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Apple announces new iMacs, Mac Pro, 27″ Cinema Display, Magic Trackpad

As has been rumoured for some time, Apple has today announced a slew of product updates and entirely new products. I am so excited because I have been waiting for a Mac Pro refresh for a while (along with the iMac).

imacsUpdated iMacs featuring new Intel Core i3, i5 & i7 processors

The iMacs received an update, with overall cosmetics remaining unchanged, but under the hood are a new range of Intel processors from the entry-level Core i3 right up to a newer Core i7 with Hyper Threading. New graphics processors are also present in the form of the ATI Radeon HD 4670 (21.5″ only) and 5670 (21.5″ & 27″) with 256MB GDDR3 and 512MB GDDR5 memory respectively. The top-end quad-core specification 27″ iMac is configured with an ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB GDDR5. Like the Mac Pro, SSD drives are now also available as a CTO option.

12-core Mac Pro with 2TB SSD drives CTO option

Mac ProApple’s Mac Pro powerhouse computers had been starved of an update, but finally got a healthy refresh with new processor configurations including the new “Westmere” Intel Xeon processors, running at up to 2.93GHz in a dual processor configuration with 6 cores each, deliver up to 12 cores.

Hard drive options now include, for the first in an Apple desktop, SSD drives, with configuration options allowing up to four 512GB SSD drives. Apple has posted test results showing SSD’s outperforming 7200RPM HDD’s by up to twice the speed, although it hasn’t posted any comparable results against 15,400RPM SAS HDD’s.

27″ LED-backlit Cinema Display

Cinema DisplayBased on the same IPS panel as used in the current generation iMac, a new 27″ Cinema Display has been announced for a September shipping date, and features the same style housing as the existing 24″ LED Cinema Display. With a 2560×1600 resolution which almost matches the 30″ Cinema Display, the new 27″ Cinema Display is Apple’s first standalone monitor to feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, compared to the previous 16:10 offerings.

Like the 24″ Cinema Display, the new 27″ monitor also features built-in iSight camera, microphone, speakers including subwoofer, and utilises the industry-standard Mini DisplayPort. The connections also include a MagSafe adaptor for charging Macbook models via the monitor’s power source.

Magic TrackpadMagic Trackpad

Another entirely new product, the Magic Trackpad is Apple’s offering to desktop users of a trackpad, just like the ones found on Macbook models, so that desktop warriors can take advantage of multi-touch gestures too, like their mobile-using counterparts.

The new Magic Trackpad is 80% larger than standard trackpads found on Macbooks, and the whole pad area acts as a mouse button click too. The design is based on the same structure as the Apple Bluetooth keyboard.
Combined with useful 3rd party tools such as BetterTouchTool (based on the MultiClutch project), the Magic Trackpad could add a nice new ‘touch’ to desktop Macs… pun intended. Sorry.

Written By Nick Miller of http://www.nickmiller.co.cc

Apple renaming Mac OS X?

I was on MacRumors and I stumbled upon an article saying that Apple was considering renaming the famous Mac OS X. I was like “Holy Shiz!?!? What is Apple thinking???”. The plan that I read was that they wanted it to be re-branded as “iOS”. With the launch on the new iPhone 4 and the new iOS 4.0, It seems to have sparked ideas in Apple Developer’s minds. Personally I think it is because the ran out of good sounding “cat” names for any new operating systems to come, but I don’t know the exact reason.

See the Article:

Hardmac reports that it has heard that Apple is considering rebranding Mac OS X under the new “iOS” name recently rolled out as a replacement for “iPhone OS”. The change would serve as a means for uniting Apple’s operating systems under a single naming scheme with multiple flavors.

They are currently thinking of using iOS as the default naming/branding of Apple OS. We would then have iOS desktop, iOS server and iOS mobile. The final decision is not taken yet, however, the proposal seems to be well supported by the high management, it would give a better exposure and unity to Apple OS platforms while making communication easier.
Such a change could facilitate branding and marketing if Apple were to release touchscreen-enabled Macs running an “iOS mobile” layer on top of the traditional Mac OS X.

While the “i” naming scheme has become synonymous with Apple’s mobile devices, it obviously has its origins in the iMac, introduced in 1998 and carried along through multiple iterations to today’s desktop computer still bearing the same name. A tighter marketing integration of Apple’s traditional Mac operating system and mobile operating system could help Apple position itself for a future where lines between computing environments continue to blur.

