Macs are getting ever more popular. This year Apple have taken a big chunk of the PC market but given the rise of multiple devices in homes catering for either multiple users or to provide media centres with content, people are hanging on to their PCs to act as file servers or repositories. The newer OS X releases are thankfully able to read and write to Windows Operating Systems via the SMB protocol but it can often be a painful experience getting things to work reliably.
I’m getting ready to upgrade my iPhone 4 16Gb to the not-yet-not-announced-but-seemingly-leaked-everywhere sixth generation iPhone. I was surprised by this, but I had assumed (seemingly wrongly) that buying a phone outright would be cheaper than getting a contract with a mobile provider.
The Retina MacBook Pro has been speculated ever since the new iPad was launched earlier this year. Tim Cook teased the audience at this year’s WWDC keynote when it put up refreshed specifications for the current MacBook Pro line and then suggested he needed to make room on the slide for something else. That something else was a new line of MacBook Pro’s which were hotly anticipaetd and pretty much guaranteed following Apple authorising “Retina ready” applications into the Mac App Store just a few days earlier.
Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday saw iOS 6 being unveiled to the world. There were a number of feature showcased as well as key improvements and changes to the portable operating system Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches run.
It will come as no surprise that devoted jailbreak dev MuscleNerd has successfully jailbroken iOS 6. Using an iPod Touch running the iOS 6 beta 1 firmware, he has managed to jailbreak the device albeit in a tethered manner and in no way suitable a format to run Cydia or make available for a public released.
One of the key elements of Apple’s WWDC keynote was making a big deal about the improvements made to Siri. We’ll look at those improvements in a moment but not before we’ve touched on the delicious news that Apple will make Siri available to the iPad in iOS 6.
FaceTime was touted as one of Apple’s big iOS features when they released the iPhone 4. There’s no doubt that it’s been hugely popular but we’re doubtful it’s as popular as Apple perhaps hoped it would be. Part of this may well be down to Apple preventing users from making / receiving FaceTime calls unless they were connected to a WiFi network. iOS 6 will change this and allow users to use the FaceTime service over their 3G or even 4G carrier service.
When iOS 5 was launched last year there were lots of questions asked about why Facebook wasn’t deeply integrated into the firmware in much the same way as Twitter was. Apple is tight lipped at the best of times, and the reasons why it didn’t make the cut have never been revealed publicly. Fans of Facebook will be pleased to know that iOS 6 will feature Facebook integration and much like it’s Twitter cousin, it’s deeply integrated.
The MacBook refresh and iOS 6 were hot topics at this year’s WWDC keynote event however news also came of OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4 being made available to the Mac Developer Community. Similar to the iOS 6 Beta 1 release unless you are a registered developer you won’t be able to download and install the latest beta software legitimately.