Just as the iPod became a gateway drug for the iPhone, which itself became the gateway drug for the iPad, iOS is set to become the platform that tempts people into the OS X ecosystem.
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The open source pioneer will take on Apple's iOS and Google's Android with a Firefox OS for mobile devices, supporting open web standards, especially HTML5. The first devices will appear mid-year, but not in the US, at least initially.
An iWatch could help Apple cement iCloud services with its current iOS and OS X offerings, but it's more likely that any iWatch will be more of an iPod nano than an iPhone or iPad.
VirnetX is now targeting the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, the iPad mini, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and all Macs that have OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' installed on them with a new lawsuit.
With obvious eyes on this year's CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacker challenge, Apple today dropped two major security updates for Safari and iOS to fix more than 60 vulnerabilities that could be used to hijack Windows, Mac OS X or iPhone/iPod Touch devices.
Already available for the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch, FaceTime will be making its debut for Mac OS X today.
After rolling out on the iPhone 4 and the latest iPod touch, it looks like Apple has further plans for FaceTime. Rumor has it that the video communication program is destined for Mac OS X and even Windows-based computers.
The new version of iPhone OS will have the ability to organize icons on the iPhone by creating folders. The new feature, demonstrated by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is part of iPhone OS 4, which is due to hit iPhones and iPod Touch devices in the summer and the iPad this fall.
Whenever I mention Ubuntu (or for that matter any other Linux distro), I'm invariably asked whether the OS offers support for Apple's iPod. The answer has always been "no" ... until now.
Apple has released iPhone OS to version 3.1.3 (7E18), replacing the OS on all models of iPhone and iPod touch devices.
The most serious flaw could allow remote code execution if an iPhone/iPod Touch user opens audio and image files.
Google announced the open-sourcing of its Chrome OS early this morning, and the search giant was very clear in explaining its target market for Chrome OS devices: this is a companion device, not a primary desktop machine. But is a Chrome OS netbook intrinsically better than a lowly iPod?
Apple has begun distributing an iPhone and iPod Touch software update that fixes several glitches in its recently released iPhone OS 3.1.
If you ask me, Apple is getting dangerously close to putting itself in the line of fire from an antitrust bullet. And when it comes, it'll have nothing to do with the iPod or Mac OS, but instead it's the way Apple manages the App Store.
Following the release of the iPhone Software 3.0, Apple also presented corporate customers with its first edition of the iPhone OS Enterprise Deployment Guide. This manual is packed with instructions for setting up mass quantities of iPhones and iPod Touches as well as some interesting "important" notes and tips.
CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell offers a Quick View of the new search, recording, and media features found on the second-generation iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.0.
There's always a lot of speculation leading up to Apple events - and this year's worldwide developer's conference, which kicks off Monday in San Francisco, is no exception. For some time now, the buzz around this year's WWDC has been around a larger screen iPod Touch (think Tablet PC) and an upgrade to Mac OS X.
The tech industry spends a lot of time talking about market share. Whether it's hardware (iPod, iPhone, Macs ...) or software (Windows, Linux, Mac OS, browsers ...), we seems to want to read a lot into this particular metric. But is "market share" thinking "old school" thinking?
As we approach the June WWDC event and the expectation that Apple will roll out iPhone OS 3.0 along with some possible new hardware, the rumors of what else may be in the OS update heat up. The latest speculation is that Apple will allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background. Currently, Apple lets you run the iPod music functions in the background, but no 3rd party apps have this capability. The servers side notification support coming in iPhone 3.0 may address the needs for some apps, such as IM apps, but there are still some others that would benefit from running in the background on the iPhone.
Pound for pound the best value for a machine running Mac OS X right now is the Dell Vostro A90 netbook -- which is on sale for $199. That's right, for less than the price of an iPod touch you can buy a machine that runs desktop-class Mac OS applications and a Web-browser with Flash.
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