• Tuesday Morning News

    The first iPhone 5 GeekBench results have been revealed, and it should come as no surprise that the custom A6 SoC Apple are using has significant performance gains over the A5X found in the new iPad, a processor which has to push an insane number of pixels for acceptable graphical performance. In fact, the new dual-core A6 doesn't just beat out the A5X, it more than doubles its score and even edges out a few quad-core Android devices.

    I had completely missed how the Chatswood Apple Store closed and moved to a temporary space earlier this year, but ifoAppleStore tells us about details of the new development. The new location will provide triple the space of the original location, merging three retail locations into one Apple Store.

    IOS 6 is due out on Thursday, and when it arrives, it won't have the much--touted, TomTom-style, turn-by-turn navigation with 3D maps that Apple has been showing off. But there's good news, because turn-by-turn is on the list and will be available in October for Australia and a few other countries.

    While we weren't looking, Apple went out and blanketed 100 acres with solar panels (roughly 40 hectares), in one of the most impressive solar panel installations I've seen. This is the first of two solar panel farms that will generate 20MW of electricity each, with the second planned close by.

    Over at The Verge forums there's a post that shows what Mountain Lion could have looked like without the skeuomorphism. The poster says the overall look with skeuomorphism removed is one that's both cleaner and lighter than the original, in addition to making a more consistent UI across the board.

    Now that the iPhone 5 has been finally unveiled after months of leaks and sketchy renderings, we're going to be seeing a lot more iPhone 5 cases pop up in the future. ILounge already has quite the collection of iPhone 5 cases, with plenty more on the way, I'm sure.

    It has emerged that popular chat app WhatsApp has some pretty serious security flaws, and at best, doesn't follow any kind of "best practices" for data security, nor respect your privacy. But how much of this actually matters to consumers, I wonder?

    Love it or hate it, the Lightning connector is here to stay. There's already a rumour that it will support USB peripheral hosting, meaning you'll be able to hook up keyboards and other accessories directly to it, and Apple are already planning to release Lightning to HDMI and VGA cables, just like the ones they currently offer for the 30-pin dock connector we all know and love.

    A super-technical read on what Apple are doing with video in browsers, but not video like you're used to *no, this video is a special blend of JPEG, JSON, and HTML5's canvas element.

    Finally this morning: "am I an outlier, or are Apple products no longer easy to use"? John Batelle isn't talking about the actual usage of Apple products in day-to-day activities, but more the process that's used to solve issues when things go wrong.
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