Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.3 (9d10) seeded to developers

Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.3 (9d10) to developers yesterday, this update addresses multiple issues with dashboard, parental controls, iCal syncing, memory leeks and stability problems. The parental controls are in dire need of fixing in fact some of the settings do not even work at all, like time limits and website restrictions, hopefully this seed will improve there stability issues.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Asus Eee PC 900 is a Macbook Air wannabe

The manual of the new Asus Eee PC 900 reveals a Macbook Air style trackpad, no GPS or Touch screen as previous rumors suggested. Will Asus be able to create the smooth feel of the Apple trackpad or will it be just a cheep nock off? Although this might be bad news for Apple its good news for consumers because, this means that multi-touch will probably be mainstream and will be offer by other companies other than Apple.

3G iPhone coming in a few months?

Ken Dulaney claims that he has herd from "sources in Asia" that Apple has already ordered 10 million 3G iPhones. Some other feature that are said to make it into this version of the iPhone are an OLED display which would improve battery life, and a camera on the front for video calling. This version of the iPhone is said to drop in a few months, so hold of on buying one if you can.

Monday, March 24, 2008

John Mayer reports a Bug to Apple :P

John Mayer reports a bug to Apple read on to find out what happened its actually quite funny.

He wrote

"From time to time, I ask my Mac to do a few too many things at once and an application locks up on me. When it does, it asks me if I'd like to report the incident to Apple. It always strikes me as unnecessary, like filing an insurance claim on a fender bender that doesn't leave any damage. "I don't see any reason to make this harder on us", I say. Lately, though, I've been wondering what would happen if I did file a report, and it is out of sheer curiosity that I decided to click on the blue button instead of the white one..I'll let you know if I get a response from anyone at Apple. I wonder if somebody on the other side is really going to read it ... I can hear it now, the squeak of a chair pushing away from a desk as a man grinds his cigarette into an ashtray, stands up waving a printout over his head and screams "WE GOT AN iTUNES CRASH OVER HEEAH!!!" Because in my mind everything looks like a '60s era spy movie. 

Friday, March 21, 2008

Mac Mini to be reworked?

Apparently there is a small team of engineers that have been working on the Mac Mini, and giving it a new lease on life. Some of the changes include processors from 2.1GHz with 3MB of L2 cache and 800MHz front side bus. The new Mac mini is said to have the same internal graphics card as the current Macbook lineup.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Adobe will bring Flash to the iPhone

Adobe is developing a flash player for the iPhone, however it is almost impossible with the current SDK because you cannot create plugins. Though there is an option that does seam most likely if Apple doesn't allow a flash plugin for Safari. Adobe would just have to develop a standalone flash player just like quicktime.

Subscription based iTunes service

Apple to offer a subscription based iTunes service in the near future, meaning you play a fee every month and download what you want; or that iPod and iPhone users will be able to access the entire iTunes library as users are already paying a premium for the device.

Monday, March 17, 2008

iPhone flip phone patent

Apple has filed a patent for an iPhone "clamshell" (Flip Phone). is this the rumored iPhone Nano? The patent features a flip phone that has dual touch surfaces and can be used while its open or closed. 

Apple updated the AirPort Express

Apple updated the AirPort Express to 802.11n today, Making it the last one in there wireless base station lineup  to join the N family. Still has the same slick features as the old one like wireless printing and AirTunes

Saturday, March 15, 2008

iPhone in Austria

Apple and T-Mobile are now selling the iPhone in Austria. The iPhone will be 399 euro for the 8GB and 499 euro for the 16GB. Apple said that they plan to launch the iPhone in Asia and other European countries in 2008.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

WWDC Date Announced

Today Apple Announced that WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) will be during June 9th to June 13th. The keynote is likely to be on the 9th which is on a monday not on tuesday. The image above with the two bridges symbolizes that there are now two development platforms the iPhone and the Mac.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

iPhone SDK downloads/My 50th Post!

Apple has said that Over 100,000 iPhone SDK downloads have taken place over the span of only 6 days, and over 1 million people have watched the launch video on the Apple website. This shows that there is great interest in the iPhone SDK, and when the applications are released will obviously provide a huge leap in iPhone sales. At the present moment this is my 50th post on Aluminum & Glass, i am looking forward to manny more posts in the future :D Thanks for reading and i hope you have been enjoying my Blog Thus far.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Mac Pro Software Update available

Apple pushed out an update for Mac Pro owners today, this includes the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Firmware update and an Airport Utility update. The firmware update of the ATI Radeon HD improves system reliability and meats the latest energy star requirements. The Airport Utility update also improves system reliability, but also has other general bug fixes.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Lionsgate will soon be offering an iTunes digital copy of their films.

Not only Fox will be offering the free iPod/iTunes ready digital with some of there DVD and Blu-Ray films, now Lionsgate is joining the party. In order to copy the film to iTunes you will need to use a code found within the movie case. Officially the first two movies to come bundled with this are Rambo and The Eye, they will be available for purchase around summer.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Java coming to iPhone

Sun Announced that they are getting ready a virtual machine to let Java applications run on the iPhone. The version of Java that will be native on the iPhone thanks to the SDK will be based on the Java micro edition (ME). This will let the iPhone run a huge library of existing java applications such as games from EA, Gameloft, and Omnigroup.

