In a Q&A thread on Reddit, Swype’s VP said that the company has had talks with Apple over potential integration into iOS, but didn’t go into any further details. Swype, in case you don’t know, is a popular keyboard input method on Android that uses swipe gestures instead of individual taps to enter words.
Case manufacturer Tactus has published a photo, which it claims is the rear shell of Apple’s rumored lower-cost iPhone.
As you can see from the photo above, the casing seems to be made of plastic, which is in line rumors that have indicated that Apple will use a plastic casing for the budget iPhone instead of an aluminum casing to keep the costs down.
Last week, Facebook launched Facebook Home for Android, which transforms an Android phone into a Facebook/social phone.
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked about Facebook Home for iOS during the Q&A session after the presentation earlier in the month, he briefly mentioned that it would require a direct partnership with Apple.
Apple’s next generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S, is widely speculated to look similar to the iPhone 5, but come with improved internals such as a faster processor, better camera and possibly also include NFC and fingerprint sensor.
Earlier in the month, Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to start production of the next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S this quarter, indicating that it may be gearing up for a possible summer launch.
As a follow up to that report, WSJ now claims that Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner in China, is going on a hiring spree after the post-holiday freeze to ramp up production for Apple’s new iPhone.
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty who recently met with Apple management has released a research note to clients, in which she claims that Apple is gearing up to launch a new internet based service as well as a “killer app” later this year.
Japanese parts vendor, iLab Factory, has published photos, which they claim are parts of the next generation iPhone.
The photos show a flex cable for the device’s home button, a second flex cable housing the vibrator and volume/mute controls and also a third flex cable that appears to house the device’s front camera.