We'll admit, we're jonesin' to get our hands on the new Apple TV and begin streaming a little content. Sure, we love our Macs plenty around here, but the desk chair isn't really designed for kicking back and relaxing while watching The Godfather Trilogy or the extended version of The Lord of the Rings. When reports surfaced showing $99 dollar withdrawals from people's bank accounts, we got excited.
If there were bigger news this week than the fallout and repercussions from the legalization of jailbreaking, we've yet to hear it. But news, as it always does, did happen, and the happy elves of Mac|Life were there to make sense of the pieces, just for you, Dear Reader.
Speculation is running rampant about what Steve Jobs & Co. might try to pull off tomorrow with their emergency press conference. Will they man up, and admit that there's some issue of some kind that needs addressing? Or will Steve pull a Jedi mind trick on everyone, all the while publicly flogging AT&T, Consume Reports, and anyone else who gets in the way of his plan for worldwide domination? More importantly, how will you react?
We trust you didn't blow off any fingers or -- even worse -- limbs this 4th of July weekend? Good. Neither did we. Our fingers were too busy flying over the keyboard, trying to keep up with everything happening in your Mac life. Hey, that's a catchy phrase, someone should use that.
Tomorrow is the big day, and we're sure you will all be glued to your Twitter feeds and this site hitting refresh refresh refresh for all the latest and greatest news from the WWDC and especially Steve Jobs' keynote address. We all know the fourth generation iPhone handset will be officially announced at the event, but will it go on sale on the floor as some have speculated? And what about iPhone OS 4.0? Will we be getting that tomorrow too?
Only time will tell, so while you wait don't just sit there twiddling your thumbs, enjoy the best of Mac|Life from the previous week.
Back in the early days of gaming consoles, there was quite a bit of jockeying between Nintendo and Sega. While the latter eventually won the hardware war, Sega has shifted into creating software for other consoles and platforms. And the platform we, of course, are most excited about them bestowing their attentions on is the iPhone OS.
What, you may ask, has us so singing the praises of Sega gaming? Oh, just a little game they're tweaking and prepping called Sonic 4. At least according to the Sega blog -- and they seem in a position to know.
Well, that was quite an iPhone OS
presentation, huh? A number of things announced today about OS 4.0 had
already been out there in the rumor mill (multitasking and some sort of
something with iAd), but nothing is quite like seeing the real thing.
you noticed a sluggishness on the web today, that's because everyone
was glued to the presentation, refreshing and refreshing their favorite
live blogging and opining away on Twitter. As always when there's big
news, come here first. Mac|Life knows what you're after.
Gaming has made up a significant part of the iPhone experience for some time now. We don't know one person with an iPhone who doesn't have some kind of novelty amusement, be it Scramble or PegJump or even iChess (we're quite partial to Ramp Champ ourselves).
But a lot of the more complicated, graphics-intensive games on the iPhone have been a little weak because of the screen real estate. Like so many other apps, games are getting hellaciously awesome makeovers for the iPad, and we've got the screenshots to prove it. Just feast your eyes on some of these beauties.
Well, the early reviews are already starting
to trickle in. We've got David Pogue in the New York Times, Walt
Mossberg (the real one), BoingBoing, USA Today, PC Magazine, just about
everyone chiming in except Colbert.
And just like always, we're
there for you. We've got the links, we've got the highlights, we've got
your iPad early review goodness. And if you were on your fence, should
you, shouldn't you, these early reviewers are basically pushing you in
one direction: getting your butt to the Apple Store on April 3rd.