Amazon has updated its duo of Kindle Fire tabets, the 7-inch HD and the 8.9-inch HDX. Notable are increased screen resolution, much faster processors and the "Mayday button" that launches access to an Amazon expert who can co-pilot the user through difficulties.
Apple released a firmware update on Tuesday for new iMacs introduced earlier in the day. iMac (late 2013) EFI Update 2.1 focuses on Boot Camp related issues and Windows support. Boot Camp is Apple's boot technology that allows Macs to boot up into either Windows or OS X.
Apple today updated their iMac models with a slew of technological enhancements including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3.7GHz i7 processors, and up to 4GB of VRAM.
iPhone 5s orders sold briskly on Friday morning, but those who got their orders in within the first few minutes are beginning to see the payoff for their efforts. iPhone 5s shipments began today, some for delivery as early as Wednesday of this week.
Apple has released version 6.0 of its Apple TV software for 2nd and 3rd generation models. The update includes support for iTunes Radio, AirPlay from the Cloud and more.
Apple released iCloud Control Panel 3.0 for Windows, a release that might add support for iOS 7, though Apple doesn't mention such in its patch notes. In fact, the patch notes don't specify anything new—other than dropping support for Windows Vista and Safari for Windows—but there is a new look and feel for the control panel that is more in keeping with iOS 7's flat look than the previous version.
As is typical with a new iOS release, Apple today updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions to account for several new features included in the OS. While most of these are trivial and expected, one addition clarifying the way rental downloads work jumped out at us. In short, you have thirty days to begin rental downloads and then another thirty days to start watching once you've completed your download. More details in the article.
Apple has been busy rolling out app updates ahead of the release of iOS 7 on Wednesday, and the latest to get some love is iTunes for the Mac and Windows. Version 11.1 is now available, and it includes support for iOS 7 and Apple's new music streaming service iTunes Radio.
Apple released iBooks 3.1.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch late on Tuesday in preparation for the launch if iOS 7. While the update does improve iOS compatibility, it didn't drop its skeuomorphic look and is sticking with its wooden bookshelf interface.
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Apple treats skeuomorphism like a rash, so it's surprising to see that it's still part of iBooks. That probably means there's a really big update coming soon and that the current version of iBooks is getting little more than critical compatibility updates to keep in working until the complete redesign is ready to go.
Apple rolled out updates for its Apple Store and AirPort Utility apps for the iPhone on Wednesday ahead of the release of iOS 7. The release notes for both say they've been updated with support for iOS 7, which doesn't come as a surprise at all.
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