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Apple Releases iOS 5.1 [Direct Links, Screenshots]

Apple just released the new version of iOS, iOS 5.1, through Software Update. Notable new features in this update include Siri support for Japanese users, a new camera shortcut, and new Camera app for iPad. Full changelog below.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

At the moment of writing this, the update server can’t be reached with iTunes, but the over-the-air update is working through iOS devices. We’ll update this story with more details as we install iOS 5.1 on our devices. Read more

New iPad & Tablet Comparison Chart


The new iPad (our March 7 news hub) is a thing of beauty. As we’re detailing in our complete overview right now, the device features a high-res Retina display, supercharged dual-core A5X processor with improved graphics for smooth gaming performance and video playback, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, LTE, and a bunch of new apps from Apple. Together, these new features complete a package owners of the original iPad will likely have a hard time saying “no” while considering an upgrade this year. And what better way to put this upgrade question many will face later this month with a handy comparison chart?

At MacStories, we typically don’t care about tech specs as much as others do. We value the experience more than speeds and feeds. But we also think that, for the sake of information, tech specs are a set of data worth reporting and disclosing to those who care – that’s what Apple does with its Tech Specs page on every product.

So here’s what you’ll find below: a comprehensive chart comparing the new iPad to previous models. We have included specs and price – as well as a bunch of other tablets so you’ll get the big picture of what Apple has to offer with its latest iPad.

Last, make sure to check out our March 7 news hub for a roundup of everything that went down at the Yerba Buena Center today, as well as our New iPad Overview.

Full-size comparison image here.

Apple Offers New AppleCare+ for iPad

Apple has announced that new iPad owners will have the option to purchase the AppleCare+ for iPad service plan. Every iPad will ship with the usual one year hardware-related technical support and 90 days of expert telephone technical support. The optional AppleCare+ for iPad will not only extend both of these support features to two years but it also gives the customer protection from accidental damage. This is similar to the AppleCare+ plan that launched during the iPhone 4S release as it provides up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage. Each of these incidents would be subject to a $49 fee should the iPad need to be serviced because of accidental damage.

AppleCare+ for iPad extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee.1 Whether you use your iPad with a Mac or a PC, just one phone call can help resolve most issues.2

Items covered under the warranty:

  • The iPad
  • Battery
  • Any Time Capsule or AirPort device purchased with the iPad
  • USB cable and Power adapter

Apple also states that in order to qualify for the AppleCare+ plan, it must be purchased within 30 days of the date the iPad was purchased. If you wait to buy the plan, you can still pick one up within that 30 days by bringing your device to an Apple retail store for a Genius to inspect. Provided there is no pre-existing damage then you will be able to purchase the AppleCare+ plan.

AppleCare+ will be available soon and is priced at only $99

Apple Posts “New iPad” Event Video

Apple has posted a video for its new iPad event that took place in San Francisco earlier today. The video can be streamed here, and a higher quality version should be made available in a few hours through iTunes.

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Also, here’s a recap of our coverage for today’s event:

The Apple TV Gets A Refresh: New UI, 1080p Playback, Available on March 16

This Is The New iPad: Our Complete Overview

Apple Announces iPhoto for iOS: Coming Today at $4.99

We will post additional news on the site’s homepage, or tweet as @MacStoriesNet throughout the day.

Update: The keynote is now available for download in iTunes.

Apple Announces iPhoto for iOS: Coming Today at $4.99

At the media event in San Francisco, Apple today announced an all-new version of iPhoto for iPad. Giving users new ways to organize and browse their photos, iPhoto for iPad comes with new effects, new gestures, multi-touch editing, and a new feature to seamlessly share photos between devices.

