Apple Previews iOS 6 with Over 200 New Features

Submitted by lalit on June 11, 2012 - 4:27pm.

Apple today previewed iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. iOS 6 will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall as a free software update. New iOS 6 features include: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.

“iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device,” said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS Software. “We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app.”

iOS 6 includes an all new Maps app with vector-based map elements that make graphics and text smooth, and panning, tilting and zooming incredibly fluid. New turn-by-turn navigation guides you to your destination with spoken directions, and the amazing Flyover feature has photo-realistic interactive 3D views. Real-time traffic information keeps you updated on how long it will take to get to your destination and offers alternate time-saving routes if traffic conditions change significantly. Additionally, local search includes information for over 100 million businesses with info cards that offer Yelp ratings, reviews, available deals and photos.

Siri, now available for the new iPad as well as iPhone 4S, includes language support for English, French, German and Japanese, and adds support for Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Siri is optimized for use in 15 countries and helps you get even more done with just your voice, whether it’s finding the latest sports scores or making restaurant reservations. You also can ask Siri to update your status on Facebook, post to Twitter or launch an app. Additionally, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with a new Eyes Free mode, enabling you to interact with your iPhone using nothing more than your voice.

Built-in Facebook integration is the best ever in a mobile device, allowing you to sign in once and post from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps, including Photos, Safari and Maps. Your Facebook friends’ information is kept up to date across all your iOS devices, automatically updating details in Contacts when they change, and scheduling events and birthdays in your Calendar. You can also “Like” content directly from the App Store and iTunes and see what your friends recommend.

With more than 125 million users already enjoying iCloud, iOS 6 introduces new ways to share photos with friends and family using Shared Photo Streams. Simply select the photos you want to share, pick which friends you want to receive the album, and the Shared Photo Stream album is instantly available on their iOS devices, iPhoto and Aperture on their Mac, via the web or even through Apple TV. You and your friends can leave comments on or “Like” any photo in a shared album.

The new Passbook app is the simplest way to get all your passes in one place, such as boarding passes and baseball tickets. Passbook lets you scan your iPhone or iPod touch to use a coupon, get into a concert or check into your hotel. Passbook automatically displays your passes on your Lock Screen based on a specific time or location, so when you walk into your favorite coffee shop your loyalty card appears and you can scan it to buy a coffee or check your balance. Passbook can even alert you to last minute gate changes or flight delays at the airport.

Building on Apple’s commitment to provide innovative solutions for education and accessibility, iOS 6 introduces Guided Access. This new feature allows a parent, teacher or administrator to disable hardware buttons to lock an iOS device into a single app, especially useful for test taking or helping someone with a disability stay focused on learning. Guided Access also includes the ability to confine touch input to certain parts of the screen.

Additional new iOS 6 features include:

  • enhancements to Safari, the world’s most popular mobile browser, such as iCloud tabs, offline reading lists, photo uploads and full screen view;
  • support for FaceTime calls over cellular networks;
  • the ability to set up a VIP Mailbox, making it easier to quickly view messages from important people you designate as VIPs;
  • the option to decline incoming calls with a quick message, set a callback reminder and enable a new Do Not Disturb option; and
  • a whole new set of improvements and services specifically for iOS users in China, such as improved text input and built-in support for popular Chinese services including Baidu, Sina Weibo, Youku and Tudou.

The iOS 6 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 6 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth generation) this fall.

 

Apple Updates Current Generation MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Lineup

Submitted by lalit on June 11, 2012 - 4:18pm.

Apple today updated MacBook Air with the latest Intel Core processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation. MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook, and with new lower prices it is more affordable than ever. The current generation 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro have also been updated with the latest Intel Core processors and powerful discrete graphics from NVIDIA.

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch designs, the new MacBook Air features the latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors and is perfect for browsing the web, making movies and managing photos. The new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 is up to 60 percent faster and gives the MacBook Air plenty of power to tackle games and videos. MacBook Air features flash storage up to four times faster than traditional hard drives for instant-on performance and fast access to your apps and data. Now with 4GB of faster memory, configurable up to 8GB, you can run memory-intensive apps with ease. MacBook Air also features a new FaceTime HD camera that delivers high-definition 720p.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with a 1TB hard drive or SSDs up to 512GB that are up to twice as fast as the previous generation.

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro both feature a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports to easily connect to external displays and a wide variety of high performance peripherals. The 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro deliver up to 7 hours of wireless battery life, and the 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 5 hours.

The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and is available with 64GB of flash storage starting at $999, and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,099. The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.8 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $1199, and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,499.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,199, and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 750GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799; and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199.

 

Apple Launches Completely Redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Submitted by lalit on June 11, 2012 - 3:44pm.

Apple today launched the completely redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring the excellent Retina display, flash storage and quad-core processors. It measures just 0.71 inches thick and weighs only 4.46 pounds.

“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With a gorgeous Retina display, all flash architecture and a radically thin and light design, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced Mac we have ever built.”

The new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. At 220 pixels-per-inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, so text and graphics look incredibly sharp. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation.

