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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.
While the highlight of next week’s Apple media event will almost certainly be the next-generation iPhone, 9to5Mac reports that updated iPods are also likely to be unveiled at the event. Details on the updates are scarce, but it appears that Apple will be releasing two or three updated product lines, all of which will be available in multiple colors.
Technology Review takes a look at the evolution of security on the iPhone, noting how Apple has been able to gain acceptance in government and enterprise by overcoming its initially lax stance on device security to roll out industry-leading encryption options that can defeat essentially all attempts at accessing properly protected devices. At the heart of Apple’s security architecture is the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm (AES), a data-scrambling system published in 1998 and adopted as a U.S
9to5Mac reports that it has discovered through some testing with Apple’s official iOS simulator that iOS 6 is capable of automatically scaling its home screen display to fit a taller 1136×640 display, compared to the current 960×640 display. Numerous rumors and part leaks have indicated that Apple will be including a taller display on the next-generation iPhone to be introduced next month. Thanks to some tweaks to the iOS Simulator application that is included in the iOS development tools, we were able to run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136. We did this running both the current public release of iOS 5.1 and the upcoming iOS 6.0 The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons. On the other hand, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows – as our sources said Apple was testing for taller iPhone displays
Wired reporter Mat Honan details the exact process by which hackers had gained control of his iCloud account. The hijacked iCloud account resulted in a remote-wipe of his iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air, as well as further intrusions into his Gmail and Twitter accounts. As previously reported , the hackers were able to convince Apple Support to provide them with a temporary password to access Honan’s account. Honan details exactly how this was performed. Apparently, Apple Support only requires an iCloud user’s billing address and last-four digits of the credit card on file in order to issue a temporary password.
iMore , which was the first source to report that Apple will be moving to a smaller dock connector with the launch of the next-generation iPhone, now claims that Apple will be moving its entire lineup of iOS devices to the new connector later this year. This includes the current 9.7-inch iPad, which was just updated in March. iMore has learned that Apple intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized Dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall. This would include the new iPhone 5, the the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the rumored 7-inch iPad mini, and an updated version of the current 9.7-inch iPad. iMore notes that the source of the new information is the same person who originally shared word of Apple’s move to the new dock connector, and with numerous other mainstream news reports and parts leaks supporting the original claim, the source does appear to have accurate information
Back in October 2010, Steve Jobs appeared on an Apple earnings conference call to address the Android-based iPad competitors that were just then coming to the market.
Amazon has released an iPad app for its Instant Video renting and buying service and its streaming Netflix competitor, Amazon Prime Instant Video. The app allows users to download purchased and rented movies and TV shows for offline viewing, as well as stream Prime Instant Video titles when connected to the Internet. Amazon also keeps track of the user’s place in a video, allowing it to be resumed at the same point on other supported devices like a TV, Mac or Kindle Fire. With Amazon Instant Video, you can: – Stream thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video at no additional cost with a Prime membership, or watch over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store – Download purchased and rented videos from Your Video Library – Shop over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store by visiting Amazon – Add videos to your Watchlist from a PC, Mac, or Kindle Fire for later viewing on your iPad – Subscribe to a TV Season Pass by visiting Amazon and episodes will automatically be available on your iPad the day after they air – Start watching on your iPad, and resume watching right where you left off on a Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players with Amazon Whispersync.
The outside of the box said "Windows base machine or better", so I bought a Mac.