Another iPad Mini Physical Mockup on Video

September 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mactakara posts some photos and a video with hands on a mockup of the rumored iPad Mini. The video isn’t particularly revealing, and we’ve seen video of these mockups before, but provides another frame of reference for the size of such a device. The photo below shows the relative size next to a 15″ MacBook Pro.



Apparently, the models are relatively easy to obtain for approximately 13 USD, according to a previous video report.

The iPad Mini mockup shown on the video reveals a new Lightning port on the bottom of the device, while the headphone jack remains on the top of the device.

The 7.85″ iPad Mini has been widely rumored to be approaching launch with reports having suggested that Apple may introduce such a device in October. That rumor came from AllThingsD, which is a traditionally reliable source of Apple event rumors. However, there’s been a surprising absence of new rumors about the device as we are heading into October.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/29/another-ipad-mini-physical-mockup-on-video/

Skitch Updated With Features Restored; Version 1.0 Made Available Again [Mac Blog]

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

NewImageScreen shot sharing app Skitch was recently updated to version 2.0, but without a number of features that were frequently used by a number of its users.

It received a lot of criticism from for removing features like the ability to minimize the app to the menu bar or to resize images by grabbing the corner of a window. Also, users were no longer able to choose the file format of their screenshots; it could only export .PNG files.

However, Evernote, the company that owns Skitch, has heard the uproar and responded. The company is releasing an updated version of Skitch with a number of changes — and made Skitch 1.0 available for download again.

Here’s a quick overview of the changes:

– Choose your file type: there’s now a filetype selector in the Drag Me tab, where you can choose between PNG, JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP
– Smarter screen snap: you can modify selected area or change it to specific dimensions
– Improved sync options: it gives you control over how/when you save notes to Evernote (Always, Ask, Never ask)
– Flip and rotate: new Image menu options that also get keyboard shortcuts
– Multi-select in the Library: to easily delete unwanted images
– New keyboard shortcuts
– Change arrow directions
– And the old version of Skitch is available for those who still want it

The update has been sent to Apple and should be pushed to the Mac App Store soon. It is a free download. [Direct Link]


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/28/skitch-updated-with-features-restored-version-1-0-made-available-again/

TouchArcade’s Best iOS Games for September 2012 [iOS Blog]

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

iOS gaming site (and sister site) TouchArcade has posted a roundup of their Best iOS Games for September 2012.

The list of games consists of the highest rated iOS games from just the month of September, and offers a variety of genres. Topping the list are a physics puzzler, matching puzzler, and a side-scrolling hack-and-slash game. The remainder of the list offers a similarly diverse list that may appeal to different types of gamers.

5 Stars

Bad Piggies

Bad Piggies, $0.99 / HD

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – A fantastically fresh spin on the Angry Birds formula, this time you play as the pigs and build various contraptions to reassemble your grand plan for stealing the eggs from the birds. This game is shockingly good, and shouldn’t be missed. Sandbox mode, in particular, is incredible.

Super Monsters Ate My Condo!

Super Monsters Ate My Condo!, $0.99

[Review] [Forum Thread] – The original game was awesome, but this new Bejeweled Blitz-like spin on the formula cranks things up to 11. Two minute long games are hectic from start to finish, and if you’re good, you can still pull off those insane scores that people loved bragging about in the original Monsters Ate My Condo.

God of Blades

God of Blades, $2.99

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – An incredibly unique game with art and sound design that’s out of this world. It almost reminds us of Sword & Sworcery in a way in that the game is so artistic that the entire experience is something you don’t see very often on the App Store. Definitely dig into our review.

4.5 Stars

Lili™

Lili™, $4.99

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – This Unreal engine powered game has a look at feel that is by far the most Nintendo-like I’ve seen on the App Store. Add a sword fighting mechanic and a Triforce, and it might pass for Zelda. The flower picking mechanic is a little weird, but it’s easy to get into.

