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Bryan Schmiedeler has been a programmer for 14 years, working with enterprise database systems on the iSeries using RPG. He also writes client and web-based applications using Lotus Notes, and specializes in iSeries/Lotus integration issues. He uses a MacBook Pro, iPhone, and an iPad at home in Overland Park, Kan. He can be reached at www.appleinfocus.com or bryanschmiedeler@me.com.

No Updated Apple TV At Apple iPad Announcement

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Apple announced multiple updated products today, but the Apple TV, described by the late Steve Jobs as a "hobby," was left untouched. The rumor mill was rife in August when TechCrunch analyst MG Siegler posted that Apple was going to reveal either an updated Apple TV or "some sort of television product" at the unveiling of new iPads in October. Siegler walked that assertion back in recent days.



Apple's iTunes Announcement Now Rumored to Bring Beatles Catalog to iTunes

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Several sources, most importantly the Wall Street Journal, have reported that today's Apple announcement will be that Apple will bring the Beatles catalog to iTunes. If so, it will be bring to an end the longest running Apple "rumor" of the Jobs' era, and may be somewhat of a disappointment to those hoping for something a bit more substantive.

Upon reflection an announcement like this might make more sense.



iTunes: Apple’s Most Important—and Most Troubled—Application: The solution is in the Cloud

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Apple's home page teaser about tomorrow's iTunes announcement might be the start of a transition of iTunes to the Cloud. The following is excerpted from an article about the future of iTunes that will appear in the next issue of iPhone Life (which has already gone to press).

I will follow with more tonight and after the announcement tomorrow.

iTunes is Apple’s most widely distributed program ever and by far its most successful. It’s the only Apple program that touches every major Apple product—the glue that ties together Macs, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, and MobileMe.



Monitor your Data Usage with DataMan

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by Bryan Schmiedeler

When the iPhone was introduced in June 2007, AT&T’s 2-year contract required a data plan—there was no cell-only option. But the pricing of $30 a month for unlimited data was groundbreaking. The carrier killed the unlimited option exactly three years later. Existing agreements are honored as long as you don’t let them lapse, but all new users have to choose between a 200MB/month ($15/month) or 2GB/month data plan ($25/month). Going over your data limit is not cheap: $15 for an additional 200MB or $10 for 1GB, depending on your plan. 



Getting Things Done on the iPhone

         When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007 he called it “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” – three devices in one. The subsequent evolution of the iPhone into a computing platform with the launch of the app store a year and a half later meant the functions an iPhone could perform were limited only by developer’s imagination. There are many excellent apps that enable you to track the news, sports, the weather, or find restaurants, movies, your friends (and even public bathrooms), play games or listen to music. And there are many not so excellent apps; I am talking about you, iFart.



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