Thursday, October 20, 2011

Steve Jobs: "I'm going to destroy Android"

Steve Jobs' reaction to HTC's 2010 introduction of an Android phone that shared many features of the iPhone. Jobs told Isaacson that Google's actions amounted to "grand theft."
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Jobs met with Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt who once was in Apple's board of directors, he told Schmidt he wasn't interested in setting for any amount of money. Instead Jobs told Schmidt, "I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."

Jobs' attitude against Android helps explains the lawsuits that have come from Apple against both HTC and Samsung. Both legal actions have resulted in countersuits as well as attempts to ban sales of devices around the world. 

New MacBook Pro Will Launch Next Week

9to5mac reported that the new generation MacBook Pro will be released as soon as next week. They also  had received the pricing of new MacBook Pro lineup, which will be the same prices for the current generation. 

With supplies only becoming more constrained, and with shipments already touching down in select countries, we think a launch next week is likely (between Tuesday and Thursday). That is, of course, if there are no unforeseen circumstances. Thanks Mr. X! 

Steve Jobs Worked On Apple's Next Product Until Day Before He Died

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japanese carrier Softbank, was having a meeting with Tim Cook on the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. Cook had to excuse himself from the meeting after a phone call.
Son said, "I visited Apple for the announcement of the iPhone 4S [at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California]. When I was having a meeting with Tim Cook, he said, 'Oh Masa, sorry I have to quit our meeting.' I said, 'Where are you going?' He said, 'My boss is calling me.' That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product. And the next day, he died."

Son did not say what product Jobs and Cook talked about, but most likely Jobs was involved in plans for the next-generation iPhone that Apple is already working on. Jobs would obviously also have had input into other devices such as the iPad 3 that will be announced before the next iPhone, and he is said to have left Apple's pipeline with four years' worth of products that the company will use to plot its future.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Norah Jones and Coldplay Help Apple Celebrate Steve Jobs' Life

The private event was closed to the media and public, those in attendance have been sharing some details on the event and their thoughts, with many expressing the feeling that they are finally feeling a sense of closure with the event.

Tim Cook speaks at Apple's celebration of Steve Jobs' life (Source: Apple)

Twitter seems to be the medium of choice for attendees to share their experiences, and we've collected a few of the comments.

Wonderful speech by Tim. Wonderful speech by Bill Campbell. Wonderful performance by Norah Jones. This really helps bring closure.
An incredible and fitting celebration. Tears, laughter and some closure. #stevejobs
That was a really moving ceremony. Norah Jones, Coldplay, Al Gore... Got choked up when they played Steve reading "Here's to the Crazy Ones"

iPhone 5 Concept Shows Off A Larger 4.3-inch Screen

We are just two weeks after the announcement of iPhone 4S, but the iPhone 5's rumors come along already

While we expect to begin seeing iPad 3 rumors begin to filter through - it is six months before we expect to see one!

In case the title of tho post didn't give the game away, it turns out we were wrong, and the iPhone 5 concept pictures have already start to roll in.

ADR Studio have even gone so far as to put together a wish-list of the hardware they want inside the iPhone 5.

An evolution rather than revolution, built according to what we hear on theInternet.
- Body aluminum / liquid-metal unibody type;
- Capacitive Home Button;
- 4.3″ screen size;
- A6 dual-core chip;
- Improved versions of IOS 5 and iCloud

iPhone 5 Concept

iPhone 5 Concept 2

iPhone 5 Concept 3

iPhone 5 Concept 4

We have to wait around 12 months to see if this rumor is gonna turn out to be real, we are guessing more than usual anyway.

iPad 3 Will Hit Assembly Lines By The End Of This Year

What is being said is that manufacturers have been ordered to start manufacturing one million in the fourth quarter of the year. This news comes from many analysts trying to predict what the iPhone 4S means for the future of Apple as a company where stand fiscally for the company's last two quarter.

