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The iPod Power Behind Apple’s Big Mac Push

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Combining the iPhone and the MacBook will create a peanut butter and chocolate combination for a company that’s already well regarded in both areas separately. Apple’s stellar MacBook sales combined with the worldwide phenomenon of the iPhone will drive a new kind of differentiation on multiple levels that rivals will be unable to match. Here’s why.

Articles in this Series:
What’s Next from Apple: New iPods Sept 22, iPhone OS 2.1, iTunes 8.0
Two Decades of Portable Macs: 1989 – 2009
The iPod Power Behind Apple’s Big Mac Push
A Product Transition: Giving MacBooks the iPhone Touch
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August 31, 2008   32 Comments

Two Decades of Portable Macs: 1989 – 2009

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Daniel Eran Dilger
What does Apple have in store for the next MacBooks? Knowing where Apple’s been helps point out where it’s going. Here’s a look at the company’s past, leading up to what’s on the horizon this fall.

Articles in this Series:
What’s Next from Apple: New iPods Sept 22, iPhone OS 2.1, iTunes 8.0
Two Decades of Portable Macs: 1989 – 2009
The iPod Power Behind Apple’s Big Mac Push
A Product Transition: Giving MacBooks the iPhone Touch
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August 30, 2008   44 Comments

Google’s Android Market Guarantees Problems for Users

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Daniel Eran Dilger
It’s great news that Google is planning to deliver a market for mobile software with its own centralized “Android Market.” It should give Apple’s iPhone Apps Store competitive pressure to continue to innovate, and provide a safety net for smartphone users if Apple fails to deliver progress fast enough. If Apple and Google both fail, users will be stuck with the failed third party software models related to Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia’s Symbian. Those high stakes make it all the more disappointing to find that the Android Market fails to answer the tough issues correctly.

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August 29, 2008   34 Comments

Why Apple keeps its iPhone 2.0 SDK under NDA

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple’s insistence on keeping iPhone 2.0 development under strict non disclosure agreements is frustrating efforts in the development community to share ideas, teach classes on iPhone development, and print reference books on the subject.

Why Apple keeps its iPhone 2.0 SDK under NDA
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August 28, 2008   4 Comments

The Inside Deets on iPhone 2.0.2 and Dropped Calls

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Daniel Eran Dilger
The mysteriously terse synopsis of the improvements made in iPhone 2.0.2, listed only as “bug fixes,” didn’t shed much light on why Apple’s Jennifer Bowcock could tell USAToday that “the software update improves communication with 3G networks.” However, our source close to AT&T helped illuminate why the update was necessary, what the problem was, and why the update didn’t immediately impact users equally.
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August 28, 2008   64 Comments

Why Apple Plays God with the iPhone SDK

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Daniel Eran Dilger
AppleInsider’s article “Developers question why Apple keeps its iPhone 2.0 SDK under NDA” presented several reasons why developers are frustrated with Apple’s tight control over the iPhone platform. Another facet behind Apple wanting to maintain a centralized position of control over iPhone development, where developers are bound by NDA to interface only with Apple but not each other, is to head off tangent hacks that might complicate Apple’s ability to lead its platform in the direction it wants.
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August 28, 2008   16 Comments

Repeat tests show iPhone 3G doesn’t suffer from faulty hardware

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
After lab results demonstrated that the iPhone 3G’s antenna actually functions normally, critics complained that the tests didn’t represent their own experiences. So the tests were performed again on two phones that had been experiencing severe problems for some users; the verdict was the same: no hardware problems found.

Repeat tests show iPhone 3G doesn’t suffer from faulty hardware
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August 27, 2008   2 Comments

Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Next year’s 10.6 reference release of Mac OS X promises to deliver technology updates throughout the system without focusing on the customer-facing marketing features that typically sell a new operating system. Here’s a look at what those behind-the-scenes enhancements will mean to you, starting with new 64-bit support.

Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits
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August 26, 2008   8 Comments

Report: Mac adoption expanding in the enterprise

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Despite the lack of any clear and obvious enterprise strategy at Apple, analyst Benjamin Gray of Forrester Research reported an incremental gain in enterprise Mac use among the 2,500 organizations the company tracks, representing 50,000 end users.

