Is a white iPod touch in the offing? Well, seems more likely than T-Mobile getting the iPhone 5 this year. Elsewhere, robots test iPad apps, John Sculley talks Steve Jobs, and an upcoming blockbuster evokes a classic Mac icon. Prepare for your feature presentation: the remainders for Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
The iPod touch may be the Jan Brady to the iPhone’s Marcia, but that doesn’t mean Apple’s other handheld iOS device won’t be getting any love this fall. MacRumors reports that the iPod touch will get minor revisions, and the addition of a white option. Which, if previous examples are any indication, ought to ship in about six months.
Ever since Thunderbolt made its debut in the MacBook Pro seven months ago, there have been a few Thunderbolt-based peripherals released. Most of the devices are targeted at professional video editors—video capture boxes such as the Aja Io XT or the Blackmagic Intensity Extreme, or high-end RAID arrays like the Promise Pegasus R4 and R6. While the Little Big Disk is designed to provide the speed video editors and photographers desire, its small size, simple form, and portability makes it appealing to the general consumer who has a Thunderbolt Mac.
One airline is handing out iPad 2s like peanuts, Samsung has a plan in store for the iPhone 5’s debut, and Apple’s clouds are about to open up. The remainders for Monday, September 19, 2011 have put their iPads in the upright and locked position.
Australian-based airline Qantas is preparing to distribute iPad 2s to its passengers for use as in-flight entertainment systems. The iPads will be equipped with a “Q Streaming” app, which will tap into one of five wireless access points onboard the aircraft and provide access to digital media. In addition to the iPad, business-class passengers will also get a little fold-out stand for use with the meal tray, and a complimentary cocktail umbrella to put in their iPads’ headphone jacks. Just so all the other passengers know that they’re special.
Apple describes some Thunderbolt limitations, a report suggests you might soon be able to merge multiple Apple IDs, and faux Apple Stores come to an agreement with the real deal. The remainders for Friday, September 16, 2011 are 100 percent completely and utterly genuine.
With the ability to carry Ethernet, FireWire, USB, and DisplayPort, you might think Thunderbolt can do everything, but, like us mere mortals, it too has limitations. Apple explains a few of those in a couple of Knowledge Base documents, but, frankly, we’re not sure we’re ready to believe that Thunderbolt has any sort of flaws quite yet. *hugs Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Air*
More rumors about the iPhone 5’s appearance surface, Google buys up yet another passel of patents, and Steve Jobs gets some praise from a surprising source. The remainders for Thursday, September 15, 2011 are just calling to say they love you.
iPhone 5 rumors continue apace, this time spurred on by a shot of a supposed screen protector for the forthcoming model. The image suggests that the new phone will not only be wider than the iPhone 4, but also feature an elongated Home button. To my mind, the bigger question is whether that button is an innie or an outie.
iMessage may be the next iOS feature to come back to the Mac; ebooks are invading your social network and your coffee shop; and your next iPad may be fabricados no Brasil! The remainders for Wednesday, September 14, 2011 are a multinational global corporation bent on world domination.
FaceTime jumped from iOS to the Mac, so why not iMessage? The forthcoming iOS 5 feature may surface in a future version of iChat, according to one developer who’s been digging through code for the chat client. Just one more piece of evidence that some day I’m going to sit down at my desk and discover that Apple has replaced my Mac with a 27-inch iPad. *wakes up in cold sweat*
Apple may be up for bringing back some of MobileMe’s soon-to-be-discontinued features at a later date, if consumers barrage them with feedback. Elsewhere, a profile of Tim Cook’s successor, an ultra luxury car with an Apple twist, and who made HTC the latest barometer of cool, anyway? The remainders for Tuesday, September 13, 2011 would like their car brought around right away.
Might Apple return some of MobileMe’s discontinued features to iCloud at a later date? According to one anonymous fellow, who claims he sent an email to Tim Cook and received a call from the Apple CEO’s office in response, that might just happen. So, if you want features like syncing of preference panes and keychains to return, I suppose it’s time to start your campaign now. Suggestion: Let’s take a page from the “don’t cancel our TV show” campaigns and send thousands of novelty keychains to Apple! That’ll do it, right?