When Apple released it’s predecessor in early 2010, the tablet world had exploded. Apple made their first impression in the field, and shortly, the iPad became the largest selling tablet in the world. In April this year, Apple released the iPad 2. This is a one of a kind mammoth packs features like a dual-core processor, a front and rear-facing camera, just to name a few. So is this device any different than the rest of the tablets on the market, is it a real step up from the iPad, and is it really a “Revolutionary device?” Continue reading
Grossed out by sharing those gross earwax filled headphones with your friends? Well Apple hears you and is working on some solutions. According to a newly published Apple patent, Apple will most probably add speakers to their nano or shuffle models, without compromising its compact design.
Not surprisingly, the move comes after the declining sales of the iPod line, (last quarter, Apple only sold 6.6 million iPods, a 27 percent decline from the same period in 2010). Apple CEO Time Cook said iPod is a “large and important product” for the company, and hopes that the new features, along with a price drop will breathe new life into iPod sales. But the hopes for new features don’t stop there. According to an industry expert, the new feature “might point to the nano being used to interface with an iOS device”. So, maybe in the near future, the nano might have the power to sync with your iPhone and display text messages and calls directly on its screen. The expert believes that the addition of a speaker alone wouldn’t make any big difference, but believes that more new features like activating Siri might also be even possible.
Well whatever the future holds for the nano, the addition of speakers is definitely exciting for me. I have always wondered why they didn’t bother to put speakers on the newer models of the nano, and now that they are, I definitely think that a lot of people will be excited for this new feature.
Originally intended for release in October, Apple’s long awaited iTunes Match service is finally here, and it definitely takes cloud computing to a new level of amazing.
Is it time for new MacBooks already? Maybe. We recently saw a MacBook Pro refresh where Apple quietly bumped up the specs on their line of MacBook Pros without a word. Well, while we saw some nice upgrades in the MacBook Pros this year, to the intel Sandy Bridge processors, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a physical change, and I’ve been telling my Apple fan boy friends to hold off on upgrading their current iterations of this laptop. I say wait for a few reasons – the biggest being, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a real physical change to these MacBook Pros, and while we do have the option of the 13 inch air, some people don’t want it. Some people would prefer something bigger, with better specs. Apple probably has newly designed 15-inch and 17-inch MBPs ready to unveil at their next conference, which would appease many people; I think what we’ll see is skinnier 15-17-inch MBPs with updated ports, and if we’re lucky full HD screens, on the 15-inch iteration, but that may be pushing it. Apple could just as well release that in a later version, making thousands of dollars. Continue reading
With the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4, a voice operated personal assistant, Siri was announced – essentially a refined version of Google’s Voice Search, and to be honest, much better than Google’s voice search. Google Voice pales into comparison to Siri; for one, you can tell Siri to make a reminder or put something in your agenda for certain time, and it will do so. While Google’s Voice Search can listen to you commands, it’s at very basic stage. I think one of the main reasons Google’s Voice Search hasn’t reached the stage and popularity Siri has, is because many people who have Android phones don’t even know it exists or aren’t even sure of its capabilities; myself and many tech savvy users certainly know about it, but when I asked many other colleagues, they thought I downloaded a new app for them, although it was bundled with the OS.
Google is now growing increasingly aware of the potential of Voice Search and how awesome it could be – the introduction of Siri certainly helped! I think Siri actually got Google saying to themselves, “We gotta get a move on.” Shortly after Siri was announced, Android developers came out with their own iteration of Siri, the ironically named Iris. I think Google can take the concept or Iris, if not buy them out and completely revamp the way their Voice Search works, expanding its capabilities. That’s just my two cents, but in the meantime, Google’s Australia Voice Search team put together a series of tests showing of the capability of Google Voice Search, and they urge you to use it. You can even use it underwater!
Steve Jobs is gone. It still feels surreal; he was a genius, and his genius lives on through his imagination and magical creations. Steve Jobs was a visionary, and an extraordinary salesman. He was the type of guy who could sell a comb to a bald man.
Shortly after Jobs’ passing, Walter Isaacson penned out Steve’s biography. Isaacson has had numerous interviews with Jobs in the past, in fact, they were friends, so it’s great he wrote the biography. It’s no surprise this book is a best seller, but I find it interesting to note that Steve Jobs’ bio is the number one eBook seller! It seems almost fitting that the eBook is number one; I expected nothing less. Rest in peace, Steve; you were great.
Today, Apple stealthily updated its MacBook Pro lineup, internally. You’re not going to find any external changes, but rather a boost on internal specs, specifically faster processors and graphics cards. The specific details are as follows: the 13-inch model got upgraded to a 2.4 GHz Core i5 or a 2.8 GHz Core i7 dual-core processor, depending on your preference. Before this, they were 2.3 GHZ and 2.7 GHZ, respectively, but that’s not it; Apple also took the liberty of upgrading the hard drive space to a 500 GB minimum, up from the previous 320 GB! The 15-inch model on the other hand doesn’t get any extra hard drive space, BUT, it gets a processor upgrade as well as a graphics upgrade! Previously, the 15-inchers were sporting 2.0 GHZ and 2.2 GHZ core i7 processors, by intel, and now, they’re bumped to 2.2 GHz or 2.4 GHz intel core i7 processors. As far as the upgraded graphics go, they’ll be bumped to an AMD Radeon HD 6750M (Graphical Processing Unit) GPU which has 512 MB of GDDR5 video RAM, whereas before, it was merely packing a 256 MB 6490M. As far as the high end option goes, it was bumped to a 1GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 6770M; before it had a 1GB GDDR5 6750M. And lastly, as far as the 17-inchers go, we see a boost in graphics to a 1GB 6770M, from a 6750M, and the CPU went up to a 2.4 GHz core i7 from the previous 2.2 GHz core i7. The best part is the prices don’t change at all; they’re the same as before the spec bump!
Personally, I plan on getting a MacBook Pro as my next laptop, BUT I plan on waiting till a a new refresh. I want one with some physical alterations, whether it’s weight reduction or a some new ports, I’m planning on waiting. I’m pretty sure we’ll see these changes during the Spring of 2012, if we go by Apple’s track record. Either ways, these are beasts!
Well, it’s back! After some issues with the Google Voice application for iOS, the Google Voice app was pulled. Apparently the application would crash as soon as you signed in. Just a friendly reminder you can get it now! Google Voice is extremely helpful, and I actually use it everyday. You can use it as an alternate phone number, whether it’s for cheap international calling, or you simply don’t want to give someone your primary number, this is a great app for you. I highly recommend getting this app on iOS AND Android, if not both!
With WWDC just around the corner, some interesting information leaked out, courtesy of Mac Rumors. With devices like Android phones getting OTA (Over The Air) updates, whether it’s contact sync, pictures, music, docs, so on and so forth, Apple’s lagging behind. In order to sync and update an i-Device, like the iPhone, you must start and do everything using a computer and iTunes. However, some of that may change.
The updates page for iTunes stated:
“Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.”
This was promptly removed, but it’d lead one to believe that you might be able to update your iPhone to a newer firmware OTA, which is really helpful, in the near future. Maybe, or I should say hopefully, we can start syncing music, pictures, and such OTA as well! Now that’d be awesome!