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Apple’s App Store likely to pass 500,000 apps in 2011

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

There’s an app for everything, or so it seems. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple has a high chance of passing the 500,000 app milestone for the App Store in 2011, based on current data. They have already unofficially passed 325,000 active titles as of December 26, with the App Store seeing about 25,421 apps submitted per month.

That means that if every app were approved, Apple could exceed the half-million point in just seven months or so. Of course what with app rejections, titles voluntarily pulled from the store etc, it might take a bit longer. Whenever it actually hits, it is quite a milestone.

Apple to order 65 million iPad screens in 2011?

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

Sales of Apple’s iPad device will certainly grow in 2011 according to a report from DigiTimes. So it will need more screens. LG Display could receive orders for 35 million iPad panels from Apple in 2011, with Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who are scheduled to join Apple’s iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011, each possibly receiving orders for as many as 15 million units.

Apple’s 9.7 inch screen is making it difficult for competitors to match and the iPad’s screen size will likely lower component pricing in a way that only benefits Apple. This forces competitors to design and build 5 and 7 inch screens that don’t benefit from the scale of Apple’s high volume sales.

Apple Patent App shows antennas behind the Apple Logo

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Apple is a patent filing monster. Let’s face it, they have a patent for everything. The latest patent app to surface from Apple has the name of many of the members of the iPhone team on it and once the app is approved, it will have the Apple name applied to the final patent.

The patent app details a new way that Apple wants to put antennas behind logos on their products. So in the future, your iPhone antenna might be behind the Apple logo. The antennas will be used on notebooks, phones, and other devices. This is one that we will likely see come to pass at some point soon.

iPad’s first iAd is for Tron Legacy

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

Disney’s upcoming Tron Legacy is getting plenty of hype and Sci-Fi fans are waiting anxiously. Apple users also can share the excitement as iAd for iPad is for this very movie. This is the first and only iAd to hit the iPad for 2010 since iAds have been showcased for just iPhones until now.

However, 2011 could see a bunch of iAds hitting the device. Each ad features rich graphics, touch navigation and video native to apps. Disney’s Tron Legacy iAd is a full screener and will run in iPad apps like TV Guide. It’ll also have purchase options for various apps etc. based on the movie. The soundtrack can also be previewed or downloaded right from the ad via iTunes.

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.