TouchMyApps » WWDC http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Apple’s WWDC 2010 Keynote video now online http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/08/apples-wwdc-2010-keynote-video-now-online/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/08/apples-wwdc-2010-keynote-video-now-online/#comments Tue, 08 Jun 2010 18:12:43 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34245 Yesterday, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 4 to the world during the WWDC keynote event. Aside for the all-new design, the iPhone 4 will feature the A4 Chip (same snappy chip used in the iPad), HD Recording, Video Chat, the Retina Display (which packs 4x the resolution of the 3GS) and much more.  For those … Read more]]>

Yesterday, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 4 to the world during the WWDC keynote event. Aside for the all-new design, the iPhone 4 will feature the A4 Chip (same snappy chip used in the iPad), HD Recording, Video Chat, the Retina Display (which packs 4x the resolution of the 3GS) and much more.  For those of you who missed out on some or all of the event highlights, Apple have now uploaded the entire keynote for your viewing pleasure. Alternatively, you can download it as a video podcast via itunes and enjoy it on your iPhone/iPod Touch or iPad.

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Post WWDC-Woe: Apple’s MacBook Pro’s SATA Interface Downgraded http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/17/post-wwdc-woe-apples-macbook-pros-sata-interface-downgraded/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/17/post-wwdc-woe-apples-macbook-pros-sata-interface-downgraded/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2009 04:00:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13546 In an effort to stem the high prices of its laptop line, Apple announced overhauled MacBool Pro models. The series received the most immediately noticeable upgrade in a return to a smaller form factor which has long been overdue. The 12 inch PowerBook replacement received these updates over its prior incarnation as a mere MacBook: … Read more]]>
The Face of the Future, A Dumbed-down, Limited-use Future.

The Face of the Future, A Dumbed-down, Limited-use Future.

In an effort to stem the high prices of its laptop line, Apple announced overhauled MacBool Pro models. The series received the most immediately noticeable upgrade in a return to a smaller form factor which has long been overdue. The 12 inch PowerBook replacement received these updates over its prior incarnation as a mere MacBook: a MacBook Pro quality screen, the reintroduction of a FireWire port and an SD card port. However, the 15-inch model was made redundant. Unless you need the speakers and the larger screen, there is no reason to opt for the more expensive middling model.

Indeed, it lost its second GPU, Express Card slot and recently, it has been uncovered that the SATA interface that controls internal bus speeds was downgraded to 1.5 G from the earlier supported 3.0 Gbit/second. Almost unanimously, Apple have thrashed its MacBook Pro line with cuts on prices, performance and expandability.

[via Computerworld]

For more articles on the MacBook line, check below:
Apple’s Troubled Laptop Line

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Updated: OS 3.0 Available in Canada http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/17/os-30-available-in-canada/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/17/os-30-available-in-canada/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:31:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13461 Just watching a re-make of the Babylon 5 pilot episode (not really that good at all) and I got this tidbit when my iPod Touch plugged in for a bit of juice. According to iTunes, the download can take up to 30 minutes on a ‘typical broadband connection’. After agreeing to the upgrade, I had … Read more]]>

news-iphoneos30Just watching a re-make of the Babylon 5 pilot episode (not really that good at all) and I got this tidbit when my iPod Touch plugged in for a bit of juice. According to iTunes, the download can take up to 30 minutes on a ‘typical broadband connection’. After agreeing to the upgrade, I had to agree to two sets of rules and regulations, but things are going smoothly.

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The actual update is 257,8 MB and my connection estimates the file to be downloaded in 6 minutes. AppBank updated their iPod Touches earlier today, but the update was voided. I am hoping that the Canadian servers follow dates better. Anyway, get it while its hot. Remember to look at the 3.0 announcements to see what will be updated. Many app makers are updating their software to work with 3.0, so it may be everyone’s best interest to update.

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Mail.appのlandscapeは動いているみたい

That said, there is no harm in waiting. First generation software can be as malignant as first generation hardware. So far, preliminary browsing shows all functions intact, but with landscape mail working as well as: spotlight! Just swipe to the right from your home screen and the Spotlight function will pop up. This is the OS we should have had at first!

