iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro Mid-2014 Review Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:17:10 +0000 Read More]]> Apple recently refreshed the Retina MacBook Pro lineup with modest enhancements. The latest high-resolution MacBook Pro’s include Intel’s latest processors, boosting the CPU speed by a mere 0.2 GHz and 15 inch model with 256GB SSD now comes with standard 16GB RAM.

I bought the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD, 2.5GHz i7 quad-core processor and 16GB RAM on August 15th, the day it was launched in India. This is my second Mac the first was a 27-inch mid 2010 iMac. I recently published the story behind me switching from an iMac to MacBook Pro, if you’re interested you can find it here.

It’s been almost 10 days since I’ve been using the new Retina MacBook Pro and this review will be focusing on real-world use, general observations and experiences. If you’re looking for a more technical review focusing on speed tests and tech specs, you may want to visit AnandTech for the most comprehensive hardware reviews.

Over the last 10 days my workflow has drastically changed. I was using a windows laptop before I purchased the iMac, and over the last 4 years working on a large 27-inch screen made me feel that going back to a laptop would be a challenge. However, I was prepared for the tradeoff between modern computing speed and screen space.

As I started working on the new Retina MacBook Pro I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that I was being more efficient in my workflow and obviously could get the work done much faster than ever before. Before I get into the details about how the MacBook Pro changed my workflow I should talk about how I work.

A typical day would see me browsing through hundreds of webpages, lots of email, working on Pages, creating presentations on Keynote,  producing wireframes for apps, web design etc. With the luxury of 27 inch screen I mostly had everything open on a single desktop area. This allowed me to always have a bird’s eye view of everything that was open and gave me a feeling of being in control over everything. I rarely ever used ‘Spaces’ (creating multiple desktop spaces in OS X) as I just liked everything at one space. Even though this allowed me to view more at once, it could easily be too distracting at times.

With the MacBook Pro going from 27-inch to 15.4 inch screen required me to adjust the way I worked. From having lots of windows open at once I instantly switched to a more organised workflow by creating multiple spaces. Also, using full screen apps now made more sense, having mail open full screen on a 27 inch screen is not the same as it being open full screen on 15.4 inch screen. Full screen apps such as Mail, Pages or Safari make more sense on laptop when compared to a desktop. So, even though now I would see less at once but this increased my focus on the task at hand. Over the last 10 days I’ve noticed that having less to view at once actually made more sense and one could be more productive this way. It’s worth mentioning that I do miss the large screen space when it comes to wire framing apps, websites or editing a movie, but retina display surely makes up for that.

The first thing I ever noticed about the new MacBook Pro was its flawless high-resolution screen. The text is crisp, photos look stunning and it’s a complete visual treat. It suddenly makes you wonder why on Earth would you ever work on anything that does not have a retina screen. So, it was love at first sight with the new screen.

Once you come to terms with how excellent the screen is you start noticing that everything is just swift. Thanks to the SSD launching applications, booting-up, waking from sleep, reading & writing data is very fast. I can’t stress enough on how ‘fast’ especially if you’re moving from HDD to SSD for the first time on a computing machine. I would never turn off the iMac as it would take about 3-4 minutes to boot-up and that often felt like a lot. Apple’s iOS devices ‘always on’ usage behaviour has certainly changed the way we expect the way modern computers should work. MacBook Pro takes only a few seconds (less than 15) to boot-up so turning it off when not using it can help you save some energy. Although, there are no major benefits of turning off your computer when not using it, however occasionally it will make it more responsive as it will clear the RAM being hogged by kernel tasks.

The next aspect about the Retina MacBook Pro that I want to highlight is 16GB RAM. For the last four years I had been working with 4GB RAM on my iMac. For the modern-day browsing and general computing activities 4GB just isn’t enough although it does depend on how you use your computer. Since, I love having 15-25 tabs open in Safari when I’m researching on some topic having access to lots of RAM is a huge advantage.

I’ve put the new MacBook Pro under extreme work load by having lots of safari tabs open, playing SimCity, working on a Pages document, importing photos to iPhoto and even working on Final Cut Pro and Aperture, but the MacBook Pro just keeps taking it all and doesn’t lag one bit. I would refer to myself as a “power” user, so working on a portable machine that can take all that load is extremely satisfying.

I was a bit concerned about the battery life of my new Retina MacBook Pro. I had considered holding off my purchase for another year in anticipation of Intel’s Broadwell chips that are expected to be much more power efficient. However, so far the battery life on the MacBook Pro has been very reasonable. Keeping the screen brightness low and keyboard backlight off while not activating the dedicated graphics chip the MacBook Pro has exceeded Apple’s battery guidelines. Switching from iMac to a MacBook Pro also gave me the freedom from being tied to my desk. This freedom to work from anywhere without sacrificing on power or battery is a huge benefit.

