Apple to hold October 4 iPhone 4S/5 announcement in their own campus?

Reports are coming in that the rumored October 4 event, in which Apple is expected to announce a host of new devices, including two new iPhones (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5), new look iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices, and also iOS 5 and iCloud will be held in Apple’s own campus in Cupertino.

Sources close to the company say the demonstration — currently scheduled for Tuesday October 4 — will be held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California. Why? That’s not entirely clear. Perhaps the release date was too much of a moving target to risk booking a large space like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), which has hosted a number of big product unveils in the past.

Our friend Seth (9to5mac) has hinted us that OracleWorld is happening in the  Moscone/Yerba Buena area during the October 4th announcement so that could be a reason for Apple to stay home.  Though Yerba Buena, the usual venue for such announcements, isn’t marked as booked. Confusing.

If the event is eventually held in Apple’s backyard, then attendees can be sure of a good WiFi network over there, opposed to the problems faced during the iPhone 4 launch due to poor wireless connectivity.

Anyway, we’ll keep you informed once we hear anything official.

Source: AllThingsD

EXCLUSIVE: Member of Apple’s BOD and former U.S Vice President, Al Gore confirms “new iPhones” for October

We’ve had numerous reports suggesting new iPhone / iPhones coming out of Cupertino next month but none as conclusive as this. Former United States Vice President and current member of Apple’s Board of Directors, Al Gore, speaking at a conference today at Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, supported the on-going rumors by saying “the new iPhones would be out next month.

So now that we’ve got a sort of an official confirmation, lets dig a little deeper into the situation. Firstly, he said new “iPhones” will be coming in October which means there will be more than 1 variation of Apple’s hugely popular smartphone. This sits very well with the various reports that stated that there will be 2 different iPhone variants — one a low-end device which will be exactly like the iPhone 4, albeit with an improved 8 megapixel camera and an A5 processor called the iPhone 4S; and the other being a high-end device featuring a host of additional features over the current iPhone, including changes in hardware design as well with the home screen button being a bit more wider and shorter than the iPhone 4’s. This high-end device will be called the iPhone 5.

Now despite confirming “new iPhones” for October, Al Gore didn’t specifically mention the ‘October 4’ date which many people are speculating to be the day Apple holds a media event to unveil the new iPhones along with iCloud, iOS 5, and possibly a new-look iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices. And while there are many conflicting reports regarding the release date, if the October 4th projection holds any credibility, then the release usually follows around seven days later which will be October 11.

Also, it is not expected that the iPhone 5 will be 4G-LTE capable; well, at least not in the Western World, however, as carriers begin to pick up the pace and cater for the data connectivity of tomorrow, this is certainly something we could see in the iPhone 6, which you would hope will be released in the latter segment of 2012.

So now that things are beginning to fall into place, i’d like to conclude by leaving you with something to ponder over: While this may all sound good and comforting, Al Gore’s comments may just be a strategic ploy after all to keep Apple firmly atop the news. But then again, we can’t expect a former government official to bluff, can we? I’m afraid only time will tell.

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Source  TheNextWeb

Windows 8 Developer Preview (Direct Download Links)

As you might be aware, Microsoft gave a first glimpse of their new, “game changing” OS, Windows 8 yesterday at BUILD. They had also promised that a developer preview would be available soon and that it will be accessible not only to developers but to everyone. Fulfilled.

Microsoft is making the same Windows 8 developer preview it handed out to developers at BUILD yesterday available to users all around the world, free of charge and without requiring any registration — a big step forward from previous occasions where registration was required and then too it was available to everyone only after the first beta.

There are 3 version available to download:  a 64-bit version with all the developer tools built-in, along with sample Metro apps to get developers started; a 64-bit version only with the sample apps and without the tools; and a similar 32-bit version without any developer tools. All of these three versions should operate in a similar fashion, so unless you’re aiming to develop Windows 8 apps, you’ll probably be fine with either one of these.

Download (ISO)

Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) with Developer Tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) without the developer tools
Download Windows 8 Developer Preview (32-bit)

Are you downloading Windows 8 developer preview? Which one of the three?

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Windows 8 Tablet: First Glimpse

A first Windows 8-running tablet from Samsung has been displayed by Microsoft at BUILD, a developers conference, today. The new OS + tablet combo arrives on the scene sometime early next year, being suitable to compete with Apple’s iPad, which will be in its 3rd avatar by then. Here’s an overview from Joanna Stern at the Verge.

By the way, you really have no idea how lucky the attendees were…

Video: Eric Schmidt blabs about Ballmer, Jobs

I was on the board until I couldn’t stand the board anymore.

Ex-Apple man and current Google CEO, Eric Schmidt came down clean on why he left Apple, though that’s the only thing he said on the issue, without elaborating on it.

Eric was on stage at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2011 conference with CEO Marc Benioff at San Francisco’s Moscone West center, Apple’s preferred venue for product launches. Apart from speaking of his Apple exit, he went on to appreciate Steve Jobs’ contribution to the field of technology, attracting applauds from the crowd.

What Steve has done at Apple is certainly the best performance of a CEO for over fifty years, maybe a hundred years. But not only did he do it once, he did it twice. We’ve all benefited from the tremendous innovation at Apple. And I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple.

Apple all set to “unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS” at WWDC 2011 (June 6-10)

Apple has just given us a hint that this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) — all set to take place from June 6 to 10 at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA — will be a special event as “the future of iOS and Mac OS” will be revealed. This kills any rumors of an early sneak-peek into iOS 5. Nothing before June. (We almost got it spot on!)

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Apple gives us an insight as to what we are up for:

  • more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
  • over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.

Tickets to the event will set you back by $1599!

P.S. Just like WWDC 2010, will Apple present us with the next gen iPhone and make it an event to remember?

Press Release

CUPERTINO, California—March 28, 2011—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS®, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.

Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2011 include:

more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) to purchase tickets, as well as for updates and more information.