The biggest story this week is the "lost"/"stolen" iPhone that Gizmodo posted photos of on Monday. Apple requested the return of the device, but we will have to wait to see if it turns out to be the new iPhone. Apple will be talking on Tuesday, but it will be more EPS and unit volume sales than gossip about gadget blog exclusives. Apple is due to report its second quarter 2010 earnings on Tuesday after the bell.
Not that the quarter ending March 27 was boring. It's been a big quarter in terms of … Read more
Gizmodo said Monday evening it is making arrangements to return an errant device that is believed to be a prototype of the next iPhone, following a request from Apple's legal department, which Gizmodo calls verification of the device's authenticity.
Gizmodo says Powell left his phone on a stool at German bar Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, Calif. The oft-tweeted story goes that a drunk person handed it to the Mysterious Man, the person who got the prototype phone to Gizmodo after allegedly … Read more
Apple wants to sell concert tickets on iTunes and deliver the goods directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch, according to a patent filed by the company.
The system is called Concert Ticket +, and the folks at Patently Apple have whipped out their Slap Chop and broken it down into easily digestible chunks. Concert Ticket + features the ability to include special offers with the ticket, such as discounted food at the venue, or fire off media files to a ticket-holder's phone, such as a recording of the concert.
People lose their iPhones all the time. But it's not often that a super-secret prototype of a not-yet-released iPhone is carelessly left on the floor of a local drinking establishment.
But apparently that's what happened, according to two different gadget blogs. That this would happen to a company like Apple, which takes secrecy and security of its products very seriously, is surprising. Apple has not yet said there even is an iPhone 4G--although it's a safe bet there will be based on the pattern of the past three years. Steve Jobs has said that new iPhone software is coming "this summer," but the company has stopped short of acknowledging that new hardware is in the works.
Normally the first time we see a new Apple product it is in Jobs' hands while standing on a stage in front of an audience of geeks and journalists. So what happened this time?
To back up: Over the weekend, Engadget posted photos of what it said might be the iPhone 4G, or the next-generation version of Apple's phone. It said it was found on the floor of a bar in San Jose, Calif., and a tipster sent the photos into the gadget blog for posting. The pictures are sort of blurry and the device is never shown powered up, so it didn't seem that hard to dismiss as yet another fake iPhone knockoff.
Flash forward to Monday morning. Engadget's rival blog, Gizmodo, ups the ante with its own photos and video of what appears to be the same device, though it claims it's from "someone" who found it on the floor of a bar in Redwood City, Calif. How Gizmodo got its hands on it is unclear.
There have been several suggestions that Gizmodo's parent company, Gawker Media, bought it. A tweet from Gawker boss Nick Denton on Monday appeared to confirm Gawker's willingness to pay for stories, though Gizmodo hasn't yet responded to a request for comment. The company generated much publicity when Gizmodo's sister blog Valleywag announced a bounty on early access to an iPad. Denton has also considered paying for paparazzi-style photographs of sports stars for its sports blog Deadspin. It's not impossible that the company saw Engadget's pics and tracked down the person who sent it in and paid him or her for it.
Assuming both Engadget and Gizmodo discovered the same device, there are some odd inconsistencies in the stories, such as the discrepancy between being lost at a bar in San Jose and Redwood City, as well as claims of seeing the device powered on, but not showing photos of it. Also, Gizmodo says it took the thing apart, yet it didn't post photos of the processor or the storage.
But more importantly, how did this happen?… Read more
Good news for folks who missed the preorder deadline for the 3G version of the iPad: Apple has finally given the device a hard ship-date: Friday, May 7.
That's three days before the company is set to announce international pricing for the iPad and begin taking online preorders for the device, which it has delayed selling abroad because of high demand in the U.S.
Incidentally, if you're among the early adopters who preordered an iPad 3G when it first went on sale, you're still likely to receive yours by late April. According to an e-mail message … Read more
The rumor mill is gearing up for the launch of Apple's fourth-generation iPhone, and the latest rumor has an aroma of fermented hops and barley.
Many observers expect Apple to release a new model in late spring or early summer. CEO Steve Jobs said recently that an updated mobile OS would be ready this summer--a perfect opportunity to release new iPhone hardware. Fueling speculation that a June launch is imminent is a report from Boy Genius Report that it has "confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees … Read more
With new MacBook Pros hitting the streets packing faster silicon, it's a good exercise to see how Apple stacks up against the competition.
Note that this is not a performance comparison--though I've include links at the bottom--but a quick side-by-side comparison that a buyer might do upon walking into Best Buy (which I've witnessed before).
And the usual disclaimers apply about price. MacBook Pros are relatively pricey, top-notch laptops designed to exude chic: aluminum enclosures, high-performance LED displays, and a fit-and-finish that is better than most competitors.
That said, some customers (surprise, surprise) are swayed by price, particularly when there's a gaping spread between two systems with roughly similar specifications.
And that seems to be the case here. Take a look and you decide.
Note that the Dell has a quad-core Core i7, the Apple a dual-core i7. But don't be deceived by core counts. The Core i7-based MacBook Pro does very well in performance benchmarks. Moreover, the Pro has Intel graphics integrated into the CPU package along with the dual-core processor, allowing it to switch between Intel and Nvidia discrete graphics to save power--which results in much better battery life compared to the Dell. In Dell's favor, the Studio XPS 16 has options for a Blu-ray optical drive and a 3G modem (both included below). The MacBook Pro doesn't.
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro:
Operating system: Mac OS X Snow Leopard Processor: 2.66GHz Intel Core i7, dual-core Display: 15-inch 1440-by-900-pixel LED-backlit glossy w/camera Graphics chip: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M w/ 256MB plus Intel graphics (switchable)… Read more
Mark Fiore's job is making fun of political figures. And he's actually quite good at it, according to the Pulitzer Prize Committee.
Earlier this week it named him the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning, but Apple rejected an iPhone app containing Fiore's cartoons in December. The reason? Apple said applications that ridicule public figures are not allowed.
That presents a problem for Fiore, and all editorial cartoonists and political satirists who'd like to submit their work to the App Store for that matter, because, well, that's what they do.
So what does that mean for the future of news or editorial products on the iPad and iPhone? It's safe to assume that quashing political satire isn't Apple's goal here. But it's a legitimate concern for the journalism community that to be featured on the App Store they have to submit their news content to a company unafraid to exercise what sometimes seems like arbitrary control. The thinking goes, what if Apple finds a headline offensive? Or what if there's an unfavorable article about Apple itself even? That's not to say Apple would do that, but its inconsistent handling of App Store submissions sets a troubling precedent. … Read more
You don't have to be a genius to guess that Apple is readying a new model of iPhone for late spring or early summer.
That's because Apple has done just that for the last three years, kicking off sales of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS in late June or early July. And because at last week's iPhone OS 4 preview event, CEO Steve Jobs said the updated mobile OS would be ready this summer. And where there's new iPhone software, there's usually new iPhone hardware.