Report: Mac adoption expanding in the enterprise
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August 25, 2008   3 Comments

Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Today’s broad array of smartphone operating system contenders are offering lots of potential answers to a problem that only requires one. It appears the market has two options ahead: either pool generic hardware makers behind a single operating system and deliver a smartphone marketplace that resembles the Windows PC market, or watch them fall to a dominant leader and have a smartphone market that resembles Apple’s iPod ecosystem.

This decision isn’t going to be made by a class of intellectual elite, or by government mandate. it’s going to be made by the market itself. Here are the factors that will influence the outcome, either marginalizing Apple’s iPhone into a niche as the company has twice experienced previously at the hands of DOS in 1981 and Windows in 1991, or positioning it as the dominant leader as Apple has achieved for itself with the iPod since 2001.

The third segment in this series looks at Google’s Android and the Open Handset Alliance as a possible “DOS-attack” against Apple’s iPhone. Subsequent segments will look at Nokia’s newly opened Symbian and other mobile contenders challenging the iPhone.

Will the iPhone Meet its Match from a Modern Day DOS?
Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Symbian Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
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August 25, 2008   47 Comments

What’s Next from Apple: New iPods Sept 22, iPhone OS 2.1, iTunes 8.0

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Kevin Rose has been trying his hand at making broad sweeping generalizations about the next generation of iPods, but sorry, no digg. Most of his predictions are not even original, and those that are are so vague that they’re really just worthless. Here’s what you can really expect.

Articles in this Series:
What’s Next from Apple: New iPods Sept 22, iPhone OS 2.1, iTunes 8.0
Two Decades of Portable Macs: 1989 – 2009
The iPod Power Behind Apple’s Big Mac Push
A Product Transition: Giving MacBooks the iPhone Touch
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[Read more →]

August 24, 2008   54 Comments

iPhone 3G sales hampered by Windows Mobile

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Sources within Apple’s retail stores report that sales of the iPhone 3G are being slowed down by handhelds running Microsoft Windows Mobile/WinCE. That’s because the stores have been selling new iPhones to customers using the old EasyPay, a problematic Pocket PC handheld computer that’s causing employees lots of grief.

iPhone 3G sales hampered by Windows Mobile
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August 22, 2008   9 Comments

Is Apple’s MobileMe Secure?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
A recent article presenting how MobileMe works was been roundly criticized by at least three different bloggers. While the original article did not primarily address MobileMe security, the statements made about MobileMe’s security do warrant some additional detail and clarification. In contrast, much of the criticism was wildly overstated to the point of actually misinforming users about the actual state of MobileMe and email security. Here’s a look at what’s involved.

Inside MobileMe: Web 3 and Web Client-Server apps
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August 22, 2008   20 Comments

WWDC 2008 presenter talks iPhone development from .NET perspective

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
At WWDC, noted author and cross platform development expert Kevin Hoffman presented a comparison of Apple’s iPhone development tools with those available for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.
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August 20, 2008   No Comments

Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Today’s broad array of smartphone operating system contenders are offering lots of potential answers to a problem that only requires one. It appears the market has two options ahead: either pool generic hardware makers behind a single operating system and deliver a smartphone marketplace that resembles the Windows PC market, or watch them fall to a dominant leader and have a smartphone market that resembles Apple’s iPod ecosystem.

This decision isn’t going to be made by a class of intellectual elite, or by government mandate. it’s going to be made by the market itself. Here are the factors that will influence the outcome, either marginalizing Apple’s iPhone into a niche as the company has twice experienced previously at the hands of DOS in 1981 and Windows in 1991, or positioning it as the dominant leader as Apple has achieved for itself with the iPod since 2001.

The second segment in this series looks at Microsoft’s Windows Mobile’s attempts to “DOS-attack” Apple’s iPhone. Subsequent segments look at Google’s Android and Nokia’s newly opened Symbian and other mobile contenders challenging the iPhone.

Will the iPhone Meet its Match from a Modern Day DOS?
Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
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August 20, 2008   33 Comments