Featuring a precision engineered aluminum unibody design and an all flash storage architecture, the all new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the all new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage. The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.

The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow pro users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs.

The MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity, and uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges. The MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2,199; and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $2,799. Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.

 

Live Coverage: Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote at 10AM PST/1PM EST on June 11th

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2012 - 10:55am.

This year’s Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote is going to be very interesting because of both the software and hardware announcements that are coming at the event. Apple has already announced that we will get details about next generation OS X Mountain Lion launch and see the upcoming iOS 6 for the first time in action at the event. Rumors are Apple will update 4 out of 5 Mac systems including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and Mac Pro at the event. There are also rumors that Apple might introduce a completely new laptop lineup, which they would simply call “MacBook”. It will be similar in specs to MacBook Pros, but without an optical drive resulting in a slimmer profile and lighter weight.

We will be doing live coverage of this highly anticipated WWDC 2012 keynote on live.TechzTalk.com starting at 10AM PST/1PM EST/ 6PM London/ 11:30PM Mumbai/ 2AM Tokyo on June 11th. Please join us for live blogging of the event.

Till the WWDC keynote starts here are some of the major rumors related to the event:

 

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Compact Camera Packs a Bigger Sensor in Small Body

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2012 - 8:15am.

Sony has introduced Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100, their new flagship compact camera that packs a big 1-inch image sensor in a small compact camera body. The sensor on the new camera is slightly bigger than CX format sensors on Nikon 1 series camera, but smaller than Micro Four Thirds system cameras. However, overall all size of the new camera is smaller than both the camera systems.

“This camera is ideal for travel, portraits or street photography, delivering impressive results in a variety of lighting conditions with an intuitive, customizable control interface,” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “It’s a perfect step-up model for point and shoot users not interested in larger DSLR or compact system cameras, and also an outstanding choice for enthusiasts who may already own a large DSLR and are looking for a high-quality, pocket-sized ‘all-in-one’ second camera.”

The aluminum built RX100 features a new 1-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2-megapixel. The new sensor is about four times larger than the 1/2.3-type sensors in traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor’s larger area takes in more light while capturing content, resulting in beautiful, detail-packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise.

Along with the bigger sensor, the new camera also has a wide F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T fixed lens with 3.6x optical zoom range that allows additional light for great low light photography. According to Sony, the lens features seven-bladed circular aperture that is similar to high performance DSLR optics resulting in images with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred, beautifully defocused background.

The camera combines the new 1-inch image sensor with BIONZ image processor for fast shooting response, ISO up to 25,600 and 10fps continuous shooting mode. The quick autofocus on the camera can lock on a subject in as little as 0.13 seconds. The 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD on the camera features new WhiteMagic technology that uses additional white pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors in bright sunlight.

Sony RX100 can shoot 1080p video at 60p and offers full manual control in both movie and picture modes. Along with various picture modes, the camera also offers six different creative modes including Toy Camera, Partial Color, HDR Painting and three others.

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital camera will be available this July for about $650. The camera is available for pre-order on Amazon. Check out the introductory and hands-on video of RX100 below.

 

 

Canon Introduces Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) DSLR with 18-Megapixel Sensor and Touchscreen

Submitted by lalit on June 8, 2012 - 12:38am.

Canon today announced the new Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) digital SLR featuring simple touchscreen operation, dual AF system, 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor and Full HD video recording.

The newly-developed 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor in combination with 14-bit DIGIC 5 image processer offers low light photography without flash, native 100-12,800 ISO range and advanced color rendition. The Rebel T4i is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system that makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. The 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View mode.

The camera comes with 3-inch Vari-angle Clear View LCD II capacitive touchscreen that supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping for viewing and capturing images. According to Canon, touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. You can select AF points, track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the camera's Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant and intuitive, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. Main features on the new Rebel T4i are:

  • 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
  • Full-HD movies with manual controls and continuous AF
  • 5 FPS continuous shooting
  • Vari-angle Clear View LCD II touchscreen
  • ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity, extendable to ISO 25,600
  • 9-point wide area AF
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) will ship by end of June priced $849 for body only, $949 with 18-55mm IS lens and $1199 with 18-135mm IS STM lens. Check out the preview video of Rebel T4i posted Digital Camera World below.

 

 

Video Shows iPhone 5’s Unibody Back Cover

Submitted by lalit on June 7, 2012 - 1:43am.

Cydiablog has posted a video showing the leaked iPhone 5 back cover. The video was taken by eTradeSupply and they noted the following about the new unibody back cover:

  • The next generation iPhone will be the same width as the current 4 and 4S models, but will be taller in size – around 4-inches diagonally.
  • The upcoming iPhone will be much thinner. The exact dimensions are unknown, however.
  • The leaked part is neither a battery door nor a middle plate. It is a single integrated part. The iPhone 5 back plate is one piece anchored by an aluminum alloy. Major design changes in the upcoming iPhone.
  • Earphone jack has been moved from top to the bottom of the iPhone.
  • Apple has redesigned the dock connector which is smaller in size. SIM card tray is different in size – a smaller one. So, expect a smaller SIM card tray.
  • Enhanced speaker grills. If you carefully examine the video, you’ll notice an extra space at the bottom – may be to enhance the speaker’s quality.

