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  1. 1. February 21st, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Apple Fanatics! Living Will, agreements, life insurance policies, home Apple@VR - News, Previews and Reviews on insurance policies, a simple home inventory list or Everything Apple video or perhaps something that’s really valuable to most every iTunes fan: a copy of your iTunes Library.Mac OS X Lion to feature a “Safe Well, there’s no certainty that this will or will not appear in the next Mac OS. But this is surely something that Apple isDeposit Box”? simplifying for Mac users.Apple@VRBy Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011 Largest Apple retail store to open in Shanghai? Apple@VR By Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011Not much new features have been known to the public priorto the expected Summer release of Apple’s upcoming OS,Mac OS X Lion. Besides Launchpad, Mac App Store, MissionControl and full-screen enabled apps, what else is installedfor us in Lion? According to a report, Apple has patented anapplication. Is that headed for Lion or beyond?Simply dubbed as “Safe Deposit Box”, it is a new Mac OS Xfeature that might just appear in this summer’s release of Mac If you have been following closely on “Apple retail store”OS X Lion. related news, you would have heard about the potential largest Apple’s patent is about a safe deposit box for securing Apple retail store to be located in Manhattan’s Grand Central important user files. In one aspect, when a user drags- Terminal in the States. But now, it seems like Apple have set and-drops a file representation onto a safe deposit box their eyes on China instead. icon, the file is secured. In another aspect, when a user According to an article reported by The Wall Street Journal, selects the safe deposit box icon and verifies his or her the Mac makers is continuing its focus in the Far East and identity, the user could access secured files through a plans to open the largest retail outlet in Shanghai. safe deposit box window. The company is planning to open a new store – it’sBy simply dragging your vital documents into this all-new biggest in China – on Shanghai’s famous Nanjing“Safe Deposit Box”, files are automatically encrytped and Road, an Apple spokeswoman has confirmed tostored in a hidden place. Original copies of the file will be China Real Time after news of the plan appeared insecurely wiped out and even copied into the cloud for backup Thursday’s Beijing Youth Daily.purposes. The newspaper reports (in Chinese) that Ron Johnson, One of the key attributes or selling points of Apple’s the company’s senior vice-president of retail, said Safe Deposit Box Application or OS X feature is that the company is now looking for bigger spaces to your digital valuables could be stored “off site” or accommodate the crowds that routinely pack its beyond the home computer to safeguard your digital China Apple stores, which are visited by more than valuables which could be something like a Will or 1
  2. 2. February 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 40,000 people per day–four times the average traffic in their American stores. NYTimes: “Apple is not currentlyIf this comes to fruition, this would be Apple’s third in developing a smaller iPhone”Shanghai, with another two outlets located in Beijing. Bringing Apple@VRa grand total of five retail stores out of the target of 25 By Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011retail stores spread across China by 2012. But Apple might beslowing the pace if it shift its focus on quantity to quality.Well, this is certainly not surprising if Apple’s China retailefforts ranks as the company’s top performer worldwide interms of human traffic and product sales.Apple has opened its first Shanghai store last year in Pudongdistrict. A second Shanghai store will be opened in Hong KongPlaza in September this year.Apple to adopt Light Peak soon?Apple@VRBy Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011 Contrary to reports published by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times published a report thatVarious hardware vendors have already adopted USB 3.0 claims that Apple is not planning to launch a smaller its choice for the next-generation high speed connection. However, they did report that Apple is planning on launchingNowadays, USB 3.0 peripherals and USB 3.0 enabled a cheaper iPhone.computers have started to pop up but Apple isn’t going to In a conflicting report to the other various published reports,adapt it? A report is now pointing that Apple will adopt Light The New York Times has confirmed via their sources thatPeak instead of USB 3.0 for its products “in the near future”. Apple is indeed not working on a smaller version of the iPhoneAccording to reports by CNet, Apple is set and expected to (or N97, iPhone Nano) as well as integrating voice commands.announce a “new high-speed connection technology” soon. But contrary to published reports, Apple is notApple is speculated to rebrand Intel’s Light Peak and use currently developing a smaller iPhone, accordinganother name for it. to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested Apple is expected to adopt this Intel technology in the anonymity because the plans are confidential. near future–but likely use a name other than Light That said, the next-generation iPhone is “likely to be similar Peak, a source familiar with this aspect of Apple’s in size” to the current iPhone. Which make sense as plans said. Intel has said in the past that the first incorporating a smaller screen would require app developers products using Light Peak should appear in the first to rewrite their Apps to fit to the new resolution. half of 2011. The New York Times’ piece, however, did conform to some ofWhile USB 3.0 is considered fast in today’s pace, Light Peak is the details spelled out by The Wall Street Journal’s report. Insignificantly faster. So why would Apple adopt USB 3.0 now if specific, Apple is working on improving its’ voice commandLight Peak is going to debut soon enough? system to allow easier navigation with the iPhoneWe are expecting Sandy Bridge processors to make an Apple is also working on changing some of the internalappearance in the upcoming MacBook Pros and reports point components to reduce costs to possibly sell versions of thethat there would be additional enhancements. Light Peak? iPhone at a cheaper price.Hmmmmm… “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the person, who has worked on multiple versions of the device. 2
