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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Resigns

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Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of tech giant Apple Inc., announced Wednesday that he is resigning immediately after years of health problems. The letter of Steve Jobs:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

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Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success however I do not believe that Apple will go downhill from now onwards. Sooner or later we all lnew it had to happen. As he mentioned in his letter he is only resigning from CEO and is going to take a more inactive role, I am sure that as long as there is life in Steve Jobs he will contribute in any way he can towards Apple.

Who is the successor of Steve Jobs? It cannot be anyone else apart from Tim Cook.  “The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” Mr. Levinson said. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

“This definitely marks the end of an era,” said Michael Gartengerg, an analyst for Gartner, but he added that “there’s much more to Apple than Steve Jobs.”

 

iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup

iPhone 5?!?

 

Every year since the first gen iPhone was released way back in 2007 we’ve eagerly expected a new phone. Before every launch we hear all sorts of rumors/leaks and some of them inevitably end up being true, so while we take everything we hear with a healthy dose of skepticism, it’s still worth paying attention.

Main Rumors Summarized in the following points:

1. Design-According to third party cases the iPhone 5 is going to have an iPod style curved design. Others believe that the iPhone 5 will have the same design as the iPhone 4 with better specs. This is the most likely as can be seen from the iPhone 3G and 3Gs almost have an identical design. Another rumor is that the new iPhone will have a 4 inch screen an increase of 0.5 inches from the previous iPhone. I see this to be highly unlikely as all the apps will have to be modified to fit the new 4 inch screen.

2. Camera and Components-The new iPhone is said to have dual LED flash with an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The iPhone 4 took a major leap in camera quality from previous generations and may be following up on those changes.
Talk about the A5 chip going from the iPad 2 to the iPhone is old news–it’s one of the rumors that is most likely to be true. Still, it is a rumor, so we won’t accept it was fact until the iPhone 5 ships with that sweet dual-core.

3. Sadly the iPhone 5 will not support 4G capabilities “as too much will have to be tempered with the phones guts” ,states Apple.

4. iPhone 4S? It’s been rumored that Apple may be waiting a bit longer to release the iPhone 5 and in the meantime will release an iPhone 4S in September. It will have the same body as the iPhone 4, but with a few upgrades, such as an A5 processor and better cameras. But don’t get too upset… There’s also talk that the iPhone 4S would be released in additon to the iPhone 5 and will be marketed as the budget iPhone.

5. Release Date– Latest rumors say that the iPhone 5 will launch on October 7th. Pre-Orders will start September 30th but nothing is confirmed yet as many dates have been thrown around! However, the well-connected “AllThingsD” has adamantly insisted that the iPhone 5 would not ship until October.

Google+ App now available on the iPad and iPod

The Google + App is now available for iOS devices, bringing with it for an update for the iPad and iPod touch, on which it was previously unavailable. The updates include aggregated circle add notifications, huddle settings, and the usual “Performance and stability improvements”.

Unfortunately, this iPad support is not completely native as the app will just be a pixel-doubled iPhone application. This choice by Google is still better than no iPad support at all, though. You should be able to update the app now via the App Store.

 

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Hitachi Reveal 4.5″ 3D 720p Mobile Display

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Thought the Nexus 3 rumors were nothing but stoner’s conjecture? Did you think some drunk techie was having a laugh after one too many shots? Think again.

Hitachi have revealed a new IPS display that does glasses free 3D and has a 720p resolution. Same as the Nexus 3 (or Prime)’s rumoured “massive” 720p display. It’s become quite believable now, hasn’t it? And how does this work, I hear you ask. Take a look at the image above. Starting from the bottom we find the backlight, IPS display and a lenticular lens barrier instead of the parallew tech used in the 3DS. Want to drool some more? The resolution is 1280 by 720 pixels. That’s more pixels than my laptop and a pixel density on par with the iPhone 4’s Retina Display as it matches the iPhone’s 326 dpi.

What else can we squeeze from this bit of new? The chances of Samsung being the manufacturer are significantly slimmer as Samsung is famous for its in-house tech and AMOLED displays. I very much doubt they’d throw it all away and use a competitor’s display in Android’s flagship phone. My perwonql bet is on HTC, whose Nexus One was a far better and better loved device than Samsung’s rehashed Galaxy S, the Nexus S.

