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Mac App Store launching on December 13th?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

We know that the Mac App Store is launching soon. Steve Jobs has said that it would go live “within 90 days” back when it was announced on October 20th. Now AppleTell has an inside source who claims that Apple is trying to launch the Mac App Store before Christmas, specifically on December 13th and telling developers to have their software ready by Monday, December 6th.

The Mac App Store will require an OS update to end users and the new OS X 10.6.6 has already been seeded to developers. If true, they are being pretty aggressive with this timeline.

Apple Compact Wired Keyboard Discontinued

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2010

Bad news for some Apple fans. Apple has discontinued their Compact Wired Keyboard. The part number for the keyboard is MB869LL/A and it has been removed from Apple’s store. However, you can still purchase the Apple Compact Wired Keyboard on Amazon for $49.99 if you really want one.

This keyboard features a compact design of the Apple Wireless Keyboard along with a few USB 2.0 ports. The wired numberpad version is still available.

Apple ZipCheck used in select Old Navy stores

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

We’re all looking to avoid the holiday rush and long checkout lines in stores. Well if you find yourself at Old Navy and you have an Apple iPod Touch, you can get in and get out quickly. They’re testing out a new EasyPay point-of-sale type system that Apple’s calling ZipCheck, with iPods, to minimize long check out lines.

Employees of Old Navy will just need your credit card and by using the device via wireless, you can have your bill ready thanks to wireless printers around the store.

Apple Bans Android Magazine App

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Apple is well known for being way too ban-happy, and the recent banning of an Android Magazine App from the App Store shows that they are still at it. This comes after Apple has stated that its application policies have relaxed a little more of late. Not enough apparently.

Unfortunately for publisher Mediaprovider their recent Android magazine App has been banned from the Apple App Store. Below is the conversation Dixon of Mediaprovider had with Richard of the Apple App Store team, after the app was rejected.

Destroyed Apple Products

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

There’s something beautiful about a destroyed Apple product. Michael Tompert and photographer Paul Fairchild must think so too since they thought it would be a good idea to destroy a range of Apple products, and they photograph them.

Some of the products used include and iPad and iPhone. I guess it really compliments the product if it is beautiful both intact and destroyed. You can see the rest of the photos of the destroyed Apple products over at Fubiz.

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Apple amends iPod Water Damage Policy

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Apple has just updated its internal documentation regarding its water damage policy for iPods according to a screenshot that Boy Genius Report got a hold of.

A source told BGR that Apple has included a number of Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) into its iPod line that tell Apple whether the device has come into contact with a liquid. In the past the mere indication by a LCI alone was enough for Apple to suspect liquid damage. Now with the new guide lines Apple is requesting its employee’s carry do further checks to confirm the LCI indicator.

Apple buys Wi-Gear to build stereo Bluetooth headphones

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

We’ve seen more than our share of third-party Bluetooth devices being offered for Apple’s devices, so it would make sense for Apple to make their own. So it is no surprise that Apple might want in on the Bluetooth accessory game business.

Apple has just acquired Wi-Gear, a company that made a stereo headset called iMuffs. One of the company’s co-founders now lists himself as an iOS Bluetooth Engineer at Apple and it looks like Wi-Gear has ceased operations.

Apple cuts Mac mini prices internationally

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2010

Apple has quietly cut the Mac mini price point in international markets. No one is sure why. The change is reflected in all markets which are not priced in US currency. As an example, folks in the UK can now purchase the two Mac mini models for £599 and £879. The old prices were £649 and £929.

In other European countries, the pricing has dropped to 709 Euro and 999 Euro. Nothing new for us in the States, where we have to pay $699 and $999, respectively.

Apple unveils iLife 11

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

As expected Apple has announced its latest iLife ’11. iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand have all been updated. iMovie ’11 will introduce audio editing options as well as one step effects. The People Finder function makes it easier to identify individuals in movie clips, and is a good tool for budding movie makers.

Apple has also thrown in FlexTime, Groove Matching, additional guitar and amp effects, new piano and guitar lessons and other improvements to make the software more usable than before.

Geek turns broken MacBook into tablet

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on October 4th, 2010

Back in 2007, many will recall that the batteries in notebooks were seemingly blowing up at random around the world. One guy has a MacBook with a Core 2 Duo inside that blew up and damaged the machine so it wasn’t usable.

The geek decided to use that machine for a DIY tablet project with some cool results. The tablet he turned the MacBook into still needs some more work on it, but it is operational. The guy integrated a touchscreen and was able to use the screen with the bezel turned the correct way.

Apple sues HyperMac accessory maker over MagSafe, iPod cables

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

The HyperMac batteries from Sanho Corporation are a popular external batterie choice for several Apple devices. Problem is, Apple doesn’t really like them. Apple has sued the company over six patents related to MagSafe and the iPod.

The company claims to use original Apple MagSafe connectors to ensure compatibility, and obviously that connector is a proprietary connector. Instead of mimicking Apple’s patented MagSafe connectors, Sanho’s products actually rely on recycled official MagSafe products made by Apple.

Headcase unveils awesome Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Posted in Accessories,Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

I would bet I owned a dozed Etch A Sketches of varying sizes during my youth. My kids have several of them and still play with them each time we check out at the store since they tend to have little versions near the register. I remember the challenge just to make stairs using the white knobs when I was a kid.

Headcase has announced a very cool new case for the iPad that is called the Etch A Sketch iPad case. The case looks exactly like the Etch A Sketch that we are all used to. The thing has a couple white knobs printed on the corners of the case for looks. Those knobs are only images, not the real deal.

Apple licenses tech from TV guide maker Rovi

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Apple never rests and as proof, an SEC filing today revealed that it has struck a “multi-year agreement” with Rovi in what may be a strategy to support the new Apple TV. The terms are secret, but will let Apple license Rovi’s technology over the course of the deal. Neither company has commented yet.

It’s hard to say what Apple would use the tech for. The company makes interactive program guide material that taps into TV channel lineups. It also makes software for set-top boxes to access and share media stored both on the Internet and the local network. So Apple TV is a good guess.

Apple acquires face recognition company Polar Rose

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Norwegian Mac Site Mac1 is reporting that Apple has just bought all shares for the Swedish face recognition company Polar Rose. Neither Apple or Polar Rose have commented on the speculation just yet, but Polar Rose did take down its Flickr service late last month.

This is an interesting move for Apple who already have some Face recognition built into iPhoto for its Faces functionality. Polar Rose’s technology can be built into web applications like MobileMe as well. Polar Rose also had an Android version but, well Apple isn’t interested in that.

BMW shows off factory iPad docks for rear seats in Paris

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

When it comes to rear seat entertainment there are a lot of vehicles on the road that have TVs and movie players for kids and adults to watch on longer trips. Watching DVDs can be a bit boring after a while though and in most cars, you are out of luck.

BMW has unveiled at the Paris Motor Show new factory iPad docks for the rear seat passengers. The dock is very nice looking and integrated well into the design of the car. Some aftermarket docks just don’t look good.