Remains of the Day: Subscription dance

Look, there, up in the air: it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…well, it’s me on a plane. Yes, this installment comes to you from high above the state of Michigan—such is the state of technology today. But think how much more amazing it will be when MacBooks have 3G, iOS apps have subscriptions, and AT&T admits that the Verizon iPhone is A Good Thing. Actually, if the remainders for Tuesday, February 15, 2011 are any indication, you might not have to wait very long at all.

Apple customer survey sparks hope for brawnier MacBook Airs with built-in 3G (AppleInsider)

As they say in Latin: in surveyo, veritas. Well, perhaps “truth” is a bit strong. A recent purported Apple customer survey—which it occasionally runs on its site—asks a number of questions related to MacBooks and 3G data connections. A portent of things to come? We refer you to Apple’s previous survey, which posed customers the important question: “What would you do for a Klondike bar?”

June 30 Deadline for Apple Subscriptions (All Things D)

You’ve no doubt already heard about Apple’s new subscription plan, but the company was close-mouthed about exactly when all this subscription magic will be taking place. However, according to a purported leaked memo, Apple wants publishers onboard by June 30, 2011. What happens after that? All I can tell you is that it brings new meaning to “publish or perish.”

iBooks 1.2.1 Detects Some Jailbreaks, Disables iBookstore Purchases in Response (Mac Rumors)

Apparently, jailbreaking your iPhone will lose you access to all the e-books you’ve purchased from the iBookstore. Holy cow! How will they ever find a way aroun—never mind.

AT&T CEO Says Industry Gains From Loss of IPhone Hold (BusinessWeek)

Brace yourself: AT&T CEO “Macho Man” Randall Stephenson said in an interview that the Verizon iPhone will help the industry. Whaaaaaaaaaa? According to Stephenson, that’s because the launch is free promotion for the iPhone. Sooooo, you mean good for AT&T, right? That sounds more like the Randall Stephenson we know.

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