• Monday Morning News

    After missing the October 10th deadline for sending out invitations to the rumoured October 17th iPad mini event, AllThingsD is now reporting a new date of the 23rd of October. The Loop's Jim Dalyrymple has posted confirmation of the rumour, which means we should be seeing invites go out to the press very early this week.

    This week's podcast has James Croft speculating that the iPad mini event will have some kind of big software focus, and The Next Web seems to agree. Their post says iBooks is the likely candidate this time around, which makes sense from a number of different angles. Maybe the iPad mini will be squarely targeted at smaller tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire, and maybe iBooks will be the magic bullet that makes it all happen (disregarding the fact Amazon has a vastly superior range of books to Apple's own iBookstore, of course).

    What is claimed to be the battery of the iPad mini has been revealed, and if true, the capacity of the iPad mini's battery is almost exactly 3x that of the iPhone's, and just a third of the iPad's. Battery tech being as it is, and the iPad mini rumoured to not have an Retina display, we'll probably see battery life on part with the iPad 2.

    A private school in NSW will be requiring iPads for students in years 7 to 10 starting next year, in a move designed to eventually phase out textbooks in favour of ebooks. The Sydney Morning Herald also reports on another private school in Waverley doing the same thing, only with Samsung tablets instead.

    Apple has extended their Seagate drive replacement program for iMacs, broadening the range of iMacs eligible for replacement hard drives. If your iMac has a 1TB Seagate hard drive and was sold between October 2009 and July 2011, you might be eligible for a replacement hard drive.

    Redesigned iMacs are on their way, according to MacRumors. The 2012 iMac was recently spotted in a forum thread from a Chinese website, and from the photos, it looks like the design is thinner than the current model. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also makes an appearance, if only by name.

    You'll remember the controversy Apple faced when it removed all of it's EPEAT-compliant products from the registry of compliant products, and then put them back following user outcry. EPEAT said they would review whether ultra-thin laptops like Apple's MacBook Air would conform to the standard, and the results are in. Spoiler: they do.

    The iPhone 5 has overtaken Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III in mobile web traffic in under three weeks. Mobile web traffic likely doesn't mean much outside of "what users are doing with their devices compared to number of devices sold", but it's an interesting statistic nonetheless.

    Another app bites the dust courtesy of Apple's "objectionable content" App Store guidelines, but this time, it should be pretty easy to tell which side an interactive narrative based on the suicides of Foxconn workers falls.

    Redsn0w 0.9.15b1 features significant updates, including the ability to restore to any firmware provided you've saved the correct SHSH blobs for your device and firmware combination. But there's more, which you can read about over at the dev-team blog.

    The Verge has a good article on syncing your Google Calendar to every mobile platform that matters. It's just a matter of setting up your Google Account a little differently than normal, but it's easy enough to do.

    Finally this morning, check out the most complete re-thinking of the smartwatch that you've ever seen. Forget just miniaturising an iPhone, and re-imagine the entire smartwatch concept.
  • Dropdown