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The Jony Ive era is upon us. It has become increasingly clear since the ouster of Scott Forstall as Apple’s iOS chief, and the elevation of design wunderkind Ive to oversee both product industrial and user experience, that Apple is planning an iOS and OS X interface overhaul. “I don’t think Apple will ever stop refining their OS’s and interfaces, and with Jony Ive at the helm we should expect to see improvements,” Gartner analyst Brian Blau told Wired. While Apple issues yearly updates to its OS, and minor updates at other points during the year, Blau said the “timing is anyone’s guess.” The latest sign that changes are afoot is a job listing seeking senior software engineers for Apple’s iLife suite.
UPDATE: We've made three attempts to contact Apple officials, trying to find out what this "replacement unit" will be if you send in a first-generation iPod Nano. There has been no response. We called Apple support, asking if a new iPod Nano would be sent to replace the 5-year-old Nanos.
European mobile operator Orange has teamed up with Apple to launch its new “Film To Go” service in the UK, providing its customers with the chance to rent movies via Apple’s iTunes service free of charge, paying just 35 pence for a text containing a promotional code. The service sees Orange invest further in its commitment to the film industry in the UK, adding the new rental service to its Orange Wednesday movie ticket promotion and its sponsorship of the British film awards, the Baftas. As part of the deal, users will be able able to download one film a week for free, which can then be viewed on a computer or Apple device, including the iPhone or iPad. Each rental will be available for 30 days but viewing must be completed with 48 hours of the first play, the same period of time as existing rentals on the service. The first films available to Orange customers will be The Wrestler, The Ghost, My Blueberry Nights and Che: Part One.
Paul Greenberg described Apple as a product and engineering centric company, as opposed to a customer and social media centric company, in the interview with Dennis Howlett we posted yesterday . But today, Mindtouch Executive Vice President of Sales Mark Fidelman, writing for Cloudave , identifies Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phillip W. Schiller as the top social Chief Marketing Officer of the Fortune 100.
Security firm Sophos has identified a new Trojan horse circulating that targets Apple’s Mac OS X platform, dubbing it OSX/MusMinim-A , after the malware’s apparent author. Although users still have to be tricked into downloading the Trojan—and the software currently claims it’s not finished and that more features are coming—the malware can run arbitrary Unix shell commands, shut down and restart the computer, put files on the desktop, and phish for users’ administration passwords. Sophos categorized the risk from the malware as low—and notes that its antivirus software can correctly detect and remove it—although the appearance of new malware targeting Mac OS X may re-ignite debates over the platform’s security. Apple’s Macintosh platform hasn’t had a serious threat from viruses since the early 1990s, while Microsoft’s Windows platforms have been engaged in a constant state of war with malware, worms, viruses, and security exploits for decades.
Apple a présenté ses nouvelles règles concernant les abonnements iPhone et iPad pour la presse. Les éditeurs qui voyaient en l'iPad leur sauveur sont maintenant désabusés. Depuis une semaine, les publishers (comme on les appelle outre-atlantique) sont en colère. Apple a présenté ses nouvelles règles concernant les abonnements “in app” (pris via les applications iPhone et iPad) pour la presse. La firme, qui détient plus de 90% des tablettes, prendra 30% sur la vente de contenus à l’unité et sur les abonnements, tout en interdisant aux médias de renvoyer leurs lecteurs vers des abonnements hors application.
J’ai toujours été un vrai fan des produits reconditionné s d’Apple sans jamais réellement trouver mon bonheur compte tenu du fait qu’Apple sélectionne un faible nombre de produits pour la mise en ligne sur l’Apple Store. Alors plutôt que de constamment regarder le store Apple, j’ai décidé d’intégrer une mini boutique (très rustique) directement sur ce blog. Actuellement sur cette mini boutique il doit y avoir 300 produits comme des macbooks, des macbooks air, des ipads, des apples TV et des macs classiques. Les prix sont en rapport avec le fait que les produits soient reconditionnés (issus du refurb d’Apple donc).
To those who care intensely about this kind of stuff–which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem–Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad, according to multiple sources. As in, iPad 2! Or, as BoomTown is now officially nicknaming it: iPad Too! Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display , as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world.
In a refreshingly honest statement, Samsung's mobile division VP Lee Don-Joo admitted that the iPad 2 made some parts of Samsung's 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab look "inadequate," and the iPad 2's pricing might force Samsung to lower the price of its tablet. "Apple made it very thin (...) We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," Lee Don-Joo told Yonhap News Agency . We feel that a bit of information might have gotten lost in translation from Korean to English, as we definitely don't expect Samsung to pull the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab from the market and release a thinner version. It's more likely that Samsung simply sees the iPad 2's thinness as a big challenge for its future tablet models.
La représentation graphique des données, une manière d'appréhender le monde qui ne date pas d'hier. Excursion dans l'infographie du début du siècle dernier, avec David MacCandless, d'Information is beautiful. Quand j’ai commencé à réaliser des infographies, j’avais une prétention assez simple. J’estimais que c’était une “nouvelle manière” d’exprimer et de visualiser l’information; une fusion des données et du design profondément moderne et ancrée dans l’air du temps.
Yesterday reports that 64GB iPhone 4 models were cropping up in China’s gray market surfaced. Those same claims also revealed that legitimate the 16GB white iPhone 4 had made its Chinese debut and that they should be available to US consumers soon. Now Apple Insider is reporting that official production has begun on the infamous white iPhone and we can expect it to ship in April.
A new report from price comparison website uSwitch shows that as UK consumers look to tighten their spending, they are increasingly turning to free mobile deals that include smartphones from HTC and Samsung, leading to a drop in interest in Apple’s iPhone 4. The Mobile Tracker from uSwitch, which ranks the UK’s favourite mobile handsets based on live searches and sales, shows HTC’s Desire, Desire HD and Wildfire occupying the top three positions, with half of the most popular smartphones running Google’s Android mobile operating system. The HTC Wildfire has proved popular with consumers, offering the full Android experience for a low price but the HTC Desire has remained consistent, holding the top spot with its powerful hardware despite launching nearly a year ago.
Compiling a series of rumors and tips, Joshua Topolsky of This Is My Next has posted up a mockup of what they believe could be the iPhone 5 along with a set of details about it’s possible features. They make it clear that this particular set of features could never actually see the light of day but the information that they have is very specific about certain changes that we may see in the iPhone 5. They’re also careful to stress that the image of the potential iPhone 5 that they included, which you can see below, is a crude mockup and not an actual Apple design. The screen for instance has been rumored to grow to 3.7″ in size with a resolution of 312ppi, which is a drop from the iPhone 4′s current 326ppi but still above the ‘Retina Display limit’ of 300ppi. The change would mean very little additional effort for developers and should not require any change in their apps. You’ll notice that the mockup also has a larger home button.
Shortly after it was reported that Apple is strongly considering licensing its AirPlay technology to fully stream digital content to compatible TVs, comes the possibility that the Cupterino company will be creating its own smart TV. Morgan Stanley investors are being told that Apple is “working on a Smart TV prototype,” according to Apple Insider . The analyst also noted it would include “TV/Video content, gaming , DVR, as well as other features like apps and FaceTime into one product.” For what it’s worth, Forbes notes that the analyst in question, Katy Huberty, has been unsuccessful when it comes to her predictions for Apple quarterly earnings.