Many things may be surprising this week, dear readers. For example, you may be surprised to know that Rob Enderle was wrong about something! You would, however, have to have absolutely no idea who Rob Enderle is. But it’s possible! More surprising might be the Macalope’s take on the patent wars: He’s not, exactly, for Apple! Finally, it’s Apple’s turn to be surprised about a startling new technology known as “web apps.” Who saw that coming?!
Saturday Special: His record of being wrong is unbroken!
Is Apple concocting an iPhone & iCloud sandwich? Rumors say “delicious.” Meanwhile, Apple Stores across the UK are clearing out their show floors as a precaution, and Nintendo’s investors are asking the company why it can’t be more friendly with that nice Apple boy down the street. The remainders for Thursday, August 11, 2011, are all over the place.
You love iPhone 5 rumors and you love iCloud, so what’s it going to take to make these two great-tasting rumors taste great together? Why, an iCloud iPhone, of course. This rumored device would be a cheaper (read: free with two-year contract) handset unveiled alongside the iPhone 5, but would use significantly less flash memory, instead relying on storing data—you guessed it—in the cloud. Serious question: How do we know when the cloud is full? Is that when it starts raining everybody’s data?
Online auction service eBay jumped into the Mac App Store on this week, launching a new program that lets users track sales from their desktop.
The eBay desktop application was released on Tuesday. Like its iOS app predecessor, the app is aimed at buyers and not sellers—although eBay has solved that issue in the mobile arena with its new Instant Sale app. Users can’t put items up for auction, but they can create saved searches for products they want to buy, as well as monitor eBay’s Daily Deals. Users can also share links to favored items via email.
Could this be what the iPhone 5 looks like? I mean, sure, but for all we know it could also look like, say, a blue police box from 1963. Plus, the most exclusive of felonious iPad cases and 10 Things You May Not Know About Steve Jobs, But Probably Some of Which You Already Did. The remainders for Wednesday, August 10, 2011 learn something new every day.
What to do when there are just no iPhone 5 rumors to rehash? Well, make some of your own, naturally! MacRumors commissioned design firm CiccareseDesign to make a high-quality, ultra-precise rendering of what the iPhone 5 may, in theory, possibly look like, based on supposed potential iPhone 5 cases reportedly leaked from some place that may in fact be China.
Apple wants you to know that it takes care of its migrating Leopards—even if they’re not snow-colored. On Wednesday, the company released Migration Assistant for Mac OS X Leopard, to aid users in transferring files from a Mac running Leopard to one with Lion installed.
The update fixes an issue with Leopard’s Migration Assistant, wherein personal data, settings, and compatible applications would refuse to transfer from a Mac with Leopard installed to a Mac running Lion.
Apple sure loves the three Rs. One prominent Apple Store’s glass panels are being reduced, a rival company’s employees are being reused, and Macs, monitors, and iOS devices can now be recycled. But don’t forget the most important R: the remainders for Tuesday, August 9, 2011.
Apple’s iconic glass cube flagship store is once again disappearing behind black and white construction panels—this time to simplify the glass panel structure. Instead of 90 glass panes, the revised cube will instead incorporate a mere 15, thanks to the implementation of larger, seamless glass pieces. Unfortunately, they left out the part where the pieces shift and change color as part of Steve Jobs’s secret ambition to build the largest Rubik's Cube in the world.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but there’s no such pithy aphorism for the legal profession. Litigation is the gift that keeps on giving—or, taking, depending what side you’re on. Still, if there’s a gavel in our vicinity, you can bet dollars to donuts that we’ll be under it.
Not literally, of course. That would be crazy talk.