Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Apple Store 2.0 revealed: Startup Sessions, interactive iPad signage, new sound/display systems, new app?

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A source has just dropped a load of unconfirmed information on us for what is being internally referred to as “Apple Store 2.0.” Apple Store 2.0 is a major makeover for the Apple retail store experience. Apple has been working on this new type of Apple store for a while now and the development’s ceiling does not only reach Apple’s Senior VP of Retail Ron Johnson, but was led by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Apple design chief Jony Ive.

Like we reported before, Apple is taking their personal setup service very seriously. Even more so in Apple Store 2.0. Personal Setup will have new dedicated areas in stores called “Startup Sessions.” The new bars are said to be even more interactive. Another major change at Apple Stores has to do with their signage. Today, next to each Mac and many products are paper signs. With Apple Store 2.0, those signs will be replaced with interactive iPads.

Next, these new Apple Stores – at least in some locations – will feature beefed up displays, which are described as “huge,” in addition to brand-new sound systems. Besides those in-store changes, Apple is set to release a brand-new Apple Store iOS application – possibly on Sunday – that is even more interactive. For example, a user with the app can walk into the store and the app will know which location the user is at. The app can even ask the user if they’d like to speak to a specialist, for example.

Update: Additional sources have let us know that stores have received some boxes today that are only to be opened by the store’s visual manager. The sources speculate that these boxes are for new store or window displays. Other sources have said that Apple will be doing some more employee training on iPads.

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OmniVision unveils 1080p camera sensor that could make Apple’s gadgets thinner

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OmniVision Technologies, Apple’s prime supplier of CMOS sensors for iOS gear, has outed a new image sensor today. The OV5690 module has a slimmer profile, a valuable treat for tiny gadgets where space is at premium. The OV5690 isn’t just a five-megapixel camera in a smaller package. According to OmniVision, the module touts improved image quality with full HD 1080p video capture at thirty frames per second. Both features make the OV5690 a prime candidate for next-gen iOS devices…

The new camera module is a natural fit for a fifth-generation iPod touch and iPad 3. Due to space constraints and cost savings reasons, back cameras on iPods and iPads are crapped at 960-by-720 pixel resolution stills. This equals to just 0.7-megapixel photos, a far cry from iPhone 4′s five-megapixel stills. Provided space allows it, Apple could incorporate the OV5690 module inside next-gen iPod and iPad, upgrading those devices to a five-megapixel photo capture and 1080p video recording, which could be huge in and of itself.

iPhone 5 is less likely considering the latest rumors calling for an eight-megapixel camera on the fifth-gen handset. An alternative route: Fit iPhone with OmniVision’s ten-megapixel camera sensor that shoots native 1080p video in 16:9 format and use the OV5690 to power new iPods and iPads, as MacStories suggested. Knowing Apple, however, that would be too great an upgrade for a single generational shift.
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Parallels Transporter makes its 99-cent Mac App Store debut (a $39 saving)

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What’s your switching strategy? Most folks believe they’ve got it all figured out until they realize that transferring settings and documents from a rusty PC to a Mac is a mind job. Parallels, the company that brought you great PC virtualization software for the Mac, has just released on the Mac App Store Parallels Transporter, their handy tool aimed at switchers. It’s a no-brainer, especially at price that low. More information below the fold.




This tool brings everything from your PC on your Mac in one fell swoop. The procedure involves running free Parallels Transporter Agent on your PC that collects your music, pictures, browser bookmarks, documents and other items and beams them over your wireless network (or saves to an external storage) over to the Parallels Transporter program running on your Mac. Everything is recreated in appropriate locations on your Mac, including Windows programs and their supporting files which are moved into a virtual machine on your Mac. Parallels Transporter costs just 99 cents for a limited time, a huge saving compared to its standard retail price of forty bucks.



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