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Why, yes, they are quite capable of making phone calls. The iPod touch doesn't have that wonderful option of transferring $100 per month to a politically connected, legacy cellphone carrier. Whenever you have a wifi connection you can use Skype, among many options, for making phone calls on the iPod touch and iPad. Most owners of iPhones and similar devices use telephony only a small fraction of the time. The specially designed internet connected computer is the main...
Apple was bundling an iPod touch not an iPod. There are no iOS Store purchases with a Mac laptop but an iPod touch generates a lot of iOS Store purchases. Also, with a Mac and iPod touch you are recruiting a huge number of iOS developers, especially at colleges that offer iOS development classes (like Stanford). I suppose it is possible Apple hopes to generate more apps for the Mac App Store with marginally fewer developers distracted by the iOS option. There was a...
You may already know this but it is worth noting that client VPN configuration is already built into the Settings app (General -> Network -> VPN) for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It is also built into the Network pane of System Preferences for the Mac. There is no command line magic incantation needed to use it. This is not a fringe feature except that only business users usually have servers available. The security problem here is the tendency to "depend on the kindness...
The best new feature I can imagine for a revamped Apple wireless router would be to include an OpenVPN server. Of course Apple products all include VPN client software already but having a VPN server built into your home wireless router would make Apple's products less dependent on running a Mac or PC at home. Having a VPN server at your home means that whenever you are at a remote location you could use an encrypted tunnel to your home internet connection and all your...
Nonsense. You know that billion dollar data center Apple has been building? That is what they target for wifi sync. The Apple wifi sync will work even if you don't own a Mac or PC (for instance if you own multiple mobile devices like an iPod touch and iPad). Apple certainly had this planned before they started spending all that money building their first data center. The two products are vastly different. The similarities are all superficial. There is no legitimate case...
What most (all?) seem to be overlooking is that the Apple official app is fundamentally different from the student's app. The official app syncs with the owner's reference repository in Apple's cloud, not a repository on a local Mac or PC. The student's app couldn't do this because that infrastructure did not exist before iOS 5. If Apple had allowed the app it would have introduced significant confusion for customers who really don't want to think about and try to...
Hey, look! We have a new troll. Aren't filters wonderful?
"Every facet of its business." Free correction worth every penny charged.
Let's say a company bought 100 Macs and 2000 PCs in the previous year. If Mac sales increase 60% while PC sales increase 5%, then there were 60 more Macs and 100 more PC's sold in the current year. The percentage difference appears huge (60 >> 5) but 60 is less than 100. It is usually useful to look at percentages but let's not forget that the actual numbers tell an important story also.
Sure it could. Recall how the iPhone was released without any 3rd party apps, SDK's or demos. Apple would want to provide a clear direction with in house apps that set a standard for a new way to interact with a 'simple' TV remote. Training for a third interface paradigm (fourth if you include command line interface with mouse/keyboard, multitouch, and remote control or whatever the new one might be) could justify the added training time. Of course Microsoft has its media...
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