If you’re the sort of person who prefers wild speculation instead of cold, hard facts, keep reading. Everyone else, there’s nothing to see here! The iOS 5 and iCloud rumors get cranked up into overdrive with a couple of leaked screenshots from Apple retail claiming their release could be “just around the corner.”
If hotcakes were selling like iPads, IHOP would be the hottest investment on the block. But hold the maple syrup -- despite the higher price tag on most Macs, Apple’s making more money off iPads these days. Its Q3 2011 iPad earnings were $6.05 billion, up 179 percent since the previous year. Meanwhile, Mac sales raked in $5.1 billion…representing gains of only 16 percent.
What’s driving the iPad’s explosive growth? The “cool factor” is certainly part of it, but the iPad’s utility is the foundation of its success. It’s terrific as a second computing device (the first being a Mac or PC), and for many of us, it’s taking the spotlight as our primary platform for work, email, browsing, and beyond. Thanks to the cutting-edge offerings in the App Store (15 billion downloads served!), it’s even more practical than ever before to handle all your productivity needs with an iPad. We’re talking photographing checks to deposit them, piping video calls to your TV, and loads more. But how?
In all the early hype about Apple’s forthcoming iCloud service, little has yet been said about support for older operating systems, specifically Snow Leopard 10.6 which is still in wide use. As it turns out, Apple may be slipping out at least one more update to the snowy cat to allow basic iCloud sync support.
Reports indicate that Apple is including a new early earthquake warning notification option for iOS 5 users in Japan.
When activated, the feature will establish an always-on connection to Japan's earthquake early warning system, a nationwide online system launched in 2007 that detects tremors, calculates an earthquake’s epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country.
Only a few months remain before we hopefully see the release of iOS 5, but until then developers can tinker around with beta 6 for the time being, which has just been made available to developers with credentials.
You can download the new beta release from the developer site after you log in.
New findings suggest that iOS 5 will include a voice navigation system called "Assistant". This possible app could tap into a user’s address book, email, calendars, phone application, and possibly be able to open links. Apple is apparently partnering with one or two software developers that have had success building these types of applications.
Assistant could be built on the Siri platform. Or, perhaps the Nuance platform. Or, according to this report, both.
As the summer winds down, all eyes are now on Apple’s annual fall event, where the company is presumed to release iCloud and iOS 5, likely alongside a next generation iPhone as well. The company’s music-centric events have generally been held in the first part of September, and a new rumor claims this year’s shindig should be right on schedule as well.
Apple released iOS 5 Beta 5 over the weekend, along with a handful of related bits and pieces, including the ability for developers to migrate their MobileMe accounts to the forthcoming iCloud right now -- which has uncovered some unpleasant news for those who use some of the more obscure sync features in MobileMe.
Is Apple working overtime preparing iOS 5 ready for release? That would appear to be the case, as the company slipped out Beta 5 of the next mobile operating system on Saturday, a rare move that is likely to make for a few cranky developers this lazy August weekend.
After demoing the MobileMe replacement, iCloud at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this summer, we've been eagerly awaiting a chance to play with the service. Earlier this week, the company launched the web-based version of iCloud beta. However, there is still some confusion about how to register for this service, we’ll show you the steps required to convert your Apple ID into an iCloud-ready account.