news of 2004-11-29

Merrill Lynch: Apple will sell 4 mio. iPods this quarter

Steve Milunovich (of Merrill Lynch), today raised Apple's rating again. If you have Apple shares, don't sell them now. ;) If you don't have any, buy them the next time they're lower. But the most interesting part of the report: "iPods are being adopted faster than Sony Walkmans were [...]" - (However: I'm not so sure that you can compare the numbers directly, impressive as they may be.)

Also, UBS analyst Ben Reitzes said: "Over the weekend we surveyed several retailers nationwide and visited Apple stores in the New York area, noticing solid retail momentum for Apple." - UBS has increased its price target Apple Computer Inc. from 66 USD to 77 USD a share.

While the hype around Apple and the iPod certainly helps Apple selling even more iPods, Apple surely would like analysts to emphasise their iMacs more, because Apple's probably going to be out of iPods before christmas, anyway. ;)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-29 at 22:03 CET ]
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I think: Steve Jobs doesn't like TV

And you might think why I think that. Well: The Mac's all about media of any type right? Desktop Publishing made the Mac big, Desktop Video once was Steve's new killer-application when introducing FireWire and the SuperDrive, music is also big on the Mac. Yet: Apple seems not a tiny bit interested in adding TV features to the Mac. Or will they?

How happy would I be, were Apple to release iSomething, a small box that connects to the Mac via FireWire and to the TV cable (and other input methods, probably), bringing TV to the Mac. Apple could surely create great software to go with it and has the technology (MPEG-4, H.264) to make archiving TV shows a great experience. Sure, there are third party solutions, but for the Mac, they are quite expensive. AFAIK, Apple could sell a simple TV tuner box accompanied by great software for 29 USD. If only they wanted. But, probably, Steve just doesn't like TV and thinks we should get out more (with an iPod, of course).

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-29 at 19:51 CET ]
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Gartner: 3 of 10 largest PC sellers will die before 2007

Yet they of course don't say which ones. ;) ... Which kinda leaves me asking: Does that include Apple? Or: What good is a prophecy like that, anyway? What if only two will vanish from the face of Earth? Will that mean Gartner was right to 66 percent? Well, let me put it this way: I say only two will die, and if only two will, does that mean I'm gonna be richer than Gartner by 2007? Probably not. Sometimes, headlines like the one commented here just make me angry. Sure, Gartner has probably put a lot of work into this and has analyzed a lot of data, but it just seems to be a wildly inaccurate business to create such predictions.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-29 at 19:03 CET ]
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Planting Trees

Sounds like a title from the eighties or something. But this article on TheRegister about MS IE's security flaws is a new one, and it takes a look at how one would do more secure development, instead of how MS seems to be working. The article concludes: "The answer is simple: you follow basic best practices for security and never, ever divert from them." - Yet, Microsoft has been failing this principle for a long time. And now they're caught in a game that just doesn't seem to end, because of their past: It seems they'll always have inherently insecure code, which they'll try to keep up fixing.

Or to take another metaphor than the tree-planting one in the linked article: If you've spent more than a decade filling a house with - essentially - crap, what do you do? Sure, you could live in it and occasionally put some of the stuff to the trash when you need the space. But wouldn't you be better off cleaning the house and getting rid of everything you don't really need? In one version you continue to live in a very dirty and crap-filled house, in the other, you might have to move to a friend's house for a day or two but could live in a nice clean, comfortable house from then on. Sadly, Microsoft just won't do that, as far as I can see.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-29 at 17:37 CET ]
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IBM/Sony/Toshiba to unveil Cell chip in February

TheRegister mentions that IBM and Sony are now 'ready to announce' the Cell-based workstation (which will be a rackmount server dedicated to the development of software, i.e. games, for the Playstation 3). The Cell processor, according to TheRegister's article, is a POWER derivate with three cores (every core can run a separate operating system) and AltiVec. TheReg poses the question, whether this chip could be interesting for Apple, too. We'll know more in February 2005.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-29 at 12:25 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-26

Moore's Law, POWER 5, PowerPC et al.

