Apple schedules special event for Jan. 26, 2010 - report

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  • Reply 101 of 132
    i think they will keep it simple and call it iTab
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    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
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    Originally Posted by TechieFromTex View Post


    Is it just me or does the new, unconfirmed Apple Tablet sound a lot like an iPod Touch with twice the screen? What will it offer that iPod Touch doesn't except maybe better specs?



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  • Reply 103 of 132
    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
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    Originally Posted by DeLoradore View Post


    You mean like this?











    sweet
  • Reply 104 of 132
    macroninmacronin Posts: 1,174member
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    Originally Posted by TechieFromTex View Post


    Is it just me or does the new, unconfirmed Apple Tablet sound a lot like an iPod Touch with twice the screen? What will it offer that iPod Touch doesn't except maybe better specs?



    The larger screen/better resolution will be exactly what it offers...



    Yeah, an iPhone/iPod Touch may fit in your pocket, but that screen is a bit small for fat fingers & old eyes...!



    The extra screen size/resolution will be a must have for publishers making the shift from the printed format to the digital format. And even for thinner fingers & young eyes don't want to be scrolling & squinting through tiny text & pics, nor do they want to be zooming in and out constantly...!
  • Reply 105 of 132
    tednditedndi Posts: 1,921member
  • Reply 106 of 132
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    Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post


    iBook



    Agreed.
  • Reply 107 of 132
    Maybe we will see MBP's with no optical drives, and quad core. I was waiting on the matte screen, but when they finally put it back, they took away firewire 400. I am still dumbfounded by the lack of firewire 400, as a lot of camcorders use that technology (including mine.)

    Alas, maybe it's time for a new MBP and a new HD/hdd camcorder.



    Anyhow, here's to hoping for more than a tablet.
  • Reply 108 of 132
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
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    Originally Posted by Olternaut View Post


    Yes. The fundamental concept is sound. But the execution has been a bit shaky. what is astounding though is that the competition is not noting the fault's of the app store and coming out with something better.

    Instead, they are making similar mistakes and new ones that simply did not have to be made.



    Amazing.



    I'm not sure I'd classify all of App Stores problems as mistakes or poor execution. Rather it looks like the store wildly exceeded expectations and that Apple had to rapidly expand staffing and resouces to support the store. It is one thing to manage a store with 100 or 1000 SKUs it is another to manage a 100000. Especially when in many cases those SKUs come from individual suppliers. It would be like the mom & pop store on the corner having a different vendor for every item on the shelf.



    Could / can Apple do better? Certainly they can but to be honest it looks like they made changes several times to accomodate unexpected growth. Each time though it looks like demand outstripped their expectations. I'm talking both consummer demand and developer demand. They have had a billion in sales and thousands of developers trying to get into the store. Mind you this is over a very shirt period of time.



    Dave
  • Reply 109 of 132
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
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    What about announcement that pesky screening process is removed from AppStore ?



    Frankly I see the screening process as working out just fine. It is great for the user and assures a minimal amount of software quality. On top of that it keeps products and developers off the app store that have ethical problems.



    Is the app store review process perfect, certainly not as some software gets thru that shouldn't and others take to long but in the end that process has helped make the store a success. It gives general consummers the impression that some effort to maintain quality is inplace and it gives consummers with children some confidence that efforts are made to keep objectionable material away from youngsters.



    In any event if the process was truely that pesky we wouldn't have over 100000 apps in the store and many developers making good money.





    Dave
  • Reply 110 of 132
    I still don't know why the didn't call the xServe the "iRaq" instead...
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    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by tonton View Post


    I still don't know why the didn't call the xServe the "iRaq" instead...



    And Nike+ the iRan? \
  • Reply 112 of 132
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    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post


    Frankly I see the screening process as working out just fine. It is great for the user and assures a minimal amount of software quality. On top of that it keeps products and developers off the app store that have ethical problems.



    Is the app store review process perfect, certainly not as some software gets thru that shouldn't and others take to long but in the end that process has helped make the store a success. It gives general consummers the impression that some effort to maintain quality is inplace and it gives consummers with children some confidence that efforts are made to keep objectionable material away from youngsters.



    In any event if the process was truely that pesky we wouldn't have over 100000 apps in the store and many developers making good money.





    Dave



    1. Most developers of iPhone apps complain about not making any money. This is based on personal conversations and reported interviews with a lot of developers. There may be an elite few that are making profits, but most aren't.



    2. Having someone else decide for you what is objectionable to children or what has ethical problems, is an ethical problem in itself.
  • Reply 113 of 132
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TechieFromTex View Post


    Is it just me or does the new, unconfirmed Apple Tablet sound a lot like an iPod Touch with twice the screen? What will it offer that iPod Touch doesn't except maybe better specs?



    It is just me or does the 17" MacBook Pro sound a lot like a MacBook with 4" extra screen? What will it offer that the MacBook doesn't except maybe better specs?



