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June 13, 2007

"Sleep Camp" Nixed, You Still Have To Reboot

by Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet

In an unusual move, Apple has seemingly pulled the "faster restarts" feature and removed it entirely from the Boot Camp page.

Santa Rosa Comes To The Mac: A Review Of The 17" MacBook Pro

by Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica

To me, the biggest difference is the high-resolution screen. If your eyes can take it—and I'm approaching the age where I have to hold things farther away from my eyes to read them—the extra $100 for the 1920x1200 display is money well-spent.

Safari 3 Beta On Windows Vs. Firefox 2 And IE7

by Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

If the folks at Apple think that providing Windows users with a taste of Mac OS X through Safari is going to entice them to buy a Mac, it's going to take a beter effort than the Safari 3 beta. Even if the final release is more polished and completely bug-free, it still won't be as powerful or feature-loaded as Opera or Firefox.

Safari For Windows Offers No Compelling Reason To Switch

by Michael Calore, Wired

It's hard to find a compelling reason to like or to dislike the beta version of Safari 3. And without compelling reason to switch, most Firefox and IE users won't.

Analysts Mixed Optimism At Apple Futures

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Initial analyst reactions to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' WWDC 2007 keynote speech are rolling in, and while some articulate disappointment in the short term, their Apple target prices remain strong.

Font Smoothing, ANti-Aliasing, And Sub-Pixel Rendering

by Joel Spolsky, Joel On Software

Apple chose the stylish route, putting art above practicallity, because Steve Jobs has taste, while Microsoft chose the comfortable route, the measurably pragmatic way of doing things that completely lacks in panache.

Apple Design Awards 2007

by Apple

The Apple Design Awards, now in their 12th year, recognize technical excellence and outstanding achievement in Mac OS X software design and development.

Apple's iTunes Doing A Lot More Heavy Lifting For Co.

by Dow Jones

Apple this week demonstrated how heavily the consumer electronics company now relies on its iTunes digital media store to market and sell a broad range of products.

What Apple's counting on the "halo effect," in which a well-received product boosts sales of others, say Apple analysts. This was particularly true of the iPod, which has helped to boost sales of Apple's computers. iTunes represents the next step.

That iPhone Is Missing A Keyboard*

by John Markoff, New York Times

Designers and marketers of electronic devices centers are having a spirited debate about whether consumers will hve the patience to overcome the hurdle that will be required to type without the familiar tactile feedbck offered by conventional keyboard.

Safari On Windows Falls Short Of Top Browsers

by Jim Rapoza, eWeek

Based on this beta, if we had to rank the major browsers right now, Safari would be about on par with Internet Explorer but still a good distance behind Opera and Firefox.

Watch Different: How The Apple TV Changes The Whole Television Landscape

by Aaron Barnhart, Macworld

Safari For Windows - Do We Really Need Another Browser?

by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

After taking a look at Safari, I have to conclude that it contains some useful features. I particularly like the RSS reader and the way you handle bookmarks. But to be honest I really can't see myself going to the bother of introducing yet another browser into the mix.

Safari And .Mac

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Like so many people out there, I wondered: why Safari for Windows?

I don't think the apparent consensus that Safari for Windows is meant for iPhone developers is the main reason. After all, fonts are different on Windows than on Mac and iPhone. The availability — and maybe even the behavior — of plug-ins are different on Windows than on Mac and iPhone. Plus no multi-touch on Windows, and different screen resolution too. Sure, Safari for Windows will help a little towards iPhone web app development, but any serious developers will need to buy an iPhone to test everything out.

Now, what else does Apple do that requires a web browser? Besides WebObject, which I think we all agree is pretty irrelevant in this discussion, the only thing I can think of is the good old .Mac web services.

iTunes will be used to manage iPhones, that's pretty much obvious. But to manage your .Mac account — if Steve is indeed hinting of an upcoming major upgrade — does not make sense on the iTunes application. Here's where Safari comes in. One route that Apple can take, of course, is to bake a lot of the features into Safari and make available to both Mac and Windows customers.