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Safari 4 – New, Fast, Friendly and Fastened http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/09/safari-4-new-fast-friendly-and-fastened/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/09/safari-4-new-fast-friendly-and-fastened/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2009 10:09:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12688 Despite the lamentable changes in the laptop line, WWDC brought excitement to the scene with great announcements about Snow Leopard, iPhone OS 3.0 and a the new, faster iPhone 3GS. In all the rush of news and disappointments, it would be easy to forget that Safari 4, Apple’s latest version of their svelte web browser … Read more]]>

news-safari-4Despite the lamentable changes in the laptop line, WWDC brought excitement to the scene with great announcements about Snow Leopard, iPhone OS 3.0 and a the new, faster iPhone 3GS. In all the rush of news and disappointments, it would be easy to forget that Safari 4, Apple’s latest version of their svelte web browser emerged from beta to greet eager downloaders last evening.

Sporting a re-designed interface and a new nomenclature, the new Safari crams 150 new features under its digital bonnet. Among these are speed and accessibility upgrades as well as a re-vamped bookmarking system and user interface. Security too has been battened down to protect users from the ever more adventurous malware coders. Take a look at the entire list innovations. I’ll be downloading now.

Other WWDC coverage:
Apple’s Troubled Laptop Line – WWDC Sealed the fate of the 15 inch MacBook Pro
WWDC’s Keynote Speech is over – What Do You Think of OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS?
Apple’s 2009 WWDC – Rundown of the Big Event (iPhone OS 3.0 – New iPhone 3GS)
Thoughts on WWDC – Why Apple Have to Make 2009 Count
Apple 2009 WWDC – 2nd Time is a Charm?

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Updated: Apple’s Troubled Laptop Line – WWDC Sealed the fate of the 15 inch MacBook Pro http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/09/apples-troubled-laptop-line-wwdc-sealed-the-fate-of-15-inch-macbook-pro/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/09/apples-troubled-laptop-line-wwdc-sealed-the-fate-of-15-inch-macbook-pro/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2009 08:28:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12666 The MacBook Pro has suffered serious setbacks since its 2008 redesign. The combined insult of a glossy glass screen and removal of the firewire 400 port was reason enough to skip the 15 inch model in favour of the cheaper plastic MacBook. But the new 15-inch line as updated at WWDC is the worst line … Read more]]>

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The MacBook Pro has suffered serious setbacks since its 2008 redesign. The combined insult of a glossy glass screen and removal of the firewire 400 port was reason enough to skip the 15 inch model in favour of the cheaper plastic MacBook. But the new 15-inch line as updated at WWDC is the worst line of laptops from the Cupertino company in a long time. Below is the spec list from the new 15-inch machines.

  • 1699$. 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM – NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 250GB HD, Firewire 800, Glossy Screen, SD Card Port, 2 USB, Optical line in/Out
  • 1999$. 2.66 GHz, 4 GB RAM – NVIDIA GeForce GT, 320GB HD. Firewire 800, Glossy Screen, SD Card Port, 2 USB, Optical line in/Out
  • 2299$. 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM – NVIDIA GeForce GT, 500 GB HD. Firewire 800, Glossy Screen, SD Card Port, 2 USB, Optical line in/Out

Built to Order (BTO) options:

  • Upgrade to 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
  • Upgrade to 8 GB RAM
  • Upgrade to 500 GB HDD or 256 GB SSD

This information was covered in the first section of Apple’ WWDC Keynote.

The 15-inch model (which has been the most popular in the MacBook Pro/PowerBook line) is now situated between a rock (the 17 inch which suffers nothing except the lack of Firewire 400) and a hard place (the cheaper and much more attractively sized MacBook Pro 13 inch). First impressions will reveal a cheaper price-tag. In the same breath, it has lost dual nVidia graphics and an Express Card slot. In other words, Apple are not ready to reduce pricing without reducing their overall profit margin. Users who want the extra connectivity will have to reach for the expensive and unwieldy 17 inch model that is neither portable, nor travel friendly and with a premium of 50$ charged for a non-glossy display, cost-ineffective.

Let me explain why removal of these items is a mistake. The Express Card slot was an extra bay that MacBook Pro users could employ to add extra storage, peripheral and connectivity to their laptops. In other words, they could use an SD card via the Express Card expansion. Or, the more often professionally-used Compact Flash cards. e-Sata drives, high end music peripherals – anything, even internal high-speed SSD drivers were a possibility. But, in a sloppy move, Apple swept these options away with the introduction of an SD card reader which has only one function. The glossy screen introduced in late 2008 has destroyed pragmatic use of the laptop in all but the best indoor environments for editing where professionals may be apt to use an external monitor anyway; I am tempted to ask, ‘what have Apple been smoking’? and, ‘May I have some of the same’?

