Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Last night Apple introduced a new iPod touch ad which shows a table thats full of iPod Touches showing of its features. Brendan Benson is the Artist featured in the new ad with there song What I'm Looking For. Will they get as much attention as Feist did?
O2 announced hat they would be brining the iPhone to Ireland on March 14th, 2008. O2 retail stores and Carphone Warehouse will be selling the iPhone. The 8GB is 399 euro and the 16GB is 499 euro.
45 euro/mo: 175 minutes, 100 texts, 1GB data
65 euro/mo: 350 minutes, 150 texts, 1GB data
100 euro/mo: 700 minutes, 250 texts, 1GB data
As of right now Visual voicemail is not available
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Finally the iPhone/iPod Touch SDK has a launch date, and yes it is late but only by a little bit. An invitation was sent for the launch of the iPhone SDK the event will be showing on Cupertino campus on March 6th. But don't be hating Apple because they might actually make there promise on a release date this time. According to AppleInsiders sources Time Capsule is starting to ship. Some readers pointed it out to them and said "I just checked Apple's web site and my Time Capsule order has changed to 'preparing to ship, Historically that usually happens the same day products I have ordered from Apple ship."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A new 1.1.4 Firmware update for iPhone and iPod Touch was released by Apple today, there are no details yet on what new features have been included except "Bug Fixes". Some early reports say that the new Firmware does break some unofficial apps. Hopefully this has something to do with iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) maybe it will be released this month! The 1.1.4 firmware update is available through iTunes so grab it for your iPhone/iPod touch. Speaking of iTunes its now the #2 music retailer in the United States, just behind Wal-Mart.
Statement from Apple:
"We'd like to thank the over 50 million music lovers who have helped the iTunes Store reach this incredible milestone,"We continue to add great new features like iTunes Movie Rentals to give our customers even more reason to love iTunes."
Today Apple updated there consumer laptops the Macbook's with a few new features. The Macbook still has the same 13-inch glossy widescreen display(not LED), the new MacBook lineup comes in three models which includes faster processors (Penryn) and larger hard drives. The new Macbook's are expandable to hold up to 4GB of ram. Another thing to note is that the Macbook's do not feature a Multi-Touch trackpad like the Air/Macbook Pro and the base model Macbook still has a combo drive.
$1099. Macbook 13" 2.1GHz / 1GB / 120GB / Combo / White
$1299. Macbook 13" 2.4GHz / 2GB / 160GB / Super / White
$1499. Macbook 13" 2.4GHz / 2GB / 250GB / Super / Black
Today Apple released new Macbook Pro's based on Intel's latest Penryn mobile processors plus the newest NVIDIA graphics processors with up to 512mb of Vram, and that snazzy new Multi-Touch trackpad found on the Macbook Air. The new Macbook Pro runs at speeds up to 2.6GHz with 6MB of shared L2 cache and 2GB of memory standard, the Pro also has larger hard drives (up to 300gb). Unfortunately no redesign on the new pros, it seams we have been waiting an eternity on an exterior refresh.
$1999. Macbook Pro 15" 2.4GHz / 2GB / 200GB 5400RPM / 256MB Vram
$2499. Macbook Pro 15" 2.5GHz / 2GB / 250GB 5400RPM / 512MB Vram
$2799. Macbook Pro 17" 2.5GHz / 2GB / 250GB 5400RPM / 512MB Vram
Monday, February 25, 2008
Something is to be released this Tuesday from Apple, the question is what is it going to be? Multiple rumor sites say its either going to be the much anticipated Macbook pro update with new Core 2 Duo Penryn mobile processors running up to 2.6GHz, and Multi-Touch trackpad, or the iPhone/iPod touch SDK(software development kit) which was rumored to be pushed back a few weeks. Make sure to check the Apple website regularly tomorrow to see all the new goodies that might possibly be released.
Apple has improved its recycling program , you can now send your old iPods, Mac's and cell phones (Any brand) And this is free of charge, Good on you Apple!
"All the e-waste we collect in North America is processed there and nothing is shipped overseas for disposal. Apple meets the requirements of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundry Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. In addition to annual compliance audits of our recycling vendors, we review the performance of their downstream vendors. Recyclers must comply with all applicable health and safety laws, and we do not allow the use of prison labor at any stage of the recycling process. Apple does not allow the disposal of hazardous electronic waste in solid waste landfills or incinerators, including waste-to-energy incinerators."
