Monday, June 11th, 2012
In case you missed the WWDC announcements today, here’s a brief review of what Cook and Co. revealed today about the new notebooks, OS and iOS:
Item 1. Siri has a sense of humor. The Conference apparently opened with a round of jokes from the automated robot lady iPhone voice.
Item 2. MacBook Airs got a nice speed bump that now ranges from 1.7GHz to 2.0GHz. Prices still start at $999.
Item 3. The MacBook Pro now has a RETINA DISPLAY! 220ppi, and a thinner display that translates to .71 in for the whole notebook. Huzzah!. It also has a faster Quad-core i5 or i7 processor, USB 2 and 3 ports on each side, and two thunderbolt ports! The only downside appears to be that the Retina Display model starts at $2199. All things considered, that’s actually a good value for all it does, but your average consumer isn’t going to put up that kind of scratch on a whim.
Item 4. Mountain Lion. Not being a fan of Lion so far, I can’t say I’m particularly excited about the slow and inevitable demise of the desktop format as we know it. Then again, Snow Leopard was a whole lot more streamlined than Leopard, so maybe OS 10.8 will be a big improvement over the awkward 10.7. For those of you who love Siri on your iPhone 4S (now 40% more hilarious!) may appreciate Dication, the new voice-recognition feature in Mountain Lion. Get ready to verbally Tweet everything you see!
Item 4b. Mountain Lion will be available in July and is only $19.99!
Item 5. iOS. Siri has been upgraded (did I mention she TELLS JOKES?) and now can give you more information than ever, including and expanded knowledge base of sports stats and restaurant and movie reviews. Maybe she can explain to me why so many people still like Donnie Darko. But I digress. Apple has also made the move into automotive technology by integrating Siri straight into the dashboard of your BMW, Mercedes, GM, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Toyota, Honda or Chrysler. Oh, and also your iPad.
Item 6. Saving the
best reasonably anticipated for last, Facebook is built into iOS 6. For those of us who have maintained our wall of introverted resistance against Facebook, this is not news. But I’m excited for the rest of you.
Item 7. All sorts of updates on the phone App. Do Not Disturb mode, text auto-replies, and FaceTime over data. Win for personal communication, loss for car accident statistics
Item 8. Speaking of car accidents, iOS Maps now has turn by turn navigation and has been more or less completely rewritten to stick it to Google. It looks like they’ve somehow managed to take a step ahead of the incumbent Google in terms of 3D mapping. I haven’t seen any Apple streetview cars driving around though. Perhaps there’s more to come.
That looks like it’s about it from the West coast today, everybody. Check out the whole conference later today at apple.com. And have a great week.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
With all of this talk about the iPad 3, any news about the iPhone 4S and iOS 5.1 seems to have been eclipsed. Let’s remember that Apple is more than likely going to announce more than just the iPad 3. This event is going to be big. We may hear something about the next iteration of the Apple TV, new Macbook Pro models, or even (gasp) the Apple TV!! Ok, maybe not the Apple TV but who knows?
Among the topics that Apple may discuss is iOS 5.1. Seeing iOS 5.1 in more detail is going to be great. There are many reasons to be excited about iOS 5.1. While iOS 5.1 may initially be available only for the iPad 3, rest assured, when its the iPhone 4S’ turn to receive the iOS 5.1 update, it will take full advantage of it. A more capable Siri? Yes please! Apple has done an amazing job updating its mobile platform with each iteration.
So before selling or throwing out that cracked or broken iPod Touch or iPhone 3G S, iResQ can repair it for you to get it ready for the new iOS. Remember, we just reduced prices on iPhone 4S repairs dramatically. iPhone 4S Screen repairs are at a record low of $99.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Did anyone else feel a little weird watching a keynote led by someone besides Steve Jobs? I know it’s happened a few times in the last couple years as his health declined, but before there was always a sense that it was a hiatus and he’d be back for the next one. The permanence this time around was almost uncomfortable. Tim Cook is a decent guy I’m sure, and he knows what he’s talking about and where the company is going, but the keynote lacked a certain… flair. Ado. Pomp and circumstance. But hey, there’s a new iPhone, so who cares?
The iPhone 4S has a couple of new features which are pretty cool, but the killer update is the new iOS 5. With fresh touches like complete wireless functionality, Airplay Mirroring, an improved Safari and iMessages (which eliminates the need to use standard text messaging), this iOS is truly the best iOS yet. I know, I know, I sound like a corporate shill. But it really is that next step forward that Apple needed to smooth the creases of the segue into a nearly Jobs-free existence.
Speaking of the device itself, there isn’t a ton of new stuff to get excited about. It’s great that there’s one device for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T instead of different hardware for each carrier, and the upgraded camera will look good. The thing that I’ve heard people buzzing about most however is the addition of Siri voice recognition. I just hope you can change the voice of the magical genie inside that knows everything, because the one they used in the promo is one of the most obnoxious things I’ve ever heard. It kind of sounded like the baby Jesus from that SNL Nativity commercial parody:
Before too long you’ll be hearing the echos of Siri’s voice on every street corner giving directions to the nearest Starbucks or Chipotle. Well friends, if the worst case scenario becomes your reality and you drop your new 4S (or someone drops it for you), we’re here as always to help. As of the product launch we’re ready to fix any iPhone you can throw at us.
Have a super week, everyone. October 14 is almost here.
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