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Today Apple had begun sending out invitations to a special event dated for October 4th.

The invitation has one simple line “Let’s talk iPhone.” Many people, including me, think that this statement is talking about the rumored Voice-Assistant that will be a dominant feature in iOS 5. We will finally find out what Apple did with Siri. The invitation also includes 4 icons; Calender showing the date October 4th, Clock showing the time as 10 A.M. sharp, Maps with its usual icon, and the Phone icon with a “1” badge.

We can definitely speculate  there is going to be a new iPhone release, maybe a couple new iPods,  along with iOS 5, iCloud, and iTunes Match. But for the rest we will just have to wait till next Tuesday.Please Rate, Comment, and Subscribe

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On Wednesday Aug, 24th there was an announcement that released shockwaves around the world. Steve Jobs had resigned as Apple CEO. Then new CEO will be Tim Cook, the previous Chief Operations Officer. Most of the world (including Steve Jobs) know that this man is capable of running Apple. Whenever Jobs was on sick leave Cook would take over at the helm, and he was good at it never letting the company down. Otherwise, Steve Jobs has been voted to become the Chairman of the Board, so he completely hasn’t left Apple.

Steve Jobs has been an amazing person (duhh). He created Apple. He got kicked out. Created NeXT. Bought Pixar and made it successful. And at the end came back to Apple and brought it from it’s death to what we know today. The iMac, iPod, iPhone, and the iPad all of Job’s greatest wonders.

Steve Jobs sent out an E-Mail to all Apple Employees. He explains his resignation, his successor, and his encouragement for the future of the company. It also states that he would like to serve as an Apple Employee.

I wish Tim Cook an amazing career ahead of him as CEO and great years ahead for Apple as a whole. I also wish Steve Jobs a great life ahead of him.

-MacMusings

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Rage is a FPS game by iD Software. After getting over 100, 000 likes on Facebook they decided to make it free for a week. The game guides you through certain arena’s where you can move your orientation, but not your position, the game automatically moves “you.” And in there you have to kill these zombie-like creatures with a gun. Along the way you can hit bull’s-eye’s, get more ammo, and grab money.

It’s a fun shooter game. But be warned it’s pretty violent, and the graphics are really gory. Otherwise while it’s free, go and grab it from the App Store. The links are below.

Rage

Rage HD

-MacMusings

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Apple has released a lower end iMac for $999, buy only for education.. It’s 21.5-in. and has lower specs than the lowest-end iMac. It’s like a merger of the last and current gen iMac. Specs Include:

  • 3.1GHz Intel Core i3
  • 2GB RAM, Upgradeable to 4 or 8
  • 250GB Hard Drive at 7200 RPM
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 256MB of dedicated GPU Memory
  • Mini Display Port without Thunderbolt

These specs are plenty enough for the average school student. And at this low price it makes for an amazing deal for schools. I hope my High School buys these to replace our really old Macs’s and PC’s.

By doing this Apple has shown how much they feel about Education. Also how, in this era, Technology is an important part of a student’s education.

-MacMusings

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Before Lion was released, whenever you bought a Mac it would come with Reinstall Disks for Mac OS X and iLife. But now Apple is moving away from disk based software and into software from the App Store. So all current Mac’s do NOT come with reinstall disks. The only way to reinstall the software is to download it from the App Store. When you set up your Mac you have to put in an Apple ID. So after your Apple ID is connected with your Mac, iLife will show up on the Purchased Tab in the Mac App Store. And if you have other Mac’s with the same Apple ID just download it at no extra cost.

This isn’t illegal, because it abides by Apple’s own rules; which say that after you have bought a piece of software you may download it on any Mac with the same authorized Apple ID. So if you haven’t upgraded to iLife ’11 on previous Mac’s and are thinking of buying a new Mac, you might want to consider this option.

-MacMusings

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Every Mac made by Apple includes a stunning display, all except the Mac mini and Mac Pro. If you want to buy a display for those Mac’s or you want an external display for the other Mac’s, you have two options:

  1. Drop 1 Grand for Apple’s Thunderbolt Display
  2. Buy any display from any company at any price

But when you have an Apple Mac, won’t it be great to have it all in sync and also have an Apple Display. Yeah that would be great. But there are couple of problems.

First: The Thunderbolt Display is a stunning at 27″. But for some people that’s HUGE. Way to big. They either don’t need that much space or they don’t have room on their Desk.

Second: The Thunderbolt Display costs 1 Grand! you could buy a MacBook Air for that. The really high price point could drive people away from buying the Display. Hey Apple, people might be willing to pay a Grand for a Mac, but not for a Display.

Third: Apple makes a 21.5″ and 27″ iMac. The Thunderbolt Display is also 27″ so it’s a perfect match for the 27″ iMac. What about the 21.5″ iMac. If people want to buy a Display they have to get the 27″ display that would dwarf the smaller iMac.

These were some reasons that would stop people from buying this display. But I do believe there is a solution. Apple should make a smaller 21.5″ Display at around $699. It would be perfect! Great Price, Great Size, and a Great Companion for the 21.5″ iMac. If Apple made this imaginary Display I bet it would sell a lot better than the 27″. Tell me what you guys think in the comments.

