Of course the big news wasn't this week; that'd be ridiculous. No, the big news is next week at Apple's yearly musical event, held this year on Wednesday, September 1st at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Meanwhile, it wasn't all crickets around here at the Mac|Life, heck no. We even chased down a staffer in a remote controlled helicopter. Of course there's a video after the jump.
It's back to school time and you know what that means--sales across all department stores nationwide (might we suggest you consider a wardrobe update during this time?), and adorable kids crossing the street with over-sized backpacks, and plenty of gridlock in front of your school. Well, we're not too thrilled about that last part, but what's better than sending your kid off to school with a MacBook, iPhone and iPad loaded with useful apps?
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
Chalk one up for Cupertino. The MPEG Licensing Authority gave the green light to indefinitely extend royalty-free Internet broadcasting licensing of its H.264 video codec to end users. The advantage that Google's WebM once had, comes up short.
Today Apple updated its iWork '09 suite of apps to address various bugs in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. They also added the ability to export to ePub format from Pages. These ePub files can then be synced to an iPhone or iPad for use with iBooks.
This weeks tips are for the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad, with some helpful tidbits on how to save money on your AT&T bill, type faster, discover Safari's hidden Bookmarks Bar on the iPad, and add bookmarks to the Bookmarks Bar.
In the space of a few years, the iPhone has gone from being a smartphone non grata in corporate circles, to being a much sought after productivity device for suits around the world. You'll also find enterprise-level business tech users hunkered down in deep thought, searching their minds and the iTunes App Store for ways to justify the purchase of the latest piece of successful businessman accoutrement--the iPad--to their superiors. If you've spent anytime working in a corporate environment, you'll know that this is a definite change. Up until recently, the office was ruled by the PC and Blackberry--boring technology, sure, but also cheap and relatively secure, allowing a company's the bottom line to stay red while providing a reasonably stringent IT security.
How did Apple manage to sway the hearts of the world's enterprise giants? Simple: They left them the heck alone.
Apple recently began allowing developers to create their own iAds for the purpose of advertising in other applications, but as one developer points out, you may not get your money's worth when you use iAds for Developers. The developer iAds allows you to create an ad campaign around the iTunes Store page for your app, which allows users to see information about your app and even download it from iTunes right inside the iAd.
If you’ve been looking for a better way to accept credit cards with your iPhone, Intuit and Mophie have teamed up and may just have the perfect solution for you -- assuming you’re still rockin’ an older iPhone 3G or 3GS, that is (for now).
If you love Netflix on your iPad, you’re about to love it even more if you also use an iPhone or iPod touch -- the company just released an update that makes the app universal, so it finally works on all three iOS devices.