Rayman Jungle Run

Rayman Jungle Run, $2.99

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – When I first heard of this game, I rolled my eyes expecting another Temple Run clone. Instead, we got a platformer that is not only totally awesome but feels perfect on the iPhone.

Plight of the Zombie

Plight of the Zombie, $2.99

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – A really slick line drawing stealth game that puts the player in charge of moving zombies around various levels. If you’re tired of zombie games, give this one a try, it feels really fresh compared to most mindless zombie games.

Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon, $0.99

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – This game has taken the TouchArcade crew by storm, with Jared and Arn fiercely competing on leaderboards with a few of our mutual Twitter followers. I’m not good enough at video games to make a good effort, but if you like very short very fast paced games, you need this one.

Splice : Tree of Life

Splice : Tree of Life, $3.99

[Review] – [Forum Thread] – Cipher Prime nails it again with an oddly obscure cellular puzzler. It started its life on the PC, but like all of their games, the iPad almost feels like Splice’s natural home.

TouchArcade also lists their readers’ top most anticipated games. Topping the list is Infinity Blade Dungeons, which was first previewed at Apple’s iPad 3 media event in March, but hasn’t yet been released.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/28/toucharcades-best-ios-games-for-september-2012/

Both Lasers and Water are Damaging to the iPhone 5 [iOS Blog]

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

A pair of fun videos have shown what not to do to an iPhone 5. The first, from Android Authority (via Cult of Mac), shows the iPhone 5 going through several torture tests, including spilled coffee and being fully submerged in water. It fared well in the first, but less so in the second.


The second test, from Wicked Lasers (via TechCrunch), shows 6 watts of lasers aimed at the iPhone 5’s screen; with unfortunate results:


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/28/both-lasers-and-water-are-damaging-to-the-iphone-5/

Apple Launches New App Store Feature Section for Alternative Maps

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Following this morning’s release of an open letter from Tim Cook apologizing for issues with the new Apple-driven Maps app in iOS 6 and mentioning some alternative map options available to users, Apple has also added a new featured section to the App Store highlighting some of those map alternatives.



A host of alternative apps ranging from free to Magellan’s $49.99 “RoadMate USA” are available from such brands as Waze, Mapquest, Garmin, Bing, and MotionX.

Apple’s embrace of alternative map options seems to be a sign that the company is taking criticism of its own offering seriously, although directing users to downloads through the App Store is still of benefit to Apple. Cook’s letter did, however, also promote web-based alternatives such as Google’s and Nokia’s maps.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/28/apple-launches-new-app-store-feature-section-for-alternative-maps/

Gmail Updated With iPhone 5 Support [iOS Blog]

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

gmailforiosGoogle has updated the official Gmail for iOS app with support for the iPhone 5’s larger screen. The app allows users to read and organize their Gmail messages, as well as push notifications for new messages.

Google also announced a new way to sync with Google Contacts on iOS. The service now supports CardDav, an open protocol for contact syncing.

Gmail for iPhone and iPad is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/28/gmail-updated-with-iphone-5-support/

Apple’s Pandora-Killer Delayed Over Song Licensing Negotiations

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

ItuneslogoEarlier this month, the WSJ reported that Apple was working on a streaming radio service to rival Pandora. Apple was reportedly in licensing negotiations with record labels, but was months away from launching the service.

Today, the New York Post reports that negotiations with music publisher Sony/ATV have hit a snag over the fee Apple would pay for each song streamed by its customers.

Apple’s plan to have its own music-streaming service built into the iPhone 5 was dramatically dashed when talks between the tech giant and Sony/ATV hit a last-minute snag, The Post has learned.

Sony/ATV, the world’s largest music publisher, and Apple couldn’t agree on a per-song rights fee, sources close to the situation said.

Those rights are usually tenths of a penny per stream, sources said. Sony/ATV was looking for a higher rate.

The Post reports that Apple wants better licensing rates than Pandora because it will direct record sales through the App Store, and Apple’s restrictions on playing an artist multiple times would be looser than Pandora’s.


from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/28/apples-pandora-killer-delayed-over-song-licensing-negotiations/

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