iPad 2 – Everything You Need To Know

Apple has revealed the second generation of their popular iPad tablet today, set to ship in the U.S on March the 11th, and March 25th internationally.

The event was held at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on Tuesday the 2nd of March and was attended by press and media from the tech community. One of the main whispers around the conference hall before the announcement was the subject of Steve Jobs, following his recent leave of absence it was unclear if he’d be presenting the event, but he arrived to standing-ovation to give details on the new device.

Apple also revealed some very impressive statistics. Jobs described 2010 as the “year of the iPad”, and he wasn’t kidding – a staggering 15 million first generation iPads sold in 2010, which in just 9 months outsold every other tablet PC in history combined.

The name “iPad 2” has been thrown around the blogosphere for several months, and it seems Apple has decided to follow the iPhone numbering convention, the official name of the second generation iPad is “iPad 2”.

As expected, the feature-list seems more evolutionary than revolutionary. Speed improvements, thinner design and cameras are all on the menu, starting with an upgraded CPU. The main processor is a Samsung A5 dual-core chip, bumping the speed of the tablet up to nine times the speed of the original iPad, helped out by a double speed graphics processor.

With Apple’s keenness to spread the Facetime video conferencing tool across their platforms, a front-facing camera was to be expected, and we got one! Along with the added surprise of a back-facing video camera capable of shooting footage in 720 resolution HD.

The appearance of the iPad 2 is faithful to the original model but with some dramatic reductions in the thickness of the device. iPad 2 is even thinner than the iPhone 4, making it 33% leaner than the first generation, and weighing in at a very lightweight 0.58 KG (1.3 lbs).

The gyroscope has also made its way into the new tablet, meaning iPhone apps that utilize it will be able to take full advantage of the new hardware.

Jobs also revealed that the iPad 2 will be available in both white and black models, “immediately”, cracking a slight joke at the much delayed white iPhone 4.

An HDMI adapter will be available as a seperate $39 add-on, allowing users to send HD signals from any app to their TV set up to full 1080p resolution, including viewing photos and videos.

There were some disappointments though, after the stunning iPhone 4 retina display was premiered last year, many Apple fans were hoping for a resolution improvement of the iPad 2’s screen, so seeing that it’s still the same 1024×768 4:3 display is a bit of an anti-climax – still it gives us something to look forward to in iPad 3 I suppose.

So the feature list in full:

– Official name “iPad 2”
– A5 dual core CPU (2x faster than iPad 1, still low powered)
– 9x faster GPU than iPad 1
– Dual Cameras, front facing Facetime and back-facing camera
– Gyroscope
– 33% Thinner than the iPad 1, 13.4mm to 8.8mm, even thinner than the iPhone 4
– Curved back
– Weighs 1.3 pounds, 0.58kg
– Available in white and black models
– 10 hour battery life (one month standby)
– HDMI Video out with special cable (1080p output with all apps, charge while using)

U.S Pricing the same as iPad 1

WIFI – 16GB $499, 32 GB $599, 64GB $699
3G – 16GB $629, 32GB $729, 64GB $829

iPad 2 – What Not To Expect

EDIT: iPad 2 official feature list – http://wp3.lockergnome.com/danwood/2011/03/02/ipad-2-feature-list/?1211

The second iteration of Apple’s wonder-tablet is just hours from being announced, and while the tech community froths at the mouth predicting new features and slots the second iPad may have, here’s a few of the rumours that I don’t think will make the cut:

Retina Display

A lot of bloggers are claiming the “iPad 2″ will sport the Retina technology that Apple premiered on the iPhone 4 last year. While in theory the idea is nice, if it was built to the same specifications as the iPhone 4 display, that would mean the iPad runs at a native resolution of 2048×1536 on a 10” display! Developers would find it impossible to code apps at such a high resolution, and anything above 1080p on such a screen is quite unrealistic.

I am expecting a resolution upgrade, but not of those proportions, just enough to handle “true HD”.

Back Facing Camera
– I was wrong about this one!

This is the one I may be proved wrong on, but I just don’t think a back-facing camera makes any more sense on the iPad than it would on a MacBook. We are certain to see the front facing “FaceTime HD” camera as present in Apple’s notebooks, especially as they’re also pushing Facetime across all platforms, but what would be the point in a back-facing camera? Holding up a 10″ device to snap photos would do nothing more than make you look like a tool.

