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Visual Rumour Roundup: The Apple Tablet

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iPhone 3G & 3G S

WWDC coverage

iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G S


$99 8GB

$199 16GB

$299 32GB


2 megapixels

3 megapixels


Tap to focus

Video recording

New features

Cut, Copy, and Paste


Spotlight Search

Landscape Keyboard

Voice Memos

Improved performance

Built-in video camera

Voice Control


Cut, Copy, and Paste


Spotlight Search

Landscape Keyboard

Voice Memos


Battery life

Talk time:

Up to 5 hours on 3G

Up to 10 hours on 2G

Standby time:

Up to 300 hours

Internet use:

Up to 5 hours on 3G

Up to 6 hours on Wi-Fi

Audio playback:

Up to 24 hours on audio

Video playback:

Up to 7 hours of video

Talk time:

Up to 5 hours on 3G

Up to 12 hours on 2G

Standby time:

Up to 300 hours

Internet use:

Up to 5 hours on 3G

Up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi

Audio playback:

Up to 30 hours on audio

Video playback:

Up to 10 hours of video

[Apple] – c.

WWDC 09: Countdown Widget

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WWDC '09 Countdown Widget Screenshot

This simple Dashboard widget will help you countdown to WWDC 09.

Download: WWDC ’09 Countdown Widget – c.

Antiglare 15″ MacBook Pro just around the corner?

While visiting my local Apple Store yesterday, I noticed (amongst the dozens of notebooks on display) a 15″ MacBook Pro with an antiglare (or matte) screen. This seemed to be particularly odd, since Apple currently only includes the glossy display option on all of their notebooks, except of course the 17″ MacBook Pro, where it can be configured with an antiglare screen for an extra $50 (USD). Unlike the matte 17″ MBP, this notebook did not feature an aluminum “border” around the screen, but, as the photos show, instead sported a black plastic “border” like the rest of Apple’s late 2008 unibody notebooks. Could this be an error on Apple’s part? Is an antiglare 15″MacBook Pro imminent? Could it be one of Phil Schiller’s WWDC announcements? It’s arguable, since Apple’s been playing down the outside-friendly display (instead choosing to promote their super glossy LEDs), but that was definitely an antiglare screen on a 15″ MacBook Pro. – r.

Note: I tried my best to capture the MacBook Pro so that it was clear that it featured an antiglare screen, but the iPhone’s convenient camera can only do so much…

Introducing Lisa & Jackson – the most unpopular people in the world

This travesty of a commercial is the latest in Microsoft’s “PCs-are-cheaper-therefore-better” campaign. Aside from the obvious technical and aesthetic advantages to the Macintosh (that any fanboy would happily explain to you), what eleven-year-old in their right mind would prefer a PC to a Mac? Remember Jackson, Windows has Songsmith, not Garageband. What about Lisa, the only teenager/mum (I’m really not sure which) who’d rather have a fat, heavy, Blu-ray equipped PC than a thin, white MacBook? Let’s be honest here: kids love Macs. For Satan Microsoft to attack Apple on this front is not only strategically flawed, but will damage their credibility with consumers. I’ll admit that I’m not exactly Steve Ballmer’s biggest fan, but this is just childish. Pick up your game, MS. – r.

(Oh, I almost forgot: /rant)

Photos: Apple’s 17″ MacBook Pro

Apple’s 17″ MacBook Pro is (finally) in stores, here’s a few photos I took of the matte and glossy models at the Apple Store yesterday. – r.

Apple begins showing TV & Movies Genius recommendations


Remember that mysterious iTunes 8.1 feature that Apple took down within a few hours of listing it on their site? That feature was TV & Movies Genius recommendations, and in the past few days it’s shown a ‘coming soon’ sidebar whenever you tried to access it. Now, it appears Apple have begun showing Genius recommendations on a small selection of these TV shows and Movies. As shown in the shot above, Genius is showing some House episodes I’m missing out on in the new TV Shows sidebar. Of course, I’m running the Australian iTunes Store here, and haven’t confirmed it with an American account, so let me know if it’s working for you all overseas as well. – r.

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