Apple iPad 3 Coming This Christmas with 6x Better Resolution Than iPad 2

According to a report from Reuters, Apple has scheduled to launch iPad 3 in Q4 of this year. iPad 3 is expected to have a surprisingly impressive 6x the resolution of the current iPad 2.

It does sounds interesting and makes you think “wow”, but I guess that’s quite a high increase in resolution and as a matter of fact that display will be way too expensive and completely unnecessary.

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There have been rumors earlier that focused on Apple’s iPad 3 display. Some claim that the next-generation table could have 3D screen. It is also rumored that Apple was plans on Samsung’s AMOLED panels for the iPad 3.

Apple Selling Unlocked GSM iPhone 4 for $649

For the past few years since Apple launched the , they have been reluctant to sell the phone without carriers. Apple started out by selling the phone with AT&T and gradually added Verizon as a carrier last year.

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One of the biggest problem with this was that people were restricted to only these two carriers and could not switch to others without jailbreaking their iPhone and then unlocking the iPhone. However, that might be a thing of the past since Apple today introduced unlocked in their store.

The Unlocked iPhone 4 can be purchased without any contract and can be used on any compatible GSM network. The 16GB unlocked iPhone 4 will set you back by $649, whereas the 32GB Unlocked iPhone 4 will cost you $749. Apple is selling both the black and white iPhone 4 for the same price.

With the introduction of unlocked iPhone’s Apple has opened up a new market which was earlier unavailable to them. Users of networks such as Sprint and US Cellular can now just buy the iPhone 4 and use it with their own networks without having to go through the pain of unlocking the device.

It definitely appears like a very smart and strategic move by Apple who have been buoyed by the growth of rival platform . This move will see Apple’s iOS share growing in markets that were earlier unavailable to them.

You can buy an unlocked iPhone 4 from the Apple store here.

Nokia Settles Patent Lawsuit Against Apple

Nokia, which is not in the best of health these days, just reached a settlement with Apple on its patent infringement lawsuit, which should help its bottom line.

It just announced that it has reached a patent license agreement with Apple which will settle all patent litigation between the two companies.

Under the agreement, Apple will make a one time payment to Nokia, followed by on-going royalties for the term of the agreement.

“We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees,” said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive officer of Nokia. “This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

Nokia has a huge patent portfolio and has always led in research related to mobile phone technology. Its massive patent portfolio has enabled it to fight off any mobile patent related lawsuit with counter-lawsuits, since its patented technology is used in almost every phone now.

Here’s the complete press release by Nokia about the settlement with Apple.

iCloud Sues Apple over Brand Name, Strengthens Case with Apple’s Poor Past Record

Apple never stops getting into disputes with their product names. This time, it is their iCloud service. With iCloud, Apple wants to take on the world of file syncing and storage, but it went a bit carried away with the name to notice that a company with the same brand name exists already!

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If you are a regular reader here, you will have noticed  our coverage of iCloud and its use cases.

Today, Apple inched closer to ubiquitous  computing, the elusive dream all technology enthusiasts share. During their Worldwide Developer Conference today, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s consumer cloud service  unimaginatively named iCloud.

All this sounds good and there are various reactions on this cloud service all over the Internet. Some have perceived it as an uber sync tool while others are of the view that it just adds to the redundancy of these services. Anyway, what we seeing recently far surpasses all these speculation and research.

The very existence of this service is challenged, now that it is found to have the stolen name. Yes. Apple’s use of  iCloud is a trademark infringement over  an Arizona-based computer communications company. Apple upsets the company iCloud because of this move. This company specializes in VOIP and other communication technologies. Besides having the name iCloud for itself, iCloud also wants all of Apple’s iCloud marketing destroyed. This has a very good chance of ending in a sweet settlement and both the parties will go home happy because Apple already has an encroaching patent on iCloud and iCloud is not much of a cloud based service provider.

Apple Officially Steps into the Lodsys Patent Battle

Nine days after Lodsys sued seven iOS app developers, Apple has filed a motion to intervene. Apple has stated in its motion that the app developers are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and […] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple’s rights under its license agreement.

TrollThe current standoff started when Lodsys, a patent management company, began demanding royalty from app developers who had implemented in-app purchasing. This came as a shock to many since the in-app purchase mechanism was provided by Apple, and Apple had already licensed the appropriate technologies from Lodsys. Apple soon issued an open letter, in which it vehemently opposed the claims made by Lodsys.

Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patent[s] and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys’ infringement allegations against Apple’s App Makers. Apple intends to share this letter and the information set out herein with its App Makers and is fully prepared to defend Apple’s license rights.

