Apple Developments and Users in Thailand: Whatever Next?
First, at least for local users, was a change to the App Store display in iTunes. This is not part of the iTunes installation: pages are changed at Apple's end, depending on the content Cupertino wants displayed, or that we click on.
Recently added was a tab splitting the App section into iPhone and iPad-specific apps. I now see three sections in my iTunes Apps display: some apps work on the iPhone and the iPad; some are iPhone-specific, but can be used on the iPad; and some are iPad only. One of those available in the Thai App Store is iBooks. This indicates that there is an online bookstore for local users. Other developments suggest there is more to come.
For a few months now the rich content of iTunesU has been available: recommended for anyone in teaching. In the middle of June, there was another change.
Since the iTunes store began, music (and later video) has only been available in a few countries. While many cried, Foul, this was for copyright reasons. Nothing is likely to change this for now. The App store is different as Apple controls the content and this arrived here fairly quickly. I argued strongly with Apple personnel for the addition of podcast access here. To view podcasts meant changing to another store where they were displayed but that was inconvenient. I am pleased to write that podcasts are now accessible here via the Thai iTunes store.
Among the many changes that were found in 10.6.4, were updates to the XProtect files -- OS X has some inbuilt malware protection. MacNN informs us that this was specifically for the Trojan known as "Pinhead-B".
Most of the new features of the iTunes update depend on the installation of iOS4 to the iPhone or iPad [coming later], but a tiny change in the apps display panel is a checkbox for automatic syncing of new apps. Before, these would be automatically added to an iPhone.
As iTunes already allows us to add our own eBooks and PDF files (drop them onto the iTunes icon and a new Books section appears in the sidebar), it will make it far easier to distribute information, for example within a company. Apple also makes it easy now to sell books online.
Other features of the update will not be available for early iPhones which makes me hunger for the iPhone 4. This has several interesting features, including the way the antenna is constructed as part of the stainless steel framework. Many other additions make this a must-have device. Early orders for this in America and the UK have soared.
Looking at information that Apple released, we may not expect these officially until September at least. As we still have no official release information for the iPad (perhaps August), I still have time to save.
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