It doesnt get more realistic than this. The verion iPhone is a real official product, for $200 (a 16GB model) on a 2-year contract starting February 10th as the sale date. It is the same iPhone 4 millions already have on AT&T, except with CDMA radios bound to the United States, and a mobile hotspot feature for up to 5 different users. The $300 model has a larger storage size: 32GB. Other than that, history in technology has been made: the Verizon iPhone is real, and here to stay for quite a good time. Via: Apple
Like the entire Verizon iPhone rumor/saga of events, this may not be true, but nevertheless, it’s been discussed to a few people, and might have originated from the source. What the latest tale from the rumor mill states is that for a certain amount of time, iPhone users on VZW would be offered an unlimited data plan, thus further alienating AT&T’s data-caps and lower usability of its network (let’s face it, AT&T). The general LM reader will know when January 11th strikes, and if it’s for a Verizon iPhone at all.
“Verizon haz iPhone, plz?”
I’m not sure, nor is anyone, including BG @ BGR, and just about every other publication anxiously waiting like men who lost their dogs. The iPhone on Verizon rumors have been trashed, brought back to life again, killed again, then brought back to life again, and practically given the title of “Ultimate Technology Rumor”. CES 2011 was a place for Verizon to announce tons of Android products, including Android 3.0 on the Motorola Xoom tablet, Droid Bionic, and a ton of other Android devices filled to the brim with Verizon marketing (and read: crapware).
An announcement such as this would utterly destroy these new products, but who knows? Maybe they’re going to unveil more devices, or shove 4G LTE straight up to our brains until we have seizers. Whatever it may be, the world will know, officially, on the 11th of January.
Somewhere, somehow, Apple execs and Steve Jobs are dancing a wild jig on the new sales report from the Mac App Store — 1 million downloads in 24 hours. Not bad, Cupertino. According to Steve in a statement, “We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” and that “developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.” This only comes to show that devs make or break a platform, both big and small. Full PR after the you-know-where.
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Got a Mac running Snow Leopard? Well, now there’s an App Store for it, and it opens with over 1,000 apps. But moving on, Apple’s own apps are also available for download, like iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand ($14.99 each) to Pages, Keynote and Numbers ($19.99 each), and Aperture 3 being available for $79.99. Also, the hit Twitter client (and one of the best of all time), Tweetie 2 (now just Twitter) has re-launched for Mac, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is also present, further confirming the obvious fact that app developers can submit their apps to the store for approval, much like the iOS App Store, with the same strict rules (or even stricter).
But in the meantime, if you find an update for Snow Leopard, then download it, install it, and get the Mac App Store running along pleasantly, since it’s included in the software update. Via: Apple PR
There’s a bit of bad news floating about just before the New Year of 2011, and that is that the iPhone’s alarm clock app will have ceased ringing on-time coming midnight, much like the Daylight Savings Time fiasco, where tons of people missed work. In the meantime, the only way to bypass this issue is that Apple’s undercover coders will release an update to iOS 4.2.1, otherwise create a never-ending alarm close to the time you should be awoken, or just go out and buy a rooster, like the old days.
Otherwise, happy New Years guys — that is of course, if you’re still awake. Via: John & Eng
So, with plenty in store from Skype for Las Vegas and CES this coming week, the wraps have been taken off the first announcement: video-calling for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th gen to share normal video-calling, including amongst Windows, Mac, and Linux users, while the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen get to receive video instead of transmit it, and the new feature works over Wi-Fi and 3G. Is there not a better reason to ditch FaceTime now, or what? The new Skype 3.0 app for iOS is available now.
Via: iTunes, Skype
So there’s an App Store for iOS, there’s Android Market for Android, there’s Marketplace for Windows Phone 7, and now the Mac App Store — for Macs. Categories included in the launch: Games, Education, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. Apps can be free or paid apps (70% profit if a paid app), and even CEO Steve Jobs had something to say about it, naturally:
“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on Jan 6.”
That’s pretty much all left to this story. Mac App Store. 90 countries. January 6. Via: Apple PR
Not too long ago Android 2.2 users and iOS 3.0+ got access to an official mobile editor for Google Docs. Now the desktop version is completely usable and supported for the iPad (only the iPad, it seems). Google does mention that mobile browsers still aren’t as powerful as desktop variants — say Chrome — so if there’s lag, you may want to switch to the new mobile editor. It’s good news for a slow weekend, supposedly. Via: Google Docs Blog
With the end of the year (and Christmas) nigh, it’s time for a new iPad 2 report — courtesy of Reuters. Citing many sources, Reuters has come to believe that the upcoming iPad 2 will contain both front-facing and back-facing cameras that work with FaceTime, a higher resolution display to stay in play with the iPhone 4 Retina display, and lastly a manufactururing date of early next year, for a release between March and April.
It’s pretty much what everyone expects from Apple; renewing the feature-set of a product every year when it was supposed to have said features in the first year, along with any other surprises that Steve Jobs wants to throw under. Time to start saving for the pre-orders I suppose. Via: Reuters