Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 Accidentally Launched, Officially Coming Monday

As noted by MacRumors;

Adobe prematurely launched Adobe Photoshop Touch for the iPad 2 in several worldwide stores this evening, but the app has since been pulled. 

Adobe first announced the product back in October, 2011 alongside 5 other upcoming tablet applications. Adobe Photoshop Touch is described as a tool to "let you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more". 

Features listed include: 

- Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images. 
- Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature. 
- Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease. 
- Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search. 
- Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app. 
- Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results. 
- Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects. 
- Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5. 
- Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels



New MacBook Air to arrive in Q1 2012?


Digitimes reports that Apple is set to update its MacBook Air line early next year, with a new 15-inch model appearing alongside refreshed 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models. The update will reportedly take place during the first quarter of 2012.Apple reportedly is set to launch its new MacBook Air series notebooks with panel sizes of 11.6-inch, 13.3-inch and 15-inch in the first quarter of 2012 and will directly compete against ultrabooks from PC brand vendors, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.


The sources noted that related upstream players have already started pilot production of the MacBook Air models and will add a 15-inch model into the product line to expand its reach in the ultra-thin notebook market.The report notes that discounts on the current MacBook Air models should extend through the lead-up to the debut of the new models, continuing to drive Apple's already-strong sales of the ultra-thin notebook line.


We first began hearing word of an ultra-thin 15-inch notebook from Apple back in July, with other sources also weighing in on the topic in recent weeks. Digitimes had previously indicated that component production for the notebook had begun with an eye toward a second quarter 2012 launch.


Sources have generally been unsure whether the new 15-inch notebook would be an expansion of the MacBook Air line or if it would appear as a slimmer MacBook Pro model, but this latest report indicates that it will indeed be a MacBook Air product.


Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, which is due for a spring launch in line with the reported MacBook Air revamp timeline, will bring a significant upgrade to the line's performance, particularly with regard to graphics improvements and new OpenCL support.



New MacBook Pro

Apple got around to releasing their updated MacBook Pro’s. The specs are on Apple's website. We see quad core CPU’s and new ATI graphics on the 15" and 17" models. Everything else is relatively the same (no rumoured MacBook Air-like SSD on board) except for one thing. Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt is what used to be called “Light Peak”.  A new high speed connection for external drives and or video signals. Not many devices around that you can use it with just yet, and looks the same as a Mini Display port connector. In fact, it is the same connector, but don’t worry, the new tech allows you to daisychain up to 6 devices so you will still be able to connect your Cinema Display at the same time as your external drives.


New Apple TV

At the recent Apple Music Event earlier this month, Steve Jobs’ announced his little pet project would be receiving an update, officially yanking it out of the “hobby” phase and popping it right next to the rest of the Apple family of products.

The new Apple TV fits in the palm of your hand, literally, and loses the hard drive, turning it into a complete streaming device for all your iTunes content. Apple also added an optical audio port to take advantage of home theatre setups. Apart from that though, not much has changed. The interface remains the same from the previous model, which in all honesty didn’t have many faults. You still have a single HDMI port with a maximum resolution of 720p, which given the inclusion of Apple’s new A4 chipset, seems a bit confusing.

Releasing in late September, the redesigned Apple TV will have some stiff competition from the likes of Google, Tivo and Boxee for the crown of digital media streaming among many other about to enter the fray.

Can Apple produce another admired and sought-after device? Well, the price is right, hitting consumers with the US$99 (AU$129) price tag. But with the decision to not include the rumored iOS App functionality, does the Apple TV have enough features to stave off the competition?


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