Steve Jobs wanted people to fall in love with the iPhone. So much so, that they’d never leave the house without it. An illuminating lecture by former iPhone product marketing engineer in California has provided some insights on what Jobs wanted when the iPhone was launched (via AppleInsider). He apparently envisioned a device that people would fall in love with, and used this ideal to motivate the team that worked on the first iPhone.
Perhaps a prudent question to ask is whether the iPhone is now at the point that was initially envisioned by Jobs i.e. is it finally where he wanted it to be or is there more to come? There are obviously limitations with every smartphone device, such as battery life, processing power, storage, design, weight and functionality. But as the iPhone continues to evolve, are we going to see more of Jobs vision coming through in amazing new ways or
Apparently, Steve Jobs hairdryers aren’t the only new trend to use the likeness of the late Apple founder. As shown above, this ‘Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple’ comic, published by BlueWater Comics, is now up for pre-order on Amazon.com and indeed, one Twitter user has already received one in the mail. The publisher, based in California, appears to produce a rather varied collection of comic books, including some presented by William Shatner.
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I woke up this morning and, as I was lying in my bed, I picked up my iPad and saw I had a lot of e-mails, many of them regarding the fact that Steve Jobs had passed away.
I looked at one or two news apps.
I made a couple of calls on my iPhone and sent a few short e-mails.
I then opened my MacBook Air and wrote this post.
I didn’t meet Steve Jobs, but, because he started building computers when he was a kid, he now has a large impact on some of the areas of my life. It may be strange to associate an electronic device or phone with a person, but it’s how I got to know him a little.
Apple CEO, Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence for an unspecified reason or period of time. Apple COO Tim Cook will be running the company for the duration of the leave. Jobs informed Apple employees with the following e-mail:
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. Continue reading
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As we near the end of 2010, it is a good time to reflect upon some of the things that we have learned from and about the Apple head honcho in the past 12 months. Some good, some bad, some out of this world.
1. Steve Jobs does not like Flash. Period. One could even speculate that not including it on the new MacBook Air was a deliberate attempt to undermine Adobe. The reasonable explanation was that Apple was always one version behind when releasing new models so users were susceptible to any security flaws that still existed in older versions. Whatever the reason, it certainly stimulated Adobe to get to work and improve their product. Continue reading
Apple’s MobileMe service will receive some attention next year and will “get a lot better in 2011″ according to Steve Jobs who e-mailed a response to one lucky customer who was frustrated with the inconsistent service that MobileMe delivers (via MacRumors).
Since launch, MobileMe could essentially be described as an Apple hobby in that it is not up to the usual standards delivered in Apple products. Among other issues, users can frequently experience slow access, mis-syncing, duplicated calendar events and other bugs, although it is very likely that some of these syncing issues can be attributed to users. While the services that MobileMe facilitates are, in theory, worth using such as iDisk, E-mail and data syncing, the patchy performance negates the $99 a year price tag that Apple places on the service. Continue reading
Apple, or more specifically, The Jobs, has e-mailed a user about the capabilities of the upcoming iWork ’11 suite. The update, due to be released soon, will allow users to stream Keynote ’11 presentations through a new Apple TV device. The full text of the e-mail is over at TUAW.
The e-mail suggests that an update will be coming soon for both iWork ’11 (hopefully not just the Keynote part) and for the Apple TV as well. The recent launch of AirPlay compatibility through the iTunes 10.1 update is expected to be followed by the iOS 4.2 update for mobile devices. Continue reading
Apple succinctly reiterated their opinion on USB 3 this weekend with CEO Steve Jobs informing one user by e-mail that Apple doesn’t ‘see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel for example’.
That statement seems straightforward enough, with Jobs indicating that Apple could see USB 3 in the future as soon as Intel, the major onboard processor supplier for desktop and laptop Macs, sees fit to offer full support for the next generation of USB connectivity. But could this also indicate an alternative motivation for a lack of USB 3 support by Apple. As Engadget has indicated, Apple actually brought the technology to Intel and asked them to develop it. Could Apple be holding out for Light Peak adoption in order to bypass USB 3 altogether?
Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, has deigned to offer his opinion on USB 3.0 in Macs in a response to an Apple user’s e-mail.
“We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example”
From Jobs’ reply it appears that Apple is simply waiting until more vendors have adopted USB 3.0 before Apple makes the jump and offers it in their devices. While USB 3.0 is still in its infancy, users are keen to see it sooner rather than later as the standard can offer 10x the data transfer speed of USB 2.0.
Additionally, Apple may be slow-playing USB 3.0 as it could reduce the demand for their FireWire connection standard Continue reading
With the launch of the new MacBook Air, Apple firmly reiterated it’s position on optical and magnetic media – it is becoming obsolete and will not form any part of the future of consumer data storage. Yesterday was just another step on the Apple path in which the company defines how technology will evolve and, with exponential consequences, change the world.
This may seem like a strong statement, but look at the evidence. For decades, optical and magnetic media has been used as the primary method of data storage. While this will remain true in the forseeable future, especially in mass storage server farms and cloud media, consumer data storage is rapidly changing. Continue reading