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Today Steve Jobs turned the ripe old age of 53, will Steve ever retire? Who will most likely take his place? Sadly some day he will have to retire the more i think about it Jonathan Ive(Designer of iconic products such as the iPod & iMac) will most likely take his place and take Apple to new heights.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Arik Hesseldahl from Business Week has said he has a source that told him that the iPhone/iPod touch SDK (software development kit) will be delayed by 1-3 weeks. As of right now Apple has not made any official statement about the delay of the SDK, but it seams likely that it will be delayed since they only have a week to finish it. This is rather disappointing but its better to have finished software without problems than one that is riddled with them.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Macbook Air First impressions
Today i finally had the chance to go down to my local Apple store and check out the Macbook Air. The Air extremely thin, so thin that its hard to describe in words. The Macbook Air's is very light, feels sturdy, has a bright and crisp screen, and its surprisingly fast. The design of the Macbook Air is beautiful the pictures on the web do not do it justice. The contrast between the black keys and the aluminum finish is nice but some people will not like it. The touch pad is not as large as i thought it would be, but its Multi-Touch features are simple and intuitive. The Air was also very quiet and was cool to the touch (at least when i was using it). For me personally i wish Apple had made it have a 12" screen as opposed to 13" because it would have a smaller footprint and would be even more compact. Overall i like the Macbook Air and i am thinking its a possible candidate to replace my aging iBook G4, but i think ill wait for the next generation.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Apple Discontinues the Xserve RAID and instead promotes The Promise VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystem. Apple also introduced Xsan 2 which has the following features.
Xsan allows you to consolidate data into a single storage volume that’s accessible to all systems on the storage area network (SAN). Adding capacity is as easy as attaching more RAID storage systems to your Fibre Channel network.
Fibre Channel network
The SAN volume connects to the Xsan metadata controller and all Xsan clients through a high-speed Fibre Channel switch. Apple has qualified many popular third-party switches for use with Xsan.
Xsan metadata controller
Xsan includes software called the “metadata controller,” which acts as the traffic cop for the SAN. When an Xsan client attempts to read or write to a file, it gets permission from the metadata controller, then accesses the data directly on the SAN over high-speed Fibre Channel. Any Xserve or Mac Pro running Mac OS X Server can be an Xsan metadata controller.
Mac desktop or Xserve systems running Xsan have direct block-level access to files stored on the SAN volume and full read/write capability. As performance needs grow, Xsan allows you to add servers and computers to the SAN. With Xsan, one SAN can handle hundreds of clients.
File system metadata is handled “out of band” over a private Ethernet network shared by all systems connected directly to the SAN. This frees up Fibre Channel bandwidth for high-performance storage throughput.
An Xserve with Mac OS X Server and Xsan can share data from the SAN volume with an unlimited number of networked computers over the Ethernet network using file-sharing protocols, such as AFP, SMB/CIFS, and NFS.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Safari HD lets tv owners browse the web right from the comfort of their couch. In order to use this patch you need to have what's called an ssh-enabled tv. When downloaded the installer script will take care of everything and will install all the components for you. Another plus is that Safari HD lets you use bookmarks so you wont need to type in all your favorite websites.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The answer is yes, Apple has introduced 3 "Green" products but most of them have missed the mark of being called completely eco friendly. Apple's first attempt at going green was the iPhone; Apple said it was green because its made from recyclable materials such as aluminum & glass. But in reality the iPhone still has hazardous chemicals that are bad for the environment. Apples second greenish product was the iMac, the iMac's are sold with less bromine casings and printed circuit board laminates as well as PVC-free internal cables. Thus making the new iMac much more green than its predecessors. Apple's third green product is the newly announced Macbook Air, the Air is a mercury and arsenic free laptop plus it exceeds European Standards (RoHS directive exemptions). The Air has BFR and PVC free printed wiring on the motherboard.
Quote from Greenpeace
"The MacBook Air has less PVC and BFRs than other Mac computers, but it is not entirely free from those hazardous chemicals. Had it been it would have made Apple an ecological leader. With their product design on the right track Apple needs to make environmental leadership the theme of all its products - old and new. That means green design as standard right through the product line and a real global commitment to take back and recycling. We can almost taste that Green Apple, unfortunately it’s not ripe yet."