With a dark interface completely rebuilt for the iPad, iPhoto makes heavy use of gestures to browse and edit photos. With a simple swipe gestures from the side of the screen, users can bring up a list of photos to edit. A double-tap will allow users to automatically find similar pictures, or enter full-screen mode. With support for EXIF information and sharing on various social networks including Flickr, iPhoto for iPad is set to become a great mobile companion to photographers – the app even features an auto-enhance mode to instantly enhance various aspects of an image, as well as other advanced effects. Brushes, white balance, cropping – they can all be accessed through multi-touch gestures and commands in the new iPhoto for iPad.

Aside from skeuomorphic brushes, iPhoto for iPad comes with a new Photo Journals functionality that lets users build “journals” using photos and additional information such as location and weather data using the stored GPS info and various EXIF data from images. Users can move photos around, add captions, choose favorites, and share the results with their friends.

iPhoto is a universal app (runs on the iPhone as well), and it will be released today at $4.99. Check out our complete March 7th coverage here.

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This Is The New iPad: Our Complete Overview

Rumored for the past two years, the new iPad featuring a higher resolution Retina display is finally here, and it’s simply called “iPad “. Announced at Apple’s media event in San Francisco a few minutes ago (our liveblog and March 7 news hub), the new device features the same design of the iPad 2 (flat aluminum back with tapered edges), and it comes in two colors, black & white. Looking at the initial photos of the new iPad, a less tech-savvy eye wouldn’t notice any difference from the current-gen model. The new iPad, however, is packed with completely new hardware components inside, so let’s take a look. Read more

The Apple TV Gets A Refresh: New UI, 1080p Playback, Available on March 16 [Photos]

At the media event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced an update to the Apple TV. The updated model will support 1080p playback, newly added iTunes in the Cloud for movies and TV shows which will allow users to watch their purchased content on-demand in 1080p definition if available. The new Apple TV ships with a new streamlined interface that will make it easier to navigate between apps, browse photos and media from an iCloud account, and initiate playback.

“People are going to love streaming movies and TV shows in 1080p with the new Apple TV, and photos look beautiful displayed at the maximum resolution of your TV,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Apple TV is easier than ever to use with its new icon-based interface and the ability to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music right from iCloud.”

Apple has also prepared several content providers to stream HD quality content to the new Apple TV. Netflix, Vimeo, and of course movies and TV shows available through iTunes will be in HD for consumers on launch day. Apple also stated that there will be over 15,000 movies and over 90,000 TV episodes available on the iTunes Store. Just some of the other notable apps that will be prominently displayed on the Apple TV’s new icon based interface includes YouTube, Flickr, and the Wall Street Journal.

The Apple TV also gained greater integration with iCloud today. Now users can purchase, not just rent, movies and TV episodes from the Apple TV and watch them on their all of their Apple devices. iCloud makes it incredibly easy to access all of your digital content regardless of what device you are using.

The new Apple TV will remain only $99, and it will be available on March 16. Pre-orders for the new Apple TV will begin today.

For additional information, check out the Apple press release on the new Apple TV.

Update: MacRumors is reporting that the 5.0 software update for the current (second generation) Apple TV is live and available for download. They also state that not only has Netflix rolled out 1080p streaming but Netflix also has a new billing option that allows customers to pay for their Netflix subscriptions through their iTunes Store accounts.

Update #2: From the short amount of time I have spent with the 5.0 update to the (second-gen) Apple TV, I find it to be a really great upgrade for existing Apple TV owners. I love the new movies and TV shows in the Cloud feature. To test it out, I selected the Movies icon on the home screen, browsed to my purchased videos and found a couple of movies I forgot I had purchased well over a year ago. Selecting my Halloween (2007) movie started it as if I had just rented in through iTunes. The process was simple, fast, and very well implemented.

Screenshots of new 5.0 Software.

Update #3 Ars Technica has details on the processor inside the new Apple TV model. It’s not the same of the new iPad.

