FYI: iPhone 5 & Wii U Announcements

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iPhone 5 coming September 21st (via Apple)

  • 4″ screen
  • Thinner & lighter
  • New “Lightning” connector
  • Includes revised “EarBuds”
  • Starts at $699.99 CAD ($50 more than iPhone 4S)  for the 16GB model

New iPod Touch w/ taller screen announced

New iPod Nano w/ touch screen announced

Wii U announced for November 18th (via Nintendo)

  • Two bundles which include gamepad, HDMI cable, AC adapters
  • Basic bundle costs $299.99
    • White console w/ 8GB flash memory
  • Deluxe bundle costs $349.99
    • Black console w/ 32GB flash memory
    • NintendoLand
    • Console & gamepad stands
Nintendo’s “Second Screen Experience” dubbed Nintendo TVii announced
  • Controlling TV and movie experience with the Wii U’s gamepad

Bayonetta 2 announced exclusively for Wii U

  • Published by Nintendo
  • Developed by Platinum Games

Call of Duty: Black Ops II announced for Wii U

Media

New Super Mario Bros. U Trailer

Nintendo TVii

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My History With Apple

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I don’t know Steve Jobs personally. I’ve never conversed with him via e-mail nor did I ever steal one of his prototype iPhones. I bought the products that he spearheaded and that’s it.

With his passing, I thought I’d take a look back at the Apple products I purchased and owned through the years.

iPod Nano – First Generation (4 GB)
2005

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The first generation iPod Nano replaced the mistake of a purchase that was the Creative Zen Micro MP3 player.

With the first generation iPod Nano, I finally realized why people liked Apple products. It was — and still is — a pretty piece of hardware with its simple design and thin profile.

It was not only pretty, but also cutting edge with Flash memory as storage which meant song skips was a thing of the past.

I eventually gave this to my brother who traded it in years later for the fourth generation iPod Touch.

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Checkpoint: Not According To Plan Edition

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Things haven’t gone according plan in my world. Some of it personal, but most of it gaming and gadget related.

Despite my pleas for some opinions on why I SHOULDN’T get a Zune HD, I’ve decided not to pick one up. Why? Because the day after I posted that plea on QSF5 and NeoGAF, I decided to pay closer attention to my iPod Nano and how I use it. And based on my observations, no touch centric device will ever beat the ease of “in pocket” use of an iPod Nano.

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iPhone OS 4.0 Seems Very Promising

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apple-logo.pngToday is iPhone OS 4.0 conference day. Engadget was there to transcribe the info, but if you’re lazy or would like a bulletpoint version the new info, here it is.

  • Over 100 new user features including Bluetooth keyboards, Home screen wallpaper, spell checker, wake on wireless and more
  • 7 tentpole features unveiled
    • Multitasking – Sever services including  background audio, background location, VOIP, Local notifications, Push notifications, Task completion, fast app switching
    • Folders – Now can organize apps with folders and place them on the dock etc.
    • Unified inbox – All your e-mail accounts in one inbox, can organize by thread, fast inbox switching, open attachments with apps
    • iBooks – eBook reader, book store, sync page and book marks across platforms
    • Enterprise – Better data protection, mobile device management, SSL VPN support, Exchange Server 2010 support, wireless app distribution
    • Game Center – “Xbox Live!” for iPhone OS 4.0 including leaderboards, friend invites, matchmaking & achievements
    • iAd – New in-app mobile advertising platform which includes more interactive ads which developers can buy “ad space”,
  • Release windows:
    • Coming Summer for iPhone & iPod Touch
    • Coming  Fall for iPad
  • Certain iPhone OS 4.0 features (ie: multitasking) will only work with iPhone 3GS & 3rd generation iPod Touch devices. (Poor iPhone 3G owners)

Pretty darn exciting features coming for iPhone OS. I wonder if the iPad will get exclusive features or not. It may actually convince me to let go of my complaints and get one .

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