Microsoft hint at a surprise in "coming weeks" as they hit back at The Daily
Microsoft have once again quickly returned to suggestions made about Microsoft Office for iPad via Twitter as Peter Ha revealed that he had seen a demo of the application by someone from within Microsoft.
In what has become the saga of the day, Microsoft have still not confirmed nor denied whether they are making Microsoft Office for iPad but have stated that The Daily has been misguided in the information they have acquired. They have also dropped a hint in a Tweet in response to Ha that all will become clear in “coming weeks”.
Further Update: Microsoft Office is coming to the iPad? Yes but no but...
Since reporting The Daily’s story that Microsoft are in development of Office for iPad, claiming to have had a hands-on experience with the application, Microsoft responded with a statement that neither confirmed nor denied knowledge about such an app.
Another twist in the tail of this story has arisen. The Daily’s reporter, Peter Ha, has announced since Microsoft’s statement that the application was demoed to The Daily by someone at Microsoft and that it was not a ‘fabricated’ story also revealing that the image of Office is a genuine screenshot of the application. From a couple more tweets sent by Ha, he challenges Microsoft to call him. There is now a definite edge to this story that means it is more than just a rumour. It is the truth that Microsoft is working on an Office application for iPad but currently we don’t know much more than that.
Update: Microsoft Office is coming to the iPad? Yes but no but...
Only earlier, Core Info reported on the possibility of Microsoft Office coming to the iPad after substantial evidence from The Daily. However, just like many rumours, this proved incorrect as The New York Times reports Microsoft issuing a statement that deny some of the claims made by The Daily but have not specified to which they have objected to.
A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: “The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”
This neither confirms nor denies that Microsoft are working on Office for iPad. The spokesperson also said that Microsoft are declining to comment on whether the company have produced such software and when it will be released.
This is the second time a rumour has been circling around about the possibility of Microsoft Office for the iPad after an earlier rumour came about last November. Whilst we wait for the highly speculated application to arrive, there are some great free alternatives such as OnLive (US only) and CloudOn available currently. Both give great support for creating, viewing and editing documents within a Microsoft Office platform.
Despite hearing about this rumoured news story in November, it looks like there may just be some truth behind it. The Daily have re-ignited speculation of Microsoft Office coming to the iPad after they claim to have had time with a working prototype and that the app is being submitted to the App Store soon for approval. Microsoft Office for iPad will apparently allow creation and editing of Word, PowerPoint and Excel to work on and offline. It is unlikely that Microsoft will be making an Android copy of the software.
Should this be true, it could potentially be Microsoft shooting themselves in the foot despite the almost guaranteed popularity of the prospective app. Currently Windows Phone 7, a rival to Apple’s iOS, boasts some qualities that could potentially make it an attractive platform. A main reason to purchase a Windows Phone is to stay within the Microsoft ecosystem, having the best Office suite available with you, where ever you go. However, this decision could turn things ugly for Microsoft should they choose to do so. Granting a full mobile copy of Microsoft Office to the iPad could be catastrophic for a range of tablets that don’t even exist yet. This decision would potentially move most companies in the corporate world to move to the iPad, a killer blow for Windows losing all attractiveness to the Windows 8 to-be-released tablet range.
If this decision was to go through, it would show just how serious companies are taking the iPad with a serious rival set to stand aside to their biggest rivals in the market they are rumoured to be entering by the end of the year, with already ARM version of Windows 8 being produced. The timing of the release of the app is expected to go hand in hand with the iPad 3 release, perfect for Apple.
"A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the yet to be released Windows 8 desktop operating system."
The only competition Microsoft Office would face on the App Store would be Apple’s own iWork suite which works efficiently on iPad but has fallen short of key services needed such as DropBox support but does boast iCloud sync. The move from Microsoft could also see a step up in Apple’s own iWork ’09 suite which is already in need of change. There are also currently some free third party applications which offer a capped Microsoft Office with apps such as OnLive (US only) and CloudOn (US and recently introduced to the UK) which offer the ability to edit and create documents.
The move could also path the way for other big name companies to bow down to Apple’s superiority with companies such as RIM desperately in need of re-inventing themselves and could possibly see BlackBerry Messenger, BBM, coming to the iPhone.
The rumours keep on coming. The latest one to hit the news is about the form factor, a factor that proved to be rather deciding in the case of the iPhone 4S, rather than the name itself. MICGadget reports on photos they have of an iPad 2 and 3 side by side to compare the exterior design.
