Despite all the cool updates Apple promised to bring the world at its Worldwide Developers Conference -- iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, a new Mac Pro -- the most tantalizing new possibility wasn't described at all: games. Gaming. An Apple-made gaming console. A new vision for living room gaming delivered via home WiFi and an Apple TV. Since Apple wasn't out there on the stage talking about this specifically, why bother diving into the vaporous chance of a new class of Apple living room product now? Two reasons: One, the lackluster and downright silly Anki Drive demonstration; and two, Apple released to its developer partners a new game controller framework with instructions and stipulations for building a physical game controller. If you're an Apple developer, you can access the document here. These two essentially isolated events could mean everything or nothing, but this I know: If I were Microsoft or Sony trying to launch a snazzy and expensive new game console late this year before the … [Read more...] about Watch for an Apple Sneak Attack on Living Room Gaming
Gaming enthusiasts who gobble up every tidbit of news they can about consoles, gadgets and titles didn't have a lot to digest Thursday when Apple revealed that the new iPhone OS 4 would include Game Center, a social gaming network. The news was just one feature mentioned in the overall update for the smartphone operating system; Steve Jobs' company certainly didn't unlock any new levels in the "details" category. We know that it's going to enable online game matchmaking, much like Xbox Live. There will be leaderboards and achievements, much like Xbox Live. We know that's it a pre-emptive strike of sorts against Microsoft, whose forthcoming Windows Phone Series 7 smartphones will feature integration with (wait for it) Xbox Live. And that's about it. Will Apple charge a yearly fee for Game Center, much like Xbox Live? No word yet. Developers get an early peek so they can work it into their gaming apps if they want to, but the rest of us who want to actually test-play its features won't … [Read more...] about Apple’s Game Center Tilts the Playing Field
Over the last couple of months, I've been struggling with the Apple App Store, both via iTunes and my iPhone and iPad. While I find the overall quality of apps to be vastly superior to what I generally find via Amazon on my Kindle Fire, I've noticed a disconcerting number of crappy apps. And I don't use that term lightly -- crappy is crass and right on. Whenever I browsed through the Top Charts to see what was cool and trending, I came away more and more disappointed. I would see apps for things like smooching cats, fluffy pets, pink cartoon girls, and virtual slot machine Vegas-style games. I was coming to the conclusion that the crazy success of iPhone and iPad sales, along with a growing number of teenage users, was just the dumbing down of the world at large. But maybe there's a more heartening answer: App developers had been gaming the system. What a Relief The news seems to have started by a developer posting as "walterkaman" on the Toucharcade.com forums when he ran across a … [Read more...] about Hey Apple, Thanks for Cracking the Whip on App Cheaters
I want to believe that Apple will launch a new Apple TV hardware device in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference -- but holy macaroni, it's been more than three years since Apple introduced the third-generation Apple TV. Of course, Apple made a barely noticeable hardware tweak more than two years ago, but I'm begging for an Apple TV that's far more than just a utilitarian tool -- and on the surface, many signs seem to point toward such a revelation at WWDC. Before I get to the core rumors and signs, I should admit that a small part of me remains skeptical that we'll be treated to a new Apple TV. Why? Despite nurturing plans to shake up the living room for some time, scores of rumors and reports have all fizzled due to issues with acquiring streaming content partners. Apple needs television rights and deals that would let it actually deliver the content consumers want at a reasonable price. If the promise of money is not clearly blazoned across the sky, television and cable … [Read more...] about Will Apple TV Be Busting Out All Over?
