It's all iPad 2 all the time in the press these days, which will last, oh until the rumors about the iPhone 5 grow too big and take over the press cycle. Apple has a sweet release schedule that keeps their latest and greatest right there at the top of every news queue, so just in case you missed some of our killer coverage, it's this week's round up of all our latest and greatest.
One of the most exciting games of 2011 has just become available on the App Store today. The latest game in the long-running Rainbox Six tactical shooter series has had a lengthy hype campaign ramping up over the last few months, and now we've got the chance to try it out for ourselves. Shadow Vanguard was developed by Gameloft which has essentially dominated the iOS shooter genre with games like N.O.V.A. 2 and Modern Combat 2. We're looking forward to seeing what they're able to do with the Rainbow Six series.
A deceleration in the manufacturing output at Foxconn, the factory that produces the lion's share of iPhone and iOS devices for Apple, has spurred concern for reduced quantities of Apple products on store shelves. In response to Foxconn changing from "Market Outperform" to "Market Perform" prompted JMP securities to downgrade its outlook on Apple stock. As a result, earnings expectations for the quarter has been reduced from $23 billion to $22 billion.
The iPad 2 is here, and developers are already starting to make the most of the refreshed tablet’s dual-core A5 processor, twin cameras and superior graphics processing. But are apps optimized for the iPad 2 really so different than the same ones on the iPad?
Over the past few years, iOS gaming has had a very rough time becoming accepted by the wider media as a legitimate gaming platform. In the early days of the App Store, their skepticism was probably warranted as the massive gold rush that was App development in 2008 flooded the store with huge levels of junk. Since then, things have completely turned around and iOS is getting some of the best games available on any platform. Today's news is one of the best indicators that the media is beginning to see the light of iOS gaming.
Mac|Life was in Boston this weekend to scope out the Apple gaming presence at the bi-annual Penny Arcade Expo. PAX is primarily known for its focus on console gaming, but Apple gaming -- particularly iOS games -- have slowly been creeping into the show.
With every new piece of Apple software comes a slew of firsts, as people look for ever more creative ways to use what Cupertino has bestowed upon us, and the release of the iPad 2 is no exception. Now, from Anna Elizabeth James and Majek Pictures comes word of the release of Goldilocks Episode 9, possibly the first all-iOS film created using entirely iOS devices, and Apple-produced software.
Wake up, sleepy heads. Did your alarm clocks go off at the right time? Did it make a difference if you updated to iOS 4.3? Did those of you with older iOS versions have any trouble with your clocks? Remember 6 months ago when all that was a very big deal? Here's to hoping Apple didn't miss anything, and just in case you did, we've got it all right here.
iMovie for iOS has been around since the release of the iPhone 4, but when Apple announced it would be coming to the iPad, tablet users everywhere began drooling. With yesterday's iMovie update, Apple stepped up their game with more flexible iOS video editing, and a better user interface.
Interestingly enough, some folks with a sharp eye at 9to5 Mac found a way to sneak iMovie (which is supposedly only for the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4th generation) on to the original iPad. Not only does this work, but it's literally like a mobile movie making studio, giving first-generation iPad adopters a way to edit their videos on the go without having to upgrade.
Apple has a track record of making excellent guided tour videos that show not just the features of their new products, but also the experience of using them; they make you want to buy the thing even if you already own it, and they've just added tours for Garage Band and iMovie.