From observing MIC’s pictures of what is believed to be the next iPad to be launched on March 7th, there is just about enough evidence that the iPad 3 looks thicker despite the propaganda to promote this minute insignificance. The thickness comes from a larger degree of the iPad with tapered edges.
It is easier to see here, in the shot above, what point MICGadget are trying to inform us of with the difference in thickness with the iPad 3 being 1-1.5mm thicker than its predecessor. They also claim there is a larger camera lens hole to supposedly suggest a rumoured 8mp camera.
Core Info is unsure about the prospects of this rumour but believe that even if it was to be true, it would barely make a difference to the already near perfect design of the iPad currently. However, we strongly believe that iPad 3 will boast a better camera of about that quality.
These are just two of the rumoured features for the next generation iPad which is expected to be unveiled on 7th March alongside new iOS software, iOS 5.1. Other rumoured features involve 4G LTE capabilities and a quad-core processor.
One of the possible areas for the upgrade of the iPad is Apple’s almost 1 year old A5 dual core processor, which has been ported to the iPhone 4S after being debuted in the iPad 2 in March 2011.
For weeks, we have been expecting an A6, quad-core processor to succeed A5 dual-core Apple currently have in their iDevice range. Just like we were wrong about the release of the iPhone 5, WeiPhone suggests that we could be wrong about the name of the upgraded processor which they believe will be named the A5X.
The processor has a date code of ‘1146’ on it, stating it was manufactured in the 46th week of 2011 which corresponds to 14-20 November. Also on the board shows 16 GB flash memory from Hynix and an Apple logo. The chip’s form factor matches ones found in previous to ones on previous generations of the iPad.
Only earlier this week Core Info reported on Siri being able to speak Japanese, an ability unknown to all. A brief updates to this report is that Apple have now changed the response Siri gives when asked “What languages do you speak?” Apple have realised the leak and have corrected it. When Siri is asked the same question, it just has mundane response of being able to speak English, German and French.
It seems that once again, Apple have released information about the upcoming iOS 5.1 update. We definitely expect Siri to be speaking Japanese soon and this is a fact. We could also possibly see Siri learning more languages in time for March 7, the rumoured date for the release of iPad 3 and iOS 5.1. These languages include the one stated on Apple’s websites, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Ahead of an expected iOS 5 update, iOS 5.1, the latest rumour to hit the shelves is an updated iOS Notes application. This would be expected for an Apple iPhone app which has barely been updated since the launch of the original iPhone. The newly found expectations of things to come in iOS 5, despite non of these features having been revealed in any of the iOS 5.1 betas, is the ability of Rich Text Editing and Formatting.
In the recently reported release of Mountain Lion, a future OS X upgrade, combined iPad’s functionality with OS X. This included a first time release of a Notes App which gave functionality to include pictures in Notes, one big feature that has been missing from the iPad’s and iPhone’s notes app for sometime now. Now, iPhone Hellas has reported on their capture of a iPhone notes app to be launched in iOS 5.1 which features Rich Text Editing, not photos.
Core Info marks this rumour as CREDIBLE. However, we also believe the changes will be taken further and the ability to add photos, and possibly videos, to text. Another expectation that Core Info has, is the functionality of sending notes as messages, in addition to the standard functionality of emailing and printing.
Nearly a week ago, CoreInfo posted our expectations for the iPad 3 and a rumour round up of what to expect. Over several months, a Retina iPad 3 has been a hot topic with many stories debating whether Apple could pull it off. However, CoreInfo branded it is the most credible rumour for the next generation iPad we have seen. There have been many part leaks of a different iPad 3 screen but non-have had any or enough evidence to take it out of the rumour state.
However, that has all just changed. MacRumors were able to obtain an iPad 3 ‘leaked’ display and sent it for examination under a microscope to test if the claims were true. With the naked eye, it is impossible to tell the DPI but it is confirmed that the screen size has the size diagonal 9.7” display.
From MacRumors tests, the results were very simple. When comparing the iPad 2 display and iPad 3, the iPad 3’s pixels were ¼ of the size of the iPad 2. On the iPad 2 there is a collection of 4 pixels (2x2) but on the iPad 3 we see 16 pixels (4x4) in exactly the same area. Extrapolating the results, MacRumors expect a full resolution of 2048x1536, which is twice the resolution of the iPad 1 and 2 at 1024x768 producing very clear and sharp images on the display.
