If you've left your Christmas shopping to the last minute Apple, as always, has your back. As is the case every year, the good folks from Cupertino are offering up a number of great gift ideas that, if ordered in a timely manner, are guaranteed to wind up under the tree or on the doorstep of one of your loved ones by Christmas eve.
Apple’s new online Mac App Store worries me. Scheduled to open as 2010 becomes 2011, the Mac App Store will supply the same one-stop shopping, convenience, and software reliability that the current iOS App Store provides to users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It’ll also give developers a simple, no-overhead way to market and distribute their apps and pocket 70 percent of the take, with Apple keeping the remainder.
That’s the good news—but as is customarily the case, when Steve Jobs giveth, Steve Jobs also taketh away. The Mac App Store will shackle developers with the same high level of restrictions that the current iOS store does and will flip the concept of a free software market on its head.
The age of wonder is just beginning. Each morning, we shove devices into our pockets that, as kids, we could only goggle at on Star Trek. Now we can Google on them, and that’s not even vaguely impressive. We live in an era when every day sees past science fiction become contemporary mundane reality, and like you, that only whets our thirst for more.
With Apple’s talent for staggering us with innovative design, Cupertino will likely be at the forefront of our culture’s next big holy-crap gadget. Just as surely, Jobs & Co. will keep it nailed down under bulletproof wraps right up until they’re good and ready to tell the world about it.
According to sources, Apple has made the decision to use Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors for its MacBook lineup, something that would occur in 2011. This would probably force out Nvidia's graphics processors for some models of the lineup.
As initial sales reports begin to trickle in for the hundreds of retails across the holiday from the biggest shopping weekend of the year, Apple seems poised to post some pretty big numbers according to various analysts. According to their reports, the iPad and MacBook Air seem to be going hand in hand in flying off the shelves.
There’s a rumour floating around on the internet that the next generation MacBook Pro--which is supposedly dropping in April--will not only feature Intel’s much-ballyhooed Light Peak interconnect technology, but will also see Apple’s portable workhorse follow in the footsteps of svelte Air-branded sibling by ditching its optical drive. As a result, many pundits and geek oracles have been asking the questioning whether or not this move by Apple heralds the death of the optical drive. My opinion? Absolutely not.
Fart Apps. There's more of them in the iTunes App Store than you could beat down with a whole rack of servers. So many flatulence-based iOS applications had, shall we say, permeated the App Store that it last September, the tech giant decided that anything submitted for approval that looked even remotely gassy would be rejected. With the issue of fart-centric applications firmly dealt with, it seems that the tech giant has had time to consider their next true enemy. A nemesis that has thumbed their nose at the Cupertino-based company's core values and played upon simple consumers for far too long. Yes, we're talking about single-station radio apps.
When Apple unleashed iOS 4.2 earlier this week, we were disappointed to see that full audio and video AirPlay support wasn't offered for third-party applications. With popular This, we're sure you'll agree, is a shame--especially with great applications like VLC, AirVideo and CineXPlayer screaming to make it off of iOS devices and on to a big screen. Fortunately, TUAW's Erika Sadun, whose genius is as constant as the North Star, was pretty bummed about this too. While the rest of us were busy sulking as we multitasked on our iPads, and moping with our new iPhone text tones, she got to work on finding out why only Apple apps had been invited to the AirPlay party, and what could be done about it.
It's no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace. It's also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice. But perhaps RIM's feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM's sales staff in the least year and a half.
iOS device users gained access to some pretty awesome perks yesterday when iOS 4.2 became available for download. iPad owners were finally rewarded by Apple for their patience with AirPlay, Wireless Printing and of course, multitasking. If you're an iPhone user, you may have noticed a few new perks as well. However, it would appear that Apple also threw in a whole bag of awesome that they've kept on the down low.