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iPhone 4 Revealed

iPhone 4 Camera with Flash

If you have been reading engadget.com or gizmodo.com at all this week you would have seen the numerous posts and leaked images about a new iPhone. Well today Gizmodo got their hands on the device for all the world to see.  The story goes that the iPhone was found in a bar in Redwood City disguised as an iPhone 3GS, unfortunately for whom ever it was who lost it and is now fired from apple it was not a 3GS.

iPhone 4 Side The most notable difference about the iPhone is that it no longer has the familiar curve of current generation apple products, but rather a flat back featuring what is probably a higher mega pixel  camera and a flash. This leads me to think that this is going to be Apples new “style” and I would love to see what a MacBook with this design would look like. The silent toggle appears to be about the same and volume buttons have been redone to be round and separated. One of the more interesting new features is a front facing camera which will mostly be used for an iPhone “iChat” like client that was discovered last week. The SIM card slot has been moved to the right side, probally as a result of the new camera, and now is now the smaller microSIM that is also in the new iPad.

They top of the phone also has what appears to be a small hole located beside the headphone jack, this hole is believed to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation purposes. The bottom is pretty much the same as the current gen iPhone except it has the new metal strip.  From what Gizmodo says the screen is apparently a much higher resolution (Lending credit to the rumored iPhone HD name), and that the device has a larger battery. The iPhone supposedly has iPhone OS 4.0 on it but this cannot be confirmed because Apple triggered a kill switch making it a useless monolithic device that wants to connect to itunes.

So what does this all mean? Well it looks like Apple is moving in a new design direction which may or may not carry over to the rest of its product line (what are the new iTouch’s going to look like?). The phone will have a new flash enabled camera (night pictures!) and a front facing camera for video chat. It will feature longer battery life and there will most likely be a 64GB version. As an iPhone 3G owner I cannot wait until June when Apple is expected to announce this.

For more information and the unveiling visit Gizmodo.com

Apple to Hold iPhone OS 4.0 Event April 8th

Apple recently sent out a notice to several media outlets yesterday telling everyone and their mother that they’re holding a new event.  What exactly’s in this event?  iPhone OS 4.0.  That’s what.

It’s no secret that iPhone OS 4.0 will bring major software enhancements to their landmark devices — the iPhone, the iPod touch, and of course, the recently released iPad.  But what will it bring exactly?  Only Apple can tell us. 

Will we finally get the multitasking features other smartphones already have, will Apple incorporate their recent aqusition of online music streaming service LaLa?  What about simply unlocking the FM radio already included in both the iPhone and iPod touch.  (Perhaps even the iPad?)  Time can only tell.  Be looking out on popular blog sites such as Engadget come April 8th.

HP Slate, iPad killer?

This is how the HP Slate looks like.
This is how the HP Slate looks like.

Well it looks a lot smaller than the iPad which looks quite huge to me. The HP Slate runs a custom Windows 7 version which makes it capable of running all your favorite PC apps (well, don’t expect to play games like Crysis and such). Let’s take a look at it’s features.

The iPad has the most storage, cheap 3G, the time-tested iPhone OS and its mountain of apps, and a serious amount of Apple marketing juice behind it. But it’s also famously lacking features common to the other tablets, such as webcam and multitasking (only first party apps like music and email can multitask).

Comparing iPad – HP Slate (VS)
OS: Windows 7 VS iPhone OS
Browser: Whichever you want VS Safari
Adobe Flash: Yes VS No
Multitasking: Yes VS No
Camera: Yes VS No
Processor: Intel Atom 1.86Ghz VS 1Ghz ARM
Storage: 32-64GB VS Same, but doesn’t really matter anyway
Wireless: WiFi, Bluetooth VS Same, however the new iPad comes with 3G

See yourself, demonstration (YouTube)

What do you think about the HP Slate? Is it really an iPad killer?