SD Card Slot

Several blogs are claiming Apple will be bringing an SD Card slot to the iPad, as they have with their recent notebooks and the Mac Mini. Most of these initial rumours were following “leaked shots” of some new Chinese second generation iPad cases. While it’s unlikely Apple would be letting Asian case manufacturers into their early secrets, I also don’t imagine we’ll get the SD Card slot on their tablets. The only viable use would be for photo transfers, and Apple already sell a kit for this. Using a card slot to boost storage space would render the 32 gig iPad useless.

If these cases are genuine, the slot is more likely to be for a SIM Card.

Redesigned Appearance

Some Apple fans are hoping the iPad 2 will see the tablet having a revolutionary redesign, this is really not Apple’s style. While I expect to see some evolution of the chassis, you only need to look at the iPhone and iPod touch to see that these changes are generally quite small tweaks, not total changes, especially on such an early revision as the second product.

Chinese website DGtle is claiming it has some early photos of the iPad 2, while these are likely to be fake, I don’t think they’ll be a million miles away from the product we’ll see later today.

All images courtesy of DGTLE

Apple to Introduce iPad 2 on March 2

Apple enthusiasts all over the world have been eagerly awaiting information on the second generation of the popular iPad tablet, and it looks like the wait is almost over.

Invites have been sent out to various media outlets inviting them to an event on March 2nd, to be held at their usual venue, the Yerba Buene Center in San Francisco. The graphic attached to the message includes the date pealed back to show an iPad behind, making the content of the keynote obvious.

As per-usual with Apple, rumours have been all over the web forecasting the new features that the second generation iPad will bring, including a higher resolution display, front-facing “Facetime camera”, an SD-Card slot and thinner chassis.

It’s also expected that we will get a preview of the next version of the iOS operating system, designed to take advantage of “iPad 2’s” new features, and addressing some current bugs and user-complaints; such as a redesigned notification system.

Cure Insomnia With Your iPhone

If you have problems getting a decent night’s sleep, there are a few apps which might be more effective than counting sheep.

  • iSleepSphere: iSleep: Sphere is the best tool on the market to relax and be able to reconcile a deep, restorative sleep. Do you have fatigue problems or sleep disorders? Are you a hard time falling asleep? Do you wake up exhausted in the morning? Sphere iSleep may be the solution!
  • WhiteNoisePro: White Noise Pro is optimized for the iPad and allows you to create the perfect ambient sound environment for relaxation or sleep. All the great sounds from White Noise with the ability to create thousands more using the revolutionary Mix Pad.
  • Sleep Cycle: An alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – a natural way to wake up where you feel rested and relaxed.

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Dan Wood

Windows 7 SP1 RTM Leaked On-Line

If you still live by the old adage, “I don’t use a new version of Windows until SP1 has been released,” you might want to finally prepare for Windows 7. A post on Microsoft’s Russian Technet site last week, suggested that SP1 was ready for Release To Manufacturers and OEMs were due to receive it over the weekend.

Since the posting, Microsoft appears to have retracted their statement, suggesting that there could be some last minute bug-fixes needed before full release,

“Microsoft Has Not Released SP1 to OEMs at this time, Though We Are on Track for a Q1 release, AS We Previously Announced. The Comments made in this blog entry included Some inaccuracies.”

Adding fuel to the fire, software portal Softpedia appears to have Windows 7 SP 1 RTM available for public download. While previous release schedules would suggest we could still be a month away from the official release on Windows Update, the release on Softpedia does seem to be the real-deal, sporting the release version of 7601.17514.101119-1850 which is said to be the final release number.

The vagueness of Microsoft’s conflicting statements might mean you’d be wise to hold off on installing SP1 RTM until it’s officially “signed off”, but those who are feeling brave might want to try it from the Softpedia link above.

As well as the usual roll-up of previous hotfixes, SP1 also includes the RemoteFX feature, which improves the graphical experience of remote access, including the Aero theme, more robust media streaming and multi-display capabilities.

VLC Removed from iOS Appstore

The multi-format media player “VLC” made a big splash when it was approved for the iPhone/iPad late last year, has now been removed by Apple for copyright infringement.