In Fidacaro's report he references his colleague's report on the iPad where other analysts were questioning the current increase in iPad production:

We believe AAPL pulled production forward to ensure sufficient availability of iPad during the holidays, and such a move is consistent with a production decline in advance of the new model launch (we believe iPad 3 starts production in 4Q, as noted below). Thus, we believe that recent competitor reports, which only noted the 4Q production volumes two weeks ago, were misinformed. iPad 3 appears on the forecast for 4Q production start. Our checks indicate that iPad 3 has now shown up on AAPL’s production forecast for a late-4Q production start. We believe 0.6 mln-1 mln units are forecasted for 4Q production

his is great news if this pans out. As I stated in an earlier post, hopefully the iPad 3 will pave the way for what we will see in the new iPhone 5. BGR is speculating that the announcement of the iPad Mini; a less expensive option, is right around the corner. BGR noted that the Mini would most likely not be smaller in size but will compete with the Kindle Fire offered by Amazon. With Steve Jobs working on one last major project before his death, I believe that we will see the upgraded hardware, that we all desire, soon. Here is to Apple continuing to provide some knock out devices, leaving other manufacturers to play catch up in 2012. Maybe we will see the likes of Google Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich ironing out the kinks and providing a better user experience and taking control of the multi-core processors that are currently flooding the market. Even with the upset of Apple’s iPhone 4S not changing much externally, they still managed to sell over 4 million units alone this weekend. That’s an amazing amount of devices pushed out in a very very short course of time. 

Steve Jobs narrates the first Think Different commercial "Here's to the Crazy Ones"

I had never heard of this version until just now. It never aired.

Here’s to you, Steve. You were the Crazy One.

Some Clues of New MacBook Pro Lineups

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This morning Apple Online Store was down for updating the store.

A while ago 9to5mac has tweeted that :
What's coming: 

So a new MacBook Pro lineup seems to be a total of eight models.

Apple Posts "Remembering Steve" Tribute From Fans

Apple has updated their Steve Jobs page on their site to reflect many memories, thoughts and feelings that people have submitted about Steve Jobs since his passing.

Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages below. 

And share your own at

Apple also reports that over a million people have already shared their thoughts. The company is still soliciting thoughts by email.

Jobs was 56 years old, and had been struggling with complications related to pancreatic cancer over there past several years. Apple will be holding a company wide celebration of Steve Jobs' live on Wednesday, October 19th (Today). The event will take place on Apple's campus in Cupertino. Apple Retail will be closed for several hours during the event so that employees may view a live webcast of the service. 

Google introduces Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus

"Simple, Beautiful, Beyond Smart."

The Sumsung Galaxy Nexus Phone, it has a 5-megapixel camera which has to be a letdown when compared to 8 megapixel cameras that are standardizing on the high end across the industry. The 4.65-inch 720p display is likely to be its most impressive feature. Its resolution does get close to Apple's Retina Display, just close.
It doesn't have any front facing buttons but has a screen button that also have in those new Android 4.0 features.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

"All-Time Record Mac and iPad Sales
Highest September Quarter Revenue and Earnings Ever"

Apple has just posted their FYQ4 earnings. The company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion.

Apple also announced that they sold:

17.07 million iPhones, 21 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.

11.12 million iPads, 116 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.

4.89 million Macs, 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.

6.62 million iPods, 27 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO and Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO statements regarding this report:

“We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.”
“We are extremely pleased with our record September quarter revenue and earnings and with cash generation of $5.4 billion during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 14 weeks rather than 13, we expect revenue of about $37 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $9.30.”
Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2011 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on October 18, 2011 at 

Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results

All-Time Record Mac and iPad Sales
Highest September Quarter Revenue and Earnings Ever 

CUPERTINO, California—October 18, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2011. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.3 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 21 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.12 million iPads during the quarter, a 166 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.89 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 6.62 million iPods, a 27 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.”

“We are extremely pleased with our record September quarter revenue and earnings and with cash generation of $5.4 billion during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 14 weeks rather than 13, we expect revenue of about $37 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $9.30.” 

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2011 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on October 18, 2011 at This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue and earnings per share. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2010, its Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended December 25, 2010; March 26, 2011; and June 25, 2011; and its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 24, 2011 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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New Motorola smartphone lap dock looks a lot like MacBook Pro


When I first saw this I thought it is a MacBook Pro!

via 9to5mac

iPhone 4S Users Report Yellow Screen Issue.

iphone 4s yellow screen reported that some users are having screen quality issue with their new iPhone 4S.

The reports began trickling in over the weekend on Apple's discussion forums with some user claiming that their screen was either "washed out" in terms of contrast clarity, or displaying a yellowish tint. Interestingly, this isn't the first time such claims have been made regards to new iPhones. Last year, many iPhone 4 users have returned their iPhones, claiming that their retina display were showing whites as yellow.