This is expected to be a major and compelling reason to purchase or upgrade to the iPad 3 where it is also speculated to be launched on 7th March. Two other rumoured and debatable features are whether the iPad 3 will have an A6, quad-core processor and/or LTE 4G capabilities.
Apple update guides to make it easier than ever for new developers
In the forever, on-going war between Apple and Android there are a couple of features of iOS which you could never get anywhere else. A major reason to choose iOS over Android is the sheer quantity of fantastic apps and the work rate of development of these apps is far higher than any other platform. Core Info also recently reported on the App Store getting set to celebrate 25,000,000,000 downloads, the biggest on any platform ever.
To help iOS stay ahead of the game, despite the fact that Android is never catching up in that department, Apple have posted fantastically simple and easy guides to help new developers make their ideas come to life. The “Start Developing iOS Apps Today” guide offers great assistance into what actually is needed to go in and build an app. The guide takes you from downloading Xcode then all the way to putting your app on the App store with coding language, design patters and frameworks all included in this very comprehensive guide in the iOS Developer Library.
All these extra steps taken help Apple stay ahead of the game and hopefully in the near future, we will see some great apps on the App Store. If you have a Mac and you are interested in creating your own App, there has never been a better reason to start now!
Apple Countdown to 25th Billion App downloaded with a $10,000 Gift Card Prize
Apple, today, published a running count of the number of apps downloaded on the App Store on the front page, so it had to be big news. Apple is marking the 25th billion app download, unbelievable accomplishment for a service which launched July 2008 with a big prize in store for whoever downloads the 25th billion application. Entries can be made via downloading/purchasing an app or by filling out an entry form on Apple’s website. The winner of the grand prize will be whoever downloads the 25th billion app or whoever submits their entry form instantly after the 24,999,999,999 app download.
As of today, nearly 25 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 25 billionth app, and you could win a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card.* Just visit the App Store and download your best app yet.
It is not the first time Apple has offered such extravagant prizes for simply downloading an app in perfect time. Previously, Apple has marked the achievement of 10,000,000,000 app downloads with the same $10,000 reward, just over a year ago. Again, the same offering was given to the person who downloaded the 10,000,000,000 song in the iTunes Music Store.
You can keep of how many apps have been downloaded and to calculate when to make your move by visiting Apple’s website or by opening the App Store on any iOS device and entering the featured section. Good luck to all who enter from Core Info.
The ‘25 Billion’ feature on the App Store for iPad - accessible via the Featured tab on any iOS device.
Windows, most probably in response to the surprise of brand new competition following the preview of Apple’s Mountain Lion, have unveiled their latest logo for their soon to be announced software, Windows 8 which should come before the end of the year. Windows 8 will come as an OS to run on both computers and tablets, differentiating from Apple who believes there is a significant difference between software and hardware.
A key stepping stone to creating any new hardware is the logo. Previously when it has come to Window’s logos, they have typically been a multi-coloured flag with red, green, blue and yellow in each quadrant. However, for the release of Windows 8, the logo will look rather different this time matching the OS it represents for change.
Looking at the timeline of previous Windows logos, Windows 8 matches up to the one used for Windows 1.0. It loses all elements of the flag shape or multi-colour, it is now just… a window. The separate tiles match the ‘metro’ style tabs which are featured heavily in the OS. It has also been likened to the inverse of the Finnish flag and a 5 minute design made by a 10 year old in paint.
Which logo do you prefer, the big cat or the basic window?
Since the App store launched, all the way back in July 2010, Angry Birds became one of the most popular hand-held games for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android. Angry Birds and Doodle Jump become the two major successful apps ever.
Since its initial release, Angry Birds hasn’t really dramatically developed. Instead, Rovio, developed Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio.
The project of the next Angry Birds is due to revealed in full on 22nd March in an Angry Birds: Space. There is a trailer of what you can expect.
Apple aims to fix Antenna-gate lawsuit with a free iPhone bumper or $15 for iPhone 4 owners
The iPhone 4 was released in June 2010, with a brand new design and a re-designed antenna system which was incorporated in a stainless steel band which wrapped around the edge of the phone. However the phone, designed Jonathan Ive, lead to many complaints about the antenna signal when users held the lower left edge of the phone. This resulted in many dropped calls and poor signal strength for users globally. The only real solution available to help fix the problem was to use a bumper. Many customers sent complaints in and a few lawsuits started to develop.
