Apple TV iOS apps get native full-screen 720p resolution treatment [UPDATE: VIDEO]

Here’s wishing all our readers a very very happy and a prosperous new year. May 2012 give you what 2011 couldn’t!

Yesterday we told you about two developers taking it to themselves to bring iOS applications to the Apple TV in a native experience, showcasing a video where they managed to get apps running side-by-side. Today, they’ve managed another breakthrough: full-screen 720p resolution.

As 9to5mac reports, “The port was initially able to run multiple applications side-by-side on a display connected to an Apple TV, but now the developers have figured out a way to run iPad applications —because of the artwork resolution— at a full 720p resolution.” When you ran apps on the iPhone, you said it couldn’t get better. Then came the iPad and you felt “Wow! This is it!” Now, with things getting even bigger, the possibilities of what apps can really do are beyond limits.

Also, since the developers have achieved this feat by rewriting the springboard itself, further innovation on the project cannot be ruled out as it is all unexplored territory.

Developer Troughton-Smith already has some big hopes: “Remember how the unofficial iPhone applications back in ‘07 forced Apple’s hand in creating an App Store? I’d like Apple TV to get the same treatment.”

Via 9to5mac

Update: We have a video…

Siri ported to iPhone 4, iPod Touch [Jailbreak tweak] (video)

Remember, developer Steven Troughton-Smith in association with 9to5mac was trying to port the iPhone 4S’ most attractive addition, Siri to the iPhone 4? He has now successfully completed the port, details of which are below. Continue reading “Siri ported to iPhone 4, iPod Touch [Jailbreak tweak] (video)”

New MacBook Pros: Same Price, Next Week Launch

Some new emerging reports are suggesting that Apple’s MBPs are due a refresh by as early as next week with not many changes to the design or the price tag. The reports are backed by Apple’s constrained MBP stock which suggest new ones are on their way.

9to5mac says the launch can be announced some time between Tuesday and Thursday in the coming week.

Galaxy S II beats iPhone 4S in free fall (video)

We mean the drop test.

The iPhone 4′s design was heavily criticized over the use of chemically strengthened glass for its enclosure. The pundits typically highlight a zero percent probability of the device landing on the “right” side in an unfortunate event of slipping out of your sweaty hands onto the pavement. Whichever way you look at it, both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have questionable droppability compared to other handsets using chassis engineered around the usual metal + plastic + glass combo.

The guys behind SquareTrade took Apple’s latest offering and Samsung’s greatest ever device for an airborne ride to see which one survives a waist high and shoulder high drop. The result wasn’t surprising:

Apple‘s iPhone 4S was (literally) crushed by Samsung‘s Galaxy S II (being light weight helps!) in this drop test.

Via 9to5mac

Siri for iPad 2

Apple’s new intelligent, and heavily narrow-minded, voice control system Siri, available with the iPhone 4S, has won over quite a few fans it seems. Apple introduced this personal assistant with the iPhone 4S launch in its Let’s Talk iPhone event held on October 4 and since then it has become so popular that people with older iDevices want to have it as well. This prompted a certain Steve Troughton-Smith to port Siri to the iPhone 4 (though without much success at the moment). Now, another developer Sonny Dickson is trying to port Siri to the iPad 2.

As you all already know, Siri  is a personal assistant that allows you to perform a variety of tasks on your iPhone 4S, such as setting alarms/reminders/calendar events, texting/emailing/calling someone, asking for definitions, directions and much more – using your voice alone. So understandably everyone wants to have a piece of it. But its not as easy as it sounds. Its almost impossible.

The reason why Siri wouldn’t work smoothly on the iPhone 4 (above) is because Apple servers do not accept Siri voice input to be processed if it is coming from any device except the iPhone 4S. This rendered Siri on the iPhone 4 without accepting any input. And we assume same will the case be with the iPad 2 port Mr. Dickson is working. If true, then we can only hope that there’s a workaround in place for this very soon.

