Siri Coming to the iPad?

A mock-up of Siri running on an iPad.

Happy Monday Apple fans, as you may be aware of, the WWDC isn’t far away and rumors continue to fly around. According the 9to5mac, Apple is working on version of Siri to run on the iPad that would drop with iOS 6 presumed to be this fall. Apple initially introduced Siri to the world via the iPhone 4S. Since day one, many iPhone 4 and iPad 2 fans have been wondering if Apple would or even could add Siri to their device. While the rumor of Siri coming to the iPad is heating up, the trail that leads to the knowledge of which iPad model will run Siri is growing colder. 

According to 9to5mac: “Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen”
Siri coming to the New iPad  makes a lot of sense. The “iPad 3” has all the specs including voice dictation, a small version of Siri, that makes a very legitimate case for having Siri fully implemented on it. Much like how Apple handled multitasking and iOS 4 for the iPad to hype the release of iOS 4 which generated a lot of sales, I believe Apple is using the same tactic with Siri and iOS 6. What do you think is going on? Do you buy Siri coming to the iPad? Let us know in the comment box and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Peace Apple Nation!!

Weekend Rumors, Facebook in iOS 6 and More!

iOS 6 has been rumored to have both Twitter
and Facebook integrated into the OS.

Well the weekend for reporting Apple news can be a lot like watching paint dry on a wall. Well, maybe that is far more entertaining. However, interesting and heated debates have sparked over several news stories involving Facebook, MobileMe, and rumors of a Point and Shoot camera. Lets break it down shall we? 
  • Lets discuss the whole Apple loves Facebook rumor that has been flying around causing very heated discussions. After this years AllThingsD D10 conference, its no secret Apple and Facebook are on a deeper level than just talking, yet no one really knows whats going on. Thanks to the guys down at MacRumors, people have been screaming bloody murder about the “possibility,” note the wording possibility, of having Facebook integrated on some level with iOS, assumed much like Twitter. Yes, Facebook isn’t exactly the darling of the Stock Market and the cults of privacy, but 500 million plus, including myself, use Facebook to communicate with friends and family across the global. Apple isn’t stupid, they will make it OPTIONAL, so shut up, calm down, and take this rumor with a grain of salt.
  • On a less heated but still important topic to some, Apple is killing off MobileMe for good and giving those users who have yet to switch to iCloud 30 days. I guess this isn’t really all that big a deal because iCloud was introduced about this time last year, so this is expected. But I get it, i used MobileMe, so it is a sad day to see this go. But iCloud is pretty decent, so its time to move forward, i guess.   
  • Now for the last rumor of the weekend, I cant believe I am talking about this, another crazy story from MacRumors talked about Apple venturing into the Point and Shoot business (P&S). Ok, before I break the code of ethics when it comes to journalism about being biased and negative, I just want to say this makes some sense. Apple is all about cameras, capturing the moment, and then using other Apple devices to make you feel like a pro and an Artist (cough cough instagram photographers, which I am one of them). They could do this, run iCloud on it with Photo Stream and some version of iOS. But in all seriousness, just stop, stop it, these stories make me nauseous from laughing so hard. Apple re-entered the camera business way back with the iPhone back in 2007 and every year have made it better. My iPhone 4S takes wonderful photos and videos? Wow, they look amazing. To make a P&S is possible, but highly, I mean highly unlikely. So just stop, seriously. Next!!??
Ok, so there you have it, all of the weekends craziest stories, on the eve of Sunday. Looking forward to more crazy stories from the boys and girls down at MacRumors leading up to the WWDC this June. Let us know what you think of these rumors. Do you like them, hate them, or do you just don’t care at all. Have a fun, safe, and Apple filled weekend and see you all commenting on Monday. Peace Apple Nation!  

An Inside Look at Tim Cook during D10!

Ok, so we have recapped much of what Tim Cook had to say about Steve, Apple, and the future. Here is small clip of the major highlights of the interview, very interesting stuff indeed if you are an Apple fan. Check it out and let us know what you think, enjoy!

Facebook Integration, Siri Improvements for iOS, and More!

Apple has always been a company built around secrecy. This is a policy that has always been alive in well in the heart of Apple and it seems that this policy is even more alive and well then ever before. Tim Cook took the stage at the D10 conference taking part in the first interview session that was a non-Apple event. 

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, sits down with AllThingsD at
the 2012 D10 conference and discusses everything Apple.
As usual the interviewers were Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher and were drilling new CEO Tim Cook all about Apple with questions ranging from how he (Tim) learned from Steve Jobs to who was his hero. Beyond the stupid, pointless, and utter trash coming from Kara Swisher, responses to questions on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and rumored iTV gave many Apple fans like myself a glimpse and a tease into the future. 

One of the things we learned from the D10 conference was that Apple has no plans of axing off Macs. Yes, consolidation will eventually come and less and less Macs will be available to choose from, but don’t worry one bit, the Mac is here to stay. According to Tim Cook, “The tablet wouldn’t replace all needs for PC’s and Macs. What I see is that the tablet, for some people, takes over what their PC was about. And it may extend the purchasing cycle for others. ‘I want both, but I’ve got a budget, so I’ll buy tablets more often than I buy PC’s.” When reading into this quote in combination with the interview itself, clearly the goal of Apple isnt to force customers to tablets and try and make the tablet the one computer for everyone, but a great option for those who need a computer for less strenuous reasons as Tim goes on to say “you have people trying to converge laptops and tablets. You’re lugging this clamshell and tablet and the industrial design isn’t optimized for this. People want tablets to be incredibly thin.