Many fans of the app have feared it would eventually be banned, and advised users to download it from the Appstore as quickly as possible. The exact reasons for VLC being pulled are not entirely clear, but the developers of the mobile app seemed unsurprised by the news,

“At last, Apple has removed VLC media player from its application store. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the App Store terms of use is resolved – the hard way. I am not going to pity the owners of iDevices, and not even the MobileVLC developers who doubtless wasted a lot of their time. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone.”

By the very nature of VLC’s ability to play virtually any esoteric video and audio files, the reliance on built-in codecs was probably enough to frighten Apple. Unfortunately, it marks the end of the iOS devices’ ability to play video formats outside of Quicktime/mp4, however all is not lost as VLC lives on for Jail-broken users on underground appstore Cydia.

Mac App Store Even Bigger Success Than Expected

Apple launched their much lauded App-store for the Mac last week, while there were some initial doubters and naysayers, to say the store has been a “success” could be understating its impact. Within just 24 hours on-line Apple had already counted more than a million downloads from the new marketplace, not only out-performing initial speculation, but also wowing development companies while gleefully watching their profits roll in.

Popular organisational suite Evernote has been amazed by their numbers from the Mac desktop store, more than doubling their users from all platforms within the first day on-line!

The above chart is a graph of all Everynote downloads across various devices and operating systems, the effect of the Mac App-Store on their user-base numbers is evident.

The companies’ blog explains the figures:

Each column shows the number of new users that signed up for Evernote every hour starting at midnight on New Year’s Day, up until a couple of hours ago. The red portion shows how many of those new users came from the Evernote Mac client.

So far, 166,789 new users have started using Evernote in the first few days of 2011. Since the launch of the Mac App Store, more than half of them are coming from the Mac. About 40,000 new users have signed up from the Mac so far. Note that this is new users only! It’s not the same as the total number of downloads from the Mac App Store (we had 90,000 of those, from store launch till midnight last night), because a large number of people downloading us from the Mac App Store are already registered Evernote users from a different platform.

All in all, I think getting on the Mac App Store on day one was worth the effort.

Evernote’s CEO Phil Libin has been so impressed by the figures, it’s making them re-evaluate the applications marketplace:

“It’s a very big deal […] We initially thought that since so much of our user base was coming from mobile, that was the key distribution platform. But maybe it isn’t mobile that’s important, maybe it’s the well-designed app store.”

Early successes suggest the App Store will become the default distribution method for Mac software, Libin predicts that up to 95% of all software for OS X will be supplied this way in the near future.

With the news that Windows 8 will include its own application marketplace,”Jupiter”; it seems likely that this is set to be new software delivery method of this decade. It’s easy to see why customers will be attracted by the ease of use, and the added security these new appstores will provide; but developers will also make savings from not having to set up their own distribution networks and paying out for expenses such as boxes and physical media.

iPhone Alarm Bug Strikes Again

As 2011 begins around the world, yet another iPhone alarm bug has reared its ugly head. In contrast to the problems displayed in the Autumn when changing from Daylight Savings Time, the glitch reportedly affects non-recurring events in the alarm app.

Twitter has been littered with more reports from angry iPhone users about alarms not sounding in the early hours of January 1st, although it seems the error only affects one-off events, not alarms which are set to sound at daily intervals.

There has been no response from Apple as yet, but according to some early reports, the bug will auto-correct itself on January 3rd.

Did the iPhone alarm glitch catch you out today? Did you miss anything important as a result?

iPhone Glitch Makes Users Across Europe Late For Work

Millions of iPhone users across Europe will likely be showing up to the office an hour late this morning. A bug in the iOS operating system was already spotted last month when Australia switched from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time, but was not fixed quickly enough to avoid the problem hitting Europe today.

The bug in the phone’s software means that even though the system clock appears to have automatically updated itself in the early hours of Sunday morning, the alarm application is still running on the old time, leading to lots of angry Twitter reports of alarms sounding an hour later than expected.

It does seem surprising that Apple failed to roll out the software update before the clocks went back across Europe this weekend, despite ZDNet first reporting the glitch over three weeks ago. As Daylight Saving Time approaches the USA next weekend, it’s expected we’ll see a fix this week, but you may want to have a secondary alarm ready for Monday morning… unless your boss is also an iPhone user.

