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

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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…

iPad 3 and its screen resolution – breakthrough

Will the iPad 3 sport a 3D display?

According to CNET, there are some sources who have informed them that manufacturers are finding it very difficult to create the high resolution 2048×1536 resolution display in large quantities that Apple requires. Though they will start production in November it is quite unsure whether they will be able to make enough to cater to Apple’s needs.

If the manufacturers are unable to make the required number of displays then they will make a 1,600×1,200 resolution display.

Detailed information on this is currently unavailable but we will try to get it very soon.

Until then hope that the manufacturers can make enough display so that we can have an iPad 3 with a better resolution (264 PPI [pixel per inch] — twice than the 132 PPI on the iPad 2).

The all new MacBook Pro Core i7

MacBook Pro Core i7

Apple has finally released it new Macbook Pro. Below are its specs

Size and weight

Height:
0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width:
14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth:
9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Weight:
5.6 pounds (2.54 kg)1

15-inch MacBook Pro with dimensions.

Connections and expansion

Connections and Expansion on the 15-inch MacBook ProView larger

  • MagSafe power port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • SD card slot
  • Audio line in
  • Audio line out
  • Kensington lock slot

Communications

802.11n

  • AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Audio

  • Stereo speakers with subwoofers
  • 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
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free3
  • Reduced packaging volume
  • Meets ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold4

Display

15-inch MacBook Pro showing display.

  • 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 330M GT

  • 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
  • iSightiSight camera
  • Mini DisplayPort

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)

Input

MacBook Pro showing keyboard.View larger

  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities

Processor and memory

intel Core i7

  • 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB shared L3 cache; or 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB

15-inch MacBook Pro configurations

Storage

Storage

  • 320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive6
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
  • Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD

slot-loading SuperDrive

Battery and power7

Up to 9 hours of wireless productivity.

  • Built-in 77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
  • MagSafe power port

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F
    (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F
    (-24° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Credits: Apple