|Ping, Apples Music Social
Network is being removed.
In response to a question about Apple’s Ping social network at the D10 conference last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the customer voted and said ‘this isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’.”
Apple hasn’t done much with Ping since it was released more than a year and a half ago, and Cook’s statement indicated that trend would continue. Now, All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski says that Apple will be discontinuing Ping, rather than letting it wither from neglect.
“And rather than continue to maintain Ping, the company is abandoning it and using its partnerships with Twitter and Facebook to make its various software and service offerings social in a way that consumers actually care about.
Sources close to the company say that Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3, will be gone with the software’s next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple’s social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.”
Ping was intended to be a social network for music that would help users discover new music, and let users to follow favorite artists and friends. Ping would also create a custom chart showing music selections based on those followed.
Though Ping gained 1 million users in its first two days of availability, the service never really caught on.
Many people want to follow the WWDC but doing so can be extremely tough until sites like 9to5mac, Engadget, and Guessing the Apple send the word out because there is no live access to the WWDC. After a few hours Apple does release the Keynote video and it is the whole enchilada coming in at usually 90 minutes to 2 full hours. Most people simply cannot watch the entire keynote. So this is where one of my favorite blogs, Cult of Mac, has stepped in as they have all the key highlights of this years WWDC 2012 in 90 seconds. Enjoy!
|The next generation Macbook Pro.|
After years of clamoring, months of screaming, and days of denial, the Macbook Pro we dreamed of is finally here. Not only did Apple prove they havent forgotten about the Mac, they proved to me and many others that the Mac is here to stay with such a solid product with an even more solid OS coming to the product in July. What makes this Macbook Pro so good? Well i’ll list the features/specs of this powerful machine:
- 15.4″ Retina display at a 2880×1880 resolution, 220 ppi with 5,184,000 pixels, with a display that is built directly into the unibody construction to make the notebook lighter.
- Quad-core Ivy Bridge processors up to 2.8GHz and turbo boost up to 3.7GHz, up to 16GB of MacBook Air-like non-upgradable 1600MHz RAM, and a maximum of 768GB of next generation flash storage.
- The new Pro weighs in at 4.46 pounds and is 0.71″ thick, but does not include a MacBook Air-like tapered body. There is no optical drive.
- 7 hours of battery life with 30 days of standby time.
- includes an SD slot, HDMI, and a USB 3.0/2.0 combo port on the right side, and a MagSafe power port, two Thunderbolt ports, another USB 3.0/2.0 port and a headphone jack on the left.
|Specs fo the new 15 inch Macbook Pro.|
So far the presentation has gone as expected for me atleast. The Macbook Air was slightly refreshed with a better processing chip Ivy Bride, however, the Macbook Pro 15 inch has been totally updated and stole the show. The 13-inch MacBook Pro spec upgrade costs $1199, while the 15-inch will sell for $1499. The 15-inch is offered in $1799 and $2199 models with beefier quad-core chips. The outwards design of these upgraded MacBook Pros have stayed the same. If you are wondering about the specs of these models, check out the picture to the right.
|OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Shipping in July!|
Sticking to the Mac theme here, Apple announced that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will ship in July and will be available for 19.99, which is $10 dollars cheaper than OS X 10.7 Lion was. The only catch is that Mountain Lion will not ship with the new updated Macs, but if you purchase one from now until the release date, you get Mountain Lion free of charge.
So there you have it, WWDC 2012 is still under way and talking about iOS at the moment. Catch up with you all later. Peace Apple Nation!
|Back to School promotion for new iPad and Mac purchases.|
Atleast with this year, the iPad is included in the deal with a $50 value for those buying new macs. Those deciding to buy the refurbed iPads are left out in the cold, as to be expected. As for the Mac, everything seems business as usual with the promotion appearing to be very similar to last years promotion. Any Mac that qualifies will receive a $100 iTunes card. As with previous years, the cards should be valid across Apple’s digital stores, including the iTunes Store, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, and iBookstore.
|iOS 6 banner at this years WWDC in San Francisco,
- Virgin, Boost Mobile and others are getting the iPhone as a pre paid phone. More options, no contracts, people really want them.
- Pictures of banners from the WWDC with iOS 6 on them continue to show up. If you want to be a pessimist like most on MacRumors, its fake….yep!! fake……
- Apple TV is being opened up to 3rd party app developers. Looks like an App Store for Apple TV is coming after all.
- Last but not least, T-Mobile is working really hard to get on Apples good side as they continue to refarm their Cellular network to 1900 MHz which is compatible with the iPhone. T-Mobile users will have 3G at this years WWDC instead of Edge network. Good job T-Mobile, glad it only took you years to catch up to Cricket, Boost Mobile, Virgin and others. Good job…