 

Part Numbers Reveal Upcoming Mac Pro Update

Submitted by lalit on June 5, 2012 - 5:54pm.

Yesterday, 9to5mac posted a vague report claiming 4 out of 5 Mac systems getting an update at WWDC. However, today they have added some concrete information to that report. Mark Gurman has posted that Mac Pro will be one of the systems getting an update at WWDC on Monday June 11th. Mark wrote:

Sources have been able to provide some part numbers and prices to prove this:

  • MD770LL/A – K5BPLUS,BETTER,BTR-USA
  • MD771LL/A – K5BPLUS,BEST,BTR-USA
  • MD772LL/A – K5BPLUS,ULTIMATE,BTR-USA

The pricing is similar to current Mac Pro models.

Sources are unsure of the feature-set coming with the new Mac Pro, but these sources say that there will be three configurations. Two standard versions of the Mac Pro and a third version with OS X Server capabilities.

If the prices remain similar to current Mac Pro lineup, the entry level (BETTER version) Mac Pro will start at $2,499, the mid level (BEST version) will be priced $3,499 and the top level (ULTIMATE version) will be priced $4,999. This WWDC 2012 keynote will be one of the biggest Apple has ever done.

 

Intel Talks Ultrabooks and Smartphones at Computex 2012

Submitted by lalit on June 5, 2012 - 4:43pm.

Intel Corporation Senior Vice President Tom Kilroy officially introduced the next wave of Ultrabook systems during a keynote address at Computex Taipei 2012. Making a bold statement around the importance of touch technology, Kilroy also announced that Intel has signed agreements with several leading touch panel manufacturers to ensure adequate capacity to meet the expected demand for touch-enabled Ultrabook experiences over the next several years.

More than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive Ultrabook systems are available now or will be for purchase within 30 days, with more than 110 designs expected in the next year. Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors and made with the world's most advanced 22nm 3-D tri-gate transistors, these new Ultrabook devices are more responsive and offer enhanced security in a selection of stylish designs for consumers and business users.

This new wave of Ultrabook devices wakes up in a flash, meaning systems will transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than 7 seconds and will also load favorite applications quickly. The Ultrabook are powered by the new 3rd generation Intel Core processors that deliver up to two times the media and graphics performance compared to the previous generation, long battery life and offer more choice of stylish, thin designs.

Intel says, as security becomes more important to consumers who want peace of mind in the protection of their data and personal assets, the next wave of Ultrabook systems is equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel Anti-Theft technology that lets users automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen. Additionally, all 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook devices have Intel Identity Protection technology built in to keep peoples' identity safe and ensure that their favorite websites and social networks know it's really them when logging in.

Highlighting the company's progress in its smartphone business, Kilroy pointed to the imminent in-store availability in the United Kingdom and France of Orange's new high-performance Android smartphone based on Intel technology. The Intel-powered Lenovo LePhone K800 launched online and in retail stores on May 30 in China. These phones join Lava's XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside, which launched in India in April.

Kilroy demonstrated for the first time a multi-language voice experience based on Nuance's Dragon engine and speech technology optimized for Intel architecture on an Ultrabook. With this solution, users can check and update their social media sites, initiate voice over IP calls, search the Internet and control their media. Users can also control the Ultrabook when not connected to the Internet by using their voice to quickly and easily launch applications, play local media and multi-task.

You can check out the complete Intel Computex 2012 keynote on Intel’s website.

 

Corning Launches Ultra-Slim Flexible Willow Glass

Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 10:40pm.

Corning announced the launch of Willow Glass, an ultra-slim flexible glass, aimed at revolutionizing the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies. According to Corning, Willow Glass will help enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today’s slim displays and the smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be “wrapped” around a device or structure.

Corning Willow Glass can be processed at temperatures up to 500° C. High temperature processing capability is essential for today’s high-end displays, and is a processing condition that cannot be supported with polymer films. Corning Willow Glass will enable the industry to pursue high-temperature, continuous “roll-to-roll” processes – similar to how newsprint is produced – that have been impossible until now.

It will support thinner backplanes and color filters for both organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and liquid crystal displays (LCD) in high-performance, portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. This new, ultra-slim flexible glass will also help develop conformable (curved) displays for immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces.

Corning Willow Glass is formulated to perform exceptionally well for electronic components such as touch sensors, as well as leveraging glass’s natural hermetic properties as a seal for OLED displays and other moisture and oxygen-sensitive technologies.

Corning Willow Glass is produced using the company’s proprietary fusion process. Advances in fusion forming have made it possible to produce glass that is 100 microns thick – about the thickness of a sheet of copy paper. Even at that thickness, it provides hermetic sealing to sensitive components, while also providing excellent optical, thermal, and surface properties.

Corning is currently shipping samples of its Willow Glass to customers developing new display and touch applications. Check out the video below showing the roll-to-roll processing of the Willow Glass.