Apple officially buys PrimeSense

Globes reports that Apple has completed its purchase of PrimeSense, the Israel-based firm behind the technology in Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, and Apple confirmed the acquisition to AllThingsD. As noted earlier this year, the deal will cost Apple somewhere between $300-350 million. PrimeSense previously denied any talks with Apple.

On Friday, the acquisition of Israeli gesture recognition company PrimeSense Ltd. by Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) was closed. The deal, which has not been formally announced, was made at a company value of $300-350 million, and follows lengthy negotiations by PrimeSense with several potential buyers.

Clumsy ninja finally on the US App Store

Clumsy Ninja, a game that was previewed last year at the iPhone 5 event, was finally released to the US App Store this week. It had been available in other country app stores for some time, but US customers had to wait until this week to have it. It’s a fun game that promises a character based on real life movements that don’t appear to be pre-planned. The character at first appears to be very clumsy, but you play to train it and make it stronger.

It’s currently available for free on the App Store.

iOS 7.1 Hands-On

Today I have gotten my hands on the first beta of iOS 7.1. This update adds much needed performance improvements and a few UI changes across the board.

First off is the UI changes in notification center:

-New Yahoo! logo
-New dialogue when no notifications are present
-a few other small UI changes

Next of is a small tweak to the camera:
-HDR auto brings in an automatic way to shoot in HDR. It will automatically choose the best picture. You can turn this off if you wish.
-When you choose auto mode for flash, a little flash icon will now be present if the flash will go on.

The flickr icon in settings also had a redesign. It now has no gradient app icon. Only the two dots.

This is still the first beta of iOS 7.1. Many changes may come later. But the best thing about this update right now is the general speed improvements. It’s what iOS 7.0 should have been since day one.

Curved iPhone with larger screen for Q3 2014?

Bloomberg is reporting that “sources familiar with the plans” say Apple is planning to release two new iPhone models next year with curved displays. The two phones would have 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch displays respectively, both substantially bigger than the 4 inch Retina Display currently offered in the iPhone 5s and more in line with Samsung’s S4 and Note 3.

Assumedly, the two new phones will be the successors to the iPhone 5s and 5c, released in September. Bloomberg says the new devices will launch in a similar timeframe:

Two models planned for release in the second half of next year will feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified as the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.

Apple releases Updates to iBooks and Mail

Apple has released updates for iBooks and Mail. These include bug fixes for gmail compatibility in Mail and stability improvements in iBooks. These apps were reported earlier this week that were going to be updated. Also going to be updated in the coming weeks is Safari, but we still don’t know what the new version will bring.

Apple Updates iTunes

Apple today released iTunes 11.1.3, two weeks after iTunes 11.1.2 and OS X Mavericks were first released. The update fixes issues with the equalizer and performance when switching views in large libraries.

iTunes 11.1.3

This version of iTunes resolves an issue where the equalizer may not work as expected and improves performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries. This update also includes additional minor bug fixes.

Note: If you are using OS X Mavericks, your book library can now be found in iBooks for Mac.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

The update is available through the Mac App Store.