The last aspect I want to cover is the overall build quality. Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro is undoubtedly the best looking machine you can buy in the market. The unibody construction feels extremely solid and it doesn’t feel that heavy when compared with the older generation models.

When working for long durations the system does heat up and sometimes it can get a bit uncomfortable. The fans have rarely kicked in at full speed during normal use. In my daily use the fans kicked in at full speed only while playing SimCity as the game requires the use of dedicated graphics card.

The Retina MacBook Pro might be costly but it scores highly in all aspects you can think of. However, it may still not meet everyone’s requirement. If you’re into high-end gaming and love running games at highest graphics settings then this may not be for you. If you prefer having more than 1TB storage then you’d have to look elsewhere. Upgrading the machine after purchasing is not possible; 16GB RAM will always remain 16GB. The device has been rated low in repairability. If you want to play DVD’s you would need to buy a SuperDrive.

Other benefits of a MacBook Pro include iCloud, access to some of the best softwares from the Mac App Store, less susceptible to malware, extremely responsive multi-touch trackpad and the best customer support service.

Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro is the gold standard in laptops and OS X Yosemite will only put it further in the lead. If you’ve waited all this while to switch to the MacBook Pro lineup there was never a better time than today.

]]> 0 How I Got iWork Keynote App for Free on My Old Mac Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:41:50 +0000 Read More]]> Keynote app for Mac

During the special keynote event yesterday Apple announced all new versions of their productivity and creativity apps for Mac and iOS. All new versions of iWork and iLife which includes Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band are now free with purchase of new Mac or iOS device. These updates are also free for existing users who purchased the older versions.

I own a Mid 2010 27-inch iMac which has been serving me well all these years. OS X Mavericks the tenth major software release for the Mac was also made available for free to iMac models dating back to 2007. After multiple failed attempts to download the software update due to Apple’s sever overload and then finally succeeding I was able to install OS X Mavericks.

After installing the new software update when I launched the Mac App Store to download other software updates I noticed Keynote as one of the app among other apps listed that had available updates. Now, this was interesting to me as I never purchased Keynote app for the Mac.

When I purchased the Mac I downloaded trial version of iWork (Apple did not have Mac App Store back then) and then later purchased only Pages and Numbers app as a digital download. Keynote app was still installed but never worked as the trial had expired.

After installing Mavericks I noticed under the “Purchases” tab it listed Keynote app with a purchase date of today. After the app was updated I launched it and it worked flawlessly.

In the past I’ve got lucky even with iCloud. Just when rumours about Apple announcing a cloud based service reached an all time high I registered for a free trial of MobileMe service. Since the trial was for 60 days and within a weeks time Apple announced iCloud I got extended storage of 25GB for one year without ever paying for the old MobileMe service.

iWork apps are also available on iCloud as web apps and now feature collaboration. The shift in Apple’s pricing strategy by listing its creative and productive suite of apps as free would certainly help in more customers experimenting with these apps and thus increasing its usage worldwide.

]]> 0 iPhone 5S ‘Graphite’ Color Back Panel Shown in Photos Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:09:11 +0000 Read More]]> Graphite iPhone 5S

In addition to gold iPhone 5S we may also see the next-gen iPhone in ‘graphite’ color. Sonny Dickson has posted photos of the alleged new iPhone 5S back panel in graphite color.  The iPhone media event is speculated to be held on September 10th and we could see four colors of the new iPhone, white, black, gold and now graphite.

The photos show the graphite iPhone 5S back panel and the entire screen housing assembled.

Up to this point, it has widely been thought that the iPhone 5S will only come in 3 colors: Gold, Slate, and white with silver trim. According to a new images we’ve obtained, however, it appears the iPhone 5S may also come in a 4th color – a grey or graphite color with a black trim.

It is difficult to prove the authenticity of the photos however, the increased number of leaks being published by different sources could point to the existence of these new colors. Photos of volume and power buttons in gold and graphite color were also posted by mendmyi, a repair shop.

iPhone 5S buttons

iPhone 5S is expected to feature the new A7 chip which according to reports could be 31% faster than A6. The camera could see an upgrade with dual-flash and new features powered by a new motion sensing sensor. The iPhone 5S media event is rumored to be scheduled for September 10th. Apple hasn’t sent out any media invites for the keynote event as yet.

]]> 1 WWDC 2013 Banners Go Up At Moscone Center Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:35:57 +0000 Read More]]> WWDC 2013 Banner

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2013) will kick off on June 10 with a keynote presentation by Tim Cook. At this years WWDC Apple will announce the next major software updates iOS 7 and OS X 10.9.

