Just this past Thursday, we posted about a possible “iPhone mini” that could launch this year after a report by Bloomberg. This supposed rumor has in fact been confirmed by The Wall Street Journal. From WSJ’s article on the matter: “One of the people, who saw a prototype of the
Steve Jobs was at D8 last night here in LA, and gave some interesting answers to some very good questions. Unfortunately, some of the answers were intentionally vague, so our WWDC Rumor Scorecard is still as much a guessing game as it was yesterday. Some of his answers are so well stated, it's hard not to like the guy. And others made you realize he is actually human after all.
With less than a week to go before Steve Jobs speaks at WWDC, the rumors have been rumored, speculations have been speculated, and secret videos have all been posted on YouTube. So today I present you with a scorecard of all the rumors to date, and my humble predictions so you can see how much smarter you are than me.
Update: Out of 24 rumors, I was wrong on three: The new name, a 64GB model, and I missed the availability by three days. (Available on a Thursday, really?!)
Below is my commentary, but a printable scorecard is available here.
Steve Jobs doesn't make it a frequent habit to post his feelings on the Apple website. So when he does, it's a big deal. One of the most notable open letters published may have single handedly put an end to DRM. That particular rant was not against any single company, but an idea. Today, however, Jobs has posted a strong letter that is directed at Adobe, specifically Flash.
Apple has just posted a streaming QuickTime video of the iPhone OS 4.0 event which took place earlier today. The keynote covers seven major features now included in 4.0, including multitasking, Home screen folders, a much improved Mail application, and much more! Check it out now.
You've got to hand it to Steve Jobs: he cuts to the point, even if the truth hurts a bit. Over the weekend, Apple CEO Steve Jobs tersely confirmed that Apple's upcoming iPad will not be able to connect to the Internet via tethering on the iPhone. The confirmation came through email after Swedish DJ Jezper Söderlund asked if it would be possible.
Per 9 to 5 Mac, the transcript of the e-mail and its reply follows below:
As they did with the first iPhone ad, Apple yesterday aired the first iPad ad during the Academy Awards. No new information was revealed about the device, although the ad shows off many of the included applications and serves as a public announcement of the April 3rd launch date. The ad can be viewed on Apple's site or below via YouTube.
On a related note, Steve Jobs was spotted at the event according to CNET. He didn't take any interviews and was likely in attendance to support Pixar and Disney, of which he is the largest single shareholder.
Steve Jobs is known to be calm and reserved when the media is around, but employees get to see his more outspoken side. According to a few anonymous Apple employees, they all got to see that side of him at a company town hall meeting a few days after the keynote. The events give employees to ask questions about the direction of the company. This time, it resulted in him bashing Google's motto and calling Adobe lazy.
The first generation iPhone is considered one of the most hyped devices in modern history, but word has it that Steve Jobs is even more excited about the tablet we're expecting to see on Wednesday. An Apple executive claims to have overheard Steve Jobs, the company's CEO, saying about the tablet, that "This will be the most important thing I've ever done."
Remember Alisa, the person Apple was refusing to help after her stolen iPhone was sent in for replacement? We were pretty upset to hear that Apple was refusing to return her iPhone to her, the rightful owner, simply because she decided not to file an official police report. Fortunately, it turns out that sad story has a happy ending, as Apple has agreed to return the device when she emailed Steve Jobs about the situation.