However, this wasn’t enough to deter Lodsys. It went ahead and filed lawsuits against seven developers with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

If Lodsys wins, not only will it be bad news for developers, but it will also be bad news for Apple in general. For now, Apple’s sole defense is that its current agreement with Lodsys covers all iOS app developers. It’s not known if Apple will be bearing the legal expenditures of the defendant or not. However, the good thing is that Apple at least seems to be willing to make a stand, and defend its developers. In contrast, Google is yet to speak up in favour of the Android developer who received a letter from Lodsys with similar demands.

Gameloft Releases March Of Heroes Trailer; First Unreal Engine Based Game For Android

Gameloft is one of the most popular gaming publisher for Android and iOS. The company offers some of the best gaming titles available for Android including the popular Asphalt 6, Call Of Duty and Spiderman.

Earlier, for some strange reason Gameloft did not release its games on the Android Market. Thankfully, the situation has changed now, and nearly all the Gameloft games are available on the Android market.

Now, Gameloft has released a trailer of an upcoming first-person shooter (FPS) game March Of Heroes for both Android and iOS. The game will be the first game for both the platforms (Android and iOS) to be based on the Unreal Engine.

Below is a trailer of the game :

From the trailer, the game definitely looks stunning! Since the game is based on Unreal Engine, expect most of the low to mid-range handsets not to be supported. At least, we Android users will have something which will be capable of pushing the hardware on our handset to its limits.

At the beginning of this year, Gameloft said that they are working on 4 games based on the Unreal engine for iOS and Android. So, gamers still have some more visually stunning games left to drool over.

Gameloft has not mentioned anything about the release date or the pricing of the game.

Download iOS5 Golden Master Firmware For iPhone 4, iPad And iPod Touch

Yesterday at WWDC, Apple introduced the next major version of its mobile operating system iOS5 with more than 1500 new APIs and 200 new features.

iOS5 includes a new Notification Center, a new Camera app, more info on the lock screen, Wi-Fi sync with iTunes and much more. Readers can read this article to know all about iOS5.

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iOS5 will support iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen and 4th gen along with the iPad 1/2. For the general consumers, iOS5 is expected to be released sometime during this fall, presumably with a new iPhone.

However, Apple has already released a beta of iOS5 for developers to develop apps on. The beta can be downloaded from here. Only developers who have a developer account with Apple can download the beta.

General users, who are interested in trying out iOS5 on their iDevice, should ask some iOS developer for help. If a developer registers a UDID of an iDevice, then he or she can legally install iOS5 on their device.

iCloud: All About Apple’s Consumer Cloud Service

Today, Apple inched closer to ubiquitous  computing, the elusive dream all technology enthusiasts share. During their Worldwide Developer Conference today, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s consumer cloud service unimaginatively named iCloud. A few years back Apple came out with a paid email service with online storage called MobileMe, the service also had Calendar & contacts sync between Apple’s devices. Being a subscriber, I can tell you it offered no value for the money. Back in 2009, news about iWork for the cloud came out. iWork for the cloud was the second part of Apple’s cloud puzzle. Rumors about iTunes in the cloud have been around for a while, which is now the third part of Apple’s cloud service.

Clubbing all of these together and adding three more, we have iCloud:

  • iTunes in the cloud
  • Contacts, Calendar, Mail (MobileMe is no more a brand)
  • Photos
  • Apps, Books, Documents
  • Device backup

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The service has two parts to it:

  1. Syncing your purchased music across all Apple devices
  2. A subscription service to access your music library on Apple devices

Once you purchase a song, you will be able to download and access it from any device. Let’s say you bought a song on your Mac, your iPod Touch will show “Purchased” for that song in the marketplace. You can then download that song on the device without paying anything extra.

Now, the subscription service is a bit tricky. Google  Music,  Amazon, Grooveshark and the likes, let you upload your music to the cloud. Obviously the labels will have a problem with these big names storing potentially pirated/ripped content. Apple decided to tackle this problem in a way where the labels would be happy & the consumer will be tricked into paying $30 a year to access music he already purchased.

Let’s say you’re one of those guys who has ripped CDs you purchased into iTunes. To access these songs on any iDevice, you need to pay Apple $30 a year and iTunes will match your library against its database. This would mean that:

  1. You already paid for the CD
  2. You pay Apple again to access songs you’ve already paid for.

What happens in case iTunes is not able to match your library? Well, you get to upload those songs. iCloud has 5 GB of free storage space which is shared between services. The split up is detailed at the end of the post.

Having said that, the service is interesting and if it works  seamlessly, I think paying $30 a year wouldn’t be so bad to have all your music with you, anywhere.

Contacts, Mail and Calendar

The brand MobileMe has been phased out and nothing has changed in these three services. Syncing of Contacts, email and calendar entries between devices and the same account will be how it was in MobileMe.

