“A cautionary note for Apple’s Undecided: If you want an iPhone 5, it might pay to sell your iPhone 4S now — especially if you can survive a couple of weeks without either one,” Quentin Fottrell reports for SmartMoney.
“The hotly anticipated iPhone 5 is widely expected to hit stores around Sept. 12, and analysts foresee some major structural changes,” Fottrell reports. “As the release day gets closer, the market is likely to be flooded with old iPhones; 84% of people who previously traded in old iPhones are already preparing to do so again, according to a survey of 1,400 Gazelle customers. But in the past, those floods have turned into gluts, typically causing prices to drop by 20% to 25%, says Jeff Trachsel, chief marketing officer of resale site NextWorth.com.”
Fottrell reports, “Current prices probably represent a peak. And those who bought their iPhones for $199 as part of a two-year wireless contract might actually stand to make a profit.”
OS X Pad HD, “from Fnet Designs, transforms your iPad into a Mac tablet with a fully functional Finder bar, and lets you add apps to the dock and change its style to match any of the 70 available wallpapers (or your own), create sidebar folders for Finder windows, and access settings and customization options through the System Preferences Menu,” Wayne Williams reports for Betanews. “All software updates are applied directly through the theme.”
“Installing it isn’t tricky, but does take a little effort. Your iPad will need to be jailbroken (because Apple obviously wouldn’t allow this),” Williams reports.
“Earlier this week, Apple’s ad agency confirmed that the company had yanked its widely panned ‘Genius Bar’ ads, which debuted during the Olympics,” Jordan Weissmann writes for The Atlantic. “According to TBWA/Media/Arts Lab’s official line, the decision to kill the campaign, which featured an Apple Store genius helping out a series of hapless middle-aged men, had nothing to do with the wretched reaction of bloggers and fans. Rather, the commercials were scheduled for a limited run all along.”
“Since the campaign began airing, many have wondered why Apple seemed to be producing commercials targeted exclusively at older males, who traditionally fell outside the company’s core customer base. The market researchers at YouGov are now offering up an answer: the company may be trying to connect with aging fans,” Weissmann writes. “According to YouGov, their data is evidence that ‘adults 35+ have been bigger supporters of the Apple brand than the 18 – 34 demographic.’ So those Olympic ads, no matter how awful their execution, at least may have been targeted at their new best customers.”
Weissmann writes, “I’m not sure that’s absolutely right. What YouGov seems to be measuring, more than consumer sentiment, is the state of Apple’s PR efforts. But whichever way you choose to interpret their numbers, they should should still be troubling for Tim Cook & Co.”
“Apple on Tuesday received a patent for touch screen LCD technology which integrates touch-sensing elements with display circuitry to create a thinner, lighter panel that will possibly make its way to the company’s popular smartphone,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,243,027 for a ‘Touch screen liquid crystal display’ describes a variety of methods in which a touchscreen’s touch-sensing elements are integrated within the LCD, unlike current technology which places the touch layer over a device’s screen,” Campbell reports. “The patent filing cross-references a number of properties regarding multi-touch and LCD technologies.”
Campbell reports, “LCD touchscreen technology used in the current iPhone 4S, for example, is ‘glass-on-glass’ or ‘on cell,’ meaning the touch sensitive capacitive element is sandwiched between a display unit’s top glass and a protective Gorilla Glass layer… In-cell technology removes the top substrate, or glass layer, by combining the liquid crystal and touch sensing elements into a single structure.”
“Not even the home of Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs has escaped a Bay Area-wide upswing in residential burglaries,” Jason Green reports for The Mercury News. “The deceased Apple co-founder’s home on Waverley Street in Palo Alto was burglarized July 17, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery, a member of the high-technology crimes unit. More than $60,000 worth of ‘computers and personal items’ were allegedly stolen, but Flattery declined to say whether they belonged to Jobs, who died last year at the age of 56, or another family member.”
Green reports, “On Aug. 2, authorities arrested Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda in connection with the crime, Flattery said. He was arraigned five days later on one count of residential burglary and selling stolen property. McFarlin, who remains in county jail on $500,000 bail, could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months, including a one-year enhancement for ‘excessive taking of property,’ Flattery said. He is slated to return to court Aug. 20 to enter a plea.”
