Apple Inc. has released the latest version of their iPhone Operating System iOS version 5.1. The latest release of iOS includes the following fixes and enhancements:
- Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
- Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
- Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
- Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
- Redesigned Camera app for iPad
- Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
- Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
- Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
- Updated AT&T network indicator
- Addresses bugs affecting battery life
- Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls
You can download the latest version from the iTunes App while your iOS device is attached, via the automated update download on your iOS device, or go to the download support page at:
iOS 5.1 will work on any of the fgollowing iOS based devices:
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS
- iPad 2
- iPod touch (4th generation)
- iPod touch (3rd generation)
Tim Cook took the stage today in San Francisco and quickly worked through a number of stats, finally introducing Japanese Siri and then the new upgraded Apple TV. However, that was not the highlight. The iPad 3 came up on the screen, sleeker, and smoother, with Retina Display and Quad Core Graphics with the Apple 5X CPU. The machine comes with a 5 megapixel camera and has 1080P Video Recording. It has standard voice dictation and is 4G LTE next generation wireless. Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and AT&T will all be LTE partners. All of the new iPads will come with 3G so they will work globally.
The iPad 3 can also now act as a hotspot for your wireless devices. The battery life on the new iPad will be 10 hours and 9 hours for 4G LTE The Ipad 3 will come in 3 models: 16gb, 32gb, and 64gb with the pricing at $499/$599/$699 unless you want 4G and then it is $629/$729/$829.
The new iPad 3 will be available on 16 March in the main countries including Japan and then additional countries on March 23rd. The iPad 2 will continue to be available for $399 for the 16gb model. Wi-Fi + 3G will be $529.
Spectre Media announced that they will be introducing a new iOS based Starship Troopers game, done in cooperation with the movie house, Sony Pictures. The game will be announced at the Game Developers Conderence going on this week in San Francisco, Ca. The game will be released sometime later this summer with the timing of the release coinciding with the release of the new Starship Troopers movie also due out this year.
This will be the dirst time the Starship Troopers franchise has release an iOS based game. More information about the game can be found on the Spectre Media website at:
In 2011, Apple opened a temporary Apple Store at the South By Southwest Interacive Festival, a gathering of social media, music and other media types. The iPad 2 was released on March 2nd just as the festival was beginning and Apple made out handily. However, Apple is confirming that there will be no such temporary store at this years SXSW event.
This year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival is due to start on March 9th and go until March 18th. With Apple now showing any interest in this years’ event, many are speculating that the iPad 3 or iPad HD as some are calling it will not be available until after the end of the festival.
Apple has finally announced that a user in China was the winner of the Apple Inc. sponsored prize for downloading the 25 billionth iTunes App. The user, one Chunli Fu of Qungdao, China downloaded the free Disney app, “Where’s My Water” to push the download mark over the 25 billion mark. He will receive $10,000 USD in the iTunes App Store int he form of a gift card.
Currently, there are more than 550,000 apps in the iTunes App Store and now more than 170,000 of those apps are iPad native apps. According to Apple, they have paid out more than $4 Billion USD to the developers of those apps.
More than 25 Billion Apps and counting have been downloaded from the Apple App Store. Apple held a contest for the mark, giving the person who downloaded the 25 Billionth app a $10,000 USD gift card to the App Store, however, who that lucky person was still has yet to have been announced. This mark was reached in just over 3.5 years with the current pace of downloads reaching a staggering 15 million apps per year. There are currently 550,000 approved apps in the Apple App Store.
Invitations for the next release of the iPad went out to the media today, with Apple proclaiming “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The event for the iPad 3 release is scheduled to take place on March 7, 2012 at 10:00am PST at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The event has been talked about greatly throughout the media rumor circles for the past several weeks with this event being the worst kept secret of Apple’s history.
After months of being hyped by many in the media, the biggest bust of the year must be Pinball Arcade by Farsight Studios. I was totally looking forward to playing some of the pinball games from over the years that have long left arcades everywhere for pinball graveyards.
However, one should have been forewarned by the name of the publisher, which leads right into the real issues of the program with the level of far sightedness. I downloaded their app hoping to find some of the nostalgia of yesteryear, instead, receiving nothing but disappointment after I downloaded the app.
The program itself is a glossy, supposedly playable version of the real deal, but it is sluggish and does not accurately reflect the play of the real games in anyway other than the appearance. The App does allow you to play the Arabian Nights game for free up until a point when you reach too many points and then they expect you to pay for the game by forcing you into either buying or quitting the game. Also. the flippers are next to useless when it comes to actually playing the game with the style used in the arcades of the 1970′s and 1980′s. The sluggishness of the game makes it very annoying at best and the pop up ads that they use throughout the game makes it that much more of a pain to play.
Then to add insult to injury, you must pay for everything within the game, quickly adding unwanted charges to a game that is not even worth the price of the free download without a ton of updates to fix the issues that are currently in the game. You will be better served downloading some of the other Pinball apps for $2.99 and $4.99 on the Apple store than downloading this “Free” app.
Rating: 1 out of 5 Apples
Egan Ford, creator and curator of the Apple ][ Game Server and the Apple ][ Disk Server has created mobile versions of the website. This allows those users with iPhones to use the iOS based device to load their Apple ][ computer with games or disks directly from the Internet.
The mobile version of the Apple ][ Game Server is at:
The Apple ][ Disk Server mobile version is
currently being built and will be available soon. now available and ready for use:
While there are many agencies and groups which take a hard line against any kind of piracy, including the SBA, RIAA, amond others, there seems to be one company now that actually thinks it is a good thing to some extent.
Rovio, the maker of the popular game Angry Birds seems to be taking a page from the MS-Dos 1.0 book and saying that the piracy is actually growing their business more than it is hurting it. According to Rovio CEO, Mikael Hed, “We took something from the music industry, which was to stop treating the customers as users, and start treating them as fans. We do that today: we talk about how many fans we have. If we lose that fanbase, our business is done, but if we can grow that fanbase, our business will grow.”
Of course, with Angry Birds still remaining one of the most popular games ever on any platform, Rovio can really continue what they are doing as their “fan base” is really heating up the Apple store with all the variations of the original game that Rovio now offers.
Source: The Guardian