https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C Media Event Confirmed for September 10th https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5s-iphone-5c-media-event-confirmed-september-10th/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5s-iphone-5c-media-event-confirmed-september-10th/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:06:38 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22970 Read More]]> iPhone 5S iPhone 5C Media Event September 10 invite

Apple has sent out media invites for iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C release date event. The iPhone keynote event as rumored in the past will be held on September 10th at 10 AM PST.

The media invite design has the Apple logo surrounded by colourful dots and carries the tagline, “This should brighten everyone’s day.” Apple is widely rumored to unveil the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C during the keynote presentation. Colorful dots could suggest the rumored iPhone 5C to be available in different colors. A number of leaks in the past seem to true about the new cheaper plastic iPhone.

New cheaper iPhone 5C is expected to be a major hit in the Asian market and could potentially grab significant market share from Samsung’s low-end Android phones. WIth 4-inch retina display, A6 Chip, 1GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera and a smartphone running iOS 7 at lower price point could be huge win for the Cupertino, Calif. based company.

On the other hand, Apple will also announce the all-new iPhone 5S. While the design of the new iPhone will remain the same as the iPhone 5, Apple is expected to announce significant hardware improvements. The new iPhone 5S is rumored to feature fingerprint sensor, dual led flash for low light pictures and improved A7 processor.

During the media event Apple could release iOS 7 golden master seed to the developers and the new mobile OS could be made available to users in a weeks time. We could also get an update on new OS X Mavericks.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C could go on sale as early as September 20th with pre-booking starting about two-three days earlier.

{via The Loop}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5s-iphone-5c-media-event-confirmed-september-10th/feed/ 8 Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2012) Scheduled for June 11-15 https://touchreviews.net/apple-worldwide-developers-conference-wwdc-2012-scheduled-june-11-15/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-worldwide-developers-conference-wwdc-2012-scheduled-june-11-15/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:48:42 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19938 Read More]]>

It’s here again. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2012) is back and is scheduled for June 11. Apple announced early Wednesday that WWDC 2012 would be held from June 11 through the 15 in San Francisco, as it is every year. Tickets for the conference sold out in under two hours this year, beating out WWDC 2011 tickets sales which sold out in under twelve hours.

“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”

This year’s conference will likely focus on OS X Mountain Lion, which is due for release later this summer, and iOS 6 which will probably appear during the conference in the form of a developer preview. Apple mentioned in their announcement that they would have about 100 technical sessions for developers, with over 1,000 Apple engineers to help attendees of the event.

The time frame for the event isn’t very surprising, when considering the fact that Apple typically holds the conference during this time of the year, in order to announce its product releases chronologically; Mac OS X release, iOS with iPhone, iPod and then the iPad at the beginning of the following year.

WWDC is Apple’s premier event, of which other events eventually derive, such iOS 6 and the Apple’s iDevices following up the announcement a few months later. Developers who currently hold tickets to the event may encounter higher than usual prices on flights and hotel bookings, not only because of the massive increase in flight purchases, but because of the U.S Open golf championship being held in San Francisco, as well as the slew of vacationers who head west during this time of year.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-worldwide-developers-conference-wwdc-2012-scheduled-june-11-15/feed/ 4 Apple Releases Trojan Flashback Removal Tool For OS X Lion Without Java https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-trojan-flashback-removal-tool-os-x-lion-without-java/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-trojan-flashback-removal-tool-os-x-lion-without-java/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:41:41 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19890 Read More]]>

In recent weeks, a plague has overtaken the Mac OS X operating system, called the Trojan Flashback. The Flashback malware allows hackers access to personal information of Mac users, by extracting the info via a security hole in Java as well as other recent social engineering methods. With Java being the main culprit here, Apple has made a quick and decisive move by releasing a removal tool via Software Update on all Macs running OS X Lion without Java installed.

About Flashback malware removal tool

This Flashback malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will be presented notifying the user that malware was removed.

In some cases, the Flashback malware removal tool may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware.

This update is recommended for all OS X Lion users without Java installed.

