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Apple Blocks Access to Cydia in its Stores





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Apple seems really dislike everything that helps users to jailbreak their devices. This time Apple blocked access to the Cydia website via Wi-Fi network in Apple retail stores. If you try accessing Cydia on a device connected to one of Apple’s Wi-Fi hotspots, you’ll be surprised to see Apple’s website load instead. As far as we remember, last year federal regulators said that it was no longer illegal to hack or jailbreak an iPhone. However, Apple doesn’t care about that and continues its “war” with jailbroken devices.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, March 28th, 2011. 15:41

Microphone Differences Found Between Wi-Fi and 3G iPad 2 Models



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iPad 2 microphones: 3G (top) vs. Wi-Fi (bottom)

iLounge found out that the microphones on Wi-Fi and 3G models of iPad 2 have differences in quality of sound.  The best sound quality was demonstrated by the Wi-Fi model.  It might be caused by the fact that the mic on the Wi-Fi model is on an aluminum surface while on 3G is on the black plastic. The differences are most noticeable when the iPad is held facing the user, for example, when using FaceTime or other video applications.

Perhaps due to this change in materials, the Wi-Fi model offers markedly cleaner audio than that of the 3G, which sounds slightly muffled and echo-prone as a result. Curiously, we found the GSM 3G model's audio to be slightly preferable to that of the CDMA model, which seemed to suffer the issues more severely.

In the previous model of iPad the microphone located next to the headphone jack on the top edge but in iPad 2 Apple decided to place it in the center. Though, it seems that such change does Apple more harm than good.




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Japan Apple Stores serve as rallying point after massive quake



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After earthquake happened in Japan lots of people gathered around Apple Stores to use the internet connections. Using Skype and FaceTime, victims were able to contact family members.

Staff brought out surge protectors and extension cords with 10s of iOS device adapters so people could charge their phones & pads and contact their loved ones," the manager wrote, noting that the Apple retail stores are some of the only locations to offer free Wi-Fi in Japan. "Even after we finally had to close 10pm, crowds of people huddled in front of our stores to use the wifi into the night, as it was still the only way to get access to the outside world.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. 16:39

iPad 2 Teardown



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iFixit, as usual, prefers not to waste time and has already teardown newly released iPad 2 16 GB Wi-Fi model. The iPad 2 wasn’t easy to open because of tons of glue (not screws) used to seal it. The iPad 2 is very densely packed and has less empty space inside the body comparing with the original iPad. Here are the initials found inside:


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Sunday, March 13th, 2011. 21:12

82% of future tablet owners will buy an iPad



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Yesterday ChangeWave revealed the results of another survey, which shows that 82% of future tablet owners would prefer to buy an iPad instead of its competitors, namely Motorola Xoom and RIM Playbook.

3,091 consumers were asked in February what tablet would they like to buy and only 4% and 3% would choose Xoom and PlayBook respectively. Another 3% would stick with Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, March 11th, 2011. 2:22

iOS 4.3 released



Apple just released new iOS 4.3 firmware. Jailbreakers and unlockers should wait for new tools. Everybody else will benefit. iOS 4.3 has Safari speed improvements, AirPlay features, hotspot, Home sharing, a new option for customizing the iPad's side switch to serve as a mute toggle or screen orientation lock and much more:

This update contains new features and improvements, including the following:

* Personal Hotspot
- Share iPhone 4 cellular data with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)

* iTunes Home Sharing
- Play music, movies, and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)

* New AirPlay features
- Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
- Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TV

* Faster Safari performance with Apple Nitro JavaScript engine

* HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
- View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display

* Ping features
- Push notifications for comments and follow requests
- Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
- Parental controls

* New Settings
- Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert
- iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects

* Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send a passcode

* Bug fixes

Products compatible with the software update:

  • iPhone 4 (GSM model)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)
  • Apple TV 2G

iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G and iPhone 4 Verizon do not have iOS 4.3 update.