Photos

The feature called Photo Stream lets you click a picture and Apple will sync it across all devices. Take a photo with your iPhone and it will be sent to iCloud. Now Photostream has a fine print:

  • iCloud will store new pictures for 30 days
  • Master library will be on the PC
  • iCloud will sync the latest 1,000 pictures across all devices

The use case behind this is that when you take a new picture with an iPhone you will have access to it via iCloud, now within 30 days you should sync your iPhone to a PC so that the picture is stored in the master library. Since pictures are large in size, having all of them on the phone or cloud is not economical. iCloud will have the latest 1,000 pictures available to you in the Photo Stream album on your iDevices.

Apps, Books and Documents

If you live in the Apple world you probably have an iPad and iPhone or iPod Touch, managing apps we have purchased is difficult. With iCloud Apple will sync all apps you purchase and you push them on all your devices.  Like music, a purchase history will let you download apps to your other devices.

This functionality expands to iBooks and documents. Changes made to the documents will be automatically synced over the cloud.

Backup

As a user backing up data and setting new devices is a tedious task. However, with iCloud is making it as simple as it can get.  As a technology enthusiast syncing between documents, books, apps and backups is my favorite feature of iCloud, probably the best announcement of the event. iCloud will backup the following:

  • Device Settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Text and MMS
  • Ringtones
  • Photos and videos in the camera roll album
  • Purchased music, apps and books

Restoring all of this to a new iDevice will require the user to login with their Apple ID.

All of this sounds pretty exciting but what does the 5GB include?

  • Mail
  • Documents
  • Photos and videos in the Camera Roll album
  • Account information
  • Settings
  • App data

The 5 GB does not include  purchased  music, books, apps or the Photo Stream.

You can read our coverage on Apple’s announcements for OS X Lion and iOS 5:

iOS5 – Everything You Need To Know About It

Apple has just announced the next major version of iOS at the ongoing WWDC. iOS5 is a major release for developers with more than 1500+ APIs and tools, as well as for general users with more than 200 new features.

Notification Center

First and foremost, Apple has finally gone ahead and over-hauled the notification system is iOS. The new notification style in iOS5 is called the Notification System, and can be accessed from anywhere by just swiping down the screen (Android style). The Notification center also takes some cues from the popular Mobile Notifier app from the Cydia App store. Apple has also updated the lock screen to display notifications and music control buttons.

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Twitter Integration

Apple has also tightly integrated Twitter into iOS5. iOS device owners can simply sign-in to Twitter once under Settings and they are done! Their Twitter contacts will be linked to their phone contacts. Core apps of the iOS5 like iPhotos, Maps, and Safari etc. will also feature Twitter integration. Users can now share an image or a link to an article by simply tapping the Tweet button in iPhoto or Safari.

Newsstand

With iOS5, users can read magazines available on the newsstand right on their iTouch device. The Newsstand’ app will show users a list of all the available magazines, and will also download the latest magazines in the background for offline reading. The App Store will also get a dedicated category for the Newsstand magazines.

Upgraded Camera App

Apple has also made taking pictures and videos on the iPhone easier and quicker, with a shortcut of the camera app right on the lock screen. The volume up button on the iPhone will now act as a physical shutter button. Users can now pinch and zoom right inside the camera app and select a particular scene where they want to lock the focus to. The new version of iOS will also allow users to do some basic editing with their photos like cropping and red-eye reduction.

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Safari, Game Center And Mail With New Features

Safari for iOS has also been revamped in iOS5. It now features tabbed browsing, and also looks similar to Safari for OS X. The new Safari Reader’ feature will strip down a webpage from all the junk and ads, and present the main article in a readable, scrollable text format. For example, a 20 page article can be stripped down to just one page by this feature in a simple scrollable text format. The new version of Safari also features Reading List’ which is similar to the popular Read It Later service. The Reading List’ also syncs across all iOS devices and OS X based devices.

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The popular Mail app has also been upgraded in iOS5. The app now features drag able addresses, indentation control, S/MIME support, the ability to search within messages, and to flag messages. There is also a Swipe to Inbox gesture for the iPad.

Reminder

iOS5 will also include a new To-Do list app called Reminders’. The app will be location aware and can trigger functions depending on a user’s location and the time.

Game Center for iOS has also been enhanced with new features. Users now have the ability to view friends of their friends, find new games and purchase them right from within Game Center. Game Center now also features the ability to play turn based games like Scrabble and Chess etc.

iMessage The BBM Killer

Apple is also introducing a new messaging system with iOS5 dubbed as iMessage’. This service is similar to BBM, and will be available for the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. The app will allow users to share messages, images, and videos etc. and will work over Wi-Fi as well as 3G.

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Users will also be provided with typing notifications, and the messages will be pushed to all the iOS devices of a user. The messages sent via iMessage will be totally encrypted for enhanced security.

