Apple Notifies Former MobileMe Customers of Nearing iCloud Storage Downgrade

Today, Apple has sent out an email notifying former MobileMe customers regarding their free 25 GB of iCloud storage. The email is a reminder that their free 25 GB iCloud accounts will be reduced to 5 GB as of September 30. Apple offers free 5 GB of iCloud storage of storage for free, but MobileMe customers received an additional 20 GB for free when iCloud was first introduced. The offer was initially valid through June 30, 2012, but Apple later extended the offer through the end of September.

Additional information for those wishing to keep their iCloud storage needs below 5 GB can be found in an Apple support document. Users that are interested in upgrading their storage by purchasing additional storage space can do so through their iOS device iCloud settings, System Preferences on a Mac, or iCloud Control Panel on a PC. Apple offers 10 GB for $20, 20 GB for $40, and 50 GB for $100 and all purchased amounts are added to the base 5 GB storage capacity.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Updated for MacBook Pro Retina Display

Today has been a day filled with new update releases. Apple released iOS 6 to the public today and OS X 10.8.2. Microsoft also released Office for Mac 2011 version 14.2., which adds support for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro released in June. This update makes text more crisp and all key areas of the interface sharper than ever, Microsoft said in a post in its official Office for Mac blog. The update should be available via AutoUpdate.

We’re happy to announce that Office for Mac 2011 (version 14.2.4) now supports Retina display for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Text everywhere is incredibly crisp and all key areas of the interface are now sharper than ever. We hope you enjoy this fantastic software experience!

In addition, the new update brought a number of enhancements for Outlook including calendar event reminders, Mountain Lion compatibility for signatures, and fixes for several other issues. Microsoft also promised that its team is “going back to work on even more great features” for Office for Mac.

 

Apple Releases OS X 10.8.2

In addition to the release of iOS 6, Apple has also released OS X 10.8.2 to the public. The update is currently available via the Software Update functionality in the Mac App Store.

This update offers a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also supports several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number.

This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes:

Facebook

– Single sign on for Facebook
– Adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
– See Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
– Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center

Game Center

– Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
– Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
– Added Facebook “Like” button for games
– Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features

– Adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
– iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
– You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac
– FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number
– New shared Reminders lists
– New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
– Dictation now supports additional languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
– Dictionary app now includes a French definition dictionary
– Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

Direct downloads available through Apple’s site include:

– OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.2 (665.48 MB)
– OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.2 (Combo) (665.39 MB)

Apple Releases iOS 6

During Apple’s media event last week, the company revealed that iOS 6 will be released on September 19th. As expected, Apple has released iOS 6 to the public. The update is now available to users of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Users can update their device either by connecting their device to iTunes and clicking the “Check for Update” button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update. However, it can take a few minutes for the update to show up to all users.

iOS 6 offers 200 new features. Siri is enhanced to offer movie information, sport scores, and the option to easily post to Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the Passbook app hold tickets, passes, and payment cards for participating businesses. Also, Safari offers full-screen mode for better browsing and iCloud tabs to save your open tabs and offer immediate access to them on your other iOS devices and your computer.

iOS 6 supports the third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod touch. It will also ship on the iPhone 5, which launches on Friday, and on the fifth-generation iPod touch launching next month.

I have been using iOS 6 for the past week now and it is great. iOS continues to be the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and iOS 6 takes the OS to a new milestone.

 

Apple’s Entire Design Team Travels to London for Award Acceptance

The London Evening Standard reports that Apple design chief Jonathan Ive and his entire team made a trip to London yesterday in order to accept a prestigious award from Design and Art Direction (D&AD). The acceptance  of the award, which recognized Apple design team as “the best brand and the best design studio of the last 50 years”, was reportedly the first time the entire team attended such a ceremony. All 16 members of Ive’s team declined to make any public comment. The team of 14 men and two women attended to receive one of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry.

