• Weekend News



    Apple's annual music event takes place this Thursday, and as the countdown approaches zero all your favourite tech pundits have been speculating. First up is John Gruber, who has a fairly reliable record when it comes to keynote predictions. Few specifics have been mentioned as yet, but he does expect Game Center to debut with iOS 4.1, which he predicts won't be available until later in the year for iPad (under a 4.2 version number), along with "a new iPhone 4-caliber iPod Touch (retina display, dual FaceTime-ready cameras), new iTunes TV show rentals, and a new iOS-based Apple TV" (Apple Event - Daring Fireball).

    Dave Caolo chimes in with most of the common rumours, adding some sourced information about 99c TV show rentals "with new episodes becoming available just 24 hours after their original air time". Don't hold your breath for that one here in Australia though, Apple usually launches iTunes Store additions in the US before anywhere else, and when they do come here expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $1.19 (In Brief: September 1 Apple event - TUAW).

    Looking at Apple's press invitation for the 2010 event, it's hard to believe this will focus on television and gaming - but that's not necessarily the case. A chronology of the last seventeen Apple events show that taglines and graphics often have very little effect on what is subsequently announced, except for a few well known exceptions (such as the "There's Something In The Air" tagline at Macworld 2008, where the MacBook Air was introduced). So keep your hopes up for Apple TV Take 3 on Thursday morning (Apple Events Chronology - AAPLinvestors)!



    While most of Apple's faithful have now made the switch from the older PowerPC processor to the new Intel architecture required by Snow Leopard and the bulk of new Mac apps, some are still going strong with Leopard on iBooks (not that kind!), PowerBooks, iMacs and Power Macs. One of the last bastions of PPC support was Mozilla, but it now looks as if they too will jump ship to Intel-only with the final release of Firefox 4 (Update: Mozilla mulls end of support for PowerPC Macs - Computerworld).

    Here's a very simple video converter for Mac OS X. It's called Evom and is worth looking into for anyone who doesn't need extensive options or a complex user interface to change video codecs (Evom - One Thing Well).

    iWatch is the rumour/concept/theory that refuses to go away. Now, for the first time ever, it might actually be feasible. Seth Weintraub: "Iím not saying Apple is or isnít going to release an iWatch. *Iím just saying that if Apple does release a 1.8-inch iPod nano touch screen device, all of the kids are going to be Ďharnessingí them on their wrists. *It is the natural way to use a device like this. *Think about it." (Are we going to see an iWatch next week? - 9 to 5 Mac).

    Valve's Steam gaming platform has been live for a few months now, and in their first round of Mac user statistics, they've let loose some interesting details about what machines we're using to game with. 46.78% of Steam users are on a MacBook Pro, with and additional 23.18% on iMacs and so on. The full range of stats for Mac and Windows-based platforms are available on their blog (Steam Hardware & Software Survey: July 2010 - Steam).

    Many are quick to defend the App Store's "walled garden" that (attempts to) filter out crapware, but there is the occasional casualty of Apple's super-control. Developer Rob Byrne has had an app called Briefs, described as "a toolkit for creating live wireframes on iPhone OS devices" in review limbo for more than three months now, despite being told that his app had reached 'executive level'. He's released the app's source code freely and now moves on to other projects, serving as a great example of the inefficiencies of Apple's review team (Update on Briefs - Delusions of Grandeur).

    When it comes to computers running OS X, you can't go better than the Mac Pro. Though they've been left largely neglected by Apple in the past few years as they focus on mobile market dominance, Apple did quietly announce an update for the workhorse in July. James Galibraith runs through the initial results of lab testing for the quad and eight-core models with impressive results, to say the least (Lab tests: New quad-core and eight-core Mac Pros - Macworld).

    Finally, Darren Murph gives iPhone 4 the "how would you change it" treatment, asking readers for their thoughts on the form factor, antenna, software and more in a discussion that's bound to end in caps lock (How would you change Apple's iPhone 4? - Engadget).

    This week's photo is from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple will host its annual music event next Wednesday at 3AM (AEST). Photo from Wired via Twitpic.
  • Dropdown

  • New Forum Posts

    Dougie

    help to purchase functional wireless keyboard for ipad air

    Hi , there a literally dozens of wireless keyboards on the market for sale. Which one do I spend my money on ?
    Can you help with your recommendations.....It

    Dougie Today, 09:48 AM Go to last post
    Kennard

    Switch from 10.6.8 to Sierra

    I was advised to do erase and clean install

    I would like to upgrade to Sierra from 10.6.8 ( 2.3GHz, i5, 4GB memory) Macbook Pro 2011 but

    Kennard 24th March 2017, 08:34 AM Go to last post
    POMMIER45

    How to Fix a Wet Phone and What You Should Never Do?

    Water damaged phone needs care when handling. The main cause of permanent damage to phones that have been exposed to the wet stuff is the immediate behavior

    POMMIER45 23rd March 2017, 03:13 PM Go to last post
    Egspriinn

    iPhone Music Transfer without iTunes

    For iPhone users, iTunes is one of the most powerful tool to transfer data from iTunes to iPhone. However, you can use a professional iPhone transfer

    Egspriinn 21st March 2017, 01:27 PM Go to last post
    Alex_Santos

    Colour Classic - Analog Board Repair

    I know that it's too late for you Michael but I am posting images for posterity's sake.



    I am editing this message because

    Alex_Santos 20th March 2017, 09:09 AM Go to last post
    MadKiwi

    How to Restore iPhone Without iTunes?

    Can the mods just shut this place down? All that seems to be posted these days is advertising crap like this - face it MacTalk is dead.

    MadKiwi 20th March 2017, 06:48 AM Go to last post
    MadKiwi

    Faulty fan plug on logic board

    Contact Apple directly, if it is only just out of AppleCare thet might come to the party

    MadKiwi 20th March 2017, 06:47 AM Go to last post
    MadKiwi

    How to Convert iTunes Movies to Android Phones and Tablets

    Can the mods just shut this place down? All that seems to be posted these days is advertising crap like this - face it MacTalk is dead.

    MadKiwi 20th March 2017, 06:45 AM Go to last post
    amyliao

    How to Convert iTunes Movies to Android Phones and Tablets

    iTunes as the world's biggest digital content store, also attracts many android fans to buy or rent movies, songs or iBooks here. However, the problems

    amyliao 15th March 2017, 09:44 PM Go to last post
    amyliao

    How to Convert iTunes DRM M4V to MP4

    Why we need to convert iTunes M4V to MP4

    To put it another way - What is M4V? Generally speaking, M4V is a DRM-protected video format originally

    amyliao 15th March 2017, 09:39 PM Go to last post