Mac App Store Rumor False – Steve Jobs Clarifies

A couple of days back, we had a shocker of a rumor that claimed that Apple could soon be integrating its Mac OS X platform to the iTunes store so that only Apple approved software could be downloaded and installed on the platform.

Steve Jobs has now clarified that this is plainly a rumor and there is no truth to it. At least it appears so as we obviously cannot vouch for the authenticity of an email that transpired between a Mac user and Steve Jobs.

To a question, “There’s a rumor saying there will be a Mac App Store and no software without authorization from Apple will run on Mac OS X. Is that true?“, Steve Jobs has comprehensively answered that this will not be the case.

Mac App Store Rumor

[via MacStories]

iPhone OS 4.0 To Be Unveiled On April 8

This was something totally unexpected. Apple has been sending invitations to selected folks for a media event to offer a sneak peek into the next generation iPhone operating system. The invitation reads, “Get a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS” with a ‘4’ in the background.

We are not sure if a launch date for the same would be announced. That is unlikely considering that would also mean the launch date of iPhone 4G will then be out. However, this could possibly be the shortest time between the launch of one version of the iPhone OS and a sneak peek into the next. The latest version of the iPhone OS, the iPhone OS 3.2 was just launched with the iPad last Saturday.

What do you think is going to be special on the new iPhone OS? There are indications that the next gen iPhone could be called iPhone HD. If that is so, do expect a lot of “revolutionary” and “magical” in Steve Jobs‘ speech this week.

[via BGR]

iAd – Apple’s Own Advertising Platform

After ranting endless about Google treading on Apple territory with its launch of Android OS and Nexus One,  Steve Jobs is learnt to be working on launching “the next big thing” – a mobile advertising platform tentatively named iAd.

According to reports on the MediaPost, the new mobile advertising platform is expected to be built on top of Quattro Wireless – the mobile ad network that Apple acquired for close to $300 million early this year. An announcement regarding this is expected to be made on April 7th.

This could be the next big segment where Apple and Google will go head-to-head. Steve Jobs has been earlier reported to be feeling “betrayed” after Google launched its own mobile platform competing against the iPhone OS. Unlike Apple’s predominantly American audience, Google has a terrific presence globally and that is expected to help Mountain View in winning this battle against Apple in the long term.

[via Media Post]

Universal Mailbox Coming To iPhone Soon

Steve Jobs is pretty popular (infamous?) for his characteristic one word replies to emails – but at least he still replies. In a recent email sent to Jobs by one Julio Rodriguez, the Apple CEO has confirmed that a universal mailbox could soon be coming to the iPhone. Rodriguez had asked,

“Anyway, I just have one question for you; will iPhone ever have a universal mailbox just like Mail has on my Mac? It would be so much easier and efficient.”

Steve Jobs wrote back,

Sent from my iPad”

[via The Next Web]

Protective Screen Covers For iPhone No Longer For Sale?

Apple is contemplating a move to stop the sale of protective films and covers for the iPhone from the Apple Stores. The move, it is said, is to allay concerns that the iPhone screen is vulnerable and not rugged enough.

According to reports on the iLounge, “the ban will impact all forms of screen film, including completely clear film, anti-glare film, and mirrored film, regardless of whether the purpose of the film is protective, decorative, or both.

To be fair, the latest generation of Apple devices do include an oil-resistant coating. However, Apple’s decision to ban the sale of all kinds of accessory coverings appears to be more of a marketing gimmick to sell the ruggedness of the iDevice than anything else.

I wonder what it would be like if Steve Jobs had dropped his iPad and got the screen cracked wide open while demoing it.

[via iLounge]

Where Are Stocks, Calculator And Weather Apps On iPad?

Do you regularly use the iPhone’s Stocks app to check on the market? How about doing those simple math calculations over the iPhone Calculator app? If you are planning to get the iPad, remember that you may no longer be having these apps on the new tablet device.

First and foremost, these are not the hottest apps on the iPhone. In fact, there are several third party apps that do a better job. Secondly, we all knew that these apps are not on the HomeScreen the day the iPad was unveiled. However, there were numerous speculations over why they were missing. Some suggested that these apps may be put up on the App Store, a-la iBooks for users to download only if they need it. Another group of users saw hints of multitasking coming to the iPad whereby these “minor apps” may be relegated to a Mac-esque dashboard that can invoked with hot keys.

It now seems that neither of these theories is true. John Gruber from Daring Fireball cites close inside sources as having told him that these apps have been removed for good from the iPad because Steve Jobs didn’t like them there. Gruber writes

“It’s not that Apple couldn’t just create bigger versions of these apps and have them run on the iPad. It wasn’t a technical problem, it was a design problem. There were, internally to Apple (of course), versions of these apps (or at least some of them) with upscaled iPad-sized graphics, but otherwise the same UI and layout as the iPhone versions. Ends up that just blowing up iPhone apps to fill the iPad screen looks and feels weird, even if you use higher-resolution graphics so that nothing looks pixelated. So they were scrapped by you-know-who.”

So praise the Jobs for being fair and neutral..It’s not just the third party app developers who have been facing the axe of late.

[Daring Fireball via Wired]

iPad Wi-Fi Pre-Order In USA Starting On February 25th

The iPad is not scheduled to arrive anytime before March 27th. During the unveiling of the device at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts, Steve Jobs had promised to bring the device within 60 days of the announcement.

Now, rumors are doing the rounds that pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only model of the iPad could start as early as this week. According to sources that folks at App Advice have spoken to, the pre-orders for US customers could begin on February 25.  Deliveries could happen in a month’s time.

We are not very enthused by this rumor and so would advice you to take this with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, tell us. Will you be pre-ordering if the rumors are true?

[via App Advice]

Hulu To Be Available On iPad

Steve Jobs’ hate for Adobe Flash had Hulu fans worried that their favorite online destination might not be made available on the soon-to-be launched Apple iPad. However, a recent blog post on TechCrunch notes that Hulu could soon be releasing an iPad friendly version of their website.

As you would know, iPad doesn’t run Flash and the Hulu player runs on Flash player. Fortunatly though, the back end of the site is encoded in H.264 format which is supported by iPad. It is now being rumored that Hulu would be working on reformatting the front end in order to make the site viewable on the iPad.

This move could be a huge blow to Adobe which might have expected incompatibility of sites such as Hulu on the iPad would mean Apple would have to relent sooner than later to make Flash available on their iPhone OS platforms.

As for Hulu, no timeline is known for when the changes would be implemented though it is expected to be rolled out before the iPad launches in March.

[via TechCrunch]

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]

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]