You can read here on TheRegister about how IBM leaves competitors in the dust with their new pSeries servers. Some quotes: "The consequence is that IBM is currently able to deliver in line with the expectations of Moore's Law and will probably be able to do so for the next two generations of the PowerPC chip." (And others don't!) - "... IBM has now delivered almost a tripling of system performance (and a 37 per cent price performance improvement). That is what the benchmark indicates."

The article makes it certainly look as if IBM just did things right, while others blindly went down the old path, just to end up going: "Duh!" - Does this mean good things for future PowerPC processors, which are derived from IBM's advances with the POWER series of processors? Yes. Will we see the results of this in a Mac near us anytime soon? Probably next year. However: The truth never is a simple as TheRegister leads us to believe, and quite probably, other players in the field will not just keep on going "Duh!" but rather react to 'new circumstances' as well.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-26 at 15:30 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-25

Seed frenzy

Apple has seeded Mac OS X Server 10.3.7 7S206 now as well, as well as Xsan 7N155 (for which 10.3.7 builds are recommended).

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-25 at 00:57 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-24

Update 10.3.7 7S206

The reversioner is in the disk image file, apparently.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-24 at 16:00 CET ]
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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.3.7 7S206

People who installed 7S202 should be aware that a reversioner is not currently available, i.e. you should _not_ upgrade to 7S206 now. Areas of testing in this build are Graphics and OpenGL, Audio (Firewire Audio), Printing. An issue where saving to a fileserver would end up with truncated file names is resolved and SMB printing should work from 10.3.7 to Windows Server 2003.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-24 at 00:52 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-23

ADC Select & Premier members get 8A294/8A297 on DVDs

Currently, Apple's shipping developers the two latest builds (Tiger 8A294 and Tiger Server 8A297) on DVDs, an ADC Select member reports. "The DVDs look like the ones you get with your Macs when you buy them, only they're black instead of gray. They look evilly good." ;) Our contact also had a little something else to share: "Apparently, Apple thinks the contents of the envelope are worth 1$, since that's what's the envelope's marked as."

Apple is expected to have started work on 8Bxx builds of Tiger by now. Developers are expected to receive another build of Tiger before christmas. While the current build is already 'quite stable', as our sources claim, 'quite' can mean anything from 'good' to 'barely usable', depending on the developer's needs. Reports are in that some Carbon applications have major problems with this build, for example Fetch 4.0.3's keyboard shortcuts are acting very weird. Of course both the application developer and Apple are working to keep compatibility up as much as possible. However the bigger changes of such an OS upgrade usually do make application updates necessary.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-23 at 13:26 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-22

Apple releases iCal 1.5.4 Update

It's a security update, not a feature update, though. Available through Software Update.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-22 at 22:45 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-20

Rather extensive look at Tiger

ThinkSecret has a new and rather extensive look at Tiger up along with a lot of screenshots.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-20 at 01:43 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-19

iTMS on Linux

Or so to speak. Cross Over Office, a plugin for Linux, enables users to run (some) Windows applications. Version 4 has been released with full support for the Windows version of iTunes. We've told you about their iTunes support quite a while ago in August, when preview version 3.1 brought this support. This is certainly an important step for iTMS, too. Sadly, Cross Over Office does not yet directly support the iPod in iTunes. There are, however, other projects for Linux that do.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-19 at 02:56 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-18

Apple seeds Dashboard SDK Tiger 8A294

Today, Apple released a 10.6 MB sized SDK for Tiger's Dashboard. Developers can use this to develop widgets for Dashboard in Tiger 8A294. Whether this is widgets' finalised SDK remains unknown, and probably it will take some tweaking on your widgets before they'll run on the final version in the first half of next year. On the other hand, this is the first time Apple's released the SDK for Dashboard, so it might also mean that its standard is in fact finalised.

