Earlier this month, in a rare coming together of technological behemoths, albeit for a good cause, Apple partnered with eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit and Oracle in what was deemed an "unprecedented" philanthropic move to help Stanford Medical Center construct a new $2 billion hospital. The hospital would have the vision of being innovate in using the latest technology, much like the aforementioned tech companies.
As we creep up on the one year anniversary of the release of the original iPad, the online rumors and speculation surrounding what Apple might be baking into the next iteration of the tablet are running wild. Will it have a front facing camera? A slot for SD media? How about built-in compatibility for GSM and CDMA networks? All of these tidbits and more have been suggested. This morning, we'd like to toss another suggestion into the ring of iPad 2 possibilities: The ability to connect to Macs using Light Peak technology.
If you hate cables like we hate cables, you're going to love what Apple may be planning to do with your cables. Now, say that five times fast. If a new patent filing is any indication, Apple's engineers are looking at methods for transfering data and power via a single magsafe cable. That could mean less under desl tangled messes for everyone... well, everyone that uses a Mac.
Earlier today, a story appeared on PocketGamer.biz alleging that Apple had scolded Capcom over last week's $1400 smurfberry scandal. The report was based on comments from an anonymous source who said that Apple was upset by the recent flurry of return requests due to children accidentally buying expensive virtual items in the online Capcom game Smurfs' Village, and "had strong words" with Capcom over the issue. The report also said this controversy had prompted Apple to reconsider their iTunes log-in policies. However, when we spoke to representatives at Capcom, they said Apple never talked to them at all about this situation.
The ink has barely dried on Apple's new App Store subscription feature, one that will allow for magazines, newspapers and other publishers to off varying length subscriptions to users of iOS devices. However, according to various law professors, the new policy has the potential to catch some antitrust flack.
Jailbreaking can bring a ton of fresh features to your iOS device. Apparently, it can also take a few away. According to a number of reports, devices that have been jailbroken using Greenpois0n, have lost the ability to read the books they purchased via the iBookstore.
While most people are thinking of Apple and Samsung as being direct competitors these days -- Samsung's Galaxy S is often touted as a worthy competitor to Apple's iPhone -- their relationship isn't all War of the Roses. Samsung doesn't just sell their own products, but they manufacture a wide variety of components that other companies, such as Apple, need to purchase. Case in point: Apple and Samsung are reported to near to closing a deal worth $7.9 Billion for the purchase of components to be used in existing and upcoming iPhones and iPads. According to the Wall Street Journal, the $7.9 Billion deal is said to relate to theliquid-crystal display panels for the next generation of the iPad, as well as mobile processors and flash memory for iOS devices.
We've never been too keen on the inclusion of rumors surrounding Steve Jobs' health in our regular news coverage, but it's hard not to chime in on the fact that according a reliable source, Steve is looking as healthy as a horse during a recent visit to Apple's Cupertino campus. If that kind of scuttlebutt doesn't drive the company's stock prices back up, we don't know what will.
When people think of Apple, they tend to think of Steve Jobs. So linked are the man and the company, that when his health takes a dip, so too do the fiscal fortunes of all that he's built. Confident, polished and well spoken, Jobs rarely flounders in the public eye. If you set your Wayback Machine for a trip to the late 1970s, however, you'll find evidence to support the theory that true greatness is not born but honed over time. Ladies and Gentlemen: for your viewing pleasure, we present to you Awkward Steve Jobs!
When an Apple product becomes scarce in stores and online, it isn't too long until talk of a product refresh hits the interwebz. This has been the way of things amongst the Apple faithful for time immemorial. With this in mind, let us talk of products in need of an overhaul, exasperating shipping times and iPod Classics.