Letter from Steve Jobs

The rumours as to why Steve is unable to do Macworld have appeared to be true, as the Apple CEO has posted a short statement on his health on their website. It reads as follows.

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.


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Prediction for Macworld

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As we know Steve (Jobs) is not going to be doing the keynote at the last Macworld to be participated by Apple Inc. This could be down to healthreasons or it could be a fantastical snub to a conference/expo that has treated them well, I would probably go with the former. So this year Phil Shiller will be taking the reins like he does more and more now so I would expect less fantastical products to be coming out of the computer company from California.

My predictions of products at Macwordwell the two most likely candidates would be the Cinema displays and the Mac Mini, both are in desperate need of a redesign. First the cinema displays, their design should have the same design cues as the Macbooks and the iMac with the black banding around the screen and no doubt some environmental credentialsto go along with their new LED backlightdisplay. The second one for re-design would be the Mac Mini which will probably become a uni-body product or a product like the Time Capsule, witha HDMI or HD output witha greater focus on plugging a TV into it. It will no doubt like all new machines come with a decent Intel processor and the new nvidia graphics chip. A preview of Snow Leopard may be shown or kept for a later date, but probably retained as it will most likely be released in the summer of this year.

As for other potential updates, one could be the iMac which should see some specification changes but I do not think there will be many design changes to it. There may be room for an iPod development although I think this would be reserved for the summer and October keynotes from Steve – such as the rumoured iPhone Nano or the larger iPod Touch.

There has been some rumours of a coloured iPhone with some pictures appearing of a pink iteration.

We will see when Macworld starts on the 6th January.

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Random Searching

I was confused when reading the stats of my site, not because I actually receive readers but by a certain search that someone had made to my site.

It read as follows:

“ross died 16th oct 2008″

Well this intrigued me, so I followed it onto Google as you do. Which confused me more because upon looking at the pages there seemed to be nobody who had died with my name. Maybe this situation is a bit like the Wall Street Journal posting an obituary for Steve Jobs several years to early.

I would like to confirm that my health, like Mr. Job’s is fine.

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New Mac Lineup

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Steve Jobs has just announced from One Infinite Loop a new range of Apple laptops for the coming holiday season. The event, entitled ‘spotlight turns to notebooks’ turned out to be just as everyone hoped.

The aspect that was most discussed was a new process of manufacture, borrowed from the Macbook Air. Instead of pressing several thin pieces together and put it into a laptop, which can add bulk and not give much rigidity. Has been replaced by milling the laptop out of a solid billet, this should prove to be stronger than before and also reduce the weight of the product. This was process was demonstrated by passing round plates of the laptop for the media to see.

Another interesting technology which appeared was the use of a trackpad made out of glass (they are really throwing the eco ball out to Greenpeace;) which unlike before where you used buttons to navigate, they are seamlessly removed allowing for a free flowing gesture based system of controlling your laptop.

Apple has made the bold decision to change to NVidia graphics chipsets of Intels, this should boost the graphical capabilities of the products and silence one of the biggest gripes of the design sector.

The first product announced by the Apple CEO was a refreshed Macbook Pro line, the yearning for this product to have an update has finally come to a head after 3 years. A new case with the new method of construction, a new track pad and an overall nicer package than before. The price has been slightly reduced to and yes there is Wireless N which people have always been wondering about.

Then there was a multitude of new products from a new 24″ monitor with LCD backlight display, some improvements to the Air and a smaller Macbook based on the pro which should suit users who need a powerful laptop in a smaller package. The same white Macbook remains as it seems to be a cash cow for Apple and changing may destroy that lucrative monetary incentive.

After which there was a Q&A session with a familiar face Phil Schiller and Tim Cook, this seems to be a bit un-usual for Apple and I am sure when they load the video up tomorrow you will be able to see it in full. That seems to be the lineup for the holiday season and 2009, they should all be available from the Apple store very shortly.

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iPhone 2 the 3G Effect


Apple has announced the all new, iPhone 2. It was announced by the CEO, Steven Jobs, at the ‘World Wide Developers Conference’ today, which was held in San Francisco.

People believe that the new release of the iPhone ‘2’, is an attempt to increase Apple’s share in the smartphone market. The smartphone market is currently dominated by Blackberry and Nokia.

The new generation of iPhones are what Steven Jobs calls “More Affordable”. Prices start from $199 (£100) approx. The new iPhone also comes with the new 3G wireless connection technology. This will enable users to get a more faster download speed along with WiFi like before. As well as this the device has been given GPS a wanted gift allowing for better maping technology to work. As a bonus the battery life has increased too, the days of Blackberry domination may be just about over.

The new iPhones will be available in the UK on the 11th of July 2008. You can buy the standard version for $199 or the 16GB of storage version for only $299. Ofcourse you will most likely be tied down to a heartless contract – but hey, it is probably worth it.

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