Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Minding the Gap in the Mac Desktop Range

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Apple’s new Mac Pro’s are fantastic machines. True powerhouse workstations with enough grunt and expandability to satisfy professionals in everything from scientific research to 3D design and every imaginable creative profession along the way.
Faster than the stunning Quad G5, with enough room for 16GB RAM, 2TB hard drive storage and two DVD burners, there’s little […]

Why Nike+ iPod Equals Insanely Great

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

The deal Apple did with Nike to create the Nike+ iPod accessory could just be about the most important it has ever done, surpassing those with record companies for iTunes downloads and even those future deals with movie studios.
Here’s why: there seems little doubt that, despite its ’speculation and rumor’ comment, that Microsoft is working […]

Intel Pro Desktops on August 7?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

I’m not one to put my neck on the line unless it’s absolutey necessary, but I’m becoming more convinced with each passing day that August 7 is the day that Apple will announce Intel Pro desktop machines and finally put the ageing Power Mac G5 out of its misery.
At 10am PST that day, Steve Jobs […]

Apple Fights Back over iPod Factory Claims

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

You may have read about a report in the UK’s Mail on Sunday ‘newspaper’ at the weekend, entitled ‘iPod City’. The article described working conditions in a factory in China in which they make, among other things, iPods.
It detailed the conditions under which workers lived and performed their duties, and how much they are […]

Apple Store iTunes Protests are Plain Crazy

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Last week, I posted that I thought it was time for Apple, for its own sake if nothing else, modified the FairPlay DRM on tracks downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. It generated quite a debate, and most of you disagreed with me. Having read this report about protests at Apple Stores over the weekend, […]

‘Beleagured’ Apple should nix iTunes Fairplay

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

MacBook heat problems, Norwegian law courts, patent tussles with Creative, and lost court cases against bloggers,— too many more new stories like that and the dreaded ‘b’ word will start to appear in news headlines about Apple (I used it here as a joke, by the way).
In terms of news value, the MacBook teething troubles […]

Al Gore uses Keynote NOT Powerpoint!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Apple has posted a case study on its site about how Al Gore used Keynote to run the presentation with which which he has spent the last few years travelling the world and scaring the bejeesus out of anyone willing to listen to him.
The case study tells how Gore started out out with a carousel […]

Dvorak Calls Steve Jobs ‘Sugared Water Salesman’

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

You can pretty much guarantee that whenever John C. Dvorak sets his keyboard to opine on Apple and its products that the result will be entertaining. Utter nonsense. But entertaining nevertheless. That would be fine in a tabloid newspaper, or the The Onion, or even The Register, but on a serious platform like MarketWatch, there’s […]

Woz reveals ‘Greatest Product of our Time’

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Steve Wozniak was interviewed by Business Week today and among the pearls of wisdom he imparted were that the Apple II is the ‘greatest product of our time’ and that the reason the iPod is so successful is that it’s a satellite to a computer. Hmmm. Most people see the fact that they have to […]

Steve Jobs Gives the Game Away on Mac Future?

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Ars Technica has picked up on an interview Steve Jobs gave to a CNBC reporter following the opening of Apple’s Fifth Avenue store on Friday. Most of the interview was pretty mundane stuff, but when the reporter asked why Apple moved to Intel chips rather than AMD, Jobs’ answer may have given away a little […]