Thursday, July 14, 2011

OS X Lion ready applications begin appearing on the Mac App Store

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WordCrasher on the Mac App Store

Ahead of Mac OS X’s Lion’s official launch, Apple has begun approving apps that take advantage of the next-generation operating system into their Mac App Store. The move, first noted by OS X Daily, comes just days after Apple opened the door to developers to submit their Lion apps for inclusion on the App Store. Apple, of course, recommends that these apps are first tested against the Golden Master version of the operating system. In WordCrasher’s case, the app takes advantage of Lion’s full screen apps feature and resume.

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iPhone 5 not arriving soon because the A5 chip is overheating...

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Best mockup of iPhone 5/4GS only thing it is missing is a FaceTime camera

We’re taking this one with a healthy dose of skepticism (and so should you) and purely for the sake of the discussion. Straight from Chinese-language site Sohu.com comes a story of an iPhone 5 delay blamed on the A5 chip overheating. If machine translation is to be believed, that’s why Apple pushed back the next iPhone launch from the usual June-July timeframe into the late August-early September timeframe. The story has it that Apple’s silicon team is facing difficulties keeping the dual-core A5 chip cool in the iPhone’s tiny enclosure where space and battery are at premium.

This has led the company to postpone the iPhone 5 launch for an unspecified period of time, but quite possibly into 2012. And there you have it, the iPhone 5 – described as a major, “revolutionary” upgrade – won’t arrive “soon”. The story also mentions that Apple will be transitioning to a 28-nanometer manufacturing process with the A6 chip, apparently due next year. The A5 chip that goes into iPad 2 is manufactured on Samsung’s 45-nanometer process and is almost twice the size of the iPhone 4′s A4 processor. If there’s any substance to this story, what then (if anything) will Apple release come this Fall?


The author speculates that the venerable iPhone 4S – a modest upgrade from iPhone 4 – will keep fans busy until Apple’s engineers find a solution to overheating woes. Insiders mentioned in the story re-iterate many of the iPhone 4S specs the blogosphere has already chewed upon, such as an eight-megapixel camera, a Gorilla glass display, likely a dual-core chip (could this be a dual-core variant of the iPhone 4′s A4?) and “4G network” support. Now, the claim of the A6 production on a 28-nanometer process in 2012 somewhat jive with an EETimes report from March. Per that piece, Apple was abandoning Samsung and moving silicon manufacturing to rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and their 28-nanometer process. It is interesting to note that Samsung’s disappointing earnings guidance and losses at their LCD panel and manufacturing divisions could indicate that Apple may have been sourcing parts from alternative suppliers for weeks, if not months. Summing up, we here at 9to5Mac are unsure about how reputable this report is and without it being in native tongue, it is difficult to get a sense of how credible it is.


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Flurry: Android has lost developer support to iOS due to iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone

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The second-generation Apple tablet and the arrival of a CDMA version of iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network together worked like magic to re-new interest in the iOS platform. Despite what a few disgruntled developers may tell you, Apple’s iOS is by far and large the go-to platform for both budding and veteran mobile app developers. This is a summary of a new survey by Flurry, Steve Jobs’ favorite analytics company. The above chart shows more new projects started on iOS than on Android:

Studying the chart, it’s readily apparent that Android has lost developer support to iOS. Specifically, Android new project starts have dropped from 36% in Q1 to 28% in Q2. Overall, total Flurry iOS and Android new project starts grew from 9,100 in Q1 to 10,200 in Q2. Of note, this drop in Android developer support represents the second quarter-over-over slide, which follows a year of significant, steady growth for the Google-built OS. Over the course of 2010, Android developer support had climbed steadily each quarter, peaking at 39% in Q4 2010.

They explain Apple’s lead…


Twenty million people cannot be wrong, Flurry says, alluding to iPad sales so far. Developers are taking notice, creating over 100,000 native apps for the tablet. The Verizon iPhone, released this January, was a huge boon for Apple’s handset because it “closed the most significant vulnerability in its US distribution, and likely world-wide”, the analytics company noted. “In fact, with its lengthy exclusive distribution agreement of iPhone on AT&T, it could be argued that Apple itself gave Android the opportunity to reach critical mass on other carriers, most notably Verizon. In that time, Google, Verizon and a host of OEMs worked hard and fast to push Android devices as an alternative to AT&T’s iPhone juggernaut. With the iPhone finally launched on Verizon, the pendulum appears to have swung back more in favor of iPhone over Android development”. It should be noted that Flurry derived those numbers from mobile apps that contain their tracking codes. As such, the survey reflects usage patterns from a subset which may or may not be an accurate representative of the whole market. Flurry also found out in another report from last month that mobile users are spending more time in their apps than on the web.




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New MacBook Air Will Have 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD as Standard Configuration?

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Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple's new MacBook Air will come with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD as its standard configuration, according to AppleInsider.

Checks indicate that all new 11.6- and 13.3-inch models will include 4GB of RAM as standard, as it will improve performance of Mac OS X Lion, also due to ship on each model.

Similarly, Kuo cited the same checks in suggesting that Airs with just 64GB solid-state-drives may go away in favor of Apple shipping only 128GB and 256GB models as standard, given that the bulk of Apple's shipments have been for models containing those larger drives. Contrary to some reports, however, the analyst and proven insider said his checks indicate the SSD drives will remain pluggable, and won't be soldered to the logic board.

The new MacBook Air is also expected to feature the Intel Sandy Bridge processor; as well as Thunderbolt connectivity. Kuo predicts we'll see the Core i5-2467M (1.6GHz), i7-2637M (1.7GHz), and i7-2677M (1.8GHz) being offered.

Apple will likely release the updated notebook alongside the release of Mac OS X Lion later this month.