In every Apple enthusiast, there is one product that has a special place in there iHeart and steers up memories of the good old days. For me that product is the Apple iMac G4, as soon as i saw the keynote i was awe struck. When steve jobs said "Let each element be true to its self" i totally agreed. This for me is the most stunning apple product design ever, what is your favorite Mac/Apple product?
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Recent rumors suggested that apple will releasing a dedicated gaming device, but new interpretations say that Apple is just releasing more games for the iPod, iPod touch, and iPhone. The iPod touch and iPhone are probably going to see games come when the SDK (software development kit )launches this February.
Speaking of the SDK "Tiny Code no longer produces fixes or applications for firmware 1.1.3. We can't say much, but we are working with Apple and with their SDK for the next firmware release and SDK applications and we shouldn't be missed for long," Tiny Code also wrote: "We will no longer update our Installer.app repo for legality reasons and you should see us soon on iTunes."
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Apple Filed new "podmaps" patent
This concept is said to merge visual maps and spoken directions which lets users request directions from there location and is presented with visual maps and spoken driving directions. According to Apple the text, maps, and audio are sent to a "podmap creator" which turns the directions into a video podcast that is stored on an RSS server to be retrieved by the user at any time.
"In this regard, the application server can reply to the client program to notify the client that the requested podmap is now available from the podmap RSS server. The client program can then interact with the podmap RSS server to retrieve the requested podmap," (Apple)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Multiple people are waiting and waiting for new Macbook pros to come out, but no one knows when they will actually be released at the moment. Some of the things that are 99% certainly going to make it to the new Macbook pro's are the new Penryn chips, Multi-touch trackpad, Macbook air keyboard, SSD or possibly dual drives one SSD and one HDD, and the DVI port might be replaced with the mini-DVI port. Rumors suggest that the new Macbook pro will be announced very soon! (Late February is most likely)
Spore has been in development for many years and now on September 7th, 2008 you can finally play the highly anticipated game. Spore is the newest project of Will Wright who is the creator of the Sims. Spore is slightly similar to the Sims, since its a life simulation game. This game is very unique because you start out as a micro-organism and you control you own evolution. You create a civilization that after time will launch into outer space to settle among other planets. System requirement are unknown at the present moment, but if you have a newer intel mac or a G5 you would most likely be able to run the game.
Check out the Video of the game-------> http://www.spore.com/screenshots.php?movieID=0&play=hi
Even though Apple is still on track to ship 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008, several analysts are saying that Apple pulled back iPod touch, iPhone, and MacBook production for Quarter 1. Apparently strong sales of the iMac have led to the production increase of about 35 percent.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Apple introduced Aperture 2, which is the next major release of there photo editing/management software. This new version of Aperture 2 has 100+ new features with a new simpler user interface and an entirely new image processing engine.
Some of the new imaging tools in Aperture 2:
-Local contrast definition
-Vignetting and RAW fine-tuning
Monday, February 11, 2008
10.5.2 is out! Get it while its hot :)
• Airport connection reliability and stability improvements
• Back to my Mac for third-party routers
• Dashboard widget performance improvement
• Stacks fix! List view, Folder view, and updated background for Grid Vid View
• Menubar transparency disabling
• Less translucent menus
• Several iCal recurring meetings supports, bug fixes overall
• iChat Bugfixes
• iSync support added for Samsung D600E and D900i phones
• Finder bugfixes
• Mail bugfixes
• AFP network volume hanging fixed
• RAW support
• Preview bugfixes
• Time Machine bugfixes (some external drives not being recognized)
Hello and welcome to Aluminum & Glass, this site will consist of Apple news, tips, tricks, and reviews. Our first entry is about the iPhone. The iPhone has been huge for Apple, but will people buy the 2nd Gen iPhone? Personally i think there are still a few things missing from the current version. Things like an office suite, if Apple seriously wants to compete in the smart phone market they need to make the iPhone more business friendly. The most obvious way to do this is to include iWork on the iPhone. It Just blows my mind why Apple did not include iWork in the first place. Here are some of the features that i want in the second generation iPhone:
-Better quality camera (with video)
-Home screen customization (let us change the background!)
-Larger capacity 16gb standard?
-Better battery life