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January 17, 2008

Apple Should Pass Economic Stress Test

by Tiernan Ray, Barron's

If the U.S. economy goes into a recession, any public company with an uncanny knack for generating outsize growth may find its shares highly prized by investors.

One such company could be Apple, which despite sales of $24 billion last year, sells just a fraction of the world's personal computers and less than 1% of all cellphones. That tiny market share presents plenty of upside for Apple as it makes inroads in both fields.

Reporters Notes From Interview With Steve Jobs

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

Apple has to settle for a third day delay, to give studios time to rack up DVD sales.

When Apple's Keynote Bonce Is A Thump

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

For those who bought before Macworld in hopes of cashing in on a keynote bounce, I have only one word: suckers.

Yes, We've Got It. You Like Thin.

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Making MacBook Air that thin is not an easy feat. Now that Apple has done it technically, we shall see whether Apple can make some business sense out of the product.

But, perhaps, because Apple has been so successful lately in getting its products to be nice and thin — iMac, iPod, iPhone, that we are finally getting a little disillusioned. Yeah, yeah, Apple. I know you can make anything thin if you want to. So, what else can you do?

Personally, I value a smaller footprint more than a shorter height in my subnotebook. Light-weight is good, but a MacBook-style thickness, to me, is just fine. I suspect many people think the same way as me, hence all the complaints about the compromises Apple had to make for the MacBook Air.

Going forward, I predict I'll see a lot of predictions about Apple making a "true" subnotebook. (Just like all those predictions about a "true" video iPods.) 12-inch PowerBook-sized MacBook? Newton-sized iPod Touch. I'll also predict that the existing MacBook and MacBook Pro computers will go down in thickness.

And Apple engineers, how's the progress on that foldable screen and keyboard going along?

If Jobs Says "People Don't Read Anymore," Does This Headline Really Exist?

by Ryan Block, Engadget

Remember how Steve Jobs said people don't watch videos on iPods, dismissing all the Portable Media Player thingies from Creative and gang? Wanna bet what's next for iPhone and iPod after Apple finally conquered Hollywood? :-)

Steve Jobs Is Wrong: Android Is Good For Google

by Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider

Google can get into the phone business and make its parnters — both its advertisers and the wireless carriers — happy.

But what about Apple, the partner?

So, Everyone's Asking What Happened Between Me And Steve Jobs Today...

by Violet Blue

Steve Wozniak was so much nicer.

The Mac Switchers

by Robert L. Mitchell, Computerworld

Faced with an upgrade to Vista, some IT organizations are passing in favor of the Mac. But who are they, really?

iTunes Rental And The System Date

by Brett Terpstra, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Keynote Roundup

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If Apple is charging for the iPod Touch upgrade to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley, why is the Apple TV upgrade free? I'm left with the feeling that they're charging $20 for the iPod Touch upgrade simply because they can.

Apple MacBook Air

by Cicso Cheng, PC Magazine

These are respectable compromises. That's not to say that there isn't room for improvement—because there is—but fornow, the MacBook Air will captivate millions based on looks alone.

MacBook Air's Tradeoffs

by Dan Frakes, Macworld

Unlike the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the Air isn't designed to be a general-purpose computer; it has, by design, limitations that will be unacceptable for many people. But for a particular market—people who value light weight and are willing to give up other features to get it—it's an interesting machine.

Macwrold.Ars: Google Bringing Picasa To The Mac Later This Year

by David Chartier, Ars Technica

First Look: iPhone 1.1.3

by Dan Moren, Macworld

Overall, 1.1.3 may not be as exciting an update as 1.1.1 was, but it reaffirms Apple's commitment to rolling out new software functionality to existing iPhone users, free of charge.

First Look: Apple TV, Take Two

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

MacBooK Err: Why I'm Disappointed In Apple's Ultraslim New Laptop

by Paul Boutin, Slate

I don't care about having the world's skinniest laptop. Rather, I need to be able to blog breaking news when I'm not near a Wi-Fi hotspot. I look forward to fawning over my friends' new MacBooks. But when they despeartely need to e-mail the boss, I'll just savor the triumph of whipping out my phone.

MW08: iPhone And iPod Touch Get IMAP Support For Gmail

by Aayush Arya, MacUser

Macworld Best Of Show Winners

by Jim Dalrymple and Jason Snell, Macworld

Review: Microsoft Office For Mac 2008 — Better Than iWork?

by Jake Widman, Computerworld

You'll find that Office 2008 helps you get your work done more quickly and easily than before. You're also likely to start using features that were always there but were too much trouble to bother with.

Analysis: Apple Faces Competition In Movie-Rental Market

by Brian Chen, Macworld

Mac Users: MacBook Air Lacks Features

by Agam Shah, IDG News Service

Omission of FireWire port, lack of storage capacity, slow hard drive, and high price tag are some of the complaints Mac users have about Apple's latest laptop.

Thin, it seems, is not on many people's wishlist for a subnotebook.

The iPhone's Updates Make It Revolutionary

by Farhad Manjoo, Salon

The iPhone you bought last June is actually better now than it was back then.

The magic of software!

Steve Jobs Helps Me Find My Way

by Ed Moltzen, CRN

Apple is making good on Oppenheimer's promise of adding solid, new iPhone functionality, at no additional cost to buyers, every few months.

Want An iPhone? It Looks Like A Long Wait Ahead

by Chua Hian Hou, Straits Times

Singapore consumers who want to get their hands on Apple's iPhone, hailed as Time Magazine's gadget of the year for 2007, will have to wait.

The reason: None of the three mobile phone operators here has been able to lock down a deal with the California-based tech giant.

By Heng-Cheong Leong