SAN FRANCISCO--At WWDC Monday there was something amiss besides the overloaded demo-disrupting public Wi-Fi. At the conference for Apple developers, there was not a single mention of the company's core desktop operating system, Mac OS X, nor any hint of when the next version would be coming.
It's very possible the closed-door sessions this week will include a lot of Mac OS talk. It's also possible Apple could give those developers a preview this week or next. Or that Apple could be waiting to host an entirely separate event for the Mac, as it does for the … Read more
Apple has released the latest version of its Safari browser that includes fixes for four dozen security holes, mostly in the open-source WebKit technology and many of which leave a computer open to compromise by drive-by-download attacks from visiting a malicious Web page.
Safari 5 for Windows and Mac debuted on Monday. The impact on security issues is detailed in this advisory, which applies to Safari 5.0 and Safari 4.1.
The release updates the browser to display a warning before navigating to an HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) or HTTPS (secure HTTP) Web address containing user information, to better … Read more
Though a precommercial version of the iPhone 4 was notoriously taken apart by Gizmodo--and no doubt other meticulous teardowns will follow--there's nothing like an official peek inside by Jobs to set the record straight.
Monday's debut of Apple's Safari 5 Web browser was one of the Worldwide Developers Conference rumors that preceded the event over the weekend, and it surprised many Steve Jobs prognosticators that he left the stage without announcing it. Then came an Apple press release on PRNewswire.com, but no browser. Then the press release disappeared, apparently a second stumble following a rare trip-up for Steve Jobs' tightly controlled message machine during the iPhone 4 announcement, and shortly after that the browser made its debut.
Available for Windows and Mac, Safari 5 includes several new features and performance enhancements, … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Facing growing competition from Google Android and an amassing army of appealing smartphones, Steve Jobs played defense Monday.
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference where Jobs introduced the iPhone 4, he also spent a good amount of time selling his already popular platform to his audience of developers. More so than at past iPhone developer events, Jobs was careful to spend time talking about how the App Store approval process works, how much money there is to be made from iAds, his device's market share and reach, and the potential for growth that they have by placing their … Read more
At the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the company's latest addition to the iPhone family, the iPhone 4. The new phone features an improved camera, video recording and editing capabilities, video calling, and more. Here are a handful of short video clips from Jobs' presentation. For a complete summary of what was announced, read our story "WWDC 2010: What you need to know."
iPhone 4 unveiled Steve Jobs introduces iPhone 4 at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Features include a new glass and steel design, a built … Read more
"Apple's claim to fame is making great technology accessible to the masses and they have done an amazing job with that," Van Baker, vice president of Industry Research at Gartner, told CNET. "They are making some really smart decisions."
Those decisions may give Apple the edge as its battle with Google … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--For a short time Monday morning the demo gods were not smiling on Steve Jobs.
About 40 minutes into the Apple CEO's keynote speech in which he was introducing his company's latest gadget, the iPhone 4, his demo came to an abrupt halt. He was attempting to show the difference in how Web site text was displayed between the new retina display feature on the iPhone 4 versus the iPhone 3GS, but the conference hall Wi-Fi set up at Moscone West was not cooperating. Only one of the phone's browser windows was loading. The other was … Read more
Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs on Monday kicked off this year's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with the announcement that we all knew was coming: there's a new iPhone.
During the nearly two-hour speech, Jobs revealed details of the new version of the device--dubbed the iPhone 4. It will be available June 24 in five countries and will remain on AT&T's network in the U.S. Come September, it will be available worldwide in a total of 88 countries. Jobs also went into detail about the release of the fourth iteration of the iPhone and iPod Touch OS, which will be released as a free update on June 21.
The iPhone 4 is 9.3mm thick (a quarter thinner than the iPhone 3GS) with two built-in cameras (one on the front and one on the back with an LED flash), and two microphones for noise cancellation. It's powered by Apple's A4 chip, the same one that can be found inside the iPad.
It will be available June 24 in both white and black versions for $199 with 16GB of built-in storage, and $299 for the 32GB version--both with a two-year service agreement with AT&T. Apple has worked out a deal with AT&T to give iPhone owners whose current contract expires in 2010 a chance to get the device at these subsidized prices if they are willing to sign a new two-year contract (for more details on upgrade eligibility read our FAQ)
The new phone features a 940x640 pixel "Retina Display," which is four times the resolution of previous iPhone models; older apps are simply scaled up. It uses the same IPS display that's found on the iPad, and has an 800:1 contrast ratio.
The camera on the back is rated at 5 megapixels, and includes an LED flash. Besides still images (which can be shot at up to 5x digital zoom), the camera can also shoot 720p high-definition video at a constant 30 frames per second. Jobs also noted that the sensor is back-side illuminated, which keeps the wiring out of the way of the sensor.
Both the back and the front-facing camera can be used for a new video chat feature, which Jobs demonstrated live, on-stage with Apple's head designer Jonathan Ive. The app to do so is called "FaceTime" and will remain a Wi-Fi-only feature until carriers can catch up with the bandwidth needed.
Among the other new hardware features is better battery life, which is rated at 7 hours of talk time, 6 hours of 3G Web browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 300 hours of standby time. That's up from 5 hours of 3G talk time on the previous-generation 3GS model. … Read more
Among the flurry of news from Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote speech was the announcement that Bing will become a search option on the iPhone. Microsoft is expected to announce later on Monday that Bing will also be an option on the Mac and Windows versions of Safari.