This tool rids the OS X system of all viruses present in the system, related to the Trojan Flashback malware. Java does not come pre-installed on the Mac, and therefore allows Apple’s removal tool to figure out as to where the virus is originating. The Flashback virus has been a huge issue in the media, with a reported 600,000 Mac users being affected by this virus.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-trojan-flashback-removal-tool-os-x-lion-without-java/feed/ 2 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Next Macbook Air Unlikely to Feature iPad-like ARM Processor https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-next-macbook-air-unlikely-to-feature-ipad-like-arm-processor/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-next-macbook-air-unlikely-to-feature-ipad-like-arm-processor/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:45:48 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19396 Read More]]>

Many claims of an ARM based MacBook Air have been floating around the web since early last year, suggesting that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to move away from Intel’s processors to something a little bit more unorthodox in desktop and laptop computers.

The ARM processor is the same one used in AAPL’s current iPhone 4S and iPad 2, which use far less power than the average processor and handles memory and app switching without many glitches or errors.

The ARM processor in next Macbook Air could possibly reduce power-requirements, but could experience a severe drop in computing power. CNet reported on a recent interview with Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer on Thursday by Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner who addressed the issue regarding an ARM based Macbook Air.

Tim Cook reiterated his view that rapid innovation on the iOS platform (and mobile OS platforms in general) will significantly broaden the use case for tablets, eventually pushing annual tablet volumes above those of traditional PCs. We have wondered whether Apple might offer an ARM-based version of MacBook Air at some point; we walked away from this meeting with the impression that Apple feels iPad satisfies–or will soon satisfy–the needs of those who might have been interested in such a product.

With Gardner’s claims gaining attention around the web and his meetings with Apple executives being taken very seriously, it is safe to say that the iPad will eventually evolve and adapt to handle many functions that the proposed ARM based Macbook Air could.

Rumors since early last year have suggested that the iPad will be gaining a significant upgrade in the coming months. The iPad 3 is expected to receive a higher resolution display, a new A6 chip, and better cameras and is slated for release later this year.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-next-macbook-air-unlikely-to-feature-ipad-like-arm-processor/feed/ 4 Apple’s iPhone Turns 5 Years Old, Leading Smartphone Market Since 2007 https://touchreviews.net/apple-iphone-turns-5-years-leading-smartphone-market-2007/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-iphone-turns-5-years-leading-smartphone-market-2007/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:14:56 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19140 Read More]]>

On Monday, Apple’s iPhone officially turned 5 years old, marking a historic moment, when Steve Jobs took introduced Apple’s revolutionary mobile phone.

On January, 9, 2007, Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs came on stage with a huge presence, ready to introduce the product that would change the smartphone market forever. About 20 minutes into the presentation, Mr. Jobs introduced the iPhone, with a 3.5” multitouch display, extraordinary metal design, and a combination of Mac OS X and Apple’s own brew of a mobile operating system, later renamed iOS.

In 2007, the tech industry had never seen such a device, with customers lining up at every Apple Store in the United States to get their hands on one. In 2008, Apple followed up with its success of the iPhone with the iPhone 3G, followed by the 3GS in 2009, and the iPhone 4 in 2010. The most recent, the iPhone 4S outsold every model introduced in Apple’s history.

Apple has experienced a drastic increase in sales each year, leading to a record one million iPhone 4S sales on the first day of release. The iPhone was introduced at the MacWorld 2007 conference, with an excellent salesman strategy by Steve Jobs, announcing that Apple would be introducing three products a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communicator. Jobs later revealed that all three were included on one device.

Apple changed the the technology market as we know it, and it all started with the iPhone, which led to the iPad and iPod touch and even innovation in Apple’s desktop software. On January, 9, 2007, Apple made history, and made us all realize how a combination of design, technology, and a little customer appreciation could have such a powerful effect.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-iphone-turns-5-years-leading-smartphone-market-2007/feed/ 3 Mac OS X Lion Brings New Multi-touch Gestures and Animations https://touchreviews.net/mac-os-x-lion-muti-touch-gestures-animation/ https://touchreviews.net/mac-os-x-lion-muti-touch-gestures-animation/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:29:00 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14543 Read More]]> Mac OS X Lion Multi-touch Gestures Animation

Apple today introduced the new MacBook Pro which feature the best processors, FaceTime HD camera, all-new graphics and new I/O technology called Thunderbolt. The update will certainly improve the performance and Apple still promises 7 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Among other updates Apple also provided an extended preview of the upcoming Mac OS X Lion. The next major release of Mac OS X will bring new ways to interact with our Macs.