VLC Player Available For iPhone/iPod touch

There should be an image here!Apple have today approved the iPhone and iPod touch version of the popular VLC media player. First ported to the iPad in September, VLC allows playback of many esoteric video and audio formats that the Apple devices cannot play by default.

Version 1.1.0 of the app is compatible with the iPhone 4, 3GS and recent models of the iPod touch running iOS 3.2 or later. While not quite as flexible as the desktop versions of VLC; it does vastly improve the formats you can play on the portable Apple gadgets, including popular codecs such as DivX and Avi, that previously required lengthy conversions to Apple’s native mp4 using iTunes.

Improvements are also apparent over the iPad version, including a larger selection of formats supported, smoother playback and the ability to delete movies from within the application itself.

Syncing media to VLC is done from iTunes on your computer, selecting the files you wish to transfer to the player on your iOS device. The process is very straight-forward, literally requiring a few clicks of the mouse/trackpad.

VLC is a free download from the App Store.

Sony Ceases Production of the Cassette Walkman

The most iconic music player of the 20th century is finally being laid to rest. After more than 30 years on the market, Sony is stopping production of the legendary cassette-based Walkman. Originally launched in Japan on July 1, 1979, the music gadget became one of the biggest cultural icons of the 1980s.

Sony has since extended the Walkman brand to various media devices, including CD, minidisc and mp3 players; but sales of the traditional tape machines have continued for the last three decades, with an estimated 220 million units shipped.

With the rise of digital media players such as the Apple iPod, the demand for cassette-based devices has dried up. Sony has now made its final shipment of tape Walkmans to the Japanese Market, the production line has finished, and when the remaining units are sold there will not be any more available.

Apple Announces OS X 10.7 – Lion, iLife 11, and New MacBook Air

Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs today confirmed the rumours surrounding updates to their iLife productivity suite, Mac operating system and upgrades to their ultra-portable MacBook Air line of notebooks.

The event entitled “Back To The Mac”, held today at Apple’s corporate campus in Cupertino, also revealed that they will be introducing an App Store for their desktop and notebook computers, similar to the existing ecosystem for the iPhone and iPad. Jobs was eager to point out that the new store will be “just one of the ways” to purchase applications for the Mac, destroying rumours of an Apple-approved only system as found on their portable platforms.

iLife 11

The upgrades to Apple’s creative suite “iLife” impressed developers and press at today’s keynote. The focus of iLife 11 is on making powerful media creation more simple for non-professionals to grasp. Three big updates to the iLife applications were announced – iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, together with a Mac version of FaceTime, the video-chat app for the iPhone 4.

The upgraded programs also include a new full-screen feature, which allows the user to operate using the entire screen real-estate throughout the application. Steve Jobs’ recent dinner with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg looks to have paid off, as iLife 11 includes full integration with the social network, allowing users to simply share their creations on-line within a few clicks.

Improvements to iPhoto include new slideshow modes, letterpress cards, and some big advancements in making professional quality photo books. Sharing galleries via email has also received a boost, clicking “share” will automatically create an email template for the user to send to friends and family.

iMovie 11 answers some of the critics’ complaints to the application that have been present since the new user interface was introduced with version 9. Improved audio-editing has been a much requested feature according to Jobs; iMove 11 now allows close up manipulation of audio waveforms and volume changes at a much more precise level than the previous version.

“One Step Effects” allow users to produce automatically rendered compositions, resembling professional movie trailers, including 15 different templates; music scores from the London Symphony Orchestra, and a People Finder feature which uses Apple’s face-detection techniques to determine the people in the footage.

GarageBand 11 was described as “an auto spell checker for bad music”, borrowing some of the auto-tune features from Apple’s high-end Logic suite, it also features more effects, amps, and new piano and guitar lessons included.

OS X 10.7 – Lion

The naming of the new version of OS X is official, “10.7 – Lion”. Rumours have been circulating on-line regarding the new name, and that it will bring the mobile iOS and desktop OS X platforms brought closer together; the grapevine turned out to be correct on both counts.

Apple’s eighth version of the operating system takes some of the most recognisable features of iOS and brings them to the Mac, including more multi-touch gestures, “Launchpad” which mirrors the iPhone’s application screen and folder system, auto-save and resume, and the infamous App Store.