The company has decorated the venue Moscone Center with banners of the event. These banners are similar invite that Apple sent out to the developers. The photo of the banner had a tagline saying “Where a whole new world’s developing”.

More than 5000 developers attend the conference every year and Apple uses this as a platform to announce the latest mobile and desktop operating systems. In addition to previewing the future of iOS and OS X Apple will also share beta versions of the software with the developers to test the upcoming updates.


According to the rumors and reports we’ve reported in the past Apple is widely expected to unveil a redesigned version of iOS with a flatter design that lacks glossy look and 3D textures. The company could also announce new MacBook Air and Pro models during the keynote.

We’re not expecting any new iPhone during the WWDC as the focus of the entire conference will be software related. It’s not clear if Apple will live stream the event however, we will be bringing you all-in-one live feed of the keynote event as it goes live on June 10.

{via 9to5 Mac}

]]> 4 OS X 10.9 Release to Focus on “Power-User” Features Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:39:56 +0000 Read More]]> TotalFinder

Apple will showcase the next major release of OS X during WWDC 2013 keynote event and according to a new report OS X 10.9 will focus on power-user features. OS X 10.9 has been widely reported to be internally codenamed as “Cabernet” which won’t bring a complete UI change to the operating system but will improve the overall performance and functions of the OS.

In a new report 9to5 Mac details the upcoming features of OS X 10.9 highlighting tags and tabbed browsing mode in the Finder. A new version of Safari is also reported to be in the works that will feature a “redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed and efficiency”. Another pro-user friendly feature that could be introduced is the ability to open different full-screen apps in a multiple monitor setup.

The report further details a new multi-tasking system for OS X that could be similar to iOS and also bring app pausing for background apps to OS X. This could bring more efficiency, performance and battery improvements to the MacBook lineup.

Siri for OS X has been rumoured to be in the works since the introduction of speech dictation in OS X Mountain Lion. The report suggests that it’s possible that Apple may launch Siri only on next gen products.

Apple’s WWDC 2013 press release also clearly mentioned that the company will showcase “advances in software technologies and developer tools” which suggests that we will see a preview of Xcode 5.0 as well.

Last year, Apple previewed Mountain Lion before WWDC and then released it in July. This year due to management shakeup in the iOS department the teams from OS X were brought over to work on iOS and thus the company had to push the OS X 10.9 preview to June.

It will be interesting to see if Apple would still launch OS X 10.9 in July or if it will push the release of iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 to later this fall.

]]> 0 Apple Updates Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Both Mac and iOS Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:39:44 +0000 Read More]]> Keynote Numbers Pages

Apple recently released updates for its suite of iWork applications, for both Mac and iOS. The company updated iWork to version 9.3 for compatibility with the iOS 1.7 updates. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote which were updated to version 1.7 added new features such as adding reflections to shapes and the ability to lock and unlock objects. Other features of Pages includes:

Apple also updated Numbers to version 1.7 to reflect some of the iOS changes on the Mac.

Numbers 1.7:

In this release Numbers for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel and Numbers for Mac.

Keynote also received several new features, such as importing and exporting all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes. Other features include:

The Mac version of the iWork applications can be downloaded via the Mac App Store, however, users that bought the boxed version of iWork can update via Software Update.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 0 Live Video Stream of Apple’s iPad Mini Keynote Event Available via Web and Apple TV Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:41:34 +0000 Read More]]> iPad mini live video stream keynote event

Apple’s special iPad mini keynote event scheduled for today is expected to unveil all-new smaller iPad. The new “iPad mini” is rumoured to feature a 7.85 inch screen with 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi), the same as iPad 2.

The company’s move to introduce a smaller version of the iPad will help iOS penetrate the ebook reader market and compete with the Kindle devices. Apple is widely expected to announce iBooks 3.0 and the announcement of iPad mini could be closely tied to Apple’s education initiatives. The iPad mini will also feature front and rear facing camera, lighting connector and could come in different colors.

According to recent reports, the entry level model of iPad mini is expected to be priced at $329. The new device could prove to be ideal for schools and those who want a tablet put prefer a smaller screen.

Steve Jobs was opposed to the idea of a smaller screen tablet however many believe that it was Eddy Cue who saw the potential of a smaller screen tablet that could help push iOS deeper in education market.

Unlike iPhone 5 media event, Apple will be live streaming the video of the iPad mini keynote event on and via Apple TV, the event will kick off at 10 am PDT.