You can take advantage of multi-touch gestures on your iMac with the Magic Trackpad and use the Trackpad on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Mac OS X Lion introduces new gestures and animations which work just like the iPad! During ‘Back to the Mac’ event Steve Jobs said that they would bring their best technologies from the iPad to the Mac and with the new multi-touch gestures we believe our Macs will become more intuitive than ever.

Apple has posted a video preview of some of the gestures and animations which we will see when the OS is available later this summer.

We had already seen most of the gestures like pinch to activate launchpad, swipe left and right to view application pages. The video reveals the ability to swipe to the left when viewing the desktop to view the dashboard just like you can activate spotlight on your iPad. You swipe up to view Mission Control where similar applications are arranged in groups. Like the iOS devices Mac OS X Lion will allow you to ‘tap to zoom’ on a webpage to focus on text and pinch to zoom to enlarge the page. Apple also introduces new swipe to navigate animation for Safari.

All of this looks every exciting and this will probably be the closest we’ll get to multi-touch iMacs in a long time to come.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/mac-os-x-lion-muti-touch-gestures-animation/feed/ 1 Mac OS X 10.7 to be more Touch Orientated? [Back to the Mac] https://touchreviews.net/mac-os-x-10-7-touch-back-to-mac-event/ https://touchreviews.net/mac-os-x-10-7-touch-back-to-mac-event/#comments Wed, 13 Oct 2010 20:53:54 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=10649 Read More]]> Back to the Mac

The line between iOS and OS X is set to get more blurred if some of us are reading between the lines the right way. The two operating systems are becoming far closer than cousins.

Apple today announced a “Back to the Mac” event to be held on October 20th at 10am Pacific Time at Apple’s Town Hall building. At that event we are promised a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7.

There are rumours that we may see new Apple hardware, and an update to Apple’s iLife suite for their desktop computers.

Part of the reason for this event is to show that Apple is still very committed to its desktop computers. Something people have been critical of Apple for in recent months. Saying they seem to have forgotten their roots with the success of iOS, the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. Another facet of this event is no doubt to showcase new and upcoming products, but there may be another angle to this announcement.

Many people think that apart from enhancements to 10.7 to make it work even more seamlessly with our mobile devices, an updated GUI, and the usual major core OS enhancements, we may see some signs of touch style interfaces for new Mac computers which will be set to launch around the time OS X 10.7 (Lion) ships.

These methods of interfacing to the OS may ultimately be via a computers screen. But initially it may be more of a push towards large touch pads as a replacement for the mouse. But the step from touch pad to screen is a simple one.

The guys over at 9to5Mac cited the following quote from The New York Times, and it’s worth reflecting on what Steve Jobs had to say in 2007:

“Indeed, many of the new features in the Leopard operating system version are incremental improvements. But Mr. Jobs said he was struck by the success of the multitouch interface that is at the heart of the iPhone version of the OS X. This allows a user to touch the screen at more than one point to zoom in on a portion of a photo, for example.”

“People don’t understand that we’ve invented a new class of interface,” he said.

He contrasted it with stylus interfaces, like the approach Microsoft took with its tablet computer. That interface is not so different from what most computers have been using since the mid-1980s.

In contrast, Mr. Jobs said that multitouch drastically simplified the process of controlling a computer.”

The traditional desktop computer and the WIMP (Window, Icon, Menu, Pointing Device) User Interface we use is going through something of a mid-life crisis at the moment. It is time for a change!

If Apple can extend the success of its iOS multi-touch based operating system to its desktop computers, they will have indeed created a “new class of interface”. Hardware that will sell like hotcakes because there is a need to have the new hardware to use a desktop operating system that now has a finger centric interface. Something that is fresh and new, but that is familiar in many ways to some 100 Million existing iOS users.

Ultimately our computers will be more like our iPad. And OS X 10.7 may be one step closer to that.

What do you think we’ll see from Apple in OS X 10.7? Have your say in the comments…

]]> https://touchreviews.net/mac-os-x-10-7-touch-back-to-mac-event/feed/ 2 Apple’s Stunning App Store Hyperwall at WWDC 2010 https://touchreviews.net/apple-app-store-hyperwall-wwdc/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-app-store-hyperwall-wwdc/#comments Tue, 08 Jun 2010 19:01:11 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7232 Read More]]> In “Apple World” the equivalent of Christmas is WWDC. And in “Apple World” the equivalent of a Christmas Tree is an App Store Hyperwall!

