For months now, we’ve been asking you to send us your most burning Apple questions, and to put it mildly, you came through. The queue in our inbox looked longer than the lines that curled around NYC’s 5th Avenue Apple Store for the launch of the very first iPhone. And when we dug into the meat and potatoes of your queries, we could only marvel at the insightful list of vexing technical issues and twinkle-in-your-eye trivia tidbits that you challenged us with. We distilled all those inquiries down to the 50 best, most burning questions about Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple itself. Then we put our crack team of experts on the job of coming up with this ultimate answers guide for all things Apple. Struggling with iTunes syncing? iPhone backups? RAID cards? iPad printing? Or just wondering exactly what Steve actually wears every day? The answers await, backstopped and bulletproofed by the pros at Mac|Life.
When is a flashlight app not a flashlight app? When it's just a clever disguise for another kind of app all together. In a move making him both a credible developer and a geek outlaw simultaneously, fifteen-year-old app developer Nick Lee submitted a humble Flashlight application for inclusion in the iTunes App Store that was actually a deviously hidden tethering application.
While the sight of legal papers being served to Apple by other large manufacturers such as Nokia and HTC for Cupertino's alleged infringement on their designs isn't much of a surprise to internet passersby, it's a wee bit more rare to find a smaller, less public company putting their dukes up to defend themselves against a perceived wrong.
This week's podcast follows the adventures of Florence, Susie and Nic as they decipher the true meaning behind Apple's free Bumper program. Also, iBooks got an update to look even sexier on the iPhone 4's retina display and the Mac Paint source code is donated to the the Computer History Museum.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions!
Did you hear? Each and everyone of Apple's offerings print money--or at least you'd think so after listening in on the company's third quarter financial results released this afternoon via Quicktime, phone and as a good-old fashioned PDF earlier this afternoon. Listening in, you just knew it was going to be good news (as if there was ever any doubt,) from the enthusiasm in Peter Oppenheimer's voice as he made a few state of the union comments surrounding Apple's third-quarter, which ended in June, before getting down to the nitty-gritty.
It's been a busy day not only for Apple CEO Steve Jobs who appeared on stage with damage control guns blazing, but also for the journalists who follow the the Cupertino-based tech company's every move. Jobs made it very clear that he wasn't thrilled with the media coverage of the iPhone's reception issues. If you took the time to check out our live blog coverage of today's press conference, you'll know that the MacLife staff, as well as the staffers from our sister publication MacFormat, have come to a few of our own conclusions on this manner. Some positive, others not so much.
But what does the rest of the blogosphere have to say about Apple's response to Antenna-gate? We took the time to check on what our journalistic colleagues had to say via email, smoke signal, and good old-fashion research to see if Jobs' infamous Reality Distortion Field was able to woo the media into a state of satisfaction.
One of the biggest talking points during Apple's press conference earlier today (aside from the fact that Apple Loves us,) was that no new products leave the company's Cupertino campus without stringent testing. Given the veil of secrecy that Apple prefers to operate under during product development, it comes as no surprise that they'd be none to thrilled to outsource that testing to third-parties or to facilities that they don't control. Under such circumstances, there's only one thing to do: build your own test facilities.
Speculation is running rampant about what Steve Jobs & Co. might try to pull off tomorrow with their emergency press conference. Will they man up, and admit that there's some issue of some kind that needs addressing? Or will Steve pull a Jedi mind trick on everyone, all the while publicly flogging AT&T, Consume Reports, and anyone else who gets in the way of his plan for worldwide domination? More importantly, how will you react?
This week, we'll take a look at some troubleshooting tips for the iPhone and iPad that also work for the iPod touch. If you are experiencing problems with any of these devices, then these tips may help you and generally fix most iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iOS problems.
Yesterday, while giving his keynote to Microsoft's Worldwide Partner's Conference, the company's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner laid the smack down on Apple, comparing Cupertino's current iPhone 4 woes to the issues the Redmond-based Microsoft experienced with its Vista operating system.