-MacMusings

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If you have upgraded to Lion? Then you might have noticed that in the Mac App Store Xcode is now Free, instead of the original $4.99. Before only paid developers could get the newest version of Xcode. Otherwise if the public wants to use Apple’s Developer Tools they can only get the previous version of the tools. But now it’s free. Because of the 100% Price Drop, it has become #1 on the Top Free List (as of July 24th).

When you download Xcode from the Mac App Store, it all so includes the iOS SDK‘s, Mac SDK’s and other Dev Tool like Interface Builder and Instruments. So you get everything you need to build and iOS or Mac App, except you need to pay to submit it in to the App Store. However you will not be able to get certain things like iOS Beta’s, OS X Gold-Masters, Xcode Beta’s, etc. Those are still reserved for Paid Developers.

Xcode and the rest of the tools are great for programming, even for beginners. I am learning the Programming Language Objective – C and I only use Xcode. So for any of you who are interested in writing an App for any of Apple Platforms I advise you to download to Xcode. But beware it’s a huge download like Lion, so it will take a long time.

-MacMusings

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In just one day Apple’s new Mac Operating System, Lion, has been downloaded over Million Times! That’s over $30,000,000 in revenue. This pretty much shows how much of a success Lion is for Apple. It has been the Top Paid Download in since yesterday morning, and I think it will stay there for at least another week.

Even the ratings and reviews show how much customers are loving Lion. The average rating is just under 5 stars. These ratings are for July 22.

The thing that I think that is really pushing sales is the Price. I mean at on only $30 most people wouldn’t think twice about buying it. But I think there is a also one thing that is stopping it from becoming even more successful. It’s only available through the Mac App Store. If there was an option that people could buy a DVD online or at the Apple Store,¬† sales could’ve been higher. Buy anyway this is still a great feat for Apple.

If you are still on Snow Leopard and haven’t downloaded Lion yet, I recommend you download immediately. It’s an investment you won’t regret.

-MacMusings

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July 20th was a big day for Apple. They had 3 Major Hardware releases, 1 Software release, and one discontinuation.

Through the Mac App Store Apple released their next version of Mac OS X – Lion. It was around a 4GB File download. Over Wi-Fi on my laptop it took around 6 Hours to download. From 6 in the morning till Noon. After that it took around 30 Minutes to fully install. If certain people’s Internet connection is too slow to download Lion or they have a Bandwidth Cap, Apple is allowing users to bring their computer to an Apple Retail Store and download Lion from the Apple Store’s internet connection; for no extra Cost. For people who don’t have both if these options Apple is will sell a USB Flash Drive in August for $69, that’s a $40 Price Hike. Unless you’re willing to pay extra, really try and find a place to download Lion. Here is a link to the Press Release.

Apple updated their MacBook Airs to include Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage Core i5 and i7 Processors. They also put in Thunderbolt and brought back the old Backlit Keyboard. With their new CPU’s the MBA’s are almost 2.5 Times faster than the last-gen MacBook Airs. But everything else about the MacBook Air is the same; the price, Flash Storage, and RAM.

Apple also revised their entry-level Mac, the Mac Mini. The size is still the same but their are new CPU’s (Core i5 and i7) and new discrete GPU’s. You can add up to 8GB of RAM, SSD’s, and Faster Hard Drives. The new Mac Mini also includes Thunderbolt connectivity. Apple took out the SuperDrive from the Mac Mini. But you can buy a the MacBook Air Super Drive ($70) if you need to use DVD’s and CD’s. And Apple lowered the entry price to $599.

Lastly they introduced the Thunderbolt Display. It’s pretty much the same 27-in. Cinema Display Apple used to have except now it includes a FaceTime HD Camera and on the Back it has a Gigabit Ethernet Port, FireWire 800, 3 USB Ports, and an Extra Thunderbolt port. It still cost’s $999.

Now we come the the Unfortunate news. Do you remember that White polycarbonate MacBook that started at $999? Well Apple has discontinued that Product. So now the cheapest Apple Laptop you can buy is the 11-in MacBook Air. The MacBook used to be the most popular Mac before the 13-in MacBook Pro was released. But it was soon forgotten. May the MacBook Rest in Peace. Apple did say they will continue making the MacBook for education services.

Through out this week I will be posting more stuff on Lion and the new Mac’s, so keep out on the lookout.

-MacMusings

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Today Apple released financial information about their fiscal third quarter with a record for iPhone and iPad sales. Apple announced sales of $28.57 Billion and a Net Profit of $7.31 Billion. This was a around 3-4Billion more than what analysts had predicted. The Quarterly Earnings Call results were announced by Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer.

Apple Sold 20.34 Million iPhones that’s record high, even without Apple releasing a new phone in a year. Analysts think that it’s the Verizon (CDMA) iPhone and the White iPhone that are really driving sales. 9.25 Million iPads were sold, that’s a record for the iPad as well.

Unfortunately Apple sold only 3.95 Million Mac’s this quarter. So Mac sales were down. But there was a 59% growth in Mac ales in the Asia-Pacific Are. iPod sales were also down with only 7.54 Million iPods sold.

Apple additionally announced that Mac OS X 10.8 Lion will release tomorrow, July 19, in the Mac App Store. No information was given on time of release.

Overall this was a great Fiscal Quarter for Apple. Hopefully in the next Fiscal Quarter Mac and iPod sales will be higher.

-MacMusings

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