Today in Apple:
Well, it looks like the long wait may be over soon: if industry rumors are true, the iPhone 5 (and whatever else Apple has up its sleeve) will be announced on September 12. The timetable makes sense, especially since Apple has been prepping a mysterious “Fall event” but keeping the details very hush-hush. Alongside the iPhone 5, the rumor mill suggests that the mysterious iPad Mini may make its grand debut on the same day. If the announcement date is accurate, expect the actual products to go on sale shortly afterward. Also expect them all to sell out very, very fast. If you want leaked images of the new iPhone, the link above has you covered. If you want some video examining some parts that may or may not be from the device, keep reading.
Today in More Apple:
The new Mountain Lion OS was downloaded three million times in its first four days of release, making it the fastest selling operating system of all time. Although responses to the OS have been generally favorable (aside from bugs here and there), the real reason for this success is undeniably the $20 price tag, which is afterthought money to people who have already invested thousands into their Apple products.
Cool New App:
With all this talk of Apple, we’re ignoring a device that’s actually pretty darn solid: the Windows Phone! Recently, the Weather Channel updated their app across all platforms, but they paid special attention to the Microsoft version, including augmeted reality features alongside the normal things you’d expect from a weather app. I’ll let this article describe why it sounds pretty awesome:
“Along with support for seven languages, the app will offer improved alert functionality and a new augmented reality feature. The Augmented reality feature allows you to check out the weather through your camera using photos submitted by users in your area. So, for example, if you pointed your phone’s camera at the Empire State Building, and someone had just posted a photo of it in the rain, your screen would show that user’s photo and the accompanying weather in your display.”
Leave it to the Weather Channel to do unique things with a weather app!
And Speaking of Windows…
When does a tablet stop being a tablet and start being a laptop? The new keyboard for Windows 8 tablets is slick and cool and makes the prospect of doing actual work on your tablet appealing (take that, Apple!). However, there is one question to be asked here: when does it just become easier to buy a laptop and lug that around instead?