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    Originally Posted by MacRonin View Post


    The larger screen/better resolution will be exactly what it offers...



    Hardware-wise at least?we'll probably see new software too.
  • Reply 114 of 132
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by solarein View Post


    1. Most developers of iPhone apps complain about not making any money. This is based on personal conversations and reported interviews with a lot of developers. There may be an elite few that are making profits, but most aren?t.



    I?ve heard that, but there are plenty of other mobile app stores out there, many of which seem to make less money than Apple?s app store. I?ve read more about developers moving to the iPhone OS platform because it?s cheaper, easier and ultimately more profitable than I have about developers leaving because of restrictions.



    The beauty is that the costs for developers has dropped since the iPhone SDK came out, other mobile OS SDKs have gotten better and cheaper, and there is now a much bigger market for mobile OSes then there was before Apple?s entrance.



    Plus, a developer not making money may likely be a fault of their own technical and/or marketing ineptitude. Including, but not limited to, making an app that not many want or making an app that is already well populated on the App Store.



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    2. Having someone else decide for you what is objectionable to children or what has ethical problems, is an ethical problem in itself.



    So it?s unethical for toy stores to not sell pornographic material? It?s Apple?s ?store? virtual or physical they have a right to offer what they want. There are many reasons for this.
  • Reply 115 of 132
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by iMacmatician View Post


    It is just me or does the 17" MacBook Pro sound a lot like a MacBook with 4" extra screen? What will it offer that the MacBook doesn't except maybe better specs?



    That was a laugh-out-loud moment. Good rebuttal.
  • Reply 116 of 132
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    So it?s unethical for toy stores to not sell pornographic material? It?s Apple?s ?store? virtual or physical they have a right to offer what they want. There are many reasons for this.



    The App Store is more like a platform than a store. The distinction is not about whether it is virtual or physical, but rather the intent of the store/platform. A store like a toy store or an online software store maintains an inventory of objects for sale chosen by the store proprietor. Of course it is not unethical for the store to filter what it offers for sale, because the proprietor chooses what kind of store he/she wants to run to achieve his/her goals. The App Store is a platform in the sense that it is something on top of which third parties offer their own products, it is part of the iPhone/iPod Touch platform because the App Store is a necessary component to utilize in order for third parties to offer products on that platform. The ethical situation of an operator of a platform are very different from those of the proprietor of a store.



    A lot of disagreement over Apple's practices with the App Store hinges on the inability to appreciate this difference. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea that somehow Apple has more ethical obligations with the App Store simply because it is a necessary part of the iPhone/iPod Touch platform. This is understandable, because the platform is after all Apple's own, and the argument goes that they can do what they please with it. But the murky waters of ethics do not yield such clear results simply due to ownership. Time and time again we see that our ethical judgments determine that when something becomes important to the public at large, the parties involved in operating or maintaining that something suddenly take on extra ethical obligations that they may not have intended to undertake. Just look at the supreme court's decision that intervened in the rules of golf and the Microsoft bundling cases for examples.
  • Reply 117 of 132
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,710member
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    Originally Posted by technohermit View Post


    I am still dumbfounded by the lack of firewire 400, as a lot of camcorders use that technology (including mine.)



    In case you didn't realize it, FW800 is fully backwards compatible with FW400. All you need is an adaptor or a cable.



    Examples: http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...&cs_id=1030105
  • Reply 118 of 132
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,710member
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    Originally Posted by solarein View Post


    1. Most developers of iPhone apps complain about not making any money. This is based on personal conversations and reported interviews with a lot of developers. There may be an elite few that are making profits, but most aren't.



    If they were making more on other app stores then there would be a story there.



    Their inability to make money with the Apple app store isn't the real story, their inability to make money on any app store is more interesting.



    Of all the App Stores out there, and for all the current issues with it, the Apple App Store still has the lowest barrier to entry, and the greatest potential for success. All the management Apple provides for their 30% "cut" should not be underestimated. If you are a small time publisher, it's invaluable- and even if you are a high volume publisher it's still debatable if you could have lower overhead then what Apple charges for the hosting, billing support, store, etc.



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    2. Having someone else decide for you what is objectionable to children or what has ethical problems, is an ethical problem in itself.



    Meh - I like that they have done with the ratings system. It allows "questionable" content to be flagged, yet still available. I think it's a good compromise to allow adults to have access to content they want, yet let parents have some control and introduce a few barriers to keep content they object to away from their kids. It's not perfect, but then again nothing is. It's a good compromise.
  • Reply 119 of 132
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,710member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iMacmatician View Post


    It is just me or does the 17" MacBook Pro sound a lot like a MacBook with 4" extra screen? What will it offer that the MacBook doesn't except maybe better specs?



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  • Reply 120 of 132
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,710member
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    Originally Posted by solarein View Post


    the murky waters of ethics



    Exactly how is Apple being unethical (or even borderline)?
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