Tag Archives: WWDC 09′

Apple Roundup Only Gets Crazier

To start of the day, all the Apple fans who have been hoping to get a Mac tablet can now build one themselves.

The iTab was constructed by fusing together a Macbook with an Intuos Tablet—Wacom’s mid-level tablet offering—and a repurposed LCD screen. Check out his full blog at Introducing iTab [weistudio].

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iLounge, a rather accurate predictive blog, has posted their artist rendition of the 5th generation iPod

Nano-with a built in camera. The iPod would be held sideways just like any other camera. We can hope that it’s a little more than 2 mega pixel.

 

For the developers out there, Alex Cone, CEO of CodeFab Evolution will be hosting an iPhone Boot Camp Programming Class at the “iPhone Mansion”. The class will run from June 6-8 and offer 24 total hours of instruction from 10am to 6pm each day (classes start a little later on the 8th to make way for Apple’s introductory keynote). Mentioned topics will  start with the basics of iPhone coding, then go into advanced techniques, including sample code and exercises. Along with that, lunches, refreshments, and drinks will be provided, and the location is a 10-minute drive from the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco where WWDC will take place. Each night there will be an iPhone Nights @ the Mansion event that is open to 25 public seats at $10 a head. Each of these events will feature key speakers like App Store staff and iPhone app investors.The iPhone Boot Camp San Francisco daily classes have only 15 seats. Early bird pricing (before May 30) is $1,499.00, while regular price up to the day the classes start is $1,699.00. Students with a valid ID and school e-mail address can grab tickets for $1,299.00.

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Along with that, a leaked ad as given a “doesn’t exist yet” link behind a banned that advertises for iTunes

TV, the supposed iPhone download service for videos. It doesn’t seem like a very clever name considering the fact they have a product with TV in it (Apple TV), and that many people could mistake it for TV shows only.

 

Lastly, two icon place holders have been found in the latest version of the iPhone SDK. Two place holders currently exist: “iPhone 1,1” which indicates an 8GB iPhone 3G, and an “iPhone 1,2” which would indicated a 16GB iPhone 3G. The other two placeholders are titled “iPhone 2,1” and “iPhone 2,2” which have no physical change of appearance, but seem to hint at a new iPhone coming up with hardware improvements.

And to end on a happy note, this month’s New Yorker has chosen it’s cover to be a piece of artwork done completely on a $5 iPhone app.

Just What is Going on at Apple? Blu-ray? More Seniors?

The fourth beta of iPhone 3.0 was set free today, no shocker there. HOWEVER, iTunes 8.2 pre-release was also set free, and it seems like the new iTunes is hinting at Blu-Ray recognition. Take a look:

225910-picture-1-1_500Now this is very odd indeed. Current Macs don’t support Blu-Ray, possibly with the exception of Blu-Ray drives set forth by other companies, most likely for the Mac Pros. Even worse is that Steve Jobs himself has said “Blu-Ray licensing is a mess, and it’s too much paperwork..”. So what exactly is going on? Many sources hint that iTunes will simply recognize the Blu-Ray discs, and nothing more. With WWDC around the corner, who knows what will happen.

Even more suspicious today is the fact that another chief technology officer from AMD has joined Apple, and that would be Raja Koduri. Apple is no doubt building up some serious hardware talent. All of this combined with the purchase of P.A. Semi in April 08′ could mean that the company may be developing it’s own chip for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but would this suffer just like the PowerPC did?

The Inquirer reports that Raja Koduri, currently Chief Technology Officer of the Graphics Product Group at AMD, will be joining Apple. The rumor comes on the heels of the discoveryjust two days ago that Bob Drebin, Koduri’s predecessor in the position at AMD, has already joined Apple.

Between PASemi, Bob Drebin and other things we can’t talk about yet, Apple is building up some serious hardware talent. All they need now is a good reliability person and a fire chief, and things will get really interesting on the hardware front in Cupertino.

Apple Makes Moves, Plays the Game

USA Today has revived the rumor of Verizon and Apple trying to make a deal over the iPhone. While this is highly unlikely, it is possible since AT&T’s exclusivity  gets cut of in 2010. Even so, twas a normal day for Apple.

Staff wise, Bob Drebin is now apparently a Senior Director at Apple. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name, Drebin used to be the Chief Technology Officer for the Graphics Product Group at AMD, until he left in January 2008, to assume this new position.

“Bob Drebin is the chief technology officer of the Graphics Products Group within AMD. In this role, he oversees the technical strategy and direction for AMD’s graphics related businesses.
Mr. Drebin joined AMD with the ATI acquisition in 2006. At ATI, Mr. Drebin led the architecture and design of many of ATI award-winning graphics processors. Before ATI, Mr. Drebin managed the architecture and design unit of ArtX, where he was instrumental in development of the graphics component for the Nintendo Game Cube. Prior to joining ArtX, Mr. Drebin was a chief engineer in Silicon Graphics’ Advanced Graphics Division, where he spent nine years developing high performance graphics systems.”

And lastly, we leave with some Snow Leopard goodies. AppleInsider reports that the new version of Quicktime, entitled “Quicktime X” will arrive with new video uploading capabilities for use with YouTube and MobileMe.

“In particular, the application will let users take any supported video file and upload it directly to YouTube. Users will be prompted to enter their YouTube username and password, and QuickTime X Player take care of the rest. This includes converting the movie into a file optimized for the video sharing service and then uploading it to the appropriate user account.

Of course, Apple will also offer a similar option for users of its own MobileMe service that will take video files and upload them to a MobileMe Gallery. Both options are reportedly accessible via a new “Share” menu in the QuickTime X Player interface.”

[MacRumors, AppleInsider]

UPDATE:

Details from “BusinessWeek” suggest that we can expect an “iPhone Lite” on Verizon and “MacBook Mini/Media Device” to appear.

Apple Holds the Market, Rumors Ahead

Apple just reported a $1.21b profit on revenues of $8.16b, which sets another record for Apple. Mac sales did fall three percent compared to a year ago, but that was offset by a three-percent increase in iPod sales and a 123-percent jump in iPhone sales. In fact, AT&T has activated 1.6 million iPhones since last quarter!

Meanwhile, rumors have sprung about Macbook updates that could happen at WWDC, like built-in 3G, minor firmware upgrades, spec bumps, and serious program updates, for the more professional level such as Final Cut Pro, Logic, Shake, and Aperture. (Possibly Apple Remote Desktop 3.1).