People love music, it’s a universal fact, and Apple practically saved the music industry when they launched iTunes way back in early 2001, making it easy for people to buy digital files. The thing is, iTunes hasn’t really aged well. In a world where you can spend $10 per month and get unlimited access to roughly 20 million songs, paying $1 per track seems a tad bit ridiculous.
Apple has just launched a new promotion on its Online store in the U.S. that offers free next day shipping on all iPhone purchases. Apple’s minimum threshold for free shipping is usually $50, but as part of the promotion, customers can avail free shipping even on the iPhone 4, which comes free with a two-year contract.
No matter how good I am at drawing on my iPad (or iPhone), sometimes there is nothing like scribbling down ideas with pencil and paper. Maybe it’s an idea for a really cool new app or maybe a walkthrough a website or maybe just a series of ideas that flow together into a story or message. Now you have a bunch of drawings, how do you present them to people as a cohesive thing. Something people can interact with and understand? This is where POP (Prototyping on Paper) comes in. A new free app that looks like something app and web designers are going to be all over—taking sketches and connecting them into usable prototypes.
Supporting the story last week that Apple and Broadcom are reportedly working on a 802.11ac chip for Apple devices, Apple is recruiting wireless test engineers. When first posted the job listing included 802.11a,b,c,g, and ac standards knowledge as a requirement, the posting has now been edited to remove that requirement. Doesn’t matter really, it’s a safe bet 802.11ac is still on Apple’s radar.
As I talked about in my “why we don’t have a Retina mini” post, I love Marco Arment’s The Magazine. I downloaded, read, and subscribed to it in one fell swoop. Today there’s a nice update to the app that improves speed, function, and sharing options.
Bonjour works great at home. See a printer, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good networking luck. Unfortunately, Bonjour can wreak havoc on larger networks. Universities have been particularly vulnerable because a) so many students have devices that ping for Bonjour and b) their physical size and complexity. Apple is working with International working groups to fix this.
As we reported earlier today, it is widely speculated that Apple will replace the 30-pin dock connector with a smaller 19-pin dock connector in the next generation iPhone.
iMore now reports that according to their source who had provided them the tip about the smaller dock connector, Apple plans to also launch an adapter alongside the new iPhone that will allow users to connect accessories using the old 30-pin dock connector to the device’s new 19-pin connector.