Apple

  • Free iPhone apps might be easier than for-pay apps

    Free iPhone apps might be easier than for-pay apps

    Electronista’s gotten word that applications developed for the iPhone for free might not get the same review process as for-pay apps. In fact, there may be no review process at all for such apps. Applications that are developed with profit in mind must first clear Apple’s review process for inclusion into iTunes and then subjected to a profit-sharing model wherein Apple will take… Read More

  • Rumor: Blu-ray drives coming to Macs

    Rumor: Blu-ray drives coming to Macs

    Let’s put this to rest once and for all. Apple will not have Blu-ray drives anytime in the future. Why? Because physical media is dead or will be very soon. Think about it for a minute. Steve Jobs wants you to purchase HD content through iTunes, which means more money in the pocket of the company. I know he’s on the Blu-ray board, but there’s more profit in downloadable content. Read More

  • Jailbreaking 1.1.4 firmware

    Just went through a bit of trouble with the 1.1.4 firmware. I had to restore to the unadulterated 1.1.4 firmware and then restore from backup to get it to work. I used iJailbreak, which worked just fine. What I don’t show is a failed update, but if that happens to you just restore completely and use the breaker of your choice to crack 1.1.4. Read More

  • Apple to host Guitar Hero 3 tournaments at retail stores

    Apple to host Guitar Hero 3 tournaments at retail stores

    I may or may not participate when the tour comes to NYC. I’m still without axes for my copy of GH3. But I know some of you (Shanee) rock at GH so you better brush up and get ready to rumble. Winners will get prizes that probably aren’t that cool unless it’s free iPods, but I guess iTunes gift cards are okay. If you want to participate then you need to visit the… Read More

  • PayPal warns against using Safari because of its lack of anti-phishing technology

    [photopress:paypalsafari.jpg,full,right] PayPal, darling of the Internet, has warned its users to steer clear of Apple’s Safari Web browser because it doesn’t support anti-phishing technologies. (IE 7 and the upcoming Firefox 3.0 do, however.) Specifically, PayPal says Safari’s lack of support for Extended Validation Certificate, a technology that turns the address bar green… Read More

  • Do "undocumented" OSX tweaks give Apple apps an advantage?

    Do "undocumented" OSX tweaks give Apple apps an advantage?

    Vladimir, one of the coders working on Firefox 3, was having some trouble overcoming a few performance issues in the builds. He did a little investigation, resulting in the chart above and others, and found that Firefox’s display rate appeared to be being throttled by the OS for no particular reason. The problem didn’t affect Safari, and it wasn’t until he dug deep into… Read More

  • Will people still respect iPhone and iPod Touch in the morning after the SDK launches?

    [photopress:steve_jobs_iphone_opens_up.jpg,full,left]So here we are less than a week away from the release of the iPhone/iPod Touch SDK from Apple, and already people are getting cranky. The good people at iLounge are pretty sure that at least three of aspects of the yet-to-be-announced plans are going to piss people off. But really, every time Apple does anything, people get pissed off. The… Read More

  • Benchmark: Apple 2.5GHz Penryn MacBook Pro

    [photopress:Picture_8.png,full,pp_image,center] Today in the CrunchGear test labs we’re benchmarking the Penryn-based MacBook Pro. And just for fun we’re also benchmarking the Merom-based MacBook and a Mac Pro. For this test we’re using Primate Labs Geekbench 2. The baseline for this test is 1000, which represents a 1.6GHz Power Mac G5. For all intents and purposes… Read More

  • UBS sez 3G iPhone here in 6 months, chip made by Infineon

    [photopress:3gubs.jpg,full,center] The 3G iPhone. One week we hear it’s coming out before the end of the year, the next we get speculation that it won’t be released at all. So confusing! UBS threw its hat into the ring today and gives us its own prediction for the release—within six months, or by September. (Apple usually hold events in September, right? Oh… Read More

  • Great moments in trademark trolling

    Great moments in trademark trolling

    With Nuvio suing Garmin’s Nuviphone on fairly spurious grounds, let’s take a look at famous trademark wars of times past. Apple v. Apple — Say you want a revolution? How about a mouthful of lawsuit! In 1978, Apple Corp (owned by the Beatles) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the nascent Apple Computer. They settled the suit in 1981 for $80,000 (!!) as long as… Read More

