iOS 4.3.3 is Live, Fixing Those Location Bug Issues

Apple has just released iOS 4.3.3 through iTunes, an update for all iOS devices which fixes a number of problems relating to the iPhone location tracking fiasco. As promised by Apple, the update will change the iOS location database file in regards to how location data is stored and backed up. As stated in the release notes above, iOS 4.3.3 reduces the size of the cache, stops backing up the cache to iTunes and completely deletes the cache when Location Services is turned off (something that previously didn’t happen).

Apple came into the firing line recently when it was revealed that iOS 4 contained an unencrypted location tracking log file, that made it incredibly easy for any Tom, Dick or Harry to spy on your whereabouts either by jailbreaking your iPhone or accessing the file from your iOS back up in iTunes. This unencrypted file was logging your every move even after turning off Location Services with no obvious way to remove the file from either your iPhone or your computer. This of course caused a huge outcry and Apple responded quickly assuring users they were not tracking their locations and promised an update in the coming weeks. Well, the wait is over my friends so plug in your iPhones, iPads and iPods to rectify this problem quickly. Has Apple done everything to ease your worries about location tracking, or has this doubted your trust in the big A?

Source: Engadget, TheAppleBlog, Ars Technica

And Boom! The iPad 2 is unveiled

Yesterday became national iPad 2 day as Steve Jobs unveiled the highly anticipated iPad sequel at a media event in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The new device features a zippy 1GHz dual core A5 processor, front and rear facing cameras along with a thinner and sleeker design. The new CPU is said to offer up to 2x the speed of the original iPad whilst keeping power consumption low to avoid eating up the battery life. Graphics performance has also had a impressive upgrade giving up to 9x faster performance when playing games or watching videos.

The first iPad was chubby and needed to go on a diet. Cue iPad 2 with its slim and slender body that’s 33% thinner than the original iPad and up to 15% lighter. It looks really nice and I can’t wait to hold one of these to see if the new form makes the iPad any easier or more natural to use.

As with the original iPad, Apple again released their own case for the new device, which at first glance had me perplexed but is actually pretty cool. A ‘Smart Cover’ is a magnetic flap which protects the screen and wakes the iPad from sleep when lifted / puts it to sleep when closed. It’s a pretty new concept and as a result, quite hard to describe so hit up the link here to watch Apple’s official video showing the cover in action!

The iPad 2 now comes in either white or black, and (don’t faint) the white version will be available from day one! So what are your thoughts? Are you impressed with the new specs or were you hoping for more? Personally I was really holding out for a retina screen but I understand it would be expensive to implement, plus they’re probably saving it for iPad 3 (dammit I can’t wait that long!)

Along with a hardware refresh, we were also given a preview into iOS 4.3 coming along with the iPad 2 on March 11th. Improvements feature Safari upgrades and FaceTime, Photo Booth, iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad 2 all designed to take advantage of the new built-in cameras. I’m excited to see Photo Booth in action which takes advantage of the faster CPU and shows effects and filters in real time.

So there we have it (in a nut shell). Will you be rushing out to get the new iPad 2? Or are you going to believe the rumours and wait till September to see whether the iPad 3 will be released then? I’ve wanted an iPad for the past year, so waiting any longer now seems like torture! If I do get one *correction* when I get one, I’ll be uploading an unboxing video and review so stay tuned to Snap Gadget TV!

When killer iPads ATTACK!

With the imminent release of the next iPad just around the corner, I thought I’d share with you some videos demonstrating some of the exciting new ‘features’ coming in the device. Personal favourites from the two videos include iMilk and iShotgun, along with the added bonus of being gunned down by your beloved product.

Source: TUAW

iPad International Release Set For May 28th

After all that waiting and delay, Apple finally announced in a press release this morning that the international release of the iPad would be on May 28th with pre orders beginning May 10th. The iPad will be released on May 28th in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Those in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore will have to wait until July for their shiny piece of Apple goodness. Prices for the UK and Europe are as follows:

Europe:

  • 16GB WiFi only €479
  • 32GB WiFi only €579
  • 64GB WiFi only €679
  • 16GB WiFi+3G €579
  • 32GB WiFi+3G €679
  • 64GB WiFi+3G €779

UK:

  • 16GB WiFi only £429
  • 32GB WiFi only £499
  • 64GB WiFi only £599
  • 16GB WiFi+3G £529
  • 32GB WiFi+3G £599
  • 64GB WiFi+3G £699

Will you be pre ordering one of these bad boys?

