Remains of the Day: Achievement unlocked

Apple’s unlocking iPhones as needed, the MacBook Air may be due for a refresh, and if you were missing the good old days of Apple doomsaying, well, we’ve got a special treat for you. The remainders for Monday, June 27, 2011 are alive and well.

Apple Stores now capable of unlocking full-price AT&T iPhones at checkout (9 to 5 Mac)

Apparently, Apple Store employees may now be able to unlock GSM iPhone 4s if they start running low on the unlocked versions. Also, as it turns out, if the employees start running low on white iPhones, Apple has provided every store with several gallons of correction fluid.

MacBook Air stock dwindles at online retailers, hinting at refresh (Ars Technica)

Speaking of low stock, Best Buy has apparently posted that it is all out of MacBook Airs, renewing the rumors of a forthcoming refresh. In an exclusive, Macworld has learned that the killer feature of the new MacBook Air is that they’re made out of actual air. Apple’s marketing tagline? “Get your hands on one...if you can.”

‘Apple in big trouble - can’t survive’ (Pocket-lint)

Apple is dooooooooooomed. Well, it’s been a while since we’ve heard that sentiment. It was “technology expert” Paul Hochman, speaking at the Forward with Ford Futuring and Trends Conference, who uttered this pronouncement. Hochman’s reasoning is that Apple’s closed system has condemned it to failure—but don’t worry, Hochman’s got a great counter-example: Ford. Whose name you might recognize as being in the name of the conference. No offense, but if Apple was going to take a page from someone’s playbook, I’m not sure I’d point to the American auto industry.

Product News:

TomTom U.S.A. 1.8 - The latest update to the turn-by-turn GPS app from TomTom adds support for its HD traffic service (available as a $20 in-app purchase), multi-stop trips, and updated maps. However, it also drops support for the original iPhone and first-generation iPod touch. $50.

Sharpshooter 2.0 - Verson 2.0 of Kerlmax's screenshot utility for Mac OS X adds automatic processing options, including renaming, file moving, and changing file formats. $15.

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