It’s no secret that the fall season officially arrived on Friday, and that means that Apple is putting the final touches on all the goodness in store for us. While exactly when that will be happening is up for debate, developers have been notified that their iTunes Match cloud data will be purged on Monday to help get the service ready.
Closer and closer we get to the rumored release date of the next generation of iPhones. And, true to form, the rumor mill stories are all starting to get more and more overlapping and similar. October 4th is almost universally agreed as the Go-Date and things are starting to gear toward a two model release. Well, then, what else is going down?
According to the latest data from Gartner, the iPad will enjoy an unchallenged holiday shopping season this year. The report states that until the competition can get organized with regard to hardware, software, and service, the tablet market belongs to Apple. Gartner's analysts also suggest that Android's high prices, weak user interface, and a scarcity of tablet apps don't help its position, either.
Gartner projects that tablet sales will reach almost 64 million worldwide in 2011, which is a huge jump from the 18 million in 2010. By 2014, the report expects sales of 326 million units.
Our good friends at MacTech magazine announced earlier this week that they were expanding their live-events series with new MacTech in-Depth one-day seminars. They already run the successful three-day MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Developers, and one-day MacTech Boot Camp events in cities around the country.
Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch come with some handy apps built in, and you've no doubt added a few -- or a few dozen -- more. A good utility can elevate your device from great to greater, adding all kinds of insanely useful features that it didn't have before. But with more than half a million apps in the App Store, finding the right utilities to purchase can be a chore and a half. We've rounded up 10 of our favorites, some a little more obvious but still essential, and some that we feel are chronically overlooked.
Halfbrick has a knack for creating cheap, quick-hit apps that immediately devour any remaining free time you thought you had -- see Fruit Ninja, above all -- and new universal app Jetpack Joyride may be its finest work to date. Like precursor Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride thrusts everyman-turned-badass Barry Steakfries in a frantic side-scrolling adventure, but as indicated in the title (originally Machine Gun Jetpack), you're no longer stuck on the ground.
The iPad 2 is great for simple daily tasks like checking email, web browsing, and casual gaming. But iOS’s onscreen keyboard can be frustrating when you need to do some serious typing. Even with loads of practice, virtual keys will never replace the flow of a real keyboard. Fortunately, the latest trend in iPad acessories is Bluetooth-enabled keyboard cases that do double duty, transforming your iPad 2 into a tiny laptop computer and protecting your tablet while they’re at it.
Summer turns to fall this week, but aside from the arrival of football season it is business as usual for the Apple legal team. Samsung is looking to get some points on the courtroom scoreboard fast and has resorted to some trick plays before the inevitable lawsuits kickoff with the next iPhone. Meanwhile, HTC may end up with a fresh set of downs here in the U.S. after an official review by the International Trade Commission.
Join us for another two-minute drill as we review the big events this past week involving Apple and their legal team on the courtroom gridiron.