The huge, annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tradeshow is under way in Las Vegas this week. And Apple isn't there, as usual. But, as usual, Apple is everywhere. That is, many of the products being introduced are simply ripoffs of Apple products. PCWorld has an interesting article about this "Parade of ripoffs." One of the biggest trends at the show is expected to be the new slew of "ultrabook" computers — all of them looking very much like the MacBook Air.
On the heels of my previous post detailing what's known about a forthcoming Apple TV set, I can across this great article in Computerworld that explains why Google and Apple are positioned to control TV. The article says that they'll do just what they did with the cell phone market: take it over. The article says that this is a good development and differentiates Google's model from Apple's.
Let's separate facts from rumors. Here is what we know: 1) Steve Jobs was focused on developing an Apple TV set when he passed away, and told biographer Walter Isaacson that the current TV interface is broken and that he had figured out a solution. 2) Apple has put together prototype TV sets. 3) Apple has been negotiating with content providers. And here's what we don't know: 1) Whether Apple will actually come out with a TV set. 2) When it would come out with one.
Yesterday Reuters reported on an industry study that found that iPhone 4S users consume twice as much data as iPhone 4 users. This is likely due to Siri. Each time you ask Siri to do something, your iPhone uploads your request to Apple's servers, which then interpret your request and send a response. The same study showed that the iPhone 4S triples data usage compared to the iPhone 3GS.
The Taiwanese site DigiTimes seems to be the leading source for iOS device rumors, given their propinquity to component suppliers. And their latest story is that suppliers are saying there will be two iPads this year: an iPad 3 in March and an iPad 4 in October. The model in March will be the one we're expecting, with a higher screen resolution of 1,536x2,048 pixels.
Jeff Scott over at 148Apps has launched his fourth annual Best App Ever Awards. This is not only an opportunity for you to vote for your favorite apps, but also to learn about great apps by seeing the nominees. There are an astonishing 109 categories this year, pointing you to the best apps in areas such as Best Location-Based App, Best Remote Access App, Best Time Killer, Best App for Locals, Best Music Service App, Best Shopping App, Best Comic App, and many more.
I'm looking forward to iOS 5.1, which should be coming out soon. It's expected to fix some major bugs as well as add some new features. A test version of the new software has been in the hands of developers for months, and the bad news is that it still doesn't address a serious problem with the iPhone 4S. According to many complaints online, and this humongous 114-page thread in Apple's support forum, the iPhone 4S will randomly mute the phone when a person makes a call. The person on the other end appears to answer, but they don't hear anything.
Why does every Apple announcement generate so much buzz and anticipation? The answer is that Apple tends to revolutionize industries. And these revolutions directly affect our lives. More details are emerging on Apple's upcoming event in New York City. Clayton Morris says in a blog post that his sources are telling him that the event will focus on iTunes University and Apple in education.
Apple's media events always breed a lot of excitement, and we have another one to look forward to that will be taking place this month. The blogs, citing usually reliable sources, say that the event won't be announcing any hardware or anything like that, but will be focused on iBooks and publishing. This, they say, is the reason that the event will be held in New York City.
If you have technolust no doubt you're planning to head to Las Vegas this weekend for the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the biggest event of its kind. Apple won't be there, but there will be a huge presence of Apple-related products. The iLounge pavillion featuring third-party Macintosh and iOS products will be 85,000 square feet. Of course, iPhone Life magazine will be at the center of the action, reporting this event via blog posts and videos.