Did you really think we could go for more than a few weeks without the mentioning a new Apple-centric lawsuit? Of course not. This time around, the action surrounds a cash-strapped Taiwanese monitor manufacturer called Proview who owned, then sold and subsequently cried over a trademarked name you may be familiar with.
Apple has been busy building one of the world's largest data centers in Catawba County, North Carolina for some time now. This colossal edifice of silicon, wire and awesomeness is rumored to be the keystone of Apple's future cloud-based computing ventures. Can MobileMe users expect to see more storage space coming their way? Perhaps, if we're lucky, Apple will finally start putting the media-streaming know how they snagged through the purchase of LaLa to work for content-hungry iTunes users. No matter what Cupertino has planned for their massive North Carolina data facility, one thing is certain, it's gonna be big... and stands to get a heck of a lot bigger.
Tacking “Magic” onto the name of this new external trackpad is grandiose in that typical Apple way, but we have a feeling that this nifty device actually is performing one genuine feat of magic: peering into the future. At least a little, anyway. Between the proliferation of touch-based iOS devices and Apple’s patents for touchscreen iMacs surfacing recently on the web, it’s reasonable to speculate that Mac OS is going to want you to reach out and touch it someday soon. If that’s even a little true, we can see why Apple might hope that the Magic Trackpad will help us get a little more accustomed to “touching” iMacs, minis, and Mac Pros--not just MacBooks.
Enjoy this combination of tech giants while it lasts! Apple has joined up with Google, Facebook, and Yahoo among others. The cause? Trying to take down Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's patent infringement suit brought about last August.
It was too awesome a rumor to have been true. After a week of whispered rumors, punditry and the intermittent sound of sighs and facepalms ringing out across the land, it appears that the dream of a Facebook buyout by Apple has been dashed upon the rocks of reality. According to Mashable, who broke the story last week, further information that debunked speculation that Mark Zuckerberg was ready to hand over Facebook's reigns for a whole lotta cold hard cash is nothing but hogwash.
If you follow the Tao of Apple, this news should come as no surprise to you: As we sit on the cusp of Apple's Back to Mac Event, the company's Online Apple Store is down. Try as you might, you won't be able to buy any of the Cupertino-based company's products without stepping foot into an actual store, at least not until Steve Jobs leaves the stage later this morning. For Agoraphobics who desperately need to get their mitts on a pair of Apple branded ear buds, these are dark times indeed.
Yesterday, Steve Jobs had some subtle words for Apple's competitors, and RIM was quick to respond right back. The co-CEO of RIM said that the comments didn't apply to users "who live outside of Apple's distortion field." Ouch.
With 21.5- and 27-inch LED-backlit screens under a glossy pane of edge-to-edge glass, the new iMacs don’t look different from the widescreen all-aluminum beauties from late 2009. But inside, it’s a whole different story--with Intel’s latest processors powering these new models, the 2010 iMacs should see impressive performance spikes. We set up the 3.06GHz Core i3 model ($1,199) and the 3.2GHz Core i3 model ($1,499) in the Mac|Life lab to test how an i3 really performs--and what those extra three bills for the 3.2GHz iMac really get you.
We've gotten accustomed to take the words of Gene Munster, Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, with a grain or block of salt or two upon occasion. There have been a couple instances where his numbers sound like they were arrived at by reaching into a hat and pulling something out. His latest analysis though, sounds right about dead-on.
It could be argued that thanks to Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T, Android handsets became the People's Sour-Grapes iPhone. For individuals already locked into other networks or unwilling to take on a contract with AT&T, Google's open-source mobile OS, when paired with the right hardware makes for an excellent alternative to Cupertino's trendsetting handset. According to some increasingly credible rumors, the American cellular landscape will be undergoing a significant change in the early months of 2011: AT&T will no longer be the only game in town in you want to get your mitts on an iOS powered smartphone, as Apple is purportedly ready to unveil a iteration of the iPhone that will function on Verizon's network in early 2011. Despite the fact that the iPhone's primary competition of late has come from companies selling hardware with running one flavor of Android or another, the Cupertino-based tech company owes a debt of gratitude to Google: Without Android handsets gobbling up data like it was going out of style, Verizon wouldn't have been able to anticipate whether or not their network in its current state could sustain the added user demand that will come with the company's introduction of the iPhone.