The war of words between iOS and Android goes on, with Google’s mobile boss now claiming the lion’s share of new device activations over the Christmas holiday. How Apple will respond is anyone’s guess, but with the close of another calendar quarter just days away, we’d expect some serious revenue boasting next month when Cupertino reports revenue from their holiday quarter. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other tech items making news for this Wednesday, December 28, 2011.
Depending on how old you are, you’ll have lived through a number of major shake-ups regarding video accessibility. Not that long ago, you had to make do with whatever the broadcasters served up, but since the mid-to-late 70s, things have moved on.
Happy Halloween to MacLife.com readers! We don’t have any particularly spooky things featured in this edition of the daily recap (unless you’re a Mac Pro fan), but there are plenty of treats in store for you with Plex 2.0 now in the App Store and some iOS 5 technology reportedly making the leap to OS X Lion one day soon. Here’s what’s making news for this final day of the month, better known as October 31, 2011.
Like the times, music keeps a-changin’. These days, it’s more often enjoyed on the go from your iDevice, rather than by dusting off a CD or (gasp) record. That’s part of why Apple’s AirPlay feature, which lets you beam tunes from iDevices to compatible speakers, gets us so excited…but there’s actually a better option, if you can afford it. Sonos’ line of wireless music players can send your tunes on tour all over the house, and they offer more power and flexibility.
We’ve all heard reports that Apple plans to introduce its own television set in the future, although few people take such talk seriously. However, a new report claims that Apple may be working on a new way to deliver video content which differs even from the wireless AirPlay currently in use with iOS.
Over the weekend, Apple pushed out a new pair of TV commercials for the iPhone, both aimed at captivating potential customers with “gee whiz” technology features built right into the iconic handset -- AirPlay and FaceTime.
Much like Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 simply has too many new features for Apple to spend a two-hour keynote detailing them all. If the 10 features revealed at WWDC 2011 on Monday have whet your appetite for more, strap in and click on to find out some of the cool stuff coming this fall that Apple didn’t talk about in San Francisco.
Remember the Apple Digital AV Adapter? Imagine that functionality, except wireless, and you've got AirPlay Mirroring. Mentioned in passing in Monday's Keynote, this sweet little bit o' kit lets you see iPad content on your TV, as long as you've got an Apple TV hooked up to it.
iPod docks are a dime a dozen—or in the case of the new Zeppelin Air, 5,999 dimes and a nickel. But while most run-of-the-mill docks will elicit something in the range of “meh” to “that sounds OK” from your friends, the first thing we said when we fired up the Zeppelin Air was “holy &*@#!” Yep, it’s that good.