Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs resigning from Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steve Jobs, the mind behind the iPhone, iPad and other devices that turned Apple Inc. into one of the world's most powerful companies, resigned as CEO on Wednesday, saying he can no longer handle the job but will continue to play a leadership role.
The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which Jobs took a leave from his post in January. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, was quickly named CEO of the company Jobs co-founded 35 years ago in his garage.

Steve Job's

In a letter addressed to Apple's board and the "Apple community," Jobs said he "always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."
The company said Jobs gave the board his resignation Wednesday and suggested Cook be named the company's new leader. Apple said Jobs was elected board chairman and Cook is becoming a member of its board.
Genentech Inc. Chairman Art Levinson, in a statement issued on behalf of Apple's board, said Jobs' "extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company."
He said that Jobs will continue to provide "his unique insights, creativity and inspiration," and that the board has "complete confidence" that Cook is the right person to replace him.
""Tim's 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does," Levinson said.

Tim Cook
Jobs' health has long been a concern for Apple investors who see him as an industry oracle who seems to know what consumers want long before they do. After his announcement, Apple stock quickly fell 5.4 percent in after-hours trading.
Jeff Gamet, managing editor of The Mac Observer online news site focused on Apple, said Jobs' departure has more sentimental than practical significance, and that he has been telegraphing the change for several years.
"All Apple really has done is made official what they've been doing administratively for a while now, which is Tim runs the show and Steve gets to do his part to make sure the products come out to meet the Apple standard," he said.
"I expect that even though there are a lot of people that right now are sad or scared because Steve is stepping back from the CEO role, that ultimately they'll be OK," Gamet said.
But Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research, said Jobs' maniacal attention to detail is what set Apple apart. He said Apple's product pipeline might be secure for another few years, but predicted that the company will eventually struggle to come up with market-changing ideas.
"Apple is Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs is Apple, and Steve Jobs is innovation," Chowdhry said. "You can teach people how to be operationally efficient, you can hire consultants to tell you how to do that, but God creates innovation. ... Apple without Steve Jobs is nothing."


Applenewsonline's Take: This is very sad to see Steve resign for health reasons and we wish him well and to a return of good health. It will be hard to see Apple without him.


Apple iPhone 4 Bumper - Black (MC597ZM/A)

Monday, August 22, 2011

What about iWeb? What will become of it?

Do you have many hours invested in web sites created in iWeb? It seems now that you will have to migrate your work to another provider and that components of your site such as your blog and other features will not transfer. Why is iWeb's fucntionality (at least some key components) being abandoned? What are your options? 




It is now seems that iWeb, and iDVD, will no longer be supported by Apple. This is evidenced by the fact that new Macs are shipping with iLife 11 installed but without iWeb and iDVD.  iWeb will still continue to work but without the following:

Features No Longer Available Once MobileMe is Discontinued:

◼ Password protection
◼ Blog and photo comments
◼ Blog search
◼ Hit counter

All of these issues can be replaced with 3rd party options. The RSS feed and slideshow subscriptions will still work on a 3rd party server if iWeb is used to upload the files to the server.  if the site is published to a folder first and the file uploaded with a 3rd party FTP client those two features will be broken.

There's another problem and that's with iWeb's popup slideshows.  Once the MMe servers are no longer online the popup slideshow buttons will not display their images.

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However, Roddy McKay and Old Toad from Apple Forums have figured out a way to modify existing sites with those slideshows and iWeb itself so that those images will display as expected once MobileMe servers are gone.  How to is described in this tutorial: #26 - How to Modify iWeb So Popup Slideshows Will Work After MobileMe is Discontinued.

Apple has announced that iLife is now an unsupported product and those iApps will only be available thru the App Store from now on.  However, there may be some copies of the boxed iLife 11 still on the shelves that would include iWeb and iDVD.  Those two apps were listed in small, gray text on the iLife 11 box that I bought. 

Apple support has confirmed that iWeb and iDVD are out of the iLife suite and are not being supported anymore. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

iPhone 5 Launches First Half of October

According to our sources, it seems the new Apple iPhone 5 will be released the first half of October with a possible pre-order at the end of September.

Its also highly likely that Apple will have a media event to go along with this iPhone 5 launch. Reports are that manufactoring is going smooth on the new phone to reach these release dates that Apple is shooting for.