Apple then responded to the situation, firstly advising all iPhone 4 users to “avoid gripping [the phone] in the lower left corner” and then later, Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone owners would be entitled to a free iPhone bumper or a refund to users who had already purchased one.
20 months later, one of the lawsuits is finally seeing a settlement.
The settlement comes from 18 separate lawsuits that were consolidated into one. All share the claim that Apple was “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4–particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”
From the settlement from Apple, it seems that original iPhone 4 buyers will be offered $15.00 or a free bumper to help resolve the issue, once and for all. An additional website will be set up, www.iPhone4Settlement.com, in the next few weeks where owners can find out what they are entitled to. At the moment, it is unsure that Apple will offer the re-numeration to those who previously were given free bumpers over 20 months ago. Included in terms of the settlement is that Apple is obliged to email all iPhone 4 owner and the customers will have 120 days to claim.
In the latest model of the iPhone, these issues seemed to have been cleared up despite the phone sharing the same form factor as it predecessor. This has also been confirmed by a Consumer Reports study.
Giveaway: MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free only for a limited time!
Core Info is giving away unlimited copies of MacX DVD Ripper Pro for both Windows and Mac. No sign up or entry required, just visit the link below. MacX DVD offers a fantastic range of products associated with video. MacX DVD allows you to convert all DVDs to different formats to play on any of your iOS devices or even just for your PC or Mac as well as making copies of DVDs and saving them to your hard drive. It is the number 1 solution to get DVDs to iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
As well as free software, MacX DVD are also offering savings of $70.00 on the rest of their great products.
When you have clicked the link, you will be taken to the MacX DVD site. There is a banner present of the remaining time the giveaway remains valid for. Underneath, there are links to both Mac and Windows versions.
When you have installed the program, you will face a similar screen to this, asking you to enter the license. The license is located just before the download links and works universally for everyone.
I hope you enjoy this really great piece of software from a deal which comes courtesy of MacX DVD and that you stay tuned for more fantastic deals like this to come soon!
EA, in similar fashion to other holidays, are marking the upcoming President’s Day (the third Monday of February) with bumper sales across their whole range of apps. They are now selling fantastic apps at a mere price point of $0.99 or £0.69, a true bargain. Sales won’t last long so act fast!
The creators of Slide to Unlock, The Falco Initiative, have successful taken a frequent task for all iOS users and have turned it into an enjoyable game to play and compete with your friends. They have transformed a message that you see every time to unlock your iOS device, to a simple yet addictive game. There is currently only iPhone and iPod Touch as no iPad version has been released.
The game itself comes with a classic mode where you unlock as quickly as you can to prevent a build-up of 5 different slide-to-unlock bars. The app works with OpenFeint and Game Center an also gives you the option to share your score with others on Facebook and Twitter. As well as social options, the iconic click is played when you slide.
Another great addition to the game is a speed recorder where it tracks how many you unlock, in how many seconds to create an accurate time of how long it takes you to fully slide and unlock your device. Compare your times with friends and make it quicker to unlock your phone.
Overall, it is an addictive game to play whenever you have a minute spare and offers a really good concept which is executed perfectly. However, earlier CoreInfo reported on a rumoured pre-release GM iOS 5.1. A minor feature which was shown was a changed lock screen interface, with the option to slide down and access the camera a permanently available which, if proved true, would change the length of the slide to unlock bar. This would result is the game being forced to update and change but The Falco Initiative would therefore be able to expand the previously limited areas to build up the game.
Even if that was to be the case, it is a fantastic addictive game which I definitely recommend you try out.
Due to increasing rumours and predictions of a highly anticipated and speculated product, Apple’s ‘hobby’ product has disappeared from the Best Buy inventory. The device which sold over 3 million units in 2011, with 1 million coming in the final quarter alone is now not available in Best Buy as the major retailer expects a release of Apple’s own rumoured TV.
The addition of features such as AirPlay in iOS 5 and AirPlay mirroring (for iPad 2, iPhone 4S and now Mountain Lion Macs) made the small TV media centre hub an attractive buy at only $100 or £100. Tim Cook announced the importance of the Apple TV when at GST.