Also, it must be noted that  jailbreak developer MuscleNerd has stated that porting Siri over to older, unsupported devices isn’t possible without resorting to piracy. I am not clear on how porting Siri to these devices would involve piracy, but these developers know what they are doing so we’ll have to take their word for it.

Settings > General > Siri

Via Sonny Dickson Twitter

Would you like to have Siri in your older iDevice?

Exclusive Apple iPhone Nano (N97) mockup

It sure seems a job well done on this iPhone Nano (N97) mockup, sent to 9to5mac by one of their readers. Whether Apple will turn it into a reality i don’t know and i won’t even talk about it and leave it up to you to contemplate, but one thing’s for sure that you can see above but won’t be able to see in reality is full bars on AT&T!! Seriously, does it even exist?!?!

Apple iPad 2.0 Camera App screenshots leaked, show no signs of Retina Display

9to5mac’s tipster, Sonny D. has sent them few screenshots of the iPad 2.0’s camera app, found from files within the SDK. The screen grabs reveal a resolution of 1024 x 768 – which is the same as the current iPad’s resolution. Does this mean no retina display for the iPad 2.0?

Via 9to5mac

Unboxing and using the White iPhone 4 (video)

This is a buster! Folks at 9to5mac have got their hands on, supposedly, as they claim, an international model of the White iPhone 4.

“This White iPhone 4 certainly looks legit and after taking a close look at the LED flash that looks legit as well” – they casino online claimed.

Apple”s iPhone 4 has been a sort of a revolution for the company, despite the flaws noticed in its earlier stages. It has surpassed many sales records for Apple and has single-handedly beaten all previous versions of the iPhone combined.

Via 9to5mac

Facebook for iPhone just got better!

All Facebook and iPhone users, you’ve got reasons aplenty to rejoice as this upgrade brings to you a host of features to explore, which you had previously craved for, along with many bug fixes.

For starters, did you know that there are almost 55 million monthly active iPhone Facebook users? Crazy right? Despite Facebook’s ongoing security concerns, it is heartening to see still so many people use the social network. And if you use it using your iPhone, you just can’t get happier now.

55 Million active iPhone Facebook users (image credit: 9to5mac)

The Facebook App for the iPhone and iPod Touch just upgraded to version 3.1.3 and brings with it a host of new features, including the much awaited ‘Facebook video’ viewing.

Apart from watching Facebook videos on your iPhone, you can view and write on the event walls, upload up to 720px wide photos, and do many more things. There are also tons of bug fixes in this upgrade.

What’s New in Version 3.1.3

New features in this version:

– You can now watch Facebook videos.
– You can now view and write on walls of events.
– Uploaded photos are now 720px wide.

This version contains fixes for the following bugs:

– Could not comment on photos accessed from Notifications
– Could not upload photos smaller than a certain size
– No more than 2 notifications were highlighted as unread
– Status updates appeared out of order in News Feed
– Broken photo album links in News Feed
– Birthdays view had months in wrong order
– Last section of friend list was incomplete if you had fewer than 8 friends
– Notes with non-ASCII text were cut off at the end

This is really a good news for all iPhone users, but there is some bad news as well. This is neither supported by the iPad nor by iOS4.

Playing Facebook Videos is now supported

Download the app from this Facebook iTunes link (or go to ‘updates’ if you already have the app).

Steve Jobs: I respect and admire Adobe!

Here’s something interesting we found. We all thought Steve hates Adobe and all but how wrong could we be.

Josh Cheney, a Mac Stories reader, had sent Steve Jobs an e-mail which read:

“Do you hate Adobe and their products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) or do you just hate their view on Flash?”

Steve Jobs had these warm words in reply:

“I respect and admire Adobe. We just chose to not have Flash on our devices.”

So Jobs doesn’t hate Adobe after all. He just likes to keep his devices Flash free. Wonder what the smartphone industry must be thinking now?

Credits: Mac Stories via 9to5mac