The iPad is here


The long time coming, over hyped apple tablet was officially unveil today.
Featuring a 9.7 inch capacitive multi-touch LCD Display, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations. There will be two main models, a Wifi model which is due to ship in 60 days and then in about 90 days a Wifi+3G model which will give you international internet access. The CPU is an Apple designed A4 1Ghz system on chip which helps the device have an amazing 10 hours of battery life.
iPad appears to be the ultimate web device with a very nice safari app giving the user full screen web browsing. Email seems like it really benefits from the larger screen allowing better control over email management. Of course it has iPod functionality built in, iPhoto like photo browsing, iTunes styled music player, and a much nicer YouTube app. Video viewing is going back to a 4:3 screen, 16:9 has the wonderful black bars above and below the motion picture. The itunes and app store appear to be a lot like their desktop counter parts, yet easy for finger use. Apple also enters the eBook business with iPad with the iBookStore. The amazing thing is it looks like a book, and you flip pages like a book. Huge amount of adjustments can be made to fonts style and sizes. Plus the Books you buy appear on a Bookshelf! Apple has always been know for their design. It creates an interesting platform for periodicals though because it means embedded media can work in them. This might actually save the newspaper industry, we can only wait and see.
Another very interesting thing is that iWork is going to run on the iPad as a fully functioning application. Letting you create presentations, documents and spreadsheets on the go, great for businessman right? Well iPad has an on screen keyboard (Portrait and landscape) which is not going to be the best for typing out long documents on luckily apple was smart and built in support for the Apple wireless keyboard as well creating as a custom dock/keyboard connector.

Continuing with apps the iPad is going to launch with over 140,000 apps it can use. How can it launch with that many apps? It can run almost any app already in existence for the iPhone, and it does it in two ways. Original size centered in the screen or scaled up to fit the screen. Plus there will be iPad specific apps, which you can start developing for in iPhone sdk 3.2 available now.
Lastly is pricing, shown above. It can get really confusing considering there are 6 different models of this thing. Its not the predicted $1000 but at a starting point slightly higher then the typical netbook its going to be interesting watching everything pan out. In a couple months I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these at the apple store and see if its going to be worth it. In the mean time I should probably start learning my way around the iPhone sdk.

Goodbye(?) iPhone/Rogers monopoly!

This week the Rogers GSM Monopoly was broken in Canada. Bell and Telus having been working over the past months to get their own GSM network up and running, why would they want to run both network types? Enter the iPhone 3G[s], the hot selling phone for which I haven’t seen an advertisement from Rogers on in a long time. It is selling so good that it doesn’t need advertising. Well needless to say myself and many other Canadians having been waiting to see the prices stack up; the results? Not so good.

The Phone
Rogers, Bell and TELUS all have the new 3Gs (16GB and 32GB white/Black) and also the cheap 8GB Black 3G. Looking for the best buy on an on contract iPhone? Bell Has the 32GB at $299.95, 16GB at $199.95, and the 8GB at $99.95. Rogers and TELUS both have prices of 32GB at $299.99, 16GB at $199.99, and the 8GB at $99.99. Rogers also has some 16GB 3G iPhone’s kicking around for $149 if you really can’t afford to go 3Gs.
Off contract prices don’t really mean much seen as all three have the iPhone but in the interest of no terms. Rogers: 32GB 3Gs $780, 16GB 3Gs $680, 16GB 3G $730, 8GB 3G $580. TELUS: 32GB 3Gs $799, 16GB 3Gs $699, 8GB 3G $599. Bell doesn’t seem to be offering their iPhones off contract.
In summary, phone prices essentially don’t matter too much once we start looking at plans, but the best deal would be on Rogers. Why? As nice as the 3Gs is the 3G still is an amazing phone, $149 for a 16GB 3G is the slightly better $99 iPhone with 8GB more for $50. What do I recommend? 32GB 3Gs, once you start paying thousands for this phone on contract you might as well shell out a few extra hundreds and go with the big an new.

Plans
This is where the fun begins. I was hoping to see some better plans at a cheaper monthly rate, and if that wasn’t going to happen it would have seemed a smart bet on some two year contracts showing up. Unfortunately the wonderful Canadian telecoms have let us down once again. All three only offer the iPhone on the glorious 3 year contracts. This basically means that during your 3 year term there will be two new iPhones released (if we are to believe apple is going to keep releasing an iPhone every year). Once again we are screwed over unless we want to pay off contract prices for the new hardware.
Let’s get to comparisons, the general idea for a plan that I was look at was around 400 minutes, 2GB of data, Nationwide five favorite numbers, if possible an unlimited texting plan on top, and visual voicemail.

  • Rogers

RogersPlan

  • TELUS

TELUSPlan

  • Bell

BellPlan

Add-ons

  • Rogers

RogersAddon

  • TELUS

TELUSAddon

  • Bell

BellAddon

To Sum up the monthly bill…

  • Rogers

Rogerstotal

  • TELUS

TELUStotal

  • Bell

BellTotal

Who wins?

