Let it be known that Apple has been doing a lot of business with, um, business.
According to the number crunchers at Needham & Company, Apple's sales to business customers grew upwards of 50% during the second fiscal quarter of 2010--that's three times the increase enjoyed by PC manufacturers to the same sector, who could only claim a 12.1% rise in their sales.
It might not be the kiss and make up scene we've been hoping for, but at the very least it could mean the end of the open hostility that we've all been subjected to as of late. Despite months of bitter words being fired back and forth between the two companies over Steve Jobs' disdain for, and subsequent snubbing of, Adobe's Flash and application development tools, it seems that the software manufacturer may be ready to move on.
With Microsoft having fired the first salvo in what's sure to be the latest round of the Mac versus PC war, it seems that Apple has had an unlikley ally come to the fore to reinforce them in battle: Glowing statitistics concerning the quality of their tech support. According to a new study from Vocalabs, when things go wrong in the Apple universe, Apple provides the best customer care experience out over some of the world's largest computer hardware manufacturers.
It looks like it's going to be a scorching Indian Summer. Apple will be hosting a fall event--where and when and for what reason is yet to be answered. Your calendars will have to remain blank for now.
Kara Swisher of All Things D speculates that the event could introduce FaceTime as an open industry standard, or bring new processors to the iPod. We're sort of banking on the latter, hoping we'll see new music players from Apple with attached cameras and retina displays. Really, if all the rumors could just come together and become a reality, we'll be completely satisfied.
Anyone that's ever had their email, Facebook or World of Warcraft account hacked knows that maintaining robust computer security is serious business. There are tons of applications out there to protect your online information, like 1Password, but significantly fewer solutions available to ensure the security of mobile platforms on an as-needed basis.
The data-mining sorts over at Patently Apple have uncovered a patent that suggests Cupertino may have a typically elegant solution for mobile hardware and software security on the way. The patent details what Apple calls an "exciter," and the possibilities for the technology are worthy of the name.
iPad users who like their video to be encoded to Xvid rather than Apple's proprietary formats might want to have their happy dance ready, as the impossible has become possible--Apple has approved an App that allows your iPad to rock Xvid movies without conversion!
CineXPlayer is currently available in the App Store at the low, low price of FREE, despite Apple's tendancy to frown upon applications that allow for the playback of video files formatted to anything other MPEG-4 or H.264. This is excellent news for those of us with a large collection of Xvid formatted files and no time or paitence to convert them for use on the go.
Here's one out of left field to open those bleary Monday morning eyes of yours: Apple negotiated an exclusive deal to use metallic alloys with unique atomic structures developed by a research team at the California Institute of Technology. The alloy, which was brought to market for commercial use back in 2003 by Liquidmetal Technologies, the alloy's intellectual rights holder, has previously seen utilization is by the U.S. Department of Defense, as can also be found in some medical equipment.
Liquid metal... a computer comany... can Skynet be far behind?
If there were bigger news this week than the fallout and repercussions from the legalization of jailbreaking, we've yet to hear it. But news, as it always does, did happen, and the happy elves of Mac|Life were there to make sense of the pieces, just for you, Dear Reader.