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All posts tagged "wwdc 09"


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Apple Design Award Winners 2009

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2009/06/...s-2009-winners/

"The Apple Design Awards 2009 took place yesterday evening during the WWDC. The awards were designed to recognize some of the best iPhone and Mac software developers from all over the world. As can be expected, the competition was fierce, but someone has to win."

Apple had five categories for their Design Award: OS X Leopard Developer, iPhone Developer, iPhone Student App, OS X Student App and iPhone OS 3.0 Beta App. The iPhone Developer category, for example, had five winners: MLB At Bat 2009, Postage, Topple 2 and Tweetie. I have got to agree with the MLB win, that is a great program. I have only used one of the others, Tweetie, very little since I keep going back to Twitterfon for my main twitter client on the iPhone. The winners received a nice prize package including a 15-inch MacBook Pro, 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, iPhone 3G S and some other very nice items. You can get a list of the other award winners and a brief description of them at the WWDC Apple Design Awards site.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

An iPhone 3G S Update I Hadn't Heard About, Until Now

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

http://cultofmac.com/no-more-greasy...t-coating/11549

"As well as faster hardware and a better camera, the new iPhone 3GS has a surprise feature that totally sells it for me: an oleophobic coating that makes the screen resistant to face oil and fingerprints."

No mention of this on the regular 3G site, just the mention above on the 3G S site for technical specs so I guess this is another update, but one I hadn't heard mentioned in any of the articles until now. Anything they can do to lessen the smudges is ok in my book, but I'm not sure how well it will work, even with a fancy coating. To be honest, I don't really notice them at all unless my screen is dark, then they are very visible. But when I'm using the iPhone smudges don't show up at all so it doesn't hinder my use in any way.

But if they do bother you and you want to make sure you are cleaning it correctly, the Apple site has a special section on this very topic: "If your iPhone has an oleophobic coating on the screen (iPhone 3G S only), simply wipe your iPhone's screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands and face."


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Watch WWDC '09 Online

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 02:00 PM

"Watch Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, unveil the new iPhone 3G S, the new MacBook Pro family, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard. See the video-on-demand event right here, exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4."

If the announcements weren't enough for you here, head on over to Apple and watch the keynote.


What, You Thought We Forgot About MobileMe?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Announcements" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.appletell.com/apple/comm...ile-me-updated/

"Apple revealed several new features of iPhone OS 3.0 at WWDC today. One of these features is "Find My iPhone," and it is only available to Mobile Me subscribers."

The two biggest bits of news, for me at least, were the "Find My Phone" and the data wipe features. Having misplaced my iPhone a time or two, and having it on vibrate mode to add to the frustration, I was very happy to hear about this feature. Best of all, even if your iPhone is in vibrate mode, it will still send an audible notification. They haven't outlined just how loud it is yet, but it is still a welcome feature. If it isn't in hearing range, you can also log onto the MobileMe site get a general idea of where your iPhone might be located. You can also send it a text message to have displayed on the screen such as "I'm a dork, left my phone behind, call me at ###-###-#### if you have it." If you get no response, you can always wipe the iPhone clean, erasing all of the data. Of course, I'd have to give it up as a lost iPhone with no hope of return for this to happen, but it is very nice to have the option.

There were also some other updates to the service such as viewing iDisk files on your iPhone, accessing other users' public folders and the ability to search all of your email messages, even if they are only stored on the MobileMe server. Welcome updates to be sure, at least for me as a current MobileMe subscriber. If you aren't one, does this add enough to MobileMe for you to consider it or are you waiting for something else?


Safari 4.0 Officially Off Beta Status

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_...subj=News-Apple

"The public version of Safari 4 came out Monday amid all the iPhone noise at WWDC, and Apple confirmed what those who played around with the beta version already knew: Safari is now a serious browser for serious Windows users, and its position on Macs has been bolstered."

Finally released from the beta realm, Safari 4.0 came out Monday. I've been messing around with it for a month or so, and like it for the most part. The biggest change from the beta is that the tabs on top are now gone, Apple opted for the original look and placed the tabs under the bookmarks bar. Another change is that if a crash happens because of a plug-in like Flash, only that section of the page will cease to function. They have also brought back the "stop" button, which I missed in the beta version. I'm going to download this later today to see how it performs, anyone else going to give this new version a try?


Mac OS X Snow Leopard Announced at WWDC '09

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

http://theappleblog.com/2009/06/08/...better-leopard/

"In between new notebooks and fawning over the iPhone, Bertrand Serlet got up on stage to talk about Snow Leopard, the next release of Mac OS X. Apple took a few digs at Microsoft for stumbling with Windows Vista and trying to play catch-up with Windows 7. The picture that our friends in Cupertino are trying to paint is that Leopard has been a huge success and that Snow Leopard will be even better."

This was the expected announcement of the next version of Mac OS X. I'm not a guru or anything close when it comes to software, so some of these changes are exciting according to the reports I've been reading, but to be honest, I don't understand all of it. From what I do understand though, one big change is that OS X will be fully 64-bit with this version. So the only thing holding back the software is the limits on hardware, ie RAM (which is improving to 8 Gigs on the new MBP line). And since all Macs have a 64-bit processor already built in, this should also speed performance. Grand Central and Open CL support are in this version also. Grand Central allows better utilization of the processors and Open CL allows developers to use current graphics processing power and makes it available for any application, which should speed up performance dramatically. And last but certainly not least, the addition of Exchange support. This makes the Mac running OS X compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. If any company was on the fence or pondering a switch to OS X, this should make the decision much easier.

So some modifications and additions to speed up the processing of your programs, along with more security, but I'm still not sure if I will upgrade right away. The release of Snow Leopard will be in September 2009, and you can't beat the price. $29.00 USD for single license or $49.00 USD for the family version. How about you, is this one in your future? Or is the current version of OS X good enough?