This might be better titles as who loses? You, with no two year contracts in sight and voice/data combos not getting cheaper it’s pretty much up in the air.  The best 3 year contract goes to TELUS. With a 2GB data plan combined with one of three voice plans, one of which you can drop the texting add-on if you don’t want video/picture messaging.

Conclusion

It’s funny how the older stuff gets it gets worse. Over a year ago when I picked up my iPhone I got a $35 Canada wide ‘My5’ plan, a 6GB/ month data plan and a $15 Visual voicemail + 250 text add-on. What gives telecoms? Honestly the price of data is going to kill you when you look at getting any modern day smart phone. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CASH, unfortunately as awesome and as main stream as the iPhone is these days it still is a bit of a rich man’s toy. What I hope to see in the future from at least one of the three is a nice two year contract. A great voice plan, say maybe 200 local and 200 long distance minutes?  Maybe we throw at least a 4GB plan on top of that, throw in a little visual voice mail and some unlimited picture/video messaging. Then give it to me at around $75/month.  I guess we can only hope.


Eliminate – The Online FPS for the iPhone

Presentation & Graphics

Eliminate is actually very easy on the eyes, from the very beginning it shows a nice loading image will the music starts and it connects to Plus+ and all.

Then we get to the main menu, from here, you have a nice UI that you can easily figure out what to do, but still a few things can confuse you at first. The main things I’m talking about are the WTF button, that is actually there to help you figure out what to do, and what the energy is for. We’ll get to that later though.

Audio

Overall, I think the audio is pretty good, I really find the in-game music good and quality unlike some other games (ROCK BAND), The only part I don’t like is the Menus have a horribly annoying background music.

Gameplay & Controls

Gameplay

The gameplay is great, you can versus your friends only in a private match, practice against bots, or even play against people from all over the world.

The concept behind the gameplay is that you are a employee working for Aresenal Megacorp testing there different machines and weapons, the better you do, the higher you rank and the more you can use.

Also, there is another thing that ties into the gameplay, Energy. Energy pretty much is the most important part on leveling, to earn credits, you have to have energy. You can still play, and rack up wins and kills, but you will not receive the credits you collect.

Controls

The controls are the same as any other shooter on the iPhone OS. They have a virtual joystick and such, but it is really insensitive unless you turn the sensitivity all the way up. It takes a while to get used to, but you get the hang of it.

Replay Value

Eliminate has unlimited replay value, you can always pick up your iDevice, launch Eliminate and expect something new, every game is a challenge.

Final Thoughts

It’s free, yes, you can pay for energy, but its not required, it automatically refreshes the energy. But this so far is one of the best iPhone games. NGMOCO has also said they have tons of updates they are already working on, like options for CTF(Capture the Flag) and TDM(Team Death Match), so even if this seems like a game that might even not be too interesting, pick it up and try it out.

Overall


4.0: Great

  • This app is very fun/useful. It is most likely worth buying, and has an abundance of good features. There may be few minor setbacks, but the overall good features outweigh them.

There’s an FM Radio living in your iPod touch / iPhone.

Kudos to Jesse for pointing this out, however I thought I’d go into more detail on the subject.

A popular Apple rumor site, 9to5 Mac, is reporting that Apple is on the brisk of releasing an FM radio application for the current models of the iPod touch / iPhone, the networking chip inside the current models of these iDevices is already capable of receiving FM signals (and the newest ones even sending them) however, a software block prevents usage of the hardware and it’s use is limited to communicating with the Nike+ addon, similar to the software block on Bluetooth in the second generation iPod touch.

If you remember correctly, the newest additions in the iPod nano are FM radio and of course the video camera.  Now, if Apple’s already using FM radio on the iPod nano, what’s holding back the iPod touch and iPhone?  According the 9to5Mac, Apple’s simply extending the tagging feature on mobile iTunes, where you’d be able to tag a song you liked on the radio and instantly purchase it, like the iPod nano’s tagging feature, except more advanced with the iPhone OS’s features.  And hopefully we’ll even get to see the Live Pause feature if a iPhone radio app is released.

Even more interestingly, the chip inside the iPhone 3G S and 3rd generation iPod touch allow FM signals to be transmitted also.  If Apple plays it’s cards right, we’d no longer have to deal with those Belkin attachments to listen to our iPods wirelessly.  With the addition of an FM Radio application with the advanced features that are possible with the iPhone OS, this will eliminate the only advantage the Zune HD has over the iPod touch / iPhone, it’s own radio.