Apple has filed a federal lawsuit accusing three members of the Apple Developer Connection Program of posting a developer release of Mac OS X Tiger onto Web sites where they could be downloaded using the controversial BitTorrent file-sharing network. "Apple's future operating results and financial condition are substantially dependent on its ability to continue to develop improvements to the Mac OS and related software applications in order to maintain perceived design and functional advantages over competing platforms," Apple said in the suit. "Apple therefore invests heavily in the development of new and innovative versions of the Mac OS and other software applications." Apple is asking the federal court in San Jose, California, to issue an injunction barring further releases of its software. The company is also seeking unspecified damages. Trust Issues This is the second lawsuit the computer maker has filed in the past two weeks over leaked product information. Apple also filed … [Read more...] about Apple Files Suit over Leaked OS X Tiger
Apple stalwarts are expected to flock to Moscone Center West in San Francisco on June 6 for the computer maker's premier annual event for developers, its Worldwide Developers Conference, also known as WWDC 2005. In recent years, Apple has pumped up the Mac fest's visibility by announcing significant new products, notably new versions of its OS X operating system. However, this year Apple released a new version of OS X, version 10.4, dubbed Tiger, a month ago, on April 29. The chief focus of this year's conference's will be on that latest version of the Mac operating system. Keynote Address The conference is also an opportunity for various developers and corporate IT types to show off what they have created, as well as to talk with each other about ideas. The highlight of any WWDC is the keynote address by Apple quasi deity, CEO and director Steve Jobs, which will be at 10 a.m. on opening day, June 6. As always, Apple is guarding the substance of the address with Fort Knox … [Read more...] about Apple’s WWDC Promises Ideas for Mac Developers
Apple on Monday announced a plan to build two new data centers in Europe -- one in County Galway in Ireland and the other in central Jutland in Denmark. Apple plans to spend US$1.9 billion (1.7 billion euros) on the project -- its largest European investment to date. The new facilities will power its online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri. "We are grateful for Apple's continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, noting that the project would create hundreds of new jobs. Apple has added more than 2,000 jobs in Europe in the past year. It currently employs some 18,300 Europeans across 19 countries. The company's sales growth in Europe has outpaced the U.S.; sales in Europe rose 66 percent last quarter from the preceding period while growth in the U.S. rose by 55 percent. Going Green in Europe The new data centers may address calls by European regulators that … [Read more...] about Apple to Sink $1.9B in Green Data Centers in Europe
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) came up with the variety of news that was both exciting and interesting. While the world was busy discovering Apple's ideas and upcoming technology, the conference somehow neglected the subtle change that Apple intended to present. The name of the change is 'Bitcode', and it is something that you cannot afford to miss! You might have missed the news about Bitcode in the Worldwide Developers Conference, and it is absolutely justified because even Apple was not interested in any propaganda related to the subject. It seems that Apple was least interested in disclosing the facts associated with Bitcode, as they didn't provide much information in the documentation to the developer center. The document stated Bitcode as an intermediate representation of a compiled program. With this effort, the applications that will be uploaded to the iTunes Connect would be automatically compiled on the App Store. These applications would contain Bitcode, and … [Read more...] about Apples Bitcode- The Future of Processor Architecture!
You have to dig back through my columns and blogs to catch these, but coming out of Steve Jobs' keynote, I need to lay down a little bragging, eat some crow, express a bit of sadness and pose my open questions. Is Xcode front-ending Intel compilers? Yes. Xcode 2.1 does that very thing, with a Microsoft-like platform target checkbox. Does Xcode produce ultra-fat binaries (x86/PowerPC/64-bit PowerPC)? Yes and no. There was no mention on stage about 64-bit anything. I'll get that answer shortly. Did power consumption, my pet cause, figure into Apple's decision? Yes, although I was more hopeful than realistic when I suggested that Apple and AMD should be buds. AMD's got the thermal thing down for x86. No, I will not quit beating that horse. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]The first Intel-based Macs are going out to developers … [Read more...] about Intel and Apple: An exciting road ahead, but lots of open questions remain
