By this time next week, we’ll already know what Apple has up its sleeve for the WWDC 2012 keynote -- but in the meantime, all we have to go on are leaks such as the one pictured here, which is reportedly the spec label from a new 13-inch MacBook Pro.
As we get closer to WWDC we can expect the rumor mill to heat up and it's already started. Bigger iPhone, smaller iPad is the refrain you're going to hear until they don't and then we'll move on to something else. Pocket sized Steve Jobs! The Apple iApple digital fruit! Instead of that nonsense, let's take a look at some real news from the week past.
Still rocking grandfathered unlimited data through Verizon Wireless? Better enjoy it while it lasts, because the carrier plans to drive a stake through its heart when Big Red makes the switch to family data plans this summer. Should make good fodder for Sprint’s future marketing, since they continue to be the only U.S. carrier offering truly unlimited data plans. Meanwhile, here’s the rest of what’s making news for this Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Most of the recent rumors about a new MacBook Pro have been focused on it being as thin as a MacBook Air -- but that may be wishful thinking, according to trusted sources who are spilling the beans on the forthcoming 15-inch model.
Where were you in 1983? If you were like us, chances are you were feeding quarters into classic arcade games like Dragon’s Lair, the Don Bluth creation which has survived the test of time, and has now made its debut as a comic book app.
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
Everyone's been noticing an uptick in their app updates now that the big new iPad Retina Display is here. While you were busy tapping over and over that yes, you were aware other browsers would let you view adult content, a bunch of other things were going on and we nabbed some of them jsut for you. Aren't we sweet?
When Apple started the Retina Display ball rolling with high-resolution updates to its catalog, we eagerly headed over to the App Store to grab the latest and greatest versions of our favorite iWork and iLife apps. But as we waited for the little blue progress bars to disappear, we couldn't help but notice how much longer they took to complete. Just last night, it took over half an hour to download a 750mb app over Wi-Fi.
In order to display those high resolution applications and have them look supreme on the Retina Display, the images have to get bigger, which means that the size of the apps have to go up, too. Pages went from 95.1 MB to 269 MB, and Numbers and Keynote packed on quite a few megabytes. What's worse: if you're updating these apps on the first-generation iPad or an iPad 2, they're taking up all the space on your device and you can't even take advantage of the fact that they're high resolution.
Boy, those new iPads sure are hot stuff, huh? Hot selling items that seriously get hot when you use them. Apparently Retina Display does come with its prices, and all those pixels generate a lot of heat. So, there's plenty of heat where Cupertino is concerned.
If you’re reading this from one of the 25 countries that just started selling the new iPad today, welcome! (Sorry, we don’t know all 25 ways to say welcome in those countries, so we’ll stick with the universal language of English.) Now 25 more countries will get to experience the overheating, the poor Wi-Fi and the battery that charges beyond 100 percent -- although all of you will be sitting out the 4G LTE party for now, so you’ll have to do your best to burn through your monthly data plan with 3G instead. Enough sarcasm -- let’s get on with the show for this Friday, March 23, 2012!