Ping has Officially Ponged, Say Goodbye

Ping, Apples Music Social
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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.


The WWDC in 90 Seconds

Every year Apple host the event known as the WorldWide Developers Conference also known as the WWDC. For each passing year, it seems this event grows tremendously with even casual fans taking notice to the event. For many Apple fanboys and casual followers, the WWDC is like Christmas in June with new products and software to go with the new products.

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!

Messages Beta Gone from Apple’s Website

With just a few short weeks to go before the inception of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has decided to pull Messages Beta from their website. This is no surprise as Messages was in fact a beta, which gave clear indications that not only was the App temporary on OS X Lion users, that Apple would in fact do this sooner rather than later. For me, this is hope that Mountain Lion isnt far away because I absolutely cannot wait for Mountain Lion to debut and may be my most anticipated update for an Apple product in years.

Messages Beta on OS X Lion.

What do you think about Messages? Was it too buggy for you to love? Or was it the app you’ve been dreaming of? Let us know in the comment box below or at one of our social media hubs at Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. That is all Apple Nation, Peace!

What Apple Didn’t Talk about at the WWDC

Apples WWDC 2012.

This week, specifically this past Monday is the biggest day of the year for any Apple fan. The WWDC historically has been known to demo some amazing future products of Apple. Because of that, each year the WWDC becomes even more enormous and even more scrutinized. Apple announced some amazing products at this years WWDC, but here is a small list of what they left out according to the rumors leading up to the WWDC.

15-inch MacBook Air: Its no secret people wanted and assumed a larger Macbook Air was inevitable. Although the new Macbook Pro is thinner, it is no where near as then and light as a Macbook Air. It looks like Apple is really trying to keep clear distinct lines between the Macbook lines, and understandably so.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro: Much like before, maybe the 13 inch Retina Display for Mac wasnt announced because they wanted to keep a clear distinction between the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. There is a real possiblity that a Retina Display just isnt plausible yet due to the fact a Retina Display would double the resolution of the current Macbook Pro model. Both make sense to me.

17-inch MacBook Pro: The big ol Macbook Pro seemed to be left out in the cold on this one. It is no secret that Apple isnt selling the 17 inch MBP as well as they would like. So to see nothing being done to this giant makes some sense. Apple wants small, light, long battery life products, and sadly, the 17 inch MBP just inst that at all. Also, the 17 inch MBP is no longer listed on Apples online store.

Retina display on  Macbook Air:  The new MacBook Pro is meant to be understood as a professional, expensive computer. The Retina screen helps differentiate it from the Air and gives it an air of luxury and helps justify the price. Because of this, I believe that is the reason for its absence from the really awesome Mac upgrades.

iMac: Apple obviously has a huge focus on Retina everything really, so it is natural to start picturing watching a nice movie on an 27 inch Retina Display. But to get back to reality, thats cutting it awfully close to an iTV. Plus, imagine the expenses of that screen and ultimately the iMac. Wow, no chance that was ever going to be announced at this years WWDC.

Mac Pro: Apple did in fact update the Mac Pros to take advantage of the latest RAM and processors, but with no stage time and no real redesign, it’s clear they’re low on the priority list right now. Maybe the big update is coming whenever the iMac and other desk-type computers get theirs.

iPhone 5: Obviously the new version of Apple’s hit phone (likely to be called simply “the new iPhone”) was not announced, though a few hopeful souls were thinking it would be a great surprise to bring out or at least tease alongside iOS 6. No such luck, however, as Apple continues to keep the iPhone sort of under wraps.

iPad Mini: Persistent whispers from the supply line and overseas manufacturing community suggest the existence of a smaller iPad with a 7.85-inch screen. WWDC would have been as good a place as any to announce it, but clearly the iPad mini is not ready for prime time, that is, if it exists at all.

iTV: An iTV pretty much seemed inevitable, part leaks, sources confirming the TV was coming helped fuel the fire. People everywhere, including myself expected something to be announced. However, nothing was really said, at all. In fact, the only thing about Apple TV and iTV was an announcement over the improvement of AirPlay. Thats it. I honestly expected something, but i wasn’t alone on this.

Apps for Apple TV: Continuing the theme of Apple TV/iTV, I also expected Apple to open up the Apple TV to third party apps and create an App Store for the iOS device. Just like the iTV, there wasn’t a whiff of that at all.

Of course, many of these things I have mentioned could be released later this year, or sometime next year or the following year. Apple always finds ways of keeping us on the ropes, even when we think we know whats coming. For that, I applaud you Apple, keep on with the whole secrecy thing!

Official Video for the Next Generation Macbook Pro

Well folks, after months of speculation, we finally know what Apples plans are. For now that is. And one of those plans is the Next Generation Macbook Pro. Here is the official video from Apple about the next gen Macbook.

Next Generation Macbook Pro is here!

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.
So to recap of what is under the hood of this machine, for the base model with the Retina display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Ivy Bridge i7, 8GB of RAM, a NVidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB graphics card, and 256GB of flash storage. The Next Generation MacBook Pro begins shipping today at a starting price of $2199. 

Big New Features of iOS 6, So Far!

Here is the confirmed list so far of what is new and big on iOS:

Passbook for iOS 6, one of the new apps on iDevices!

  • Facetime over Celular networks
  • Siri to the new iPad (3)
  • Updated Siri mixed with Yelp!
  • Do not disturb mode- (mutes notifications and keeps screen off but notifications are there)
  • An “I am busy” mode for when you get a call and cant answer. Can select preset texts to respond to during the initial ringing.
  • Passbook keeps all of your movie tickets like Fandago, Coupons and cards from Starbucks, Amtrack, and Target are all there, and Plane tickets.
Still news coming in but this is the latest!