Before I end my post, I’d like to leave you guys with another bit of information, Apple also hasn’t enabled the 802.11N +5GHZ wireless networking (which we also hope to see updated shortly) in its latest iPhone and iPods.

I make it rain, iMake it rain. Blackra1n is here.

Attention all losers who updated to 3.1.2 – you’re not completely lost just yet.  GeoHot (yes, the guy who seems competely obsessed with himself, even to the point where he puts his face as the bootrom image when jailbreaking your iDevice) has released blackra1n a few days ago.

blackra1n
GeoHot's blackra1n jailbreak running on a iPhone.

What is this “blackra1n” you might ask?  It’s a software unlock for the iPod touch and iPhone. iPod touch 3G owners, this is a semi-tethered jailbreak for you guys, so you have to connect it to a PC and run this each time you want to turn your iPod on.) iPhone users, take heed!  This isn’t a baseband unlock, it’s software based.  More questions are shot this way asking “What’s baseband, exactly?” Consider it an extension on your iPhone, it’s the part that handles the networking aspects of the iPhone.  Kinda like a modem, video card, or any other extension that you might need on your computer.  It’s a separate piece of hardware living in the iPhone, who’s firmware differs from the iPhone OS’s firmware.

“Why do I give  a damn?”  Because if you’ve already upgraded via iTunes to 3.1+, your baseband also got upgraded, and as of now, there’s no way to perform a carrier unlock.  So if you were dependent on a carrier unlock to use your phone, and for some reason upgraded, you’re screwed, and you deserve to be.

For those who actually use the carrier your iPhone was intended to be used by (AT&T over here in the states), this doesn’t really matter now does it?  So let’s continue on to how to use this unlock.

If you remember a while back, this same GeoHot guy also released purplera1n, an unlock for the iPhone 3G S, when the iPhone Dev-Team was still working on one to upgrade their redsn0w program with.  It all came as a surprise really, but man were us hackers pumped… My new iPhone 3G S could now have the joy and open-ness of a jailbroken iPhone, and that’s where it’s at right now, 3.0, jailbroken, with a carrier patch to get MMS.  Customized just the way I like it, mobilesubstrate extensions, all my custom apps, and my lovely springboard theme.

Okay, now let’s get down to business… remember, if you’re not on a Apple approved carrier, then blackra1n won’t be able to activate your iPhone.  iPod touch users, go ahead with no worries, you don’t even have a baseband that you need to worry about.  For a summary of the whole “baseband” thing, here’s a quote from iClarified.

“WARNING: Even though the GeoHot jailbreak supports 3.1.2 do not update if you are on iPhone OS 3.0.1 or 3.0. You will lose your unlock. Use PwnageTool to safely update to 3.1 without performing a baseband update. If you really must have 3.1.2 then wait for the next version of PwnageTool. If you have already updated to 3.1 or 3.1.2 without using PwnageTool then you’ve lost the ability to unlock for the time being. You can now use BlackRa1n to at least regain your jailbreak :)”

So let’s get on to that jailbreak, finally.  Download blackra1n from blackra1n.com.  Click on the Windows logo at the bottom to download the .exe.  Once you’re done with the download, open the program.

It’s now safe to connect your iPhone / iPod touch, gather some dignity and click the giant “make it ra1n” button.  If you can’t seem to find it, go jump off a cliff.

Click it, and BAM, there’s the conceited bastard himself, right on your iDevice.  Okay, once your iDevice boots to the home screen, there’s a nifty new app called “blackra1n” somewhere on there.  Open it, you now have a choice between Cydia, Rock, and Icy.  Icy and Cydia are two of the the apps I’m used to, I’ve never used Rock, so if I were you, I’d go with the original and more popular choice, Cydia.  You can install all if you’d like though.  With your cellular or WiFi network, blackra1n will begin to download and install the application(s) you chose.

Once this is done, you’ll have Cydia (or some other installer) located on your homescreen.  You can now use this program to install further hacks and enhancements.  Congratulations, you’re on a jailbroken iPhone / iPod touch.  Enjoy, and try to resist downloading iSteamy.

If you have any problems, @reply / DM me on Twitter, @AdeptHavok.  I’ll help ya.  Pinkie promise.

UPDATE: A Mac version of this exploit is now avaliable on the blackra1n website.