So far Apple hasn't made an official statement regarding the screen reports, but those affected haven't reported any problems when attempting to return their phones for a replacement unit.

Jonathan Mann sings a duet with Siri

This guy really puts himself out there.

(via 9to5mac)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Apple leaks clues to new MacBook Pros on its own website

Last week 9to5mac revealed that Apple's planning a MacBook Pro refresh with better CPU and improved Bluetooth Wireless networking.

When you do a search in Apple's online store for Macbook Pro, you will get a list of Apple's products. In the list, there are two mysterious entries for 'MacBook Pro Memory Models' and at the button with the caption 'Ships: Coming in November'.

If they are spare parts, these often ship a week or so after the new products so the new MacBook Pro lineup could come sooner than November!

iPhone 4S now only available in some stores by reservation

An Apple representative told MacRumors that supplies are beginning to disappear, and are pushing customers to the reserve page to ensure they get a device rather than leaving the store empty handed.

9to5mac received a clarification concerning the reservation process and walk-in availability from the Apple Store Daily Download. Each evening from 9PM to Midnight, iPhone 4S buyers can log on to reservation system via

The iPhone 4S will be available for walk-in as well. After 6PM all unclaimed reservations will be forfeited and available for walk-in customers.

Apple's Unibody MacBook enclosure manufacturer ordered to shut down over environmental concerns

According to 9to5mac , the partial shutdown of key Apple manufacturer Catcher Technology due to environmental concerns could lead to supply constraints for company's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineups.

Financial Times reports:
In an emergency announcement on Sunday night, Taiwan’s Catcher Technology (2474:TAI), one of the world’s biggest makers of metal casings for notebook PCs, said it had been ordered to close part of its plant in China’s Suzhou province by regulators, after local residents complained of bad odours generated by the plant.
The Apple's current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineups is probably the main reason Catcher is one of the biggest maker of metal casings for computers. The company expects the shutdown to cut sales by a fifth in October and Catcher's president Allen Horng had this say at a press conference on Monday:
“Shipments to our customers will inevitably be affected. We already asked them to make adjustments to their (casings) procurement.”
(via 9to5mac) 

iPhone 4S in Space

These guys paid an eye-brow raising tribute to Steve Jobs in their own unique way, by launching two iPhone 4Ss into space by attaching them to a weather balloon. Yeah, I know, it’s an old trick, but the phones are new and do 1080P video. One of the phones had an interval photo timer app running while the other captured video. They explained:
We launched 2 iPhone 4S phones with a weather balloon to go up to 100,000. We put one of the iPhone 4S’s on an interval photo timer app and the other on video mode. We used s Spot GPS tracker (though I would not recommend it because it only tracks in 15 minutes increments.
The result of their undertaking is impressive: Check out the included clip depicting Earth’s atmosphere in full HD quality. The weather balloon eventually deflated and the iPhones landed safely, courtesy of a parachute and OtterBox cases for the iPhone 4S. Yeah, I know it’s a paradox that the iPhone 4S can safely land unscratched from the outer space and yet won’t survive  a waist high drop.

Apple is selling almost 1,000 iPhone 4Ss/minute!!

Shawn Blanc (via The Next Web) calculated this morning that Apple is selling 16 iPhone 4Ss a second, or roughly 1,000 a minute.

Reaching this milestone, Apple is on tract to pass Microsoft's Kinect as the fastest selling consumer device of all time. Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects in the first 60 days, a number Apple could theoretically pass in the first two weeks.

The success of the iPhone 4S is most likely helped by a few factors:
  1. The availability on three U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. AT&T and Sprint both announced opening day sales records on Friday.  The iPhone 4 was only on AT&T in the US its opening day.
  2. iPhone 4 was released in 5 Countries.  iPhone 4S was also available in Canada and Australia in addition.
  3. iPhone 4 saw serious product shortages while it appears that Apple made plenty of iPhone 4S’s
  4. There was a longer than normal wait time between the iPhone 4 and 4S
  5. iPhone 4S is amazing.
We’re sure to hear more in Apple’s FYQ4 earnings call tomorrow afternoon.

What happens when two Siris talk to one another.

