Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
So I took the plunge and plunked down the entry fee of $99 to play in the Apple TV game. My family doesn't watch a lot of movies, but every now and then we like to watch a good story. Up until now, I've downloaded movies onto my MacBook Pro and then connected it to our TV. It isn't elegant solution, but it works. With Apple TV2 I thought I could keep my laptop at my desk and then use ATV2 to download and watch (isn't that what it's for?).
SETUP a BREEZE
I was surprised how small the Apple TV was (I was expecting something larger — like a Mac Mini). With only two cables to connect (HDMI and power) it took less than 10 minutes to get up and running. Immediately we started watching movie trailers. Since we live a rural area our connection speed is slow (1.5-2.0 Mbps). Watching a 2 minute trailer takes about 2 minutes to buffer. Not bad, not great, but living in rural America we understand our bandwidth limitations.
HP is set to launch the first iPad competitor, the HP Slate 500. Since HP acquired Palm earlier this year, you would think it might be running the webOS? No, this is the Slate that Steve Balmer showed us at CES in January. It runs Windows 7 with a ATOM processor. It basically is a netbook without a keyboard. It will cost $799 for the 64GB version, a $100 more than the iPad version. It has a 8.9” screen instead of a 9.7” that the iPad has. It does have an SD card slot, which the iPad does not. HP is trying to market this to business users instead of consumers. I can see why, no consumer would want to buy it.
It does have one more thing, that the iPad does not. It has a retractable tab for certification logos and licenses, like the Windows License sticker. Yeah, there is a good idea, make a whole new slot just for logos. You can find a picture of this tab was well as other images at Engadget’s hands-on gallery.
Apple quietly announced that it will not longer be updating or developing new versions of Java for Mac OS X in their developer section today. Java will still be included in the OS for now, but may be removed from future versions of the operation system. In the early days of Mac OS X, java was a big part of the OS as Apple was trying to bring in more applications. Now that most applications run natively on the Xcode development platform, Apple does not see to need to dedicate man hours to keeping it up-to-date. Java has had lot of security issues lately and Apple may also not want to deal with those issues anymore.
Apple had their “Back to the Mac” Special Event today. You should be able to watch the keynote on the Apple website in the coming days. You can get the all the information on iLife 11 and the new MacBook Air on their website was well. The Mac OS 10.8 Lion sneak preview is only on the keynote and other news sites.
More talk about this event on our next Podcast.