Starbucks has been offering customers free songs from iTunes each week since April 2008. Usually right next to the cash register is a stack of cards with "Pick of the Week" printed on the front and a unique code printed on the back. Grab a card with your coffee, type the code into iTunes, and start downloading a free song. It's a cool thing.
Well, the coffee giant has just sweetened the deal.
For most people, the new features Apple’s jammed into iOS 5 are a whole lot of awesome. For anyone that chooses to jailbreak their iOS devices, however, the bulk of what Apple’s offering is just more of the same. Lock screen information? Wireless syncing? Unbeknownst to many, we’ve been rocking features like this for years now. If you've got an older iOS device that won't support iOS 5, or can't bear the thought of having to wait for the next iteration of Apple’s mobile device OS to drop, you can snag a number of the bells and whistles associated with iOS 5 right now, thanks to some clever applications available via the Cydia Store.
There are few events as influential in the Apple universe as the World Wide Developer Conference. Every year, the best and brightest minds in Mac and iOS software development come together at WWDC to network, sharing their talents, revealing new technologies and generally making being an Apple hardware user better than ever before. We're certain that with WWDC 2011 will be no different.
To mark the announcement of this year's WWDC, we've put together a gallery of 10 awesome moments, spanning the 28 year history of the conference. After taking this trip down memory lane, we're certain that you'll be as stoked to see what this year's WWDC will bring as we are!
Given how pleased Apple was to see the Mac App Store make its first million sales, it should come as no suprise that with the iTunes App Store set to reach 10 billion downloads, Apple is looking to celebrate. To get the party started right, they're offering a $10,000 iTunes gift card to one lucky iTunes Store shopper. Just think of how many copies of Robot Unicorn Attack that could net you.
Ah, there's nothing quite like the velveteen touch of a tasteless, overpriced smartphone application that does absolutely nothing. After all, how else can those around you tell that you are an individual of infinite fiscal resources and child-like monetary management skills without something shiny and useless for them to fawn over? Thank Goodness then, that two years after Apple saw fit to give it the boot from the iTunes App Store, a Windows Phone 7 compatible version of what would appear to be Armin Heinrich's infamous I am Rich application has been made available to owners of the Microsoft-powered smartphone.
After only three months on the market, its safe to say that developers loves them some iPad. According to TUAW, the App Store has laid claim to hosting 10,000 native iPad applications and counting: that's a whole lotta tap and swipe awesome. If you've yet to take a peek at the full catalogue of native Apps, doing so is easy: Just visit the "Featured" section on your iPad and then give a tap to the "Release Date" tab.