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Future MacBook Pros to Have MacBook Air-like Bodies in March 2012. Standard SSD, Ivy Bridge (20% Faster), Insane Battery Life, and Touchpad Expanded to Entire Palmrest

14 Feb

The Next-Generation MacBook Pro 2012.

The Next-Generation MacBook Pro 2012

Updates will include (standard):

  • MacBook Air-like body for all MacBook Pros (including the 15-in, but possible excluding the 17-in)
  • SSD Drives
  • Intel Ivy Bridge (20% Faster)
  • Insane Battery Life (since there’s no Hard Drive, Ethernet, or Firewire)
  • And a Touchpad Expanded to the Entire Palmrest (transition to the iPad/tablets everywhere)

If We All Avoid Purchasing These “S” Apple Products Like The iPad 2S, We Can Make Apple Release a Much Better Product (The iPad 3, The Actual Product We All Really Want) #teechy

14 Feb

By staying out of Apple’s spin zone (which creates hype and empties wallets in just its pre-order stages for a minutely-upgraded product like the iPhone 4S), we can all force Apple to release a much more advanced and better version of the iPad and/or iPhone if we don’t buy in to these small “S” upgrades that Apple pushes out every few months. Why? Because Apple launches these small upgrades solely because we all buy this stuff and fall into the Apple hype! (Don’t get me wrong, Apple has great products, but Apple could release even BETTER products if we had some patience and didn’t buy into the small, insignificant upgrades (like Siri) that Apple pushes.) Since we all empty our wallets for Apple’s small upgrades, they have no incentive to let their more significant innovations out into the marketplace until purchases of these “S” (small upgrades) upgrades start slowing down.

Main point? Don’t buy an “S” or updated Apple product with insignificant hardware or software updates. Apple can do much better than that. They know they can, but they won’t do it unless we voice this concern and avoid succumbing into Apple’s new products that are just small, overhyped upgrades to their already existing products (why we got the iPhone 4S instead of getting the iPhone 5 that everyone wanted w/ Retina Display and SD Card expansion slots for more memory).

I’m Already Bored With The iPad 3 | TechCrunch.

The iPad 3 is coming next month. Or so says the endless rumors. These rumors also state the next iPad will have higher resolution screen and high-speed data connection. But I couldn’t care less. The iPad 3, if that’s really its name, sounds like a stop-gap upgrade to me.

You see, I’m perfectly happy with my iPad 2. Save the addition of an SD card slot, there isn’t a single feature I can imagine that will make me trade up to Apple’s new hotness. I guess the iPad 3 sounds great, but it also sounds boring. That’s not saying Apple won’t sell a zillion iPad 3s. It will. But it’s going to take more than a spec bump for me (and likely many others) to upgrade from the iPad 2.

Prior to most Apple events, rumors swirl, promising a revolutionary device that will change life on planet Earth forever. But then the iPhone 4S launches. A fine piece of hardware, sure, but far from spectacular. But there hasn’t been any wide-eyed iPad 3 rumors but rather just predictable leaks stating there will be a slight hardware bump.

Part of my dystopian outlook is that I’m pretty damn happy with the iPad 2. I passed on the original iPadannoyed over the lack of external storage and USB support. I instead waited for the Android tablets but quickly discovered Honeycomb’s main fault involves trying to replicate a desktop environment rather than creating a mobile one. I have a dozen notebooks for traditional mobile computing. So I got a 16GB Verizon iPad last summer. I’ve never been so happy with a device. I’ve had it since July 2011 and still use it hours a day. Apps make up 95% of my usage — the majority of which are not available on Android. I fire up Safari just to check TechCrunch and Techmeme.

A prettier screen is not going to change or increase my usage unless Apple backsteps and includes a SD card slot — which it won’t. When the original iPad launched, I dreamed of using it as a on-location photo viewer. I imagined using the tablet in conjunction with a cloud service for iPhoto. But instead Apple released a lame Dock Connect adapter which falls short of my expectation. The current screen looks great. Have you played Infinity Blade 2 or Rage? Awesome.

It’s important to remember that Apple doesn’t need to reinvent the iPad. The company makes piles of cash by outing successful products and keeping them on the market as long as possible. The iPad 3 will likely be just a spec bump to stay competitive for 2012 and 2013. It will match (and outsell) future Android tablets, causing companies like Samsung, Asus and Motorola to quickly redesign and release an even more “powerful” tablet just to get a bit of an edge.

Apple didn’t need to release the iPhone 5 in 2011 because the iPhone 4 was still outselling most other phones. Instead, Apple released the iPhone 4S, which while packing some new innards, is mostly a stop-gap solution allowing the company to milk additional revenue from supply contracts on aging components. It worked. Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones in the last part of 2011 on its way to be the most valuable company. The iPhone 4S gives Apple even more time to refine the iPhone 5 while negating more favorable manufacturing and supply deals.

The same thing could happen to the iPad 2. Apple could release the iPad 2S. It would be faster, packing LTE data and a quad-core A6 CPU along with featuring a higher-res screen. Of course there would probably be a new camera and new software to take advantage of the quad-core CPU — the software would likely be exclusive to just the new model, though.

The WSJ reports that Apple is playing with an 8-inch iPad. But once again, Apple doesn’t need to release an 8-incher right now. Sure, the Kindle Fire is scooping up plenty of marketshare but the tablet scene is far from saturated and the Fire helps bring attention to the product type. If Apple releases a stop-gap iPad in the coming weeks, I fully expect the company to completely reinvent its mobile line before the holiday season including a smaller, cheaper iPad.

