The Apple Core: iPhone’s missing features

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:53
Category: The Apple Core
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I want to start out by saying that I think that the iPhone will be wildly successful. I think that Apple will sell boat loads of them. I will definitely be buying one, at minimum for research purposes. That being said, it would be irresponsible to simply laud the device without pointing out some of it’s more serious deficiencies, and there are several of them.
I should also mention that the following are my list of missing iPhone’s missing features, so they won’t necessarily be yours.
iPhone’s missing features:
1. Third party support. Apple is making the iPhone a walled garden without allowing third party applications to be installed. Apple claims that it’s for security reasons but I think that they’ll eventually bow to public pressure and release an SDK and allow certain “blessed” applications in. Besides, there’s always the “browser hole.”
2. Browser plug-ins/Flash/Javascript. This is still up in the air, but Apple is staying mum on exactly which plug-ins the “Safari” browser will support. I think that dropping Javascript and/or Flash is a deal-breaker.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Using “Weasel Language” with iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:36
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The Apple Blog’s Iyaz Akhtar takes issue with Apple’s iPhone naming strategy, implying that the company may not be sure about the name and wanted to give itself an easy way out if something bad happend.

When people see an iMac or an iPod for the first time they look at the device from all angles. Apple’s showpieces have their names proudly emblazoned somewhere on them. The Apple iPhone is certainly another showpiece – it is the showpiece from Macworld this year. Yet, it does not have its name etched on its backside.

“We are calling it iPhone.” That statement has a bit of weasel language. Just because “we” – in other words, Apple, Inc. – are calling it iPhone doesn’t mean its official name is iPhone. When the iPod was first introduced, Steve Jobs stated, “That product is called ‘iPod.'” The nano introduction also featured a declaration – “It’s called the ‘iPod nano,'” Steve Jobs announced. No weasel language there, but there is ambiguity in this year’s Macworld keynote.

iPhone or not: What’s in a Name? at The Apple Blog

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Seagate Announces World’s Fastest HDD – and it’s a Notebook Drive

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:35
Category: hard drive

Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be “the world’s fastest hard drive” – the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).

DailyTech – Seagate Announces World’s Fastest Hard Drive

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Digital Editions for Mac Beta Now Available

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 09:16
Category: News
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Adobe has released an open beta of Digital Editions for Mac, an upcoming software package that allows users to read and manage eBooks as well as other digital publications.
The software can function as both an Internet application as well as work offline, supporting both PDF and XHTML-based publications. The Digital Editions beta is a 2.5 megabyte download that includes Flash Player 9 and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.

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Netflix Announces Movie Streaming Service

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 08:58
Category: Consumer Electronics

“We’ve gotten used to it,” Netflix’s chief executive, Reed Hastings, said of the doomsday predictions. But Mr. Hastings also said he understood why questions about his business kept coming up. “Because DVD is not a hundred-year format, people wonder what will Netflix’s second act be.

“On Tuesday, Mr. Hastings will begin to answer that question. Netflix is introducing a service to deliver movies and television shows directly to users’ PCs, not as downloads but as streaming video, which is not retained in computer memory. The service, which is free to Netflix subscribers, is meant to give the company a toehold in the embryonic world of Internet movie distribution.

I just checked my Netflix account and was disappointed to find out that wasn’t one of “a select number” of Netflix’s 6 million subscribers will have access to a new Watch Now tab. But no worries, the system requirements are: Windows XP SP2 or Vista. If you got picked in the Netflix “Watch Now” lottery, chime in in the comments.

Netflix to Deliver Movies to the PC – New York Times

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Hands on: iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 08:08
Category: News
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Macworld editor Jason Snell was able to do something we’d all like to be able to do; get our mitts on the iPhone and play with it a bit. An article over at Macworld News describes his experience along with the good and bad of one of Apple’s most anticipated new products.
Check out what he had to see after the jump…

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Mac Portables Not Sleeping Properly and Fixes

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 16:46
Category: News

The nigh-irrefutable MacFixIt.com has a report on both PowerPC and Intel-based Mac laptops failing to go to sleep when the lid is closed or involuntarily waking from sleep when the lid has been closed.

