Poll: What Do You Make of the Mac OS X 10.5 Delay?

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 13:19
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On Thursday, Apple announced that its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system would be delayed until October as a result of the need to finish final work on the company’s long-awaited iPhone. The news came as a disappointment to some who felt that the company should have been able to wrap up both projects at the same time. Let us know what you think and if this significantly changes anything for you:

How has the Mac OS X 10.5 delay affected you?
I’m irritated at Apple.
They should be able to complete the iPhone and Mac OS X 10.5 in time for June.
I’ll get by with Mac OS X 10.4 for the time being.
I’m glad they’re taking their time with development.
I’ll look for third party solutions to provide what I was looking for with Mac OS X 10.5.
I’m looking into a Windows-based PC as a result of this.
I’m having 20,000 pizzas sent to Steve Jobs’ house.


Apple Rethinks Mice and Keyboards in Patent Filings

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 12:59
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In more patent filing fun, Apple has filed for two new patents with respect to its chief input devices; the keyboard and the mouse.
The new mouse, as described in the patent filing by Apple iPhone interface designer Brian Huppy, focuses on a new design that replaces traditional buttons and scroll wheels with a touch/grip sensitive interface while the new keyboard would feature standard keys but a click wheel device in place of a numeric keypad.
Full details can be found over at the Apple Blog.
Definitely cool ideas and if you have any ideas or feedback, let us know.


Michigan “iPod for Student” Program Dismissed

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 11:32
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Amid controversy regarding expense and allegations that Apple flew three legislator’s at the company’s expense to its campus as part of research to see whether a “one iPod per child” program would have been effective back in March, Michigan lawmakers rejected the proposed legislation according to Macworld UK.
The program, which would have allocated US$38 million towards the purchase of an MP3 player for each student in the state of Michigan, came under fire due to expense, the state’s current and projected deficits and Apple’s having paid for air fare to its headquarters. An article in the Detroit Free Press has revealed that a result of the controversy, the legislators have created plans to pay the U$1,700 air fare back to Apple.
Representative Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, was quoted as saying that he hoped the refunded air fare would end the controversy. Melton also commented that the issue has “spun completely out of control”, the disputed US$38 million budget proposal to incorporate more technology in the classroom having been intrepreted as a plan to exclusively buy iPods.
Melton mentioned that Representative Matt Gillard, D-Alpena, ignited interest in the iPod by citing it as a “wonderful learning tool” and saying that House Democrats wanted to put one in the hands of every schoolchild in the state of Michigan.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 39

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 09:29
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 39 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (50’54, 23.91MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chuck Freedman.
Topics include: Blu-Ray and faster hard drives for Apple notebooks, Apple’s 100 millionth iPod and Apple TV HDD upgrades
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Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Apple Files Remote Control Patent, iPhone May Serve New Function

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 09:01
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Apple has apparently filed for a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that mentions using a “mobile phone” as a remote control for a Macintosh computer according to MacNN. The patent also discusses Apple’s Front Row remote control and leaves room for other Bluetooth devices to serve the role with the language “Still another solution uses Bluetooth compatible handheld devices, such as a mobile phone, to serve as a remote controller for a Macintosh computer.”
The description is then follow by “Once the software is installed, the mobile phone can be used to control popular programs such as iTunes media management program from Apple Computer, Inc. For example, in controlling iTunes media management program using this solution, the user can use the directional controls on the mobile phone to change listing volume, skip forward and backward, play/pause, etc.”
The iPhone has been theorized as a possible remote control for some time now given its available port technologies as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device will be released this June and retail for US$499 for the 4 gigabyte model and US$599 for the 8 gigabyte model.


Future Generation iPod to include Wi-Fi Capability

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Date: Friday, April 13th, 2007, 08:19
Category: iPod

Even if Apple all but came over and egged your house yesterday by announcing that its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system would be delayed until October due to work being completed on the iPhone, there remains some good news on the horizon.
According to a DigiTimes article, Apple plans to launch a new generation of iPods capable of Wi-Fi access in the second half of this year. Taiwanese component maker Universal Scientific Industrial has confirmed that the company will produce the new iPod’s Wi-Fi equipment while Foxconn Technology Group will act as the assembler for the devices.
Universal Scientific Industrial has stated that it will begin shipping components later this month and sources have cited that Foxconn may ship completed units in the third quarter.
Wi-Fi-enabled music players are becoming the established standard today with havin led the push via its Zune player while Creative and SanDisk have followed along and Samsung and Sony en route with similar products, according to sources.
Even if Mac OS X 10.5 is a bit further away, a Wi-Fi iPod could be that much closer and it should be interesting to see what Apple can do with such a device.