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.

Is Duke Nukem Forever coming to iOS Devices?

Duke Nukem Forever

Way back in the ’90s I used to play only two games on my PC, one was Red Alert, the other was Duke Nukem, therefore this is awesome new for me!!! According to a digital game manual discovered on Steam for the upcoming Duke Nukem Forever the new game could be headed to iOS devices.

Starjimstar from the Touch Arcade forums found that at the bottom of all the legal text in the game’s documentation, there’s some “Apple App Store Additional License Terms.”

While this reference could mean that the game is actually headed to the Mac App Store, and that someone left the word ‘Mac’ out, I would have thought that Gearbox would just release the title through Steam for Mac as opposed to the Mac App Store. Also, if that’s the case, how would you explain this line:

The license to the Software is a non-transferable license to use the Software only on an iPhone or iPod touch that you own or control.

While the original Duke Nukem release is already available on iOS devices, it seems Gearbox could be bringing the latest Duke Nukem title into our palms as well. Otherwise, why would there be any mention of the App Store?

Will Apple release Final Cut Pro on April 12???

Copied from TUAW.COM

According to ProVideo Coalition, Apple is planning on debuting the next version of Final Cut Pro at the Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet on April 12. According to PVC, “Apple will be using the Vegas Supermeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro. Supposedly, Apple will be taking over the entire event for their announcement, canceling all other sponsors, including AJA, Avid, Canon, BlackMagic, Autodesk and others, who were set to give presentations.”

While the FCP SuperMeet does seem to be an odd event for Apple to launch the next version of its professional editing software (because NAB 2011 starts on April 9), the rumors do seem to have credibility because Canon, Avid and Autodesk have all confirmed that their sponsorships have been canceled because Apple has demanded no one else has the main stage. A Canon spokesperson supposedly confirmed to PVC, “Canon was told last night that Apple has demanded ALL ‘lectern’ or stage time exclusively.” Likewise, Avid told them, “Apple doesn’t want anyone to have stage time but them.”

There’s no word yet on what the next Final Cut Pro will feature, but in February, a group of high-profile video editors were supposedly given time with the software. Their reactions to the new FCP were overwhelmingly positive, with one of them saying the next Final Cut Pro is “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago.”

Will Seventh-generation iPod nano have rear-facing camera?

Taiwanese Apple.pro has posted an image which it claims is the rear casing for the next iPod nano. The purported casing shows a hole which would house a rear facing camera. For those who think this might just be another fake, please remember that Apple.pro has a long and fruitful history with iPod nano rumors, they were the first website to post an image of a small touchscreen which later made its way into the sixth-generation iPod nano that debuted last fall.

As noted by MacRumors, when the sixth-generation iPod nano was unveiled, many loved its new form factor, but some lamented over the loss of the camera which was found in the fifth-generation iPod nano. If Apple.pro’s image is legitimate, it looks like Apple is trying to combine the best features of the two previous nanos into one.

It will be interesting to see the final product and whether it will actually feature a camera or not, we will keep you posted on any new rumors in this area.

Steve Jobs shoots down USB 3 rumors.

It has long been rumored that the next Macs would ship with USB 3, however according to 9to5Mac Steve Jobs as now denied this through is most favored medium, the e-mail, when asked whether future Macs would include USB 3 support Steve simply replied:

We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.

So while we have all been looking forward to getting our hands on the latest USB technology it seems like it will be a while before it will play nice with our Apple devices.