In a word, the 15″ MacBook Pro is aloof. All the pro options are gone and the ‘Pro’ moniker should be stricken from the sub 17-inch line. Both the 13 and 15 inch models is stuck similarly without real expansion and with a glossy screen. The 17 remains the only non-hamstringed laptop in Apple’s ‘Pro’ laptop line up.

If you are considering a new laptop, buying the 15 inch model is something to consider if you need louder speakers than the more effective 13 inch. However, the product you get for the price is without a doubt, a much downgraded model when compared with any in the 15 inch range from the last three years and a waste of time if you really need to work from your laptop in conditions where a laptop is apt to go.

For more articles on the MacBook line, check below:
Apple’s MacBook Pro’s SATA interface Downgraded

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WWDC’s Keynote Speech is over – What Do You Think of OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/wwdcs-keynote-speech-is-over-what-do-you-think-of-os-30-and-the-iphone-3gs/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/wwdcs-keynote-speech-is-over-what-do-you-think-of-os-30-and-the-iphone-3gs/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 19:27:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12644 Take a look here for a ‘rundown’ of the keynote speech. Quite exciting releases in OSX, OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS kept this WWDC’s keynote a real page-scroller. 3rd iPhone rumours will now bring up memories that now can go lie in shallow graves, but as you can see, many of the rumours were … Read more]]>

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Take a look here for a ‘rundown’ of the keynote speech. Quite exciting releases in OSX, OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS kept this WWDC’s keynote a real page-scroller. 3rd iPhone rumours will now bring up memories that now can go lie in shallow graves, but as you can see, many of the rumours were spot on.

After the jump is a list of items that did not get mention at WWDC.

What was not mentioned at WWDC:

  • Front facing Camera
  • Relocated Speaker
  • Matte Backing
  • OLED screen
  • Black Metallic Lining
  • HD Video Support
  • Apple-TV like behaviour
  • Luminous logo
  • Improved Ram performance
  • Adobe Flash
  • 802.11 N Wi-Fi
  • FM transmitter

Nevertheless, most of these omissions or no-shows are cosmetic. The core of the iPhone has been substantially upgraded both in hardware and in software. What are your thoughts on the OS 3.0 and iPhone 3GS? Are you happy or disappointed by WWDC’s Keynote?

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Apple’s 2009 WWDC – Rundown of the Big Event (iPhone OS 3.0 – New iPhone 3GS) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/apples-2009-wwdc-rundown-of-the-big-event/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/apples-2009-wwdc-rundown-of-the-big-event/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 16:33:53 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12504 Keep a look out here for major updates from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as well as a final recap as the conference closes. Apple fans, iPhone devotees and the rest of you, it is WWDC time! If you are interested, take a look at the entire event over at Apple’s WWDC QuickTime page. Highlights: Major … Read more]]>

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Keep a look out here for major updates from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as well as a final recap as the conference closes. Apple fans, iPhone devotees and the rest of you, it is WWDC time! If you are interested, take a look at the entire event over at Apple’s WWDC QuickTime page.

Highlights:

  • Major MacBook upgrades and Incremental MacBook Pro upgrades (all aluminium versions are now MacBook Pros)
  • Snow Leopard to be sold for only 29$ USD! Microsoft’s balls are in Apple’s court now – They cannot afford to price Windows 7 less than Windows Vista, so upgrading to the newest from Redmond will be very, very expensive in light of Apple’s supple and tidy OS.
  • iPhone 3G at 99$ (8GB), iPhone 3GS 199$ (16GB), iPhone 3GS 299$ (32GB)
  • Autofocus Camera @ 3 MegaPixels and new Camera software/10cm Macro
  • MMS
  • Digital Compass to work with Core Location
  • Turn by Turn Navigation and In-App Google Maps Support
  • Better Language Support
  • Find My iPhone for Mobile Me users
  • Tethering/HTML 5.0/OpenGL 2.0
  • Voice commands for phone and iPod functions
  • Landscape editing
  • Spotlight search for entire iPhone and all apps!
  • Better Battery (iPhone 3GS)
  • More Accessibility support
  • iPhone users can download movies straight from iTunes (unless your mum says now)
  • Cut/Copy/Paste for every app in the App Store and all Apple apps (2 years too late?)