It is a strange move for BestBuy to make as we don’t see an Apple TV set launch until the summer, maybe BestBuy know a little bit more than we do? It is very unlikely that we will see a release of Apple’s own TV set on March 7th with the rumoured release of the next iPad; it is more credible that it will arrive with the iPhone 5.
Pre-Gold Master iOS 5.1 to include Japanese and Camera slider
According to BlogdoiPhone, they have acquired a pre-released copy of iOS 5.1 in a GM (Gold Master, almost final version software before public release) state.
Their findings from this ‘GM iOS 5.1’ include only minor feature updates applicable to the lock screen and Siri.
From images shown on their website, iOS 5.1 will have a permanent camera quick-unlock feature. There would now be no need to double tap the home button to reveal the button to take you directly into the camera app, just the need to pull up the camera icon up to take you into the app. This would be quicker than repeatedly pressing the home button and so is a welcomed minor change to a feature Apple brought to the iOS platform in October.
The other feature found by BlogdoiPhone was Siri with the option for Japanese, an imminent feature which has already been covered by CoreInfo.
Despite questioning the legitimacy of BlogdoiPhone, it is know for carriers to receive early iOS builds that are not offerd as betas for developers. The two changes are nothing monumental but would be welcomed additions to the iOS platform. We are expecting the release of iOS 5.1 to coincide with the next generation iPad release at a rumoured date of 7th March.
More iOS Devices sold in 2011 than the number of Macs in almost 30 years
If Apple needed any more evidence to economically satisfy the continual merging of iOS and OS X, this is the icing on the cake. Horace Dediiu from Asymco noticed an astonishing statistic when comparing the number of iOS devices sold compared to Macs. The iOS platform reached 316 million cumulative units at the end of last year. The iOS platform overtook the OS X platform in under four years and more iOS devices were sold in 2011 (156 million) than all the Macs ever sold (122 million).
"This 55 is something no one would have guessed. Including us. To put it in context, it took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs. It took us about 5 years to sell 22 million iPods, and it took us about 3 years to sell that many iPhones. And so, this thing is, as you said, it’s on a trajectory that’s off the charts."
The recent Mac software update, Mountain Lion, showed signs that everyone is progressing into a post-pc era. OS X’s rival, Windows, is a moving to create their latest OS, Windows 8. The stand-out feature in Windows 8 is the Windows Phone 7 style ‘Metro’ UI. From what we have seen in the developers preview of Windows 8 is the inclusion of a very touched based feel to the new operating system. It seems natural for us to use our hands to select the different elements of the grid, which is a feature which is not comfortable with a generic keyboard and mouse. Microsoft did explicitly state that it was meant for use on tablet and desktop. Apple are looking at this is a completely different perspective. A bridge is being formed between the iPad and Mac but that doesn’t mean that they will both run the same OS. Apple are showing the true difference between software and hardware. There is an important, yet subtle difference in the two and this is which Apple is differentiating and distinguishing.
In a recent interview with Tim Cook, CEO, he also explained the decrease in Mac sales but sore of 111% growth and 55 million iPad sales. He admitted that the company have to stay focused on the best for Apple, which is most definitely the iPad. Mountain Lion is a collaboration of iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, inspired from the iPad, taking in iPad functionality such as messages, reminders and notification centre.
What was so interesting is the removal of the title ‘Mac’ from OS X Mountain Lion. This confirms the fate for the Mac, the iPad is taking over. Apple even markets the development of OS X as ‘features you love on the iPad’. It is as if the iPad and MacBook ‘hooked up’, the phrase used by Steve Jobs.
In rather unusual circumstances, Apple developers found themselves with a rather unusual package being delivered to them. To everyone’s surprise, it was the preview version of OS X 10.8 aka ‘Mountain Lion’. This move came just in time to steal most of the possible glory from soon-to-be-released Windows 8. This was such a shock as Apple normally announce a new version of the OS at a conference, such as the preview of OS X Lion, however the arrival of OS X Mountain Lion came largely unannounced.
The highlight of the new features to OS X:
iMessage – this service recently brought to iOS is revealed for Mac to replace iChat.
Reminders – now a separate app, again similarly on iOS, is available to create tasks, view and check off reminders. This spares the previously hidden interface of iCal which was used to manage tasks before.
Notes – similar to the iOS Version.
Notification centre – pop-up notifications from apps now on your Mac
Game Center – a games hub, similar to the iOS app
AirPlay mirroring – stream your Mac’s display over the air to an Apple TV
Documents in the cloud – an efficient, Apple based iCloud DropBox rival.
