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Feb 6, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Mac OS X 10.6.3 Public Release Soon?

Mac OS X 10.6.3 may be headed for public release soon. Sources close to Apple have revealed that the company has recently seeded a new version of 10.6.3 to developers.

What can you expect in the new version of Mac OS X? Well, it basically seems to fix a lot of inherent bugs in the earlier version. MacRumors tells us what the major enhancements and bug fixes will be in the following areas

  • QuickTime X
  • 64 bit Logic
  • OpenGL
  • Printing

The article also claims that Apple has not detected any new bugs in the version which means that a public release is expected soon.

[via Mac Rumors]

Feb 5, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Pegatron To Manufacture iPhone 4G – Not Foxconn?

Apple might have possibly replaced iPhone’s OEM for earlier versions, Foxconn Electronics with Pegatron Technology for the manufacture of the next generation of iPhone. This was reported by Taiwan publication, DigiTimes.

According to industry sources, Pegatron’s deal with Apple might already have been secured and the launch of the device is likely to be in late summer or fall of this year.

There has been a lot of anticipation over the next gen iPhone which is expected to be a “world phone” capable of running on both GSM and CDMA technology. While Qualcomm failed to deliver this technology for the iPad that was released earlier this year, a hybrid version is much anticipated on the new iPhone model though.

If these rumors are true, then it raises questions about why Apple broke its partnership with Foxconn. The Taiwan based company still holds the contract to manufacture Apple’s Mac, iPods and the soon to be launched iPad.

[via DigiTimes]

Feb 5, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple To Let Push-Button Based Location Sharing Feature On iPhone?

There are patents aplenty on letting users know if any of their friends are in their vicinity based on GPS information. While that is certainly cool, it is not particularly useful. Here is a nifty new feature that one might get to see in future versions of the iPhone.

In a fresh patent filed recently at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has described a technology that will help users send their location details to their friends at the push of a button. Alternatively, users may also request for location information from their friends.

This can be pretty useful if one of your friends is lost or feels the GPS is not particularly helpful. With a lot of location related patents being filed by Apple of late, it is to be seen how the company plans to integrate all these services into one comprehensive location tool. It will be interesting if we get to see some of this in iPhone OS 4.0.

[via Patently Apple]

Feb 2, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Working On Second Tablet Device

The iPad is touted as a bigger version of the iPhone. Now it looks like a smaller version of the Mac could also be in the works. TechCrunch reports second hand sources as revealing that Apple could possibly be working on a second tablet device which, unlike the iPad, would tend to serve as a laptop substitute.

While not much information is available regarding this device, it is speculated that this new tablet will have a much bigger screen; around 15.4″ and could run on Mac OS X. TechCrunch further writes in that the device is likely to be demoed during the WWDC event in June of this year and could be launched before the end of the year.

We still have our doubts regarding this – Primarily, Apple is a kind of company that would like to get more things under the company’s control. With a Mac OS X powered tablet, the company could be losing out on vital revenues that the company could otherwise be making from app sales. However, this could also be a contingency device that could be launched if any of Apple’s competitors launch rival tablets that are much more open compared to the iPad and hence rake in market share.

What are your thoughts on this?

Jan 29, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Is iPad Coming With Flash After All?

As Steve Jobs went about unveiling his latest creation on stage, the world collectively groaned about the non-availability of vital features like the camera and Flash.

Now looks like there is still hope for those who badly want to see Flash on the iPad. At least, there is some solace. The official iPad video demoed on the Apple website showcases an iPad that actually renders Flash.

In the video which is embedded below (check out 02:08), the user launches the New York Times website which launches seamlessly. Interestingly, two sections of the website; Travel and Video are built on Flash which means those two sections should not be ideally rendered on an iPad.

Could this be a fudged job? Folks at 9to5Mac think otherwise. They write

“Normally, we’d say that Apple simply did the renders in the Mac version of Safari and just CG’ed it into the video. However, you can see the page rendering and being resolution independent as well, so it is likely being done on an iPad. Note the iPad simulator in Dev Tools also doesn’t render Flash.”

We really are not sure whether to be skeptical on this one. But in any case, Apple decides to bring in Flash at the last moment, we would just say that they are always welcome.

[via 9to5Mac]

Jan 29, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

iPad Originally Priced At $399?

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on Wednesday, everyone expected the price to touch $999. But to everyone’s astonishment, the price was nearly halved and the starting price was announced as $499 – something that got the world applauding.