Someone got this interesting idea and tried it out.
But even at this early stage of Siri's development, all it takes is for someone to leave 2 Siris lying around and accidentally activate them and press their buttons at the right time in order to let them speak to each other.. and the consequences can be dire.

The outcome can get someone fired.

(via macrumors) 

Adobe Reader iOS app and Instapaper 4.0 land on App Store

Adobe just took the wraps off the iOS version of Adobe Reader, which admittedly doesn’t bring much functionality we don’t already have with third-party apps. Either way it’s a welcome addition to their iOS app lineup and could possibly have the potential to be more than just a reader down the road.
The app allows you to read and share PDFs from your email, the web, or any other third party app that supports “Open In”– pretty straight forward. Everything seems to work as advertised, although for some reason it just doesn’t feel as smooth as iBooks when zooming in and out.
It does however build in all the features you’d hope for including the ability to open encrypted PDFs, (supports up to AES256 encryption and LiveCycle Rights Management), the ability to search text, place bookmarks, and print using AirPrint. A nice addition is the single page mode allows you to tap the edge of a page to switch to the next, but the good old continuous scrolling will probably feel more at home on the iPad.
The iPad version looks a little more fine-tuned than the UI on the iPhone. Perhaps even fine-tuned enough to give iBooks a run for its money as your PDF viewer of choice.
Adobe Reader is available as a free download from the App Store now.
Instapaper also pushed out a huge update to their iOS app today. Instapaper Version 4.0 brings a complete UI redesign for iPad with a new grid layout with sidebar, redesigned black-and-white UI for iPhone, $1/month search subscriptions service as in-app purchase, iOS 5 support, and a ton of new features and UI elements that go along with the redesigns. Also expect many of issues you were having with previous versions to be fixed. For example, “Archive” and “Delete” options should behave as expected throughout the app.
If you use Instapaper, you are definitely going to have to take a few minutes to get used to all the changes, but once you do, you’ll realize just how great this update is.

Drop test: iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S II

The folks over at SquareTrade took an iPhone 4S for a spin and pitted it against Samsung’s Galaxy S II to see which one survives a waist high and shoulder high drop. As you can see in the above clip, Apple’s latest and greatest handset was pretty badly damaged from the outside, just like its predecessor. It did, however, fare pretty well landing on its stainless steel band. Dropped face down, however, the iPhone 4S’s screen completely shattered. Samsung’s device didn’t suffer nearly as much damage (note that being light weight is probably a factor).

In addition, the plastic back on the Samsung device has gotta be more prone to surviving the shock of a sudden impact compared to glass. By the way, if you’re concerned about your iPhone’s droppability, head over to 9to5Toys and get yourself a great case. SquareTrade is an independent warranty provider cover nearly everything – excluding, of course, intentional damage shown in the clip. Hop over to their web site for more information.
For obvious reasons, the glass back raises concerns about the iPhone 4’s droppability. With previous iPhones, it was like dropping a piece of buttered toast — there was a lucky and unlucky side on which it could land. With the iPhone 4, it’s like dropping a piece of toast that’s been buttered on both sides.

Adapted from: 9to5mac

Apple to Stick with Samsung for A6 Chip Production After All?

Last month, word surfaced that Apple had signed on with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for production of the next-generation A6 and A7 chips destined for future iOS devices. Samsung has been Apple's manufacturing partner for the A4 and A5 chips, but several reports have been claiming that Apple has been trying to shift to TSMC in part because of strained relations between Apple and Samsung over intellectual property issues. 

The Korea Times now reports that Apple will indeed primarily be sticking with Samsung for A6 production.

"Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner," an executive from an Apple parts supplier based in Korea said on condition of anonymity. 

He said that Samsung has been increasing the output of the Apple-designed A6 chips in its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas.
The apparent shift back to Samsung for the A6 is said to be tied to TSMC having issues with its production process, with Apple understandably requiring a stable component supplier as it looks toward its next-generation iOS devices.
"The manufacturing process at TSMC hasn’t been stabilized. Considering Apple's previous patterns of adopting qualified technologies, Apple isn't taking risks. Samsung offers better pricing and capacity commitment for the A6 mobile APs," said an official from a different Apple supplier.
The report also touches on the next-generation iPhone even as the iPhone 4S is only just hitting the market, reviving claims of a larger-screened "iPhone 5" design with a 4-inch display carrying the same resolution as the current iPhone.