Well, what do you think? Did Apple's Annual Music Event live up to your expectations? The iPod touch refresh did for us, but what about Apple TV? And iTunes 10. What about that? There are some things to like, some things to not like so very much, and ways to fix a few things you liked better in version 9. As always, Mac|Life has it covered.
Net Applications is reporting today that in the month of July, iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad, collectively) dominated over the lower portion of the OS trends. In August, iOS shot ahead of Linux with 1.13% to 0.85% respectively. What does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that iOS is now bigger than Linux when counting by web browsing.
Summertime is almost over, and you know what that means. The weather is going to get grim pretty soon, and with all of those rainy days you'll definitely want to stay inside and enjoy a rousing game of--wait for it--Dungeons and Dragons! Or perhaps there's another tabletop game out there that you find engaging, like the Pokemon card game. Anyway, we were once on a quest to catch 'em all, too. And boy, do we wish we had our Mac, iPhone and iPad along to help us sort things out. Fewer nerd fights would have been had.
Epic Games, the brains behind popular games like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War has decided to compete with gaming companies on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch by bringing games to iOS devices that push the hardware. In an Interview with Gamasutra, Epic's studio president, Mike Capps goes into more detail about the expansion to iOS devices.
Not only is the iPod touch the confirmed king of portable media devices, topping out the sales charts (most of the time) at tech shops around the world, it's also a great alternative to an iPhone 4, if for whatever reason you decide that buying an Apple smartphone just isn't for you. With no monthly cellular fees attached to it, and nary a need for a contract, the iPod touch has become, for many people, the perfect mobile companion. With the release of the latest version of the iPod touch, this has never been more true: everything that makes it a great choice for handling all of your media needs has been vamped up to be just that much greater. For those of you that missed this week's media event, the list of the new and improved media player's abilities was pretty impressive: A retina display, front and rear facing cameras and the ability to engage in FaceTime calls over WiFi will no doubt put the device on more than a few people's must-buy list for the upcoming holiday season. Consumers, however, should beware that while the iPod touch is indeed all that and a bag of potato chips, when compared to the iPhone 4 the diminutive obelisk will come up looking a little short.
Steve may want us to stop thinking about CDs when we think about music, and while that makes sense, the new iTunes icon isn't to everyone's liking.
Swapping out icons is nothing new. Mac users have been doing it for years. We're going to give some of you a quick refresher and for the new Mac users out there, this is a fun way to customize your Mac.
The new iTunes is out. While it's, let's just say different looking, we took a good hard look at the latest update to the hardest working app on our Macs and came up with some tips, tricks and features you might find helpful. From Ping to Album Art List View, we check out the good, the bad and the gray.
This week's tips are for the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad, with some helpful tidbits on how to rearrange your app icons, delete apps on your iOS devices, save website images to your Camera Roll, and how to reset Safari by clearing its cache, history, and cookies.
It seems that the Japanese research firm BCN has uncovered a factoid so illogical that could very well rip a hole in the fabric of the universe: In August, for the first time close to a decade, Sony's venerable Walkman outsold the iPod in Japan by 3.8%, with the devices holding a 47.8% and 44% market share respectively. BCN announced that Sony's climb to the top of the MP3 player dog pile is the first time since 2001 that the Japanese company has been able to outstrip the the success of the Apple's multimedia darling.
Is it a sign that Apple's planetary reign of awesome is coming to an end? Sony and any number of the world's electronics manufacturers would wish it to be so, but most likely, it's not the case.
Kara Swisher of All Things D managed to ask Steve Jobs why Facebook Connect was omitted from Ping as he was making his rounds through the media demo room after the Apple Music Event. The answer was that Apple had held talks with Facebook about "a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping, but the discussions went nowhere," according to Swisher's blog.