Few announcements summon as much attention as a brand new iPhone, and this year, for the second time in as many years, Apple gave us two models of its smartphone to pore over. I got my mitts on the newest mobile devices in the hands-on area after Tuesday's event, and here are a few first impressions about the latest entries in Apple's mobile-handset line.
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Historically, enterprise computing hasn't been one of Apple's strong spots. But ever since the introduction of the iPhone and iPad, the company's presence in the business market has seemed to be almost continuously expanding. On Tuesday, that presence expanded even further as Apple and IBM announced a joint venture of mobile business apps and services.
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New product categories, ahoy! Combating worries that Apple's days of innovation might be behind it, CEO Tim Cook's here to tell you that it'll all be all right.
For 30 years now, we've lived with the Mac, through the good, the bad, and even the ugly. But as we celebrate this momentous anniversary, I found myself wondering just how much longer the Mac we know and love will continue to be an integral part of our lives.
Buying Apple products from your iPad just got a whole lot easier. More than three years after Cupertino released an Apple Store app for the iPhone, the company has finally followed it up with an Apple Store app for iPad.
It used to be easy: Did you want an iPad? Which capacity? Need cellular networking? Done.
What's better than one Apple event? Two Apple events, naturally. The folks from Cupertino evidently agree, as they have dispatched invitations to the media for a gathering next Tuesday, October 22, in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater.
If you cast your mind back to high school physics, you might recall what's dubbed the Grand Unified Theory--an attempt to explain how three of the primary forces of the unviverse were once a single, unified force. So you might call iOS 4.2 the "grand unification" release of iOS, as it at long last brings the iPad, the iPhone, and iPod touch under the same roof.
Apple on Thursday released Safari 5.0.3 for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5, and Windows and Safari 4.1.3 for Mac OS X 10.4. The releases enhance features, fix bugs, and patch a number of security vulnerabilities in the company's Web browser.
"PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in." So said former Palm CEO Ed Colligan back in 2006, when asked about Apple's chances in the smartphone market. But four years later, not only has Palm been subsumed into the gaping maw of HP -- with Colligan himself long gone -- but Apple's flying up the charts. On Thursday, market research firm IDC released its latest data on the worldwide phone market for the third quarter of 2010 and Apple now holds fourth place in terms of sales.
International users impatiently tapping their feet and glancing at their watches in expectation of the iPad's arrival will have to twiddle their thumbs a little bit longer. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Apple said that it would delay the international launch of the iPad until the end of May.
Behind every great point-oh release is a point-one update just waiting for its time to shine. iPhone 2.0 was a revolution for the iPhone, adding support for third-party apps, but it was arguably unusable until iPhone 2.1 ironed out most of the wrinkles. Likewise, iPhone 3.0 added its own stock of features, but it's the newly released iPhone 3.1 that's polishing its predecessor's edges while even adding some new features of its own.
The real question in the wake of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's recent departure from Apple's board of directors is yet to be answered. And that's who will take his position as shortstop at the annual board of directors vs. Apple executive team softball game. Word is Apple's board is eyeing several prospective candidates to fill the coveted roster slot.
Google engineers have come up with <a href="http://i.gizmodo.com/5196880/google-makes-it-easy-for-blind-to-dial-on-touschscreens">a way to help visually impaired</a> people control touchscreen-based handhelds such as Apple's iPhone.
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