Source: Engadget and TUAW

The Gadget Show Live 2010!

I know this was a while ago now but I thought I’d give you a roundup of all the gadget goings on at this years Gadget Show Live 2010! It was an awesome day with enough tech to keep your gadget juices flowing all day! It was held at the NEC in Birmingham which was the perfect venue with 3 massive halls packed to the brim with the latest TVs, cameras, computers and even cars. They also had a mini Gadget Show Studio where the presenters filmed various pieces and signed autographs for the masses! Sadly I didn’t get an autograph as the queue for them was ridiculously long and my patience isn’t quite that good. Now if it was Steve Jobs signing autographs it may have been a different story…

3D was huge at The Gadget Show Live, and when I say huge I mean it was EVERYWHERE! The 3D market is growing at a rapid rate, branching out to all areas of the tech world with most companies trying to incorporate some form of 3D into their products. I saw 3D gaming laptops, 3D games for consoles such as the PS3 and the Xbox, 3D TVs, 3D films and even 3D photographs! Yes, those were pretty awesome but also a bit pointless at the same time. 3D gaming is going to be a huge market although I’m not overly convinced on a) the current quality of 3D games, and b) the need for it. Games are fine how they are at the moment, and the 3D technology which is around now, is still gimmicky and hurts my eyes within about 5 minutes. It’s unnecessary as I don’t think it adds much to the games but it had a huge audience at the live show and people seem to love it so maybe that’s just my opinion. The only 3D games I did like however were the 3D racing games which seemed pretty cool and they had the most attention. They were the most realistic and non gimmicky 3D games and the graphics were very smooth so I think these are going to be winners.

Furby! Who remembers these?

Retro Macs!

A really cool area of the show was The Gadget Show Hall Of Fame which contained all of techs greatest players such as old Macs, Gameboys, the Atari, the Binatone, old TV’s, a Sega Megadrive and even Apple’s first ever tablet, The Newton! It was basically loads of old tech which you could interact with and reminisce over the good old days where you used to stay up all night to get to the final level because you couldn’t save back in the day (boy I DON’T miss those days!) I love anything old (cars, music, tech, you name it!) so this was heaven for me :)

Hey! I bumped into the TomTom hand! What a dude!

A giant Flip Mino HD!

OH MY GOSH! AN iPAD!

As you can see from those envious eyes behind me in the picture above, I TOUCHED AN iPAD! HELLS to the YES! The T3 stand got one in from America and quietly had it just sitting there on the table. There were no long queues to see it, only a few chosen nerds who were huddled around the holy device mesmerized by it’s iPaddyness (yes I know that’s not a word!) I only had a few minutes to play with it so I unfortunately couldn’t film any reviews nor could I use half of the apps because the device doesn’t actually work in England yet. The official release date for the iPad in the UK is “late May” according to Apple’s official website, therefore Maps didn’t work along with some internet websites so generally it was just a mini preview for me. I could at least get a feel for the UI which was as smooth as butter like they always are with Apple. The touchscreen was very intuitive and photos looked glorious on that beautiful high resolution screen. Man I wish I could afford one of these babies.

The one hour Super Theatre Show with the presenters was great! It was a very interactive show with the chance to win some seriously cool prizes such as a laptop with Windows 7, a HD camcorder and a Xbox! The presenters performed live competitions against each other with lots of audience participation, and during one particular battle between Suzi and Jason there was a serious technical hitch! They were having a jetpack race over the audience and Suzi’s jetpack got stuck, which left her hanging there getting slightly worried! She was even shouting, “Cut the music, this isn’t part of the script!” so that was extra funny!

Overall the show was AWESOME and me and Dave will definitely be booking our tickets for next year! I did some recording aswell of the general atmosphere of the day so I’ll get that edited down and hit it up soon!

Enjoy your Wednesday gadget fiends :D

Apple Sells Over 300,000 iPads On US Launch Day

Official figures from Cupertino reveal that Apple shifted over 300,000 iPad tablets on it’s first day of release.

