The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.
The next time you think you've paid a lot for your Apple computer, consider the buyers of a rare working Apple I motherboard who put down $905,000 for the unit at a Bonhams History of Science auction in New York. The Bonhams video accompanying the auction (below) suggested it might go for around $300,000 or $500,000, but it left the lot for about double that.
Provided you're the kind of person who has enough spare cash lying around to buy a house on a whim, you might be interested in picking up the alleged 64GB iPhone 6 prototype that's currently making a big splash on eBay. The seller (known as kimberlyk1018) reportedly received the phone from Verizon by accident, and bids for the device have soared since it appeared last week.
The Apple Online Store went down in many parts of the world overnight, and eager shoppers were discouraged to find nothing new when the lights came back on. That is, unless they happened to be in the market for one of those affordable 8GB iPhone 5c handsets, which have now shown up in 14 more countries — but the USA is sadly not one of them, so you'll have to be satisfied with our morning recap instead...
Steve Jobs tends to get a bad rap on account of his near-insufferable nature and his demands for perfection, but a new book by Pixar president and co-founder Ed Catmull demonstrates how the famed animation studio partly changed the Apple co-founder for the better.
One unexpected benefit of Apple's ongoing legal battle with Samsung is that it allows us to see resources from Apple that might have remained secret for years. The latest comes from Greg Christie, a senior software engineer at Apple, who recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal regarding the iPhone's development with permission from Apple.
Apple's retail stores have spread like wildfire over the last few years, but we don't often get to hear about the resellers who sometimes get pushed aside in the process. Today the oldest, Minneapolis's First Tech, announced that it'll close its doors on March 30 after 73 years in business. Even more noteworthy, the closure will occur after it sold Apple's first batch of Apple IIs in 1977, effectively making it Apple's first reseller.
Last month we reported that David Fincher, the director behind such memorable films as Fight Club and The Social Network, is in talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography. Apparently those talks are still ongoing, although now Fincher claims he'll only direct the film if acclaimed actor Christian Bales performs in the lead role.
Decades of fascinating and enlightening documentary work by filmmaker Ken Burns form the core of his self-titled app, which draws on close to four hours of footage compiled from documentaries covering a huge breadth of material relating to American history. While we’d have liked to have some longer clips included, careful, almost meticulous design and curation underpins everything. Only the 13-scene, 31-minute innovation playlist is available free, though; the rest of the videos and the other five playlists are locked behind a $9.99 in-app purchase.
NHM Alive tries to distill the wonderment and discovery of London’s Natural History Museum into app form — and mostly pulls it off. Sir David Attenborough acts as narrator and guide through the experience, which includes a mixture of photos, descriptive text, CGI stills, and videos that shine a light on the current scientific consensus regarding a cast of 10 prehistoric creatures. Developer Colossus Productions clearly made an effort here to instill a playful, discovery-driven element to the experience, but it’s not clear just what there is to discover — or how — and that makes the app seem frustratingly simple at first. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of detail lurking beneath the surface.