Apple really seems to know how to time their roll outs and their upgrades to keep interest at the maximum peak. First there was the iPad, then the announcement of what was then called iPhone OS 4.0, then all the "leaks" of the fourth generation iPhone, then the iPhone 4 along with iOS 4 and Safari 5.0 and the new Mac Minis and new MacBooks and Apple TV and and and there's just no end to it, is there? And as of next week, the brand new mobile operating system will be in everyone's hands for real and honest and – guess what? – we'll all be buzzing about that for weeks on end. Yeah, Apple's really got the whole release cycle down pat.
Meanwhile, here's the latest and the greatest from what's buzzing around the Mac|Life crew.
Not that it probably comes as much of a surprise, but it may be worth noting in case it's a game changer for those who were hoping for an eventual iPhone on Verizon, regardless of when that day comes. Verizon is looking to follow AT&T's suit, and eliminate unlimited data. The potential move is being planned as they move to their 4G network this year.
Perhaps it was just getting to be one leaked image of the iPhone 4 too many? Apparently three days before Apple revealed the iPhone 4, they asked the Federal Communications Commission to keep any photos and info on the device secret for 45 days. No inner workings were to be revealed according to the letter.
Last week, we were discussing writers as a tortured bunch, but maybe we jumped to conclusions. After all, isn't it the artists that are the tortured ones? No matter. As long as they've got the proper mediums to express themselves, the Internet will gladly receive any expression of their many, varied emotions. The tortured artist is nothing without his precious Macintosh. And here are a few applications (and a web app!) that will surely bring out that inner artist.
We had some hints about what to expect from the iPad’s App Store, but it wasn’t until we had the devices in hand that we discovered answers to some of our most pressing questions. How much more expensive than their iPhone counterparts would iPad apps be? (Often quite a bit, it turns out.) How many apps would be universal releases? (Not too many.) And would ad-supported or “lite” versions of popular apps be as plentiful on the larger device? (Not yet, at least.)
Hey! You've got your turn-by-turn navigation in my phone call! Wait, your phone call's in my turn-by-turn navigation!
With iOS set to make the scene with consumers everywhere early next week, it was bound to happen sooner or later: Videos and reveals of Apps running in the background on an iPhone have started cropping up to draw consumers in with their new-fangled feature allure.
In this case, ze German GPS device and App developer Navigon reveals the turn-by-turn navigation and multi-tasking goodness iOS users can look forward to when running their the latest update of their GPS navigation application on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4.
Due to his ability to restructure the time-space continuum in accordance with his will, Steve Jobs normally gets away with pushing the credibility barrier a bit during product launches. But when he recently announced that the iPhone 4 sports a "Retina Display," a snarky little online spat ensued. Were those tiny little pixels really so small that, when the iPhone 4 is vigilantly held 12 inches in front of your nose, the human eye cannot detect them? Calculators were whipped out, numbers were crunched. Apparently, the answer is a definite maybe.
The really important question is whether an ever-growing plethora of teeny-tiny pixels really matter in the greater scheme of things? Do more pixels equate to a better gadget experience for users?
From the looks of things, an Apple affecionado from the Czech Republic has gotten his hands on an iPhone 4 a wee bit early, and the review is pretty positive.
According to AppleInsider, a reader of the European website Jablickar offered up his impressions on the handset. Going by the name of Swenak, the reader touched upon the feel and qualities of the handset's case, interface response, the phone's overall size and battery life. It's worth mentioning that Swenak's handset appears to be more refined than those seen in earlier leaks: Screws no longer detract from the phone's design on either side of the dock connector, and the back of the phone is stamped with 16 GB rather than "XXGB."
O2, one of the iPhone carriers in the United Kingdom, announced today that the iPhone 4 will be in limited supply perhaps until August. A note on its website confirms that only existing O2 customers will be able to receive the iPhone 4 at launch, and existing customers will have priority until the end of July.
That's just like Apple to look out for its users. Researches at an IT security and data protection firm called Sophos are claiming that this week's major Snow Leopard update also beefed up the operating system's internal malware protection.
The alleged anti-malware update includes protection against the OSX/Pinhead-B Trojan (referred to as HellRTS by Apple), which is a backdoor Trojan that can allow remote hackers to gain control over Macs and steal important information--or, simply spy on all those website you're browsing.
I added a second display to my Mac mini setup, and I use it to keep the windows for iTunes, Adium, and Mail. I usually use keyboard shortcuts to access the menu items for those apps, but on the occasions I do need to use a menu, it’s so weird to have to go to the other display, which has the menubar. Is there any way to have the menubar show up on both displays?
Apple doesn't give consumers any technical specifications (like RAM size, processor speeds, etc) about iOS devices. However, developers (and other tech savvy customers) have known for a while that the original iPhone, iPod touch, and iPhone 3G had 128 MBs of RAM, while the iPhone 3GS and iPad have 256 MBs of RAM. After all, developers need to know this information in order to develop quality applications. But, in a recent WWDC 2010 session, it was told that the iPhone 4 will have 512 MBs of RAM.
If The Great White North didn’t already feel slighted by not getting the new iPhone 4 on June 24 along with the U.S. and a handful of international locales, the Canadians may yet have a reason to shake their normally laid-back demeanor, assuming a new rumor is true.