If you’ve found it hard to stand on your two (give or take) feet for long at the Apple Store, thank heavens, Apple may have just what you need: an app which will let you browse while the powers that be crunch queue numbers. I may be taking liberty here; Appleinsider mention that the app will actually help you schedule Concierge appointments, Genius Bar drinks, and Pro Care surgery. A welcome step (and timely as my MacBook Pro will be going back for its _third_ surgery in less than 6 months) where users don’t have to bother with as many online steps. This is still in rumour status, but AI reckon that the source is better than spotty, so look for ward to: iQueue – APPointments
With the recurrent abundance of the Apple tablet rumours in the past few months, few doubt that the mystical product is soon to hit the market. The only thing that is still uncertain is “What the hell will it be EXACTLY?” Well, based on some recent rumours, I have a few thoughts to share.
Some people say that the only thing capable of travelling faster than the speed of light is rumors. And have I got a juicy one for you. Okay, maybe it’s not a completely new one, but is still more than worthy of attention. We’ve all heard of the iTablet, Apple supposed strike at the netbook market, a hardware which many hoped would debut at Apple’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event. Well, it seems we may not have to wait for much longer.
One of my favourite app developers is Takayuki Fukatsu, the legendary personage behind apps such as ToyCamera, SepiaCamera, and QuadCamera among others. His apps are solid, have real-world results, and are based on important photography and editing principles. TiltShift Generator (say that 5,5x fast) which hit the App Store on or around 27 August looks to be another great hit, and unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, is the #1 hit at Japan’s App Store. It also houses evidence that the iPod touch will indeed feature a camera (information after the gap).
Takaki Fukatsu, TiltShift Generator, 0.99$, 0.3 MB
In a startling discovery in my email inbox barely one hour ago, Steve Jobs personally reached out to LonePlacebo detailing the real truth behind the rumors swarming around the much-anticipated September 9th “Rock and Roll” event in San Francisco. Why he singled out LonePlacebo among hundreds of thousands of other well-known news station is beyond my understanding. Here now is the full and original copy of the message from Steve Jobs himself:
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Apps, pages and pages of apps! Aaaaaahhhh! It drives me maaad! Well, at least the process of organizing them does. And I bet I’m not the only one. And to think, how easy it would be if there was some kind of to do that from the PC. Well, it may be you’re in luck!
While other not so unknown companies scream that their mobile device is compliant with the dreaded two-letters, could there hidden depths to what the recently acclaimed “Jesus” phone can do? A rumour, that has been started on the other side of the globe in a small and insignificant (sic) country called China (original forum post translated link), is enough to rattle the brains of any iPhone follower and start questioning their faith in whether Apple really knows what they’re doing. Even more so if the rumor proves to be true. It appears that the iPhone 4G may come in 960*640 resolution, a number which works out to quadruple the resolution of the current 3GS.
Though the Chinese get all the credit, we reported that the 3GS is capable of HD playback in July via the file tranfer app, AirSharing 😉
It is Monday, not the strangest day for a release from Apple, but certainlky no Tuesday. In any case, the Store is down which can mean only one thing: a release. Whether it is Snow Leopard, an iPod touch, or something even less expected but more widelly rumoured — something perhaps like the Spanish Inquisition — no one is certain of which, but look for great things today.
Apple have updated the store to read that Snow Leopard will ship on 28 August (This Friday). I’ll be ordering my copy very soon. Again, Snow Leopard will be 29$ (USD) and invariably hiked at your non-US locale. About Snow Leopard.
Perhaps ‘me too’ is too harsh an evaluation for the large makers, Lenovo and Dell, two companies who are respective giants in the Windows world. Dell, like Apple, began its life in a garage and now is one of the largest corporations in the world and Lenovo, who took over for IBM in 2005, continue to produce high-quality notebooks and PC’s. So, the groundwork is laid; both companies are great PC makers – if you’re into that sort of thing. But when it comes to sex appeal – perhaps I should rephrase that – or lack of sex appeal, both companies would be better off burning their design books. Dell never shook the garage feel and carbon monoxide appearance from its company, which despite great sales, has yet to make anything which is universally sexy. Lenovo? Their largest shareholder at 27% is the government of China. Not saying that governments cannot be sexy, but the word alone sends shivers of grey down my spine.
According to Engadget, the elusive 3rd generation iPod touch has been caught on video. The culprit: Flickr user covinoandrich whose iPhone 3GS shot the entire shaky video! Perfectly timed, it is one of the best tease rumour tie-ins I have yet seen, catching Apple’s pre-launch preparations in full stride. What is especially especial about this video is that its source is an American, not a Chinese manufacturer or factory worker.
So, is this tremulous video, an account of the actual next iPod touch? Or, is it just a nice hack job put together to trick audiences? I am for the former, and the latter. The reason(s)? Why a mutilated iPod? If it was real, it would be oh so much more news worthy if the device was in use rather than being tossed about half-dissected. As it is, it looks like the remains of the hacking job. Also, if the unit is a prototype, how in the hell have scratches already appeared on the unit? It took mine a half-year to develop its first signs of ageing. Then again, I keep it in an iPod Sock. On the other hand, it coincides with earlier rumours spread from Chinese case manufacturers which place the camera in the top centre.