Currently on display at WWDC is a veritable Christmas Tree celebrating the eternal Christmas of Apple’s iTunes App Store.

Apple’s Hyperwall, put simply, is 30 LED screens which together form a video wall showing the top selling 50,000 apps in the App Store cascading down in a virtual waterfall of real time sales data. Each falling icon representing an app sale.

Apple’s own PR describes it like this:

This hyperwall is powered by 30 Mac Pro towers with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and EVGA NVIDIA GTX 285 graphics cards. As apps are downloaded from the App Store, their data is coalesced via an XML feed every five minutes. Apps are sorted and scheduled using Cocoa and Objective-C. The data is then passed to an OpenCL kernel, which drives the animation. Quartz Composer brings all the technologies together and renders the final synchronized output using Quartz Composer Visualizer.

It is both a geek fest visually, and in the underlying technology that powers it.

There is a video available, below. I spent a while watching it very closely to see if I could see any Apps I have been involved in. What a great feeling to see those little virtual pennies fall from heaven as you visit Santa’s grotto.

Did you spot any apps you recognise, or were involved in in the video? Let us know in the comments…

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-app-store-hyperwall-wwdc/feed/ 2 iPhone OS 4 Beta brings new spelling features https://touchreviews.net/iphone-os-4-spelling-feature-ipad/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-os-4-spelling-feature-ipad/#comments Sat, 08 May 2010 21:54:16 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=6522 Read More]]> Developers are reporting that the new iPhone OS 4 beta will add new iPad-style spelling correction features to Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.

OS 4 for iPhone will let users touch a word that is misspelt and then replace it with a suggested one. An incorrect word is underlined in red (a feature which exists in Mac OS X) and the correct suggested words are in blue. You simply tap the one you want to use and it replaces the word with one touch of the button.

These features are currently available only on iPhone OS 3.2 for iPad. iPhone OS 4.0 is expected to be released this summer.

Earlier this week we reported iPhone OS 4 beta 3 added software support for ‘orientation lock‘ and various references which suggest iPhone 4G will support HD video recording. You can follow our iPhone OS 4 coverage here.

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[AppleInsider] ]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-os-4-spelling-feature-ipad/feed/ 0 New iPhone OS 4.0 will bring multitasking support https://touchreviews.net/iphone-os-4-0-multitasking-expose/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-os-4-0-multitasking-expose/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 09:51:57 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5839 Read More]]> With the iPad fully birthed to the world and ready for its coming out party, Apple can now turn its attention back to the iPhone. New details on the upcoming software upgrade due this summer have emerged compliments of AppleInsider. Multitasking is the key and Apple plans to accomplish it through an interface familiar to OS X users.

According to the article in AppleInsider, OS 4.0 will use an Expose-like interface for multitasking capabilities. If you’re not familiar with Mac OS X, Expose is a feature that displays all of the applications a user has running in thumbnails on the screen. The user can select the application they want to use and are immediately taken to it. Windows 7 has similar functionality. In the forthcoming iPhone OS version, the user will double-click the home key to bring up a list of icons or thumbnails of the currently running applications and touch one to open it.

The one thing I think few people realize about the iPhone OS is its current capability for multitasking. It was originally written, envisioned, and exists today as a multitasking operating system. This fact is displayed every time you listen to music while surfing the web on Safari. When people say they want multitasking what they are really saying is they want Apple to remove the artificial block they’ve placed in the software. This block keeps third party applications from making use of the operating system’s multitasking capabilities.

And isn’t it about time they did? One of the main things all the Android fanboys wave around as proof of their technical superiority is multitasking. I understand Apple’s reasoning behind putting a block on multitasking but now that the operating system has matured, and is most likely the future of Apple computing, it makes perfect sense to enable it for all. Especially now with the iPad relying on it as well. It will be interesting to see both how they implement it and the user interface on it.

One of the problems with multitasking on a mobile device versus a full computer is resourcing. While mobile devices are becoming more powerful everyday, they still do not rival a full blown computer. I would bet Apple limits the running applications to 4 or 5 to keep a reasonable battery life and keep some person from running 20 apps at a time and then complaining about performance.

