Apple will be holding a 10am (Pacific time) media event that is widely believed to be the unveiling of the latest iPad, dubbed iPad 2.
The update however, is said to be minor. The iPad’s specifications should be increased but not many drastic new features. It may be Apple is adopting a similar approach to when it released the iPhone 3GS in the wake of the massively popular iPhone 3G.
Other potential updates may include a MobileMe revamp as supplies of the boxed retail version have become constrained, a telling sign of an update. It is speculated to increase the shift towards cloud based operations. There may also be the first look at iOS 5, although an iOS update has garnered it’s own press conference in recent years.
The press conference may well be simulcast from Apple.com which has been the trend with recent press conferences.
Apple has released the first beta for iOS 4.2 to developers; the update is to be released in November. The update will bring the iPad all the features of iOS 4 as well as new features such as Printing. The update is also available for iPhone and iPod Touch. Here is a brief video preview from App Advice outlining how the updated features work:
The update comes just a week after iOS 4.1 was released. The update is only available for developers at this stage.
Apple has just announced that they are relaxing restrictions on what development tools are allowed to be used on an app. This means third party development tools are okay, and in theory, potentially Apps that have been developed using Flash. Of course the apps themselves would not be allowed to run using Flash, just in their development. Here is the Press Release from Apple so you can analyse for yourselves:
Tomorrow Apple is scheduled to release iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod Touch. Now would seem to be a good time to look at what features there are to look forward to and what Game Centre and HDR Photographs are.
Game Centre: Game Centre is the first definitive solution to Multiplayer Gaming on iOS devices. Game Centre allows users to Play with friends, online and offline within games. Users will be able to send an invite to a friend (even if they are not playing the game) or can pit their skills against a stranger of similar ability. The service logs usage stats, supports achievements and leader-boards, all depending on the game. In essence, Game Centre will be the XBox Live of the iPhone.
High Dynamic Resolution Photographs (aka nicer photos!): Strip away the jargon and in essence HDR is all about enhancing photographs. The way it works is your iPhone takes three photos in very quick succession, the trick is the exposure level: one under exposed, one normal and one over-exposed. These are then merged together. The idea behind it is that colours and textures that may normally be washed out or over-shadowed are brought out and the result is a much richer and generally better photograph. What will be interesting is whether this feature will be available on the iPhone 3G as not every iOS 4 feature is available on the device.
Ping: Apple’s new controversial social network within iTunes will be available on iPhone and iPod Touch. Ping allows users to follow artists, get updates on what they are up to and share music with friends; 4.1 brings these capabilities to the iOS. Ping has attracted over 1 million users but has come under criticism due to it’s limitations, for example, no Twitter or Facebook connectivity.
High Definition Video Uploads: As the iPhone and soon the iPod Touch can shoot movies in HD, Apple has added the capability to upload these videos to YouTube or MobileMe. This feature will only be available over a WiFi connection due to the bandwidth required.
The update also brings bug fixes for the Proximity Sensor, Bluetooth connectivity and, at last, a fix to the iPhone 3G’s sluggish speed when using iOS 4. The update will be available tomorrow.