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Apple has just released Remote app version 2.0 for iPhone and iPad, which adds in support for the new iOS-based Apple TV in addition to iTunes on OS X. The interface mostly stays the same – a trackpad-like screen for ATV remote control and an iPod-like interface for more direct media playback — but it’s now augmented for the Retina display on the iPhone 4 and the larger screen size of the iPad. No more pixelated screen. Since the new Apple TV is streaming-only, Remote also now has better support for controlling shared music libraries, making remote control of iTunes on your HTPC slightly easier as well. It’s available now and it’s gratis.
SOURCE via Apple Store
Apple has just let loose the official iOS 4.2 beta builds for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for the developers, so don’t be surprised if you saw someone somewhere experiencing multitasking on the iPad yet not jailbreaking it. Additionally, Apple has decided to bestow a name upon its new printing experience (the direct-to-printer tech the company showed off at its fall event). And that name? AirPrint (pff!). In a piece of PR just issued by Apple, it’s noted that owners of HP products with ePrint tech will be the first to take advantage of the new tool – so that’s something. We don’t need special AirPrint-enabled printers to use it. Lucky? Read more…
Owners of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2nd generation, iPod touch 3rd generation, or iPod touch 4th generation, please pay attention. I repeat, owners of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2nd generation, iPod touch 3rd generation, or iPod touch 4th generation, please pay attention. The iOS 4.1 is live, live, live! Let’s plug in your i-device now, get the update to iOS 4.1 over with, and prepare for the great Game Center to arrive guys! Aren’t you excited? Some might, but some might not even bother. But I’m sure I will, as I’ll be gaming like crazy (too extreme don cha think?) in the upcoming weekend holiday. But of kush, the iOS 4.1 is not only about the games. Your face will be happy to stop getting accused for iPhone 4 hang-ups with the long overdue proximity sensor fix.
As Apple announces availability of the AirPlay feature in iOS 4.2, there have been a few partners listed in Apple’s website. Apple is opening the AirPlay tech up to third parties, which will be exclusive to them. The list shows companies like Denon, Marantz, Bowers & Wilkins, JBL and iHome, complete with song, album, and artist info and album art being streamed. This means that we will soon be seeing some Apple-exclusive products with AirPlay-enabled from them. What’s more unique is the flexibility to stream to multiple speakers at once. Release dates for these products? Nope. But you can sure to find them around when Apple releases iOS 4.2.
SOURCE via Apple
The ‘one more thing’ at last week’s Apple conference is the new Apple TV. The Apple TV is a ‘very’ tiny block of matte black device which will stream 720p movies and drama to your home TV for a very cheap price. No 1080p contents thought. The shape looks somewhat rather identical to the original Apple TV. Well, that’s the be expected. Read more…
While announcing the new range of iPods last week, Apple also announced the upcoming iOS 4.1. It will boast a number of bug fixes with some other rather notable additions. The proximity sensor issue and weak Bluetooth issue will be fixed in this issue. What’s interesting is that Steve Jobs also stated that the iPhone 3G’s performance will be ‘improved’ with this version, unlike the previous iOS 4.0 when it ‘killed’ the 3G. Read more…
Alongside the launch of all those new iPods, Apple has also updated their iTunes to the tenth edition, complete with a brand new logo that has a music note instead of a CD. Tagging along iTunes 10 would be Apple’s version of Facebook called Ping, much oriented towards music obviously since it’s in iTunes. Apple’s music-centric Ping will let you follow people, including artists and bands and celebrities, establish a network of friends, post comments, listen to custom songs and album charts, and even let you click “Attend” on some 17,000 concerts listed. It’s also available within the iPod Touch and iPhone. Read more…
SNAP (Social Network Analyzer for Privacy) by BIT Systems does one thing and one thing only: it looks at your Facebook profile and then “grades you on how visible you are to the outside world.” Of course, you can always just go into Facebook itself and look at your privacy settings, which would save you the steps of downloading an app and using it to login to your account, but at least the thing is free. And it does provide a handy and thorough tutorial on Facebook privacy in general. Hit the source link to take it for a spin. Read more…
Finally we see Skype being updated for iOS 4. What does this mean? Better graphics and interface for retina display, but more importantly, background VoIP! Yes, now you can use your 3G connection to call your friend using Skype, for free! Sadly it’s only for 3GS and 4 users (of course).
A notification window will pop up when you’re called or messaged, and you can use other apps while on the line chatting to friends, anytime and anywhere. Even on the lock screen, if you received a call, sliding to unlock your iPhone will take you immediately into the call. Sad thing is that video chat is still missing.
“We no longer have plans to charge a supplement to make calls over 3G.”
[iTunes and Skype]
Looks like Apple’s in a software update frenzy lately. It was not long ago that iTunes 9.2 hit the download page to enable iPhone 4 syncing. But then, this 9.2.1 feels more like what 9.2 should be. Perhaps they rushed the 9.2, and continue developing on the 9.2.1. For such a small update, the changelog sure is long.
iTunes 9.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes, including:
- Disables older versions of some incompatible third-party plug-ins
- Addresses minor issues with dragging and dropping items
- Addresses a performance issue when first syncing to some devices with iTunes 9.2
- Addresses an issue upgrading to iOS 4 on an iPhone or iPod touch with encrypted back-ups
- Addresses other issues that improve stability and performance
- Allow users to organize apps on the iOS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes
- Organize and sync PDF documents as books
[Get your iTunes 9.2.1 here]