May 27 2010

Predictions for Apple’s WWDC

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is quickly approaching and, as usual, the tech blogosphere abounds with rumors about what Apple will introduce this year. Last year, Wired accurately predicted some major introductions Apple made at WWDC and it has predictions again for this year. Only time will tell if the predictions prove to be accurate.

It’s safe to assume that Apple will introduce its next major iPhone at WWDC. Thanks to some careless Apple employees, the public knows the next iPhone looks like, but we don’t know what it actually can do, as none of the prototypes found were shown doing anything. The 4G iPhone is going to have a front-facing camera, which could be its single major feature.

iPhone OS 4 will also probably be announced. It’s been talked about already, but will probably will be explained in detail at WWDC. From what has already been revealed about the next iPhone OS, it sounds like it will be amazing.

Unfortunately, there will not be a Verizon iPhone, at least not at this WWDC. We’ll have to wait longer for that. And Steve Ballmer will not be at WWDC, contrary to a rumor that circulated the Internet today.

Via Wired.com, image via Wired.com.

May 9 2010

Turn Your Apple iPad Tablet Into a Netbook With the ClamCase

With the release of the Apple iPad tablet comes a whole boatload of accessories being released as well.  One that’s worth noting is the ClamCase (so named for the way it opens — like a clam shell), which basically serves as an all-in-one peripheral for the iPad.  Not only does it serve as a case/protector, but it also serves as a keyboard add-on and a stand as well.

In addition, once the iPhone OS 4.0 is released, maybe the keyboard add-on feature will significantly boost users’ productivity.  Unfortunately, there’s no built-in mousepad on this version of the ClamCase, but maybe that might be something the company considers for future versions of the accessory.

The ClamCase is rumored to hit stores this Fall.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear any further news and/or uncover some other stellar accessories for the Apple iPad.   Interested in learning a bit more about it now?  Check out the video below.

Via HotHardware.

Apr 9 2010

iPhone 4 to Support Multitasking

Well, it will kind of, sort of support it. In its iPhone OS 4.0 announcement on Thursday, Apple said that the iPhone 3GS, iPad, and iPod Touch will support a kind of multitasking. Instead of letting third-party apps run in the background, Apple will offer seven background services to developers that will allow them to make it look like their apps are running in the background. Let’s take a look at these seven services.

1. Background audio. A big complaint from iPhone users is how Pandora cannot play in the background. With this service, Pandora will be able to run in the background as you use your other apps.

2. Voice over IP. VoIP apps will actually be able to run in the background now, making non-cellular calling actually viable. I wonder how AT&T feels about this.

3. Location Services. With this service, GPS navigation apps will continue to navigate even when they’re not open.

4. Push Notifications. Developers can request to have Apple’s cloud-based server alert users when new information is available.

5. Local Notifications. This is clever: a third-party app can have an alarm that will pop up on the screen and tell you to bring that app to the front.

6. Task Completion. This lets apps finish tasks in the background. The only caveat is that the task must be started while the app is active.

7. Fast App Switching. This will allow apps to save their states so the can pop up to the foreground quickly and look like they have been running all along.

All in all, these are some great features for the next iPhone OS and I look forward to it.

Via PC Magazine, image via Apple.

Mar 11 2010

Rumors About Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 Abound

Even though the next iPhone OS update probably won’t be released for several months, the tech blogosphere is already speculating about what new features the iPhone OS 4.0 will contain. Apple is, of course, very tight-lipped about the whole thing, so all of the following is simply speculation.

The feature that seems to be the most desired is multitasking. Currently, only one app at a time can run on the iPhone. For example, you cannot listen to your Pandora radio app in the background while you surf the Internet with your Safari app (however, you could listen to music through the iPod function on the iPhone). Other smartphones have supported multitasking for some time now, so this is the next logical update for the iPhone.

Video calling is another feature that users want. Again, many other smartphones have a front-facing video camera that allows for video calls. Though video calling has not really gained much popularity with smartphone users, Apple may try to change this by offering it as a new feature.

Finally, many users want a better camera with a flash on the iPhone. Although the iPhone 3G S has a better camera than the iPhone 3G (3.2 MP vs. 2 MP, respectively), it is difficult to take decent photos with an iPhone in anything but the brightest light, so a flash would be a welcome addition.

Of course, Apple is so good at keeping secrets that we won’t find out anything until the next OS is released, so all we can do now is speculate.

Via PC World, image via PC World.

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