Monday, October 31, 2011

Apple Has Begun Work on OS X 10.8

Apple has already started working on the next major release of Mac OS X, which is labeled as version 10.8.

Only Apple has released the final version of Mac OS X 10.7 (Leo) delivered to customers in July. OS X Lion was the first version of Mac OS X, the MacApp Store are sold, and it contained a number of new features for the Mac.This includes an IOS-like screen launcher application known as Launchpad, full-screen applications, a new interface combined Dashboard, Exposé and Spaces that Mission Control announced, improved multi-touch gestures, and improvements in a number of basic applications such as e-mail.

Previously, there was no indication of what we expect to see in Mac OS X10.8. Historically, Apple OS X major releases are published every two years:10.3 in 2003 10.4 in 2005 10.5 in 2007 10.6 in 2009 and 10.7 in 2011. Based on this model, we expect Apple Mac OS X 10.8 preview 2012, with the final version was made in 2013.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple Launching Siri-TV Set Within Year?

Apple television set mockup design courtesy Nick Bilton/New York Times

It seems to be true that Apple is definitely working on a television set project, according to Nick Bilton of the New York Times. The TV, which will be powered by Siri voice control, could be announced possibly in late 2012. Bilton quoting his sources saying that an Apple TV Set is a "guaranteed product for Apple" because "Steve Jobs thinks the industry is totally broken", which is stated in Steve Jobs' new biography.

Bilton says the TV Tech project has been in the plans for years, maybe as far back as 2007. How will the new Apple TV Set be controlled and why would it be different:

"It’s the stuff of science fiction.You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest. Of course this experience goes beyond just playing TV shows or the local news. As the line between television programming and Web content continues to erode, a Siri-powered television would become more necessary. You aren’t going to want to flip through file folders or baskets of content, checking off what you want. Telling Siri to “play videos of cute cats falling asleep” would return an endless YouTube stream of adorable napping fur balls."

Bilton believes strongly the television will be a reality, but says the Apple "still has quite a bit of work to do on the project", stating the physical design of the TV itself. He also states the cost of the display itself is a factor, even though prices are falling for consecutive years.

Is it true of an Apple television set being a reality? He finishes his statement... "It is coming, It’s not a matter of if it is, it’s a matter of when."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The New Macbook Wheel

The New MacBook Wheel lets consumers perform everyday tasks like typing with just a few dozens and dozens of spins and clicks of a the wheel. It will only take a couple hundred spins of the Wheel to type your next email! No need for a keyboard anymore...Apple has conquered the need for a keyboard problem!

Look for the next Mabook Wheel 2G due out early next year!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Steve Jobs: Fox News a Destructive Force

For those who have not read the new Steve Jobs Book by Walter Isaacson heres an excerpt from it regarding Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch's comunications which started between them of adding content for the iPad. Here is Jobs view of Fox news:

“Steve Jobs pressed Murdoch on Fox News, arguing that the network was destructive to the nation and harmful to Murdoch’s reputation: ”You’re blowing it with Fox News,’ Jobs told him over dinner. ‘The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.’ Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. ‘Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,’ he said. ‘I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.’ Murdoch later said he was used to people like Jobs complaining about Fox. ‘He’s got sort of a left-wing view on this,’ he said.”

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Apple News Online likes this reply best from a fellow reader of Apple News: 
"Jobs is way off base here. The destructive force in the US are labor unions and liberals. They are going all out to communize the US, take away private property, rights, destroy the constitution, and brain wash our kids. No way. Jobs wife is a huge liberal. Figures. Thank God for Fox News and the internet. Screw the garbage “Lame Stream Media”. Those days are over. We’re on to them. They don’t control the message-propaganda any more."
Besides Job's world view we are in aggreement of his brilliance regarding Apple, Technology and some Social Views.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Al Gore Low Point of Job's Celebration

After watching and being moved by the video of Steve Job's life celebration event I realized one thing, that Al Gore did not fit the mold of the other Apple speakers. Tim Cook spoke as did one of Steve's best friends and Apple employee Johnathan Ive and another fellow named Bill who has been at Apple since near the beginning.

They spoke with true love and compassion and humility for Job's and Apple. You feel it in their tone and reflection of their voices. In contrast, when Al Gore spoke you could feel arrogance, self glorifyed ego maniac's tone which did not fit the compassionate tone of the event. Every tone that came from his mouth was "look at me and how great I am". The other speakers were the exact opposite.

In fairness, Gore did make some good points about Apple, Steve and their products. One can't be all wrong and sit on Apple's board. I would have rather seen and heard Steve Wozniak speak instead. Perhaps he declined.

Thank God Al Gore was not our president as an ego like his leads to more self deception and decisions based on that are usually the wrong path as they are all about self glorification and not for the enjoyment (iPad) or the needs of others.

