MacCast 02.09.2010 - Show #290
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is "Say Anything" by Manda and the Marbles
* Band's MySpace page
V Plans for the show
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V News
V Rumors of the iPad's possible features
V From the iPad SDK
* Support for external monitors.
* Shared file directory
* Universal apps (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
* Printing to network printers over Wifi
V Camera support
* Images from the keynote video showing what looks like a camera
* images of the bezel frame showing a camera mount that fits the Macbook iSight.
* Prototype of a "handwriting" keyboard in iPhone OS 3.2, which may use some combination of Inkwell and FingerWorks technologies (Ars Technica)
V Book publishers ramp up for the iPad
V Electronista says Rupert Murdoch openly dismissed Amazon's e-book store in favor of Apple's.
* Publishers have been upset with amazon's $9.99 or less pricing model for the Kindle. A point recently seceded to publish McMillian.
* Seems similar to the battle Apple had with record labels over $0.99 track pricing. Which Apple later gave in to, for DRM free.
* Apple is likely believed to be selling best sellers for between $12.99 and $14.99 on the iBooks Store taking their usual 30 percent cut.
V The Wall Street Journal reports that textbook publishers McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K-12, Pearson Education, and Kaplan, among others are all working on projects to reformat some textbooks for the iPad
* Many are working with Srcollmotion which already brings books to the iPod Touch and iPhone
* Features: study guides and test-prep material, search functions, dictionaries, and interactive quizzes.
V What about Magazines?
* Cult of Mac said Wired's Magazine designers rushed to get something ready for Apple's announcement, the trouble? It used Adobe AIR which, like Flash won't run on the iPad.
* Magazine and newspaper staffs use InDesign which can be easily ported to other adobe technologies like AIR and Flash.
V I still think they need a simple, interactive, publishing format.
* Apple supports PDF, but that is too static given recent tablet demos we've seen.
* what about iDVD and DVD Studio Pro becoming iTunes LP, and iBooks interactive publishing apps?
* In some ways it feels like the tablet may bring back the promise of CD ROMs, but in a much bigger and way.
V Comic Books?
* Iphone apps for that, but iPad specific apps with in-app purchase could take that to a bigger level.
* Marvel doesn't think so due to the lack of Flash.
* iVerse, Comixology and Panelfly
V 27" iMac woes may not be over
* I've had at least a couple listeners report still having graphics issue with their 27" iMacs even after Apple's latest firmware update.
V Also reports of yellow tint on screen. Apple says this is normal based on conditions. Will offer LCD replacements in some persistent cases?
* Reports from Gizmodo that the issue is with an LG component and some Dell LCDs are suffering the same issue.
* Might be a replacement LCD shortage at least in Europe.
* Gizmodo also reported that some repeat iMac returners were being offered a full refund, plus 15% for their troubles.
* Apple 27" iMac currently sits at a 2 week wait on deliveries.
V MacNN was reporting that Apple was temporarily halting 27" iMac production on both Core i5 and i7's until a fix can be implemented.
* Apple says it's actually trying to ramp up production to meet demand according to Boy Genius Reports.
V 27-inch iMac Display Firmware Update 1.0
* A second update and different than the 27-inch iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 released in December
* Addresses the same "flickering" display issues.
* No note on if it addresses the "yellow" display issue.
V Apple software updates
V iTunes 9.0.3
* iTunes no longer ignores your "Remember password for purchases" setting.
* Addresses problems with syncing some Smart Playlists and Podcasts with iPod.
* Resolves a problem recognizing when iPod is connected.
* Addresses issues that affect stability and performance.
