Although Apple's new iPad ad didn't show off any new features, several eagle-eyed viewers have managed to spot some interesting items. According to 9 to 5 Mac, iBookstore pricing seems to have fallen below Kindle's pricing. A listed Ted Kennedy memoir, "True Compass", retailed for $14.95 for the iPad version (the hardcover goes for $23 while the black and white Kindle version sells for $19.25.
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:
Apple may be helping with the next step of integrating mobile ads into App Store software for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the same way that they might include any other graphical or interface lements into their apps.
According to AppleInsider, a recently posted job listing on the Apple web site is seeking a "Senior Interactive Web Developer" for a position located in Boston. The position describes the ideal candidate as developing a front-end Web user interface for "Development of compelling, interactive digital advertising experiences." The Senior Interactive Developer will "be involved in client discussions, proof-of-concept coding, working with and adding to the existing framework, production deliverables and more."
If Apple needed a reason to pursue HTC on legal grounds, it could be as simple as market share. Per Computerworld, a study by Quantcast, a web analytics firm, has shown the Android as showing spectacular growth in the past few quarters.
While iPhone is clearly the market leader in Web consumption with over four times the share as Android, its nearest competitor, recent trends show that they aren't standing on firm ground.
In the last month the iPhone has lost 3.2% of its marketshare compared with RIM and Android both gaining considerably. The trend seems to be ongoing as Google's phone market has grown 44% over the past quarter and almost doubled over the past year while the iPhone has lost around 5% and 10% of the overall market over those same periods.
Following up on Apple's lawsuit against device maker HTC regarding a matter of 20 patents, Google offered the following statement:
"We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it," said a Google spokesperson in an article over on TechCrunch.
Although it seems a little weird that Google would offer this comment, there is the fact that HTC's devices, including the Nexus One, the Magic/myTouch 3G, the Dream/G1, the Hero and the Droid Eris currently run on Google's Android operating system. Per the popular Nexus One, Google worked closely with HTC to make the device, and is completely in control of selling it.
Although a fair amount of attention has been paid to Apple's negotiations with book publishers to bring content to the iBookstore once the iPad launches, little has been mentioned as to how to extend the iBookstore into the international market.
According to MacRumors, a new listing over at Apple's job site has confirmed that Apple is looking to hire a manager for its "Asia Pacific & Canada" iBooks division. While the exact geographic coverage for the position is not given, it appears at this time to be primarily focused on Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with other countries also in the mix.
When Apple banned sexual content from the App Store, there were a lot of mixed opinoins from people. A lot of apps were banned in the process, and it left a lot of people wondering what Apple's motives were for doing so. Four days after the chance in policy, Apple's Phil Schiller is explaining their decision to make the change.
An unnamed source is claiming that Apple is considering implementing the new Super AMOLED introduced by Samsung at the Mobile World Conference this week. The new components are less expensive and more power efficient. If Apple decides that they're cost-effective and efficient enough compared to the LCD units from LG that they have been using, then it may stand a chance of being used in a future iPhone.
Nearly 3 years after the initial launch of the device, Apple has just been awarded a trademark they filed for back in December of 2007 for the name "iPhone" with the bitten-apple logo under the categories 9 (mobile phone and digital audio player), 38 (electronic data-transmitting device), and now, 28, or a 'handheld unit for playing electronic games.' While it doesn't mean that much in terms of the future, it does mean that the name iPhone truly and completely belongs to Apple in all the categories it operates in.
[via Patently Apple]
Apple may be taking their fight against jailbreaking to a new level, banning the AppleID of hackers who have played key roles in the efforts of the jailbreaking community. Sherif Hashim and iH8sn0w, who individuals who recently found exploits for jailbreaking, are both saying that they can no longer access the App Store, and trying prompts a message saying their Apple ID has been "disabled for security reasons."