Wireless Syncing and OTA Updates

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With iOS5, iDevices will become true PC free devices or rather Post-PC devices. iOS5 will incorporate wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi, which will include syncing your music library and apps. iOS updates will also be pushed OTA (Over-The-Air) from now on, and they will only update the needed parts of the OS a la Symbian and Android. Also, when users first start their iOS device, they will be greeted with a setup screen instead of the Connect To iTunes screen.

Miscellaneous

iOS5 will also include multi-tasking gestures which we saw back in iOS4.2. iPad users will also get a new split keyboard for thumb typing; along with a new music app. Dictionary has also been integrated in the whole OS. Users can tap a word anywhere inside the OS to find its meaning. Other new features of iOS5 include AirPlay Mirroring, improved Facetime video call quality, typing shortcuts, and Emoji emoticons.

Availability

The developer’s tool has also been updated with new features and is available for download beginning from today itself. iOS5 will be available for the iPod Touch 3G and 4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2 sometime this fall.

Mac OS X Lion – Beauty with Brains

As expected, Apple showcased Lion, the next edition of OS X, at WWDC 2011 in San Francisco. The Lion is a major release with more than 250 new features. Due to time considerations, Apple didn’t detail all of them. However, it did give a rundown of the top ten features. We have already discussed most of them in the past; nevertheless, here’s another quick look at some of show stealers in OS X Lion.

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Multi-touch gestures: Apple (correctly) believes that touchscreens are simply not feasible on notebooks and desktops. The vertical form factor makes them unintuitive and annoying. Instead of trying to add touch support to the Lion, Apple has chosen to integrate multi-touch gestures. All new Apple notebooks feature multi-touch trackpads, and desktop users can use the Magic Mouse to enjoy the goodness of multi-touch. All popular gestures including pinch-to-zoom and two finger zoom will be present in the Lion. The Lion will do away with scrollbars, which will now show up only when you are scrolling.

Full Screen Apps: Lion will feature a new full-screen mode, which can be easily leveraged by application developers. Several inbuilt applications like iPhoto, iMovie, and Safari will have full screen support. Full screen mode can be triggered via a control present in the upper-right corner, and applications can be switched by simply swiping.

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Mission Control: Two of the best productivity enhancing features of Mac are Expose and Spaces. Expose provides a quick overview of open applications, and Spaces groups those applications in a neat and customizable manner. Mission Control marries these two features. Mission Control displays all open applications, along with widgets and spaces, and multiple instances of open applications are grouped into stacks. Essentially, it is a task switcher on steroids.

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Mac App Store: The Mac App Store has already surpassed big names like Best Buy and Walmart, and is currently the #1 channel for buying Mac software. The App Store will be built into the Leopard, and will feature automatic updates, push notifications, and sandboxing (isolation of untrusted apps from the system).

Launchpad: Apple has taken the application screen in iOS that we are already familiar with, and added it to Lion. Launchpad displays all installed applications in a full screen, multi-page, grid layout.

Resume, Autosave and Versions: These three are my favorite features in Lion simply because they can be a real time and life saver. Lion is capable of automatically saving your work across the system. It also saves the application state. So when you quit an application and then relaunch it, everything from the opened documents and toolbar placement to highlighted text is same as before. Lion supports versioning, and multiple copies of the same document are maintained. It is essentially per-document Time Machine, which allows you to go back and restore past copies of a document, or even mix and match different versions of a document. The versioning system is storage efficient as only changes between different document versions are saved, instead of the entire document.

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AirDrop: This is a peer-to-peer (P2P) application that makes sharing files over the Wi-Fi a breeze. You can share any file with a fellow AirDrop user by simply dragging and dropping the file on the user’s thumbnail in the AirDrop application interface.

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Mail: Lion features a significantly spruced up Mail. Apple has taken oodles of inspiration from Google, and has added conversations, search suggestions, labels, favorites and folders to Mail. Search in particular is quite powerful and flexible. The interface has also been changed. The new Mail sports a two column layout that looks quite similar to the iOS email client.

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Although, Mac is still way behind Windows in terms of market share, it has been making steady progress. According to Apple, it has outgrown the industry every quarter for the past five years. Mac has a user base of 54 million around the world. While the sales figure of Windows 7 alone dwarfs the entire Mac user base, it is worth noting that while PC has shrunk 1%, the Mac has grown 28%.

The developer preview of OS X Lion will be released later today, while the final build will be available in July. Snow Leopard users can purchase the Lion directly from the Mac App Store for as little as $29.99. In other words, Apple is releasing Lion as a standard Mac application. This means that Lion will be available on all authorized devices, and will weigh less than 4 GB. The upgrade process will be seamless for Mac users, while for users migrating from Windows, there will be a Windows Migration Assistant.

The Lion takes ample inspiration from iOS for iPhone and iPad, and builds on the already strong foundation of OS X. It’s an attractive operating system, which seems to have the right combination of beauty, grace, brains and power.

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