So on this day the first of April the official iPad reviews came out (and you can read my favorites here from Andy Ihnatko), let’s look ahead to what Apple has in store for us next. We may be a restive bunch of users but Apple never fails to impress us. I think iPhone OS 4.0 won’t be any different.

What do you think of the introduction of full multitasking to the iPhone and iPad? Is it the last great missing piece of the puzzle or too little too late? Will multitasking finally convince you to take up an Apple device? Let us know in the comments.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-os-4-0-multitasking-expose/feed/ 5 Weekly news roundup on all things ‘iPad and Apple’ https://touchreviews.net/weekly-news-roundup-ipad-apple/ https://touchreviews.net/weekly-news-roundup-ipad-apple/#comments Sun, 28 Mar 2010 15:42:54 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5738 Read More]]> iPhone hacked, iPad hacked (potentially). Media jump on the iPad bandwagon, as well as the eBook train. Apple stake their claim in mobile gaming. AdMob hint that the tide is turning towards the Android platform, and Nintendo seem to start to react to the shifting sands of the entertainment sector with 3D handhelds!! First details of iPad apps and iPad app pricing start to leak… as well as details of iPad Subscription models.

iPhone hacked

On the very first day of the yearly hacking contest Pwn2Own [dvlabs.tippingpoint.com] the iPhone was hacked again. To put that into perspective Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, Firefox 3 on Windows 7, Safari 4 on Mac OS X 10.6, and iPhone OS 3 were all compromised during the competition. Interestingly Google’s Chrome was the only one left standing. But that was simply because no-one tried to hack it!

Although the iPhone has been very publicly hacked in various ways over the last few years. At this particular competition, and according to it’s metrics for a successful hack, the iPhone was not hacked in 2009. So this was technically the first time for this event.

The successful hack this year involved using a “zero-day” flaw in mobile Safari which allowed access to text messages. The hack managed to get around both the iPhone’s Data Execution Protection, as well as requirements that all code be signed.

iPad hacked

We reported a few days ago that “legendary” hacker Geohot had cryptically announced on his Twitter feed, and also on his blog, that he had potentially hacked the iPad.

While it’s not clear whether this is a valid claim or not, what he appears to have done is to find an exploit in the latest Apple iPhone OS (3.1.3) (and underlying technologies) which will allow users to jailbreak, and then also reboot their iPods and iPhones without them needing to be tethered to a computer each time.

Prior to this most recent hack any user of newer “i” devices running the latest release of Apple’s iPhone OS weren’t able to easily free their devices from Apple’s walled garden for software and OS updates. In theory, according to Geohot (aka George Hotz), this process should also work for the iPad.

It’s unclear when this “exploit” will become public, as viable holes in Apple’s OS are becoming fewer and fewer. Apple patching them with each new release. So it may be that these latest efforts get held back from the public until a more significant OS update is pushed out by Apple. Perhaps even until the rumoured OS4.0, which some think will unify the iPad and iPhone OS.

Media and advertising become the focus for some on the iPad

We theorised earlier this week that as well as the massive push for games on the iPad; with perhaps 50% of the titles available for it at launch expected to be entertainment of the gaming flavour. Another category which will dominate it’s catalog is expected to be rich media versions of existing traditional book and magazine publisher’s fair. Part of the driving force behind publishers investing in this format is the expected revenue stream they can generate from advertising.

We reported about this in our article on what apps to expect on the iPad, and in a piece on how advertising will perhaps be different on the iPad [touchreviews.net]

An article in AppleInsider discusses some of the opportunity and ways advertisers plan on exploiting the iPad. Two of the key buzzwords in use in the run up to the iPad launch are interactive advertisements and dynamic content.

Great!

Amazon, Barnes & Noble plan to ride the iPad e-book train. May be late to the party though..

Amazon rolled out it’s Kindle software for Mac a week ago, and hinted at iPad support. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble believe that they have something to offer to augment the iPad eBook space, despite Apple having their own eBook app and the iBookstore. Amazon claim to be tweaking an iPad specific app, which will make great use of the device’s screen real estate. Unfortunately both companies admit that their apps most likely won’t be available at launch.

More good news is that Apple has penned a deal with Perseus Books Group, a larger independent publisher that also handles distribution for some 330 small presses and publishers.

