One popular hobby of those interested in discovering hints of Apple’s future iOS devices has been the examination of various configuration files in each beta and public version of iOS for new entries referring to future iOS devices.
While the references provide essentially no information on the new devices themselves, as they simply appear in the form of “iPhone4,1″ for what ultimately became the iPhone 4S as one example, they are carefully watched as hints of what devices Apple is likely to be testing with the software and perhaps how many variations of an upcoming device there might be.
With today’s release of iOS 5.1 beta 2, Apple has now taken steps to obscure that information, planting numerous fake references within configuration files typically examined for such evidence.
Surprised it took Apple this long to finally start to obscure this. Time for device hunters to find new clues.
The first-gen iPod nano I’m currently listening to is part of a voluntary recall for battery issues. Five years later. This is the first Apple product I ever bought (got it as an open item at Best Buy, two days after the second generation Nano was released) so I have seriously mixed emotions about sending it back. That, and there are elements of the playlist that have remained untouched since college. There’s a strange purity in that, no?
iPad 2 homescreen, with effects applied by Camera+ for iPhone.
I finally broke down and got an iPad. I spent part of my Sunday at South by Southwest Interactive in line at the ad-hoc Apple Store in downtown Austin, TX awaiting an opportunity to get my hands on the iPad 2. They only had 64 GB Wi-Fi models available that day, which was a bit depressing to my budget but I am certain that I will fill the space regardless. I’ve had a few days with this, my first iPad, and while I very well could have continued to live without it, I’m also finding that it is quite fun to use and — yes — I can work very effectively on it. In fact, a lot of this post is written from the WordPress for iOS app. Continue reading
The P&C is reporting this morning on the possibility of an Apple Store opening in the former Cumberland’s space on King Street. That would be very sweet, and fit right in with the high-end shopping King Street is known for. Hat tip to James for the initial headsup over Twitter and Matthew for finding the article.
My road trip to the ALDS Game 2 between the Yankees and Indians this past weekend was a blast, despite this absolutely horrible cold that I was (and still am) fighting tooth and nail for the duration. Continue reading
I got a MacBook Pro through work, and I am in love. I’m in love so much, in fact, that I can’t possibly see my next computer being a PC. After spending several days working in Mac OS X, going back to Windows seems like stepping back in time ten years. Perhaps it’s the excitement of regular exposure to something different, like an exciting new girl or something. I dunno. Windows definitely seems antiquated, though. This Mac blazes, and gets me to a login screen within 10 seconds on a cold boot. Try getting Windows to do THAT. (I don’t think the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo inside hurts.) The Mac resumes much faster and much more reliably. For a laptop, I just don’t think you can beat a Mac. I’m using GeekTool to display the system log, kernel version and load average, running processes, and disk usage on the desktop.
With the Vista debacle being what it is, and Linux just not ready for prime time on the desktop, the Mac truly is the way to go. Guess Steve has ensnared another one…
I’m writing this post in Safari 3.0 Beta for Windows XP. Yes, I kid you not — Apple has released Safari, its flagship Mac OS X browser, for Windows. It certainly doesn’t look much like a Windows app, as Apple seems to have created its own portable UI framework that it’s applying to its software for Windows now. It looks just like a Mac app, right down to using Lucida Grande for the titlebar. It even antialiases fonts like a Mac does.
In the ten minutes I’ve spent with it, it seems to be pretty fast and easy to use. The antialiasing will take some getting used to — I’m wondering if this is adjustable. Some of the fonts look pretty horrid, to be honest.
This is still amazing, though, and definitely nothing I saw coming. Good job, Apple — someone had to bring KHTML to Windows!
Steve Jobs’ thoughts on music are…well…music to my ears:
So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.
Read the whole thing. It’s among one of the best reads yet on the constant DRM battle, and I hope some record execs take note of this. Steve Jobs and his company have been among the best at knowing what consumers want in the last five years, especially when it comes to music. The RIAA would do well to take note of his thoughts.
Yesterday I made a very impulsive post about the iPhone, going nuts over it, etc. Now that I’ve had a chance to settle down now that I’m over the ridiculous excitement I had yesterday, I have a few things that very well could keep me from buying the phone.
- Up to $599 and no 3G?!? It may be a “revolutionary Internet device” but it needs 3G, which offers broadband speed over wireless, to work to its full potential, IMO. EDGE just won’t cut it. For $199 I could land the Blackjack, with smartphone functions as well as 3G support.
- I have serious worries over a device that shiny getting scratched to the dickens. Has Apple learned from the first-gen Nano experience?
- How is this going to work with Windows machines? Will it have Outlook integration? I’m sure it’ll work fine with Windows iTunes, but that’s just a quarter of the functionality. Address book synchronization is critical to me, and a showstopper if it doesn’t work with Outlook, IMO. Again, ActiveSync…erm…excuse me, Windows Mobile Device Center, is just an incredibly elegant solution, and can be had for much less.
- I’d like to see how they pull off the purported five hours of talk time…and very curious to see the standby time. The fact that they haven’t released that yet kinda worries me.
It’ll be a cool phone, to be sure, but the real killer for me is that it’s far from futureproof. EDGE will hamstring this device bigtime in a year or so, and I would not be surprised to see a slow launch, at least until the prices go down.
…because it’s all about the iPhone. Gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my hands on one…