Of course, we knew many of these functions as part of the OS 3.0 Sneak Peak back in March.

Looks like the App Store has gone down. This usually happens when Apple are about to unveil new hardware, software or from shameful programming. Given the timing, new updates to hardware or software are more than ostensible.

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MacBooks got some Big Love.
-Built-in batteries across the entire range
-13-15 inchers get SD card reader and MacBook Pros lose Express Card :(
-13 inch – up to 8GB memory, 500 HD, new screen and backlit trackpad!

Snow Leopard Spotlight – Available in September for 29$!
-Chinese input from the trackpad
-QT enhancments
-Smaller footprint
-Faster
-More crash resistant Safari due to foul plug-ins (typical Apple shuffling blame away from their product)
-64-Bit – “All the major system applications are in 64-bit mode”
-Better multi-core support through ‘Grand Central’
-OpenCL graphics – to help in common computing for Mac computers – graphics cards to unload the CPU
-Mail, iCal and Address Book to get Microsoft Exchange support – Finally! *EDIT* Exchange support requires MS Exchange Server 2007
-PPC (PowerPC) is being fazed out – Snow Leopard will support only Intel Macs

iPhone Spotlight!!!
-More than 50 000 apps in the App Store
-Over 1 Billion apps downloaded
-Video demo about successful devs – woohoo! Way to go Devs!
-Quote from a game developer: “I think I’ll never go back to the traditional way of making games again”
-iPone OS 3.0 to host over 100 new features
-Cut/Copy/Paste – works over every app – Apple’s and App Store’s – every app!
-Lansdscape editing coming “to all key applications, including Mail, Notes, Messages”
-MMS – 29 of 76 countries support. All from the SMS app – send multimedia and messages; ATT ready later in the summer
-Adding Spotlight support (search all databases and all apps on your iPhone from one app)!!!
-iTunes: rent and purchase movies straight from the iPhone
-Parental controls
-Tethering – share your internet via USB, Wired or Bluetooth to your Mac or PC! Unless you are on ATT! Sorry Americans!
-OS 3.0 runs Javascript 3x faster than 2.2.1
-Autofill for passwords
-HTML 5.0 support
-Support for 30 languages in iPhone OS 3.0 in full landscape mode (finally)
-Find My iPhone – service for Mobile Me customers on OS 3.0 – helps you retrieve your errant iPhone – if stolen or lost, you can send remote command to wipe all private data (good on ya Apple)
-OS 3.0 brings over 1000 API’s including in-App purchasing (game add-ons, magazine subscriptions, etc..
-Peer to peer – game finds peer to get fussy with
-Hardware accessories – Hardware devs can write software to work directly with the hardware
-Easily embed maps into your app with Cocoa touch controls (zoom, pan, etc..)
-Turn by turn location possible via CoreLocation
-Push notifications – devs can add messages, news, scoring, real-time updates to apps
-GameLoft up with demo of Asphalt 5 3D (mad graphics)
-Medical Airstrip CC app demo – can monitor patient’s condition remotely (even when not in hospital)
-Scroll Motion up to demo – Textbooks coming to App Store through their software
-Tom-Tom navigation software up to demo (wonder if it works on a shigzeo-powered Marinoni bicycle)? Works with spoken directions and a device to attach your iPhone to your car’s windscreen
-Ngmoco up – Upcoming StarDefense game with in-game expansion purchases – more dosh for more play! (Dropped hint that OS 3.0 is not available from today… when?)
-Pasco up – demoing information gathering app for scientific applications
-Zipcar demo up – embedded maps demoed – looks sweet for many applications – reserve, honk, everything from your phone when you don’t remember what it looked like in a car park of increasingly similar looking cars.
-Line 6/Planet Waves up now – guitar amps hooking up to guitar and iphone; digitally transform instruments ie. 6 string electric to 12 string acoustic!
-DEMOS DONE
-iPod Touch customers: 9.95$ please for OS 3.0, Free for iPhone users; available 17 June

