Jul 20, 2012 - 12:16 PM - by Maura
The newest version of Apple’s iPad has finally launched in China today, and The Next Web is reporting that things have gone pretty smoothly this time around, without the chaotic scenes of previous launches in China, thanks to Apple’s pre-planning to avoid any trouble. In order to quell the excitement, unlike its usual preferred launches where customers line up and are cheered on their way into the store by members of staff, in China, Apple introduced a pre-sale reservation system, where customers had to register their interest in buying a new iPad first, and then go and pick it up at their assigned pick up time. This is designed to cut down on scalpers as well as queues. Despite this, security gates were set up in case things happened to get rowdy, but it doesn’t look like they were needed. The Next Web also reports that it seems as if the scalpers have been kept at bay by the new scheme as well.
Source: Apple Launches the New iPad in China to Short Queues and No Chaos
Jul 19, 2012 - 2:36 PM - by dgstorm
In March of this year, Apple reported that they were planning to expand their Austin, TX campus sometime later this year and create approximately 3,600 jobs as they invest over $300 Million in the project. The company will be receiving $37 Million dollars worth of state and local government incentives over the next 10 years for the boost to the Austin economy that it will provide. A new report indicates that they are moving forward with these plans and have just purchased three tracks of land from the McShane Development Company, and finalized this sale on June 21st. This land is adjacent to their current campus at 12545 Riata Vista Circle. This campus houses customer support, sales and accounting teams, which will basically double in size after this project is completed.
They also pledged to pay an average $35,000 salary to the bottom 10% of its employees, and a minimum of $11 dollars an hour to any contract workers. It was not reported how much Apple paid for the land, and neither company returned phone calls to the Austin BizJournal for comment.
Jul 19, 2012 - 12:51 PM - by dgstorm
Last week, Apple was confronted with a security breach problem that enabled users to make in-app purchasing without paying for the selected items. But, as MacRumors noted, Apple was very quick to fix that by adding a new field entitled “unique_identifier” to its purchase receipts.
First, Apple tried to remove the YouTube video made by Russian hacker Alexey V. Borodin from the website’s servers, while PayPal blocked his account. Even so, these measures did not last long as the hacker bounced back in a few hours.
Google took some serious action against the breach and tried to assist Apple in this matter. Borodin himself reports that the search giant made his “instruction” blog obsolete:
“Okay, it's time to move to another blog system. Let's free Google from problems coming from some fruit company. Okay, here is solution. Getting Started is now hosted on another server,” Borodin announced.
Apple took the final step by applying the unique_idenfier, but what is curious about this move is that in the past the Cupertino clan was against apps collecting UDIDs. Ultimately they didn't seem to have much choice, and are using this measure in the absence of a better alternative.
Source: Apple Now Including Unique Identifiers for In App Purchase Receipts to Combat Hack - Mac Rumors
Jul 18, 2012 - 12:41 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider has some great pictures today that reveal early design concepts for the iPad that were first created from 2002 to 2004, and that have come to light thanks to a court filing. The pictures were first posted on Network World today, and show that the early iPad prototypes were not that far off what Apple eventually released, complete with rounded corners, the dock connector at the bottom, a similar glass touchscreen front panel, and the plain back with the logo. Interestingly though, these early prototypes do not have a home button, and also have a smaller black border around the edge of the screen. They are also considerably thicker than the first iPad that was finally released in 2010 by Apple. AppleInsider notes that this pictorial evidence of the existence of iPad prototypes way back in 2002 confirms what Steve Jobs said at the 2010 All Things D conference about Apple working on a touchscreen tablet even prior to developing the iPhone.
Source: Court filing reveals Apple's iPad prototype from early 2000s
Jul 18, 2012 - 11:50 AM - by Maura
AppleInsider writes today that according to Chinese blog, M.I.C. Gadget, thousands of people all looking for work are lining up outside Foxconn’s Chengdu plant in China, as the company looks to hire a new army of workers to cope with the summer increase in production for both the next iPhone and the iPad mini. Apparently the job description that has led so many would-be employees to queue up has just one criteria, that the worker has good eyesight. M.I.C. Gadget’s sources say that many of the open positions have already been filled very quickly once advertised, but there are still a few openings left. AppleInsider says that it’s possible that production on the iPad mini has already started at Chengdu, which would seem to contradict earlier reports that Apple was planning to build the iPad mini in Foxconn’s new plant in Juniai, Brazil.
