Over the weekend, Apple pushed out a new pair of TV commercials for the iPhone, both aimed at captivating potential customers with “gee whiz” technology features built right into the iconic handset -- AirPlay and FaceTime.
Long-distance relationships are tough, but when you snag somebody way, way out of your league, you gotta make it work somehow. Luckily, technology means you never have to go too long without seeing your significant other.
Much like Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 simply has too many new features for Apple to spend a two-hour keynote detailing them all. If the 10 features revealed at WWDC 2011 on Monday have whet your appetite for more, strap in and click on to find out some of the cool stuff coming this fall that Apple didn’t talk about in San Francisco.
When Apple introduced FaceTime almost a year ago, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the adult industry might try to subvert it for their own fun and profit -- but apparently, there wasn’t enough fun and even less profit in FaceTime porn.
As you’ve no doubt heard, Microsoft has snapped up popular VoIP developer Skype for a whopping $8.5 billion. If you’re not too fond of your favorite video chat software now being in the hands of the Borg, you’ll be happy to know there are other choices available.
Once exclusively the province of iOS users, FaceTime for Mac now lets you reach out and touch someone from your computer—or see how they look the morning after the big party. We’ll skip the usual buildup—yes, FaceTime for Mac is great for making high-quality video calls to friends and family on iOS devices and other Macs over Wi-Fi. But as futuristic as that killer feature is, FaceTime’s contact management needs to catch up with the 20th century.
MacBook Pro refreshes aren’t as predictable as the faithful yearly launches of the iOS devices. They tend to come out of nowhere, like a bolt of lightning—and this one brought a surprising bolt of thunder, too. Yes, the MacBook Pro now sports a Thunderbolt port. Developed by Intel and Apple, it lets you attach external displays with a Mini DisplayPort connector, delivering audio and video. Existing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI (or VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort) adapters also work.
So you braved the wilds of the retail jungle and scored yourself an iPad 2 on launch day. Congratulations! If you now find yourself sitting in front of your Mac or PC wondering what to do next, fear not -- we’ve got you covered.
If you’re planning to grab an iPad 2 when they’re available on March 11, Apple will have you covered with some new software included with the device. The popular Photo Booth software from the Mac will make its debut on the iPad 2 as part of iOS 4.3, as well as a big-screen version of the company’s iOS-based iMovie and GarageBand.
If you’ve been following the iPad 2 rumors the last couple of months and are drooling in anticipation of what Apple might be announcing on Wednesday, March 2 -- well, let’s just say you might want to temper those expectations, if rumors are to be believed.