Update: The documentation mentions that the Dashboard interfaces are preliminary and are likely to change prior to the release of Tiger.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-18 at 22:52 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-17

Mac OS X 10.3.7 7S202 Seed

Other than claimed by AppleInsider and other sites copying that rumour, the first seed of 10.3.7 weighs in at only 15 MB, not 50. Apple seeded the build late last night and included - among other things - the following information (other sites seem to be wrong here, too, for some reason): Core Foundation improves directional formatting codes, CoreGraphics fixes some printing issues and colour calibration issues with transparency. And: lookupd is improved for, well, domain name lookup (a problem mostly with Safari that showed up recently). Mac OS X 10.3.7 is expected to be released still this year.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-17 at 11:33 CET ]
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More Musings on why Mac OS X is...

the proof that Linux is not ready for the desktop. I've just read this column at osNews and - again - can't understand how these people think that Linux could be anything like ready for the desktop or, as in this piece, notebook. I mean, read this quote: "With suspend to disk, you can be up and running in a fraction of the normal boot time." - Listen up, linux users: If you wake up a Mac OS X notebook (an iBook or PowerBook) from sleep, it takes between 0.2 and 0.8 seconds to be ready for your input. Yes, that's sleepin' and not suspend to disk, but if you're willing to try it out, you'll notice you don't need suspend to disk on a Mac.
There's more. Read this: "There is one downside to this option. Proprietary video drivers from NviDIA and ATI do not work with software suspend. This means that if you want 3D acceleration, you have to sacrifice software suspend support and vice versa. Since gaming on my laptop is not considered a high priority, this is one trade off I am willing to make." - I mean: Are these people really willing to sacrifice basic things like video driver support for other basic things like suspend to harddrive? Get real. Get a Mac.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-17 at 02:36 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-16

osNews G6 rumour

The author of this article tries, in my opinion, to create a rumour out of speculation (based on previously known facts and developments). Basically, what he says is that the Power4 processor was used to develop the PowerPC 970 and that the Power5 processor will be used for the next generation PowerPC at IBM.
More 'conservative' speculation on various Mac rumour sites however suggest that the PowerPC 970MP will merely be a dual core version of the 970FX with some hints taken from IBM's advances in the Power5 development (so: rather think evolution than revolution).
Our sources within IBM point to two new processors arriving early next year: A dual core desktop/workstation processor that will eventually replace the (current) PowerPC 970FX and a lower power PowerPC 970 variant that is aimed at the embedded market as well as Apple's notebooks. IBM is not believed to put this processor into ThinkPads, the last ThinkPad ever to use a PowerPC being the rather unsuccessful ThinkPad 850 with a PPC 603.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-16 at 00:19 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-13

PowerPC rumours

Thinksecret updates us on recent PowerPC developments at IBM. According to their sources, we'll see both the 970MP and a single core version of it, which is probably going to be called 970GX (which would follow IBM's previous naming scheme with the 750 line of processors, although that didn't _actually_ reach a GX variant, the once rumoured 'Gobi' processor). Both of those lines would start at 3 GHz and contain 1 MB of Level 2 cache without any Level 3 cache.
The article also muses about January's PowerBook introduction, which could see a lower-power PowerPC 970 variant at speeds of 1.6-1.8 GHz, or the long-rumoured PPC 7448 based, last round, of PowerBook G4. Our own sources confirm that Apple has long been ready for that PowerBook, but that FreeScale, up until now, was not ready to ship that G4 family processor in quantities. More news as January comes near.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-13 at 14:59 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-12

So, now. Gmail grown up?

Today's news of Gmail offering POP3 access to its free (although still restricted to invitations) 1 GB E-Mail system makes Gmail a grown up E-Mail system that you can use both with your favourite E-Mail application as well as through their great webmail system (the best we've encountered anywhere on the web!).
Gmail is still in beta, however, and however gorgeous and wonderful its system is now, there are a few things Google might do in the future, when it opens the gates to anyone, that may turn the sweets sour.

For example, Gmail being free is mainly supported through the Google AdWords system. If you're reading a message on Gmail's webmail system, you'll see Google's ads just like you do when searching the web using Google or on the right side of this very page you're reading - if you're reading us on the web rather than via RSS. If you're, however, reading the message in your favourite mail client, say for example, you won't see any Google Ads right now. That's beautiful. However it also means Google's giving you a free 1 GB E-Mail account without ever showing you any ads. That's free as in free beer, and that can't be, right? My guess is that we'll see some sort of Google Ad system directly inside the messages once Gmail comes out of beta. Or that POP3 access will be restricted in some ways, i.e. you have to log on to Gmail once a week or something through their website.

