As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 enters its third week, March Madness sweeps the nation, and the first day of spring breaks, here’s what you might have missed this week on iSource (especially if your were nursing a wicked St. Patrick’s Day hangover). This is ICYMI — that’s “in case you missed it” if your internet lingo isn’t up to snuff — for the week of March 17th.
iOS 8 leaks continue
After the first iOS 8 leaks broke last week showing an app screen icon for Apple’s rumored Healthbook app, the new fitness and health tracking suite surfaced in a more detailed look this week. The app is set to include parameters for tracking detailed blood analysis, activity, and nutrition among others.
Apple named most valuable brand in the US (again)
Brand Finance released their annual list of most valuable brands in the US. Apple again topped the list, valued at some $105 billion dollars. The closest competitor, Google, trailed at $68 billion.
In other news, statistics gather by Asymco tally Apple’s smartphone profits over the past six years at $131 billion, or a hair over 61 percent of total smartphone profits across all manufacturers.
iPad 2 discontinued, 8GB iPhone 5c introduced
After a long run as Apple’s second-tier iPad option, the iPad 2 has been discontinued. In its stead, Apple reintroduced the iPad 4, eliminating the 30-pin dock connector from their tablet lineup.
On the same day Apple introduced an 8GB iPhone 5c model in some regions. The new variant answers the call for a low-cost iPhone, arriving as a free option on some carriers offering long-term contracts.
Wooden iPhone panels, a dumbbell case, and bulletproof screen protectors
In the world of iPhone accessories and add-ons, there were quite a few of note this week. We discovered these gorgeous replacement panels for the iPhone crafted from fine-grained wood veneers.
No so appealing? The ToneFone case, an all-steel monstrosity doubling as a 3 pound dumbbell and aimed at increasing muscle tone. Ditto to Sir Lancelot’s Armor’s Holy Grail screen protector, which was not as bulletproof as its makers claimed.
Elsewhere in mobile news…
- Google introduced Android Wear, an OS designed for smart watches and other wearables (we respond)
- Turkey blocks Twitter amid election controversy
- US preorders of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship begin
- Flappy Bird creator announces apps return
- Huawei backtracks on dual-boot Windows Phone/Android device
- Ex-Microsoft employee arrested for leaking Windows Phone secrets
- The best Windows Phone apps for March Madness