D&AD, or Design and Art Direction, is a British educational charity that promotes excellence in design and advertising. Ive and his team have known to work in extreme secrecy on Apple’s campus. Earlier this year, Jonathan Ive was awarded knighthood. Congratulations to everyone at Apple.

iPhone 5 Javascript Benchmarks Over Twice as Fast

Earlier this week, we reported that the iPhone 5’s A6 processor is blazing fast. Now a test of the iPhone 5’s A6 processor reported a super quick score on SunSpider’s JavaScript benchmarking tool. Apple’s A6 processor even outperforms Intel’s Atom Z2460 processor. AnandTech was able to run SunSpider v 0.9.1 on an iPhone 5 review unit, and reported that the A6 chip came up with a result of a whopping 914.7 milliseconds, outspacing the second place Lava XOLO X900’s time of 1279.4. The Lava XOLO runs a single-core Intel Atom Z2460 Penwell SoC built on the chip maker’s Medfield platform.

In this test, smaller numbers are better. The final score of 914.7ms beats all of the other devices on the chart and is the fastest SunSpider test AnandTech has recorded for a smartphone. The iPhone 5 is two and a half times as fast as the iPhone 4S (2250ms) and much faster than the Samsung Galaxy S III (1442.9-1824.9ms).

Apple’s Stock Price Passes $700 for the First Time Ever In After-market Trading

After Apple announced that over 2 million pre-orders of the iPhone 5 had been placed within the first 24 hours of availability, AAPL soared past $700 in after hours trading on Monday. The company’s share price has been sailing towards the $700 mark since Apple’s strong third quarter earnings call in July. Around this time last year, Apple was trading around the $400 mark.

Apple continues to be the world’s most publicly traded company. Back in February, AAPL broke the $500 billion market capitalization mark, then through $600 billion in April. Apple is now worth more than $650 billion, which is $225 billion more than second-place ExxonMobil or about one Google. This Friday, the iPhone 5 is set to go on sale in nine countries. Last year, the iPhone 4S was the largest product debut ever for Apple, selling a whopping 4 million in the first three days of availability. Apple is expected to easily surpass this number.

Apple Announces over Two Million iPhone 5 Pre-orders in First 24 Hours of Sales

Today morning, Apple announced that pre-orders of the iPhone 5 had exceeded over 2 million in the first 24 hours alone. To put this in perspective, this is more than double that of the iPhone 4S. Last year, the iPhone 4S was the largest product debut ever for Apple, selling a whopping 4 million in the first three days of availability. I would predict that the iPhone 5’s launch will easily surpass this number.

“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

Apple was “blown away” by the response to the iPhone 5 and the “Available to ship” time on the company’s US store website continues to show a window of 2-3 weeks. The iPhone 5 will be available beginning this Friday, September 21st. Last night, we reported that the first iPhone 5 pre-orders have begun shipping. So much for a “disappointing” iPhone.

 

 

First iPhone 5 Orders Have Begun Shipping

AppleInsider reports that the customers were the first among to pre-order the iPhone 5 from Apple have started to see updates that their orders are shipping from China.

Even though iPhone 5 orders are now shipping, the packages are still scheduled to be delivered on Friday, September 21, which is the product’s launch date. The screenshot below shows that the shipment started to show “in transit” on Sunday, Sept. 16. The delivery is now on its way from ZhengZhou, China.

However, on Apple’s website, orders are still being shown as “preparing for shipment,” but some people have been able to track their iPhone 5 order via a reference number. In the past, some iPhone preorders have arrived than product launch date. Usually most orders arrive on launch date though.

Apple was “blown away” by the response to the iPhone 5 and the “Available to ship” time on the company’s US store website continues to show a window of 2-3 weeks. So much for a “disappointing” iPhone.

iPhone 5 Has 1GB of RAM

On Wednesday, Apple announced the iPhone 5. The new iPhone offers some incredible new improvements including the use of a new A6 processor. It has been widely rumored that Apple would increase the RAM in the new iPhone from 512MB to 1GB, but there wasn’t any confirmation. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 both offer 512MB RAM.

iFan first posted confirmation that the iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM based on the part numbers listed on the A6 chip itself. After a bit of research, iFixit was also able to confirm their findings, using Samsung’s own product guides. The chart shown below is from Samsung’s 2012 Product Solutions Guide (PDF) which lists part numbers of various memory parts they have for sale.

The part numbers of the iPhone 5’s A6 match with the group of 8 Gigabit mobile DRAMs which translates into 1GB of RAM.