iPod intergration

Due to the new iPod 3.1.1 update I can now bring you unparalleled updates to my blog. I have wordpress beta on my iPod and there is a version of my blog tailored to he needs of mobile users. More on this and feedback from apples 09/09/09 keynote later on.

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Some Sad News About Steve

Steve Jobs health appears to be worse that what everyone thought he will be taking a 5 month medical leave of absence from Apple, leaving COO Tim Cook in charge. Steve will obviously not be completely redundant of the business in his time off, but I just hope that he makes a full recovery.

The letter he emailed out to all Apple staff today was as follows:

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

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Raft of New Products (Macworld 2009)

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Macworld this year was a good one, Steve Jobs may of been absent but Phil Shiller took to the stage with a great opening line.

“Good morning. I’m so excited to deliver the Macworld 09 keynote. I’m so glad you all showed up.”

iLife 09

They were talking all about Mac this Macword, their first new product to offer for iLife 09 which was to be expected. It has some new ‘events’ one such as faces which uses face detection to discover people in different photos which is kind of cool. As well as this a feature that allows you to tag by places, called ‘Places’ will be added to iPhoto – this uses geotagging in the latest raft of digital equipment of mobile phones to record the long/lat of where somewhere is. If you don’t have GPS, iPhoto has a selection of thousands of places to tag against – it has a built in map system like Google Maps. iPhoto now connects directly to both Facebook and Flickr which is a brilliant idea and it updates when people update the tags on these websites.

When you run a slideshow, it uses the face detection technology to cut out people an place them into different events. Such as Phil making pictures flap in and out of an iPod advert.

iMovie 09 sets to right the wrongs of the last version, Apple actually admitting they did something wrong for one reminds me of the grovel they did when AppleTV was un-successful.

Phil showed off some of the new features of iMovie09, such as dynamic themes and animated travel maps but also a nifty image stabilisation system with no loss of quality. An engineer Randy Ubillos showed off some of the advanced features such as a great drag and drop tool which immediately splices the video to fit it in, the same with sound on the video. The technology used for this is complex but it is what everyone wants, simple drag and drop slicing and choosing the best clip.

Sting

One feature of Garageband 09 was shown called ‘Learn to Play’ it allows you to learn how to play an instrument of choice – such as a guitar, keyboard etc etc. They use videos some are even done by people from the real music industry such as Sting for example which is a neat idea – however these have to be purchased from their online store which means it is probably likely to fail or sell slowly.

It will be shipping soon for the usual price, with all new macs blah blah.

iWork 09 (joy)

iWork

This is just going to be a summary because it is like explaining Office, it works well and you have to buy it because all of your friends will use Keynotes. Some good stuff such as the Keynote remote, which uses the iPhone/touch to control the pages as they go through.

iWork.com

Like Google Docs only by Apple, it is only in Beta mode for feedback reasons but it pretty much is the same thing. Apple do seem to be trying to eat into their business partners share of the online space that is only a bad thing with Google.

17″ Macbook Pro

Great news a new laptop is out the 17″, massive screen with Matte display now. Unibody like the rest of them, this i’m sure will be a hit with the designers out there who can afford one of these beasts. Has up to 8gb of ram onboard with the latest graphics systems – it’s looking good.

It has apparently the longest battery life ever, with over 8 hours usage this is pretty good considering the size of the screen and what it will be used for. It ofcourse like the rumours said it would be non-removable, it is pretty impressive tech and I am sure the video they showed will be appearing alongside the new product online. Along with their eco message saying that it will not hurt the earth in one little bit, because the battery lasts longer blah blah. I am sure the battery company working for apple is very pleased with this new component for the laptop it is pretty revolutionary.

iTunes

iTunes is going DRM free atlast :)

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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.

Steve

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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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