“The residence was surrounded by a temporary construction barrier in July. Exterior stucco and trim are being replaced at the home, according to building permits filed with the city,” Green reports. “The work, which also includes two new electrical panels, is expected to cost more than $31,000.”
Tomorrow, Adobe will disable new installs of Flash on Android, effectively cutting it off from the future of the mobile web — despite the company’s historical assertion that Flash would enable the ‘full web experience’ on mobile devices,” T.C. Sottek reports for The verge. “Instead, Adobe surrendered the major mobile battlegrounds and pledged allegiance to HTML5.”
“Adobe had grand plans for mobile Flash, but the company met a sizable early wall when Apple refused to adopt it,” Sottek reports. “Despite the company’s push to get Flash on all platforms with its Open Screen Project, it never solved iOS support under Steve Jobs, who famously fought against Flash in favor of HTML5.”
Sottek reports, “It’s hard to imagine Flash’s ongoing relevance in a world that’s increasingly mobile, and Adobe’s support for HTML5 doesn’t bode well for the plugin: in a web with increasingly less Flash, HTML5 will soon provide the ‘full web experience’ for most users.”
“Now that Apple has successfully landed on Mars, I think it’s time the company moved forward its plans to build a resort on the moon,” Mark Webster reports for The New Zealand Herald.
“OK, as you may realise, Apple didn’t strictly land on Mars – not at all. No, that’s a ridiculous statement,” Webster reports. “The truth is, NASA landed a Mac on Mars by using MacBook Pros.”
Webster reports, “So the credit actually goes to the official US space program – it just happens to have excellent taste in computers. Obviously, despite its considerable expertise and knowledge, NASA hasn’t realised that Macs are ‘just fashion accessories,’ as some commenters on Mac Planet repeatedly assert… As an insightful redditor noted, ‘Curiosity is essentially a 2-CPU Power Macintosh G3 with some nifty peripherals and one hell of a UPS.’ It’s also running an OS akin to that on the iPod (not iPhone).”
“Flush with billions in cash it simply can’t spend fast enough, Apple has begun the process of issuing its first quarterly dividend to shareholders in 17 years,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
“Apple announced its plans for a new dividend program in March, alongside a $10 billion share buyback program. Each quarter, the company stated it will pay its shareholders a $2.65 per share dividend,” Dilger reports. “Shareholders of record as of Monday August 13 will be paid dividends on Thursday, the company has announced.”
Dilger reports, “Over the next three years, Apple has stated that its buyback and dividend plans will distribute $45 billion from its cash pile. Across the company’s 935 million outstanding shares, the quarterly dividend will amount to nearly $2.5 billion in payments to investors each quarter. “
Researchers in Singapore have managed to create high-resolution color images several times sharper than typical methods using a metal-laced nanometer framework. While normal inkjet and laser jet printers can reel out up to 10,000 dots per inch, this nanotech-based technique has a theoretical limit of around 100,000 dpi. The technique is closer to lithography than typical modern printing, and could pave the way for future high-resolution reflective color displays and high-density optical storage. Scientists crafted precisely patterned metal nano structures, and designed the surface to specifically reflect the intended color. According to project leader, Dr Joel Yang, “The team built a database of color that corresponded to a specific nanostructure pattern, size and spacing,” with an ultra-thin metal film spread across the image activating these “encoded” colors. Looks like yet another reason to upgrade our dull fleshy retinas.
“Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote, ‘perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.’ To make sure perfection doesn’t slip through its fingers, Apple always errs on the side of taking away a bit more than some people think is necessary,” Iljitsch van Beijnum writes for Ars Technica.
“Although Mountain Lion doesn’t ruthlessly excise big-ticket items the way Lion did — such as compatibility with PowerPC binaries — there are still many smaller features that have gone away,” van Beijnum writes. “After living with Mountain Lion for a few weeks, we’re really starting to miss some of these.”
Here are 10 of the ones we miss the most:
10. Non-smooth scrolling
9. Automatic document locking
7. (The GUI to) Web sharing
6. The Safari search box
5. Displays in the menu bar
4. Using a laptop with the lid open, but with just an external display active
3. Battery time
2. Safari’s Activity Viewer
1. RSS in Safari (and Mail)