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9to5Mac shares some new details about Apple’s updates planned for today, outlining some of the marketing terms the company appears to be using for aspects of its new devices. Among the details: First, Apple is said to have been referring to its new dock connector as “Lightning” internally, and that branding is now said to be the public name for the feature as well. The term is suggestive of speed, and it seems possible that the cables may allow for faster data transfer than existing hardware. Apple is also said to be introducing several variations of the adapter for using new devices with cables and accessories bearing the old dock connector standard, including a direct clip-on adapter and one with a short cable. The second item relates to new headphones that appeared earlier this month in a leaked video, and today’s report indicates that they will carry an “Earpod” name.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a last-minute research report outlining his expectations for the updated iPod touch said to be being introduced today alongside the iPhone 5. Calling the 2012 version of the iPod touch the “biggest upgrade ever” for the device, Kuo outlines a number of features he expects the new model to offer. – New colors : Beyond the traditional black model and the white model added last year, Kuo expects new colors for the iPod touch in order to attract younger customers. Speculation based on part numbers has already suggested that new colors could be in the mix.
Apple has seeded developers with a new build of OS X Mountain Lion (12C50) to developers this evening. The version contains complete release notes as posted by 9to5Mac , suggesting the release is near complete. Apple is holding a media even on Wednesday where they are likely to detail the new iPhone and iOS 6
Fast Company reports on ongoing internal strife at Apple over the company’s use of software skeuomorphism, the inclusion of certain ornamental elements in a product that are carried over from previous tools addressing the same task for which the elements were required for functionality. Daring Fireball ‘s John Gruber has linked to the article, noting that he has heard similar word of an “internal political divide” over the issue. One of the most frequently-cited examples of questionable skeuomorphism in Apple’s software is the company’s set of calendar apps, which have recently used a stitched leather design reminiscent of physical desktop calendars, complete with the remnants of torn-off pages visible near the binding. Game Center, which is presented as a gaming table complete with wood grain and green felt, is another oft-cited example.
Apple’s policies for pre-orders of its popular iOS devices have varied over the years, with the iPhone 4S being scheduled for a 12:01 AM Pacific Time launch on the Friday following the media event, although Apple’s pre-orders didn’t actually begin until nearly 45 minutes after the appointed time. Last month, iMore reported that pre-orders were scheduled to begin on the same day as the media event , with availability set for nine days later
In addition to his disclosure that the updated iPhone and iPod touch are likely to support a panorama photo mode, developer Will Strafach has also posted several Tweets sharing hardware details on the updated iPod touch. According to Strafach , the updated iPod touch will carry a taller 1136×640 display, the same dimensions said to be coming to the iPhone 5 and in line with leaked photos from May said to show the iPod touch’s taller front panel. Strafach also says that the new iPod touch carries an internal code name of N78AP.
iOS developer Will Strafach posted a Tweet a few minutes ago stating that the iPhone 5 and the updated iPod touch reportedly due for introduction at tomorrow’s media event will support a new panorama photo mode that will enable users to capture multiple photos that can be automatically stitched together into a single panoramic image. [iPod touch] also has that Panoramic photo feature enabled as far as I know. I think the new iPhone does as well. Strafach has since deleted his Tweet, but says that he deleted it because the information was already known, not because it was inaccurate.
Over the past several weeks, a number of renderings and even physical mockups of Apple’s rumored “iPad mini” have surfaced, offering a good idea of the device’s size and appearance should the leaked specs being used by case makers prove accurate. While a number of the renderings and mockups have shown the iPad mini next to existing devices like the full-size iPad or iPhone, a new set of photos [ Google translation ] reposted by Nowhereelse.fr shows the best view yet of how the device will look in the user’s hand. The device shown in the photos is clearly a physical mockup along the lines of those seen previously, but the photos demonstrate how the device would fit easily into most users’ hands, cradled in just one hand with the fingers and thumb able to wrap around and grip the edges of the tablet. As shown in the photos and previous images, the iPad mini is expected to retain the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio for the display, but relatively narrower bezels on the sides of the device will make it more comfortable for users to hold than if it contained bezels of uniform width around all four edges.
As promised, Google has introduced a native YouTube app for iPhone. We had previously reported that Apple will be removing the dedicated YouTube app from iOS 6 which is due to be released in the near future. At the time, Google promised that a native iOS app was in the works. YouTube had previously been one of the built-in iOS apps since the original iPhone launch
The outside of the box said "Windows base machine or better", so I bought a Mac.