"We're going to make sure that the JVM offers the Java applications as much access to the native functionality of the iPhone as possible,"

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Penryn iMac and Mac Mini updates soon?

Macscoop reported that apple is to start shipping the 45nm Penryn chip in the iMac and the Mac Mini. They also speculated that the Mac Mini will be upgraded to the GMA3100 graphics chipset which is currently used in the latest Macbook's. Even thought they also reported that Apple is trying to make the iMac even thinner, this update is likely not to be cosmetic. 

Thursday, March 6, 2008

iPhone/ iPod Touch Games

The iPhone/iPod Touch are getting multi-touch games and they take advantage of everything the devices have to offer. EA and Sega are developing games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Some games that were demoed included Spore and Super Monkey Ball, each will be complete games and have full featured levels and neat gameplay. Since the iPhone and iPod touch don't have buttons you play by using the accelerometer providing a "Wii" like gameplay.

App Store

Looks like iTunes will be the main and only provider for the iPhone/iPod Touch apps, they will be sold over the App store which can be used on the device itself or via iTunes on your computer. Apple predicts that users will most likely download it on the go from there iPhone or iPod touch instead of iTunes, no word on how large the files could be look for lengthy download times if using  the EDGE network.

iPhone/ iPod Touch SDK

Apple Has posted ALL the juicy details about the SDK that will be officially released in september, free update for iPhone users but iPod touch users will be charged if they want the update.

Details Below:

Apple Announces iPhone 2.0 Software Beta Includes SDK & Built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

CUPERTINO, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today previewed its iPhone(TM) 2.0 software, scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a beta release of the software to selected developers and enterprise customers. The iPhone 2.0 beta release includes both the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as new enterprise features such as support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide secure, over-the-air push email, contacts and calendars as well as remote wipe, and the addition of Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to private corporate networks.

"We're excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community with potentially thousands of native applications for iPhone and iPod touch," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iPhone's enterprise features combined with its revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface and advanced software architecture provide the best user experience and the most advanced software platform ever for a mobile device."

The iPhone SDK provides developers with a rich set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and tools to create innovative applications for iPhone and iPod(R) touch. Starting today, anyone can download the beta iPhone SDK for free and run the iPhone Simulator on their Mac(R). Apple today also introduced its new iPhone Developer Program, giving developers everything they need to create native applications, and the new App Store, a breakthrough way for developers to wirelessly deliver their applications to iPhone and iPod touch users.

With the iPhone SDK, third party developers will be able to build native applications for the iPhone with a rich set of APIs, including programming interfaces for Core OS, Core Services, Media and Cocoa Touch technologies. The iPhone SDK will allow developers to create amazing applications that leverage the iPhone's groundbreaking Multi-Touch(TM) user interface, animation technology, large storage, built-in three-axis accelerometer and geographical location technology to deliver truly innovative mobile applications.

Apple has licensed Exchange ActiveSync from Microsoft and is building it right into the iPhone, so that iPhone will connect out-of-the-box to Microsoft Exchange Servers 2003 and 2007 for secure over-the-air push email, contacts, calendars and global address lists. Built-in Exchange ActiveSync support also enables security features such as remote wipe, password policies and auto-discovery. The iPhone 2.0 software supports Cisco IPsec VPN to ensure the highest level of IP-based encryption available for transmission of sensitive corporate data, as well as the ability to authenticate using digital certificates or password-based, multi-factor authentication. The addition of WPA2 Enterprise with 802.1x authentication enables enterprise customers to deploy iPhone and iPod touch with the latest standards for protection of Wi-Fi networks.

The iPhone 2.0 software provides a configuration utility that allows IT administrators to easily and quickly set up many iPhones, including password policies, VPN setting, installing certificates, email server settings and more. Once the configuration is defined it can be easily and securely delivered via web link or email to the user. To install, all the user has to do is authenticate with a user ID or password, download the configuration and tap install. Once installed, the user will have access to all their corporate IT services.

The iPhone 2.0 software release will contain the App Store, a new application that lets users browse, search, purchase and wirelessly download third party applications directly onto their iPhone or iPod touch. The App Store enables developers to reach every iPhone and iPod touch user. Developers set the price for their applications -- including free -- and retain 70 percent of all sales revenues. Users can download free applications at no charge to either the user or developer, or purchase priced applications with just one click. Enterprise customers will be able to create a secure, private page on the App Store accessible only by their employees. Apple will cover all credit card, web hosting, infrastructure and DRM costs associated with offering applications on the App Store. Third party iPhone and iPod touch applications must be approved by Apple and will be available exclusively through the App Store.

The iPhone SDK provides a reliable, fast and secure way to create innovative applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. In addition to the rich set of iPhone OS APIs, the iPhone SDK also provides advanced tools for creating native iPhone and iPod touch applications including: Xcode(R) for source code editing, project management and graphical debugging; Interface Builder with drag and drop interface creation and live preview; Instruments to monitor and optimize iPhone application performance in real time; and the iPhone Simulator to run and debug applications.

