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Major glitch popping up in TouchPods September 16, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Hardware, iPhone, iPods, Issues, Rants, Steve Jobs.
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(That’s my pet name for the ungainly and awkward “iPod Touch”, by the way; some folk call it the iTouch, but I think not. Besides, TouchPod has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree?)

Something called the “negative black effect” (speak about inappropriate names) is appearing in an increasing number of TouchPods.

Reports have surfaced earlier this weekend as the TouchPods began selling at Apple Stores that the new screens seem to be inferior to the iPhone’s, contrary to the Jobster‘s (stupid name; but Stevester seems worse) statement that screens are the same. Blacks aren’t as black, and colors seem washed out, as in this side-by-side pic from Gizmodo (iPhone on the bottom):

More units seem to have it worse: some TouchPods’ black portions look like the shimmery, odd blacks you get from film negatives (hence the “negative black effect” name), and they seem to be a spotty and erratic phenomenon. Look at this comparison from Apple-Touch.com (iPhone on top):

Apple seems to be taking in defective units and replacing them without question (which is a tacit admission that a problem exists), but sometimes the replacements themselves have similar problems. No official statement yet.

Caveat emptor. Certainly a strong argument against early adoption, and for waiting for the first revision. Or just waiting for the 16gb, 3G, open-line iPhone that everyone seems to be expecting. Hmm.

Check out a sampling of reports from Apple-Touch, Tech.Blorge, Gizmodo and Engadget.

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Your money back September 7, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Business, iPhone, Steve Jobs.
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If the Doodler had bought an iPhone, he would’ve been mightily bummed the other day when Apple dropped the prices by US$200 at the Apple iPod event. I have a gaggle of friends here who, encouraged by the recent emergence of easy unlocking techniques in our neighborhood, all bought iPhones in the past couple of weeks. I understand they have all taken to wearing baseball caps to hide all the hair they have torn out after Jobs’s announcement.

Well, they’d just be half-bummed now.

Due to the firestorm of complaints from recent customers, Jobs has relented. Steve today released an open letter on the Apple site that says, in part

… we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple’s website next week. Stay tuned.

Ok, that’s better’n nothin’.

Full text of the letter here.

Touch my Bluetooth September 6, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Store, Hardware, iPods, Steve Jobs.
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Some eagle-eyed German Apple fans have divined a little detail on their webpage for the iPod Touch that Steve Jobs seems to have forgotten to mention – Bluetooth on the new player. This opens up a whole new Pringles can of worms (albeit good worms, to be sure). See the upper right hand corner of the pic above, that tiny little symbol beside the battery icon? Well, I’ll be damned.

One wonders why the Jobster forgot to announce it. Or maybe it was a feature they removed before the announcement, but someone forgot to tell the graphic artist setting up the website. Whatever. But like I keep saying, it’s all good.

See the pic in context on the German Apple site here. Then if you got time to kill, go through the other pics with a magnifying glass to see if there’s anything else we missed and tell us about it.

Beautiful site II September 6, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in New Stuff, Pics, Steve Jobs.
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The other thing we can’t get enough of:

i…Car? August 31, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Hardware, New Stuff, Steve Jobs.
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Talk about moving up. The net is rife with talk about Apple and Volkswagen conspiring to make an automobile, tentatively named the iCar.

Um.

The whole ball started rolling with a report from the German magazine Capital, which claims that Steve Jobs met with a Volkswagen representative in California several days ago for preliminary talks to majorly incorporate Apple products in Volks compacts. (Read the Google-translated page from Capital here.) Already, Apple has partnered with car manufacturers like Audi and BMW to incorporate iPods and iPhones into their cars.

I’m not holding my breath.

The fat lady sings August 25, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Hacks, iPhone, Steve Jobs.
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It’s all over.

The boys at iPhoneSIMfree have won the Great Race. The definitive software unlock of the iPhone has finally been achieved. (Get a whiff of their smugness here.)

Meantime Engadget‘s got all the gory details, steps, videos and links over here.

We can expect a tsunami of new iPhone sales activity. With this development, there is now no reason for Apple to not release an official open-line iPhone, which they will likely start with for the Europe round of releases. (Which was the plan all along, I think.)

Meanwhile, the SOLness of AT&T is now total and complete, and his Steveness sits in the darkness of his office, face lit up by the glow of his prototype tablet Mac, quietly cackling to himself.

(Cross-posted from Mobile Philippines)

What the future holds August 21, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Funnies, Steve Jobs.
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Steve serves Michael a really cold one July 29, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Milestones, Statistics, Steve Jobs.
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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

– Klingon proverb

In 1997 at the Gartner Symposium and IT Expo in Orlando, Michael Dell, founder and CEO of the company that bears his name, was asked what he’d do if he was in charge of Apple Computer. Dell said sarcastically, “What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

After a month, Steve Jobs fired back: “We’re coming after you, you’re in our sights.”

It took Steve almost a decade, but early last year, Apple’s market value passed Dell’s, from Apple’s $72,132,428,843 vs. Dell’s $71,970,702,760 at market close of January 13, 2006.

As of market close yesterday, Apple Inc.’s value is officially double that of Dell Inc.: US$127.8 billion to US$63.65 billion.

Cold enough for you, Mike?

Oh yeah?? So’s yo’ Momma!! July 23, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in News, People, Steve Jobs.
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Sony CEO and Chairman Howard Stringer called Apple CEO Steve Jobs “greedy” at an Allen & Co. media mogul event in Sun Valley, Idaho. At the event were Amazon‘s Jeff Bezos, Google‘s Sergei Brin and InterActiveCorp/Expedia‘s Barry Diller.

Attendees at the event said Stringer commented on stage that it’s funny that Jobs accuses record companies (like Stringer’s Sony-BMG) of greed because they want to get paid for music downloads. Stringer said Jobs is the “greedy” one because he wants a world where only Jobs makes money.

Oooh.

CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, who was moderating, quickly changed subjects, but Diller said “Anderson, you’re missing something here, Howard Stringer just called Steve Jobs greedy.” Anderson called out Stringer on his comment, but the Sony chief chickened out and backed off.

Sheesh.

These rich folk have nothing better to do than call each other names.

More from Macworld UK.

Why it’s good to work for Steve June 29, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., iPhone, Steve Jobs.
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Think Secret reports that all regular Apple employees and part-timers who’ve been with Apple for at least one year will receive a free 8gb iPhone next month.

Apple’s 17, 878 employees will get their free phones at the end of July after the first release wave is over and most of the Mac faithful have gotten theirs already. Previously, Apple had given everyone there a free 1GB iPod shuffle. With the expected windfall from iPhone sales, I think things’ll only get better for the working folk up in Cupertino.

I’m in the wrong profession.