  • Hack the MacBook to have multi-touch, win an iPod Touch

    Hack the MacBook to have multi-touch, win an iPod Touch

    My first impressions have been positive with the Penryn MacBook Pro, but I wonder about the trackpad and why it isn’t bigger. Why does the craptastic MacBook Air have the ginormous trackpad when the workhorse of the line is left with the same trackpad its had for years? And why can’t they make the rest of the line multi-touch. We first believed it was software but then we found… Read More

  • Garsh n' Begorrah, my wee bairns! Ireland's O2 gets the iPhone

    Garsh n' Begorrah, my wee bairns! Ireland's O2 gets the iPhone


    ‘Tis their intention ta dry off and then buy an iPhone. Join ‘em? Pull a pint and twiddle your muff because Ireland’s O2 will be selling the iPhone (translation: “tha’ bleedin’ iPhone, ye ponce”) at $600 for the 8GB and $750 for the 16GB. For about $50 a month you get up to 1GB of data and the standard SMS and talk times. Don’t be a wee… Read More

  • Video: iPod touch ad set to make Brendon Benson famous

    Apple’s admen have chosen Brendon Benson as the next artist to become famous because of one of its commercials. The latest iPod touch ad, which aired last night during “American Idol,” features Benson’s song “What I’m looking For.” Several iPods are pictured on a tabletop, each demonstrating a different feature of the player. I grabbed Yael… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 4GB of RAM for that brand new MacBook, MacBook Pro

    CrunchDeals: 4GB of RAM for that brand new MacBook, MacBook Pro

    Following Apple’s announcement yesterday, OWC is offering owners of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro a sweet deal on 4GB of RAM. Rather than paying Apple another $400 why not give OWC $96? If that weren’t a stellar deal to begin with, they’ll knock off an additional $20 if you send them the stock 2GB of RAM. I may go for this deal, but I’ll probably keep the 2GB just… Read More

  • MacBook, MacBookPro refresh expected in June

    MacBook, MacBookPro refresh expected in June

    It seems the Santa Rosa-based Penryn MacBook/Pros announced by Apple yesterday are already outdated. According to Daily Tech, Intel will soon abandon the Santa Rosa platform for Montevina aka Centrino 2 in June. Montevina has the pleasure of boasting a 1066MHz front-side bus and processors ranging from 2.26GHz to 2.8GHz. This does not make me very happy, but I won’t be ditching this… Read More

  • iPhone/iPod SDK Roadmap to be revealed next week

    iPhone/iPod SDK Roadmap to be revealed next week

    “Please join us to learn about the iPhone software roadmap, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features,” The extravaganza is set to take place on March 6th at 10AM PST on Apple’s campus in Cupertino. Also mentioned in the e-mail from Apple is some “exciting new enterprise features.” Joy. Read More

  • March 6th Date Set for Apple's "iPhone Software Roadmap" Event

    March 6th Date Set for Apple's "iPhone Software Roadmap" Event

    Apple has sent out an email to the media announcing a March 6th event for laying out an “iPhone Software Roadmap” that will focus on the SDK as well as “new enterprise features”. It’s not clear whether the SDK will actually be released on that date, or whether it will just be detailed. In either case, Apple has failed to fulfill its promise to release the SDK… Read More

  • Why Apple's battery life has gone down: Testing methods

    Why Apple's battery life has gone down: Testing methods


    I used to test laptops en masse at Laptop Magazine and I’m well aware of the various problems with the testing methods available. Your battery test — playing a DVD over and over to recreate the experience on a plane, for example — might be different from mine — watching furry porn in a constant loop while Twittering college students. That said, there has been some… Read More

  • Unboxing the 15-inch 2.5GHz Apple MacBook Pro

    Unboxing the 15-inch 2.5GHz Apple MacBook Pro

    Just returned from the Apple store on West 14th here in Gotham and this is my first post with the new MacBook Pro. It’ll take me a few hours to gather up some real hard info on it, but in the meantime enjoy the gallery. Although, there isn’t much difference between this and the old MBP. No Apple Remote which kind of sucks, but I never really used it when I had it. It’s… Read More

  • WTF: New MBP, MBs not available in stores [Update]

    Available immediately, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models start at just $1,099 and $1,999, respectively. [Feb 26, 2008] So I just called the SoHo and 5th Ave. Apple stores here in Manhattan and both stores told me the new MBPs are not in stock and they don’t know when they’ll be receiving them. That pisses me off because I’ve been waiting to upgrade from my MB. Apple… Read More