Articles by Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.

Why Didn’t Apple Release an SDK for Apple TV?

Posted on 13/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Rumors were circulating before Monday’s WWDC keynote that Apple would release an update and an SDK for it’s popular Apple TV. The rumors said Apple was going to give third-party developers access to its SDK, thereby allowing them to develop for Apple’s hockey puck-sized wonder. Didn’t happen. Was there a good reason for it?

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Apple Is Using Waze Data in Their New iOS 6 Maps App

Posted on 13/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

TomTom sent out a press release yesterday, saying Apple had licensed part of it mapping solutions and data for use in the new Maps app in iOS6. However, during the keynote presentation, there was also mention of “crowd sourced data” being used. Where was that coming from? It could be coming from Waze, the company with the same named navigation app currently in the App Store.

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Delay is Apple’s Biggest Enemy in the Smartphone Wars

Posted on 13/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple has been involved in drawn out legal battles against its rivals in a global smartphone patent war for almost three years. Recent setbacks in two key U.S. court cases are showing why long, drawn-out legal battles are bad for Apple.

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Gruber: “Google Should Have Allied With Apple on Mobile”

Posted on 13/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber offers three “takeaways” from Apple’s WWDC keynote address on Monday. Apple CAN walk and chew gun at the same time, the new Retina display MacBook Pro is awesome (duh!), and Google should’ve allied with Apple in the mobile market instead of trying to compete.

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Which New iOS 6 Features Will be Available on Your Device?

Posted on 13/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple says that iOS 6, the upcoming version of its operating system for the iPhone and iPad, is “compatible” with devices as old as the iPhone 3GS. At the bottom of Apple’s iOS 6 info page, however, is a disclaimer: “Not all features are available on all devices.”

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Tim Cook Confirms: Apple Planning Mac Pro Replacement for 2013

Posted on 12/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Professional level users who rely on Apple’s Mac Pro lineup were not a little disappointed when the list of WWDC announcements didn’t include their beloved tower of power. But an email from Tim Cook has given them a ray of hope that Apple is working on “something really great” to address the professional market.

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Apple and TomTom Sign Agreement for iOS 6 Map Data

Posted on 12/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

At the WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled a new mapping app for iOS 6 which will replace the Map app that used Google data. Shortly after the presentation, digital maps provider TomTom confirmed it had signed an agreement with Apple to provide maps and other data.

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Verizon is Killing Voice Minutes, Making Data Plans Shareable

Posted on 12/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Have apps like Apple’s iMessage made carriers revisit how they charge their customers for voice, text, and data plans? Verizon seems to have heard the bell toll, as they have announced a new plan that allows customers to get rid of tiered voice minutes and text plans, and also lets them share data allotments among multiple devices.

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Apple Introduces New MagSafe Adapter & Thunderbolt Accessories

Posted on 12/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

With all the huge announcements today by Apple at their Worldwide Developers Conference, understandably some announcements were a little underwhelming, but still important in their own right. Apple has released new Thunderbolt accessories and a MagSafe adapter for their line of Mac computers.

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Video of WWDC 2012 Keynote Now Available Online

Posted on 12/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple has posted a video of the opening keynote of the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference on its website. Since Apple did not broadcast the keynote live, this will be an excellent opportunity to view the exciting announcements from this morning’s keynote.

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