]]> 3 Apple Issues Invitations for October 23rd iPad Mini Media Event Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:59:18 +0000 Read More]]> iPad mini media event invite keynote

On Tuesday, Apple issued invitations for a media event on Tuesday, October 23rd, likely to introduce the rumored iPad Mini. The arrival of the invitation was first reported by The Loop, the invitation has numerous colors surrounding half of an Apple logo in the center, with a tagline that reads, “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

The design of the invitation is reflective of the one seen for the introduction of the original iPad, and the half Apple logo may likely reflect that the new device is smaller in design and screen size. Rumors last week suggested that Apple would be holding a media event on the 23rd and that invitations would be issued this week. At the event, which has also been rumored to be focused on iBooks, Apple is widely expected to introduce the new iPad Mini, a smaller, lighter version of a full sized iPad.

The iPad Mini is expected to carry a smaller 7 inch Retina Display or IGZO display technology, the new Lightning connector, as well as a variation of Apple’s A6 chip which is currently found in the iPhone 5. Initial reports also pointed to a tweaked full sized iPad with a Lightning connector and other improvements to make an appearance at the event, but a new report from Digitimes suggests that this may not happen until the first quarter of 2013.

Apple’s October 23rd event is going to be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, California and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 2 Apple Airs Three Genius Mac TV Ads During Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:14:47 +0000 Read More]]> Apple Mac Genius TV Ad

Apple often airs ads for its products during major award shows and sports events, and continued the tradition during the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony by airing a series of 3 ads. However, these ads were not for the popular iPhone 4S, or the Siri personal assistant, but for Apple’s Genius Bar services.

The first ad, “Mayday” shows an Apple Genius aboard a plane, wearing his classic blue shirt when he gets approached by a frantic flight attendant who tells him that a passenger needs help editing an iMovie project. The Genius rushes over and helps the passenger in time for landing, and then runs over to another passenger who has trouble editing a keynote.

Following the release of “Mayday”, which aired at the beginning of the ceremony, Apple went ahead and aired “Labor Day”. In this ad, the Genius’ neighbor knocks on his door late at night to tell him that his wife has gone into labor, but veers off topic and begins to discuss iPhoto projects, Letterpress cards, and photo books. The Genius quickly describes some of the features of iPhoto and then says, “And we can talk about all of that, on the way to the hospital”.

At the end of the Olympic Game opening, Apple aired the third Genius Bar ad, called “Basically”. The ad showed the same Genius in the two previous ads standing at a food cart, when he is approached by a man who claims to have “basically” purchased a Mac.

The Genius begins to question the man and asks if his new “Mac” has iPhoto, iMovie, or Garageband and comes to realization that the computer he purchased was fake. Like all of the other Genius ads, Apple highlights some of the great features and applications only found on the Mac and ends the ad with the classic Apple logo, with the word “Mac” next to it.

These latest string of ads are very different than anything Apple has ever aired before, and does not focus on any specific feature. The ad instead focuses on the knowledge of the Mac and Apple services by Genius Bar employees.

{via Apple}

]]> 0 Apple Releases ‘Every Dimension’ TV Ad for Retina MacBook Pro Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:29:10 +0000 Read More]]>

During Apple’s annual WWDC2012 conference, the company introduced the next generation of MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro features a retina display, the same type of screen currently found in the iPhone and the new iPad 3 as well as a new thinner design, faster processors and more hard drive space.

Apple recently released a television commercial called “Every Dimension” highlighting the design and screen of the Retina MacBook Pro. The ad shows a Retina MacBook Pro and fast forwards through a series of apps being used on the notebook. The ad then ends with a single line that reads:

The radical new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Innovation in every dimension.

Apple appears to have adopted a similar design for the commercial from the MacBook Air ad after its most recent redesign. The ad uses an all black background and centers the MacBook directly in the middle, and ends with a simple line that describes the product.

The ad aired on a number of channels in the United States, including the NBA Finals which is clearly Apple’s strategy for reaching a wide range of customers. The Retina MacBook Pro is currently available in the Apple Online Store and has a ship time of 3-4 weeks.

]]> 0 iOS 6 – Siri Updated to Launch Apps, Does More and Runs on New iPad Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:55:36 +0000 Read More]]> iOS 6 Siri movies

Apple introduced Siri with the introduction of the iPhone 4S last October. During the company’s WWDC keynote event, SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall took the stage to announce new updates to the personal assistant, Siri, to be included in iOS 6. The software update includes improved features such as asking Siri for sports scores, history of college and professional sports teams, as well as stats, and detailed info on other professional athletes. It also provides up to the minute updates on live sports games.

With Siri on iOS 6 now being able to provide sports information, users will no longer have to go to websites to see updates and scores. Apple also improved on Siri’s abilities to access applications on the device, by allowing Siri to open applications via voice command. Upon a command, Siri does not pull up a menu or navigation menu of any sorts and instead, jumps directly into the app and begins to run it.