Apple Revamps Laptop Lineup, Along With Prices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:10 AM

http://smokingapples.com/hardware/a...fe-lower-price/

"Phil Schiller kicked off today's keynote with a light update to the MacBook Pro family. All the models now include the new lithium polymer battery introduced with the 17 inch MacBook Pro earlier this year. They also have an SD-card slot in exchange for the Expresscard slot, a weird move by Apple. The Expresscard slot remains only on the 17-inch MacBook Pro. And lastly, the 13-inch MacBooks now have a Firewire 800 slot, officially making them part of the MacBook Pro family."

So there you have it, no netbook but they sure made improvements in specifications as well as pricing. The unibody MacBook is turned into a MacBook pro with the addition of the FireWire 800 port, and they drop the price down to $1,199.00 USD. The only MacBook you can purchase now is the white one, which is probably the best value of all the laptops when you compare performance. The big change is the sealed battery unit in all of them, giving the battery life a boost to 7 hours, but you lose the ability to swap out your batteries or replace them without going to an Apple Genius. Apple feels the trade off in the battery life increase is worth it, what do you think? Read more...


iPhone 3.0 Release Date

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article..._june_17th.html

"At WWDC, Apple revealed a few new details related to its iPhone 3.0 operating system update for existing iPhone and iPod touch users, including its release date set for June 17, 2009. Meanwhile, new information clarifies why U.S. wireless carrier AT&T has delayed support for tethering and MMS features of the software."

To go along with the new iPhone 3G S, you have to have new software right? But it isn't just for the new iphones. Even though some of the features of the OS 3.0 update will only work on the new iPhone 3G S (voice control, camera improvements, video capture, compass support and Nike + iPod support), there is still plenty to be excited about by current iPhone 3G owners. Read more...


I Know, You Are Shocked, But There is a New iPhone!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:30 AM

http://smokingapples.com/iphone/app...the-iphone-3gs/

"After the most number of rumours I've ever seen about any Apple product, Apple finally showed up at WWDC with a new iPhone that looks exactly the same as the previous one. The iPhone 3G S, where the S stands for Speed. Perhaps it's not all that bad as there are some more features under the hood, and new software features enabled by this new speed."

I don't think anyone was surprised by the announcement of the new iPhone 3G S after the plethora of stories that were in the mix in the months leading up to WWDC '09. Now that it has been officially announced, just what do you get for your money? Speaking of money, lets start with pricing.

Thankfully they bumped up the storage in the new iPhone 3G S to 16GB and 32GB, so for $199.00 USD you get 16GB and if you want to go a bit higher, they have the 32GB version for $299.00 USD. The older version of the iPhone 3G 8GB is now $99.00, that is if you can find one in stock. Read more...


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Best Buy iPhone Inventory Dwindling

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...onstraints.html

"Best Buy over the weekend became the latest Apple partner to warn staffers of dwindling iPhone supply that could leave some of its stores without product to sell for a few weeks later this month. In a memo from its corporate division, the Richfield, Minnesota-based specialty electronics retailer told mobile sales employees that the iPhone 3G is now in constraint, noting that inventory of the touch-screen handsets will be light over the coming weeks and that some locations are likely to run out all together."

An Australian dealer "Brightpoint" is going through the same inventory problems, according to a memo they issued last week. Not a big shocker as WWDC '09 is getting closer and closer. As one site said, "Better hope you don't break your current iPhone 3G or you may not get a replacement!" I was just thinking I better be extra careful, now watch me drop it and break it now that I've jinxed myself.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

iPhone Boot Camp San Francisco

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...one-mansion.ars

"WWDC 2009 is a sold-out conference about iPhone and Mac development with thousands of attendees in the heart of downtown San Francisco. If you prefer a cozier environment in which to learn about coding for the iPhone OS, iPhone Boot Camp San Francisco may be the pre-WWDC event for you."

So you waited too long to get your WWDC '09 tickets? Have no fear, you can still get in some quality iPhone development time at the iPhone Boot Camp being held just before WWDC from June 6th through the 8th. The boot camp is being held at what they call the "iPhone Mansion" and is only a 10 minute drive from the Moscone Center should you want to attend both.

The class sizes are small (daily class limits are limited to 15) but the price isn't. Early bird pricing before May 30th is $1,499.00 USD, which bumps up $200.00 if you pay on the day the classes start. A student discount of $1,299.00 USD is available if you provide valid ID and school e-mail address.

The courses sound pretty hands on and informal, so if you are thinking of developing for the iPhone and this type of situation is conducive to your learning, you may want to get more info from them at their meetup site.


iPhone Boot Camp San Francisco

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...one-mansion.ars

"WWDC 2009 is a sold-out conference about iPhone and Mac development with thousands of attendees in the heart of downtown San Francisco. If you prefer a cozier environment in which to learn about coding for the iPhone OS, iPhone Boot Camp San Francisco may be the pre-WWDC event for you."

So you waited too long to get your WWDC '09 tickets? Have no fear, you can still get in some quality iPhone development time at the iPhone Boot Camp being held just before WWDC from June 6th through the 8th. The boot camp is being held at what they call the "iPhone Mansion" and is only a 10 minute drive from the Moscone Center should you want to attend both.

The class sizes are small (daily class limits are limited to 15) but the price isn't. Early bird pricing before May 30th is $1,499.00 USD, which bumps up $200.00 if you pay on the day the classes start. A student discount of $1,299.00 USD is available if you provide valid ID and school e-mail address.

The courses sound pretty hands on and informal, so if you are thinking of developing for the iPhone and this type of situation is conducive to your learning, you may want to get more info from them at their meetup site.


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