Hack allows Apple TV to run App Store Apps

This could potentially be amazing news for iOS developers, known developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been able to run iOS App Store apps on the Apple TV fullscreen at the device’s full, 720p resolution.

Readers might remember that the Apple TV was jailbroken with the latest untethered Seas0nPass jailbreak, this jailbreak added the possibility for developers to rewrite the software at the root level.

What makes this hack so cool is the fact that in order for it to work Troughton-Smith had to rewrite the iOS SpringBoard from scratch. According to cultofmac.com Steven told them that the rewritten SpringBoard was created using only QuartzCore.

Another aspect that makes this hack pretty interesting is the fact that not only has Troughton-Smith been apple to get apps to work on the Apple TV, but he has also been able to to make apps run side by side in the Apple TV. So theoretically you could be running several apps on your 42″ TV at the same time

Currently the hack remains more of a proof of concept than an actual ready for the public hack. However we believe it could be a hint at what might come in the future, what do you think will we be able to run iOS apps on the Apple TV in the near future?

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Is Microsoft working on Office for iPad and Mac App Store?

According to several sources Microsoft is “actively working” on bringing its Microsoft Office suite to the iPad,looking to take on Apple’s iWork applications for the popular tablet device. The report also says that Microsoft is working on a updated Office for Mac suite, with the new version said to be targeted for a Mac App Store release sometime next year.

Microsoft acknowledged just after the iPad’s introduction in early 2010 that the company was “looking at” the possibility of bringing Office to the iPad, but by the time the device actually launched a few months later the company was saying that it had “no current plans” for such an offering.

Did Amazon just out the new Apple TV?


Interesting move today from Amazon.  Not only did they drop the price of Apple TV to $89.99 matching Best Buy, Amazon has also marked the product name with the number “2010” in parentheses, perhaps suggesting that there will be a 2011 or 2012 edition rolling out soon.

The existing model has been around since September 1, 2010, and a new device might very well replace the single-core A4 with a dual-core A5. That bump would help 1080p playback and smooth out the UI on the Apple TV.

Rumors are suggestion that if a new Apple TV is on the way, it would be likely to hit the market before the holiday buying binge starts — perhaps as soon as the next few days, we will keep our eyes open for any updates.

Apple iPhone press event to be held on Cupertino Campus.

In the past, Apple has held its major press events at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco. All the iPhone and the iPad announcements were held in this venue. However according to a report from AllThingsD, Apple has decided to break the  tradition and hold the October iPhone announcement on home turf, at their Cupertino campus.

The reasons for this change are not clear. It may have to do with the availability of Yerba Beuna Center or the decision of new CEO Tim Cook who may prefer to keep things closer to home. Hopefully, all this speculation about where and when this event will be held can be put to rest soon. If the rumored October date is correct, invitations should start landing in attendee’s inboxes sometime this week.

Apple Projected as World’s Top Smartphone Vendor for 2011

Digitimes Research reports that it is projecting Apple to take the top spot among global smartphone vendors for the entire calendar year of 2011, leading the way with nearly 19% of the market at 86.4 million units.

Apple is projected to easily top Nokia, whose shipments appear set to drop 25% to under 75 million.Apple is expected to overtake Nokia as the top ranking vendor in terms of shipment volume in 2011, while Huawei Technologies will enjoy robust growth in shipments enabling the China-based company to close its gap with Sony Ericsson and Motorola.

Apple’s smartphone shipments are projected to top 86.4 million units in 2011, up 82% from 47.5 million units in 2010. In contrast, Nokia’s smartphone shipments in 2011 will decline to 74.4 million units from over 100 million in 2010, said Luke Lin, analyst for Digitimes Research.

Deutsche Telekom taking iPhone 5 pre-orders


Well this is certainly interesting, Deutsche Telekom (DT) has begun taking pre-orders for the so-called “iPhone 5,” the next generation of Apple’s immensely popular smartphone. Here’s the odd part according to a spokesman for the carrier they “have barely more information than we do.” A spokesman for the carrier confirmed to Bloomberg that it’s taking pre-orders as of today. Deutsche Telekom is concerned with supply shortages, and wants to help its customers secure one of the little guys.