The Cupertino company also improved on Siri’s movie and restaurant search capabilities. With restaurant searches, Siri on iOS 6 utilizes data from Yelp, giving information on prices, and reviews and is also connected with OpenTable for quick reservations. Siri is also hooked up with Rotten Tomatoes for movies, giving users direct access to reviews of the movie and the option to watch the trailer without closing the queue. Siri can now also provide quick access to information about directors of movies, actors, actresses and a variety of other details.

Other features include Eyes Free and Facebook integration. Apple introduced Eyes Free by teaming up with a number of car companies to directly build Siri functionality into new models of their cars. The feature can be directly accessed via a button on the steering wheel and will not switch on the screen of the iPhone but will entirely operate through voice commands. Facebook integration operates similarly to Twitter on iOS 5 and allows users to post photos, web pages, and other forms of media through a pop-up menu anywhere in the OS. The company also released this feature as a public API to give developers the option to build this feature into their own apps.

Forstall introduced these updates, and following the explanation of all of the features, mentioned that Siri would now also be coming to the new iPad as well, following the public release of iOS 6 later this year. iOS 6 will be introduced later this year, during the same fall timeframe that the next generation iPhone is expected.

]]> 3 Apple Sets up Moscone West With WWDC 2012 Banners Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:23:18 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple’s WWDC 2012 conference is to be held at Moscone West in San Francisco and begins on June 11 through the 15th. Since then, rumors have been swirling about possible new Mac models and iOS 6 being released and hype surrounding the event has grown.

Apple is now putting the finishing touches on the Moscone West center in preparation for the event. On Tuesday, images of WWDC banners going up in Moscone were taken by a MacRumors reader. The banner advertises WWDC 2012, has a background image of iOS apps, and reads, “”WWDC2012: Where great ideas go on to do great things.”

As usual, with all Apple events, the company puts up banners in the entrance and normally covers the entire glass front of the building the event is held in. The event kicks off on Monday with a Keynote address, where redesigned MacBooks, iOS 6, and likely another preview of OS X are expected to make an appearance.

Apple’s WWDC 2012 conference will be from June 11- 15 in Moscone West in San Francisco, California.

{Image Credit: MacRumors}

]]> 2 iPad 3 Release Date Revealed as Apple Plans Houston Retail Store Opening Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:01:26 +0000 Read More]]>

On Thursday, a report from The Houston Chronicle noted that Apple’s Highland Village retail store will be opening on Friday, March 16. The store was originally scheduled to open on Saturday, March 17th, but was mysteriously bumped back a day to the Friday. This has lead to speculation that Apple is looking to have the store open for iPad 3 release date.

Apple’s iPad 3 keynote event is scheduled for March 7th, and will likely release the third-gen iPad in the following week as the company did with the iPad 2. In order to accommodate the long lines and large influx of customers, Apple’s new Highland Village Store will allow for better management of iPad 3 distribution and less traffic in Apple’s seven other retail locations in Houston.

The store, located in the Highland Village Shopping center at Westheimer and Drexel , was originally supposed to open in January, according to the source, but was delayed. March 17 was originally set as the new opening date, but the source said it was moved to the 16th a few weeks ago.

Apple’s Grand Openings typically take place on Saturdays, but may be moved to other days of the week to recognize special events or announcements. The March 16th opening would allow Apple exactly nine days following the announcement to ship the iPad 3’s to retail stores across the U.S.

Apple has does this in the past with the iPad 2, releasing the device on March 2nd and releasing it in stores at 5:00PM local time on March 11th. The Highland Village store is one of the few stores to adopt the same prototype design of the Upper West Side store in New York City. The Highland Village store is going to have the same glass-roof, front and back entrances, and tall brick wall above the glass. The store will be the first of Houston’s seven retail stores to be located outside of a shopping mall.

]]> 6 iPad 3 Display Supply May Cause Shortage Post Release Date Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:06:47 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple is all set to unveil the iPad 3 at a keynote event on March 7th as the company has already sent out media invitations for the launch event. According to the photos of iPad 3 display parts which appeared on the web the third generation iPad will feature high resolution retina display.

Retina Display on iPad 3 will have a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels and now a new report published by DigiTimes suggests that Apple’s display suppliers have been slow in ramping up their production. If this turns out to be true then Apple could face shortages and be unable to meet the demand for its new iPad. This could further impact Apple’s plan for international roll out.

Apple may not unable to ramp up the supply of its next-generation iPads (iPad 3), which are expected to be launched at a company event on March 7, due to insufficient supply of high resolution displays, according to industry sources in the supply chain.

