WWDC: The ultimate pre-keynote playlist

We’re approaching the ten hour countdown mark for WWDC 2009, so optimize your experience with TGR’s ultimate pre-keynote playlist. The full 17-track list is below…

1. Vida la Vida – Coldplay

Described by Gizmodo as “the official sountrack to the ‘running of the media’ event every single time”.

2. Around the Bend – The Asteroid’s Galaxy Tour

Used in the iPod touch (2G) ad, often playing at your local Apple Store.

3. La la la – The Bird and the Bee

Soundtrack to the original iPod touch spot at the 2007 iPod special event. Strangely, this one never made it to television.

4. Bruises – Chairlift

Very Apple. Used in the particularly creative iPod nano (3G) commercial.

5. Electric Feel – MGMT

A Phil Schiller favorite at Macworld 2009.

6. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Aretha Franklin

Best when used as your ringtone during the event…

7. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings

One of the better  iPod + iTunes ads.

8. Hey Mama – Black Eyed Peas

Another brilliant iTunes ad sountrack.

9. You’ve Got a Friend In Me – Randy Newman

This one’s dedicated to Steve and his executive-producing talents.

10. Stronger – Kanye West

Played at MWSF 2008. Ironically, the MacBook Air is the weakest notebook Apple’s ever shipped.

11. Hold on, I’m coming – Sam & Dave

Great track, also played often at the Apple Store. Particularly suitable for a pre-keynote playlist.

12. 15 Step – Radiohead

iPhone OS 3.0 special event. One of Greg’s (Joswiak) choices? We can only speculate.

13. Sleep Through the Static – Jack Johnson

Performed by the man himself at the 2008 “Let’s Rock” special event.

14. New Soul – Yael Naim

Manilla envelope. Enough said.

15. Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer

Absolutely essential for any Apple playlist.

16. 1234 – Feist

Usually played right before the keynote.

And a bonus, post-keynote track:

17. I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Tony Bennett

Quite possibly the most heartfelt keynote performance ever.

Enjoy! – r.


Antiglare 15″ MacBook Pro just around the corner?

While visiting my local Apple Store yesterday, I noticed (amongst the dozens of notebooks on display) a 15″ MacBook Pro with an antiglare (or matte) screen. This seemed to be particularly odd, since Apple currently only includes the glossy display option on all of their notebooks, except of course the 17″ MacBook Pro, where it can be configured with an antiglare screen for an extra $50 (USD). Unlike the matte 17″ MBP, this notebook did not feature an aluminum “border” around the screen, but, as the photos show, instead sported a black plastic “border” like the rest of Apple’s late 2008 unibody notebooks. Could this be an error on Apple’s part? Is an antiglare 15″MacBook Pro imminent? Could it be one of Phil Schiller’s WWDC announcements? It’s arguable, since Apple’s been playing down the outside-friendly display (instead choosing to promote their super glossy LEDs), but that was definitely an antiglare screen on a 15″ MacBook Pro. – r.

Note: I tried my best to capture the MacBook Pro so that it was clear that it featured an antiglare screen, but the iPhone’s convenient camera can only do so much…


WWDC 2009: 3rd generation iPhone graphical rumor round-up

Here’s a graphical representation I put together of the dozens of rumors that have been circulating over the past few months regarding the third generation iPhone that’s likely to be announced next week at WWDC 2009 (our keynote liveblog details can be found here). Click the image for a higher resolution version. There’s a few notes for this one:
* I’ve put some source numbers beside each arrow, these are the references for each rumor and are published at the bottom of this post.
* The rumors (such as release date and price) that don’t really match a particular part of the iPhone’s hardware/software have been placed at a random point on the back of the iPhone.
* The prediction key is based entirely on my own opinion, and is by no means accurate.
Of course, if anything else develops between now and Phil’s keynote, I’ll be listing them here, so be sure to check back before the day, and remember, we’ll be covering the keynote live right here on TGR, click here for the details. – r.

Update: It seems this has generated quite some interest around the internet with more than 10,000 people visiting per day – thanks for your views, tweets and pings!

Update 2: The great folks over at have translated the graphic into Spanish. Check it out here!

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Wallpaper Weekend: iPhone Spark

Here’s the first (and last) iPhone 3G wallpaper I’m making before Phil Schiller and the team (are likely to) unveil a new iPhone at WWDC this year (our live keynote coverage is here). Either way, I’ll make sure I create an updated version with the third generation iPhone when it arrives, and until then, download and enjoy this one! Click on the thumbnail for the 1920×1200 copy. – r.

P.S. If you’d like to buy me and the other editors at TGR something on the Apple Menu, feel free to donate by clicking the link in the sidebar to your right…


We’re back!

What’s been going on around here for the last week or two? What happened to the regular posts? Has the GFC affected The Green Room?
Questions you may all have since our last post 10+ days ago. We probably should’ve told you, but we took a short break from writing last week and focused on some other stuff, which we’ll tell you more about soon. That said, we’re back now and all is under control at, so keep visiting and look out for our WWDC 2009 coverage which will begin soon! – r.


Wallpaper Weekend: “Runway Pixels”

This is a wallpaper I’ve been putting together over the last couple of days. I made a 1920×1200 desktop wallpaper and a 320×480 iPhone wallpaper. You can download the folder with both of them in full size here, they’re also on our Flickr account here. – r.


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