Apple posts impressive gains in the gaming market

We reported, earlier this week, on Apple’s impressive market share gains in the entertainment sector this last year. Based on US figures alone it is clear that Apple’s share of the entire revenue of the US gaming industry has grown from 1% to 5%.

On the back of this information and the positive way the iPad launch seems to be going many market analysts have revised Apple’s share predictions (AAPL) to closer to the $300 mark by the end of the year. As of this article Apple’s shares are at yet another high of $230.90.

AdMob and Nintendo release game market information of their own.. DS to go 3D!

In my opinion, in something of a knee jerk reaction to the rumours of Apple’s own forthcoming advertising integration into iPhone / iPad OS revisions, as well as their growing market share in entertainment and media, AdMob released the results of a survey which claims that 70% of iPhone developers plan to develop for the Android platform in future. As I noted in our article on this here. we need to remember that as independent as AdMob are at the moment, they are in the process of being bought by Google, who make the Android OS. Also the amount of people who they actually surveyed to get the figures quoted in that report are a massive 108! That’s not a typo!

Having said all that it seems obvious to me that any successful developer working on the iPhone and using AdMob as their advertising sub-system would look for a similar system when porting successful apps to Android. And if you have a successful iPhone app why wouldn’t you port it to the next most successful mobile operating system; Android. AdMob are now positioned perfectly to be that solution with their libraries which now allow integration into Google’s Android SDK.

Nintendo in a strange move this week announced rather sketchy details of their next portable gaming device. Its next handheld console will be launched during the financial year to March 2011. It will be fully backward compatible with existing DS software. And it will have a 3D display without the need for special glasses.

I believe Nintendo see an assault coming on two sides to their current business model. Microsoft and Sony now have motion covered, and the prices of the PS3 and 360 are set to come down in the second half of their lifespans. Apple is also aggressively eating into the mobile market place for games, albeit at Sony’s expense right now.

Nintendo are well known for their penchant for trying to sell old hardware for as long as possible. The Wii is a perfect example, as well as many moons ago them having the colour GameBoy in house long long before they actually started selling it; preferring to milk the black and white GameBoy market for as long as possible.

They did the same thing then with regards to backwards compatibility when they allowed the Colour GameBoy to “colourize” old game cartridges. Right now I don’t think Nintendo have a 100% solid plan of exactly how the “3D” DS will work, or if it’s even a viable market.

But they want to keep consumers, shareholders and developers on board going forward while Apple, Sony and Microsoft start nipping at it’s ageing heels.

First details of what we can expect in the iPad AppStore start to trickle out

It appears that the intention, at least, for the iPad and it’s apps is to raise the generally accepted base price for software. This is something which many devs will welcome. Although it has to be said they have always had the power in their own hands to stop competing in the legendary iTunes App Store “race to the bottom” on pricing. So I have to wonder how long this higher pricing model will last once more devs launch their own products and try to compete with existing launch titles.

Touch Reviews reported on some of the leaked App Pricing and launch titles for the iPad here

Flight Control and Real Racing for the iPhone are currently $0.99 USD and $4.99 USD respectively. Both are well liked and respected games; garnering many accolades and almost universal praise. The iPad versions of these games, Flight Control HD and Real Racing HD, will be $4.99 USD and $9.99 USD. Further comparisons between iPhone and iPad pricing presents similar results.

Most apps seem to carry the HD moniker, and are generally ported versions of already successful apps from the iPod and iPhone.

iPad media subscription packages start to leak

We reported here that iPad Subscription pricing for newspapers and magazines have started to leak out.

The Wall Street Journal will be available for $17.99 USD/month, Esquire will charge $2.99 USD/issue, and Men’s Health will go for $4.99 USD/month. Some of these subscriptions are less than current print prices, some are more.

As noted in that article, it remains to be seen how these packages will be received by iPad users. Pricing floats either slightly above or below the current price for physical media for most of the subscription packages.

Lots of media outlets seem to be pinning their hopes on paid content as the panacea for their declining industry. As many of them seem to have set the iPad launch period as a kind of line in the sand to start charging for their own web site content by placing their top news and articles behind pay walls.

My attitude towards this strategy is still the same.. Good luck with that.

Well, one more working week to go until the world as we know changes… Are you excited? Let us know your thoughts below. Did we miss anything?

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