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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.

Apple adds “Gift This App” option to app store

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

One thing that has been missing from the App Store since it debuted was a way to pay for apps to give as gifts to other users. The only way to do it was to get the user a gift card before. Apple has added a new gift option to the App Store.

The option is found in the drop down menu beside the buy button. When you hit the Gift this App option you enter the persons mane and email that you want to give the app to.

Apple pulling all protective screen film products from stores

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

You can choose from a bunch of protective screen films at Apple’s online or retail stores, but probably not for much longer. iLounge is reporting that Apple will stop selling all protective screen film products starting in May.

That includes film-only products and cases that have a protective film built into them. Apple hasn’t given any reason and hasn’t even confirmed it yet, but ironically the most popular iPod “case” in the Apple Store right now is a protective film for the iPod touch. Go figure.

Apple sues HTC over 20 patents

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

Apple has announced that it is filing a lawsuit against HTC over the alleged infringement of about 20 patents that cover critical aspects of touch phones, like hardware, software and touch-display control. Some question whether the lawsuit is actually meant to send Google a message. But maybe it’s against the entire smartphone industry and it’s just Apple showing their teeth.

Apple should probably be more worried about Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 Series since it has such a nice user interface and all. Basically it’s just business as usual as everybody tries to gain some breathing room in this turf war.

iTunes Sells 10 billionth song

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Love or hate Apple, no one can deny that Jobs and his team can make and market a product. The company has the most popular music store around and sells more apps than anyone else sells as well.

Apple has announced that the 10 billionth song has been sold via the iTunes store. The song that made the historic 10 billionth purchase was “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash. The track was purchased by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia.

iPad to hit pre-sale this week?

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 22nd, 2010

If you are one of the many that plans on buying an iPad the day it hits the store a new rumor is circulating that you will like. According to the rumor, the iPad is going up for pre-sale soon.

The pre-sale date is said to be as soon as February 25, which is this week. The iPad is set to launch officially on March 29, about a month out now. The rumor comes from AppAdvice who cites a reliable source familiar with the matter.

Geek offers broken stair from Apple Store on eBay

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 22nd, 2010

I think Forest’s mom was right when she said stupid is as stupid does. It’s pretty stupid to abscond with a 250-pound glass stair from the fancy staircase in the flagship Apple Store on 5th Ave in NYC. How exactly you would get it out of the store is an interesting question.

An auction over on eBay has said stair for sale by the guy who admits to nabbing it before the Apple workers could throw it away. The guy says it was cracked when a bottle was dropped on it and replaced. Said stairs allegedly cost $10,000 each.