Brian Tong brings us through a roundup of all the Apple news that made the headlines in the last 7 days.
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Apple has made two very welcome, and very focused, additions to the team in the shape of Rob Saunders (formerly Nintendo) and Nick Grange (formerly Activision) who will both shortly be joining Apple. Both will take up roles in the iOS / iPad departments and both come from gaming backgrounds.
The inside video features Thom Carfaro, from G-Form, dropping an 8lbs bowling ball from 3 feet above an iPad 2. Ordinarily this would result in a smashy smashy outcome but Thom’s iPad is wearing an iPad Extreme Sleeve that is able to withstand the force of the falling bowling ball.
Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has said he would consider a return to play an active part with Apple, the company he left in 1987. It’s not known how serious he is about returning to Apple. When asked by Reuters would he consider a return, he answered “I’d consider it, yeah”
Some new MacBook Pros have had an issue under BootCamp where they occasionally shut down unexpectedly. Apple has released updated BootCamp drivers to remedy and repair this issue.
Brian White, of Ticonderoga Securities, is dubious of the many rumors about delays regarding the iPhone 5. He reasons that there is a pattern of activity within the supply chain that is counter-intuitive to a delayed launch.
DigiTimes reports that RIM, manufacturer of the BlackBerry PlayBook, may have had to delay the launch of their tablet by an entire month because of Apple’s demand for touch panels for the iPad 2.
Apple today rejected a game called Unpleasant Horse from the app store because it is “mature content”. The rejected game lets you control an evil flying horse that forces flying ponies to their death. Sure, that sounds gruesome but sometimes people want gruesome.
iBooks has reportedly gained a new ability – being able to open and save ePub files from email, as well as from web sites. Previously this was not allowed, likely to do concerns about licensing and intellectual rights.
When iOS 4.3 was in early beta, one of the sexier new features was its multitouch gestures for switching between apps and doing various other actions on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The multitouch gestures never made it to the public at large but you can now activate this feature by way of a Cydia tweak on Jailbroken devices.
CrunchGear is reporting of a possible rift between Apple and Best Buy over how Best Buy sell iPad 2’s, or rather, how they don’t sell iPad 2’s. According to a Best Buy employee, the electronics retailer intentionally held back iPad 2 stock when customers sought to purchase the tablet device.
As a follow up to the Federal grand jury probe of smartphone apps, it has been discovered that Pandora transmits ‘massive quantities’ of user data.
There are already a number of “news magazines” and other visually compelling news apps available for the iPad. Hitpad, however, is different, in that they’ve really re-thought the interface. I find it to be the most compelling of all.
I use and enjoy Microsoft Office for Mac regularly, and keep up with the latest version. It has recently been announced that Office 2011 for Mac will be getting it’s first service pack next week, which will bring better Outlook syncing, and stability improvements.
Reports coming from ModMyI that an employee of Toys R’ Us has been sneaking out information about a possible iPad 2 launch at the toy store.
I know it’s a bit late in the game, but I just got my iPad 2! To celebrate, I’ve rounded up some ways to show it off. If you have an iPad 2, or will be getting one when they come available to you, read on to learn how to flaunt your Apple goods.