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I think there's probably a 7" iPod Touch in Apple's lab. The question is whether they release it to fight off the Kindle Fire (and BN Nook) or not. My guess is that you will see such a device before the 2012 Holiday Season...
Android is going to push Apple to accelerate development of future iPhones. I've used both and my personal preference is iPhone. However, competition is a win for consumers. It forces companies to innovate and keeps prices in line. This is why I'm against AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. I ran into Woz at the Apple Store Valley Fair Mall a few years ago. We chatted for a few minutes. Super-nice guy.
iPhones and increasingly iPads are making HUGE inroads into many Enterprises despite Apple's lack of good tools for Corporate IT. iTunes was designed for individuals not IT folks. As for Macintosh, are folks aware of the Dell KACE can manage, deploy, and secure MacOS X? The K1000 (Management) and K2000 (Deployment) provide much of what Corporate IT departments need to cost-effectively deploy, manage, and secure Macintoshes....
It's not intended to appeal to Mac aficionados, but Windows users who want a lighter/thinner laptop. If I was in the market, for a Windows laptop, I'd go for a Dell XPS 14z. The major advantage of the MacBook Air, besides still being lighter and thinner, is the ability to dual-boot both MacOS X and Windows...
This sounds like a good move on both counts. Robert Iger is the one responsible for getting Disney back on track after Michael Eisner. He engineered the purchase of Pixar which put them squarely back in the Animation business. Art Levinson is a very well respected executive and I am glad to see that Apple chose an 'independent' (not part of the executive staff) as chairman. The market reacted very positively to these moves. WRT to Disney's board, obviously SJ will be...
I don't think Steve wanted to be or acted like a celebrity. Despite what the press made him out to be, he was a real person. I personally had a couple of encounters with him, most recently at Izzy's Bagels on California Street in Palo Alto. He was in there with his two younger daughters trying to communicate his bagel order with the non-English speaking staff. I didn't bother him, as I could tell he just wanted to get his order and get the heck out of there.
JK. Thanks for clarifying some key points and pushing Apple to get MacOS X running on Intel. This was a HUGE reason the Macintosh is still relevant... Even though NeXTSTEP ran on Intel, when Apple acquired it, don't presume that NeXTSTEP and MacOS X are the same thing. They are not. While MacOS is based on much of the same underlying technology, such as a Mach kernel and Objective-C, it was not a straightforward matter of porting NS to PPC and bolting on a Mac UI. JK can...
I think a BIG part of why Apple bought NeXT was Steve Jobs. Gil Amelio, then Apple CEO, was obviously seduced by Steve and felt that brining him on-board as an 'advisor' would be greatly beneficial to Apple. Little did he know Intel performance actually lagged behind the first few generations of PowerPC. However, by the early 00's it became clear that Intel performance was going to surpass PowerPC and that IBM/Motorola's commitment to their joint-venture was waning. IBM...
I really think there is more to it than 'we needed an OS that could run on Intel'. Apple spent years trying to develop a modern OS, to replace the original MacOS and failed! At that point, their ONLY option was to acquire an OS and put their UI on it. In addition to NeXT and Be, Apple was looking at other Unix variants such as Sun Solaris which ran on SPARC, Intel, and PowerPC. They ultimately chose NeXT, but other than the fact that NeXTStep (renamed 'OpenStep') was being...
I can't see ARM replacing Intel x86 architecture in 'traditional' clients (laptops/desktops) anytime soon. Intel (and AMD) design not just the CPU, but the entire systems architecture that supports it (memory, I/O, etc). Most likely, Apple is prodding Intel for lower-power designs for their traditional clients (especially MacBook Air) instead of focusing Atom vs. ARM in mobile devices. The irony is that several years ago Intel licensed ARM which they subsequently abandoned...
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