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Apple to Allow Additional iPhone Purchases on Launch Day

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 13:52
Category: iPhone

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In a press release issued today, Apple announced that users would be allowed to purchase up to two iPhones (one for themselves and one for a friend) come launch day tomorrow.
The company also declared that iPhone training would be available come Saturday in its retail store locations.
For full details and links, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And just out of curiousity, how many of you will be buying an additional iPhone for a friend or loved one?


PowerPage Podcast Episode 49

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 10:39
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 49 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (49’24, 17.6MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: All the new details that have surfaced this week on iPhone (surprise, surprise).
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Apple Releases SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 08:57
Category: Software

This has nothing to do with the iPhone, so bear with me here:
On Wednesday, Apple released SuperDrive Firmware Update 2.1, an update which improves the readability of certain CD media on the given MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops:
-MacBook Pro Core Duo (15 -inch 1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, or 2.16GHz)
-MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo (15 -inch 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz)
-MacBook Core Duo (13 -inch 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz)
-MacBook Core 2 Duo (13 -inch 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz)
The update requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later to run and is available as a 12 megabyte download. Owners of qualifying MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops can also find the update via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new firmware and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Apple Releases Pro Application Update 2007-001

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 08:31
Category: Software

Late Wednesday, Apple released Pro Application Update 2007-001. The update, which accompanies a series of updates released for Final Cut Studio 2, make changes to underlying frameworks and shared components used by the suite’s applications.
The upgrade features the following fixes and improvements:
-Apple ProRes 422: Delivers improved encoding performance for Power Mac G5 computers.
-ProAppsEffects: Delivers filter improvements for Motion 3.0 and Final Cut Pro 6.0 customers.
-PluginManager, FxPlug, ProFX, and FxPlugWrapper: These shared components deliver updates to Effects Support, 3D Support, and Versioning Support.
-Helium.framework: Delivers improvements for SmoothCam. This update is required for customers using Motion 3.0 and Final Cut Pro 6.0.
The Pro Application Update is available here through a simple web form and can also be found via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature provided Final Cut Studio 2 has been installed on your Mac.
Final Cut Studio 2 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 and retails between US$499 and US$1,299 depending on upgrade pricing.
If you’ve tried the new update and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Macworld Posts iPhone First Look

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2007, 07:05
Category: iPhone

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The staff over at Macworld, compiling every bit of iPhone knowledge they could get their hands on, has posted a seven page first look at Apple’s upcoming handset.
The guide covers an overview, included hardware, upcoming accessories, the device’s interface, customizable settings, service and activation, phone features, music and video features, web browsing, e-mail, SMS, YouTube, maps functions and other features.
While it may not answer every question you have, it’s a good read and puts everything, including product shot close-ups of ports and connectors, out there for you to look over.
Take a look and good kuck if you’re lining up to snag one tomorrow.