However, it now appears that the original price of the iPad was supposed to only be $399. ValleyWag reports that people close to the product were caught offguard when an additional $100 were added to the final price. It is not clear if this rumor is true and if it is, why Apple chose to increase the price at the last moment.

ValleyWag proceeds to reveal that the initial rumor of $999 was also spread by Apple’s marketing team to keep the competitors guessing. What do you think? Do you see any truth in these rumors?

[via ValleyWag]

Jan 27, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

iPhone OS To Be Renamed iOS?

The iPhone OS is Apple’s Operating system that drives not just the iPhone, but also iPod touch. Now with Apple Tablet on the verge of being unveiled, yet another device running the iPhone OS is on the cards.

Apparently, among the several announcements scheduled for the media event that is to happen in a few hours from now is one that the iPhone OS could be renamed as iOS to better reflect the diversity of devices running the software.

We have absolutely no info on the veracity of these claims. Folks at MacDailyNews are pointing to a video grab that points towards this, but then, with so many rumors and speculations surrounding the event, it is pretty possible that this one too is fake. Watch the video and let us know what you think.

[via MacDailyNews]

Jan 26, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Price of iPad : $600 With Contract, $999 Unsubsidized? [Updated]

Update: The prices have been announced. First of all, there is NO contract. You may cancel your AT&T plans anytime.

16GB iPad with Wi-Fi is priced at $499. The 32Gb and 64Gb come priced at $599 and $699. On top of this is $130 for 3G. So, the most expensive iPad will be the 64GB device with 3G : $829

Original Post follows

The Apple Tablet is most likely to be priced at around $500-$600 with contract and $999 without one. This comes from Media Markt which is among the biggest electronics store in Germany; much like the Best Buy is to US.

An inadvertent posting on the company’s twitter account which has since then been deleted reads

Apple iPad – Ab 01. Marz bei Ihrem Media Markt fur nur 499,- Euro im T-Mobile Complete L Vertrag (sonst 899,- Euro)

An interesting confirmation is that the device will in fact be called the iPad. Another is an indication that the device will go on sale from March 1; something that was speculated to be impossible because of component supply shortage.

The speculation appears to be strongly likely considering the credibility of the source. What do you make of this? Is $600 with contract what you had hoped for? Tell us in the comments.

[via MacRumors]

Jan 25, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Tablet To Run iPhone OS 3.2?

In the past two months, we must have heard a gazillion rumors and speculations about the upcoming Apple Tablet. One of the more ‘confirmed’ among these was that the Tablet could be running on the iPhone OS 4.0 which was also expected to be part of the announcement scheduled for Wednesday.

It now appears that the Tablet might not come with the 4.0 operating system after all. Flurry, the mobile analytics company has recently revealed that their system was able to track app usage from around 50 devices that had all the characteristics of the upcoming Apple Tablet. All this usage which was tracked from Apple’s Cupertino office pointed to the use of iPhone OS 3.2 and not 4.0 as earlier thought.

What could this mean? Well, for starters, this means that there could possibly mean that the Tablet’s operating system would not be too different from the iPhone’s; which also means that the Tablet will not be a direct substitute for the Mac since unlike Mac OS X, the iPhone’s current operating system does not let you use any application of your choice.

However, the OS being a 3.2 version, it could possibly mean that all the 130K+ applications available for download on the App Store will be seamlessly accessible from the Tablet, which is still a great news.

What do you make of this?

[Flurry via VentureBeat]

Jan 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Working On Deal With Electronic Arts?

With less than five days to go for the unveiling of the Apple Tablet, rumors are flying thick and fast about all the things that the Tablet could be capable of. We already have heard about the negotiations that Cupertino has been having with book publishers like Harper Collins.

Now,we are also hearing that further discussions are on with the popular game developer, Electronic Arts who are well known for their EA Sports series of games. According to a report published on the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on an agreement that will see the company showing off the Tablet’s gaming capabilities with games developed by Electronic Arts.

It will be interesting how Apple plans to market these varied applications. We had speculated if the company would launch an eBook store in order to cater to the different publishers. But with news about this deal out, it is likely that eBooks be sold as yet another application on the App Store. This is because iPhone OS 4.0 is assumed to let scalable applications that will work seamlessly across small sized screens like the iPhone as well as on the Tablet. In that case, a single App Store for all devices make sense.

However, considering the fact that games on the Tablet would be much more graphic intensive than those on iPhones, it will be interesting how Apple plans to tackle the issue. Will the user require to purchase the same EA Sports game separately for the iPhone and the Tablet? We hope not.

[via WSJ]