If anyone should have an ego it would be Steve Job's. But he decided long ago, after watching Apple emplyees become millionaires, way back in the beginning at the first offering of Apple stock, how it changed their personalities for the worst, that he would not go in that direction. Even after becoming a billionaire.

That is what made Steve great. Take note Mr. Gore, you ego maniac.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Watch Steve Job's Celebration Event

Apple has added the video of the celebration of Steve Jobs life on the website. Apple CEO Tim Cook said it has been the sadest two weeks of his life since Steves passing, but as Steve would have wanted it, we must all get back to living and doing the work at Apple that we love so much to do.

Be patient with the video loading... here it is.

Steve Jobs Talks about Google, Microsoft

Listen to Steve Jobs as he talks about what these two tech giants Google and MIcrosoft did not get in "60 Minutes Overtime".

Walter Isaacson taped many of his sessions of Steve Jobs being notoriouslyprivate and learned a lot about the complex life and personality of a man who usually shunned public eye. Isaacson shares the recordings with "60Minutes" more than 40 interviews he did with Steve

As a producer Graham Messick points out, these recordings were made on field trips and Jobs home. If you listen closely during the program "60Minutes" broadcast (Sunday at 7 pm ET / PT) you can hear the banging andsinging of children playing.

Isaacson was interviewed at home in Georgetown, and in this extract, thehistorian and former editor of Time magazine talks about "60 Minutes"correspondent Steve Kroft about some of the giants of today's and otherrivals and employment were in Silicon Valley.

Isaacson tells a story, going to the heart of what is a complex character of Steve Jobs, on Larry Page and  of Google, Finally, listen to how Steve Jobs rails about Microsoft and Google in audio tape of the interview Isaacson completed befoe Jobs died.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Apple Celebrates Steve Jobs Life

In a private event held at Apple's Campus in Cupertino California was a Celebration of his life for al the Apple employees and a few invited guest.

While the private celebration is off limits to the media and the public, those that attended are showing some details on the event and their feelings about it online in such places like Twitter, with most sharing the feeling that they are have a sense of closure and peace about Steve's death from the celebration event.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S news since its Launch

Apple stock has gone to its highest mark ever since the 422.86 it had earlier in the year. After the launch of the new iPhone 4S, the price went to $422.

Apple broke sales records at Sprint for one with the iPhone 4S. Sprint confirms that there were record number of activations for the 4S on launch day.

At AT&T there were also record activations that beat a previous iPhone launch. AT&T made this statement about the launch...

"As of 4:30 pm ET today, AT&T had already activated a record number of iPhones on our network – and is on-track to double our previous record for activations on a single day. These record volumes may produce slower activations for some customers, though our systems continue to run at record levels."

Also speed comparisons have started to crop up on video sites like Youtube of the iPhone 4 vs 4S. The new duel core Apple A5 chip is quite a speedy unit...heres a video showing the results:

And finally the launch of iPhone 4S brought us SIRI Voice companion. From a person who worked at Apple on Siri Application, "Apple engineers focused on keeping Siri's personality friendly and humble,  but with an edge." According to the source, they were thinking "How would we want a person to respond?" while developing the SIRI application software.

Why doesn't Siri work on iPhone 4? Who knows, maybe a hardware thing...would be nice though!

Here is a video demonstration Siri Application on the new iPhone 4S:

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

After Steve Jobs: The State of Apple

A good video of what might happen with Apple within the next 5 years or so. Some things mentioned are possible future prodcuts launches with some hopeful ideas of what some might want that not are availiable today. Some tid bits about Apple's current enplyees that will try to carry on the reigns that Steve Job's held for so long. Check it out...

Apple Dealing with iCloud/iOS Issues

Due to very high demand Apple has stopped letting users convert there MobileMe accounts to the iCloud account. I have tried from my iPod and my iPhone with no success. And I tried from my Macbook to convert my MobileMe account to iCloud just a few minutes ago and it did not finish the task.  Apple issued a statement reguarding the iCloud conversion yesterday...
"Due to high demand, we are temporarily limiting the number of users moving from MobileMe to iCloud. Please try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience."
Users wanting to upgrade to the new iOS 5 software have also reported issues. I myself had quite a few. My iPhone froze up and went into recovery mode and I literally could not do anything with it including using it with iTunes until it had finished recovery.

When it did finish, iTunes told me I had to restore the device software. Which some of you know it will erase your entire drive. Luckily Apple is smart and it automatically backs up the device before doing the re-fresh.

Updating my iPad, iPod Touch and my iPhone took a few hours and I had to re-start the install on the iPod and iPhone several times. Interesting thing is my iPad is attached to my girl friends Windows Vista laptop and it went without a hitch...go figure. Maybe it was because we did the iPad update fairly early in the morning most likely before the big rush to adapt to iOS 5 hit all the Apple servers.

