A flury of Java updates were released this morning from both Apple and Oracle:
You may find a suprise in store for you (no pun intended) when you visit the main Digicape Apple Store in Roeland Square, Cape Town. Major restructuring is underway to bring the shop into line with Apple overseas stores. The work is due to be completed by the end of February 2013. The store has temporarily been resighted to the first floor - and very nice it looks too :-). And there are prizes of iPads to be won!
Here's the press release from Digicape:
World-class Apple Store to Launch
Digicape is excited to announce that our Roeland Street store will be reopening on the 01 March 2013 with a whole new look and retail experience on par with Apple's international stores. The refurbishment created and manufactured by the Apple design team in Germany, is the first of many exciting developments we have planned for 2013.
Other Retail Stores
Digicape plans to expand its footprint to other exciting venues around the country and to fast track this strategy we need to make some changes to our current store presence. As a result of this consolidation and new vision, we will no longer be operating from our Claremont and Bellville branches effective 01 March 2013.
Business as usual
We promise little to no disruption in your shopping experience while renovations are underway at our Roeland Street store. We will have a temporary store set up just above the current store where the Head Office is currently based that will be clearly sign posted to avoid any confusion. Look out for our grand opening announcement and in the meantime please visit our other retail stores and Digicape online for all your Apple devices, accessories and software.
Head Office Moves
In another move, we're looking forward to consolidating all the Digicape Head Office staff in one building. Since the acquisition of Project 3 in 2010 we have been spread over 3 offices. Our new head office will be based in the Wembley Square 2 development, a short walk from the current office.
Top 5 Reasons NOT to jailbreak.
Your device May Lose Stability
Jailbreaking is a hack and there are unexpected things that could happen because of that. It’s possible, after jailbreaking your device and installing applications via Cydia – the unofficial App Store, your device may become buggy and slow.
It may even crash.
Now, for power users and those willing to troubleshoot, this probably won’t be too much of an issue. However, for the average person, it can and probably will become a headache.
For many of you, having a stable iPhone / iPad will be more of a priority then having a customized one.
Updating Is a Pain
While the stability issue might not be one that affects everyone that jailbreaks, the pain in the rear end known as updating your jailbroken phone does. If you’re the kind of person that wants the latest and greatest software right off the bat, jailbreaking might not be fore you.
When Apple releases an update, you will have to wait for the devs to either release a patch or a new jailbreak for your iPhone. When it comes to smaller iOS updates, it’s usually a fast process.
However, when it comes to larger updates like iOS 6.1 it takes awhile. So, if you’re the impatient type, keep this in mind.
And once you get the update, your headache might remain as you’ll need to re-install the jailbreak and all of the apps that you downloaded from Cydia. There are definitely tools out there that can help you restore, but it’s still going to take some time.
In other words, it’s not the seamless process you might expect from an official update.
Factory Resets Aren’t Fun
Loss of Genius Bar Support
If you run into a problem with your device, you might decide to take it to the Genius Bar in an Apple retail location. Well, if you’ve jailbroken your phone, chances are, the Genius will refuse to help you.
Suggestion: Don’t mention that your phone is jailbroken.
You can also un-jailbreak your phone but if you find yourself bringing it in on a semi-regular basis, you’re going to start getting annoyed with doing that over and over again.
A factory reset will work as well but that will wipe everything from your phone.
Loss of Warranty
Back in 2012, jailbreaking your iPhone became a legal thing to do. Seriously, this was illegal at one point. But just because it’s not legal doesn’t change the fact that it will void your warranty with Apple.
So if your device starts acting up, even it has nothing to do with the jailbreak, you more than likely won’t get the support that you need to get the issue fixed.
That means that you’ll have to factory reset.
Again, lots of fun.
So yes, it’s possible to avoid both of these, but for many of you it won’t be worth the hassle. Now that you know some of the risks involved with jailbreaking, you can make an informed decision.
You can read the full review at GottaBeMobile
There's been a number of reports that Java breaks following the latest Oracle update (V13). This following Apple dropping official in-house support.
Thankfully, there's a simple fix:
Locate the Oracle folder sitting in Home/Library/Application Support and trash it.
(You can get to this folder by holding the Alt key down and sellecting Library from the Go menu.)
Empty the trash.
Job done :-)
We've been lucky to have the iTunes music catalogue available to us for a couple of days now. But are we that lucky?
The Apple press release talks about "over 20 million songs" but there seems to be a catch. The music catalogue isn't the same as the USA or U.K. stores.
A request asking for clarification received this reply from an Apple employee....
Welcome to iTunes Store Customer Support. I am (deleted) and I am glad to assist you.
First of all I appreciate your interest in iTunes Store.
I understand that you find many dissimilarities in the contents available to you in the South African Store to that of the US Store. I am happy to help you.
Mac, It is true that there are certain differences in the contents availability between different iTunes Store across the globe as you mentioned regarding your favourite band, "Go Fish". However, Apple is constantly working with content providers to expand the iTunes Store catalog and to make more items available in more countries. Customers like you who shows interest in doing business with Apple and iTunes are appropriate ones to give us a feedback regarding such issues.
Your comments and suggestions are an integral part of this continuing effort to provide quality content. To request that certain items be distributed in your country, please visit this web page:
iTunes Store Requests
We appreciate you taking the time to submit this request and for being a valued iTunes Store customer.
Once again I appreciate your effort in contacting us.
Have a nice day!
iTunes Store/Mac App Store Customer Support
Please Note: I work Sunday to Thursday, 6.00 AM - 3.00 PM CST
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you.
So now we know. Don't kill your U.S. account ;-)