The number includes deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners (Best Buy etc.) and sales at Apple Retail stores. In terms of channel partners, the figure is only from stock the companies have bought, it doesn’t include what they’ve actually sold (yet, we all know they’re gonna sell out like hot cakes!)

Here are some pictures from various Apple stores around America on the iPad launch day! (Boy I wish I was there!)

Broadway Store

Broadway Store

5th Avenue Store

There was a surprise visitor at the Palo Alto Apple store in California in the form of Steve Jobs! The great man himself made an appearance, talking with customers and even giving a hands-on demo of the device! I can imagine all of the store employees would have been wonderfully shocked as he rocked up in jeans, trainers and a black hoodie over his trademark black mock turtleneck. He clearly sticks to an outfit he loves :)

Apple posts Guided Tours of the upcoming iPad

The iPad launch date is now only a few days away (for Americans anyway) and Apple is going into full swing with it’s marketing push to keep us Apple fan boys tided over until the big day. Firstly they released the TV advert to get our gadget juices flowing, then came the ample amount of guided tours to tell us everything we will ever need to know about the iPad.

The guided tours feature a narrator enthusiastically explaining how each application works, while an anonymous pair of hands (and legs) demonstrate how to use each feature. Various gesture controls are also shown, particularly the ‘tap and hold’ which brings up a separate menu to allow you to perform different actions on the item you are tapping on. I believe this will be a big feature on the upcoming iPad and hopefully on any new iPhone OS updates too. The narrator is very keen to tell us how easy, innovative and simple everything is to use (no surprises there) which, combined with Apple’s clean and simple advert design makes it a very effective marketing tool in making you want something you don’t really need.

I’m looking forward to the updated You Tube app, as the current iPhone version is not up to scratch and could do with a thorough update (has it ever had one?) It looks a lot more visually appealing and brings many needed features to the device which its little brother is lacking. Yes, the iPad does have a lot more screen space so there’s more room for slick design updates but basic improvements to the iPhone would be nice.

If you’re still unsure as to what all the fuss is about, check out all of the Guided Tours to give you a real flavour of what the iPad can do. It’s much more appealing and informative than a bunch of Apple execs sitting in front of a white background poetically declaring they’ve just made the greatest product in the entire world (ok, ok I do enjoy those videos, but they do blow their own trumpets a bit.)

Enjoy the tours, I know I will!

First exclusive look at Ambrosia’s Mondo Solitaire and Aki Mahjong for iPad.

CEO of Ambrosia Software Andrew Welch, has released an exclusive look at two of their apps for the upcoming iPad, namely Mondo Solitaire and Aki Mahjong. Both games have been developed to take advantage of the iPad’s large screen space, giving both games a thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience.

The iPad will end the trouble I have with my current iPhone. I play a lot of games on my phone, Solitaire being one of many, and I find with this game it’s so fiddly to try and pick the exact card you want. Because the screen is so tiny, you find yourself struggling to actually pinpoint what card you want without shoving your phone right up to your face. The large screen estate of the iPad will be so great for these sorts of games and everything will be much larger so card games will be a breeze.

From the looks of these two, good things are coming our way and I can’t wait to see more.

Apple Tablet

To put it frankly, would I buy an Apple Tablet? Possibly. For two reasons, number 1, if I had a lot of money to spare, and number 2, if this ‘mysterious tablet’ had a lot to offer. I’m not saying that I’m not intrigued because I am, but I can’t help but think of it as a giant iPhone. I just can’t see a major advantage to owning a Tablet, but then again, I might be thinking differently after they (most likely) unveil it on the 27th January. In true Apple fashion it will be shiny and slick and sexy, and within minutes my eyes will be lusting after the latest offering from Apple. That’s the trouble with me and Apple products. They always release products that I never really needed until I saw them. When the iPhone first came out I was really against it. “Why change to a fancy, wizzy phone when my Samsung G600 already does everything I need?” But alas! I was highly wrong! Over the next few months my friends joined the iPhone brigade and I was sorely tempted. So tempted in fact that I went out and got the brand new 3G S as soon as it hit the shelves last June (I got up at 6am to be at the shops for opening, I even queued!!!) My Samsung contract hadn’t even ended yet!
And the same seems to be happening with this magical and mystical Tablet. I’m completely against it (or was) but as the days draw closer to the fated January 27th I’m beginning to think that I would shell out the cash.

Watch this space Apple heads…