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The article cites that the problem is often caused by interaction with peripheral devices such as USB, FireWire, Bluetooth, displays and even power connections.
Check out the jump for a full list of available fixes and workarounds.

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David Pogue Updates iPhone FAQ

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 15:40
Category: News

New York Times columnist (and one of the few people who were able to get their hands on the new iPhone at Macworld Expo – Apple’s prototype units were encased in glass and surrounded by large crowds eager to grab a glimpse) has extended the information available regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone on his blog, taking on a second round of questions.

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The updated entry provides the following tidbits as well as others:
-The iPhone “might” support Flash as well as Javascript, but won’t support the standard version of Java, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs as called a “big beavyweight ball and chain” that few people used anymore.
-Apple is currently undecided as to whether to allow users to set iPod-playable songs as ring tons.
-The iPhone will support games purchased from the iTunes Store that currently work with the video iPod.
-The iPhone doesn’t currently support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections.
-The iPhone currently lacks speed-dial features.
-The iPhone should, in theory, support Google spreadsheets as well as Microsoft Word documents.
-The iPhone will allow users to zoom in on text and images.
-The final version of the iPhone will feature a login system similar to the one currently installed on iPods.
-The iPhone will feature a polycarbonate screen similar to the one found on the iPod but with a substantially improved coating.
-The iPhone’s multi-touch screen is only operable via contact with bare skin.
-The iPhone ships with stereo ear buds that include a microphone and a switch on the cord, but will work with any iPod-compatible earphones.
-Pogue commented that while the screen is “very bright”, the “virtual keys” make the keyboard slower to access than the built-in keys on a device like a BlackBerry, although the keys are more responsive than those found on such a unit.

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Feds Begin Probe of Apple Stock Scandal

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 15:47
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An article over on MacObserver details how the San Francisco division of the U.S. Attorney’s office has launched its own criminal investigation into Apple Inc.’s backdated stock option scandal.

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The investigation, according to a story on financial industry news web site MarketWatch, will focus on former Apple attorney Wendy Howell and a grant of 7.5 million stock option shares to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs at a company meeting in October of 2001.
Howell claims she was ordered to make changes in order to grant Jobs the stock options by Nancy Heinen, a member of Apple’s general counsel team. Heinen departed Apple in May of 2006 for reasons unrelated to the events in question while Howell was fired from the company in December of 2006 for reasons relating to the stock options issue.
Last month, Apple stated that an independent internal investigation revealed that the October, 2001 meeting had never taken place and that grant terms weren’t set until December, 2001.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has begun its own investigation into Apple’s backdated stock option grants and Jobs has claimed he was unaware of the falsified incident. Apple later cancelled the grant, rendering the decision of no financial gain to Jobs. Apple’s own internal investigation has cleared the CEO and the rest of the company’s current management team from any wrongdoing.
The stock grant would have been worth about $20 million to Jobs, who currently holds more than five million shares of Apple stock worth more than $500 million.
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Apple Deletes nVidia Post in Forums?

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 09:19
Category: Rumor
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An article over at Slashdot.org points out that Apple may be deleting posts relating to complaints regarding nVidia’s current graphic card drivers used in the Mac Pro line of computers. The post goes as follows:
“I purchased a Mac Pro within the first week that they were available, and immediately upgraded to 3GB of RAM (knowing that OSX loves memory). When playing 3D games (World of Warcraft mainly), the game would Kernel Panic the machine if I had played it for a few hours, or if I swapped in and out of the game a few times, etc. I eventually found out (from an official Blizzard poster) that NVidia has a bug in their drivers that kernel panics a Mac Pro if any memory past the 2GB boundary is addressed in the driver. After waiting months for a resolution to this, I decided to post on Apple’s support site. Within a few hours, they removed it from the site, placing it under ‘Posts Removed by Administration.’ What’s going on here? Is Apple trying to hide this bug, or is there something more serious going on between Apple and NVidia?”
No clear answer seems to have been provided and other users have complained about this bug under practically identical conditions.
If you have any ideas about this or have had a similar experience, please let us know.

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