Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Rest in peace, Steve.

Today, the world says goodbye to one of the true visionaries of the information age.

Rest in peace, Steve.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs steps down as CEO of Apple

Today marks the end of an era, with Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple's CEO. He will stay on as Chairman of the Board, with Tim Cook taking over as CEO.

Best of luck, Steve. Stay well.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Prototype MacBook Pro with 3G

Apparently Apple has been experimenting with 3G MacBook Pro designs in the recent past. AlricLantra from the AnandTech Forums has recently gotten his hands on a MacBook Pro prototype with a 3G SIM card slot (although the slot is non-functional). Ultimately the decision was made not to include 3G at that time, but the engineer was allowed to keep the unit for personal use.

I personally would have little use for 3G support, since I have an iPhone 4 and can tether my MacBook Pro to it. I'm on Fido in Canada with a 1 GB data plan, and tethering support is included in this plan. However, 3G (or 4G) data support would be an interesting option for some MacBook Pro or MacBook Air users, similar to the 3G option for the iPad.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Apple Java is dead

Apple has deprecated its version of Java.

What this means is that Apple's Java will not be bundled with OS X 10.7 Lion. Interesting. I'm not sure why they did this, but perhaps it was too much of a headache, or maybe (like with Flash) they just wanted that third part technology out of Macs. I wonder if Sun/Oracle will pick up the slack to have a good version out by summer 2011, when Lion is released.

Could Blu-ray implementation in Lion have anything to do with this? Maybe not, but one can hope...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Apple has first $20 billion quarter.

Apple has achieved a remarkable milestone, with its first ever $20 billion quarter. Along with that was a record profit of $4.31 billion, beating IBM's $3.59 billion. Little brother IBM?

In true market form though, AAPL dropped over 6% to below $300 in after hours trading, on lower guidance and news that the iPad has sold lower numbers than expected by the street.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Will there be an 11" MacBook Air?

There are lots of rumours swirling that Apple will release an 11.6" MacBook Air on October 20. Personally, I'd like to see this happen (and I've been wanting one for a long time), since in my view the expensive 13" Air never made a whole lot of sense. It has the same footprint as the 13" MacBook Pro, has no optical drive, is slower, has fewer ports, yet costs a lot more. In other words, Apple provided a severely dumbed down 13" MacBook Pro for a heluvalot more money.

My favourite Mac laptop form factor of all time is the 12" iBook/PowerBook. Sure it was a bit bulky and it wasn't super light, but it had a much smaller footprint than my current 13" MacBook Pro. Remove the optical drive, swap in a widescreen 11.x" 1366x768 monitor, make it thinner, and you've got a winner… but only if the price is right.

With the PowerBook line, smaller and less feature rich meant cheaper. With the Air, Apple reversed direction and declared thinner (but with the same footprint) and less feature rich means more expensive. In fact, lots more expensive.

One theory is that any new 11.6" MacBook Air would only have an SSD, with no option for a conventional hard drive. If this decision is made, then the machine could be one of the smallest ever made… but could also be horrendously expensive for that category.

What I want is an inexpensive machine that's lighter and easier to use on the plane than a 13" laptop. SSD is nice, but for most people (including myself) not really worth the price premium at this time. If Apple gives us another overpriced Air, just in a smaller form factor, I may just end up getting a Windows 7 11.6" machine instead. However, that's assuming that AMD can come through with its low power but reasonably performing and inexpensive Ontario APU, or else Intel can price one of their low power but high performing chips competitively.

By the way, I have been playing with an older Windows 7 dual-core Atom machine, with NVIDIA ION GPU. I'm pleasantly surprised. It's reasonably responsive, and even plays Blu-ray smoothly. I'm enjoying the machine more than I thought I would, and that's why I'm considering a 11"-12" Windows 7 laptop for 2011… unless Apple can provide us with a smaller but decently priced MacBook Air.