iPhone 3GS
-2/3 of mobile browsing is done on the iPhone
-Apple ahead of Pre, Android, Symbian App Stores, disses the Pre
-New iPhone 3GS (unimaginative, but at least frank)
-”S” is for speed! Same form factor but app operations 2-3x faster than iPhone 3G (we will see)
-OpenGL 2.0 for game devs (this is nice)
-Built in 7.2 Mbps HSDPA for data transfer (if you are lucky enough to have carrier support)
-New Camera – 3.0 MegaPixel with autofocus; auto exposure and light balance; ‘tap to focus’; improved low-light performance; auto-macro (as close as 10cm)
-Can capture video too! 30fps VGA with audio, white balance with auto focus; videos editable for trimming
-Share videos via YouTube, Email, Mobile Me and MMS
-Voice dialing and voice control
-Voice control for iPod functions too
-iPhone now talks back, answers questions like “What is playing now?”; control genius through voice commands
-Digital Compass – works with maps to orient your position better (including what direction you face)
-New accessibility settings
-Nike Support
-”Hardware Encryption” for businesses
-Improved battery life!
-Same size as the old phone, but more environmentally amicable
-99$ for 3G; 199$ for 16GB 3GS and 299$ for 32GB 3GS
-Available June 19 even in “Cabandam” (which evidently means Canada to Ars!
(No luck for OLED screen eh? No matte back?)

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(Updated) Thoughts on WWDC – Why Apple Have to Make 2009 Count http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/thoughts-on-wwdc-why-apple-have-to-make-2009-count/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/08/thoughts-on-wwdc-why-apple-have-to-make-2009-count/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 14:56:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12414 Today’s WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference 10 AM PST) will usher in a new wave of enthusiasm for Apple’s devices. Positive or not, charges will be set under both Apple’s faithful and its heretics alike. Last year saw the App Store’s maiden voyage and the launch of the iPhone 3G; 2008′s conference was one of … Read more]]>

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Today’s WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference 10 AM PST) will usher in a new wave of enthusiasm for Apple’s devices. Positive or not, charges will be set under both Apple’s faithful and its heretics alike. Last year saw the App Store’s maiden voyage and the launch of the iPhone 3G; 2008′s conference was one of the most historic and revolutionary events in Apple’s life. Now, with a mature Leopard in the innards of every Mac and the iDevice, they will need to do the impossible yet again: wow the ever-expectant crowd.

Apple’s tenacity to produce hype creates bubbles around their biggest announcements and conferences. Often, however, human expectations more than anything else dilute Apple’s pithy events. No matter how good the announcements at WWDC - people will sigh at Apple’s dispatches. Hold those tears for now as in a few short hours, we will see how prepared Apple are for this summer of perfect storms.

My prophesy: 2009′s WWDC will not disappoint. Much. Why? This year is not Apple’s year. Last weekend, the Palm Pre launched amidst a crescendo of pent up fanfare and speculation: will it be the iPhone killer that Palm Pundits and Apple haters claim? Doubtful considering Palm’s recent history of fails and the rumoured poor build quality. At the worst, will it be the first viable alternative?

Android might have a few things to say about that and Nokia are not sitting on their thumbs waiting for Apple’s brushed-aluminium wall to fall around them. The iPhone’s competition has strident gurus who cast spells dooming the iPhone as tired and proprietary, but they cannot hack at its roots.

The iPhone is still the best media player of any phone. The 3G version squashed the hiss issue and the silly counter-sunk headphone port. It maintains a great line-out function and channel separation that is top of its class. As an evolving PDA, it will birth unparalleled OS and hardware integration impending WWDC. The App Store has never been stronger and will only bolster its holdings with the release of OS 3.0. And last but not least, the iPhone is the de facto design standard for usability in a touch-screen enabled handset. It is not the best pocketable phone in the world nor the sleekest. It does not allow you to add to its internal memory nor will it speak nicely with all manner of Bluetooth devices. But, it is the easiest to use, most versatile smartphone on the market and it is about to sprout past its yearling status into adolescence, craving more and more features and drawing customer’s attentions more than ever.

So what have Apple to be afraid of? Well, WWDC falls during a crowded summer of technology conferences, competitive releases from many players and Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7. WWDC won’t be able to attract the same press percentage nor hot-and-sweaty eagerness paraded by fanboys as other years simple because it brings just another iPhone and just another OS to the table. 

Apple have to make this WWDC special or they will lose the game of hype that they created back in a sunny garage in California. 

