Apple Posts WWDC 2012 Session Videos for Developers

Just four days after the conclusion of Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CA, Apple has now posted the full set of WWDC session videos for developers on its website and iTunes. Going by tweets on Twitter, it seems this maybe the fastest ever Apple has made these videos available. In order to access the videos, you must have a registered Apple Developer account. A registered Apple Developer account is available for free.

Apple used to charge several hundred of dollars for these videos, but removed the charged in 2010 as the company restructured its developer programs to lower the cost of entry.

There are over 100 session videos available. The videos are extremely helpful to those who are interested in developer for OS X and iOS. The quick availability for videos is also helpful for developers who were unable to attend WWDC due to the quick sell out of tickets this year.

Apple Releases New iPad Television Ad: “Do It All”

Last week, Apple aired the first ever commercial for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Today, Apple has posted a new television ad for the new iPad  called “Do It All”. The ad’s main focus is the Retina display, with a number of different apps being demoed. It is fantastic ad and nicely done.

Send a note. Stay informed.

Catch a show. Make your point.

Make a memory. Make a masterpiece.

Read something. Watch something. And learn something.

Do it all more beautifully, with the Retina display, on iPad.

This is the second ad Apple has released for the new iPad. In March, Apple aired the first ad for the new iPad, which was titled “This Good”. It also focused on the Retina display.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RksyMaJiD8Y&feature=player_embedded

Apple and Liquidmetal Technologies Extend Intellectual Property Agreement

Today, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing revealed that Liquidmetal Technologies has agreed to license its ongoing intellectual property development to Apple for an additional two years. The agreement, is made through a subsidiary known as Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, provides Apple with a full license to use all of Liquidmetal’s intellectual property for commercialization in consumer electronics.

Under the MTA [Master Transaction Agreement], the Company was originally obligated to contribute to Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, a special purpose subsidiary of the Company, all intellectual property acquired or developed by the Company through February 5, 2012, and all intellectual property held by Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC is exclusively licensed on a perpetual basis to Apple for the field of use of consumer electronic products under the MTA. Under the Amendment, the parties agreed to amend the MTA to extend the February 5, 2012 date to February 5, 2014.

The foregoing does not purport to be a complete description of the Amendment and is qualified by reference to the full text of such agreement, which will be filed with the Company’s next Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

The original deal required Liquidmetal to submit all of its intellectual property discoveries to the subsidiary through February 5, 2012. However, as of last Friday, the agreement has been extended through February 5th, 2014.

In 2010, Apple acquired the rights to Liquidmetal’s amorphous metal alloys after reportedly having tested the material in the iPhone 3G SIM eject tool. However, since the technology is still pretty new, broader use of the Liquidmetal’s alloys is still likely years away.

Apple to Launch Standalone Podcast App with iOS 6

With the release of the iOS 6 beta, folks out there are trying to figure out every new change introduced. Earlier this week, AppAdvice pointed out that the three categories of content had disappeared from the iTunes app in iOS 6: Podcasts, Audiobooks, and iTunes U. Earlier this year, Apple launched a stand alone iTunes U app, but what the company was going to do with other apps in iOS 6 remained unclear.

Now, AllThingsD reports that Apple will also be launching a standalone app for podcasts in iOS 6. By doing so, this will give them a much higher visibility and will help simplify the iTunes app. Currently, iTunes is cluttered with a large number of content categories.

So why have podcasts disappeared from the new version of iTunes that Apple started showing to developers this week?

Because Apple plans on giving the recordings their own bit of digital turf.

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices. Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.

Podcasts are one of the most used media types on Apple’s devices, and have been available through the iTunes Store since the release of iTunes 4.9 in mid-2005.

Mozilla Building an iPad Browser

On iOS, there are many third party browser options available via Apple’s App Store such as Atomic, Dolphin, Opera Mini, etc. However, one name that was surprisingly missing was Mozilla. So far the company has only offered  an iPhone app that allows users to sync tabs from a PC or Mac to your device.

Last week, Mozilla Product Design Strategy announced that the team is working on a few projects including something called Junior. Junior is a Webkit browser for the iPad with no tabs or search. This browser is operated via simple gestures and a simplified UI, which changes the way we use the web.

