Archive for: Apple

Apple Opening 25 Mini Stores In Select Target Stores Across The Country.

  • January 6, 2012 6:40 am

Woah! Soon, shopping at your local Targe could become a lot more Apple-filled. And we’re not talking about produce here. According to a new rumor posted by AppleInsider, Apple will be rolling out “stores within a store” (think the deal they currently have with Best Buy) in 25 Target stores around the country. At this time, the list of select stores hasn’t been revealed nor has the official assortment of Apple gear that will be for sale. AppleInsider insinuates that Apple will “start small” meaning mainly iOS devices. Though, the partnership could expand into one closer to Best Buy’s partnership with Apple and see the chain adopting Mac and other non-iOS hardware too.

For cities without a stand alone Apple store or even a Best Buy, the news is pretty exciting, no?

Apple Issuing Refunds To Those Who Bought “GameStore” App.

  • January 5, 2012 7:49 am

After releasing (seemingly on accident) and then removing the app some hours later, it appears Apple is moving forward with account refunds for the internal “GameStore” app used to test in-app purchasing in pre-iOS 3 days. We received the email last night while blissfully sleeping the night away.

If you didn’t have a chance to grab the app before Apple removed it, don’t go beating yourself down for it. Functionally speaking it was useless. It was an app to test in-app purchasing and did’t have any working pieces. Still, many who purchased the app (such as ourselves) saw it as a small Apple trinket worth collecting.

More importantly, though, the release of GameStore was a rare glimpse into Apple’s internal world. And for a company that cherishes privacy as much as Apple, the fact the app ever made it into the public App Store was pretty surprising in and of itself.

Rumor: 42″+ (Or Bigger) Apple TV Locked In Ive’s Workspace. Big Media Resisting “A La Carte” iTunes TV Service.

  • January 4, 2012 11:58 am

We’ve seen plenty of iTV rumors float by our radar over the last couple of months, though none of them were particularly promising (or exciting). But a new report from USA Today hits us a little differently. For starters, it moves away from the 32-37″ panel sizes that have been rumored as the go-to standards for an iTV thus far, instead settling on 42″ “or bigger”.

More importantly, however, is how Apple is doing in making headway with big media/content owners of Tier-1 content. Citing an unnamed source who allegedly worked on the AppleTV project, USA Today says the outlook isn’t going great at the moment. The problem lies with Apple’s insistance on an a la carte option for TV much like iTunes already does with music. Content owners are apparently turning up their nose. (Unsurprising.)

What’s sad is that Apple’s iTV could really be a game changer in simplifying and streamlining the hardware and software side of TV viewing. But, as always, big media/content owners get scared by the lower profits — an almost unavoidable “problem” brought on by technology’s simple ability to bring products to consumers, cheaper — and end up holding back upcoming products/technologies. Also, ridiculous contracts with companies such as Dish Network, DirectTV, etc. likely have contracts with content owners that prevent them from offering up the same content they provide at drastically lower cost. A broken system it is.

Our only hope is that content owners finally cave. Of course, we’d really love for some new, innovative production companies with a pro-consumer/pro-technology focus to come through and render the stagnant ones irrelevant and unemployed. We can dream…

iPhone 4S Coming To China Plus 21 Other Countries On January 13th.

  • January 4, 2012 9:17 am

Live in a country where you can’t currently pick up an iPhone 4S, whether online or in-store? Best check the list for new iPhone 4S launches on January 13th. Besides the untapped potential in China, the new markets include:

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda

According to CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone 4S is the fastest rollout for any iPhone. Ever.

Other rumors point to March 2012 as the month in which iOS gains Mandarin support for Siri — a big deal for Chinese customers.

Apple To Hold Media-Related Event In New York This Month

  • January 2, 2012 5:01 pm

Well, shortly into the new year and we are already gearing up for the flood of Apple rumors. With the iPad 3 to be - historically - announced and released in the coming months, the rumored Apple Television set, and the iPhone 5 all on our minds we sit and wait for Apple to throw us a bone. Well, a bone, and not the bone we were hoping for might come by the way of a “media-related announcement” later this month.

All Things D is reporting that “sources close to the situation” are telling us that Apple is planning on an announcement that will not have anything to do with any upcoming software, but geared more towards it’s media side of things. Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue - who has been involved with iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, as well as iAd and its iCloud services - is supposedly involved in the event. With CES just around the corner, we’re obviously ready for any and all product announcements, let’s just hope Apple gives us something thick and tasty to chew on later this month.

I’m curious to know if it will have anything to do with the recent opening of the new Grand Central Station Apple Store (pictured above) in New York. What do you think we’ll be hearing about? Other than the alleged iPad 3, Apple television set, and iPhone 5, is there anything media-related you’d like to hear?

Apple Accidentally Posts “GameStore” Internal Testing App To App Store.

  • January 2, 2012 11:06 am

Want to own a special piece of Apple? Fire up the App Store app on your iDevice or simply point your browser to this link and plop down the $0.99 for “GameStore”. Said app is apparently an internal-only app used to test in-app purchasing.

Part of the novelty of GameStore is that such material is rarely leaked by a company as secretive as Apple. That said, it’s still live in the App Store, so if anything else, might as well grab a copy if ill-gotten booty is something that interests you.

German Court Rules Against Apple, Injunction For iPhone And iPad In Europe Incoming.

  • December 9, 2011 9:56 am

Apple LogoApple has just lost a major court battle with Motorola in Mannheim Regional Court in Germany that could see the iPhone and iPad banned from public sales across Europe. The patent in question, European Patent 1010336 (B1), involves a “Method for Performing a Countdown Function During a Mobile-originated Transfer for a Packet Radio System

The “preliminary enforceable injunction” (as noted by FOSS Patents Florian Muller) currently affects products sold by Ireland-based Apple Sales International. With that said, the ruling could have a devastating ripple effect for Apple in other lawsuits and markets should tides start turning against them.

Apple will almost certainly appeal the ruling to the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court, though how they will act if the injunction ruling is upheld is uncertain. Having the injunction upheld will more or less allow an entire Europe-wide ban on the iPhone and iPad product lines. For their defense, Apple can either remove the offending technology from the products in question (unlikely) or license the technology from Motorola.

The latest ruling comes roughly one month after Motorola won a formal injunction over the same patent(s) in question, though at that time it was seen as largely “for show”.