Thursday, January 24, 2013

Update

I apologize that I haven't written anything in a long time. I haven't forgotten, nor completely abandoned my blog. School and work have been my life for the last several months and I haven't had much time to work on anything else. I do plan on posting in the future and I'm also potentially looking to move to a .com domain at some point so that I'm hosting and running the entire blog myself.
Stay tuned! Hopefully I'll post a couple times this summer and I'm hoping to post a bit more over the summer.
Matthew

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

iPad mini announced!

Apple announced an iPad mini that is as thin as pencil and weighs just over half a pound, as light as a pad of paper. It has a 7.9" display. Apple has made the iPad so that it has the same resolution as the 1024 x 768 iPad 2, so no extra work for developers. It sports a 720p FaceTime HD camera, a 5MP iSight camera, and a dual core A5 chip, as well as having LTE. And even though it's a smaller form factor, it still has a 10-hour battery life! It starts at $329 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only.

New retina 13" MacBook Pro!

This morning, Apple announced an all-new 13" retina MacBook Pro. It is very similar to the 15" retina announced at WWDC. The one downside that I see is that it isn't user-serviceable and it doesn't have an optical drive. Not that I want an optical drive, but I want to be able to put a second hard drive in the optical bay for a lot more space. As a video editor, I really need the extra space.

Live streaming of the Apple event today

Today is another big day! Apple
has scheduled an event for 10:00 AM PDT where the rumors are that they will release the long-awaited iPad mini. Apple decided to live stream this event, something they haven't done for awhile. Usually Apple releases the video later in the day, but there hasn't been a live stream in a couple years. That's all changed now! You can watch live video from the event here: http://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2012/

Note: you must use Safari or iOS to watch the event. Chrome for OS X doesn't work :-(

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October 23rd

It's been awhile since I've written, since I've been busy, but there's news!! The rumors are confirmed; there is going to be an Apple event on October 23rd. Attendees began receiving invitations on Tuesday, according to iMore and Arstechnica. The tagline? "We've got a little more to show you." And interesting tagline, especially considering that all the rumors are pointing to the release of a smaller (little), 7.85" iPad. In addition, Apple is also rumored to refresh the iPad 3, with the new Lightning connector, as well as iMacs, Mac minis, 13-inch retina MacBook Pro, and the release of iTunes 11.


It's looking like it will be a very interesting event. The only thing that I'm almost completely sure about: the iPad mini (or the iPad Junior, as Dan Benjamin likes to call it), and the release of iTunes 11. There's been a lot of news about the rumored iPad, dating all the way back to February 15th with an article from the Wall Street Journal. Over the course of the last few months, there have been so many rumors about the smaller iPad that it lends quite a bit of credibility to the existence of such a device.
iTunes 11 was previewed at the iPhone 5 event, and the release date? October. It would make sense that iTunes 11 would be released this next Tuesday along with the iPad mini. We'll just have to wait to see then!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12th liveblog feeds

iPhone 5 Yerba Buena September 12th, 2012
Today is the big day! If you are like me, you've been looking forward to what will be announced and are going to follow all the liveblogs. So here are a couple (well, okay...more than a couple...lots) of links to liveblog feeds for the event: SlashGearAppleFanSite, The Verge, Mac Life, Engadget, gdgt, Cnet, TIME, Gizmodo.

And some live coverage links: AppleKeynotesMacBreak Weekly.

Take your pick of the links above. They are all good live blogs and you can't really go wrong with any of them.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The September 12th event

It's official! The rumored September 12th event was  officially announced on the 4th! It is assumed by the invitation that this is the long awaited, long rumored iPhone 5 release. I've seen many, many crazy rumors about what the new iPhone might have/look like. However, some of the rumors I think are very likely. I'll cover a few of the most interesting rumors here.

  • LTE. The iPad 3 already has LTE, and it would only make sense for the new iPhone to have the same technology. Of the many rumors floating around, I think this is the most likely one by far.
  • A 4-inch screen. Many sites have already reported that the new iPhone will sport a new 4-inch display. It makes sense, considering that the 3.5 inch display is a bit small and cramped, especially next to other hot smartphones such as the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III, the 4.3-inch Nokia Lumia 900  and especially the gigantic 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display back when it was released in 2007, over 5 years ago. The industry has changed dramatically since the original release and I think it's time for change. Also, rumors are saying that the new iPhone won't be wider, just taller. This makes total sense, considering that scaling up the display will drop the DPI to a lower than retina resolution. If the iPhone 5 has the rumored screen it will also be 16:9, a nice change from the 4:3 of the iPad and the 3:2 of all the other iPhones. Rene Ritchie has a good post over on iMore that explains this in much more detail. I think this would be a welcome and very likely change to the next generation iPhone.
  • A new dock connector. Cnet and several other sites have circulated a rumor that Apple is changing the 30-pin dock connector. However, they can't all agree on what the new dock connector will be. Some say a 19-pin connector, some say 9-pin, others say 8-pin...it's all a crazy mess. One thing they do all agree on is that the 30-pin is out and a new connector is coming to take its place. I don't really have a strong opinion on this one. The 30-pin connector is over a decade old, since it shipped with the very first iPod, released on 2001. Technology has come a long way since 2001, and what was once accomplished by a large 30-pin connector can now be replaced by a tiny connector that could be even smaller than USB. I don't really know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, a smaller and potentially thinner data port will allow for a thinner and lighter iPhone. One the other hand, many people have a vested interest in the 30-pin connector. They've bought charging cables, docks, speakers, alarm clocks, and even cars that all have the same 30-pin connector. But, iLounge announced that Apple is rumored to sell an adapter. That brings along a whole set of other problems. The adapter is rumored to cost about $10, which is far from expensive, but a little adapter can easily get lost or misplaced. And what happens when you forget the adapter? More than likely you'll end up with a couple in each room, one in your bag, pocket, purse, etc. That $10 when multiplied out can get pricey. All that being said, I still don't have a strong opinion on the subject. I think Apple, whether or not it decides to change the dock connector, will have a good reason to change the connector.
Those are just a few of the most compelling and interesting rumors. More rumors can be found on various iPhone 5 rumor roundup pages. I will leave you one last piece of information, a leaked commercial for the iPhone 5. Watch it here:


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