Our kids grow up, they move on, and so must we. That’s true even if your child is an extremely popular gadget. Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPod (along with other people, but you know…he was the guy) is leaving his position at Apple to take on a reduced role as an advisor to Steve Jobs. It’s certainly simplistic to claim that Fadell “invented” the iPod when it was a team effort. Despite work by a team, and Apple hardware chief of engineering Jon Rubenstein, Fadell is still considered the popular MP3’s father.
Microsoft should just stop going to toe to toe with Apple. Each time they go and “copy” a Cupertino idea it fails miserably. Microsoft can’t compete on the commercial front, even though the Mac vs PC ads are starting to get stale. Now Microsoft is looking to combat the Apple Genius’ with some Microsoft Gurus.
It’s September, which means we should be expecting upgrades to the iPod line at any moment. That moment is currently expected to be September 9. Schematics have hit the web detailing the size changes to the Nano and Touch. With the success of the iPhone 3G Apple is introducing curved lines to the iPod family.
Usually when we get a rumor on some product it comes with vague allusions to what might be. It’s more like a creepy man in a trench coat is trying to sell you some candy than any hard information. And while rumor of a MacBook touch releasing in October is still full on unconfirmed rumor
If you give it to them, they will indeed come. Apple launched the iPhone with no third party support. In a way it was like Nintendo (who have been “borrowing” Apple aesthetics for awhile now) pretty much relying on their own products to keep the Wii going, except Nintendo at least allowed shovelware on their system.
Earlier today at WWDC, Steve Jobs officially unveiled the iPhone 3G. That’s what he called it, and so say we all. The phone has seen some minor and major improvements over the first gen iPhone, items we’ll detail in a moment. The biggest initial news to Apple fanboys and detractors alike is the $199 starting price point.
It looks like HBO, who were often on the cutting edge of television programming in the last decade, might be making the leap to digital distribution of its content. HBO is rumored to have struck a deal with Apple to bring original programming to iTunes.
Trademark law often has the feel of being a bit dodgy. Like companies are overprotective mothers who won’t let their child swing on the monkey bars at the park, or play football. It doesn’t help when Apple challenges New York City’s trademark application to use a stylized apple logo for the green living campaign.
I say, “iPhone.” Now you reply, “3G!” And then AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega says at CTIA 2008 that you’ll get it in a few months. At least, that’s what he seemed to indicate during the event.
So why the limitation? The popular guess is that Apple is maintaining their system performance by making sure users can’t overload the iPhone’s processor and memory. Users can’t complain of the system being overworked if they aren’t allowed to run more than the iPhone was originally planned to handle.
Apple makes slick products. And Sony now has Skype on the PSP, turning it into a sort of PSPhone. So it’s no wonder that someone would put their Photoshop skills to work making a hybrid. You can see the image to the right, and it essentially looks like an iPhone with some Playstation buttons added. I’m assuming it’s an iPhone because there are zero analog sticks, so we’d need the touch screen.
If you were sitting on the sidelines waiting for the iPod Touch to become worthwhile, then this is your week. Apple has updated the new player by doubling the memory and setting some new prices. All bow at the alter of MP3. Oh and the iPhone has been upped as well.
It sounds as if Apple’s entry into the home rental market isn’t without some trials. Then again, this is a new piece of technology so it’s expected to have some quirks. Here’s hoping Apple can iron out the bugs relatively quickly. Until then, I won’t be making any plans to get rid of my Netflixs account.
If you jumped on the Apple MacBook Air bandwagon quickly there’s good news for you this week: your new laptop is probably flying its way to you right now. According to Apple, the first MacBook Air laptops have shipped. Don’t expect to get one right away if you haven’t already pre-ordered. Although the units have theoretically shipped, phone calls to several Apple stores yielded no results.
Last week I realized that my DVR had accidently deleted several episodes from the end of Battlestar Galactica’s third season – episodes I hadn’t gotten to see yet (damn that seemingly-endless Monk marathon for taking up all the space!). No problem, right? In the day and age we live in, I can just log onto iTunes, find the episodes I want, and acquire them (completely legally) for my viewing pleasure.