V iPhone OS 3.1.3 for the iPhone and iPod touch
V Addresses several security issues
* fixes flaws that could lead to arbitrary code execution or app crashes when playing maliciously crafted mp4 files, viewing maliciously crafted TIFF images, and accessing maliciously crafted FTP servers
* fixes a USB-related issue that could grant access to data on locked iPhones
* fixes an issue where Mail could send unwanted data in certain situations when HTML 5 media elements load
* improved battery level accuracy on the iPhone 3GS
* fixed a problem where third party apps might not launch
* fixed a compatibility issue that could cause some apps to crash when using the Japanese Kana keyboard
V Some isolated issues being reported according to iPodNN
* Ironically erratic battery indicators with percentages bouncing up and down
* Some units losing battery life and running hot
* Smart playlists using more than 1 criteria not syncing to iPod Touch (music still syncs, but playlists are missing tracks).
V iPhone 3.1.3 firmware wrecks any previous unlocking or jailbreaking efforts, warns the unofficial iPhone Dev Team
V They have already released the PwnageTool 3.1.5 for Mac OS X with a warning
* "iPhone 3GS users (regardless of unlock) should stay away from this and all 3.1.3 jailbreak tools unless you know you have your “SHSH hashes” backed up via Cydia"
* iTunes Web Preview now supports Apps.
V Reports of Mac Pro Nahalem audio issues
* AppleInsider and others report users of the latest Mac Pros with Nehalem-based Intel Xeon processors seeing a a 20 percent performance hit when playing audio in Mac OS X
* Originally pointed out by ArsTechnica
* Seems to effect both both early 2009 and late 2009 Mac Pro models when playing audio in iTunes or other audio apps.
* Processor temps also reportedly double.
* Oddly there isn't an increase in processor load, just an overall performance decrease and increases in power draw and heat
V There are current rumors of Mac Pro updates on the horizon
* Using variation of Intels new 6-core processors
* Core i7-980X and Core i7-970 six-core desktop processors
* Codenamed "Gulftown" and formerly rumored "i9"
V Rumor of Macbook Pro updates
* Might even happen as I record this.
* 9 to 5 Mac got word from a Best Buy employee showing them "deleted" from their inventory system.
* Updates rumored to be a bump up to Intel Core i5 and i7 mobile processors
* Some asking if 3G connectivity might be a possibility. If so I wonder who the US carrier will be (joke)?
V Apple releases Aperture 3
V Accoring to Apple the release has over 200 new features
* Including 64-Bit Support (requires Snow Leopard and Intel Core 2 Duo processor)
V Apple highlights
* Faces and Places
* Brushes to "paint" on effects selectively. Offers edge detection
* New adjustment presets
* Full-screen browser
V Advanced slideshows
* With photos, HD video clips, titles, layered soundtracks, and professionally designed themes.
V Requirements
V Intel-based Mac
* An Intel Core 2 Duo processor is recommended
* Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6.2 or later
* 1GB of RAM or 2GB of RAM required for Mac Pro
V Pricing
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V Is iPad for us or the rest of them?
V Lots of debate among the geeks as to why this iPad sucks
* Lack of multitasking, Flash, no HDMI out, 4:3 Aspect ratio, cameras,the name?
* AT&T in states, No T-Mobile, micro-SIM
* Can we just grow up about the name? Jokes will fade.
* I think like the iPhone, this isn't for geeks or hackers who want a device to do with what they want.
V Is it what the average non-geek wants?
* Easy to use somewhat low cost.
* Buy and consume media
* Surf the web
* Create office documents
* keyboard support
* Direct photo import
V Omni Focus plans
* "...we feel Apple’s iPad is: the best computing device for most of the things people use computers for"
* OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, OmniFocus, and OmniGraphSketcher.
V What are the consumer concerns?
V 6 SKUs
* As listener Rui points out this is a bit confusing
* Also staggered launch dates.
V I understand why, but maybe 3 or 4 SKUs could have accomplished the same.
* $499 16 GB Wi-fi, $599 32 GB Wi-fi, $729 32GB 3G, $829 64GB 3G
V I could see a future price drop to a 3G only line
* $499, $599, and $699 for wi-fi+3G models
* Credit Suisse analyst Bill Shope claims Apple already has plans for price drops based on demand.
* Lack of printing
V Can it be used without a computer?
V Does it HAVE to sync with iTunes?
* How to backup?
* Mobile Me sync and direct buying enough?
* Storage?
