Questionable screenshots from China claim to show TextEdit, Preview, Healthbook apps in iOS 8

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in iPhone edited March 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 65
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Has Apple used Mac icons on iOS as placeholders in the past?
  • Reply 2 of 65
    macapfelmacapfel Posts: 497member
    iPhone 6 will have a 6" screen size. It's as simple as that.
  • Reply 3 of 65
    mazda 3smazda 3s Posts: 1,562member

    I hope they fix the damn Shift key in iOS 8

  • Reply 4 of 65
    adrayvenadrayven Posts: 460member
    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..
  • Reply 5 of 65
    So where's the iTunes Radio app I don't see it.
  • Reply 6 of 65
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,717member

    Another story lifted straight from The Verge with no attribution and slightly tweaked.

  • Reply 6 of 65
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    macapfel wrote: »
    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¡
  • Reply 8 of 65
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    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.

  • Reply 9 of 65
    dmarcootdmarcoot Posts: 191member

    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.



     

  • Reply 10 of 65
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,509member
    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.
  • Reply 11 of 65
    macapfelmacapfel Posts: 497member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    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.

  • Reply 12 of 65
    dmarcootdmarcoot Posts: 191member

    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?

  • Reply 13 of 65
    Looks legitimate to me. I'm looking forward to having icons retrofit for my iphone :)
  • Reply 14 of 65
    canukstormcanukstorm Posts: 1,794member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

     

    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. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 15 of 65
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,509member
    dmarcoot wrote: »
    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
  • Reply 16 of 65
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,103member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Adrayven View Post



    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. 

  • Reply 17 of 65
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

     

    I hope they fix the damn Shift key in iOS 8


    They should!  Its horrible. 

  • Reply 18 of 65

    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.

  • Reply 19 of 65
    chandra69chandra69 Posts: 638member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BIGBUFF74 View Post



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

    Its on the other home screen!

  • Reply 20 of 65
    chandra69chandra69 Posts: 638member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dmarcoot View Post

     

    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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