To sum up all these fantastic features that will be available for the Mac when Mountain Lion is released in the summer, it is definitely a merging of a very successful OS X with brilliant features from iOS 5. This shows the unifying of two operating systems, which makes sense, as we enter a post-pc era.
Precision and detail is the name of the game for Apple
When browsing Apple’s website, looking at products which are being showcased, all of these products are matched by majestic, high quality photographs of each item in use. The images sell the product so well that it was believed they were produce of computer imagery.
Today, we learnt that these pictures are a result of Apple’s trait for attention to high detail, a characteristic very much implemented by Steve Jobs. A photographer, Dwight Eschliman, who recently visited Apple’s Photo Studio to take images of the iPod Touch, expressed his Apple experience in his blog.
“The most challenging aspect of shooting store panels for Apple is the balance between the size of the file and the depth of field. Often the products small enough that our depth of field is very narrow. In order for the product to appear entirely in focus, we have to shoot a number of focus zones, which are stitched together in post. “
As well as his images, some very interesting information is included as well. He commented that one single image of the iPod Touch took 54 frames for the device to appear perfectly in focus. That is an insanely high degree of commitment and work for just an image.
The information learnt today most definitely sums up what Apple stands for as a company and puts them ahead of the rest.
There is now no doubt that Tim Cook is the right man to run Apple
Having taken over as CEO of Apple from Steve Jobs in August 2011, everyone knew that Cook would have some very large shoes to fill; the shoes of a man who made Apple the company what it is today.
Tim Cook has only made one key public appearance before his Goldman Sachs Conference, the iPhone 4S conference. Here Tim Cook took the front line of the launch for the first time. He was received as a nervy candidate but who could ever fill the shoes of Steve Jobs on their first try? Nobody. However on his recent radio conference, he has changed the public perception of himself completely. He was superb.
On Wednesday, the unseen side of Tim Cook was shown where he displayed passion, vision and integrity. Cook went on to mention; working conditions at Apple’s factories in China, the TV market, Siri and iCloud as well as, the future for Apple. After an impressing performance from Tim Cook so far, he really rounded it off at the end, when discussing, “What do you think your leadership may bring to change Apple, and what are you really determined to maintain?”
“I think the most important part of that question is the second part. Apple is this unique company, unique culture, that you can’t replicate. And I’m not going to witness, or permit the slow undoing of it because I believe in it so deeply. Steve [Jobs] drilled in all of us over many years that the company should revolve around great products and that we should stay extremely focused on few things, rather than try to do so many that we did nothing well. We should only go into a market where we can make a significant contribution to society — not just sell a lot of products. And so these things, along with keeping excellence as an expectation of everything in Apple, these are the things that I focus on because I think that these are the things that make Apple this magical place that really smart people want to work in and sort of do not just their life’s work, but their life’s best work.
There’s no better thrill than to look out at an audience — I can’t see anything because of these lights — look at the audience and see people using iPhones, or go to the gym and see people using iPods, or go to Starbucks and see people using iPads. These are the things that bring a smile to my face. There’s no replacement or substitute for that. And so we’re always focused on the future. We don’t sit and think about how great things were yesterday. I love that trait because I think it’s the thing that drives us all forward. Those are the things I’m holding onto. It’s a privilege to be a part of it.”
Overall, it was a very solid performance from Tim Cooking demonstrating why Apple chose to replace him as CEO. A previously unseen side of Tim Cook was revealed and we hope to see more of the same come from in future keynotes.
This year should bring a higher number of mobiles than people according to Cisco from analysis based of the growing global mobile data traffic with predications of 10 billion connected mobile handsets around the world by 2016. That year should also bring a projection that networks will be carrying 130 exabytes, a figure that is 11x the estimated information content of all human knowledge. The report also included information that for 2011, mobile data traffic was 8x the size of the global internet in 2000.
The causes of higher rates data consumption are directly related to the rise of tablets and 4G signals.
Cisco found that 34 million tablets were in use last year, with each tablet accountable for more than 3x the traffic created by mobiles.
The report also featured the current use of 4G, a service available to only 0.2% of devices but has already accounted for 6% of data traffic.