The report goes onto mention that Apple would only be able to ramp up the product assembly around the second quarter of 2012. The Cupertino, Calif. based company has been careful in selecting suppliers of QXGA display panels and replaced Chimei Innolux (CMI) with Sharp while Samsung Electronics and LG display continue to supply the high resolution panels.

the whole supply chain has failed to substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels, the sources revealed.

Apple has been faced with product shortages post release date of a new device as the demand has mostly surpassed the company’s projected sales figures. As the supply chain struggles to ramp up production shipping time of iPad 3 may be pushed to 4-5 weeks time frame.

iPad 3 keynote event will kick off at 10 am Pacific at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and we will bring you live all-in-one coverage of the event.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 0 Apple’s Education Media Event Video Now on Website and Podcast Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:04:20 +0000 Read More]]>

On Thursday, Apple held a special education event in New York City and introduced a number of software products, including the newest version of iBooks, iBooks 2, bringing textbooks to the iPad from large publishers including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton-Mifflin.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple also released an iBooks Author application, which allows users to create their own textbooks for the iPad 2. Since then, Apple has posted the video of the event to its site, alongside all other past events.

The Cupertino company also posted the Podcast for the event in both HD and standard formats. Apple is continuously increasing support for iBooks and is attempting to move into the e-reading market to compete with other popular reading devices such as the Nook and Kindle.

]]> 3 FileXChange Review: Super Simple Way to Transfer Files to Your iPad Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:29:15 +0000 Read More]]> FileXChange iPad Review-1

[rating: 5/5]

FileXChange Review: A great way to move files between your iPad and your computer, whatever flavor they might be.

Setting up FileXChange is super simple and the instructions are clear. You open the app on your iPad, and then open a browser on your computer, type in a numeric URL, and that’s it. You can now effortlessly move files to and from your iPad. You can even use your files right within the app without opening other apps, including documents and multimedia files.

FileXChange iPad Review-2

FileXChange works with a variety of common file types including: PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and most image, audio, and video formats. It also works between the iPad and Mac, Windows, Linux, and other iOS devices.

FileXChange iPad Review-3

It doesn’t sync your files, but it could be used as a pass through to move files from one computer to another, say from a work and a home machine. The app could also be used as another possible location for backing up critical files. And it would be helpful getting files moved between one operating system to another. You can even share files with other people, as access to an account is not required.

This is a super simple, super powerful way to move and access files between your iPad and other devices.



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]]> 1 Pages, Keynote and Numbers Now Available for iPhone and iPod touch Tue, 31 May 2011 23:46:15 +0000 Read More]]> Pages iPhone iWork-1Apple earlier today released iWork apps for iPhone and iPod touch. This brings Pages, Numbers and Keynote to your retina display capable devices. These apps were available exclusively for iPad but the latest update makes them universal so if you purchased these for your iPad then you won’t need to buy again.

Creating documents, spreadsheets and even keynote presentations on the go while using your iPhone is certainly something we were hoping for since last year. This announcement comes in just a week before WWDC 2011. Apple certainly likes to keep the buzz going so the update is perfectly timed as this sets the momentum and excitement for the upcoming event.

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Each app is available for $9.99 and you can download Keynote, Numbers and Pages from the App Store or hit the update option on your iPad. The latest version also adds new document management options where you can basically group your documents in folders. This is certainly a great feature for those who use these apps extensively and find it hard to manage an ever growing list of spreadsheets and presentations.

Apple wants to make sure that they utilize most of their time during the WWDC keynote presentation in announcing major updates and therefore released the update for iWork apps a week before.

On June 06 the Cupertino based company is widely expected to announce the next major version of Mac OS X called Lion and preview iOS 5.

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Pages iPhone iWork-1 Pages iPhone iWork-2 Pages iPhone iWork-3 Pages iPhone iWork-4 [via Apple] ]]> 1 iOS 5 and Revamped MobileMe to be Announced at Early April Apple Event? Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:01:29 +0000 Read More]]> A source for the German Mac blog claims that Apple is to hold a media event in the first or second week of April to introduce the iOS 5 software for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as reveal the changes and improvements made to the MobileMe service.

This date fits in nicely with similar Apple events in previous years, which have typically been held around the beginning of April in order to prepare developers for a public release in the June or July.

Before Apple releases new iOS firmwares to the public, it’s important for third-party developers to ensure that their applications and games are compatible with the upcoming release, and that when users upgrade the software on their devices, they won’t encounter any problems when running their apps.

The MobileMe revamp is rumored to introduce content streaming to iOS devices, social networking and geolocation features, as well as improvements to existing services.