V iPad for Business
* iWork
* Lack of printing and file sharing (Apple said to be considering upgrades)
* Exchange support, push email, remote lock and wipe.
* This is a "consumer" device first. These came later on the iPhone too.
V Verticals are going to be big.
* Medical, insurance, reality, construction, hospitality, museums, travel, etc.
V Mike's wife opened her own Optometry Office and they run MacPractice, a Mac only suite for managing doctor's offices.
* They plan to use iPads to do direct patient entry of forms from the waiting room right into the system.
* They can then have games, movies, books, music, magazines, and web access to use while they wait.
* MacPractice has already announced they will do an iPad app (they have iPhone iPod Touch support already).
V iPad IPS Display technology
* Explanation via Macworld reprint from the PC World Geek Tech Blog
* IPS = In-Plane Switching
* Developed by Hitachi and introduced in 1996.
* Apple's current 21.5" and 27" iMacs use IPs technology.
* Offer a much wider viewing angle than other forms of LCD technology.
* Panel on the iPad is 9.7-inch 1024-by-768 resolution LED-backlit and has a 178 degree viewing angle.
V Most low cost netbooks use a cheaper twisted nematic (TN) display technology with 6-bit color.
* IPS supports 8-bit color
* Interestingly the iPad's display is only 132 pixels per inch and the iPhone and iPod Touch have 480 × 320 displays with roughly 162
* I also wonder about vertical vs. horizontal off angle viewing.
V Canadian iTunes gift cards no go on apps
* From listener Bill
V What's bad about this is that it's not apparent from the card or even in iTunes.
* You have to go to the iTunes legal page
* Even then it in section 10 of the App Store
V According to some reports Apple iTunes support reps listed the reason as Canadian law:
* "Due to tax laws and commerce restrictions for software in Canada, customers residing in Canada may only purchase games and applications using a credit card."
V A customer Jim Whitelaw documented a similar issue on his blog back in October 2009
* A senior rep said that those statements were "unauthorized" and that it is simple Apple's policies that prohibit the use of gift cards for Canadian App Store purchases.
* So I ask now, Can you buy iPod Games? Could "tax laws" in Canada be influencing Apple's policies?
V Get word count in any Cocoa App
* Joe in the forum wanted a way to get word count in Text Edit
V The key to this is OS X Services
* Specifically the 'Statistics' text service
* Under the Application menu --> Services...
V In Snow Leopard you customize this in the Keyboard System Preferences under the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.
* Select 'Services' from the list on the right side of the pane
* Check on or off the service you want.
* Once the 'Statistics...' text service is enabled then just select the section of text you want in any Cocoa app, then control+click in Snow Leopard to access the Services-->Statistics… (or use the Application menu). It will display the Characters, Spaces, Total, Word count, and number of lines.
V Create a yearly iPhoto Archive
* Andrew was wondering the best way to get 1 year's worth of iPhoto's onto a DVD for archiving
V I use iPhoto built in disk burning and Smart albums (iPhoto '09)
* In iPhoto choose 'File' --> 'New Smart Album'
* In the settings use 'Date' as the criteria and the 'is in the range' as the parameter. Then set the date range for 1 year (1/1/2009 to 12/31/2009).
* Then you can select that Smart Album from the list and choose 'Burn' under the 'Share' menu.
* A typical single layer DVD will hold about 4.7 GB of data, but iPhoto will also pull over the thumbnails, metadata, etc. so I say about 4.0 GB per DVD
* If a single year's worth of photos ends up too large for 1 DVD I just create Smart Albums in 6
month, 4 month, or 3 month periods for a given year and burn more DVDs
V I like this method because it creates iTunes compatible DVDs, if you want more universal DVDs then simply mount the DVD in the Finder, select the Smart Album in iPhoto, do a 'Select all' from the 'Edit' menu and then drag the photos directly to the DVD in the Finder and do the burn.
* In this case you will only end up with the Photos and not the metadata, etc.
* To finish off you project you can use DVD label software like Disc Label. I like to color code by year.
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