Morning Brief: Apple Releases Products, Facebook & Twitter Test New Options
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world today. We’re keeping our eyes on four particular stories of interest today.
Apple: The Apple Store went down this morning, which we knew could only mean one thing: new Apple products were set to appear in the next few hours. A little before 9 a.m. ET, a brand new accessory, dubbed the Magic Trackpad appeared in the Store. It’s essentially a larger version of the trackpad on the Macbook Pro, but designed to work with a Mac desktop computer via Bluetooth. You can use it with a mouse or instead of one.
The Magic Trackpad can be paired with the other new additions to the Store, including faster and more robust Mac Pros and iMacs, as well as a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution with built-in MagSafe charging, an iSight camera, speakers and three USB ports. You can find out more about the new Apple products here.
In other Apple news, a spokesperson for the company reminded customers that although it is now legal to jailbreak your iPhone for “educational purposes,” thanks to an update to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), doing so will void your warranty:
“Apple’s goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably,” a spokeswoman told Cult of Mac.
Twitter: Last night, Twitter temporarily rolled out a new setting called “Tweet Media,” an option that allows you to decide whether to include photos or videos from everyone on Twitter, or just the people you’re following.
The new setting, which shortly disappeared from all accounts, suggests that the microblogging service will soon include videos and photos in the Twitter stream. Currently, users are limited to 140-characters of text and must link to outside media. Twitter later confirmed that it is indeed testing a new multimedia-rich stream.
Facebook: Lastly, Facebook has begun testing a “Delete Account” feature with a small group of users, allowing them to permanently delete their accounts and “all of the information [they] have shared” instead of merely deactivating them.
Facebook confirmed to The Next Web that the company is “constantly testing new ideas, including the placement of various features. One of these recent tests included variations of the delete account option for a very small percentage of people,” a spokesperson said.
It’s unclear, however, whether Facebook will keep the information users previously uploaded to its servers, or whether it will alter its Terms of Service.