Although rumors have been swirling for quite sometime about Facebook integration and Siri upgrades for the latest iOS update that will be unvieled this June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. When asked about Apple’s relationship with Facebook, Cook suggests that there will be news in the near future, “for us, we want to provide customers simple and elegant ways to do the things they want to do. Facebook has hundreds of millions of customers. So, anyone that has an iPhone or iPad, we want them to have the best experience with Facebook on those platforms. So stay tuned.” Next, when questioned about Siri, Cook reports that customers love the voice assistant feature on the iPhone 4S, and that its one of the most popular features on the device. He goes on to report that they have a lot more coming, “but, there’s more that it can do. We have a lot of people working on this. You’ll be really pleased with the things you’ll see over the coming months. The breadth that you’re talking about — we’ve got some cool ideas about what Siri can do. We have a lot going on on this.” Cook goes on to say that he thinks they’ll be “really happy” with where it’s going.

Jailbreak Available for All iOS Devices Now

Absinthe 2.0 is the software to help jailbreak
all iOS devices thanks to Pod2g and others.
The original release of Absinthe brought a jailbreak to all devices ranging from the the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4S earlier this year. After the release of iOS 5.1 and iOS 5.1.1, jailbreaking once again on A5 and A5X core processing devices couldn’t jailbreak any longer. Well that time has come and gone, once again Pod2g and other amazing jailbreaking Developers have banded together to create another jailbreak for your iOS device.
“After copious amounts of work and many sleepless nights Absinthe 2.0 is finally here to jailbreak your device,” the group announced in a Friday blog post.
The developers said the jailbreak, dubbed Absinthe 2.0, was a “large collaborative effort between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams (Jailbreak Dream Team).”
Why jailbreak a device? As most people are aware, Apple is very particular about the apps that it allows in its App Store. Only Apple-approved apps will run on iOS devices, but there are some apps that tech-savvy iPhone users still want. By jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can get around Apple’s restrictions and install whatever app you like. Beware, however. 
Most jailbreaks void any warranties you might have on your device, so Apple won’t help you if you turn your phone or tablet into a brick.
That being said, the dev team said Absinthe 2.0 will work on all iOS devices running 5.1.1, except for the handful of iPad 2s running the 32nm A5 processor. They insisted that it’s one of the “easiest jailbreaks to use (so easy your grandma could do it).”
The download links are available in the blog post, and here are the directions for installation, according to the dev team:
  • Make a backup of your device in iTunes by right clicking on your device name under the “Devices” menu and click “Back Up.”
  • Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
  • Open Absinthe and be sure you are still connected via USB cable to your computer.
  • Click “Jailbreak” and wait.
  • Return to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the Devices menu in the left panel of iTunes and click Restore from Back Up, then select the latest backup you created before.
Apple released iOS 5.1.1 on May 7 with five fixes, including a bug that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks. It also improved the reliability of using the camera’s HDR option from the Lock Screen shortcut, as well as synching Safari bookmarks and Reading Lists.
The release comes about six months after the Chronic Dev Team and pod2g released the first untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Facebook Drops "Facebook Camera"

Facebook Camera

Facebook today released a standalone “Camera” app that allows users to add Instagram-esque filters and post multiple pics from a phone at one time, among other things.
Facebook Camera, coming to the Apple App Store today, “makes using Facebook photos faster and easier,” Facebook said in statement.
The app has a newsfeed just like the full Facebook app, but its focus will be your friends’ photos. You can like and comment on pics just like you would on full Facebook. Click the “Me” tab to see photos in which you are tagged.
To access photos stored on your phone, tap the filmstrip-like row of photos along the top bar. That will expand to show you all available pics. Tap one to create a Facebook post with that image, or tap the shaded arrow to add multiple pics to a single post. To take a new photo, select the camera icon on the top left. You can also comment on and tag photos before posting.

Facebook Camera app

If you want to alter your pic, open it up and tap the edit tool, which will let you crop the photo. The wand-like tool, meanwhile, will add special filters to a photo – from copper or neon to black and white and light.
Those filters are reminiscent of those found on Instagram, the app that Facebook just purchased for a reported $1 billion. Oddly, Facebook made no mention of Instagram or the filter option in its announcement, but on Twitter, the phrase “Facebook releases Instagram clone” soon started trending.
Earlier this month, there were reports that the Facebook-Instagram deal was getting the once-over from the Federal Trade Commission, which is apparently common for deals over $68.2 million.

You can download the app on iTunes App Store here at Facebook Camera. Peace Apple Nation!!!

A Logical iPhone 5 Design, Honestly!

Ok, so after my long and depressing rant about how the iPhone 5 will not be released this summer, I thought I would lighten the mood just a tad with a little bit of optimism with my eyes focused in on October. So today all over the net, rumored part leaks for the iPod Touch 5th generation surfaced giving hope to those Apple fans that really want a 4 inch display upgrade. While there where some disappointed fans over the rumored part leak that could potentially appear on the next iPhone, many were completely satisfied with the rumor. For me personally, first glimpse was not love at first sight. In fact, I HATED the new look, so much so I almost posted an article ranting about how upset I was at Apple. But after some serious thought, I think I am actually excited. Or… could be this awesome video of a realistic mock up of the iPhone 5. Its not perfect, its not 100% sexy, but just picture it in your hands, enjoy!