Monday, June 20, 2011

Apple about to drop cheaper AirPort Extreme, 3TB Time Capsule (update: FCC confirms)




Apple is set to release upgraded models of their AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products. The brand name wireless routers have been constrained for many weeks now in retail locations across the globe: from Apple Stores to Best Buy to resellers world wide. The new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule, first confirmed by 9to5Mac, will hit the streets any day now as part numbers for the devices have have been sent to us.

The AirPort Extreme will come in a single configuration and the Time Capsules will keep the 2TB configuration and add a 3TB model for the first time. According to the part number information, all three wireless router configurations will feature price drops. The Time Capsules are rumored to include a new software update caching feature that will store Mac OS and iOS updates on the device’s hard drive for installation on any networked Mac/iOS device.

Here are the new part numbers courtesy of Mr. X:

MD031LL/A – AIRPORT EXTREME 802.11N (5TH GEN)- USA

MD032LL/A – TIME CAPSULE 2TB (4TH GENERATION) – USA

MD033LL/A – TIME CAPSULE 3TB (4TH GENERATION) – USA

Also in the pipeline are new Mac minis, Mac Pros (likely launching in early August), and MacBook Airs (possibly later this month or early July).

[Update 1: July 21, 2011]: An updated AirPort Extreme wireless base station with marketing model number A1408 has surfaced in the FCC database, confirming our findings. Engadget explains that the filing drops hints of the three-stream standard for 450Mbps over both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.



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Black MacBook Airs coming soon? (Update: another source says unseen)




MacRumors is reporting that Apple is readying Black MacBook Airs in its next refresh.

We’ve received several anonymous tips claiming that at least some models of the next-generation MacBook Air will be be available with a black finish, different from the aluminum case used on the current MacBook Air and most of Apple’s other Macs. The most specific of the claims suggests that a black anodized aluminum case would be available on a top-end MacBook Air model, in much the same way as Apple once offered a high-end black MacBook on top of the standard white offerings.
Remember that when we first broke the news of a MacBook Air way back in 2007 (without Optical drives), we’d been told there was a black version. That information was later verified with the Ebay auction selling a prototype MacBook Air with a Black aluminum shell (pictured above, another shot below).

We’ve also received an anonymous tip with a similar Lion/Sandy Bridge/Thunderbolt/Next few weeks release information. That tip also said a $899 starting price point.

Update: A reliable source has told us that they haven’t seen any Black in the new MacBook Air materials







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Death of the web? No. But people are spending more time in Mobile Apps




Steve Jobs’ favorite analytics company, Flurry, has some interesting numbers that put app usage above web usage.

Today, however, a new platform shift is taking place. In 2011, for the first time, smartphone and tablet shipments exceed those of desktop and notebook shipments (source: Mary Meeker, KPCB, see slide 7). This move means a new generation of consumers expects their smartphones and tablets to come with instant broadband connectively so they, too, can connect to the Internet.
Yeah but those devices have web browsers…

Our analysis shows that, for the first time ever, daily time spent in mobile apps surpasses desktop and mobile web consumption. This stat is even more remarkable if you consider that it took less than three years for native mobile apps to achieve this level of usage, driven primarily by the popularity of iOS and Android platforms. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
But what if one of those apps is a web browser like Opera? (via Business Insider.)


As a note of interest, Facebook has increasingly taken its share of time spent on the Internet, now making up 14 of the 74 minutes spent per day by consumers, or about one sixth of all Internet minutes. Considering Facebook’s recent leak regarding Project Spartan, an effort to run apps within its service on top of the mobile Safari browser, thus disintermediating Apple, it appears Facebook seeks to counter both Apple and Google’s increasing control over consumers as mobile app usage proliferates.

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Bling Your Screen HD 1.1 For iPad




InTekOne has announced the release of 'Bling Your Screen HD'. 'Bling Your Screen HD' is a high photo quality wallpaper app for the iPad that gives the user the sheer power of its customizability. The iPad screen projects a resolution of 1024X1024, which is perfect for this app to display pictures and exclusive content that is sure to make any iPad stand out from the rest.

There is always some utility for making an iPad stand out from the rest. Bling Your Screen HD boasts visually stunning photos including abstract designs, colors, comedy themes, nature, cars, and other genres. Using this app is also incredibly easy. One just needs to tap the arrow buttons and select the wallpaper of their choice, and instantly the screen sports the image. What's more is that all these images are of high resolution, and also can be highly customizable, for example, use these images as a screensaver.

Application highlights:
* High Definition Resolution 768x1024 and 1024x1024
* Landscape and Portrait images available
* Categorized view

Amazing power of customization and ability of a preview. You get a terrific preview of how the screen will look like once the changes are applied, which will surely save you a lot of time. With the ever increasing sales of iPads, it would be difficult to maintain a sort of uniqueness for people in their machines. 'Bling Your Screen HD' app, hence, comes with that one mission - to enhance the iPad and make it an eye candy that everyone would lust for.

Pricing and Availability:
Bling Your Screen HD 1.1 for iPad version is $1.99. Available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.



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Apple acquires ‘AirDrop’ trademark from Android developer




Patently Apple reports that Apple has successfully transferred the “Airdrop” trademark from Urban Airship, Inc., a company behind the AirDrop service that provides marketing services to Android developers. AirDrop in Apple’s hemisphere, of course, is a new Lion feature that lets the user easily share files with other nearby users. The trademark was transferred to Apple on May 11 and effective on June 9.

Apparently, “there was no financial transaction disclosure made available with this transfer”. Patently Apple also discovered that Apple filed for the ‘AirDrop’ trademark in China and another one in Canada related to the Photo Stream feature of the iCloud service which automatically uploads and syncs up to a thousand most recent photos across all iOS devices authorized with the same Apple ID.



Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of OS X software (note how they no longer refer to it as Mac OS X), pitched AirDrop in Apple’s Lion promo clip, “When you create docouments, you often wanna share them with friends nearby. With AirDrop, it’s never been easier. Just click on AirDrop, drop the file on the picture of your friend and AirDrop takes care of the rest. You no longer have to worry about network configuration and you don’t need to keep a USB drive in your pocket”.

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