The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features – Part II

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:28
Category: The Apple Core
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In my first installment of iPhone’s missing features I outlined 13 features that I thought the iPhone was missing. Little did I realize that I missed a bunch – to the tune of 25 more.
Please keep a few thing in mind when reading these: a) I don’t expect Apple to add all these features in iPhone version 1.0, that would be impossible and make it cost around US$4,000.00 b) I don’t expect you to necessarily want all these features, and c) iPhone isn’t due to be released until June and a lot can change by then.
Some have cried that it’s not fair to criticize the iPhone before it’s even out, which is my exact point. Apple opened themself up to public opinion by announcing iPhone six months early and now is the perfect time to offer constructive criticism. What’s the point in doing so after the product is released? Then it’s too late.
With that, here are iPhone’s missing features – Part II…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Terratec Releases Cinergy T Express Card for MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:00
Category: News

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According to an article on MacNN, Terratec has announced its Cinergy T Express card which functions as a digital TV tuner for Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop line.
The adapter, which plugs directly into the laptop, receives digital broadcasts in Europe’s DVB-T standard for audio and video shows. A Teletext feature is also supported which supplements the media with additional information and the card arrives bundled with El Gato’s EyeTV software for timeshifting.
The card is designed around iTunes to create iPod-ready versions of recorded programs and to burn content to CDs and DVDs. The unit ships with a wireless remote control and requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a 500 MHz G4, G5 or Intel-based processor to run.
The Cinergy T Express card will be available throughout Europe by the end of this month and will retail for about US$170.

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Chooseco Offers Choose Your Own Adventure Game for iPod

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:00
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You just can’t keep a good thing from the 80′s and 90′s down.
Chooseco LLC, the company behind the Choose Your Own Adventure book series has released the first of its books (“The Abominable Snowman”) as a free download for the iPod according to a story on The Unofficial Apple Weblog. The text, which remains the same as the original format, is complimented by new sound effects and links.
The book, once downloaded, is stored in your iPod’s “Notes” folder and is available for both Mac and Windows-configured iPods.
To date, none of the other Choose Your Own Adventure books have been made into iPod games and a timeline for conversion has not been made available into iPod eBooks. Box sets of six books are available for US$27.

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Apple’s U.S. Market Share Climbs to 5.1%

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:37
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MacObserver is reporting that the Gartner Group has released a report citing new market share levels. Apple Inc. saw its market share within the United State rise to 5.1% for the final calendar quarter of 2006 according to the report, placing the company at fifth in U.S. computer sales and only slightly behind Tobisha’s 5.3% market share.
During Apple’s Wednesday conference call to announce its quarterly earnings, the company noted that its current growth rate is “three times IDC’s latest published market growth rate estimate for the December quarter.” During the third quarter of 2004, Apple had watched its U.S. market share dwindle from 3.6% to 3.2%.
Hewlett Packard stands as the current worldwide leader in computer sales, holding a 17.4% global market share compared to Dell’s 13.9% market share. Dell still leads Hewlett Packard by a small but deteriorating margin according to the report.

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iSuppli Numbers Confirm More Than 50% Margin for Apple iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:44
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An article over at Macworld News describes how margins for the Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone could be as high as over 50% according to market researcher iSuppli.
Though the iPhone is expected to retail for $499, the cost of components and assembly comes in at $229.85 according to iSuppli’s research. The premium version of the phone, which holds eight gigabytes of data and retail for $599, costs about $264.85 to make and carries a 53.1% gross margin according to the same research.
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Apple Charging $1.99 Fee to Enable 802.11n Functionality For Some Routers

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:16
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An article over on Macworld News points out how due to accounting rules, Apple will charge users who’d like to download enabler software to take advantage of the 802.11n wireless protocol.
During last week’s Macworld Expo, Apple quietly introduced a new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme wireless router, which included an application that enables most Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Xeon-equipped Macs to take advantage of the networking standard. The protocol offers speeds up to five times faster than the 802.11g standard and twice the range to operate in.
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Ihnatko Gets 45 Minutes With the iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

iphonehand.jpgChicago Sun Times Technology columnist and Apple guru Andy Ihnatko has penned a column about a private briefing with Apple representatives during the Macworld Expo and, more importantly, his 45 minute hands-on experience with Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
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