Archive for Apple

Jailbroken iPad hack supports Magic Mouse

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 10th, 2010

I really like my iPad and most of the time I like the fact that it has performance like a netbook but the input features of my iPhone. However, a few times I have wished that I could use a big keyboard and mouse with the thing.

A new hack for jailbroken iPads has surfaced that allows the user to use the Apple Magic Mouse with the iPad via Bluetooth. The only real downside is that the iPad has to be jailbroken and many folks don’t want to do that.

Apple patent app hints at heart rate logins for iPhone

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 6th, 2010

I bet that there are lots of you who have tried to use biometrics to log into your gadgets or computers before and had a hard time. I know the notebook I used to have with a fingerprint scanner rarely let me login when swiping my finger.

Apple has a new biometric sensor patent application that has surfaced that shows a method Apple has envisioned to allow only authorized users to access future iPhones. The sensors in the case of the phone would read the users heart rate and use the readings to verify their identity.

Lala closing on May 31

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

I think there were a lot of us out there that knew the end was near for Lala when Apple announced that it had purchased the company. Sure, some of the tech behind Lala might live on inside iTunes or other Apple offerings, but the Lala service would undoubtedly die.

Apple has now announced that it will be killing Lala on May 31. Current users of the service can continue to use Lala until that day and no new users are being accepted.

Make an iPad stand out of its own packing material

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

I am sure that there are many people who bought iPad that soon realized they needed a stand to comfortably watch video on the screen. If you are wanting an iPad stand, but don’t want to spend any money, Make has your simple DIY solution.

The free stand is made from the packing materials inside the iPad box. You take one of the end pieces, but it in half, and then cut a slit in the box across the short side at an angle.

Screen shortage to blame for iPad delay?

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

Apple announced recently that the iPad wouldn’t be shipping in Europe for about a month after it was expected. At the time, Apple gave no reason for the delay other than to say demand in the US was more than expected.

Bloomberg is now reporting that the reason for the delay may be a screen shortage. Apple gets iPad screens from LG Display Co, Samsung, and Seiko Epson. Reports claim that all three vendors are having production issues with the screens.

MacBooks may finally be updated next week

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 9th, 2010

Mac Fans have been crying for an update to the beloved lie of MacBook notebooks for a long time now. Some sources claim that Apple fans can blame Acer for at least some of the delay after the company snapped up most all of the new Intel Core 2010 processors.

That processor backorder is over now and new rumors coming from Australia are surfacing pointing to next Tuesday for the long waited update. At the same time, the 15-inch MacBook Pro models have been pulled from Best Buy websites here in the US.

iPhone OS 4.0 unveiled

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

Just over a year after iPhone OS 3.0, Apple has unveiled the big revision of the OS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It ships this summer, and the developer preview will be available today. iPhone 3GS and new-gen iPod touch will get all the features, but some of those features won’t make it to the iPhone 3G, the original iPhone, and older iPod touches. Sorry Charlie.

The biggest new feature is the multitasking, which is said to be the “best” implementation in the smartphone space. App switching is activated by double tapping the home button, which pulls up a “dock” of currently running apps, and apparently it can do this without hurting battery life or performance for the front app.

Karvt MacBook skins guaranteed to give Apple fans serious wood

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 8th, 2010

When it comes to laptop skins, you can get all sorts of them already. You can get vinyl skins with designs on them or clear skins just to prevent scratches.

A company called Karvt has announced a new line of skins for the MacBook notebooks that is made from real wood. The skins stick to the lid of the laptop like any other notebook skin.

Apple says sorry for scratched iPod nanos with $37.50

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 8th, 2010

Five years ago, if you bought a new iPod nano it probably got scratched up very quickly and you were probably not happy about it. The unhappiness lead to a class action suit against Apple that has finally paid out.

Don’t get any bright ideas about buying things like a new iPad with your chunk of the settlement. If you had a first-gen nano and were part of the class action, you will get $37.50.

Cypress iPhone accessory dev kit debuts

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 6th, 2010

If you fancy yourself a developer of accessories for the iPhone or iPod touch, you need the new Cypress Cy8CKIT-023 PSoC Expansion Board Kit for iPhone and iPod. The dev kit promises to make developing new hardware accessories for the devices easier.

The kit is a PSoC that includes the PSoC development board, processor module board, MiniProng 3 debug and evaluation device, and a prototyping cable kit. The Dev kit sells for $249.

Apple sells 300,000 iPads on Saturday

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 5th, 2010

There were some doubters, but most of us knew that Apple was going to sell a significant number of iPads when it launched. The iPad had a large number of pre-orders and many expected shortages of the device.

With Saturday come and gone, the iPad is official and Apple says it sold 300,000 of the devices Saturday. Reports say that most locations had stock even late in the day on Saturday indicating that Apple had enough iPads to meet demand.

Want an iPad this weekend? Try Milo

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 2nd, 2010

I can’t say that I have ever used online sources to find a product in a local store. Typically, I do research online and then wander around aimlessly to all the stores I think might have whatever it is until I find it.

If you want an iPad this weekend, the product search engine Milo is ready to help you out. Milo has issued a statement telling us all that you can hop over to its site, enter iPad as the search term, and then your zip code.

Apple 3D video glasses

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2010

Looks like Apple is getting into the 3d game too. And why not. Everyone is doing it, good idea or not. Apple has a patent application for a “Head-Mounted Display Apparatus For Retaining a Portable Electronic Device With Display”.

It was filed back in August of 2008 and the idea was that it would be a wearable display capable of streaming A/V content from a pocketable device. Like maybe, I don’t know, an iPod maybe? It would all be wireless and feature “stereoscopic imaging”.

iPad will also be sold at your local Apple Specialist retailer

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 1st, 2010

You would need to be under a rock to not know that the iPad is coming this weekend. If you have your heart set on one opening day, but didn’t pre-order you have a few options.

You can check out your local Best But location and hope to find one as we already know. However, I just got an email that claims all those smaller computer stores that are Apple Certified resellers will also have the iPad on hand this weekend.

Analyst predicts 2.5M iPads will sell in first quarter on market

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2010

The big day for Apple fans that have been anxiously waiting for the iPad to land is coming soon. This weekend the iPad will launch and geeks everywhere will be fiddling with the device.

The iPad is expected to sell robustly and one analyst predicts a huge number of sales for Apple. According to Analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley Apple will move 2.5 million iPads in the first quarter it is on the market.