Another story is this: Gmail has a nice new way of looking at e-mail messages differently. You don't sort, you search. (Btw., even mail sent through their SMTP-server is saved on Gmail's webmail! Good!) That's a good approach, actually, but Mail 2.0 in Tiger is even better at it than Gmail on the web. So all in all, I'm looking forward to using Gmail accounts as my primary e-mail accounts. But will they be able to keep Gmail this good if many users will use it like I do, i.e. without ever looking at an ad? I don't think so. But we'll certainly see in the future.
Btw.: There have been hints that IMAP will find its way to Gmail in a while, too.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-12 at 01:41 CET ]
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Gmail POP3 works fine...

It was my fault entirely. Sorry. Didn't see that _both_ the POP3 and the SMTP connection had to use SSL. doesn't answer to port 110, simply because it listens to an SSL port instead. Works fine, works fine. :) Happy camper here.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-12 at 00:53 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-11

Gmail does POP3

According to Gmail users - and I've tested it myself - Gmail now offers POP3 access to its accounts. According to, this feature was not yet activated for all users when they were testing, but probably the rollout was just taking its time. Great news! Sadly, as of now, the POP-server just doesn't answer. But then again, this _is_ a beta phase after all, and we expect their POP-server to answer sometime during this day...

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-11 at 15:41 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-10

Amazon iPod store

Not to confuse that with iTMS, mind you! But apparently, Amazon has confirmed to AppleInsider that it'll have an 'Apple iPod Store' at ready very soon. Whether Apple likes the leaked info or wanted to create some hype with a media event is currently unknown. However: This sure is good news for the holiday season, right?

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-10 at 00:02 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-09

Firefox 1.0 released

You can get it here. The browser is quite a bit faster than others on Mac OS X, and while its interface still shows its ugly end (cross-platform, anyone?) ;) - it's nice to have alternatives. Let's forget about IE - on any platform - and make Firefox the cross-platform standard. We can still enjoy better interface work in Safari and OmniWeb - and keep Firefox for compatibility.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-09 at 10:20 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-08

Apple, Jobs win Billboard awards

Apple has made 'Brand of the Year', Steve Jobs is 'Visionary of the Year' for his dual role as CEO of both Pixar and Apple. The sad thing: Real Networks' Rhapsody has won against iTMS. Then again, they couldn't possibly give Apple and Jobs all the four awards they were nominated for, could they.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-08 at 21:23 CET ]
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Apple seeds Safari 1.3 DP5

And answers a question we here at had for a while. Apparently, Safari 1.3 takes the WebKit development of Safari 2.0 and gives it back to Safari 1.x (without the other improvements of Safari 2.0). Be aware that installing this developer preview doesn't let you go back to the GM version of Safari 1.2.x you had previously installed. The only way to get back to it is to reinstall the system and update it to the previous state. Basically: Do not install this on a system you want to keep running over a longer period of time. ;)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-08 at 21:19 CET ]
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Apple: Now's the time for the iPod Flash

Dear Apple, you're certainly aware that the holiday season is about to begin - and that your iPod sales will skyrocket. But there still are a lot of potential iPod buyers who, in lack of money, will go buy those cheap, MSN compatible flash based music players. If you have a 1 GB flash based iPod mini ready that you could sell for 149 or even 99 USD, we urge you to release it right about now. Make sure that every child has enough time to scribble down his or her note about this new iPod. ;)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-08 at 19:47 CET ]
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Delicious Library

The new (ground up) version of Delicious Library, your 40 USD does-it-all DVD/book/etc. software library with a gorgeous Mac OS X interface, is now available. It has won O'Reilly's innovator price, as you can see on the linked site. The really new thing about this one is, of course, its bar-code reading capability. Use your QT-compatible webcam (iSight, for example) to read your items' barcodes. The software then looks it up for you.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-08 at 16:57 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-06

Mac OS X 10.3.6 Combo Updater available

You'll find it here at Apple's downloads (links to download page). Size is 92 MB for the combined updater. I like those, because when I have to reinstall a machine, I can simply use the combined one instead of letting the computer download everything through Software Update.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-06 at 12:09 CET ]
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Apple announces "Apple Dashboard Widget Contest"

Which means that they're definitely called 'widgets' now instead of gadgets. ;) Developers with access to the latest builds of Tiger should enter the competition until 30. November 2004. The best widget wins an iPod 40 GB. Sadly not of the 'photo' variant. Read more about it here.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-06 at 11:48 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-05

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.6

As predicted on this very site, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.6. You can read more about the changes here on our site or directly here at

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-05 at 22:55 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-04

Quite a bit on Spotlight...