Apple Computer's Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs introduced a new notebook and an iMac computer that use Intel's latest processor on Tuesday, six months ahead of the schedule outlined by Apple last year. The long awaited update to Apple's notebook line was unveiled before a cheering crowd of Apple fans at the Macworld Conference and Expo at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Intel's Core Duo processor will be used inside a 15.4-inch MacBook Pro notebook as well as in a 17-inch and a 20-inch iMac computer. An iMac computer uses an all-in-one design where the computer's motherboard sits behind the display. Intel's President and CEO Paul Otellini joined Jobs on stage to announce the new systems, which are up to five times more powerful than comparable notebooks using the G4 processor, Jobs said. [ Take control of your Mac with 30 essential MacOS command-line tips. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top … [Read more...] about Update: New Apple notebook and iMac unveiled
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will feature iPad development sessions, hands-on working labs for iPhone OS 4, and Mac OS X core technology labs. The annual event will be held June 7-11 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. [ Check out the 8 best iPad apps -- so far, as well as Paul Venezia's full review of the iPad. | Get the best iPhone and iPad apps for pros with our business iPhone apps finder. | Stay up on tech news and reviews from your smartphone at infoworldmobile.com. Or download our free InfoWorld iPad app. ] [ The InfoWorld roundup: 5 rock-solid Linux distros for developers. | Stay up on open source with the InfoWorld Linux Report newsletter. ]"WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better," said Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president of iPhone Software, in a statement released by the company. The event offers … [Read more...] about Apple developers conference to feature iPad, iPhone OS upgrade
Hot on the heels of Verizon's long-awaited iPhone announcement, Apple on Wednesday released a new beta of iOS to developers. One of the major features included in this iOS 4.3 beta is third-party access to AirPlay, the much-touted media streaming feature that arrived in iOS 4.2. The iOS 4.3 beta covers the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad; there's also a pre-release version of new software for the second-generation Apple TV. The iOS 4.2 update introduced AirPlay support on iOS devices, but the feature was then only available to some of Apple's built-in apps, such as Safari and YouTube. In iOS 4.3, developers will be able to harness AirPlay in their own apps, extending the potential of the feature. The pre-release version of the Apple TV software will allow developers to test streaming to Apple's little black box. [ Learn how to manage iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys, and other smartphones in InfoWorld's 20-page Mobile Management Deep Dive PDF special report. | Keep up on key mobile … [Read more...] about Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta for developers
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took center stage at the company's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) today to unveil the forthcoming iOS 5 operating system that powers its iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches; to provide more detail on the new Mac OS X Lion operating system shipping next month; and to reveal what the new iCloud service is all about to 5,200 developers. The next Mac OS X: LionJobs had already detailed many of Mac OS X Lion's expected features in a preview made last October, and the company has posted more details on its website. Among Lion's key new capabilities of interest to business users are whole-disk encryption for both the startup and external disks, a wipe capability for all data, full-screen applications, a capability app developers can use so that documents autosave intermediate versions within them and that automatically locks documents from unintentional saves after two weeks of nonuse, a revamped Mail client that offers enhanced message threading, the ability to open … [Read more...] about Apple’s plans for Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 — and iCloud
Samsung has claimed that the way Android's multitouch software works is not as good as Apple's, in a bid to avoid a recall and ban on sales of its Android smartphones in a patent dispute with Apple in the Netherlands. Apple said in the Court of the Hague on Friday that Samsung should be banned from selling Android Galaxy devices in the Netherlands because Samsung infringes on a multitouch patent called "touch event model." The patent describes technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two buttons at the same time on the screen, such as the play and the delete button in a music application. [ Also on InfoWorld: Apple v. Samsung and the broken patent system. | Understand how to both manage and benefit from the consumerization of IT with InfoWorld's "Consumerization Digital Spotlight" PDF special report. | Subscribe to InfoWorld's Consumerization of IT newsletter today. ] [ Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld's in-depth guide on how to make … [Read more...] about Samsung says Android’s multitouch software is not as good as Apple’s
Samsung's Galaxy devices don't infringe on an Apple multitouch patent that describes technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two on-screen buttons at the same time, the Court of the Hague ruled on Wednesday. The technique used in Android is sufficiently different from Apple's patent, the judge said. "The court judges that Samsung with the trading of its Galaxy products does not infringe on EP 948," said judge Peter Blok and two other judges. "Apple, as the unsuccessful party, will be ordered to pay the litigation costs," the judges wrote. Samsung's costs already exceed ¬325,247 ($422,000). [ Also on InfoWorld: Apple patent at center of lawsuit against Samsung tentatively ruled invalid in U.S. | Stay ahead of the key tech business news with InfoWorld's Today's Headlines: First Look newsletter. | Read Bill Snyder's Tech's Bottom Line blog for what the key business trends mean to you. ] Apple sued Samsung in the Netherlands over a a multitouch patent called "touch event … [Read more...] about Samsung does not infringe on Apple’s multitouch patent, Dutch court rules