We asked whether the third-gen Apple TV had the same A5X processor as that in the new iPad (as was previously rumored), but an Apple spokesperson told us that it has a “single-core version of the A5” and it’s not the same as what’s in the iPad. The CPU is capable of handling 1080p HD video. The spokesperson also claimed that users “only need an 8-10 megabit Internet connection” in order to take advantage of 1080p movies from iTunes, but speaking as someone with experience with the second-generation Apple TV at a mere 720p, this depends highly upon your individual ISP.

Liveblog: It’s the iPad 3 Event of a Lifetime

It seems like only yesterday when I took a wrong turn at a shopping mall and ended up waiting in line for some magical device I knew nothing about. Granted, there were lots of people wrapped around an Apple Store, but how was I to know Apple was launching a new iPad that was as thin as a pencil, had a faster processor, and could be individualized with those foldable Smart Covers? And if I could predict the future, it sounds like I’ll be waiting in some longish line again for another flat computer that has an even better display, an even faster processor, and surprise features that’ll dazzle us before the glow of a blue Apple retail shirt.

I already know most of you already have your wallets out. Some of you are checking the source code on for any imminent hints, while the rest of you are furiously refreshing Apple’s store page. Although, I hope you’ll read our predictions instead (we’re half intelligent, half coffee-addled). But if you’re looking for the real skinny, we’re just going to have to wait for Wednesday. We’ll be here on March 7th: still rambling, still highly caffeinated, and probably drunk on iPad 3 rumors… or is it iPad HD? iPad 2S?

To find out what the name of the next iPad will be, tune in tomorrow at 12:30 pm EST when Don and I will be kicking things off early to answer your questions and engage in general mischief before the iPad event. Whether Apple livestreams the event or not, you’ll get all of our flavorful commentary and up to the minute information about the crazy stuff being presented on stage.

Don’t forget to refresh the MacStories homepage regularly tomorrow — the rest of the MacStories team will be writing articles as fast as these products and numbers and shiny things are being announced! If you can’t be in the now, you can always catch up with the announcements later in the day. Don’t worry — it’ll all be here.

Bookmark this page and set a date for Wednesday, March 7th, for our realtime coverage.

Apple Event Time Zones

13:00 — New York, New York
10:00 — San Francisco, California
08:00 — Honolulu, Hawaii
05:00 — Sydney, Australia
03:00 — Tokyo, Japan
02:00 — Shanghai, China
23:30 — New Delhi, India
22:00 — Moscow, Russia
19:00 — Rome, Italy
18:00 — London, England

Don’t see your city? You can use this link to get your exact time.

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iPad 3: Where We Predict the Future

At 10 AM tomorrow, Apple will begin the presentation of one of the most (if not the most) anticipated products in the company’s recent history: the iPad 3. Rumored to feature a Retina Display, improved graphics, and a better camera, the next iPad will have to build on the amazing success of the iPad 2 (where by “amazing” we mean “just look at those numbers”) whilst giving owners of the original iPad a reason to upgrade after two years. And with the possible implications behind the rumored new features, it looks like those who stood in line back in April 2010 will have more than one good reason to consider the Next Big Thing.

As a team, we typically refrain from reporting every single rumor that shows up ahead of an Apple product release, leaving our crystal ball and teardrop-shaped hats under the editorial desk. Having considered the variables behind a Retina iPad 3 in the past, however, we couldn’t resist this time – much like we did back at WWDC ‘11, we had to get together (in a cozy Campfire) and share our March 7th Apple Event predictions. Our own Gabe Glick already explained why he thinks a big announcement will be about software – specifically, he neatly illustrated why Aperture may be coming to iOS and the iPad 3. Below, you can follow the rest of the MacStories team as we reflect on what we think has to happen, what could happen, and what we generally would like to see in a Retina-enabled tablet future. Lots of coffee may or may not have been involved in the editing process of said predictions – pardon the excitement, but we think the next iPad is going to be a fantastic upgrade.

After the break, you’ll find our predictions. We will check back on these later this week, and make sure to tune in on MacStories’ homepage tomorrow for our complete coverage. Read more