For those who are in need of an alternative to-do list to the Reminders app provided by Apple, or whose who just want to see an app that is stunning beautiful, Clear is most definitely the app for you with a small price of $0.99 or £0.69
Clear is unique, simple and intuitive UI something you could most definitely match with Apple’s own style and methodology of the UI of iOS. What makes Clear so brilliant is the simplicity. There are no due dates or reminders. All you have to do is get the task done, with no messing.
Gestures also play a big part in Clear. Whether it is to delete or check off a task, move into the different layers or pinching apart tasks or list to create a new one. This makes Clear very quick, simple and easy. Each interaction is also paired with fantastic tones, and optional vibrations, which creates a fantastic environment. All features are very minimalistic, which is a definite plus when trying to sort out reminders. Themes are also added with a diverse range. You can also enable new Clear themes when installing partnered apps such as TweetBot, this rewards you with a unique theme styled around the TweetBot colour scheme. Another means of installing new themes is via a social interaction and following members of the Clear Theme.
I would most definitely recommend this app to all list maker, no matter what app you use currently to enhance your productivity, Clear definitely offers a new way of viewing your day to day tasks. The only area in which Clear could change is the integration of iCloud syncing, however this will probably be added when the iPad version is released.
After recently discussing the provisional names for the eagerly anticipated 3rd Generation iPad release, we now know that Apple will be unlikely to continue their iDevice line if we see a highly speculated Apple TV.
One obvious name for TV would be adding a simple ‘i’, something that has become the mark of revolutionary devices. However, Apple have been warned by a British television channel, ITV, against using the name and the possible threat of legal action should the name be pursued.
When Apple first launched their current line of Apple TV, a box for your current TV to form a media centre hub, the first generation was named iTV but they were quickly forced to change back to ‘Apple TV’.
The quick-fix solution could be just discontinuing their line of Apple TV’s but that would not only bring confusion but destroy a ‘hobby’ that sold 3 million units in the last year, with 1 million in the last quarter alone.
As this could be seen as a potential problem, the iPod was not the most clear cut name for a portable music player so we could see a slightly different name. Apple do also have the spending power to purchase ITV channel with tons of cash left over but this should be seen as an outside bet.
After earlier news in the day that Apple were beginning to clamp down on the use of Siri on non-iPhone devices, new responses have been found when using Siri. Most notable when Siri is asked “What languages do you speak?” Siri’s new response includes that it has the ability to communicate in Japanese, a language not present in any Siri options.
This shows that we should see some potential Siri updates sometime soon with the launch of the next iPad to be a prime opportunity for Siri to not only expand its languages, with Mandarin Chinese and Russian also rumoured for the near feature, but we could also see the addition of much craved tasks such as “Read me my email” or “Open an app”.
Many using Siri on non-iPhone 4S devices have reported difficulty in utilising their Siri server. This, however, has only been reported by some and others running the third-party server are facing no issues.
Currently, it is unsure whether these are Apple’s first steps to eliminating illegitimate users of their ‘indispensable’ beta functionality. Since the iPhone 4S jailbreak release on 20th January, Apple have taken no action on the ready availability of Siri to non-4S devices such as the iPod Touch and iPhone 4. We are all waiting for Apple to respond and this could well be Apple’s first attempt and we should expect more to follow.
7 March is now seen as the probable unveiling date for the next generation iPad. It seems that we are in the familiar stage where rumours and beliefs tend to match one another from analyst to analyst with now iMore and AllThingsD working along the same brainwaves. A third has been added to the growing list with Jim Dalrymple of LoopInsight agreeing. The rumoured dates agree with history and Apple respects its history with the release of the iPad 2 on 2nd March 2011. However, the iPhone 4S event was as late as October when analysts had predicted an earlier September event.
It will certainly be interesting when we have an actual date confirmed but this is the best guess for now.
Another way to mark such a remarkable turn-a-round in this growing company is via share price. Today, Apple find their stock price at $500 a share for the first compared to a mere $3.19 when the Apple looked near bankruptcy in 1997.
4G is most definitely the future for Internet access with tons of potential, it looks like we are progressing nicely to reaching this technological break through. But, what is the current state of 4G? At the moment, this technology is only with the U.S. and Japan with other countries trailing behind.
There are currently 3 different systems of 4G in the U.S. Spirnt has WiMax system which receives data speeds between 3-6mbps. This service is available in over 30 cities.
T-mobile, currently uses a method called HSPA+, it is not officially 4G but it still receives similar speeds to Sprint with around download speeds of 3-6mbps range and is offered in double the amount of cities as Sprint’s WiMax.