Reports today are that things are starting to settle down to a "normal" load on the servers for the updates, however iCloud is still not letting MobileMe accounts convert to iCloud.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

iOS 5 Update Released See New Features

iOS 5 Software Update Released...

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

  • Notifications
    • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
    • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
    • View notifications from lock screen
    • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app.
  • iMessage...       

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple's iOS Availiable Oct. 12th

Apple will release their much talked about update to the iOS software package tommorrow! It will be their 5th iteration of this mobile platform. This software is dominating the mobile space with over 40% share including the iPad, iPod and the iPhone.

Look for over 200 new features included with this update. The one I'm most looking forward to is having my iPad and other iOS devices not have to be linked to iTunes. My iPad will finally be an independant computer standing on its own.

The other features I look forward to using are the new Newstand App. I read more magazines than books these days, I always have, and for me this will be fitting. iMessage also should be nice to be able to text without a cell phone contract or a cell phone for that matter.

So tommorrow plug in your iOS device into iTunes and get your update. Then sign up for iCloud for the double combo package all in one day!

iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your iOS 5 devices. Automatically and effortlessly, a seamless task for iCloud — it just works.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple employees to celebrate Steve Jobs life Oct 19

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent the following email to all Apple employees:

Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.
Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We’ll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside of Cupertino.
I look forward to seeing you there.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Jobs left 4 years of plans before his death

In spite knowing he was dying, Steve Jobs has been working for over a year on products, he says, safeguarding the future of the company. Steve Jobs fought to get plans approved for corporate headquarters space ship style in California. He was also to over see the development of the project which delayed icloud. allowing users of Apple to store their music, photos and other documents remotely and sync updated versions of the iPod, iPhone, iPhone and MacBook, ensuring at least four years worth of products in the pipeline, sources said.

Jobs died Wednesday, aged 56, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A few minutes after his death is confirmed, tributes were paid by world leaders, the bosses of the technologies most famous and fans around the world. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple's Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

After fighting pancreatic cancer Steve has lost his battle with this horrid disease. We are deeply saddened by this news here at Applenewsonline.

We are very appreciative of what Steve gave to this world with his unique way of thinking, a true free thinker. Wishing God Speed to his family and friends close to him. 

Thank you Steve for being you...we will miss you.

You are at rest now...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Live Review of the New iPhone 4S

"They were able to spend a few quality moments with the new iPhone 4S at Apple's campus, the Sprint version by the way. Much in the same way the 3GS improved the overall use of the 3G, the 4S does similar compared to the current iPhone 4. The dual-core Apple A5 chip is a huge improvement, and speeds around web pages, loading the camera application then launching it, just about everything about this new iPhone 4S just feels snappier, quicker, faster...robuster, is that a word?"

News from Apple's Media Event

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Sorry folks no iPhone 5! But Apple did come out with an iPhone 4S, a super powered duel core beast! The new iPhone 4S has Apple's A5 chip which is the same screamer that is in the iPad 2.

Here is a summery of today' announcements from Apple:
  • iPad Nano update - larger icons for easier navigation, price reduction.
  • iPhone 4S - A5 chip, new camera full 8 megapixael and HD1080p video.
  • Siri voice control - intelligent assistant helping you get things done just by asking.
  • Redesigned Antenna - switches between antennas for sending and receiving.
  • iOS 5 release date - October 12th.
  • New Apple Apps released - Find my friends and Cards

Here is Apple's Video released today about the iPhone4S

iPhone 4S launches Friday October 14th.

In the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. Pre-orders beginning Friday, October 7th. The iPhone 4S is available in both black and white and comes in three difference flavors: 16 GB ($199), 32 GB ($299), and 64 GB ($399). All prices are contract prices.

The iPhone 4S will debut in 22 countries by the end of October. Include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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About Siri Voice Recognition Assistant:
"Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it. Siri learns your voice and gets even better as it does"
 Siri is launching as a beta with support for English, French, and German.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Apple to unveil iPhone 5 Tuesday Oct 4

Apple fans are pumped up! The computer and gizmo maker is expected to announce a new version of its extremely popular smartphone this week, more than a year after it unveiled the very successful iPhone 4.

Last week, Apple emailed invites to their media event at its home base in Cupertino California on Tuesday morning. The invite stated; let's talk iPhone, implying the company intends to show off the latest version of the phone. In the past, Apple has introduced a new iPhone during the Summer, but this year it seemed Apple wanted to hold off until the fall.

Tim Cook should take the reigns this time as keynote speaker, although we here at Apple news online would like to see how Steve Jobs is doing with an appearance whether on stage or off.

Other expected news from the show will be iOS updates with live presentations and information about the latest on iCloud. Will Apple even mention wacking iWeb out from under its user base? Probally not. I sure would like to hear something or anything about "sorry about that".

Stay tuned, should be an interesting Tuesday.