any info from someone like this (although the MacBook Air rumour is almost a no-brainer to the extent that the update will happen soon regardless of whether it happens Wednesday or not.)



    I bet his Dad is an Apple store manager and has loose lips at the dinner table.
  • Reply 4 of 78
    Since the Lion upgrade is delivered through the App Store, it isn't necessary to wait or ship out CDs this time around.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    With Lion so close I am surprised Apple isn't going to wait and ship any new hardware with Lion already installed.



  • Reply 5 of 78
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,382member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Why would they do that? People get to pay extra for Lion if it comes with Snow Leopard.



    Certainly worked for the first-gen aluminum iMac and Tiger.



    I know it is easy to update and there would be no cost anyway if that close but it seems like a marketing opportunity to ship a new MBA + Lion in a few weeks. Just saying ...





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GMFlash View Post


    Since the Lion upgrade is delivered through the App Store, it isn't necessary to wait or ship out CDs this time around.



    Same comment as to Tallest Skil ... and who mentioned a CD???
  • Reply 6 of 78
    I really wouldn't be surprised if the supposed voice capabilities were going to be the killer app, so to speak, of the iPhone 5. The phone would include some BS hardware that's required for the voice control and therefore everyone would need to update.



    I obviously hope that this functionality is included with the iPhone 4 build of the software, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Reply 7 of 78
    wurm5150wurm5150 Posts: 763member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Why would they do that? People get to pay extra for Lion if it comes with Snow Leopard.



    Certainly worked for the first-gen aluminum iMac and Tiger.



    People who buy a Mac between June 6 and Lion's release get free upgrade from Mac App Store..
  • Reply 8 of 78
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    I know it is easy to update and there would be no cost anyway if that close but it seems like a marketing opportunity to ship a new MBA + Lion in a few weeks. Just saying ...



    The "marketing opportunity" is to sell an OS twice. They pay for Snow Leopard and then they pay for Lion.
  • Reply 9 of 78
    jcozjcoz Posts: 251member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    The "marketing opportunity" is to sell an OS twice. They pay for Snow Leopard and then they pay for Lion.



    They've already stated macs bought now will receive lion for free.
  • Reply 10 of 78
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    With Lion so close I am surprised Apple isn't going to wait and ship any new hardware with Lion already installed.



    1) There will be Macs coming shortly after Lion is released in July.



    2) I'm hoping new Macs sold after Lion's release will have a HiDPI screen option. (I don't mean that 130ppi option in the 13" and 15" MBPs, I mean equal to or around double their current resolution)





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Why would they do that? People get to pay extra for Lion if it comes with Snow Leopard.



    Certainly worked for the first-gen aluminum iMac and Tiger.



    The first Aluminium iMac came out in August 2007. Tiger was released in 2005. Leopard was released in October 2007. I'm sure you meant Leopard but I disagree with your presumption that Apple is planned the release cycles just to stick it to customers and not because R&D, component sourcing, current sales of iMac, and ramping up of production were all inline.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    The "marketing opportunity" is to sell an OS twice. They pay for Snow Leopard and then they pay for Lion.



    1) If it was all about selling the OS twice and not selling the Mac then the OS wouldn't be $30. We already know the upgrade rate of Macs greatly exceeds Windows so it's not an issue of not people not being interested in new Mac OS upgrades.



    2) Didn't Schiller states that all Macs sold would get a free upgrade to Lion? (edit: I see others recall that, too)
  • Reply 11 of 78
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    People who buy a Mac between June 6 and Lion's release get free upgrade from Mac App Store..



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jcoz View Post


    They've already stated macs bought now will receive lion for free.



    I just checked Schiller's Lion presentation and Apple's website but was unable to find any evidence of this.



    edit: Found it in their press release.
    The Mac OS X Lion Up-To-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge via the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lion?s official release date to make a request.
  • Reply 12 of 78
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Macbook Airs are real sexy machines. My Blackbook is still going strong, so I'm not in the market for a new laptop at the moment, but sooner or later, I'll definitely be picking up a Macbook Air for my next laptop. I want the small one.
  • Reply 13 of 78
    mr lizardmr lizard Posts: 281member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    The "marketing opportunity" is to sell an OS twice. They pay for Snow Leopard and then they pay for Lion.



    Except they don't. If you purchase a Mac from June 6 you get Lion for free.
  • Reply 14 of 78
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,382member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    The "marketing opportunity" is to sell an OS twice. They pay for Snow Leopard and then they pay for Lion.



    I already noted there would be no cost if it were close, not sure why you are laboring that point?
  • Reply 15 of 78
    mr lizardmr lizard Posts: 281member
    Apple PR:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer.



    Quote:

    Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lion?s official release date to make a request.



  • Reply 16 of 78
    How much CPU power is necessary for voice recognition and voice commands? Will such software dominate the usage of the CPU? I wouldn't want it if it slowed my computer/iPod Touch/iPad/iPhone too much. Would you?
  • Reply 17 of 78
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,382member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mr Lizard View Post


    Apple PR:



    Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer.



    Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lion’s official release date to make a request.







    The latter maybe a softening to allow for any slippage in shipping perhaps?
  • Reply 18 of 78
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post


    How much CPU power is necessary for voice recognition and voice commands? Will such software dominate the usage of the CPU? I wouldn't want it if it slowed my computer/iPod Touch/iPad/iPhone too much. Would you?



    It can't be that processor intensive, as I remember doing it 10 years ago on ancient Macs, which weren't exactly powerful compared to today's machines.
  • Reply 19 of 78
    aquia33aquia33 Posts: 70member
    Just took delivery of 2 MBA's as graduation presents for grandkids. Oh well, they go back if this is true. Still unopened.
  • Reply 20 of 78
    zunxzunx Posts: 620member
    Hopefully with a lighter and smaller MacBook Air model.
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