Verizon deploys an LTE network, this has the potential to be up to 10x faster than the speeds of WiMax or HSPA+ and has the opportunity to be available in a lot more cities. Up until recently, 4G was considered to be a speed of 100mbps which Verizon could potentially match if LTE grows to become the network Verizon claims it will be, even so, it will not be there all the time. So currently in the United States there is no 4G, just something better than 3G. It could be years before phones can reach speeds of 100mbps or even in our homes.
The cost for other countries to rival the quickest data connection speeds is huge. In Britain, a country very much behind the rest, Ofcom is unveiling its plans for 4G coverage. However, there are many different means to offset the costs. The main method is buy selling the rights, a scheme which is aimed to raise as much as £10 billion. O2, a UK mobile service provider, is currently offering a 4G trial in London.
Enough about names, what we are all excited about are the features to come.
First of all, we have to mention the highly anticipated retina display. The limit of information we have had about this from the rumours so far is the description of, ‘Truly amazing’ display. A retina display would be a fantastic feature for the next iPad, when it arrived on the iPhone we could all tell the difference. All it took was one glimpse back at our old iDevices and then back to our iPhone 4 and we knew what Apple was talking about. This would again be a significant step forward for not only Apple but the consumer field of developed screens with high DPI. Looking back on the iPhone 4, its screen was one of a kind back when it was released but if you look on, now every mid-high end smart phone has a screen with a high DPI; with some even beating Apple’s!
Another predicted feature is Siri. At the moment, it is an iPhone 4S exclusive but it would most definitely make sense for Apple to include this amongst the list of new features. Hopefully, iOS 5.1 should co-inside with the iPad release bringing new commands to Siri, such as take a photo or open an app that the Jailbreak community are already streets ahead, which are much needed along with support for more languages.
Finally, a much debated topic is whether the next generation iPad will have 4G connectivity. Probably the most disappointing feature about the iPhone 4S, not the name or form factor, is the battery level. Despite the world of technology needing a battery development breakthrough, the iPhone’s battery wasn’t up to par with its predecessor. A major problem with the current line of 4G phones, most notoriously the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, is the demand of power needed to compensate for these magnificent data speeds. However, currently the iPad has a very solid battery lasting about 10 hours. It would make sense for Apple to in sense ‘trial’ 4G on the iPad’s long battery life. Verizon has also come out with a statement that all future devices must be compatible for their hyper speeds in the market leading 4G speeds. Despite this, Apple doesn’t really need to comply but it makes for an interesting case. If we are to see the iPhone begin the line of 4G, it could be disastrous especially after the last product launch.
In conclusion, I believe we might well see 4G in the release expected next March. It is still unpredictable, like always, to pre-judge the next moves of Apple but now seems a great time to test this craved technology making it ready for the iPhone 5.
Amid the standard hype, crazy analysts and leaked case designs, it is almost a year since the release of the iPad 2, 11th March 2011 and craze for the next generation iPad is at its peak. Despite rumours of this iPad ‘X’ ever since the iPad 2 hit consumer hands, they are starting to solidify to form a comprehend-able product.
Here, I think it is appropriate to name this rumoured device as the iPad ‘X’ as Apple tends to follow trends, and that of historical trends. We all have no doubt that it will be the 3rd generation iPad but when we all expected the release of the iPhone 4 back in 8th June 2009, Apple landed us with the iPhone 3GS. For a more recent reference, just look at the release of the October iPhone 4S. Analysts were certain of the much craved ‘iPhone 5’ but to our disappointment, probably originating from these rumours themselves, we got something completely different. What is so amazing here is the power built from these speculations without Apple uttering a word. To have the whole world waiting on just a speculated, untouched upon product is just truly incredible and is a fantastic reflection of how Apple have risen into the company they are today and their global dominance. The name is only a title but does have an underrated overall significance on the product.
What are the possibilities of the name of the next iPad? Maybe ‘iPad 3’, ‘iPad HD’ or even the chilling ‘iPad 2S’!
I believe that the name will truly depend in the features of the next iPad. If it has that retina display, maybe the iPad HD? If it is just a half justifiable upgrade from the iPad 2 then maybe the 2S? Have Apple acknowledged that the globe was waiting for the iPhone 5 but they only delivered the 4S. No-one can tell at the moment but it will definitely be interesting!