This week's podcast follows the adventures of Florence, Susie and Nic as they decipher the true meaning behind Apple's free Bumper program. Also, iBooks got an update to look even sexier on the iPhone 4's retina display and the Mac Paint source code is donated to the the Computer History Museum.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions!
There's been a lot of ballyhoo made over the iPhone 4's innovative antenna design and high resolution Retina Display, but you don't often hear too much about one of the unsung heroes of the handset's hardware, the gyroscope.
"A gyroscope, you say?" Yep it's in there, and it's a fine upgrade over the iPhone 3GS' compass and accelerometer hardware.
Sure we've seen some pretty impressive FaceTime calls from inside the U.S., but some people are stretching the limits of the iPhone 4 by placing a FaceTime call from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Separated by a thousand miles of water, Philippe Kahn who is racing to Honolulu, Hawaii in the 2010 Pacific Cup, placed a FaceTime call to his colleges in Santa Cruz, California.
After Representatives Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Steve Jobs asking to explain iAd tracking, Apple's general counsel, Bruce Sewell, responded with a hand delivered letter. The original letter was sparked by Apple's location-tracking wording in the recent iTunes update.
With last week's press conference and the drama consuming Apple-watchers' attention around the world, not much truck has been paid to the whereabouts of the white iPhone 4 of late. After all, if they can't get the black on sorted out, who needs the white one? Fortunately, Engadget has taken the time to explore what's been holding up the release of the white iteration of the handset. What does their Magic Eightball tell them?
Next week's free iPhone 4 cases are already under way. Apple has prepared the online store by removing the Bumper cases from the U.S., UK and French online Apple store and labeling them as "Currently Unavailable." Free cases aren't available just yet, as the company is currently going through the refund process with plenty of other eager customers.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage on Friday to make a convincing argument that antenna “death grip” problems are universal among modern smartphones, but not surprisingly, some of his competitors are unhappy about being singled out.
So, it looks like Apple decided to play big kids and own up to the iPhone 4 reception issues after all. Free bumpers! Free cases! Other smartphones have the same problems! The iPhone 4 only drops marginally more calls than the previous model! Wait, run that last one by us again. And when you're done processing this particular bit of news, check out the other goings on around MacTown with the other big kids on the block, Mac|Life.
It's been a busy day not only for Apple CEO Steve Jobs who appeared on stage with damage control guns blazing, but also for the journalists who follow the the Cupertino-based tech company's every move. Jobs made it very clear that he wasn't thrilled with the media coverage of the iPhone's reception issues. If you took the time to check out our live blog coverage of today's press conference, you'll know that the MacLife staff, as well as the staffers from our sister publication MacFormat, have come to a few of our own conclusions on this manner. Some positive, others not so much.
But what does the rest of the blogosphere have to say about Apple's response to Antenna-gate? We took the time to check on what our journalistic colleagues had to say via email, smoke signal, and good old-fashion research to see if Jobs' infamous Reality Distortion Field was able to woo the media into a state of satisfaction.