Despite rumors having run rampant last week that Best Buy could possibly have been in the doghouse in regard to their iPad 2 sales strategy, the major retailer confirmed in a statement that such was not the case. What is instead transpiring is that Best Buy is actually fulfilling customer reservations first.
We’re all Apple fans. But why? Deep thoughts like that -- and 50th issues -- call for a countdown! But don’t worry, we balanced our enthusiasm with a hard-hitting look at the dark side of Apple...
Turning 50 is certainly a milestone, and we’ve been saving something special for our 50th issue: a countdown that examines all the reasons that Apple fans are Apple fans. After all, as the Microsoft Stores so perfectly prove, no other tech titan can inspire the same level of devotion.
But there’s no single reason we love our Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods -- in fact, we thought of a lot more than 50. It took some of the most epic staff meetings we’ve had in Mac|Life history -- we haggled, we argued, and we picked on Nic and Flo because teasing them is pretty fun -- but in the end, we emerged with a thoughtful, incisive look at what makes Apple so successful.
Over the weekend, news broke that Apple had hired two new public relations executives by the names of Nick Grange and Rob Saunders. Why was there so much excitement? Because those two executives came from console gaming giants Activision and Nintendo, and they'll be coming to Apple to head PR for iOS apps. Of course this means Apple is about to take over the gaming industry, and they're rubbing it in Activision's and Nintendo's face by stealing their executives! Right? Yeah, probably not.
Not entirely sure how to use Apple's Smart Cover on your new iPad 2? Our friends over at Tap! Magazine in the UK have provided a lovely instruction video to help you figure out how to fold the Smart Cover the right way. Take a gander at the video right after the cut.
How does the GarageBand that we know and love work on the iPad? Simple. It doesn’t. Instead of futilely attempting to replicate the experience of the Mac version, GarageBand for iPad plays to its touchscreen strengths and ultimately feels more accessible and less demanding. Is it stripped down? Definitely. Dumbed down? Anything but. Make no mistake -- GarageBand for iPad is not an inferior wannabe version.
Patently Apple, that wonderful repository of all things Apple's trying to get a patent on, revealed yesterday that Apple was recently awarded eight new patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and that second on the list was a previously unknown, but undeniably sexy hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 adapter.
Apple’s Digital AV Adapter provides video output from your iPad 2 in 1080p—although movies still play at 720p. But it works with any app, mirroring the display to your TV, projector, or other HDMI device. (Bring your own HDMI cable, of course.) It’s even got a 30-pin dock port so you can charge or sync your iPad while it’s connected to the TV. Bonus: it works with the first iPad (running iOS 4.3), the iPhone 4, and the fourth-gen iPod touch, although those devices all top out at 720p output. It delivers audio too! With this $39 dongle, you can “sneakernet” videos from your Mac to your TV via the iPad, instead of needing a $99 Apple TV. Smart.
While some publishers have slowly but surely started to roll in, accepting the terms of Apple's in-app subscriptions program. However, one media outlet has opted to not budge, and would much rather sell subscriptions of digital news directly to readers instead of surrendering control.
Perhaps the above could be one of the reasons we may see a later than usual release of the next generation of the iPhone? During an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer may have subtly given away plans for an eight-megapixel camera in the iPhone 5.