Earlier rumors had suggested that the iOS 5 software, along with MobileMe changes, would be announced together with the second-generation iPad at Apple’s keynote at the beginning of this month. However, neither of these subjects were featured at the event.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 1 Steve Jobs Talks About iPad’s Success & Domination at Today’s Keynote Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:30:40 +0000 Read More]]> If you’ve been following our coverage of Apple’s keynote this morning, you’ll already know that rumors Steve Jobs would present the event are true. And the first thing on Steve’s agenda, as is common at these events, is to talk about Apple’s success, noting that its iPad has over 90% of the market share and has generated $9.5 billion in just 12 months.

The iPad is Apple’s biggest product to date, and possibly the most successful consumer product ever launched. Steve said that the competition laughed at his company when they labelled the iPad “magical,” but it has turned out to be exactly that. Steve said:

“When we said the iPad was magical, people laughed at us. But it’s turned out to be magical. And people questioned whether it was an ‘unbelievable’ price — well ask our competitors.”

Steve also mocked the future competition when he made a note of the 65,000 iPad applications available through the App Store, as opposed to the 100 currently available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android Honeycomb.

]]> 0 Live Coverage : Back to the Mac Keynote Event Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:28:53 +0000 Read More]]> Back to the Mac Live Keynote_1

Apple is holding a special ‘Back to the Mac’ keynote event today which will kick off at 10:00 AM PDT at Apple’s Town Hall building. We are expecting a sneak peek of Mac OS X 10.7 (rumored to be called Lion), iLife 11 and new MacBook Air (thinner & faster) to be introduced.

Mac OS X 10.7 is expected to have a much cleaner look and feature better integration with iOS devices. We will be bringing you the All-in-One live feed of the keynote.

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You don’t need to refresh this page! Live updates will appear below:

]]> 2 Live Video Streaming of ‘Back To the Mac’ Keynote Event Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:59:53 +0000 Read More]]> Back to the Mac

UPDATE: We’ll be live here.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that they will be providing live video stream of ‘Back to the Mac’ event. They previously provided live streaming of the special music event where Apple CEO announced the new lineup of iPods. Live video streaming of todays keynote will be accessible by anyone  using a Mac running Safari on Mac OSX version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad. The keynote event is scheduled to go live at 10:00 a.m. PDT on October 20, 2010.

Apple ® online broadcast of their event on October 20 using the HTTP Streaming Live from Apple at the forefront. The vision requires a Mac ® or Safari ® Mac OS ® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard ® or iPhone ® or iPod ® touch with IOS 3.0 or later, or iPad ™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on October 20, 2010 at

This transmission is the property of Apple and protected by U.S. copyright law and international treaties. Any reproduction or distribution is strictly prohibited without prior written permission from Apple. Please contact the Public Relations or ‘Investor Relations at Apple for any information.

Apple designed the Mac, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife and iWork software professional. Apple is leading the digital music revolution with its iPod and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced the magical iPad that is defining the future of mobile devices and media in mobile computing.

The event has been widely discussed in the last few days and it is believed that Apple will announce the next version of Mac OS X 10.7 (called Lion?), introduce a faster and thinner MacBook Air and the ‘one more thing’ could be an announcement related to iPhone 4 availability on Verizon in early January.

We will be live blogging and bringing you the latest news, you can participate and share your comments during the announcements by visiting the liveblog post here.

]]> 4 Apple prepares Moscone Center for WWDC 2010 Live Keynote Event Fri, 04 Jun 2010 23:55:11 +0000 Read More]]> WWDC Keynote 2010

Pictures of Moscone Center being prepared for WWDC 2010 live keynote event and the 5 day long developers conference have started appearing online.

AppleInsider recently published photos of San Francisco’s Moscone Center being prepared with banners for the upcoming conference.

Workers finished laminating the giant Apple logo on the convention center’s east wall of windows, and have hung the main banner for “WWDC10,” which focuses entirely on iPhone OS apps. It is identical to the “center of the app universe” image posted in Apple’s invitations

Apple is widely rumored to announce the new iPhone 4G / HD, introduce new cloud based services and provide an update about iPhone OS 4.0 during Steve Jobs live keynote event.

WWDC 2010

[AppleInsider] ]]> 0 Apple’s WWDC 2010 Keynote: Truth and Rumors Mon, 31 May 2010 17:16:10 +0000 Read More]]> White iPhone 4G

As I look out the window here it’s a beautiful, sunny Summer day. So why does it feel like Christmas is about to arrive? Well, anyone tuned into the Apple universe will tell you that’s the way we feel every year before the WWDC keynote. Apple always arrives with a big sack of goodies for us. So what do our Cupertino benefactors have in store for us this year? While mitigating circumstances may have revealed some of the surprises in store for us next Monday, some may yet appear.

