Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 11:33 PM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
Peter Burrows of Bloomberg Businessweek reports that “very soon,” potential iPhone users weary of AT&T’s well know coverage shortfalls could have the option of carrying Apple’s cutting edge smartphone on the Verizon network.
While in Boston, most iPhone users have reported minimal service interruptions on the AT&T network, customers in areas with more densely concentrated iPhone usage like San Francisco and New York regularly experience dropped calls.
AT&T was ranked worst in customer satisfaction by a Consumer Reports survey in early December, 2010.
However, the iPhone exclusivity AT&T has enjoyed since 2007 could work towards the company’s advantage, even if a CDMA-compatiple iPhone should become available.
“I’m sure some AT&T customers are sufficiently frustrated to switch, but the vast majority are at least happy enough,” says Forrester Research of Cambridge, Massachusetts analyst Charles S. Golvin.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 08:45 AM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
Joseph Tsai of DigiTimes reports that the iPad 2 should be introduced in three models, “supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.”
The preferred version of the current iPad is the 3G model, comprising about 60-65% of all shipments of the popular tablet device.
The popularity of the 3G as opposed to WiFi-only iPad indicates iPad buyers prefer to have internet access across the wireless range.
Apple is said to be interested in working more closely with wireless carriers in order to serve the iPad market better.
Tsai also reports that Apple is working on improving anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in the next-generation iPad.
Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 09:39 AM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
“Apple today announced that the Mac App Store will open for business on Thursday, January 6. By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever,” reports Apple.
“The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.”
Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 08:02 AM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
The Georgia-based North Point Community Church’s iBand, made up of ten professional musicians using five iPads and five iPhones performed in front of the church’s 12,000 person congregation on December 5th.
The iBand performed Christmas classics including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Carol of the Bells” using apps like Pocket Organ and SoundGrid.
“The iBand rehearsed for only a few hours on the Wednesday before the Sunday service,” reports the Toronto Star.
‘“If we’d only we’d been able to practise a few more times, we could have hit a few more notes,’ jokes [Reid] Greven.”
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 03:03 PM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
Today, Apple released iTunes 10.1.1, which addresses some bugs that could cause the application to crash.
-Addresses an issue where some music videos may not play on Macs equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 9400 or 9600 graphics.
-Resolves an issue where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when deleting a playlist that has the iTunes Sidebar showing.
-Fixes a problem where iTunes may unexpectedly quit when connecting an iPod to a Mac equipped with a PowerPC processor.
-Addresses an issue where some music videos may not sync to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 02:46 PM | Posted by LOOPRumors Staff
For anyone interested in protecting their Apple iPad from potential theft, Mac Locks is now offering what it calls the world’s first locking iPad case.
The iPad Security Case is a hard plastic case with a security slot that can be left on for everyday protection. The case is complemented by a strong steel cable which locks on to the case and can be tethered to a fixed object like a table.
The case by itself goes for $39.95 and case/cable combination is $64.95.