Remains of the Day: Robo Jobs vs. the Androids
Here at Macworld, we strive to paint you a comprehensive picture of the latest news in the realm of Apple, but sometimes stories slip through the cracks. Fortunately, those stories get lodged in our patent-pending remainderizer—think of it like the crumb tray of a toaster, except for stories. Crunchy, delicious stories.
Without further ado, the remainders for Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
Steve Jobs is now ‘fully operational’ (BusinessWeek)
A year after his liver transplant surgery, the Apple CEO is back in the thick of it. But ‘fully operational’? And former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki says, “People like Steve Jobs have a different operating system from you and me.” Both interesting choices of words that do not in the least bit suggest to us that Jobs has been replaced by a robot duplicate.
Apple refutes Android marketshare figures (Wall Street Journal)
“This is a very limited report on 150,000 U.S. consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers world-wide,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison of the NPD report. “We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131%, and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon,” she added.
Apple also added that the sudden antipathy to Android was in no way related to a certain CEO-replacing robot technology that the company had, er, not developed.
Jakob Nielsen, patron saint of Web interface designers the world over, conducted a study of seven iPad users and concluded that the iPad can be tricky to use, thanks to inconsistent application interfaces. You know, we could probably just solve this problem by adding a keyboard, a mouse—and ooh, how about a trackball?
British artist now drawing on iPad (London Evening Standard)
Experimental artist David Hockney has taken to sketching on his iPad and sending out his works as e-mails. We’d like to see him take it to the next step and paint on the iPads, then send those out to people. We don’t know art, but we know what we like (namely, free iPads).
The case of the stolen prototype iPhone continues, as a coalition of media organizations—including Bloomberg, the Associated Press, and CNet—petitions to have the search warrant for Gizmodo editor Jason Chen unsealed. A hearing has been set for Friday; we like to imagine the courtroom scene in the eventual TV movie adaptation of the case will feature a stirring speech by the plaintiffs on the First Amendment.
Apple’s recent MacBook Pros automatically switch between integrated and discrete graphics chipsets as needed. But since they default to better peformance, some users are finding that the more powerful discrete graphices are active even when they don’t need to be, cutting into battery life. Geez, guys, just carry a second battery to swap in like everybod—oh.