I’m sitting the next iPad out. My iPad 2 works just fine and none of the rumored iPad 3 features justify upgrading to me. Apple will likely hype a meaningless feature during the keynote, deeming it a game changer. But I’ve learned my lesson. Heads will stop spinning shortly after the event and reality will set in. Avoid the Apple spin zone. It has a tendency of sucking credit cards towards pre-order buttons.

Well this is interesting. Despite denouncing anything smaller than 9″, Apple’s 7.85″ mini-iPad may come in 2012.

16 Dec

New 7.85-inch iPad mini reportedly coming in 2012 — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.

Rumors regarding Apple’s plans for a new, smaller tablet got resurfaced on Friday, thanks to new reports from the component supply chain via DigiTimes. The site says that Apple will likely introduce a 7.85-inch iPad before the fourth quarter of 2012.

The release of an “iPad mini,” as many have dubbed such a device, would follow an early 2012 release of the iPad 3, which the supply chain sources said would indeed come by the end of the first quarter of 2012, as reports have suggested. The smaller form factor released later in the year is intended as a way to “cope with increasing market competition, including the 7-inch Kindle Fire,” according to DigiTimes’ sources. Former CEO Steve Jobs had previously expressed the belief that a 7-inch tablet was simply too small, owing to software development concerns, but DigiTimes says the Amazon tablet along with large-screen smartphones coming to market (like the Galaxy Note) have caused Apple to change its position on the matter.

Apple will source the 7.85-inch panels needed for the device from LG Display and AU Optronics, the sources told the publication, with production intended to get underway “at the end of the second quarter of 2012.” Back in October, we heard that LG Display and AU Optronics had both sent samples of a 7.85-inch display to Apple for early testing and approval, a report which originally stemmed from the Economic Daily News. The displays reportedly had the same resolution as the iPad 2′s screen, which should ease the software conversion process for developers.

I think if Amazon has demonstrated anything this year, it’s that Apple could really make a splash with a smaller, cheaper tablet arriving just in time for Christmas 2012. We’ll see if these early reports end up resulting in anything tangible, but I’ve noted before that there are strong reasons to believe they will, and Amazon’s early success with its low-cost Kindle Fire adds considerably to that argument.

One of the best quotes from Steve Jobs, about seeing things differently

2 Dec

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Steve Jobs Says This Will Be Your Greatest Life Revelation.

My Christmas present, please? Apple founding papers are up for sale. Just $150,000. NBD.

2 Dec

Apple Founding Papers Are Up For Sale.

“Stephen G. Wozniak”, “steven p. jobs” and “Ronald Wayne”. The latter had the best signature on Apple Computer’s founding contract, signed on April 1st, 1976. Too bad he used it again to sell his 10% share for $800.

Today, his 10% would have had a $35 billion market capitalization. Wayne always says he doesn’t regret selling because at the time it was the best choice. Whatever, Ronald, WHATEVER.

The two contracts, the one founding the company and the one with Wayne selling his shares, are going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 13. The company believes the lot may reach $150,000. [Sotheby’s via Paul Fraser]

Called it. An Apple TV Set is in the works. Hinted by Steve Jobs. Get ready for your living room to change just like your music did. Time to invest in AAPL?

25 Oct

Apple Television Set Prototypes Reportedly In the Works – Mac Rumors.

– Based on Jan-11 meetings in Asia (not with component suppliers), we believe Apple is investing in manufacturing facilities and securing supply for LCD displays. These displays could range from 3.5″ mobile displays to 50″ television displays. 

– More recently, in Sept-11 we met with a contact close to an Asian component supplier who indicated that prototypes of an Apple television are in the works.

Apple could sell 1.4 million television sets at an average selling price of $1800 in 2012, ramping up to 4.3 million units by 2014 as costs drop to an average selling price of $1400. Munster’s estimates, which are of course essentially guesses informed by current market trends, put Apple’s share of the connected TV market at 3% in 2014, with the company bringing in $6 billion in revenue from the segment.

Apple just posted the exclusive, inspirational “A celebration of Steve’s life.” Lots of wisdom and quotes. Must watch via Safari.

23 Oct

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Watch here: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/10oiuhfvojb23/event/index.html

Tim Cook speaking to Apple Campus

Very sad to see Tim Cook tear up.

Watch the special event, filmed live at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California.

Streaming video requires Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.

Apple Remembers: Video of ‘Celebrating Steve’ Memorial Now Available To The Public | TechCrunch.

Steve Jobs’ Biography is already #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers for Best Books #teechy

21 Oct

Steve Jobs

Product Description

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

About the Author

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

All the Best Leaks from the Steve Jobs Biography #teechy

21 Oct

And theres such an immense amount of intimate strangeness that hasnt been revealed yet—not until Walter Isaacsons book comes out on the 24th. But from the above, you can already see the portrait of a man devoid of keynote charm. An autocrat behind closed doors, stubborn enough to defy both the president and cancer itself. He wanted to destroy Google. He at times eschewed modern medicine. He forced a promise from Yo-Yo Ma to play at his funeral, years in advance. He took his inspiration for the Mac from a Cuisinart, the AP says. He named his entire company after a day trip hed taken to an Apple orchard.

via All the Best Leaks from the Steve Jobs Biography.

Steve Jobs Refused a Potentially Life-Saving Surgery for 9 months #teechy

21 Oct

Walter Isaacson, the author of the upcoming official Steve Jobs biography, told 60 minutes that Steve Jobs refused what could have potentially been a life-saving surgery. Remember, though Jobs had pancreatic cancer, he also had a very rare form that was treatable through surgery. Jobs didn’t want that surgery.

 

Isaacson, who had numerous conversations with Jobs, says:

“I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking…we talked about this a lot. He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”

via Why Steve Jobs Refused a Potentially Life-Saving Surgery.

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