It was both a blessing and a curse to be an Apple fan last week, with the iPhone 4S announcement immediately overshadowed the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. But now, the second full week of October is in full swing, with more than a million preordered iPhone 4S units headed to customers this Friday. Here’s what else is making news for Monday, October 10, 2011.
Apple’s “Let’s talk iPhone” event revealed that the new iOS 5 will be arriving on October 12, and loads of puffy clouds will be floating along for the ride as iCloud launches on the same date -- and stay tuned, because iTunes Match will follow in late October.
Although we still don’t know when Apple will flip the switch on iCloud, the company finally announced a media event for its new iPhone next week, which likely means the fateful day is just around the corner -- so here’s a recap on everything we know about it so far.
It’s Friday, September 23 and that means the fall season has officially arrived on the calendar -- and with it will soon come iOS 5, iCloud, iTunes Match and another update to OS X Lion to help tie it all together on the Mac side. As proof that it’s getting closer, Apple pushed out a new OS X 10.7.2 build to developers on Thursday with what appears to be final release notes.
Remember all the hand-wringing and analyst prognostications about gloom and doom at Apple if and when CEO Steve Jobs ever stepped down? Apparently the folks on Wall Street don’t, because Apple’s stock is flying high since Tim Cook stepped into the CEO shoes nearly a month ago.
Developers have spent all summer putting the forthcoming iOS 5 through its paces, which includes beta testing Apple’s new iCloud service, which can backup and restore data from an iOS device (among other things) -- which will get its first big test this week as Apple purges those developer backups ahead of a gold master for the new version.
With the newly revamped free iCloud service fast approaching its fall release, one of the warts in Apple’s otherwise beautiful system has been gaining a lot of attention in recent months: The inability to consolidate multiple Apple IDs into one, particularly for existing MobileMe users stuck with one for iTunes purchases and another for everything else.
Nothing livens up an intellectual property dispute like a little sushi and some brazen hyperbole. In this week's Law and Apple, Apple opens up the legal floodgates in Japan, while Samsung strikes back at 'em with some Tolkien-esque banter.
Meanwhile, Google plays patent arms dealer in the escalating war between HTC and Apple, and a small communications company in Arizona might have bit off a little more than it could chew.
There’s no escaping it: fall is just around the corner. As the leaves turn from shades of green to gorgeous ambers and reds, the thoughts of Apple users around the world are turning to the launch of iCloud and all the goodness Apple’s over-the-air content syncing service will bring with it.
If you own a Mac computer or an iOS device, there’s little doubt that you’re already familiar with what iCloud has in store and are chomping at the bit to get at it. But what about the venerable Apple TV? It’s powered by iOS -- doesn’t it deserve a bit of love as well? We like to think so, and while Apple hasn’t announced any iCloud-enabled features for their increasingly popular "hobby", we have a vision of what the company’s upcoming cloud service can do for everyone’s favorite diminutive HDMI connected darling.
The engineers at Apple were working overtime this weekend tuning up their beta versions for developers, with iTunes Match once again opening its doors for another round of testing as well as a new seed of OS X Lion 10.7.2 which now incorporates iCloud.