Tired of iPhone rumors? Let me make this easy for you: It’s coming out sometime, at a place, with lots of new features for a certain price! There, done. Now unless you’re interested in the latest developments in the case of the lost prototype or how Apple’s former CEO destroyed the fabric of comics, you don’t even have to read the remainders for Monday, September 26, 2011.
As September draws to a close, whispers of an October Apple event have only intensified. All Things D’s John Paczkowski says that the company’s rumored song-and-dance will take place not at its usual fall venue in San Francisco, but on Apple’s campus. We suspect it’s just in case newly-installed CEO Tim Cook decides he needs to demonstrate his power by triggering the trap doors installed underneath journalists’ seats.
Intego reported that the Flashback malware is available on some sites that offer a link or icon to install Flash Player; Lion users may be vulnerable to the scam because the operating system doesn’t automatically include Flash. If users do click on the malicious link in Safari—launching the Mac OS X Installer—the software deactivates some security code, then deletes the original installation package. The malware then sends information about the infected Mac back to a remote server. Intego analysts are still investigating Flashback’s purposes.
Each week, we’re faced with an impossible task when we try to round up the best Macworld stories of the week gone by—because everything we publish is, as you’d expect, pretty great. But we’ve made a series of Sophie’s choices, and we’re proud to offer you this roundup of articles worth clicking on, if you missed them earlier this week. And heck, if you already read them once, they’re even better the second time around.
Our big story of the week was probably our review of the snazzy new Thunderbolt display from Apple. It's especially awesome if your main axe is a MacBook Air, says Macworld Lab director James Galbraith. I mean, unless you carry your Air with you wherever you go. That 27-inch display will not fit in most laptop bags.
Want to know why Microsoft just bolted the Metro UI onto the Windows desktop? To protect its business model. eWeek, meanwhile, needs an intervention on its ad-impression-maximizing business model, because these top-ten slideshows aren't a healthy lifestyle choice. Finally, can we talk about HP? Because, whoo, boy.
Apple won’t be the only one (reportedly) introducing new hardware this fall: According to invitations received by This is my next and others on Friday, Amazon’s set to unveil something on September 28 in New York City. Details are slim, but general speculation is that the company plans to reveal its first tablet computer. Really, as long as they don’t announce that Amazon is splitting its mail and ebook service in two and renaming the former, I’ll be happy. (Nobody wants to order hardcover books from Amazombo.)
Not sure if you want to buy an iPad? Depending on your situation, you might be able to try one out for a while. Elsewhere, one politician gets on the case about iTunes fraud, and one product package gets its 15 seconds of Internet fame. The remainders for Thursday, September 22, 2011 are ready for their close-up.
CNet says Apple is prepping a pilot program at its San Francisco store to start letting its retail employees “check out” iPads, taking them home as loaners for a week. Sure, they could just use the floor models, but seriously, do you know many people’s gross hands have pawed those? Think about it.
Does Al Gore hold the key to the next iPhone? Should we trust predictions of an early October Apple event? Will Sprint get the iPhone 5 before T-Mobile? These questions and more, addressed in a humorous fashion in the remainders for Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
We’ve moved on from iPhone rumors to rumors of an event at which a new iPhone might be announced. All Things D reports that Tuesday, October 4 will be the day to end all days, with Tim Cook taking the stage to roll out iOS 5 and a new iPhone to go with it. Many are saying Cook needs to set the tone for his first event as CEO, so if I may make a humble suggestion, bring Phil Schiller on for a classy duet.