Here are the direct links to download iOS 4.3:

device version release date
AppleTV(2G) (AppleTV2,1) 4.3 (8F191m) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPad (iPad1,1) 4.3 (8F190) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPad2,1 (iPad2,1) 4.3 (8F191) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPad2,2 (iPad2,2) 4.3 (8F191) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPad2,3 (iPad2,3) 4.3 (8F191) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPhone3GS (iPhone2,1) 4.3 (8F190) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPhone4 (iPhone3,1) 4.3 (8F190) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPodTouch(3G) (iPod3,1) 4.3 (8F190) 03/09/2011 13:07:02
iPodTouch(4G) (iPod4,1) 4.3 (8F190) 03/09/2011 13:07:02



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Apple will probably release iOS 4.3 today



New rumors say that Apple will release iOS 4.3 today. We have no idea if this is true, but we know for sure that it will be released by 11 of March.

iOS 4.3 has plenty of new features including the Nitro JavaScript engine, which will increase Safari Web browsing speeds, iTunes Home Sharing, and enhancements to AirPlay. One feature that many people are interested in is the Personal Hotspot used for sharing the cell signal over Wi-Fi.




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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. 17:16

iPhone 5 might get aluminum back



GadgetsDNA reports that a radical new design is in the works for iPhone 5. According to a Chinese source, Apple will be moving back to an aluminum casing, just like old iPhone 2G.

The antenna will also be redesigned which means Apple will also be abandoning the current external iPhone 4 antenna design.

Here's some machine translated quote:


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Apple drops prices of first generation iPad by $100



Apple has dropped the prices of its first generation iPads by $100 each. The cheapest iPad 1G us now available for just $399 (Wi-Fi 16GB) and most expensive - $729 (3G 64GB). You can order one in Apple online store.




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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011. 17:59

iOS 4.3 to Launch on March 11th



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During yesterday’s iPad 2 media event Apple announced that the new iOS 4.3 is to be released on March 11th.

"With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iOS 4.3 adds even more features to the world's most advanced mobile operating system, across three blockbuster devices-iPad, iPhone and iPod touch-providing an ecosystem that offers customers an incredibly rich experience and developers unlimited opportunities."

iOS 4.3 will include a number of new features such as:


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Apple iPad 2 tech specs



Models

Size and Weight1

  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds (601 g)
  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.35 pounds (613 g)
  • Weight: 1.34 pounds (607 g) (Verizon)

Storage2

16GB
32GB
64GB


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Live from Apple's iPad 2 event



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Apple May Ship 40M Next-Gen iPads in 2011



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Today DigiTimes has reported new numbers on Apple's sales, which reveal that the company has currently from 300,000 to 400,000 next-gen iPads available.  It is also expected that in the Q1 of 2011 Apple will ship 6-6.5 million iPads, with approaching to 40 million for the 2011 in general.

It was reported that in January and February Apple ordered 1.7-2 million iPads, and 2 more million units will be shipped in March.

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Written by SimplyMax

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011. 21:16

New 13-inch MacBook Pros Get Core i5 and i7 CPUs



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As we reported earlier, today Apple unveiled new 13", 15" and 17" MacBook Pros. 13-inch notebook will be offered in two configurations: one with an Intel Dual-Core 2.7 GHz i7 processor and 500GB HDD for $1,499 and another with an Intel Dual-Core 2.3 GHz i5 processor and 320GB HDD with price of $1,199. In other hardware specifications, which are listed below, they are the same:

  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with native resolution of 1280x800.
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 that sports 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory;
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM @ 1333 MHz with two other SO-DIMM slots to support up to 8GB;
  • Built-in 63.5-watt-hour Li-Pol battery that allows to surf the web wirelessly for up to 7 hours;
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive;
  • FaceTime HD camera;
  • Thunderbolt port, Gigabit Ethernet port (RJ-45), FireWire 800 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Audio in/out, Kensington lock slot, SDXC card slot;
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet support;
  • 2,04 kg weight.


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Today Apple's Media Event: What To Expect



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As you may know, today Apple unveils its new lineup of MacBook Pros and has already shut down the Apple Store for some time. CNet reports the launch of new laptops will come "shortly after Intel's announcement" of its new Light Peak technology at 10 a.m. Pacific. That actually break's usual practice of Apple to release products at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

However, before Apple unveils new MacBook Pro we decided to collect all the information gathered about new laptops into one single post so you could know what you can expect from today's announcement.

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