Skype for iPad pumped with Retina goodness

Following Apple’s pixel-rich approach with the new iPad, many iOS app developers had to mend their ways and develop apps and games that make the most of the retina display of the new iPad. Today, another such app has upgraded itself to match Apple’s “resolutionary” approach, with Skype for iPad getting a retina update, meaning its icons and menus will not show pixelated fonts that will harm your new iPad Retina sensibilities. The only hitch is that the new iPad’s front-facing camera is still VGA, though it’s still nice to see Skype keeping pace with the latest inventions.

You can download Skype for iPad with Retina goodness here.

Apple off-loads another advert, makes you admire its Retina Display (video)

Apple has added another feather to its recently populating “if you don’t have an iPhone…” series, this time focusing on the adorable retina display.

The series started on the 17th March, with Apple showcasing the App Store, iBooks, and iPod + iTunes in a triple-header visual treat, followed by a 4th in the series yesterday, highlighting the Game Center. This video below is the 5th in the series.

Recollecting Apple’s moves, Apple have showcased their retina display back in October too!

Apple eying April 2nd/9th, US-only launch for iPad 2 – reports

For the first time, though just a rumor, we have a launch date for the iPad 2 – April 2nd/9th. Again, it is not clear which of the 2 days will see the launch of the iPad 2, what we do know is that its a Saturday.

The reports, coming in from Germany (MacNotes.de), claim the above mentioned day as Apple’s big day, telling us the iPad 2 will sport dual cameras – one in the front and one in the back, and retina display – something we’ve already heard. While the dual camera is almost guaranteed, we’re not quite sure we’ll see the iPad 2 gain retina display, based on these recent findings.

The report also claims that, just like the first iPad, the iPad 2 will also see a US-only launch, with international availability some time later in July.

Meanwhile, why not enjoy some cool iPad 2 mockups 🙂

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

WWDC 2010: Apple unveil iPhone 4

Apple have finally unveiled the most controversial iPhone ever at the ongoing WWDC event, called iPhone 4. Yes, it’s neither suffixed 4G or HD – and there’s a reason for that: The stainless steel band that goes around the phone is an antenna system that’s plugged into the same old GSM / UMTS radio that we all are familiar with. And after all those rumors we have had about the iPhone 4 since the last couple of months, we are glad that this has come to an end – an expected end when it comes to the look of the next iPhone which Steve Jobs compares to an old Leica camera!

Apart from the looks and design, there’s also this front-facing camera (which we all were expecting), and a new high resolution display which Apple regards as a “Retina Display”. It’s rated at 326ppi, which Apple claims is beyond the human eye’s limit of distinction.

Inside iPhone 4

It’s powered with an IPS Display (famous from the iPad), and is the same 3.5inch screen. There’s also this A4 processor that runs the iPad.

A new engine, and a 25% thinner chassis, still meant that Apple could increase the battery life with new figures expected to be rated at 7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. And yeah, the WiFi is 802.11n now.

Software

For starters, the iPhone OS 4 is now iOS4! On the software front, applications will automatically get high resolution text and buttons, and with “a little bit of work” developers can make their entire app compatible with the new resolution display.

Developers will also get access to a new gyroscope, giving devs “six axis” motion control between the gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass, with a new “Core Motion” API to deal with it all. And to those who are not interested in this, there’s that new HD video with which you can fool around using the brand new $4.99 worth iMovie App.

Camera

  • 5 megapixel
  • Backside illuminated sensor
  • 5X Digital zoom
  • Tap to Focus
  • LED Flash

Hence you can now record HD videos at 720p / 30fps.

More news coming…