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.
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Good morning, and many salutations! A few exciting things happening around these parts. First, the Kansas State Wildcats are making their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1988. Huzzah. Things are a little bitter around here since iResQ is fully stocked with KU and Mizzou fans. More importantly- iResQ is now offering 1TB hard drive upgrades for the aluminum UniBody MacBook and UniBody MacBook Pro. If you’ve been syphoning off your movies and music to external drives or burning all your documents to DVDs, worry no longer. Now you can have your space and eat it to, so to speak. Check it out:
Dang, that’s a lot of space. And if you’re running Snow Leopard, it will actually read as 1000GB, unlike previous operating systems that assumed 1MB = 1024KB. Remember when it was unfathomable that anyone would use a whole gigabyte of storage? When I was nine my dad brought our first PC home and I was astounded at the 40MB of memory and the 133MHz processor. And with that processing force I played Pong and Number Munchers for hours. Wow.
Still anxiously awaiting the delivery of your iPad? Try this to pass the time- whenever you send an email to a friend or coworker, sign it “Sent from my iPad.” I’ve had a few of my friends start raving jealously, which is always fun. Patience, Apple fans. It’s almost here.
Monday, August 31st, 2009
Happy Monday morning, friends! Why should it be happy, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. The over-the-weekend reviews of Mac OS 10.6, while fewer than past iterations, are overwhelmingly positive! Users who waited in Apple store lines for Snow Leopard seemed to be thrilled with the new features, especially for a mere twenty-nine American dollars. And for that you get a more streamline OS, visual and practical improvements to apps like Safari and Quicktime, and a whole gaggle of new toys you developer-types are going to love.
In sadder news, The Kansas City Chiefs. That’s it. We Chiefs fans were excited about the prospect of a Herm-free Carl-free season, but it looks like our joy might be short-lived. With an offensive line that apparently has no concern for the safety of our QBs, a starting QB who’s injury is keeping him from starting, and now a fired offensive coordinator, I’m not sure if this season looks any brighter than last year’s two and fourteen debacle. But there’s always hope. In fact, with so much Change, I think there’s more Hope than ever, so I’m going to go ahead and declare that the official slogan of this season’s team. Seems like that worked somewhere before.
For you students out there, welcome back to another semester. Remember iResQ is here to meet all your MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPod and iPhone repair needs. Have a great week, and get ready for next week when the NFL season is full on. Pow.
P.S. I think I may have established a record for most hyphenated words in a single blog post. I’ll look into it post-haste.
Friday, August 28th, 2009
Today is the day! Many people all over the US are installing their Snow Leopard today. It will be interesting to see the general public’s reaction over the next few days. We’ll let you know once we have formed our own opinion.
On a much more somber note, R.I.P. Reading Rainbow. Today’s the last day that a new episode will ever be aired, according to this article. Thanks Reading Rainbow!
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
There’s a lot of stuff going on right now at iResQ – among those things:
1) Snow Leopard comes out Friday
2) The Chiefs have played 2 preseason games
3) College football starts in about a week and a half (Sept. 5 for me)
4) iResQ has a new featured employee
Jumping right in…
Snow Leopard! – That’s right, it comes out this Friday the 28th of August. You can bet that most of the employees here (myslef included) are currently making backups and preparing for the upgrade. Personally, I’ll take it slow and only put it on one computer for now as there are usually some inconvenient bugs in the newly released versions. Also, since iResQ is a member of the ACN (Apple Consultants Network), we’ll be getting a free copy sometime very soon. Thanks Apple!
Chiefs football – OK, so we’ve seen two games under the new regime of Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley. I am not weighing too heavily on the preseason games because I know the transition from terrible to playoffs will take at least a couple of years. It sounds like Haley is running a tight ship and does not tolerate people who aren’t there to work and do thier jobs — I like the concept; let’s see how it plays out over this season.
College football – It’s no secret around the office that I am a Missouri Tiger fan. I went to college there and even though I live and work in Kansas, I will always be a Tiger fan. We do have at least one other Tiger fan in the office (the infamous Keith), but I won’t go into too much detail on the Tigers. Let’s just hope they continue to dominate (yep I said it) the big 12 North.
Nic Besel is our new iResQ featured employee – and you can click on that link to check out his profile that was posted yesterday.
No new coupons to give out today, but you can still scroll down and check out Mick’s last post if you want to save some cash this summer. Back to work for me, that’s all for now!
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