My Hopes for a Notebook Refresh

What I want to see with the next Notebook Refresh
With the possibility of an event to announce a refreshed Apple Notebook line, there have been a few rumors flying around about what to expect. Some of them are fairly believable, but MacBook rumors aren’t. Keep in mind that this is not a prediction, merely what I would like to see, no matter how unlikely it may be.

RIM intends to announce Mac-Blackberry Support

RIM Announces Mac-Blackberry SupportIf you just can’t deal with Windows as an OS, but won’t delve as far into Apple products as an iPhone, this is for you.

If rumors are correct, no longer do Mac-using fans of RIM and their Blackberry have to resort to a third-party app for their synching needs. This news comes after an anonymous source from within RIM said the company is working on porting their Blackberry Desktop Manager to the Mac operating system. This is a good thing for those users, as the only solution that RIM directly suggested was to use the Windows version using a virtual system, which can be a bit of a pain. Not only did the source note that the program would probably ship in early 2009, but he/she alluded to the fact that the company has been working the program since 2004.

Windows iPhone users: Watch out for Penguin Panic

It seems as though many Apple products have been at the receiving end of some pretty nasty scams and viruses recently. First, we had phishers going for iTunes users’ information, then they took a crack at MobileMe, and now, there is a virus circulating that targets iPhone users who run Windows. Many people have taken noticed to Apple’s recent boost in popularity, but those people aren’t always the good ones. This latest scam piggybacks on the popularity of the iPhone, and will subsequently wreak havoc on any unfortunate Windows system it can get its hands on.

Is this the new MacBook Pro? (Don’t count on it.)

Is this the new MacBook Pro?Note: Ingest 1-3 grains of salt before proceding.

According to the German website, there is a new MacBook Pro in the house. Although this is unlikely, there is the slight chance of a leaked picture of the latest MacBook Pro model.

iPhone 3G snags Gadget of the Year award

iphone 3G gets the Gadget of the Year AwardAccording to the readers of Stuff magazine, the iPhone 3G is officially the Gadget of the Year. Beating out other gadgets such as the Xbox 360, Wii Fit, and the B&W Zeppelin iPod Speakers, the iPhone took its spot on at the top of the Podium. Some of the criteria by which the items were judged were value, performance, design, and, of course, the all-important “cool factor.”

Despite the fact that the iPhone 3G didn’t take the Editorial Award, the Reader’s Choice award is still a respectable accomplishment. The highest award instead went to the ASUS Eee PC. Despite a recent trio of iPhone performance lawsuits against Apple, it is good to see that the majority of the public still sees the iPhone in a good light.


Apple developing ARM processors for iPhone

ARM Processors for the iPhone and iPodEver since Apple acquired PA Semi back in April, rumors have been flying about what Apple had in mind for its newly acquired engineers. For a long time, it has been speculated that Apple eventually planned to make its own iPod and iPhone chips. Well, according to recently revealed information, it seems as though that is, in fact, the case.


Get previous generation iPods on the cheap

Get refurbished previous generation iPods on the cheapAt Apple’s recent Let’s Rock event, we saw the introduction of a few new iPods. First we had the bigger and cheaper iPod Classic, then the colorful new lineup of iPod nanos, and finally, redesigned and cheaper iPod Touch. Now, you may be up to forking over the big bucks for a fancier way to play your music, but if features aren’t a big deal, Apple’s got a deal for you.

Read on for more information.


Apple planning October event to update computers?

Update scheduled for the release of redesigned MacBooks?
At yesterday’s Let’s Rock event, the focus was, as expected, 100% music. There was some hope that Steve would pull one of his famous “One more thing…” speeches and whip out a couple of new MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and MacBook pros. There were also more rumors that said notebooks would half to wait until closer to the holiday season, and recent reports show that this rumor may come to fruition.

According to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, an insider at Apple has informed him of an event that has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th.

Details after the break.

How to perfect the Grid View

How to perfect the Grid View
In a recent article on his personal blog, Adam Fisher-Cox has details on how he thinks (and now how I think) the new Grid View in iTunes 8 should work. I personally have had issues with the Grid View (details in my review of iTunes 8), and this has the potential to be the perfect fix for those issues. Take note, Steve Jobs, as this may be a great idea for you to take in to consideration for iTunes 8.1.

Read on for more thoughts on the fix.


iPhone only a matter of time in Vermont

iPhone only a matter of time in VermontWe’ve got our syrup and our yearly foliage here in Vermont, and now, much to the happiness of many residents, we will soon be able to add the iPhone to that list. As a Vermont resident, I have been very disappointed with our certain lack of iPhones, causing us to go to through the hassle of using an out-of-state address. But, that may not be an issue in the near future. Recent progression in an inter-carrier deal here in the 802 show that the iPhone’s arrival to our fine state is no longer a matter of “if,” but rather “when.”

Details after the break.


Appletell Review – iTunes 8

iTunes 8 Review
It’s finally here. The latest installment of the app that changed the way we listened to music has officially been announced. At Apple’s Let’s Rock event, the first item on the docket was this new piece of software. With new features such as Genius and HD TV Shows, many changes have been made to the system. Some of them are great, some of them are OK, and some of them just plain suck.

Read on for my review of iTunes 8.

Let’s Rock rumor summary

Let's Rock rumor summaryNow that the much anticipated Apple Let’s Rock event is only two days off, let’s talk Let’s Rock rumors. There are lots of possible goodies for the event, so let’s hope that Apple is up for the challenge and fulfills everyone’s hopes.

Read on for the full list of possibilities.