Apple won’t be the only one (reportedly) introducing new hardware this fall: According to invitations received by This is my next and others on Friday, Amazon’s set to unveil something on September 28 in New York City. Details are slim, but general speculation is that the company plans to reveal its first tablet computer. Really, as long as they don’t announce that Amazon is splitting its mail and ebook service in two and renaming the former, I’ll be happy. (Nobody wants to order hardcover books from Amazombo.)
Not sure if you want to buy an iPad? Depending on your situation, you might be able to try one out for a while. Elsewhere, one politician gets on the case about iTunes fraud, and one product package gets its 15 seconds of Internet fame. The remainders for Thursday, September 22, 2011 are ready for their close-up.
CNet says Apple is prepping a pilot program at its San Francisco store to start letting its retail employees “check out” iPads, taking them home as loaners for a week. Sure, they could just use the floor models, but seriously, do you know many people’s gross hands have pawed those? Think about it.
Does Al Gore hold the key to the next iPhone? Should we trust predictions of an early October Apple event? Will Sprint get the iPhone 5 before T-Mobile? These questions and more, addressed in a humorous fashion in the remainders for Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
We’ve moved on from iPhone rumors to rumors of an event at which a new iPhone might be announced. All Things D reports that Tuesday, October 4 will be the day to end all days, with Tim Cook taking the stage to roll out iOS 5 and a new iPhone to go with it. Many are saying Cook needs to set the tone for his first event as CEO, so if I may make a humble suggestion, bring Phil Schiller on for a classy duet.
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*