from January 2011, Products

Jan 28, 2011 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Products

The Mac App Store is leveling the playing field for developers. It does not matter if you are big or small, anyone can get on the front page of the Mac Store. No longer do developers need to pay big money for distribution partners and sales agents. While the Mac App Store continues to grow, so will those who have their applications in its store.

Applications now will compete on price, quality and feature set instead of back room deals and marketing agreements. Developers will still need to get the word out about their applications, but this will vary depending on how big the developer is.

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Jan 26, 2011 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: Products

According to Apple's track record, the iMac lineup is due for a refresh this spring.  This update will focus on bringing the iMac up-to-date with the latest technology and prepare it for Lion 10.7.  This will be a minor update, with a major one expected sometime around January 2012.

Apple has been updating their iMac line around every 8 months with major updates coming out every 27 months. The next iMac update is due out this March. The last major update was the 27" iMac which came out in October 2009.  As Apple usually has one or two minor updates between their major releases. The last minor update was in July 2010. Although Apple has been known to update the iMacs more frequently, Apple is focused on a major update to the MacBook Pro line instead. This update will focus in on three areas: Sandy Bridge, SSD, and a high resolution display.

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Jan 25, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Products

While the ads were made and paid for by two different companies, they both said the same thing — The iPhone 4 is the best phone on the market. Period.

Apple's ad features two iPhone 4's doing the exact same thing — communicating there are now two networks (AT&T and Verizon) for iPhone 4. While the ad is mostly true (Verizon's CDMA network won't allow you to talk and do data transactions at the same time), the commercial sticks with Apple's message continuing to assert the iPhone 4 is the best/only phone you should consider.

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Jan 23, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Products

When Apple released OS X 10.0 one of the most controversial aspects of the new Aqua interface was the Dock. Back then the Dock wasn't as 3-D or reflective as it is today, but nevertheless, the Dock pretty much functions the same way it did on day one: you can enlarge it; you can shrink it; you can hide it; you can even move it to the left or right of your screen.

While the Dock has evolved over the past decade one has to wonder if Apple is letting history repeat itself with their icon designs for the Dock? It's almost as if they are in “thinking jail”, just like Jeff Goldblum proclaimed about all computer designs being “beige” when Apple introduced the first iMac.

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Jan 19, 2011 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Products

John Gruber of Daring Fireball came out with a big piece of news, claiming iPad 2 isn't likely to receive a retina display similar to that of the iPhone - don't place your bets quite yet.

Siting sources, Gruber believes the current iPad display (1024 x 768 resolution) is what will also be found on the iPad 2. Countering Gruber’s claims, Engadget maintains a retina display is coming to the iPad 2. So who should we believe? First, let’s start with a few facts, followed by some reasonably sourced information that delivers a different side of the story.

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Jan 17, 2011 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Products

Apple may be preparing a massive move that will propel Safari from niche browser to market leader. The move to merge Safari and iTunes into one software solution appears long in the works, which may arrive this fall at Apple's usual iPod special event.

Apple acquired the streaming music services company, lala, for $80 million in December 2009. The purported purposes for such an acquisition was for Apple to spearhead the way towards taking iTunes towards an online service, accessible via any browser, and away from a desktop software solution. That may no longer be the case.

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Jan 9, 2011 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Products

Microsoft is currently running a television ad campaign called “To The Cloud”. In the commercial called “Airport” (seen below) a couple is stranded at the airport because of a flight delay. The man then says, “To The Cloud” and pulls up a television show they recorded at home. Magically they watch a fictious show called "Celebrity Probation’. The woman says, "Yeah cloud.”

The problem with this use-case is that it has nothing to do with The Cloud. This couple is just connecting remotely to their home PC. Any number of products have done this for several years. There is GoToMyPC, Back to My Mac (introduced with OS X 10.5) among others. Microsoft seems so desperate to be relevant these days, they are claiming things about Windows 7 that have nothing to do with The Cloud. In this commercial there is no real connection between The Cloud and watching a TV show recorded on a home computer.

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Jan 7, 2011 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Products

Apple's launch of the Mac OS X App Store appears to be an instant success. Apple was on center stage Thursday with their iWork apps ready for download, but one application made available today from Apple caught everyone off guard —Aperture.

The arrival of Aperture on the App Store isn't a just a shot across Adobe's bow, that doesn't do Apple's move justice. What Apple did to Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom software is equivalent to hundreds of cannon rounds being fired upon a ship at point blank range. T-GAAP asked Adobe PR if any Adobe apps were heading to Apple's App Store, but we did not receive a response. But it gets worse for Adobe.

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