Source: 'Thousands' apply at Foxconn ahead of rumored iPhone, iPad mini build
Jul 17, 2012 - 5:54 PM - by Maura
According to a report on AppleInsider today, iPhone 4S users who have downloaded the latest iOS 6 beta, version 3, have found an error message that has prompted some to think that AT&T and its fellow carriers could be intending to charge for the use of FaceTime video chat on 3G. The find was reported by iDownloadBlog, which discovered the following notification, which only appears when the user tries to use FaceTime on AT&T’s 3G network:
AppleInsider says that the message only appears on AT&T, and not on Verizon. AT&T has issued a statement on the matter, but it doesn’t give much away ahead of the launch of iOS 6, simply stating that it is “working closely with Apple on the new developer build,” and will “share more information with our customers as it becomes available.”
“To enable FaceTime over cellular on this account, contact AT&T at 611”.
Source: iOS 6 message prompts speculation carriers may charge for 3G FaceTime
Jul 17, 2012 - 4:28 PM - by dgstorm
The tablet market has been one of the fastest growing markets in the tech industry and Apple pioneered it. Analysts are predicting record numbers for iPad sales at the end of 2012. According to analyst Rob Chira, from Evencore Partners, the wonder tablet will ship up to 69 million units by the end of the year.
Not only is the iPad market expanding and conquering the competition at the speed of light, but it has already cast a shadow of darkness onto other devices including the venerable PC. Theories have emerged according to which the iPad will transform home desktop computers into a thing of the past. Shipping estimates for PCs stand proof of that and they are expected to drop 4% in the Q3 of 2012.
PC sales have declined with 0.1% globally but most significantly with 5.7% in the US in this quarter. On the other hand Apple’s desktop Mac line experienced a growth of over 4.3%.
"PCs now need to compete both directly/functionally and more so indirectly (for discretionary spend/mindshare) against 'thin client' architectures/ecosystems," Cihra stated in the note he wrote to investors.
Cihra seems to firmly believe that Apple will continue to stay on top of the tablet market regardless of pretty heavy competition from devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the just released Google Nexus 7. Microsoft also recently announced the launch of its own Windows 8 tablet nicknamed Surface that will be unleashed before year's end.
Source: As PC sales stall, Apple projected to sell 69M iPads in 2012
Jul 17, 2012 - 4:06 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today that Microsoft has just updated its Xbox LIVE iOS app with support for the iPad, meaning that the remote control features that were initially only on the iPhone version are now accessible on iPad as well. As AppleInsider notes, the app has been through several evolutions, starting off as a very basic app back last December, with the ability to browse Xbox LIVE content, access your friend list, and edit messages. Then, in June, an update enabled iPhone users to access the same functionality that has now been given to iPad users, i.e. the Companion feature. This new feature, which is now active across all iOS devices, lets users launch games, browse Xbox LIVE video content, play DVDs or videos and so on. AppleInsider writes that the app even now has a similar interface to the Metro interface used on Windows Phones.
Click here to download the free app: App Store - My Xbox LIVE
Source: Updated My Xbox LIVE iOS app brings console control to iPad
Jul 16, 2012 - 3:18 PM - by Maura
The Next Web writes that Apple is currently working to block the recently revealed App Store hack which enables users to download in-app purchases in certain apps for free. However, The Next Web writes that so far, Apple is not having much success in plugging the hole, which is currently still open. During the weekend, Apple started to block the IP address of the server from which the hacker, Alexey V. Borodin had been authenticating purchases. It then issued a takedown request for the original server, also taking down third-party authentication, and even issued a copyright claim on the video posted by Borodin to YouTube that showed how the hack could be executed. PayPay has also tried to help Apple out by blocking the original donation account because it violated PayPal’s terms of service. But despite all that, The Next Web says that Borodin is working hard to circumvent the obstacles that have been placed in his way, by, among other tricks, setting up a new server, which is offshore. He has told The Next Web that his new server has an improved authorization and transaction protocol. The Next Web says that Borodin is “unrepentant” and has told Apple to adapt its APIs or put new blocks on the service. He also says that Apple have not contacted him directly on the issue.
Source: Apple Takes Down Servers, Videos to Block In-App Purchasing Flaw
Jul 16, 2012 - 2:11 PM - by Maura
9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today released the third iOS 6 beta as an over-the-air update for those developers running iOS 6 beta 2, as well as releasing it to Apple’s iOS Developer Center. 9to5 Mac says that at the time of writing it is not known what changes are featured in the new beta, but it expects it to be primarily bug fixes and performance enhancements, and they’ll be checking to find out if there is anything more major than that contained in the update. Basically, what this means for the non-developers amongst us, is that iOS 6 has just got a little closer to being released, which means we’re ever closer to getting our hands on Apple’s new Maps app, and all manner of enhancements to current apps such as Siri, Safari, Mail, iCloud, and shared photo streams. There is still no official date set for the release of iOS 6, with predictions ranging from August to September.
Source: Apple seeds iOS 6 beta 3 to developers | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
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