Yesterday, Apple made a big fuss over Psystar’s Mac OS clones. Today, they insist Psystar do a mass recall of all units running the hacked Mac OX system. That means that the Mac cloners days could be numbered. A recall of all Psystar units will undeniably bankrupt them. Apple also wants whatever profits the company has gained, in addition to, any dollars that may flow once the judge bangs the gavel.
According to Yahoo! News, a product recall is an “unusual step”. Mandated recalls are usually ordered by government agencies to rid the market of products that are potentially harmful.
Both Apple and Psystar’s legal team declined comment.
Apple is acknowledging the difficulties involved in the transfer between the .Mac and MobileMe services and are compensating members. “We will be extending subscriptions by 30 days to customers free of charge to express our appreciation for their patience during the transition period,” said Apple Inc., in a statement.
You camped out in front of your favorite Apple store the night before the iPhone 3G went on sale. You waited in the store as your patience was tested because of a global problem with iTunes that prevented phones from being fully activated. In the end, your endurance was rewarded with a shiny new iPhone. After your new toy joy subsided, perhaps you noticed a glitch or hiccup with your iPhone, well, apparently Apple is already aware of bugs in the iPhones v2.0 firmware and may be currently testing v2.0.1. In fact, version 2.0.1 may have been in development before the current 3G even went on sale.
Web traffic analyzed from server logs by The Boy Genius Report, shows references to iPhones running firmware titled v2.0.1 from the San Francisco and Atlanta areas. Apple HQ is near San Francisco and AT&T is located in Atlanta.
Today's bugs could be replaced by tomorrow's new features.
That's a savings of roughly $53 over the estimated iSuppli price of $227 for the OG iPhone. iSuppli estimates that Apple makes a per-unit gross profit of 55%. Apple's ability to buy in bulk, and its savvy bargain-shopping powers are cited as reasons for the drop in price.
See kids, that's what happens when you use your store's club card and clip coupons.
Lisa Hoover, a social media consultant, spends most of her working day shuttling between her seven computers: her Linux boxes, PCs, and a Mac. She can find cross-platform programs to synchronize her disparate information, for example, the Google Calendar application can manage her schedule. But until July 11, there was no single service to tie her work life together. But now there’s MobileMe.
Apple’s MobileMe provides instant synchronization between multiple devices and computers. With MobileMe, you can schedule a weekend lunch date on your iPhone, and within moments, the calendar on your home computer mirrors the appointment. It’s a brilliant concept, to streamline the lives of those of you who keep your eggs in many baskets.
You usually get what you ask for. Last April, a representative for the company Psystar, only identified as “Robert”, challenged Apple to bring a lawsuit against his company for reportedly using hacked versions of Mac OS X on on their custom built computers. AppleInsider reports that as of July 3, Apple Inc. has filed a formal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Psystar for manufacturing and selling unauthorized Mac systems.
The small Florida-based firm made headlines last Spring after announcing its line of low-cost, high-performing machines called OpenMac, later changed to Open Computer so as to avoid charges of copyright infringement. Psystar taunted Apple by asserting that they were the only other computer company selling Mac OS systems.
"What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?," said Robert of Psystar. He also added, "What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?" Robert had also been quoted as saying that Apple had been violating antitrust laws by restricting installation of its operating system on non-Mac machines.
It only took five days and the iPhone Dev team has already managed to jailbreak the new iPhone 3G, though there is no official release annoucement. Anyone with the OG iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone 3G will be able to partake in the pwnage. Third party apps will still be accessible, as well as other cool hacks like video game emulators, video recording capabilities, and maybe someone, somewhere will figure out how to create a hack for cut and paste. Seriously.
Apple finally explained why there is no iPhone copy and paste in an interview with ExtremeTech. Apple product head, Greg Joswiak says that the feature just wasn’t on the list of priorities for the iPhone. Apparently, he and his crew “judged other things to be more important.”
To the lucky million with an iPhone 3G wondering, “What is up with the GPS?” David Pogue wrote last week, that the iPhone’s antenna is “much too small to emulate the turn-by-turn navigation of a G.P.S. unit for a vehicle.”
Joswiak says that is incorrect. The iPhone is capable of turn-by-turn directions. Apple just needs to work on some technical issues and we should expect to be amazed by what developers release as the iPhone evolves.
As far as an iPhone office suite is concerned, Dataviz told ExtremeTech that “unspecified technical issues” were holding back development. Joswiak said that he wasn’t aware of any complications, but if there were any, it would have to do with the lack of a cross-application file structure on the iPhone. The iPhone gives each application its own file space at the moment.
Not sure how useful an office suite would be without a copy and paste feature, though.
Yesterday was the first day of E3 in Los Angeles and the annual convention has already generated plenty of buzz within the gaming community (Final Fantasy 13… anybody?). But there’s some news that may affect Apple’s current hold on the digital media market: Microsoft announced that Netflix will offer online streaming for the Xbox 360, available this Fall. What does this mean for Apple? Find out after the jump.
If the worst happens—someone succeeds in swiping your MacBook—you’ll wish you’d checked out one of these solutions sooner.
If your MacBook is stolen and you’ve had GadgetTrak Verey ($39.95, gadgettrak.com) installed, anyone attempting to connect to a new network on your ’book is prompted to enter a password within a specified time frame. If the user fails, Verey assumes the computer is stolen, and goes into panic mode. The MacBook’s iSight camera then begins to record video, and after a few minutes, the screen turns gray and displays a message suggesting that the user contact the owner of the computer, showing contact info and any other details you have entered in System Preferences.