Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
The new iPhone is here! The new iPhone is here! As most of you probably know from following the slew of technoblog updates and watching the Jony Ive video the iPhone 5 was officially launched by Apple today during Tim Cook’s keynote speech. Here are the highlights in case you missed it:
Larger hi-resolution display! For the first time since the iPhone’s initial launch the Apple design team has increased the size of the display to four inches. It’s now taller for increased iOS content space, or wider for watching video. It’s still the prettiest display available on a phone.
Increased data speeds! I know, I know. LTE isn’t exactly new by this point and the iPhone 4S probably should have had it integrated already, but it’s nice to see Apple delivering where consumers were demanding it. Also, WiFi is going to attain 802.11n speeds of up to 150Mbps.
A6 Chip! Super fast processing, up to twice as fast as its predecessor according to Apple. Moving on.
8 Megapixel camera and Panorama! Check out the photos for yourself.
Maps! Siri! iOS 6! The maps look good, and I can’t wait to play around with the new iOS. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more over the next few weeks about how smoothly the new software works with the new design. And if people are really as bothered by the new dock connector as was expected. So long, 30 pins.
If you haven’t watched the keynote, check it out soon when Apple posts the whole thing. Have a great week everyone, and get yourself in line for the new toy.
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.
Friday, April 20th, 2012
Ever since AppleInsider reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Valve headquarters last week, the rumor mills were abuzz. The implications of a partnership between these two companies would be as big as it gets in the video game industry. Valve is mainly known as a video game developer and for its Steam network which serves as a video game platform which allows both PC and Mac users to download a vast library of games. To put it simply, Valve holds a lot of clout in the video game industry.
Valve has already been involved in recent rumors this year including one in particular that said Valve is currently developing a hardware video game console to rival the Xbox 360 and the PS3. When you bring Apple in the mix, things get crazy. Could Valve be working directly with Apple to develop a new console or even partner with Apple to help develop Apple’s new TV set with Steam bundled in?
I hate to burst your bubble, though, as a recent podcast preview on Kotaku revealed that Tim Cook actually did not visit Valve’s headquarters. All of this seems to be made up. Nonetheless, we all know that Apple, who for a long time spurned the video game industry, is now fully embracing that medium as not only valid, but highly profitable. Games are garnering Apple an enormous amount of income through the app store. As more and more people own iPhones, more games are being downloaded and played. You might catch a fellow commuter playing a game of Angry Birds on the train to work. You may have even witnessed them drop their iPhone and crack their screen in the process; you know where to go for an iPhone screen repair dont you 😉
Summing things up, although Apple may or may not be partnering up with Valve, Apple is in the video game market and they are here to stay.
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Well we’re a week into 2012 and there’s not a ton to report. Not news: it’s January and it’s cold. Actually in the midwest it hasn’t been that cold, but this morning’s twenty-six degrees was frigid enough. Also not news: The NFL playoffs kicked off this weekend. I think someone at NBC, CBS or FOX made a mistake because I couldn’t find the Chiefs anywhere on TV. I’ll have to try next week, I guess. Pseudo-news: the iPad 3 rumors are a’churning. Apple has a few media events coming up, so we can probably expect at least one of the following three announcements.
First, and perhaps most exciting for rural/smaller market Apple fans (I’m looking at you North Dakota), Apple should be unveiling their plans for installing Apple retail mini-stores within Target stores already in place similar to those running within Best Buy stores currently. This may not be a big deal for those of us who can stroll into the multiple Apple stores within our respective metro areas, but I’ve had countless conversations with customers who have driven two or more hours to browse before they buy a MacBook Pro, iPod or iPad. Journey no more, friends. A retail store is coming to a Target near you.
Second, Apple TV rumors. Actually, it’s probably still too soon to hear anything from Cook and Co. regarding the third generation of the Apple TV, which consumers are expecting to cast off its five year misnomer and be an actual TV. But you can keep the buzz alive until we do hear something official.
Third, the iPad 3(D?). Again, perhaps I’m wishing too soon. Though 3D technology isn’t yet at the point where it will be completely accessible to the masses on a portable device like the iPad, there should be some improvements from the beloved iPad 2. Most of what I’ve heard regards the cameras, both of which should be improved. It sounds like the iPad 2 will remain in stores at a discounted price point as well, much like the iPhones 4 and 4s. As always, stay tuned for more.
Have a great week everybody. Especially you, Broncos/Tebow fans. Shortest overtime in NFL history. Let’s take another look, I think:
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Well, the dust has been gradually settling from the departure of Steve Jobs, and his memorial service/celebration can be viewed on Apple.com. You may have noticed that retail stores were closed briefly so all employees could observe the memorial. Said Apple CEO Tim Cook:
“The last two weeks for me have been the saddest in my life by far. But I know Steve. And Steve would have wanted this cloud to lift for Apple and our focus to return to the work that he loved so much. So it’s with that spirit, that we wanted to get the entire company together today to celebrate Steve’s extraordinary life and many accomplishments he had across his life.”
Too right, Tim. The last few decades wouldn’t have been the same without him.
Speaking of the last few decades, today marks a special and slightly unusual anniversary in the history of professional sports. Twenty five years ago today, this happened:
Surely a day that lives in New England infamy. I might feel bad if, since that day, Boston hadn’t won two World Series, three Superbowls, a Stanley Cup and an NBA championship. So no complaining.
Have a great week everyone, and be safe this Halloween weekend. Kudos if any of you are going as Mookie Wilson.
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