Mac News and Rumors for January 16th


For Apple lovers, we are going to see Verizon finally get the iPhone. On top of that, we have some immediate news on the success of the new Mac OS X App Store as well as one of the coolest iPad Apps debuted at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Sin City.

Apple’s Mac App Store an Instant Success

The release of the Mac App Store for Mac OS X machines appears to be a huge success. Not surprisingly, Angry Birds was the highest-ranking game. First day Mac App Store downloads topped one million and featured over a thousand apps available for free. Apple has offered developers up to 70% of revenues for apps in an effort to get more into the store.

iPad App Boxee Debuts at CES

Boxee is a startup that develops media center software for multiple platforms and debuted an upcoming iPad app at CES in Las Vegas. The app will let users watch videos on the go and send content to a Boxee device like an iPad. It allows people to stream a video directly from their Mac or PC, some of which are in formats that the iPad doesn’t natively support. The app will be free and the company stated that it is looking to get it released in the coming months.

iPhone on Verizon?

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance you already know what we’re hearing –Verizon now offers the iPhone.  Passes to a media event were handed out late last week for an announcement from Verizon CEO Loweel McAdam in New York City.

iPad 2 Announcement Coming Within a Month

Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, noted that he received information from a “reliable source” that Apple will announce a second-generation iPad within the next few weeks, possibly on February 1st.  Rose indicated that the display on the iPad 2 will be of a higher resolution than the current model, but will not be a “Retina” display as seen on the iPhone 4.  Rose has announced accurate information in the past, including Apple’s September 2008 iPod refresh.

More Verizon iPhone 4 Details Surface

Reuters is reporting that the expected ship date will be a few weeks after the iPhone 4 is announced. The Wall Street Journal says that Verizon will be offering unlimited data plans, which will distinguish its service from rival AT&T, which eliminated that option from its menu of plans. In a related move, AT&T just announced that it is lowering the price of the 8 GB iPhone 3GS from $99 to $49 with a new two-year contract.

No More Restocking Fees at Apple Stores

If you ever plan to return something at an Apple Store in the future, you are not going to have to pay restocking fees. Apple is purportedly eliminating fees at its retail stores, which charge customers 10% of the cost of the item. On top of that, Apple will apparently begin offering a personal Mac setup whenever you purchase a Mac at an Apple Retail store.

Still Waiting on New Black Card Tiers

We heard that Monday would be the day that Full Tilt Poker would introduce two new layers to its Black Card program. However, nothing happened, but everything seems to be pointing to a major update sometime soon. In addition, Full Tilt announced FTOPS XIX, which is slated to begin on February 6th and run through February 20th.

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