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Apple Shuts Down Mac OS X Downloads Page

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Apple has shut down the Mac OS X Downloads pages ahead of its release of Mac OS X Lion, reports MacStories.

Apple informed developers that the page would be shut down last December and is instead directing customers towards the Mac App Store to find applications.

"We believe the Mac App Store will be the best destination for users to discover, purchase, and download your apps, we will no longer offer apps on the Mac OS X Downloads site."

This will be disappointing to developers whose applications are not eligible for or not available on the Mac App Store.







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Photo of iPad 3 Dock Connector Leaks Online?

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Apple.pro has posted a photo of what it claims is the dock connector and ribbon cable for the next iPad, reports MacRumors.

There are of course no guarantees that the part depicted in the photos is indeed a genuine dock connector for the iPad 3 as claimed, but the part carries a very similar form factor to the existing part and a part number updated from 821-1180-A in the iPad 2 to a newer 821-1259-06. The tail end of the ribbon cable also makes a 90-degree turn in the new part, whereas the iPad 2's dock connector ribbon cable is entirely straight.

The site observes that the purported part is white; whereas, the iPad 2's is black on all models. It suggests that perhaps the new white connector indicates a modified case design.

Rumors of a high resolution iPad 3 or iPad 2 HD have persisted for some time with many reports predicting a release later this year.






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Spotify app goes live in the US

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While we’re still waiting on our invitation, the Spotify app is now live in the App Store.

Update: We’re in!

Go check it out. Full press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hello America. Spotify here.

Spotify, the largest and fastest growing music service of its kind, is available from today in the US. We’re massively excited to be here.

Spotify is a new way to manage your music, discover new tracks and share songs and playlists with your friends. Now you can enjoy music whenever and wherever you like.

More than 10 million Europeans can’t be wrong, surely?

OK, so they are wrong when it comes to spelling ‘favourite’ and ‘doughnut’. But they know a great music service when they see it.

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, out of a desire to develop a better, more convenient and legal alternative to music piracy. Spotify is now the second single largest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, April 2011), making sure that artists get a fair deal.

Spotify has more than 10 million registered users and more than 1.6 million paying subscribers across 7 countries in Europe; the US marks the 8th territory. With a ratio of well over 15% paying subscribers to active free users, Spotify is the largest and fastest growing service of its kind.

One lean, green, music machine

Spotify gives you on-demand access (with no buffering) to a library of more than 15 million songs. What’s more, you can import the MP3s you already own with just one click, to create a mighty music player. And with Spotify, there’s no need to skip tracks you don’t like. Why? Because you choose the music in the first place.
It’s super simple to create and manage all your playlists with Spotify – our users have made and shared over 250 million of them so far. You can also discover the most popular playlists on sites like www.sharemyplaylists.com and www.bbcify.com, or use clever sites like www.spotiseek.com to create playlists of new music based on your favorite artists.
Music is made for sharing. Simply drag and drop music to your Spotify friends, or share with them via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS. See your friends’ top tracks, artists and playlists via their Spotify profiles, subscribe to their playlists and drop tracks into their Spotify inbox. How very sociable.
Take your music with you by installing Spotify on your cellphone or iPod Touch. Wirelessly sync your MP3 playlists to listen offline and subscribe to Spotify Premium to combine your own music with access to our catalogue of over 15 million tracks. It’s the perfect music player.
The Land of the Free, the Unlimited and the Premium

During our invite-only beta phase, Spotify offers three great services, from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. All of Spotify’s services include the features listed above.

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer, great social features, manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.
Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $4.99 a month.
Spotify Premium - the all-singing, all-dancing, top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month (that’s the equivalent of a few fancy coffees).
Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify, said: “We believe that music is the most social thing there is and that’s why we’ve built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery. Even if you aren’t a total music freak, chances are you have a friend who is and whose taste you admire. I’m looking forward to connecting with some of you in Spotify and discovering some cool new tracks.”

Spotify’s US launch is in partnership with some of the biggest and most pioneering brands in the world, who want to help us spread the word of Spotify in the USA. Our exclusive launch partners are Coca-Cola and Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok, Sonos and The Daily. These brands will all be launching innovative campaigns in partnership with Spotify in the coming weeks and months.

Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Spotify North America, said: “Spotify was founded as a better, simpler alternative to piracy. So making sure that the people who create the music prosper is hugely important to us. We have full catalogues from all the major labels and a raft of independent labels including those represented by Merlin, which means all of their artists are being fairly compensated for their creativity every time people enjoy music through Spotify.”

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Apple Introduces Volume App Purchases for Business

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Apple has announced to developers that business customers will soon be able to buy their apps in volume.

Get ready today. Business customers will soon be able to buy your apps in volume. Click through the latest Paid Applications Agreement so that your apps will be offered for sale when the Volume Purchase Program is available to businesses.

Offer Your Apps in Volume
With the App Store Volume Purchase Program, businesses and education institutions in the United States can discover, purchase, and distribute your paid apps to their entire organization. You can also choose to offer special pricing that is 50% of your list price to education institutions when they purchase 20 or more copies of your app.

Sell and Distribute Custom B2B Apps to Business Customers
You can offer custom B2B apps directly to your business customers who have a Volume Purchase Program account. A custom B2B app provides a unique, tailored solution to address a specific business need or requirement.

Some features of a custom B2B app can include:
● A personalized UI including company logo or branding
● Unique capabilities specific to a business process or workflow
● Extra privacy protection to handle sensitive data
● A specific configuration to meet the customer's server/back-office environment or IT environment
● Features targeting a limited audience, such as a business partner, dealer, or franchise

You can define the price for the custom B2B app according to the guidelines provided in the latest price schedule. The minimum price for a custom B2B app is $9.99.

Developers can hit the link below to learn more...

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