DT admits that it does not now when the iPhone will be released, what it will be called, we think the most likely choice will be iPhone 5, but who knows, what the features will be and so on. DT adds that:

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) will allow customers to reserve the next generation of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone as of today in anticipation of supply bottlenecks for the device, spokesman Alexander von Schmettow said by phone. The operator will hand out coupons to people who expressly request the successor model to the iPhone 4, without providing the name or release details of the device. 

iPhone 5 components leaked, is release imminent?

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Wow, the iPhone 5 rumors are really getting interesting, the net is buzzing with images of an alleged prototype, and thanks to TVC Mail we now have more photographs of iPhone components, including the rear-facing camera, an audio flex cable, and another of its battery.

The components were first discovered by MacRumors. They are undoubtedly different to the parts currently used in the iPhone 4. They’re only subtle differences, so you’ll have to look closely, but here’s the rear-facing camera lens and the battery compared with their iPhone 4 counterparts:

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Both batteries are the same shape and size, but the biggest difference is that connector. Notice on the iPhone 5 battery it sits horizontally, whereas on the iPhone 4 battery it’s vertical? There are also some differences in the text. If you look closely, the iPhone 5 battery reads ’5.3Whr’, whereas the iPhone 4 battery reads ’5.25Whr’. The new part also has a part number of 616-0580, as compared to the iPhone 4′s 616-0513 and 616-0521 part numbers

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Both camera lenses are very similar — boasting embedded LED flashes which may rule out speculation that the iPhone 5 will have a separate flash. Though it could still feature a dual-LED flash. Just like the battery, the connector on the iPhone 5 lens is different to that on the iPhone 4 lens. Unfortunately there’s still no indication of this camera’s capability, but recent rumors have suggested the iPhone 5 will boast an 8-megapixel camera, an upgrade from the iPhone 4′s 5-megapixel lens.

That seems to be all for now, but hopefully we can post more in the near future as the release moves closer and closer.

New MacBook Airs may include high-speed 400MBps flash memory

The next generation MacBook Air may get a flash memory boost according to a report from Macotakara. The new NAND flash memory could replace the Blade X-Gale SSDs in the current generation MacBook Air models. This Toggle DDR 2.0 technology boasts of 400 MBps transfer rates and 19-nm processing. As a result, read times could reach 261 MBps and write times could be bumped up to 209 MBps. These small memory chips may be soldered on the MacBook Air’s base circuitry.

The new and improved MacBook Air models are expected to arrive soon after the debut of Mac OS X Lion. The Gold Master version of Lion was seeded to developers last week and should be publicly available in the upcoming weeks.

Facebook to release a photo-sharing app.

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Several sites have rumored that Facebook is prepping a photo-sharing app for the iPhone. From the description, the app is a mixture of Instagram with some of the location information and social sharing of Path and Color. A few surprises are also supposedly thrown into the mix.

The app, of course, is integrated into Facebook and ties into your Facebook account. Right now, it is a standalone app, but these features could eventually make its way into the official Facebook iPhone app.

Currently the amount of information available is really sparse, but we will of course keep you up to date.

iCloud, Lion, iOS5 to be introduced at WWDC keynote

Wow this is probably the most rumored news to come from Cupertino this year, It’s official – Steve Jobs will introduce iCloud, “Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering,” iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion during the WWDC keynote on June 6. Note that iCloud is named specifically and referred to as “cloud services,” suggesting that it’s more than music.

In the past few months the net has been swarming with rumors about iCloud as a music locker, streaming service and MobileMe successor. Also, developers and customers alike have been eager to see iOS 5, and we were recently led to believe that Mac OS X Lion is getting close to a releasable state.

It’s going to be an exciting keynote, we will let you know where to follow the festivities later.

For the full press release see below:

CUPERTINO, California-May 31, 2011-Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

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