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Apple Store Refresh?

Update @ 21:13 HKT: The US Apple Store returned. It appears that Apple updated its store to include Father’s Day promotions.

Update @ 21:12 HKT: The Hong Kong store has returned, but the US Apple Store remains offline.

The Apple Store appears to be offline today, after I logged on to check out the prices of some accessories I wanted to buy. We’ll see what changes Apple has made after their store returns.

What do we know about the next iPhone’s design so far?

It seems as if nothing can be known about Apple’s products just before they are released.

I’ve come to trust the rumours, but take them with a pinch of salt — some of the things that people believe about the next Apple product is just too much, but some of it is actually smack-bang right what turns up. I remember a time when some theorised that Apple might do away with the Home button on the iPad after looking at their promotional posters for WWDC.

Turned out that the Apple posters were simply the iPad used in landscape mode.

Still, I do believe that the new iPhone — likely the iPhone 5, unless Apple pulls another S and makes it the iPhone 4SS — is actually likely to keep the original screen, and I trust that Apple might change their dock connectors.

However, I don’t really believe the rumours that Apple might change their screens to 4 inches diagonally — this sounds a lot like the previous rumours of Apple changing the size of their iPhone. I like the iconic design of the iPhone and think that the screen is definitely a part of it. It hasn’t changed through the iPhone 1, iPhone 2, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S — why change it on the seventh new release?

via What do we know about the next iPhone’s design so far?.

Help!

I’m not actually messing up, and nothing of any danger has happened to me. Yet.

I am writing a help system for my project, which means that it needs a text display.

Normally, using my limited set of technical knowledge, I would have gone for creating a lot of userforms and then sticking tons of text and images on it.

But I thought that would be boring and wouldn’t he interesting or helpful enough, and actually on inconvenience the booker.

Instead, I am opting for a more difficult, but more assistive system: I want to call in Apple’s own help system and write files that use it.

The Developer Library at Apple has proven very helpful for all things Apple programming. I have found resources to write Mac OS X applications, iOS applications, and now, help files for Mac OS X.

The allows for a much more integrated system and more functionality by bringing in some of the more advanced features of the Mac OS X help software — the ability to search through the files, the advanced, built-in formatting blocks that the help system has, the indexing abilities, and so forth.

In face, the Mac OS X help files are actually written in HTML and XHTML, two languages I am somewhat fluent in. The only problem will be implementing that into the system; but the writing of the help files will be really easy with my knowledge of HTML and XHTML.

The Battle of Smartphones: Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy SII

I’m an Apple fan. I like Apple. Their products have been historically reliable, simple, intuitive, and groundbreaking. How many people were expecting a massive revolution in the tablet industry before Apple’s iPad?

But recently, other competitors have begun to develop into industries heavily dominated by Apple. Samsung‘s Galaxy series, for example, is, in short, the main competitor to Apple’s products. Indeed, there is currently a patent war going on between the two companies — which is ironic, since Samsung relies on Apple for financial backing and Apple relies on Samsung to produce its semiconductors.

But now Samsung’s new Galaxy SII is clearly a substitute for Apple’s iPhone 4S.

In fact, this advert is kind of funny. It points out the problems with Apple’s products, including how people always line up outside the store to get the latest release. (I didn’t do that with Lawrence, since I got him off a plan.)

But this advert rings alarm bells. It reminds everyone, again, that Apple is not the only provider of trendy-looking smartphones. If Samsung’s Galaxy series becomes even more robust and reliable, it is set to surpass Apple’s iPhone. Apple needs a better head to direct its power so it can continue to make amazing products. (I like the idea of a holographic device, just saying.)

via Samsung Slams Apple To Promote Galaxy SII Smartphone « ThePursoot.