News Roundup: Apple Affirms iPhone June Release, A Switcher's Tale, iTunes on the Rise, and More

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News Roundup: Apple Affirms iPhone June Release, A Switcher's Tale, iTunes on the Rise, and More

Calming nervous iPhone Nellies: At a Goldman Sachs investors' conference yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook assured attendees that the iPhone is on track for a June release. (Really, it is, we swear!) Cook probably felt a need to reassure the assembled in light of the delay in shipping the Apple TV. BusinessWeek writer Arik Hesseldahl theorizes that the Apple TV delay could have something to do with FCC approval (or lack thereof) for the Apple TV.

 

But, back to the iPhone, some folks at Actioncorp did a thorough, frame-by-frame review of Steve Jobs' keynote presentation in which he introduced the iPhone, hoping to uncover undisclosed features of the much-anticipated gadget. The main discovery centers around ringtones, and what the Actioncorp crew say promises to be a much richer experience than Steve might have told us about.

 

The tale of an unsuspecting Switcher: In addition to postulating that 9,000 people switch from PC to Mac every day, Infoworld's Tom Yager is also conducting an interesting experiment. He replaced a friend's existing Windows machine with a MacBook, connected to her LCD display, running Parallels, so the friend can use both Windows and OS X. So far so good. We're looking forward to following this story!

 

Yager's friend may not be as lonely in the business world as many a Mac user has felt once or twice before. Digit magazine reports that Intel-based Macs are pushing OS X into the corporate world, although Apple has a ways to go in terms of establishing itself in the corporate market. The stigma, according to the article, has to do with the long-held opinion among IT guys that Macs are a pain to network. (Someone who has set up a wireless home network in about 5 minutes using the new Airport Extreme will find this difficult to understand.)

 

iTunes rising, and rising: New projections from Internet marketing firm Website Optimization predict that iTunes users will surpass RealPlayer users by the second quarter of 2007. iTunes users grew by almost 50 percent last year, while other streaming media players experienced mere single-digit growth. Although we're not knocking it, the comparison seems slightly odd: We don't consider iTunes a streaming media player (do you?). Oddly enough, one of the "other streaming media players" included in the comparison is QuickTime - which is what iTunes is based on.

 

And, despite iTunes' continued ascent, it seems that it's muy dificil for Latin American iPod enthusiasts to procure the devices.

 

Woz hearts technology, Jobs eats seeds: Speaking in Tokyo, Steve Wozniak recounted his love of all things tech from a young age. No surprises there, and he didn't reveal any secrets about Steve Jobs, either. Still, his description of the main differences between the two Steves made us chuckle: "I was sort of the middle man, with my feet solid on the ground, but Jobs was more floating, like the hippies of California. He wouldn't wear shoes, and would eat seeds."

 

There's just something about Texas: Another company you've never heard of called Texas MP3 Technologies is suing Apple, Samsung, and SanDisk for allegedly infringing on a patent the Texas firm purchased from two Korean inventors on February 15, 2007. Texas MP3 filed its lawsuit the next day. (Not fishy at all!)

 

Developers get fresh Tiger builds: Perhaps to give them something to play with as they wait breathlessly for Leopard's release, Apple released new versions of Tiger (OS 10.4.9) last night. The updates "consist primarily of bug fixes and minor improvements," according to ThinkSecret.

 

Geek stalkers, here's a product for you: If you want to know who's using a Nike + iPod kit within your immediate vicinity, a new product from Spark Fun Electronics can tell you. They've developed a USB serial interface that, when connected, allows you to pick up signals from nearby Nike + iPod sensors (which have a 40- to 60-foot range). Let's see what kooky things the hackers and hobbyists do with this!

 

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On another note, Mac is still doing a piss-poor job of working with corporate accounts. What's up with that?

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"The stigma, according to the article, has to do with the long-held opinion among IT guys that Macs are a pain to network."

Haven't past experience account for anything? Macs were very difficult to work with in the past, which is why IT guys avoid it.

Your wireless example doesn't help much. Corporate shouldn't do wireless, unless they want their data to spill out into the world.

I'm sure Macs are resurging, but let's not ignore the stock backdating episode. Jobs' unforced error may force him out and you know what happened when Jobs left the company last time.

On another note, Mac is still doing a piss-poor job of working with corporate accounts. What's up with that?

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Anonymous

I see that someone has already had their dose of M$FT koolaid this morning.

Speaking from experience as an IT guy I do not find it difficult or have problems setting Macs and pcs up together creating a mixed network either wired or wireless. Maybe that is because I know what I am doing and the fact that the new macs - well - they just work!

As far as the comment on the stock back dating thing - It was to my belief that Jobs was cleared of any wrong doing. I thought the matter was settled. What the heck does that have to do with using Macs in "Corporate America" anyway. Why even bring it up?

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Hawaiian717

Sure. It may get overlooked in favor of all the nifty stuff you can download from the iTunes Store, but don't forget about that Radio entry in the Library list.

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