It was reported earlier in the week that Apple is planning to renovate its iTunes Music Store to due to decline in music downloads. Music blogger Robert Hutton reported that Apple may be adding High Definition music downloads as well and Apple may announce this at the June WWDC.
Apple’s rumored HDTV might be called the iTV, according to a new report from Bloomberg citing Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek. In a note to clients this morning, Misek also claimed Apple might buy licenses for programming through possible partnerships with Verizon and AT&T and could “leverage content into a YouTube-like model” by taking advantage of user created video from iPhone and iPad users.
You’ve been waiting, and it’s finally here: the Apple TV review. Months before Steve Jobs announced the new set top box at Apple’s annual fall event, we had been reporting on news that the company would strike out again into the TV market, offering a small, low-cost box that had more in common with the iPhone than the iMac. When those rumors came to fruition, we were presented with the completely revamped Apple TV — a tiny black puck of a device priced at a staggering $99, and centered around a handful of completely new ideas (for the folks in Cupertino at least) about getting content onto your TV screen. The first is a new rental system which allows you to nab brand new TV shows at $0.99 a rental, and HD movies for $4.99 a go (or $3.99 for older titles). And that includes new releases the same day DVDs hit shelves (or Netflix distribution centers). Speaking of Netflix, the new Apple TV also features the rental service’s “Watch Instantly” as a wholly integrated component of its offerings, alongside a new function the company calls AirPlay which will allow you to “push” video and audio content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with the tap of a button. On top of that, the new ATV streamlines sharing from your home computers or laptops, making getting content you own onto your TV dead simple. So, has Apple finally solved the “second box” problem, or are they still struggling to turn this hobby into a real business? Follow along after the break for those answers (and more) in our full review of the Apple TV!
So we had a chance to spend a little time with the new and improved (and dirt cheap) Apple TV, and we like what we see. The streaming was speedy and extremely clear during our demo, and the overall speed of the interface seemed really solid. We also learned that the box is indeed 720p (just as we’d reported earlier). Apple told us that they felt that using 720p allowed them to strike a balance between quality and bandwidth. We’re guessing most people won’t complain if the service works as advertised. Take a look at a few of the pics below, and we’re going to go back for a deeper look!
MacWorld photographer Peter Belanger used the iPhone 4 to shoot the magazine’s iPhone 4 cover.
Our image of the new iPhone 4 was photographed and post-processed entirely on another iPhone 4. Peter has been tinkering with the idea of shooting a Macworld cover with an iPhone for some time, and with the addition of a high-quality five-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4, the right time had finally arrived.
Google made some big announcements at Google I/O Conference last week. One of them was the launch of Android OS 2.2, dubbed Froyo. So what is Steve Jobs’ take on the latest announcement?
A couple of emails exchanged between Apple enthusiasts and Steve Jobs over the weekend shows that Apple may counter Google’s threat with few big announcements at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2010, which starts on June 7.
In one email, a London based iPhone user asked Steve Jobs about his opinion on the Google I/O announcements and if Apple had similar announcements lined up for the as well. In his response, Steve Jobs is noted to have replied, “You won’t be disappointed”.
Okay, I’ve got big news. Really – you’re going to want to sit down for this one. Ready? Apple.. is going to release a new iPhone this year. Probably next month.
Why is your jaw not dropping? Sure, Apple releases a new iPhone every year in June — and sure, the next iPhone has already played a pivotal part in a massive scandal that resulted in a police raid on a blogger’s house. But.. but..
Ever since Gizmodo published pictures of the next generation iPhone, there have been a lot of questions raised over the prototype’s closeness to the final shipping product. Apple has traditionally developed several prototypes of its upcoming devices before a final decision on the design is taken.
This is one reason why the new iPhone prototype published by Gizmodo did not completely match with the pictures posted by a Chinese Twitter user earlier this year.
However, John Gruber from Daring Fireball believes that the iPhone images posted on Gizmodo resemble Apple’s final design “very closely, if not exactly”. In a recent blog posting, Gruber writes: