ITProPortal Evening Roundup 17-05-12

Sources from Apple's Asian supply chain have suggested the next iPhone will have a different appearance, compared to all the previous models. The sixth generation iPhone from Apple is said to have a screen of at least 4 inches. Apple is rumoured to have already ordered the displays, which are set to enter mass production next month.

Many in the tech world are wondering what Apple will be showing at its upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference. The company might bring to the event a new line of MacBook Pros or the next iOS version, which internally, is nicknamed Sundance. A recent report suggests Apple could release the iOS 6, but not along with the iPhone 5. The chance of seeing the sixth generation iPhone in June is close to none, as the rumour-mill has speculated at this point.

Valve has launched its new remote download feature that allows users of the digital distribution software to access their account while on the move, and as long as their PC is on at home with Steam activated, they can begin downloads and make purchases wherever they are.

A couple of days ago the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent for a soft keyboard. Apple was granted the patent for its iOS virtual keyboard, which could make future iPhone and iPad owners even more pleased with their devices. The patent, an extension of another one originally filed in October 2009, describes a "Method, system, and graphical user interface for selecting a soft keyboard." Apple's innovation is tied to "user interfaces, and more particularly, to methods, systems, and graphical user interfaces for selecting a soft keyboard from a plurality of soft keyboards".

Toshiba has announced that it is halting production of LCD TVs in its home country of Japan due to falling demand, making it unfeasible to continue. This doesn't mean however that Toshiba will no longer be producing the Regza televisions, just that they will only be made in the international fabrication plants located in Egypt, Poland, China and Indonesia.

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