While many predicted upgrades to Mac notebooks with touch-screens, Jobs insisted that manipulating a horizontal surface with your hands would lead to fatigue, preferring to use the multi-touch features of the Magic Mouse and Trackpad to interface with the UI.

Concerns have been raised over bringing the much lauded App Store to OS X, mainly from those who fear Apple will also want to complete control and approval over any applications for the desktop, as they currently do with iOS devices. Jobs was quick to point out that the OS X App Store will not be the only way to acquire software, but believes it will be the “best place to discover apps”, featuring paid-for and free applications with a 70/30 profit split for developers.

Dashboard and Expose have been unified into a new system called Mission Control, which allows greater flexibility, particularly when used with Launchpad where your installed apps are displayed in iPhone-style pages.

The remaining user-interface of Lion seemed similar to previous versions, retaining the 3D dock and Aqua theme, but we are almost a year from release with summer 2011 being the target shipping quarter.

Macbook Air

As expected, Apple also announced a “bridge” product to bring the iPad and MacBook closer together, this comes in the form of an updated MacBook Air. With the original notebook not having received an update since 2008, many saw today as “do or die” for the ultra-portable.

Despite Jobs claiming that netbooks were “not better than laptops at anything, they’re just cheaper”, it seems that Apple’s new 11″ MacBook Air certainly fits into this category of computers in all but price. The new smaller model now compliments the upgraded 13.3″ Air, which itself now sports a 1440 x 900 resolution display, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, Nvidia GeForce 320m graphics and a full unibody design. SSD storage is now the only option; shifting to a 100% flash-based memory, allowing battery life to be extended to 7 hours of uptime, with a 30-hour standby promise, along with instant-on booting.

As with the recent upgrades to the MacBook Pros, the Air now has an SD Card Slot, dual USB ports, minidisplay and multi-touch trackpad. As always, the most impressive feature of the Air is its form-factor, weighing in at 2.9 lbs for the 13.3″ model, and 2.3″ for the 11.6″ notebook.

The machines are available in several configurations, starting with the base-11″ model specs of a 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB Ram and 64GB of storage, which Apple hopes will attract new fans with a sub $1,000 price tag of $999.

Both models of the new MacBook Air are available from today.

Dan Wood

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Apple To Announce OS X 10.7 – Lion? What Can We Expect?

After a year of concentrating their efforts on the iOS range of devices, Apple are finally turning their attentions back to their range of personal computers. An event entitled “Back To The Mac”, takes place tomorrow on Apple’s US campus in Cupertino, and the rumour-mill is buzzing with expected announcements.

OS X has not received a landmark update since last fall’s “Snow Leopard” version 10.6 release. Based on Apple’s previous release schedules, tomorrow should see the launch of the next major iteration of the operating system, rumoured to be entitled “OS X 10.7 – Lion”. With iOS devices (such as the iPad and iPhone) now forming the core of Apple’s business model, it makes sense that the next release of desktop OS X will bring the two platforms closer together. Rumours also suggest Apple may release an long-overdue update to the MacBook Air, a 13.3-inch laptop, to bridge the gap between the iPad and MacBook range.

The Apple grapevine is also suggesting we’ll see evolutionary upgrades to processors, GPUs, redesigned notebooks and possibly the inclusion of Apple’s “retina-display” in some of their computers, although given that the MacBook and MacBook Pro line only recently received updates, may negate these rumours.

It’s likely the October 20th event will mostly concentrate on new features to OS X, with touch-screen support, cloud integration, further performance boosts, and full 64-bit support all cited as possible new features. The last major revision of OS X was 2007’s “Leopard” release, so many Apple fans are hoping we’ll see some pretty impressive upgrades to the operating system tomorrow morning.

Apple news site “MacStories” also predicts we’ll see further behaviours and visualisations from iOS making their way into OS X:

The first big news is iOS scroll bars and scrolling behavior are coming to OS X. That means you’ll have to say goodbye to the current Aqua scroll bars and get ready for a more minimal look. Also, the “rubber band” elastic scrolling iOS is famous for is making its first appearance on the desktop, and we’re told it “works really well and feels natural”. Basically, it works like the current inertial scrolling, but when you hit the top or bottom of a scroll view it “rubber bands” down like iOS devices do. Stuff like “pull to refresh” will be possible (and most of all, it’ll feel native) on OS X. We don’t know whether this would be an option or if Apple will turn on the new scrolling by default.