The truth part of the equation comes in the form of the iPhone 4G / HD and the iPhone OS 4.0. Both are known factors at this point. Thanks to an apparent Spring of misfortune for Apple’s research and development department, we already know most of the hardware details. The fourth generation iPhone will sport a forward-facing camera, improved IPS display, faster processor, and longer battery life. Many of the technologies going into the 4G / HD have already been rousing successes in the iPad. While some have argued the iPad was just a big iPod Touch it seems the reverse will be true of the new iPhone; with many of the innovations the iPad introduced, the next iPhone is a lot like a little iPad. On the software side of the equation, iPhone OS 4.0 should prove to use the new hardware to the fullest extent possible. The most anticipated known feature is multitasking. Long an item only available to native iPhone apps like Mail, Music, and Mobile Safari; Apple has opened it up for all to use. I am particularly excited about the general availability of multitasking although I am a bit worried as well. I recently used a jailbroken iPod Touch with the Backgrounder app running. For those that may not know, Backgrounder is a hack that brought multitasking to jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches long before OS 4. While it was interesting to use a multitasking device running the iPhone OS, it seemed to burn through the battery life at an astonishing rate and it did seem to lag the OS some. Now, it was hardly a scientific test of the feature so any number of variables may have been in play but I hope official multitasking support addresses my lingering doubts.

With most of the iPhone announcements are already known, you may wonder what there’s left for Steve to surprise us with on June 7th. There are actually two prominent rumors floating around that might make a debut at the WWDC keynote. First was news late last week of a rumored new cloud-based Apple TV product. While Apple TV has never been much cause for interest in the iPhone OS crowd, this new device should cause a stir. Not only will it offer cloud-based streaming instead of the traditional local storage model, but it will also run the iPhone OS. In this new device we see Apple’s strategy of using the mature iPhone OS as the platform for a complete line of consumer content products, much like Google is attempting with Android.

The second rumor will serve as a compliment to the first. If the new Apple TV makes its debut at WWDC we should also see the unveiling of the much rumored “iTunes in the cloud” service. Video is a good starting point but Apple should see the obvious advantages of moving everything to a streaming model. The LaLa acquisition should finally start to bear fruit as Apple takes a multi-pronged and concerted approach to cloud-based content usage.

Regardless of what happens next Monday, it will be exciting to see what goodies Apple brings us. Just like kids on Christmas Day.

What do you think will come out of the WWDC keynote this year? Do you have a wishlist of products or features you’d like to see? Will there be more than new iPhones in store? Let us know in the comments.

]]> 7 New iPhone 4G / HD screen resolution 960 x 640 Sat, 29 May 2010 22:12:15 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4G Screen Resolution 960x640

As WWDC 2010 gets closer more and more details about Apple’s next iPhone 4G / HD are being uncovered.

Today claimed that they had obtained the next iPhone 4G / HD  screen parts and examined it under a microscope to find out the exact screen resolution. They confirmed that new iPhone 4G / HD features a 960×640 screen resolution and supports an IPS panel. This new screen resolution quadruples the total number of pixels when compared to iPhone 3GS and would make rescaling the apps which you have already purchased an easy task.

These claims certainly seem to be a good proof however, we would still need to wait for the official confirmation on June 7.

[ via Engadget] ]]> 2 Apple confirms Steve Jobs WWDC Keynote. iPhone 4G to be unveiled? Mon, 24 May 2010 18:47:44 +0000 Read More]]> Apple WWDC 2010

The rumor mill might have already confirmed the existence of iPhone 4G / HD and provided enough evidence for all to believe however, as WWDC 2010 begins on June 07 Apple fanboys will be busy hitting the refresh option on their browsers to read about what Steve Jobs will eventually announce.

Today Apple confirmed that Apple CEO will present an opening keynote address on June 07, 2010 to kick off the annual WWDC:

CUPERTINO, California—May 24, 2010—Apple® will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address by CEO Steve Jobs on Monday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s WWDC sold out in a record eight days to over 5,000 developers.

The five-day event running from June 7 to June 11, is focused on providing advanced content for skilled developers across five key technology tracks: Application Frameworks; Internet & Web; Graphics & Media; Developer Tools; and Core OS. Apple engineers will deliver over 100 solutions-oriented technical sessions and labs. WWDC 2010 gives an incredibly diverse community the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPhone®, iPad™ and Mac® developers from around the world.

Jobs has previously introduced new models of iPhone during WWDC and is expected to demo and announce launch date for the next iPhone 4G.

Are you excited about the WWDC keynote event? Will Apple finally introduce iPhone 4G? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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