Browsing the web is pretty simple. You press one of the three buttons – forward, back, and a plus that displays a list of recent sites, bookmarks, and a search bar. Everything else on the page is the web.

In addition, the team is also working on adding two new features called Search Tabs and Presence. Search Tabs is a feature that will display search results from multiple sites. Presence allows users to communicate with friends and family on the web.

[via The Verge]

Baidu and Apple to Share Revenue from iPhone Searches in China

With the revelation of iOS 6, Apple added support for China’s search engine Baidu. Now it is reported that Apple will receive a cut of advertising revenue from the search engine. Terms of the deal are similar to revenue sharing agreements with other smartphone makers who provide off the search engine as an option, Wang Jing, vice president of the Beijing-based company, said in an interview with Bloomberg. 

Baidu currently accounts for about 80 percent of web searches in China. It is China’s Google. The search engine integration is already available in about 80 percent of Android smartphones in China. Baidu has been able to increase its presence on mobile devices by sharing advertising revenue with hardware manufacturers.

Apple revealed that the support for the search engine will be added in both iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. In addition, Baidu will also be used for Siri on the iPhone. When iOS 6 launches this fall, Siri will also understand Mandarin, tuned for both Taiwan and the Chinese mainland, and Cantonese, for Hong Kong and the mainland.

Microsoft Updates Xbox Live App for iOS

Last year, Microsoft released an Xbox Live app for iOS device owners. Now, Microsoft has updated its iOS app that takes the app to version 1.5. The app now allows users to control content on your Xbox from your iPhone or iPod touch. Previously, the app allowed users to access Xbox Live achievements, connect with friends, and change your 3D avatar. Now it lets users “connect, control and discover content” from their iOS devices via a number of new features.

A full list of features can be found below:

What’s New in Version 1.5

iPhone:

  • Use your iPhone with your Xbox to connect, control and discover content on your console. Connect your iPhone for access to a quick list of your most recent console activity. Control your content with play, pause, fast forward and rewind media controls. Find fresh entertainment to play in the new Discover section.
  • Improved Authentication to make it more stable

iPad:

  • Improved Authentication to make it more stable
  • iPad high-resolution images

Apple Retail Stores Add New Retina MacBook Pro Window Displays

During the WWDC 2012, Apple revealed a new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro has an incredible resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. It is incredible. Yesterday, just before the NBA playoffs, Apple aired a new ad for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. That ad is really well done.

Today, it seems that Apple has started to begun installing new window displays showing off the new MacBook pro with Retina display. The display is mounted on a pedestal with a huge model of the machine as a background.

Apple retail stores have also started to receive display models of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, but finding them in stock is still difficult. When I tried one at the store today, I was just blown away by its industrial design, speed, and Retina display. You have to see it to believe it.

Apple Store iOS App Update Adds Support for Express Checkout, Advance Check-in for In-store Pickup

Earlier this year, Apple updated its Apple Store app for iOS devices. Once again, Apple has updated that app with some nice features.

The first feature that is introduced in the update is support for Express Checkout, which has been available via the regular online store, but now is available through the app as well. Express Checkout allows users to bypass the shopping cart system and simply click the “Buy Now” button. Then the user can enter their password to complete the order. The order will automatically use the default billing and shipping information associated with the account. There’s also an option for users to specify whether Express Checkout should default to shipping purchases, picking up purchases, or asking each time.

Another new feature that was added is to allow users to alert Specialists at their local retail stores that they are arriving to pickup an order. However, this feature is only compatible with the iPhone 4S.

Once again, Apple continues to improve the Apple Store retail experience for its customers.

Apple Airs MacBook Pro with Retina display TV Ad

During the WWDC 2012 keynote, not only did Apple introduce new MacBook Pros, but also introduce a new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new 15.4 inch MacBook Pro has an incredible resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. It is incredible. Yesterday, just before the NBA playoffs, Apple aired a new ad for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The commercial shows the MacBook Pro doing some photo and video editing tasks and the ad ends with a simple tagline: “The radical new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Innovation in every dimension.” Apple’s new ad is very Apple-like and in my opinion, much better than the Siri celebrity ads. This ad reminds me of the Siri Santa Claus ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFUW7GcHsLQ&feature=player_embedded

You know your brand strongly built when you don’t even have to mention the product’s name or company name.