Now that the booths have been broken down, the awards have been handed out and the last bit of per diem has been fed into a slot machine at McCarran International Airport, there's a general sense that something was missing from CES. Somehow, among the thousands of exhibitors, products and prototypes, the biggest splash was a television that few consumers could afford and a keynote presentation that the greatest minds in tech journalism are still trying to figure out.
We're back after an extended two-week absence for the holidays, and while there were plenty of Apple-related stories going on during our vacation, we distilled them down into a handful of items that may have slipped through the cracks. Now that the Christmas tree has hit the curb and the leftovers are finally gone, sit back and catch up on a few stories you might have missed while you spent time with the family...
All-in-ones are meant to be seen. From the Twentieth Anniversary Mac to whatever Dell's selling these days, all-in-one computers are built to embrace their top-of-the-desk status, beckoning users with sleek curves and handsome enclosures. Nowhere is this more true than with the iMac. From the early days of Bondi Blue to the newest aluminum-and-glass marvel, the iMac has always represented Apple's unabashed pursuit of physical perfection. In a sense, it could be the ultimate representation of form over function; every sacrifice has been made for the sake of design, every decision has been made for aesthetics.
The average Apple user doesn't know Sir Jonathan Ive. When the subtle diamond-cut bezel of the iPhone's unibody construction rests in their hand, they don't consider the prototypes that didn't make the grade, or the long nights spent poring over every detail. But they do, of course, know Steve Jobs. Even among Apple diehards, Jony Ive was always positioned as Jobs’ dutiful sidekick, the one who turned his fantasies into reality.
Looks like it's going to take a little longer than expected for Apple's new spaceship-style campus to touch down in Cupertino now that the iPhone maker has revised its plans and pushed back the completion date.
It's the Monday before Black Friday, which is essentially the calm before the storm as U.S. shoppers prepare to gorge themselves on turkey and stuffing Thursday, then begin a mass exodus to retail stores everywhere in search of a bargain. The retail madness is starting even earlier this year, with some stores opening their doors on Thanksgiving night, so be careful if you're venturing out this week!
Looks like Microsoft has today all to itself -- after launching Windows 8 in New York City last week just ahead of Hurricane Sandy, the company now heads to San Francisco for its big Windows Phone 8 launch, which Google had hoped to steal some thunder from with an Android event scheduled for the same day. Unfortunately, even the mighty search giant couldn't predict what Mother Nature will do, so we'll have to get a dose of updated Android hardware after things calm down in NYC.
During the Apple-Samsung patent trial this summer, it was revealed that Eddie Cue, Apple's Internet software and services chief, had allegedly convinced a very reluctant Steve Jobs that Apple should make a miniature iPad as soon as possible. In an email to heavy hitters Tim Cook, Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller, Cue links a GigaOM article, "Why I Just Dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)," and notes that he was beginning to wear down Steve's famous stubbornness.