You'll find here at quite a bit of information what Spotlight really is, how it works and how you as a developer can make use of it. Certainly interesting for future Tiger users, too.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-04 at 12:45 CET ]
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Tiger Server 8A297

Apple has seeded Tiger Server, first time for ADC Select members, according to sources. The DVD disk image weighs in at 1653 MB.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-04 at 10:39 CET ]
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Mac OS X 10.3.6 7R28

Apple seeds this new build, also the Server version of the same build and J2SE 5.0, based on JDK 1.5.0-rc-b63, the latter one only for Tiger builds 8A294 and up. The Mac OS X 10.3.6 build 7R28 comes without reversioners and can only be installed on 10.3.5 GM. A release of 10.3.6 is expected in early to mid November. Key enhancements of this update are improved file sharing for AFP, NFS and SMB/CIFS, more reliable automounts, improved OpenGL with updated graphics card drivers, FW/USB compatibility (more devices), updated Calculator, DVD Player, Image Capture and Safari applications.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-04 at 10:38 CET ]
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Firefox: RC2 released

You'll find it here on their FTP server. Final release still expected on 9. November 2004.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-04 at 10:30 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-03

Ex-Apple, Ex-Be going to lead PalmSource

Jean-Louis Gassˇe, founder of Be Incorporated and once president of the Apple Products Division, is now CEO of PalmSource (which has bought parts of Be earlier). Whether this will significantly change the direction of PalmSource remains to be seen. Cobalt, or Palm OS 6, will bring quite a few bits from BeOS to Palm (however don't expect it to _look_ like BeOS) - most importantly true multitasking.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-03 at 11:49 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-02

Mac OS X "world's safest" operating system

As if we didn't know that already, there's more info now. Mac OS X (based on Darwin) and BSD outperform both Microsoft Windows and Linux in security. I'm sure we'll read about "only coz of market share" and the likes, but to evaluators: Does it really matter why it's the safest? (And I think there's more to it than just lack of market share...)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-02 at 17:53 CET ]
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iPod Download

Been using that nice plugin which allows to get songs from an iPod from within iTunes? Stopped working in iTunes 4.7, eh? Well: You can use HexEdit to change that. Open "/Applications/iTunes/Content/MacOS/iTunes" and look for 'iPod Download'. Then change that to read, for example, 'iPod Dawnload'. Make sure _not_ to remove or add a character, though, just replace one. After saving that 'work', iTunes and iPod Download will work again as expected.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-02 at 00:12 CET ]
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news of 2004-11-01

Tiger's Burnable Folders and Smart Folders

AppleInsider updates us on a few changes in smart folder management (along with screenshots of those). Basically, you can now create burnable folders through a new contextual menu item. Dragging stuff to them creates aliases. Inside the folder, you'll see a yellow 'burn bar' that allows you to burn the files associated with the aliases.

The second thing mentioned is that smart folders are getting smarter, and that smart folders' column view option has been replaced with a 'groups view' option, which shows the contents of the smart folder as Spotlight search results.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-01 at 18:17 CET ]
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Camera Mobile Phones burn Digital Camera Sales

Gartner Group and Infotrends note that currently, with mobile phones getting megapixel cameras and memory card slots, they start to hurt digital camera sales. Sounds reasonable, too, since the home user is probably fine with 1-2 MP cameras and doesn't want to carry a lot of gadgets.

Now will a similar effect happen to the iPod (and other MP3 players)? Some mobile phones already have MP3 playback. And for some users, a few songs are good enough.

One important difference between the markets is that while 'real' digital cameras are - for the home user - about as easy-to-use as a mobile phone, the iPod is more than just an extended version of what you can do with songs on your mobile phone. But: Mobile phone makers are going to learn. And Apple even helps them, bringing, for example, iTunes to Motorola phones next year.

I guess this will really hurt flash-based MP3 players, since basically an MP3 enabled mobile phone is just that: A flash-based MP3 player. Maybe Apple going into the flash-based MP3 player market is not so good an idea in the first place.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-11-01 at 14:16 CET ]
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