This does not mean that .Mac will not be usable on other browsers, I don't think. Apple lately has a pretty good track record in supporting open standards, and I don't expect them to change. But, Steve Jobs likes to control the entire widget, and this is no different. Safari will probably offer the best .Mac experience. At the minimum, Safari will be the insurance that .Mac services are available on both Mac and Windows, no matter how Microsoft and Mozilla tweak their browsers.

I am not really excited with Safari on Windows today as there are really no compelling and significant advantages that Apple brings to the table over what is already available. But the potential possibilities are exciting.

The Great iPhone Hunt Of 2007

by Anne Broache, CNET

Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently gave free advice to a columnist asking how to get an iPhone when they go on sale: head to an AT&T store, Jobs suggested, rather than Apple's own retail outlets.

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Tips For Landing An iPhone, by Anne Broache, CNET

Microsoft Versus Google: Apple Wins

by Brian Caulfield, Forbes

Apple is free to do things Microsoft can only dream of doing — and Google isn't about to complain.

Thinking Aloud On The New Finder

by Giles Turnbull, O'Reilly Mac DeveCenter Blog

The advent of CoverFlow within the Finder takes it even further away from the concept of spatial orientation which made the old classic Finder such a pleasure to use.

Do We Expect Too Much From Apple?

by Gary Marshall,

Jobs' earlier comments about super-secret Leopard features that he couldn't possibly talk about for fear of theft certainly fuelled those expectations. The result? Leopard looks great but maybe not insanely great, so the fanboys fume and the share price gets a spanking.

WWDC Keynote: Is That All There Is?

by Philip Michaels, Macworld

In The Shadow Of iPhone

by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple May Have The Last Laugh As Parallels And VMware Duke It Out

by Justin Berka, Ars Technica

Apple didn't announce some sort of virtualization solution in Leopard that would essentially cut Parallels/VMWare out of the picture. The bad news is that if it works as advertised, it might render Parallels Desktop and VMware redundant for a variety of virtualization tasks.

Running Mac OS X and Windows together offers a lot of productivity-gaining advantages that Boot Camp simply will not be able to offer, however.

Apple Says No Sun File System For Leopard

by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek

Brian Croll, senior director of product marketing for the Mac OS, said Sun Microsystems' open-source file system would not be in the next version of the Mac operating system, contradicting statements made last week by Sun's chief executive.

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Apple's Leopard Will Use ZFS, But Not Exclusively, by Tom Krazit, CNET Apple has clarified reports that it won't use Sun's ZFS file system in Leopard, confirming that ZFS is present in Leopard but that Apple has not yet made it the default file system.

iPhone Email Arrives

by Erica Sadun, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Your iPhone will require an iTunes Store account.

Researchers Find Eight Bugs In Safari For Windows

by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Just hours after Apple Inc. released a Windows version of Safari yesterday, security researchers had uncovered more than a half-dozen vulnerabilities in the browser beta, including at least three that could let attackers grab complete control of a PC.

Two of the researchers blamed Apple's "false claims" about security and what they called its "hostile attitude" toward bug finders for the rush to dig up flaws.

It's Official: No Flash Support On The iPhone (Yet)

by David Chartier, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

VMWare Pricing Announced

by Dave Caolo, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Fusion will be shipping at the end of August 2007 for $79.99US (pre-order pricing is available at $39.99US for a single license).

Found Footage: PC Is Steve Jobs, WWDC 2007 Edition

by Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

There is one thing that everyone in attendance agreed on, the video that started the keynote is well worth a watch.

Apple Announces London iTunes Festival

by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

Over 60 of the world's best current bands and artists will perform at the iTunes Festival, which takes place at the prestiious Institute of Contemporary Arts in London throughout the month of July.

By Heng-Cheong Leong