Apple has decided to bring Game Center across from the iPhone and iPad to Mountain Lion. The feature works much in the same way as it does on iOS devices, with users being able to sign in and keep a track of games currently being played, plus stats and scores being offered up via custom profiles.
Apple has added a ton of new features to Mountain Lion today here at WWDC, and one of them is Dictation. Users will be able to speak in almost every app across Mountain Lion and have their words transcribed to text automatically. Apple say that Dictation will work for Facebook, Mail, and Microsoft Word. It’s not quite the full-blown Siri support that some were expecting, but it’s the next best thing.
Apple have committed to investing $304 million in the state of Texas, hoping to expand its customer service operations and create more than 3,600 jobs. The investment will help Apple create a new campus there, and more than doubles Apple’s workforce in Texas over the next decade. Not coincidentally, Texas is also where one of Apple's most important components is believed to come from: the A5/A5X chipsets at the heart of recent iOS devices.
New details continue to surface on Apple's iPad 3, or iPad HD, ahead of its unveiling event tomorrow. Sources now claim that the next-gen iPad will be launching for both Verizon and AT&T with different LTE versions for each carrier. The device is expected to include more RAM and will be sporting an advanced dual-core A5X processor instead of the rumored quad-core A6. Refreshed Apple TVs compatible with the next-gen iPads and OS X Mountain Lion are also expected to be announced.
On the 7th of March, that's this Wednesday, we'll be liveblogging the newest Apple event which will almost certainly play host to the newest iPad, be it the iPad 3, iPad HD , or iPad 2S! This new device will likely be the same size as the model we're familiar with at the moment, but will almost certainly have a much higher resolution display at 2048 x 1536, this seeming to be corroborated by Apple's tagline for the event "We have something you really have to see." This event will start at 10AM PST in San Francisco and you'll be able to see all the action in our liveblog portal as well as in the SlashGear main news feed!
Stock of the existing Apple TV continues to grow short, insiders at Apple Stores have revealed, with new availability apparently set for March 7, the same day a third-gen model is rumored to be launched. Multiple Apple Stores have no on-hand stock of the Apple TV, The Verge has been told, with those locations still having units being "the exception, not the rule." The shortage follows dwindling availability at third-party retailers throughout last month.
Apple has confirmed a press event on Wednesday, March 7, where we're expecting to see the iPad 3 make its official, and much-anticipated, debut. Rumored for the first week of March for some time now, the event will kick off at 10AM PST in San Francisco, and we'll be liveblogging it as usual! According to Apple's invite, "We have something you really have to see. And touch." Catch up with all the rumors and speculation around the new iPad after the cut.
The iPad 3's logic board bearing its new Apple A5X processor has leaked, if Chinese tipsters are to be believed, the latest component from the hotly-anticipated third generation tablet to break cover. Although previous speculation had centered on Apple using an A6 chip in the new iPad, the photo shared at forum WeiPhone suggests a more evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade is intended. Yesterday, another iPad 3 component leak indicated the new model would have an 8-megapixel camera and slightly different styling.
Apple is reportedly in "crunch mode" as it completes last-minute preparations for the iPad 3 launch rumored to take place in the first week of March, lining up showcase apps to demonstrate on-stage and in subsequent advertising. That process has been accelerated, according to The Next Web's sources, with Apple apparently focusing on apps that demonstrate the third-gen tablet's graphics prowess.
Following an insider tip this morning that Apple's iPad 3 could launch in the first week of March, analyst Erza Gottheil of Technology Business Research adds that a 7-inch version may arrive sometime later this year. Gottheil dismisses some other rumors surrounding the next-gen iPad, but affirms the smaller model, Siri integration, and a wireless keyboard-case accessory.