The late Steve Jobs absolutely loved The Beatles. He let the world know he was a big fan of theirs. Today, his company has released a new iTunes TV ad for The Beatles titled ‘Covers’ and an enhanced iBook version of The Beatles Yellow Submarine. Fittingly, in the credits at the top it said ‘For Steve’.
With almost everything updated, how could Apple leave behind Xcode? It is now updated to version 4.2 with SDKs for iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7. It is available from the Mac App Store.
What’s New in Version 4.2
– Includes SDKs for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5
– Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them
– Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves you from manually managing retain/release
– iCloud entitlements are automatically enabled for Mac and iOS apps
– OpenGL ES Debugger graphically analyzes your OpenGL scene directly within the IDE
– Apple LLVM compiler supports C++11 features and the LLVM libc++ standard library
– Older iOS Simulators and device debugging symbols are downloaded on-demand
Enhancements and fixes in previous Xcode updates:
– Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls such as NSPopover
– Full screen support in workspace, project, and organizer windows
– Project editor can validate and resolve out of date build settings
– Behaviors can be customized and assigned to unique key bindings
– Source control enhancements to pushing, pulling, and management of remote servers
– Assistant editor support for display of generated assembly and preprocessed output
– Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
Remember the crappiest version of Apple’s popular video editing software, the Final Cut Pro X? After being criticized on many fronts and even being mocked a lot, Apple had earlier decided to refund people unhappy with the software. Fast forward 3 months ahead and now Apple has given FCP X its first major update, and also a free 30-day trial in an attempt to win back lost users.
So, what’s new in the FCP X 10.0.1 that will re-attract the consumers? For starters, XML support has been added, allowing you to work on old projects which you previously couldn’t import in FCP X.
Among the biggest new feature to be added as part of a software update that will go out to users this morning is support for XML. This adds the option to both import and export projects in the XML format, meaning users can take XML formatted projects from Final Cut Pro 7 and other non linear editing software and work on them in Final Cut Pro X.
Apart from XML support, Apple says that multicam editing and broadcast-quality video monitoring – the two features absolutely indispensable in professional work – are coming “in early 2012″. Woot!
The product is now available to download for free as a 30-day trial, just to be on the safer side before you proceed with the $300 purchase of the full version. The trial version works for 30-days from the time it’s first launched.
Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.7.2 build 11C57 to developers, focusing on AddressBook, GraphicsDrivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight and Time Machine. No known issues were detected in the 790MB Combo Update. Get downloading.
Electronic Arts, or EA as it is popularly known, is having their second annual mega Easter games sale, with over thirty iPhone, iPod touch and iPad games on offer for a mere 99-cent price tag. The games on sale are Triple-A releases and range from five bucks up, right up to the 10 buck mark. But you get them for 99-cents. Offer valid only through this weekend.
We’ve already mentioned before the iPhone 5 is expected to sport a bigger screen than its predecessors, competing with the large-screened Android devices we are witnessing these days. But will the rumored large screen suit the iPhone? Lets take a look…
I find this avatar of the iPhone screeningly unexciting, and find the tradition look of the iPhone much better. But its not me who decides how the iPhone is made and so we’ll have to wait and see what Apple decides for its luxurious smartphone. Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at the screen used for the iPhone 5:
The iPhone 5 is expected to arrive sometime this summer, probably around June/July. Know more about the iPhone 5 by hitting the links below:
“We’ve been making a number of changes to optimize and simplify Facebook Chat over the past weeks. As part of the effort to improve Chat, we’ve been testing an interface without the ‘clear chat history’ link prominently displayed, since only a small number of people use it.
Based on the tests, we’ve decided to keep the ‘clear chat history’ link and to optimize it’s placement within the Chat interface. Given its low usage, we are placing it at the top of the Chat scroll ― where it is still easily accessible without cluttering UI space throughout the course of the chat. We believe this solution strikes a good balance between the many different interests of the millions of people on Facebook Chat.”
This is what Facebook said. So we think that clear chat history feature will be back soon.
Omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Environmental Status Report
MacBook Pro is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:
Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure
Mercury-free LED-backlit display
Arsenic-free display glass
Reduced packaging volume
Meets ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 requirements
Rated EPEAT Gold4
15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
Optional 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen display with 1680 by 1050 pixels (glossy or antiglare)
Graphics and video support
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz configurations; or 512MB of GDDR3 memory on 2.66GHz configuration
Intel HD Graphics with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
Automatic graphics switching
Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
Pure digital video output
DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (optional)
VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (optional)
Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter supports 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display (optional)
HDMI output using Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter (optional)