During the beta iPhone SDK program, a limited number of developers will be accepted into Apple's new iPhone Developer Program and offered the ability to get code onto iPhones for testing. The Standard Program costs $99 (US) per year and gives members an iPhone SDK and development tools; access to pre-release iPhone software; technical support; the ability to get code onto iPhones for testing; and distribution of applications via the new App Store. The Enterprise Program costs $299 (US) per year.

In addition to these new iPhone network and security features, the beta iPhone 2.0 software provides several new Mail features such as the ability to view PowerPoint attachments, in addition to Word and Excel, as well as the ability to mass delete and move email messages.

Pricing & Availability

Apple plans to release the final iPhone 2.0 software, including the iPhone SDK and new enterprise features, as a free software update for all iPhone customers by the end of June. Third party applications created for the iPhone will also run on the iPod touch, and iPod touch users will be required to purchase a software update to run these applications. The free beta iPhone SDK is available immediately worldwide and can be downloaded at The iPhone Developer Program will initially be available in the US and will expand to other countries in the coming months. Apple is accepting applications beginning today from enterprise customers who would like to join the private iPhone Enterprise Beta Program (

iPhone/ iPod Touch Enterprise Features

Today Apple announced the iPhone/iPod touch Enterprise features, here is a quick look at them

Enterprise features in iPhone 2.0 software beta.

Upcoming iPhone support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and industry-standard corporate security standards will allow I

T professionals to seamlessly integrate iPhone into their enterprise environments. 

New features include:

  • Push email
  • Push contacts
  • Push calendar
  • Global Address List
  • Certificates and Identities
  • WPA2/802.1x
  • Enforced security policies
  • More VPN protocols
  • Device configuration
  • Remote wipe

Enterprise-grade networking.

iPhone 2.0 software supports Cisco IPsec VPN to ensure the highest level of IP-based encryption for transmission of sensitive company information. Employees will be able to authenticate via password, two-factor token, or digital cert

ificate. iPhone will also support WPA2 Enterprise with 802.1x authentication — the standard for Wi-Fi network protection. These features help provide safe access to sensitive company information on iPhone.

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support.

If your office uses Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or 2007, iPhone 2.0 software will allow you to wirelessly push company email, calendar events, and contacts over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks to iPhones. With secure push email and over-the-air contacts and calendar features, users will stay up to date wherever they go. And thanks to the iPhone Multi-Touch display, users will find it easier to perform common tasks such as accepting meeting invitations and finding contacts in the company directory or Global Address List (GAL).

IT administrators can securely manage any iPhone that contains confidential company information with remote wipe and enforced security and password policies. These device configuration and remote management capabilities allow IT departments to quickly and seamlessly deploy iPhone throughout their companies.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Set your alarm, iPhone/iPod touch SDK details to emerge tomorrow

It is unknown weather or not the SDK (Software Development Kit) will be released tomorrow but we will definitely find out what the future plans are for it. Hopefully we will find out what those "Exciting new enterprise features" that Apple Teased us with.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The iGym a reality?

Nike announced upcoming plans for the Nike+iPod partnership with Apple. they said that they are partnering with fitness equipment manufacturers. This partnership would allow Nike+iPod users to connect their iPod's to treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and stair climbers. When released this will be international.

"The Nike + iPod experience revolutionized running. Now we’re revolutionizing the gym cardio experience,” said Trevor Edwards, Nike’s Vice President of Global Brand and Category Management. “We’re enabling people who go to the gym an opportunity to set goals, track progress, and compete in challenges with their friends and with other members of It’s a groundbreaking tool for people who want to maximize their workouts.”

Monday, March 3, 2008

Macbook Air selling out

The MacBook Air seams to be running in short supply at Apple stores and Resellers. The reason for short supply is unknown, it could be because the Air is selling like hot cakes or due to short supply of components. ArsTechnica noted that when Apple does get shipments of the Air it sells out within that day. 

ArsTechnica said:

"After a full month of being on the market, the MacBook Air is still a difficult commodity to obtain in some markets (not all), and Apple is still quoting a 5-7 business day minimum shipping time even for the most standard models ordered from its web site."

"Meanwhile, Amazon won't be shipping orders until March 16 now, and many customers who run to a Best Buy thinking they'll find one hiding out there will be surprised: there aren't many to go around. One Best Buy source (not a retail floor worker) told me that Apple has kept them pretty thin on stock."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

New iPod Nano Color?

There is an image traveling around the web of a circuit city flier that shows a purple iPod nano, It seams legit but will Apple actually release another Nano color when they just released a pink one in february?

iPhone/iPod Touch SDK Details

Even though iLounge said that Apple would be very tight on iPhone and iPod Touch third party applications, Electronista clams that Apple will only have restrictions on applications that are purchased through iTunes.

"the new contact claims that free applications are not subject to the same rules that will guide paid software downloads. In this model, free software is unlikely to be subject to much if any scrutiny by Apple"

Its still a little early to have conclusions about Apple's SDK, since very little is known about their plans, Hopefully we will have more details after the media event on Thursday March 6th.