TouchMyApps will be monitoring WWDC live via Arstechnica and ready with mirth, pith and froth of our own ;)

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Now that WWDC’s keynote is over and developers are getting their sweaty hands dirty with the OS 3.0′s new featureset and possibly hands-on with the iPhone 3GS, it is time to reflect on the Apple’s 2009 WWDC – Rundown of the Big Event (iPhone OS 3.0 – New iPhone 3GS). Apple certainly did pull out a big WWDC. Leopard is looking great and with a pricetag of only 29$, Microsoft’s 300$ plus OS is looking more and more the last ditch effort in stemming the tide of unease around their slack programming.

That said, Windows 7 is a great product that I have beta tested for a while. It is easily leagues better than Vista, but will also carry the price-tag to match. For those who got suckered into buying Vista, Windows 7 may not be the best purchase as it is simply too pricey to add to an expensive Vista.

Of course, OS 3.0 is going to be sweet and issued to eager 3G and iPod Touch users on 17 June. I am looking forward to landscape editing, spotlight and cut/copy/paste across all applications. 

Apple, while I am disappointed in your butchering of the MacBook Pro, you have done well with your software and the new iPhone even looks decent.

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Get Ready to Listen Upside-Down – 3rd iPhone Pictures leaked http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/05/get-ready-to-listen-upside-down-3rd-iphone-pictures-leaked/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/05/get-ready-to-listen-upside-down-3rd-iphone-pictures-leaked/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:51:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12299 Yup, that time again. Yup, will continue being that time until the device makes actual appearance at either WWDC or another event. Next year will be the same. Anyway, take a look above and tell us: what do you think of the iPod Touch-like bottom-mounted headphone jack? Personally, I love it.  Top-mounted headphone jacks are … Read more]]>
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Yup, that time again. Yup, will continue being that time until the device makes actual appearance at either WWDC or another event. Next year will be the same. Anyway, take a look above and tell us: what do you think of the iPod Touch-like bottom-mounted headphone jack? Personally, I love it. 

Top-mounted headphone jacks are harder to wield when listening to music. I have been surprised after the iPod Nano’s initial debut that the 5G and 6G iPod continued to use a top-mounted jack. But such an annoyingly small tidbit is hardly going to frazzle any of our stalwart readers who just care about bigger and better specs as well as how many more games can fit inside, right? You probably are more interested the hazy looking front-mounted camera and maybe the extra button. It could be a button for a camera? Bother that stuff!

So, to hell with OLED, faster processor, better gpu, video recording, rubber back, etc., I just want to hear what you have to say about the bottom-mounted headphone jack. Remember, this is just a rumour, but it is nevertheless, a serious concern for those inflicted by the same headphone-luvosis. 

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Next iPhone Rumour Roundup – Excellent Blog post at the Green Room http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/05/next-iphone-rumour-roundup-excellent-blog-post-at-the-green-room/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/05/next-iphone-rumour-roundup-excellent-blog-post-at-the-green-room/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 07:07:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12286 If you hate reading and believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that pictures with words are worth even more, then this post from the Green Room is for you. With virtually every next iPhone rumour compiled in a nicely rendered map with full legend, this is the wrap-up you have been … Read more]]>

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If you hate reading and believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that pictures with words are worth even more, then this post from the Green Room is for you. With virtually every next iPhone rumour compiled in a nicely rendered map with full legend, this is the wrap-up you have been waiting for. Keep in mind that we will likely have more than enough of the Apple-juice come Monday’s WWDC, but in the meantime, this blog post is a great way to get through the day.

Original Blog Post below:

Here’s a graphical representation I put together of the dozens of rumors that have been circulating over the past few months regarding the third generation iPhone that’s likely to be announced next week at WWDC 2009 (our keynote liveblog details can be found here). Click the image for a higher resolution version. There’s a few notes for this one:
* I’ve put some source numbers beside each arrow, these are the references for each rumor and are published at the bottom of this post.
* The rumors (such as release date and price) that don’t really match a particular part of the iPhone’s hardware/software have been placed at a random point on the back of the iPhone.
* The prediction key is based entirely on my own opinion, and is by no means accurate.
Of course, if anything else develops between now and Phil’s keynote, I’ll be listing them here, so be sure to check back before the day, and remember, we’ll be covering the keynote live right here on TGR, click here for the details. – r.

Update: It seems this has generated quite some interest around the internet with more than 10,000 people visiting per day – thanks for your views, tweets and pings!

Update 2: The great folks over at iPodizados.com have translated the graphic into Spanish. Check it out here!