It’s expected that we’ll see a refreshed UI for OS X, that will retain a mixture of Aqua and bring some iOS elements to the table. Possible integration of the iPhone development kit, and the possibility of running iOS apps natively on desktop OS X are also strongly hinted at by many Apple news sites. Another eagerly awaited new feature to 10.7 is an update to iChat to enable integration with the Facetime app for iOS.

“Back To The Mac” takes place at 10am PST on October 20th.

Which new features are you hoping to see tomorrow?

UK Teen Invites 21,000 People To Birthday Party – Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder & Susan Boyle RSVP

There should be an image here!The biggest worry for most teens when planning a sweet-16th would be hoping enough people show up, but one teenager from Hertfordshire in the UK will have no such worries. Rebecca Javeleua was told she could invite 15 friends to the celebrations at her family home; unfortunately she overlooked a Facebook privacy setting and created an public invitation to the whole of the social network.

Since posting the invitation last week there have been over 21,000 confirmed guests, including faked accounts from celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Hawking, Rick Astley and Susan Boyle. The post included her home address and telephone number, meaning police are patrolling the area and Rebecca has had to change her phone after being overwhelmed with calls inquiring about the event.

While this may seem somewhat comical, the girl’s mother is understandably very upset at this faux-pas, and has cancelled the party following fears of an invasion of their small apartment. Tracey Livesey told the Daily Telegraph newspaper:

“Her party is cancelled and she will be lucky to get a birthday card from me after this. I said she could have 15 friends along to the party but my sister-in-law said that 8,000 people had said on Facebook that they were coming. She did not realise that she was creating a public event and should have done. She is going to have to change her mobile phone SIM card because of the number of calls she has been getting about it.”

Local police are taking the threat seriously, 21,000 people is roughly the same as the town’s population and forces fear thousands of party revellers may still turn up to cancelled event.

Sergeant Lewis Ducket of Hertfordshire Police told the Daily Telegraph newspaper:

“I would urge people who may be planning to come to Harpenden for the party to make other plans. We will have officers on patrol in the area on October 7th to provide a reassuring presence and who will be able to deal with any issues, should they arise.”

Rebecca has already suffered from this mistake, her mother has confiscated her PC to avoid future blunders. While it is hard not to see the funny side of this story, the cancelled party was inevitable, imagine the cost alone of providing a buffet and cake for 21,000 people!

Twitter Patches Security Flaw and Introduces New Features

There should be an image here!Twitter has been making mainstream media headlines around the world today, sadly for all the wrong reasons. Users logging onto the Web interface earlier were greeted with a flurry of spam links to various sites, ranging from harmless blank pages to porn site redirections. The attack was made possible thanks to a flaw in the micro-blogging network’s handling of links, meaning the hackers were able to inject malicious scripts into Web pages, upon visiting them the user’s account could be exploited.

Twitter have been making lots of changes to their service in the last week. The gradual roll-out of “New Twitter” around the globe means less people were affected than could have possibly been, those with the updated interface avoided the exploit; but a bug in the “old” site’s handling of XSS cross-site scripting meant it was possible to include JavaScript in Tweets which then had a free reign of destruction. The bug has now been patched and it’s safe to visit the Web interface once again.

In addition to patching security flaws, two new features have been added to the newer Twitter Web app, auto-completion of user names, and (finally!) a reply-to-all for multi-user messages. It seems they really have been listening to requests from the community as two of these suggestions were from Hillel Fuld‘s recent article on missing features from the New Twitter.

The new auto-complete function works similarly to the Facebook implementation – simply typing “@” into the message field, followed by the first letters of a user’s account name and matches will be shown in a selection box. Reply-to-All is now a default behaviour for replying to Tweets that contain multiple usernames, hitting reply will now respond to all of the persons in the tweet.

While most of the new features in the updated Web portal have been present in third-party clients for many years, many people still use Twitter.com as their only access to the service, at work-places and schools for example, where it is not possible for users to install their own apps.