Mac

The Last OS X Mountain Lion Update Released for Developers

Apple has announced at this years’ WWDC a new OS X with hundreds of new features, including Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center and other technical goodies, such as Messages and Twitter instead of iChat, deeper iCloud integration, Reminder, Notes and Notification Center.

The wait for the developers stopped on Monday, when Apple released the final update of Mountain Lion 10.8, called Gold Master. The Golden version is the same with the version that will be released to public, except few technical issues and tweaks. Yet, unlike the developers who can download it anytime, Mac users will have to wait until the end of July, when they will have the possibility to buy the upgrade for $19.99.

Taking into account the release of the previous OS X version, we can expect that the Gold Master version will be released by the same time. Apple released OS X 10.7 on July 24, last summer, one day after the earnings announcement, thus, Mac users should be prepared to get their hands on Mountain Lion 10.8 in few weeks.

Source: Mashable

Apple

iWatch, the Apple watch concept with Retina Display and FaceTime

What if Apple came with the idea of creating their own watch? Apple has managed to create many devices that chuckle over success and we believe that a watch would draw the fan’s attention quite easily.

The Swedish designer Andres Kjellberg has come with its version of iWatch, a concept that resembles quite well to an Apple product. If you were to see it on the market, you’ll have no doubt that it was created by Apple.  The concept provides Retina Display, Video Recording, HD (1080p), Built in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 16 GB storage, iTunes/ App Store, AirPlay, Charging via Wi-Fi, Synching via Wi-Fi, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor.

At first glance you could say that it approaches the iPod Nano’s design. It’s even more advanced than just a regular iPod nano, featuring Maps, iTunes & App Store. You could also play games, but at that small size of the screen it’s kind of hard to see things clearly.

If Apple were to come with such a gadget, it’s pretty likely that it would be something that your wrist needs for being a real Apple fan.

Accessories, iPad, iPhone, iPod

Transform your iPhone, iPad and iPod into a console (GameDock for iOS)

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could play classic games just like old times, with two controllers on a TV? GameDock for iOS allows the user to experience the original feeling of playing with a console through an Apple device. The procedures are quite simple; all the user needs to do is plug the dock into the TV and the iPhone just like a video game console and game cartridge.

What captured our attention was the fact that the gamedock is compatible with various iCade games and dock ready games for spending quality time with your friends.  So you get two-player support and full 1080 HDTV output for the games of your childhood.

You get to select the games that you wish to play from your iOS device just lying on the couch. In case you don’t have a TV, rest assured that you could play the games on the iPhone with the two controllers. It’s compatible with all devices running iOS4 or later but for the automatic HDMI mirroring you’ll need an iPad2, iPod4 or iPhone 4/4S. If you like the gadget you could make a pledge at KickStarter for helping the developer accomplish his project.

Apple, News/Rumors

It’s a Fact: iPhone 5 will have a Quad-Core Processor

Apple tested few months ago the implementation of the A5X processor in the iPhone using an iPhone 4 body and it seems that this performance try-out went better than expected. An article on DigiTimes unveils that the new iPhone will have in fact a quad-core processor, named as the A6.

The fourth quarter of 2012, Samsung’s Galaxy S3, HTC and LG will have to compete with new quad-core smartphones, including ZTE, Huawei and Apple’s iPhone 5. Unlike Apple, ZTE and Huawei have already introduced their quad-core smartphone models at MWC 2012, but the devices are set to be launched this years’ Q4.

The new CPU in iPhone 5 will be Samsung’s Exynos 4, the same used also for the Galaxy S3. Apple’s processors A5 and A5X use ARM’s technology and Samsung is the only company to produce them. Exynos 4 uses, too, ARM’s technology but unlike the other two CPUs that are a 45-nanometer process, this four-core CPU is a 32-nanometer process that ensures lower power demands.

Source: Macworld

Apple, News/Rumors

Apple Granted Interesting Keyboard and Music Playlist Patents

Typing on a MacBook keyboard and creating music playlists on iOS devices just got bigger. Apple has received the patents for an advanced MacBook Pro Keyboard and for multiple windowing in creating music playlists.

The patent concerning the media player files changes the interface of the Music section in Library and is described as a “Method, system, and graphical user interface for viewing multiple application windows,” and it will enable users to generate step-by-step windows that display different content. For example, one opens from the iPod’s library the ‘music’ section, then in a new window the ‘song’ section and finally the track Moves like Jagger from Maroon 5 in a new, distinctive window.

The MacBook Pro’s new keyboard will have new keys that are backed by a double-diving-board spring mechanism. Also, under each mechanism will be mounted a dome switch. Such keyboard will offer Mac Book Pro users a more comfortable and easier typing.

Source: Patently Apple

Apple, News/Rumors

Apple Sued by Chinese Company for Infringing Patents of Siri-like Service

What goes around turns back around. It’s Apple’s turn to be accused of breaking the patents of others. The voice assistant developer Zhizhen Network Technology from Shanghai, China, filled on June 26 a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the Cupertino-based company of patent infringements.

