The forecast for the next version of iTunes is cloudy; Apple's got stormy weather ahead in court; and Nokia and Microsoft could really use a ray of sunshine about now. The remainders for Wednesday, April 11, 2012 are no snow job.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is--surprise--working on a new version of iTunes, though the site says the update will deal mostly with under-the-hood improvements rather than interface changes. Among those changes will reportedly be more iCloud integration, because heaven knows we need more stuff in iTunes.
Apple, Publishing Companies Charged With Illegal Price-Fixing Scheme in Marketing of eBooks (State of Connecticut - Office of the Attorney General)
It's not just the federal government putting the screws to Apple and publishers, it's also 16 states, led by Texas and Connecticut. And when was the last time you saw those two agree on anything?
Nokia shares tumble after loss forecast (Toronto Sun)
Microsoft and Nokia are both counting on the success of the recently released Lumia 900. Unfortunately, a bug in the phone causes intermittent connection loss. Nokia has promised a fix, but in the meatime AT&T is offering to compensate users with a $100 credit towards service--for a phone that cost $100. Because giving away your products for free is always a good way to...make...money?
The detail-oriented folks at Chipworks found something interesting, having torn down the A5 processor that runs the latest Apple TV: It was fabricated on a 32nm process instead of the current 45nm process used for the existing A5 chip. To translate: It has better performance and lower power consumption. In fact, Chipworks found that the same revised A5 is powering the iPad 2s that Apple currently sells. There's also one free in every box of Rice Krispies--go figure!
Steve Jobs Avenue made official in Brazil (Macworld UK)
Next time you're in the city of Jundiai in Brazil, you can take a scenic stroll down Avenida Steve Jobs, a boulevard named after the late Apple co-founder. The street name was officially approved by the city's council recently. It also makes getting directions in Jundiai 100 percent more awesome. "Oh yeah, I went to this great barbecue place over on Steve Jobs..."