What better way to end this first full week of February than with an explosion of apps? Thursday was a big day for apps old and new, with plenty of updates and even a couple of fresh releases hitting the pipeline for those with the right access. There's plenty to cover, so let's get right to it, shall we…?
Apple’s little-brother base station got a makeover. It’s now the same size as an Apple TV, with a regular power cable that makes it easier to locate in more places. (The old versions had a fold-out plug, unless you used an optional extension cord kit.) It also grew a new Ethernet port, now with separate WAN and LAN ports. But the changes inside are even better.
Apple fired up the Software Update engines today to push out a new AirPort Utility update (or two!), and as January winds down we’re looking ahead to the inevitable announcement of a new iPad next month, along with a cascade of companion updates such as iOS 5.1 and most likely, the OS X Lion 10.7.3 which has been simmering with developers for a number of weeks. With that in mind, here’s what the tech world has been talking about on this Monday, January 30, 2012.
It’s 11/11/11, which just so happens to also be Veteran’s Day here in these United States of America, It’s also a Friday, which means most of us are ready to eject the grueling memories of another work week and enjoy the weekend. But first, let’s take a moment and give some thanks to all of the veterans who have made such freedom possible in the first place -- and before you slam the office door behind you, read on for some of the other things making news on this Friday, November 11, 2011.
Apple has finally released an AirPort Utility for iOS, enabling users to manage their AirPort routers without having to go through a Mac or PC. The AirPort Utility works on both iPhone and iPad, but it won’t give you access to all functions of your AirPort Extreme or Express like the desktop version of the application. However, if you’re looking for quick AirPort management, look no further than this free application.
iOS 5 ushers in a new “PC-free” era for Apple’s mobile devices, with Cupertino acknowledging that many owners are using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without a computer. To aid such users, the company has also released a new AirPort Utility app for setting up and managing their AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule without a computer as well.
Apple quietly refreshed the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations earlier this summer, and a new report claims they’ll soon cap off the move with an update to the 802.11n model of the AirPort Express, presumably ahead of this fall’s launch of the iCloud service.
One of the things many of us expected to be the surprise “one more thing” at the WWDC 2011 keynote was the introduction of new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule units, perhaps with some sort of iCloud integration. While they still haven’t been announced, this week’s AirPort Utility update appears to have outed them.