Stay tuned, its getting close!



Pic from Macrumors.com

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pics of Apple's Proposed new Campus


Apple Inc. has submitted a development proposal for their new Apple Campus 2 on a 175 acre area bounded by I-280 to the south, Wolfe Road to the west, Homestead Road to the north and North Tantau Avenue to the east. 






The proposal includes:
  • An Office, Research and Development Building comprising approximately 2.8 million square feet.
  • A 1,000 seat Corporate Auditorium.
  • A Corporate Fitness Center.
  • Research Facilities comprising approximately 300,000 square feet.
  • A Central Plant.
  • Associated Parking.
Cupertino's review process will consist of:
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (including traffic, noise, air quality, etc.) during which there will be opportunity for public comment.
  • Development review.
  • Public hearings at the Planning Commission and the City Council.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lion Recovery USB Drives Arrive

The method for the bootable disc creates only a bootable recovry USB drive with utilities but without the OS. You will still have to download the OS in the process of recovery. You need only a 1 GB USB drive to create a recovery drive only. But consider this...




Lion on Mac App Store, which is $29, is ONLY available for Snow Leopard users. 
So, $29 is kind of upgrade-from-Snow-Leopard price because Mac App Store only works on Snow Leopard. 
As you know Snow Leopard costs another $29. 

However, this USB stick works for non-Mac-App-Store users such as Leopard or even Tiger users, (if their machine supports Lion.)
 

Conclusion is, the USB stick kinda includes both Snow Leopard license and Lion license.
$29 + $29 + $11 = $69 

So, the price of USB stick, manufacture cost, shipment fee and etc. is $11, which is totally acceptable.








This is What The New Apple iPhone 5 Might Look Like.

Recently we saw a leak of the design specifications which claimed to be for an upcoming iPhone 5. Chinese case manufacturers seem to be sure of that design document as they've already started producing cases based on those specs.


Apple has introduced a swipe down from the top of the screen in iOS 5 that could benefit from some extra finger space near the top of the screen. It may be that the screen isn't quite as large as depicted by the cases or Apple is allowing for extra space for these swipes. The mockup here does show a 4 inch screen which preserves Apple's current screen ratio. Rumors have suggested that Apple may be enlarging the screen size in the upcoming iPhone 5 model. 


The back of the device seems to have tapered edges which makes it look much closer to the iPod touch. There also had been rumors that Apple would be abandoning the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and instead moving back to aluminum. 

The final dimensions of the new a new iPhone 5 are guessed to be: 4.33" x 2.36" and .27" thickness at the top and .21" at the bottom. Comparing the iPhone 4, its dimensions are: 4.5" x 2.31" x .37". So the new design might be actually shorter than the existing iPhone 4, but a bit wider and thinner. 

Assuming the leaked case designs are accurate, the iPhone 5 should be close in appearance to these renderings. The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September or October of this year.



Pics from Macrumors.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

Apple Today Released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple today released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, a utility that lets users create a Lion recovery partition on an external drive or USB key. Lion Recovery lets users "repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc." 


To create an external Lion Recovery, download the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant application. Insert an external drive, launch the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, select the drive where you would like to install, and follow the on screen instructions.

When the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant completes, the new partition will not be visible in the Finder or Disk Utility. To access Lion Recovery, reboot the computer while holding the Option key. Select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager.
Lion Recovery Disk Assistant can be downloaded from Apple's support website.

Apple's knowledge base article about the utility notes that the partition it creates has all the same capabilities as the Lion Recovery that is installed during a Lion installation. However, this partition could be used in the event a user can't start their computer from the Recovery partition or if the hard drive is replaced.
[Users can] reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari. This drive can be used in the event you cannot start your computer with the built-in Recovery HD, or you have replaced the hard drive with a new one that does not have Mac OS X installed.
The document has two final notes:
- If the computer shipped with Lion, the external recovery drive can only be used with the system that created it.

- If the system was upgraded from Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard to Lion, the external recovery drive can be used with other systems that were upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion.
Previously reported that in order to do a clean install of Lion, Snow Leopard would need to be installed first. With this recovery partition creator, there is now an official path to perform a clean install without Snow Leopard. Also, this would seem to make the unofficial Lion boot disk creator unnecessary.