Zhizhen received on February 15, 2006 the patents for a voice assistant, called Xiaoi Bot. The patent is “a type of instant messaging chat bot system” and it was implemented in services for MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and others. The issue is not about the Siri trademark, as in Proview’s lawsuit against the iPad trademark, but about how Apple introduced Siri on their Chinese website, saying that Siri “can understand what you say and what you’re asking for, and it can find the answer that you are looking for on the web”.

Zhizhen introduced Xiaoi bot on the market last month, as a voice assistant service of Lenovo’s Android 4.0 Smart TV and it will appear on smartphones, too, on February. On the other hand, Apple launched Siri last year with the iPhone 4S model and the iOS 6 will add also Chinese language support. Yet, according to the lawsuit, the Shanghai Company owned the patents first.

The lawsuit is currently in pre-trial negotiations and if the court will find Apple guilty of patent infringements, the tech giant may have to offer for the second time a huge financial compensation to a Chinese company.

Source: MIC Gadget

iPod

Syre, the outstanding Bluetooth iPod Nano Watch Case

The accessory embodies your iPod Nano into a genuine advanced watch designed for all the moments of your active lifestyle. Syre is the support that copes with your Apple device creating a one-of-a-kind watch that lets you perform and listen to your favorite music while doing sport or any other activity like cyclist, rock climber and runner and so on and so forth.  You won’t need your wired headphones anymore thanks to this accessory.

Apart from the fact that you possess a cool accessory at your hand, it will add style, function and Bluetooth connectivity to your iPod Nano gadget. So now you have the possibility of doing your favorite activities and listening to quality music. You even get to perform activities like skateboarding, snowboarding, rollerblading which normally would require normal headphones. By integrating a Bluetooth chip directly into the watch case there is no worry about staying linked to the Apple device ever again.

Another important feature that is worth taking into consideration is the ventilation around the wrist provided so it’s that comfortable that you forget it’s even there. The accessory will come in 6 different colors so you can choose a colored watch that best suits you. If you like the watch, you could make a pledge at Kickstarter for helping the developer accomplish his project.

Apple, News/Rumors

Apple Wins Lawsuit against Samsung and Bans Two Android Devices

On Tuesday, June 27, a Washington D.C. judge ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to stop sales of two of its Android devices: the Galaxy 10.1 tab and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Judge Lucy Koh took into consideration’s Apple’s complaint of patent infringements, and though she agreed that Samsung’s tab is very similar to Apple’s iPad, she hasn’t found yet the Korean tech giant guilty of patent infringement, thus, the court decided the ban of the two Android devices.

 “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” said Koh on Tuesday.

The rivalry between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics started a year ago when Apple filled a lawsuit accusing Samsung for stealing smartphone and tablet patents. The ruling of the Tuesday trial is provisory and it will be discussed again next month in San Hose. Until the next trial, the two Google and Samsung devices will have a little influence over the users, over the market and over the faith of other Android devices.

For example, the existing owners of a Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Tab 10.1 will probably be affected by a new update that will cancel certain software features that are, obviously, similar to Apple’s software. The Galaxy Nexus remains on sale but only on Google’s Website, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was withdrawn from the market, which may also be the consequence of the fact that it is an old model. Android may have lost two of the best devices, but it still has other HTC and Motorola smartphones to brag with.

Source: TIME Techland

iCloud, News/Rumors

Apple Updated iCloud Website for Developers

Apple launched a new iCloud beta website for iOS and OS X developers; it features a new Find my iPhone, an updated Calendar, and Notes and Reminders app versions for the Web. All the registered developers can access the new beta version at beta.icloud.com.

The Notes in the beta version look like the Notes app on iPad and on Mountain Lion. The app has the same yellow sheet of paper, the same fonts and the same possibility to ransack for a certain note through the entire collection via Search.

The Notes web app goes hand in hand with the new Reminders web app, allowing users to create various lists of date and time reminders that are completed with a note. The Reminders app, too, looks similar to the app on iOS and Mountain Lion.

On the other hand, the Find my iPhone app is entirely revamped: it has a new design and it includes a Lost Mode. The Notifications settings also changed in both Find my iPhone and Calendar apps.

The iCloud.com beta version was launched yesterday and no other details concerning the official release date were given.

Source: 9to5 Mac

Apple, News/Rumors

Apple Pays Proview $60 Million for iPad Trademark Settlement

According to the terms of the settlement agreement on June 25, Apple Inc. had to pay Proview International Holdings Ltd. $60 million for the rights to use the iPad name in China.

The dispute between the two companies started in 2010 when Apple sued Proview Shenzhen claiming the iPad trademark ownership, which was obtained by the latter in 2001 for a device with touch-screen called IPAD (Internet Personal Access Device).

Roger Xie, attorney for Proview, said that the company hoped for a larger sum and that “Proview accepted the settlement amount because it’s under great pressure from creditors. Maybe this is the only choice.”

For today’s most popular and valuable company of the world $60 million means nothing. On the other hand, for Proview $60 million are not  enough to cover debts to creditors, reason for which the company was pressed to accept the settlement. “Many of our creditors cannot wait too long, so we believe it’s best for us to settle at this moment,” said founder Rowell Yang.

Source: Bloomberg