  3. 3. February 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneReports on MobileMe seems to be on par with the others, citingthat MobileMe will be available for free and allow users to Jetstar Airways to offer in-flightwirelessly access their photos and other media files online. iPad rentals Apple@VRFive new MacBook Pro models to By Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011arrive next week?Apple@VRBy Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011 Perhaps the first of its kind around the world, Australia’s Jetstar Airways is going to offer in-flight iPad rentals on every aircraft in its fleet starting as early as April.A new series of claims have surfaced and continues to point And you can experience all of the fun that Apple’s tablet canto tightening supplies of the current-generation MacBook Pro offer on-board for a mere AUD$10.line. The latest rumour is that the upcoming refresh of Apple’sMacBook Pro line could arrive as early as late next week. Back in June 2010, Qantas Airways‘ low-cost airline Jetstar has been trialing the concept of in-flight rentals of Apple’sAccording to the first report, Italian rumour site iSpazio claims iPad. Pre-loaded with movies, music, magazines, books, andthat it has recieved notification from an Apple employee that games, the rental program was suppose to launch at the endApple is preparing to release five new MacBook Pro models. of last year, just in time for the holiday season. But dueIn specific, the model numbers are MC720, MC721, MC723, to contract negotiations and pending licensing agreementsMC724, and MC725. These five models will span across all with Apple, they weren’t able to get it ready in time.three current MacBook Pro sizes of 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch. With some airlines already offering integration between iPods and in-flight entertainment systems and iPads being used asCurrently, Apple offers six standard configurations of the electronic flight bags for pilots, you can say that the sky isn’tMacBook Pro. It seems likely that Apple will drop a standard the limit for Apple.configuration from one of the 15-inch models if they were toever drop to offer five models.Another Italian site, Slide to Mac, reports that Apple’s new Apple’s iPhone 4 awarded “Bestmodels of MacBook Pro will arrive either on Thursday or Mobile Device” at MWCFriday next week, and that the update is not merely just a specbump of the existing offerings. Apple@VR By Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011Apple Bitch, on the other hands, reports on the tighteningof supplies of MacBook Pro over the last month and it hasaffected Apple’s own retail distribution points around Asia. Apparently websites for Apple Stores in several Asian countries have been updated today to reflect longer shipping times for the MacBook Pro. For example, the Malaysian Apple Store updated its website today to show that shipping times for the 13 inch MacBook Pro have slipped from 24 hours to 1-5 days. This is You can say that the Mobile World Congress isn’t one of also reflected in other countries such as Hong Kong, Apple’s territory; arguably more of an Android-centric affair Vietnam and Taiwan. this year. But despite the lack of appearance of the iPhoneIt is interesting to note that even though neighbouring makers, the company was awarded the award “Best Mobilecountries reflect a delay in shipping date for any MacBook Pro, Device” for the iPhone 4.Singapore still shows “Today” for shipping. According to the judges of the panel, the iPhone 4 has a “Great screen, sharp design, fantastic materials, and phenomenal ecosystem for app developers. In a tight race, the iPhone 4 3
  4. 4. February 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebuilt on the success of its predecessors to set the pace for smartphones.”However, despite creating the “Best Mobile Device”, Applestill lost to HTC as they were awarded “Device Manufacturerof the Year.” What mounts up to HTC’s win includes “greatcommunication and good customer service” admist “a strongportfolio of devices across many platforms.”Check out other awards here.App of the Week: Wasted LifeApple@VRBy Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011Ever pondered about while commuting and wonder exactlyhow much time are you wasting doing the same morning busride? Or how much time of your life have you spent sleeping?Well, today we’ve an app for that. Why did i mention scientific? Well, this app actually accounts for data such as sex, age, and even regional variables such as life expectancy and annual vacation time. And once you’ve found out the surprising and/or terrifying data, share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter through its easy integration. Available now for just US$0.99, Wasted Life is on iTunes App Store. Transform your iPhone 4 from black to white Apple@VR By Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011Simply (and brilliantly) entitled as Wasted Life, this app allowsyou to quickly tabulate and and find in a rather “scientific” wayon how much time you’ll be spending doing daily routines suchas sleeping, eating, reading or anything you would like to findout. Do you happen to own a black iPhone 4 and still have a burning desire for the white one? Well, there are several options out there. You can strip your phone apart and change the panels from a third-party supplier. Or, you can consider one of these vinyl decals for a less painful and cheaper alternative. 4
  5. 5. February 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone - A geo-tagging system codenamed “Tokens” that tags real-world locations, like Facebook Places on steroids. All the above services will be accessed through the revamped MobileMe and it will be constantly updated with user’s latest activities from their iOS devices; from music to videos, locations to photos. “The concept is that you would have you own website that’s dynamic, all based on what you are doing at that moment,” said our source. “Apple thinks of it as having a webserver in your pocket… everything will be dynamically updated to MobileMe.” Looking deeper into the geo-tagging system, “Tokens” would allow other MobileMe users to tag reviews, photos and other interesting information visitng those locations using the iOS devices’ built-in GPS. In a nutshell, it seems like Apple is trying to create an all-in- one social solution for all iOS devices user.Made out of high-quality water-proof vinyl, this skin can fool As rumoured by The Wall Street Journal, the all-newothers into thinking you already own that illusive white iPhone revamped MobileMe is expected to be launched for free in the4. What’s more, it acts as a protective film and protects your summer, alongside with the upcoming iPhone 5.beloved iPhone from scratches and dings. But it does requiresyou to have extremely delicate and steady hands.Available online now at Etsy for just US$10.99 exlcudingshipping.What is Apple planning forMobileMe?Apple@VRBy Soundpunk on February 21st, 2011While the Wall Street Journal has previously reported thatApple is planning to revamp its MobileMe to include a cloud-based media streaming service to iOS devices, it seems that theCupertino giants has more things planned up their sleeves.Accoding to a source familar with the matter, Apple is goingto include social and location-based services on top of thespeculated “digital locker” streaming system as reported byThe Wall Street Journal. Among the many services Apple is working on are: - A live video-streaming service like Ustream - A location-based check-in system like Gowalla or Foursquare 5