So, an Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwich, a 720p HD glassesless 3D display? A a 720p HD glassesless 3D ‘Retina’ display? Yes please.

The Future of Apple Software – WWDC 2011 Keynote

After all the rumors & excitement the day of Apple’s WWDC finally arrived. Only 5200 people managed to be there because the tickets were sold out in two hours!

Three things were unveiled: OS X Lion, iOS 5 & iCloud; Here is a recap of the event starting with OS X Lion’s Top 10 New Features:

 

Multi-Touch Gestures: OS X Lion will integrate more gestures than the current OS like Tap & Pinch to Zoom, Swipe to Navigate, Three finger swipe up for Mission Control, Pinch for Launchpad & more. Also in OS X Lion the scroll bar appear only when you scroll.

 

Full-Screen Apps: for the first time there will be built in, system wide support for full screen apps. You click on the icon located in the top right-hand corner & the app goes full screen hiding both the dock & the title bar, but you don’t have to minimize the window to switch between apps, you just three-finger swipe to the left/right

 

Mission Control: brings together Exposé, Dashboard, Space & Full-screen Apps. Three-finger swipe up to activates Mission Control. On top you find Dashboard, your Full-screen Apps & Spaces; below you find a screenshot of all your open window grouped by application. You can also Quick Look a window by hovering over it with you cursor & tapping the space bar.

 

Mac App Store: comes built into OS X Lion & it is really easy to buy an app; you just login, choose an app, click buy & your new app flies into launchpad. You can also download an app you bought on every authorized Mac no extra cost

 

Launchpad: you can see all your apps in a dynamic full-screen view. You can have multiple pages & easily swipe through them. You can also arrange you apps in folders & to delete you just hold down on the icon until it jiggles & then click the X in the corner just like iOS.

 

Auto Save & Versions: OS X Lion automatically saves your work during pauses & every 5 minutes. OS X Lion will only save the changes as not to take too much space. You can browse through the previous versions of your files to copy any thing you might have deleted & paste it in you current version. To access you just open the menu from the name of the file.

 

Mail: will now also feature a two-columns view, favorites for one-click access to you mailboxes & previews snippets of your emails. They will integrate more powerful Search features with suggestions. A new feature called Conversations will arrange threads in chronological order & will remove all forwarding text for a clean e-mail experience.

 

OS X Lion will be available in July only from the Mac App Store for $29.99(about €23.56 & £17.86). To be able to run lion your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor & be running the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard.

These are just 10 of the over 250 new features, for more detailed information & screenshots visit the OS X Lion page: http://www.apple.com/macosx/

Gizmodo’s got great ideas for the next iPad

Matt Buchanan over at Gizmodo’s gone and done something really great: he’s pieced together all those iPad rumours (the realstic ones, anyway) and drawn up this sketch of Apple’s next device, going from the display right through the the CPU and GPU.  We’ve got his piece here, quoted from Gizmodo here.  Head on past the break to read Matt’s piece.

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iPhone 5’s going to feature a radically new design, amongst other rumours

Engadget sources have made some rather spilled the beans on some brilliant new Apple info, and we feel that the way Engadget put it is best.  Here below is the full deal, with the source link in the bottom:

Just before the Verizon iPhone 4 launch, we’d heard from multiple sources — sources like the ones which gave us all that extremely accurate Apple TV info last time around — that the iPad 2 isn’t nearly as close to launch as some have speculated. Apparently, those case and hardware mockups we’ve seen are rather early versions, which means we’re still months out from a proper introduction. It seems likely that the device will land around April (perfectly timed with the 12-month product cycle Apple enjoys). And what about that device? From what we’ve been told, the thinner, sleeker tablet will sport a new screen technology that is akin to (though not the same as) the iPhone 4’s Retina Display and will be “super high resolution” (unlike reports to the contrary). The device will remain at 10 inches but will now feature both front and rear cameras (not a huge surprise), and… there’s an SD slot. That’s right — our sources say with near certainty that the device will have a dedicated SD slot built in (with no traditional USB slot). In fact, see that weird notch in the photo below? That’s where the SD part will be located. What’s most interesting, however, is what’s happening under the hood.