Software developers maintain a high level of interest in Apple's mobile devices, but they are finding the company itself is not getting any easier to deal with, according to a survey conducted by mobile tools provider Appcelerator. In the company's quarterly survey, which involved 2,837 Appcelerator Titanium developers last month, Appcelerator found that developer interest around iOS and Google Android is relatively unchanged since the last quarter. All told, 89 percent of developers were very interested in building for Apple's iPhone and 86 percent were very interested in iPad; this compares to 85 percent interest in the iPhone and 88 percent interest in the iPad in the last quarterly survey. For Android, 77 percent of developers were very interested in building for Android smartphones and 64 percent were interested in Android tablets, compared to interest levels of 76 percent for Android smartphones and 66 percent for Android tablets last quarter. [ In delaying Office for iPad, Apple … [Read more...] about Developers say yes to iOS, but ambivalent about Apple
The Apple Dev Center is been down for more than 24 hours, according to several reports; the Apple Developer Forums are also down. At this point, one can only speculate on the cause of the outage. Apple has said only that the Dev Center is "undergoing maintenance" but hasn't provided any details as to what is happening or how long the sites will be down. Attempting to access developer.apple.com/devcenter redirects visitors to a generic page that says, "This site is undergoing maintenance for an extended period today. Thanks for your patience." The Developer Forums went down shortly after the Developer Center, according to TNW; when I attempted to log in at developer.apple.com/devforums/, I was presented with a page that simply said, "We'll be back soon." [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]With the Dev Center out, users and … [Read more...] about Why have Apple’s Dev Center and forums have been down for more than 24 hours?
Apple has finally explained why its Dev Center has been mysteriously shut down since last Thursday: An intruder broke in to the company's developer site in an attempt to steal registered developers' personal information. While Apple says it's in the process of "completely overhauling" its developer systems, updating its server software, and rebuilding its entire database, a Turkish security researcher named Ibrahim Balic emerged on Sunday claiming credit for the successful hack -- and claiming he had only the best white-hat intentions. Balic's claims are not verified, and several news organizations such as the Guardian U.K. and AllThingsD have questioned his claims to be the hacker that caused the shutdown. Apple told AllThingsD is not able to comment about whether it knows the hacker's identity "at this time." [ Watch out for 11 signs you've been hacked -- and learn how to fight back, in InfoWorld's PDF special report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security … [Read more...] about Security researcher claims good intentions in hacking Apple Dev Center
Apple is incrementally restoring its developer systems following an intrusion last week the company said may have divulged personal information about registered users. The company created a new status page listing the various functions of its developer site, which is used to aid programmers in creating applications. [ Also on InfoWorld:Security researcher claims good intentions in hacking Apple Dev Center. | Security expert Roger A. Grimes offers a guided tour of the latest threats and explains what you can do to stop them in "Fight Today's Malware," InfoWorld's Shop Talk video. | Keep up with key security issues with InfoWorld's Security Adviser blog and Security Central newsletter. ] [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]"We've been working around the clock to overhaul our developer systems, update our server software and … [Read more...] about Apple’s developer site overhaul continues following breach
Apple is known to be the world's second largest manufacturer of computers and consumer electronics, and one of the most profitable companies thanks to their benchmarker, the iPhone. This coming April, April plans to launch their new campus in honor of the late Steve Jobs who would have turned 62 in Febuary 24. This is set in Santa Clara Valley Cupertino, California where the 175-acre campus will move more than 12,000 people over the next six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer. The park was designed in collaboration with Fosters + Partners with a budget of over $5 billion. Several drones have been hovering and keeping track of the progress of the Apple Park but Apple has released an official update of the development. The campus' ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world's largest panels of curved glass and are now putting shape. The new Apple Park will house a theater and will be … [Read more...] about The Apple Park in California Worth 5 Billion will be Opened in April 2017