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Updated: The 99 dollar iPhone – Video Chat – The Next Generation iPhone Rumours get Busy http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/01/the-99-dollar-iphone-video-chat-the-next-generation-iphone-rumours-get-busy/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/01/the-99-dollar-iphone-video-chat-the-next-generation-iphone-rumours-get-busy/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2009 06:35:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11943 All of a sudden, the iPhone, Mac computer and Snow Leopard rumours rampantly rise in a vortex created by the upcoming WWDC. Interestingly enough, in just a few weeks, they will no longer be rumours. Readers, rumour sites and the like will have to find something else to mill their busy brains about. For our … Read more]]>

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All of a sudden, the iPhone, Mac computer and Snow Leopard rumours rampantly rise in a vortex created by the upcoming WWDC. Interestingly enough, in just a few weeks, they will no longer be rumours. Readers, rumour sites and the like will have to find something else to mill their busy brains about. For our part – we are no different – the iPhone, rumours and sneaky peaks are our lifeblood. 

(Update: as we know, the 8GB 3G iPhone was revealed at WWDC to be reduced in price to 99$ while the 3GS models at 16GB and 32GB apiece will go on sale at 199$ and 299$ 19 June)

So, when BoyGeniusReport mentioned that Fido, a Canadian (yeah!) carrier had slipped the above image along with their entire 2009 roadmap, my blood began to boil (in a good way). The rumour is that the 99 Dollar iPhone will be 4GB and have a small upgrade to the tune of video conferencing capabilities. This supports the current discussion that new iPhone models will be arrayed from 4GB to 32GB and possibly have different hardware capabilities. 

There are two methods that I know of to get video conferencing to work with the current iPhone. 1: With only a back-mounted camera, you could use a mirror and have at it. 2: Apple could join the 21st century and include a smaller front-camera. The mirror might go along with Apple’s aesthetic ego, but I doubt Jonathan Ive would support such an unwieldily contraption. My response is that a front-mounted camera is more likely. 

The complete list of rumoured spec is here. Take a look, it will be interested to see which pieces are absolute misses and which actually debut in the next iPhone.

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Apple 2009 WWDC – 2nd Time is a Charm? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/13/apple-2009-wwdc-2nd-time-is-a-charm/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/13/apple-2009-wwdc-2nd-time-is-a-charm/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 03:18:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10842 In 2008, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, otherwise known as ‘Steve Notes’ sold out for the first time since 1996. You won’t be able to get in this year either if you have not already bought your ticket and signed the non-disclosure agreement stating that you will not let any secrets fly that are not loosed … Read more]]>

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In 2008, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, otherwise known as ‘Steve Notes’ sold out for the first time since 1996. You won’t be able to get in this year either if you have not already bought your ticket and signed the non-disclosure agreement stating that you will not let any secrets fly that are not loosed already from somewhere in China. Yep, 2009′s WWDC is as good as gone but how will it fare compared to its earlier incarnations?

2009 will mark a few changes to Apple’s mainstay event. Markedly, Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs won’t be presenting the Keynote this year. If you are voracious Jobs’ fan who loves his cute accent, ‘boom’, ‘better and better and better’ and other catchy phrases, you might be a wee bit disappointed as in his place, the fitter Philip Schiller will do the honours. 

2009 should not be considered a dud year despite its disappointing start as Jobs made no appearance at Macworld and even Apple are pulling out of that event. As usual, we have much to look forward to including a new iPhone, a possible netbook or tablet device, new Snow Leopard OS and perhaps ‘one more thing’. 2009′s WWDC is not a consumer event, not a rumour related event and not an any-product event though we try to make it so. So, despite the good fun that 2009 is sure to bring, the actual conference may be a bit more mundane than we fanboys hope for. 

We are no doubt going to hear about OS 3.0 in greater detail and maybe even get a release soon thereafter and of course, Snow Leopard (for you silly Windows users – this is MacOS’s next installment that will blow away Windows for years) will get loads of love. Indeed, as Snow Leopard is focused on speed and stability along with a few good tweaks, Apple will probably have to spend a good bit of time explaining why it is worth your hard earned cash.

As it is sold out for the 2nd time, there are high expectations for which Apple have never been able to measure up. No other electronics company carries as much poise with it to conferences or as much love from fans. Let’s just prepare for a bit of sighing and get on with the fun.

If we get luscious information on the next iPhone, no matter how sparse, it will be welcome to these ears. Look out for a ‘one more thing’ event from Apple later in the summer if not.

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