Tag Archive for ‘Seth Weintraub’

Apple Begins Widespread Testing of iOS 5 ➝

Seth Weintraub reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:

Over the past few weeks we’ve been getting multiple tips from developers saying that their apps are being tested with iOS 5. The new OS is being tested on all manner of iOS devices including iPods, iPads and iPhones. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any unreleased devices likely because Apple is aware that usage logs go out to developers and wants to keep those devices under wraps.

 

Apple Hires Carbon Fiber Expert ➝

Seth Weintraub reporting for 9 to 5 Mac on a recent Apple hire:

Kevin Kenney has spent most of the last 14 years building carbon fiber bicycles as the President and CEO at Kestral Bicycles. This month, he became an Senior Composites Engineer at Apple after consulting for the past few years.

MacBook Pro Could Go Quad-Core Soon ➝

An Applesana forum poster has found references to a MacBookPro6_1 and MacBookPro6_2. Current MacBook Pros are 5,5.

9 to 5 Mac has also heard that Apple Store Geniuses are being trained on new quad-core MacBook Pros with delivery of the machines expected at the same time the newly announced quad-core iMacs ship in November.

Since Apple uses notebook components in the iMac, they usually keep the MacBook Pro at parity with the iMac. Therefore, it is likely that if the MacBook Pro is to receive quad-core processors next month, it will be Core i5 and/or Core i7 processors.

I do find it a little odd that Apple would justify changing the version of the MacBook Pro from 5,5 to 6,1. A version change like that would usually mean something a little more significant than the addition of quad-core processors.

Update 10/27/09: Gizmodo has heard from Apple that “the holiday lineup is set.” Originally Gizmodo had said that there wasn’t going to be any new Apple products this year, but was later corrected by Apple with the new quote. It’s hard to tell what the change actually means but I think it’s safe to say there won’t be any new products announced and available from Apple this year.

iPhone Tethering May be a 2010 Thing ➝

9 to 5 Mac was recently sent a note by an AT&T spokesman regarding an article on their website that claimed that iPhone tethering would be coming in 2009.

Just reading again – where did anyone promise tethering by [end of year]? Where did you see that? We promised MMS by end of summer and ended up being a few days late for that…

Tethering has been available in other countries since iPhone firmware 3.0 was released back in June. There have been ways of enabling it here but none of them officially supported by AT&T and Apple. And, you would have to pass on updating to firmware 3.1.

There is still a glimmer of hope that this was just a nitpicking AT&T employee simply pointing out that a time frame hasn’t officially been announced, but it’s probably safe to say that tethering is a 2010 thing.

By the way, for those of you lucky enough to purchase Netshare before it was pulled from the App Store: it still works.

Previously:
7/1//09:
Appmodo Still Claims $55 as Tethering Price
6/25/09: Enable Tethering and MMS Using MobileSafari

Update 11/14/09: AT&T on iPhone Tethering and Verizon Ads

Apple Developing FM Tuner App for the iPhone ➝

Seth Weintraub, of 9 to 5 Mac, has received a tip that Apple is developing an FM Tuner application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The application is said to be able to run in the background, just like iPod.app, and will offer functionality similar to that in the new iPod nano.

The iPhone 3GS along with the second and third generation iPod touch have been able to receive FM radio signals but the feature has yet to be supported in software.

Weintraub’s source says that the hold up is due to the integration between the radio app and the iTunes Store. While listening to a song you would be able to tap a button that brought you to the song listed in iTunes, then you are just one tap away from purchasing the song.

Weintraub also mentions that the iPhone 3GS and current iPod touch supports 802.11n in hardware which could also be turned on in the future. But, I haven’t been able to confirm that the iPhone 3GS’ hardware supports such functionality. The only references I’ve found to the iPhone 3GS having support for 802.11n were in rumors before the devices launch.

Previously:
4/9/09:
iPhone 3,1 Parts Shipping, 802.11n, Video Editing, and More

Update 1/4/10: 802.11n Coming to the iPhone