The mobile version of the iTunes store will soon offer video download and rental options, in addition to the music and podcast options already available. Currently, users are required to purchase and download iTunes video content using a home computer, where it can be transferred to the iPhone or Touch over USB. After the launch of iPhone OS 3.0 on June 17, this content will be available for download directly to the device. … Read more
With the announcement of iPhone OS 3.0, we knew that real-time, turn-by-turn navigation would soon become a reality on the iPhone. It was just a matter of when and how, and it looks like we finally got our answer on Monday.
Joining Apple onstage at the WWDC 2009 keynote, longtime GPS manufacturer TomTom unveiled its application for the iPhone, bringing maps and voice-guided directions to the smartphone. The biggest boon for drivers is the addition of the audible prompts, since the current iPhone is only able to provide text-based instructions through Google Maps. In addition, TomTom will offer a … Read more
At 10 a.m. PDT, we'll be live-blogging Phil Schiller's keynote speech that will open Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. Bookmark this page, and come back then for up-to-the-minute updates on what Apple is announcing.
9:52 a.m.: Welcome to CNET's WWDC live blog. I'm here in Moscone West with Kent German, CNET Reviews' cell phone editor. We're seated and ready to go, just waiting for the event to get started.
10 a.m.: Kent: Things I'm hoping for … Read more
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SAN FRANCISCO--Apple wants Mac OS X to do a better job dealing with the new directions that Moore's Law has taken computer chips.
At its Apple Worldwide Developer Conference here, Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of software engineering, shed light on technology called Grand Central Dispatch that's designed to make Mac OS X 10.6, called Snow Leopard, take better advantage of multicore processors and graphics processors.
Computer chips for years improved in performance through faster clock speeds, but processor engineers ran into problems with chips consuming inordinate amounts of … Read more
Correction: QuickTime 10 is likely to be released with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in the fall, and won't be updated Monday.
At WWDC Monday morning, Apple's Bertrand Serlet came out with guns blazing, not just in support of Snow Leopard, but of Safari and QuickTime, too. Announcing that Safari 4 would leave beta later Monday and that QuickTime would receive a massive overhaul, Serlet introduced new features while taking swipes at both Microsoft and Mozilla.
The senior vice president of OS X … Read more
Updated 10:50 a.m. PDT: Added pricing information.
SAN FRANCISCO--While Microsoft is trying to position Windows 7 as an exciting new version of the operating system, Apple on Monday tried to characterize it as the same old Windows.
In a keynote speech at the Worldwide Developer Conference here, Apple's Bertrand Serlet said the underpinnings of Windows 7 include the same complexities that have been in the past versions of the operating system.
"That's Windows 7," he said. "Fundamentally, it's just another version of Windows Vista."
Serlet tried to draw a contrast between … Read more
Not to be left out, the MacBook's been updated too, and it's no longer just a MacBook. Following in the wake of the 15-inch MacBook Pro updates, the 13-inchers will also be called MacBook Pros (because as Phil Schiller noted onstage, "At what point isn't this just a MacBook Pro?") The mid-range unibody aluminum laptops launched last October now have upgraded color screens, SD card slots, FireWire 800 ports, and backlit keyboards across the board. Prices start at $1,199, $100 less than before for the low-end aluminum MacBook, for an upgraded 2.26 GHz … Read more
Not the biggest news from today's Apple WWDC keynote, but the MacBook laptop line has gotten a few noteworthy spec bumps. We've already seen recent tweaks to the popular (and relatively budget-priced) $999 white MacBook, so now it's time for the aluminum 13, 15, and 17-inch models to follow suit.
First up is a revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro. Built into the same unibody construction as the current model, this new Pro promises improved battery life with a new "revolutionary" li-polymer battery that offers up to seven hours of life. These new batteries, according to Apple, … Read more
The Post-it note of happiness is once again gracing the front page of Apple's online store, alerting users that changes are afoot behind the scenes. This happens during most Apple events, and can mean anything from an updated version of box art, to purchase pages for new products.
In just under an hour Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) kicks off with a keynote from Apple's Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. Apple is expected to announce new hardware and software, including an updated version of the iPhone, as well as a price and … Read more
As the Apple faithful gather in San Francisco on Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Symbian, the world's largest mobile operating system vendor, is prowling the streets outside Moscone with a tantalizing proposition for iPhone developers: make more money by reaching more consumers with Symbian:
Starting at 7:30 AM PDT, Symbian will start handing out invitations to join Symbian at Jillian's for a Symbian Hack-a-thon (1:00 - 4:00 PDT, with happy hour kicking in at 5:00 and running until 7:00). Jillian's is located directly across the street from the conference … Read more