Latest iPod touch Rumors

From the blog of Kevin Rose comes rumors about future iPod including the iPod Touch. Here’s the rumors:

– Revamp of entire iPod line.
– Small cosmetic changes to Touch, Nano to see significant redesign (see pic below).
– iPods to see fairly large price drops to distance itself from the $199 iPhone.
– iPod touch 2.1 software, iPhone to get update very soon after.
– iTunes 8.0 (”it’s a big update with new features”).
– All of this coming in the next 2-3 weeks.
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Microsoft Prepares for End of Windows With Midori

With the Internet increasingly taking on the role of the PC operating system and the growing prevalence of virtualization technologies, there will be a day when the Microsoft Windows client OS as it’s been developed for the past 20-odd years becomes obsolete.

Microsoft seems to be preparing for that day with an incubation project code-named Midori, which seeks to create a componentized, non-Windows OS that will take advantage of technologies not available when Windows first was conceived, according to published reports.

Although Microsoft won’t comment publicly on what Midori is, the company has confirmed that it exists. Several reports — the most comprehensive to date published on Tuesday by Software Development Times — have gone much further than that.

That report paints Midori as an Internet-centric OS, based on the idea of connected systems, that largely eliminates the dependencies between local applications and the hardware they run on that exist with a typical OS today.

The report claims Midori is an offshoot of Microsoft Research’s Singularity OS, which creates “software-isolated processes” to reduce the dependencies between individual applications, and between the applications and the OS itself.

With the ability today to run an OS, applications — and even an entire PC desktop of applications — in a virtual container using a hypervisor, the need to have the OS and applications installed natively on a PC is becoming less and less, said Brian Madden, an independent technology analyst.

“Why do you need it?” he said. “Now we have hypervisors everywhere.”

Madden suggested that a future OS could actually be a hypervisor itself, with virtual containers of applications running on top of it that can be transferred easily to other devices because they don’t have client-side dependencies to each other.

And while he has no information about Midori beyond the published reports, he said descriptions of it as an Internet-centric system that provides an overall “connectedness” between applications and devices makes sense for the future of cloud computing and on-demand services. Microsoft likely recognizes the need for this even if the actual technology is still five or more years out, Madden said.

“They’re preparing for the day when people realize we don’t need Windows anymore” and thinking about what they will do to remain relevant, he said.

Indeed, Microsoft has been emphasizing its virtualization strategy, based on its new Hyper-V hypervisor, beyond merely virtualizing the server OS. The company also is moving full steam ahead with plans to virtualize applications and the desktop OS as well.

Using virtualization in these scenarios would eliminate the problems with application compatibility that are still giving headaches to Vista users, and that have made the OS a liability rather than a boon for some Windows power users and enterprise customers.

If Midori is close to what people think it is, it will represent a “major paradigm shift” for Windows users and be no easy task for Microsoft to pull off, said Andrew Brust, chief of new technology for the consulting firm Twentysix New York.

He said challenges to an OS like Midori would be both technological complexities and the “sobering compromises” that must be made when a product moves from being a research project into commercialization. “I would expect those in abundance with something of this scope and import,” Brust said.

Though he has not been briefed by Microsoft on Midori, Brust said the idea makes sense because Microsoft needs to drastically update Windows to stay current with new business models and computing paradigms that exist today — particularly to help the company compete against Google on the Web.

“Breaking with the legacy of a product that first shipped 23 years ago seems wholly necessary in terms of keeping the product manageable and in sync with computing’s state of the art,” Brust said. “If Midori isn’t real, then I imagine something of this nature still must be in the works. It’s absolutely as necessary, if not more so, to Microsoft’s survival as their initiatives around Internet advertising, search and cloud computing offerings.”

Original article by PCWorld.com

iPhone OS 2.0.2 fails to fix 3G reception issues, apps problems

Apple has released iPhone OS 2.0.2 with its obligatory, but unhelpful, release notes indicating only “bug fixes.”

Unfortunately, a resolution to widespread, frustrating 3G reception issues is not among those fixes. In fact, some users have reported that the update manifests poorer 3G reception than 2.0.1, with devices now giving a “No Service” message in previously 3G-accessible locations.

“I use to get one to three bars of 3G service in my house and now I can’t make a call,” wrote an Apple poster. “I have to switch off the 3G to get any bars. Things are going the wrong way!”

Even worse, many users are experiencing incompatibility with previously operational third-party applications. “Yes, I have about 15 apps loaded and now only eight to ten work with the new 2.0.2 software,” said a user. Some are reporting even worse predicaments. “All my downloaded applications crash within 5 seconds of being opened,” said another person. “Restarting the phone and reapplying update has done nothing to fix it.”

What does iPhone OS 2.0.2 fix? Both typing and scrolling, which were plagued by extreme lag and slowness prior to this update, are now operating at acceptable speeds for many users, but not all.

“[The update] didn’t improve my 3G signal, or my signal in general for that matter,” said a poster. “And I still am getting the keyboard lag.”

iPhone OS 2.0.2 can be installed by attaching your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer then clicking the “Update” button. Based on current reports, however, the benefits may not outweigh the risks.

from CNet.com

Originally posted on iPhone Atlas.