iMac turns 10
It was ten years ago today that Steve Jobs mounted the Flint Center auditorium near Apple’s campus and revealed the product that would save Apple, and become the best selling computer of all time: the iMac. It is hard to believe that this cute little guy is ten years old, but it is true.
The original iMac came stocked with a 233MHz G3, 32MB of SDRAM (though you could bump it up to a whopping 128MB), a 4 gig harddrive, 2 USB ports, a CD-ROM drive (not a CD burner, Apple was late to that party), and an IrDA port. These specs might not make your heart skip a beat nowadays, but the iMac is the product that started Apple’s amazing turn around. It was the first mainstream computer to break with the past and offer only USB ports, no legacy connectors here. And it is worth noting that the iMac can also be attributed as the killer of the floppy disk.
I recall the howls from the tech community about the iMac’s lack of a floppy drive. ‘People love their floppies!’ ‘This is nothing more than an expensive toy!’ All charges leveled against the iMac, but the decision actually helped create a market for USB accessories as most people bought their iMac and a USB floppy drive (I know I did. I used that floppy drive twice: once to make sure it worked, and another time to copy a file).
The iMac wasn’t available for purchase until August of 1998 (for the base price of $1299), but today is a date that should be circled in Bondi Blue for any true Mac fan.
Leaked AT&T memo points to 3G iPhone release in late June?
A friendly neighborhood AT&T employee forwarded us a purported memo for AT&T retail store employees that could provide a rather telling clue about the next-gen iPhone’s release date this summer if it proves true. A similar memo went out last year around this time requesting that employees not take any vacations between June 15 and July 15, and this year those dates are June 15 and July 12 — which seems suspiciously early, but that’s what the man says. The memo cites “an exciting Summer Promotional Launch,” which we’re guessing doesn’t refer to some new Motorola flip phone. Also telling is the fact that employees might be able to take some vacations later within that window when things die down a bit, which seems to imply that Apple could be aiming for a launch date right around the iPhone’s one year anniversary of June 29th. How romantic
Keyboard Ring in Sterling Silver
This ring is made of sterling silver and sports a number 8 key on top. It costs €165 from Manuel Bozzi. We can assume that the number 8 will be just any old random key stuck on the top.
(Via Gadget Venue.)
Pen-in-pocket printed shirt
“In the Bazaar Bizarre at last weekend’s Maker Faire Bay Area, “Pen-in-Pocket” shirts. Designed by Social Studies, it’s a stenciled design screened printed directly onto a vintage dress shirt.
This is so familiar, I just can’t place it…….”
(Via Boing Boing.)
New 3G iPhone “photos” match previous speculation
Last week, a rumor of the 3G iPhone included a graphic illustrating design changes, including beveled edges, a new sensor, and color choices.
This week, it looks like someone has produced more images based upon that design. Someone posting at WeiPhone.com via MacRumors via winandmac.com (got all that?) has posted images of the supposed 3G iPhone, though whether the photos are real will be determined by a jury of Photoshop nerds on the Internet. Read More.
(Via Ars Technica.)
After abandoning iTunes, NBC shows up on Zune
After a pricing spat with Apple led NBC to pull its video content from iTunes, the broadcaster has struck a deal with Microsoft’s Zune online store.
iTunes UK adds NBC/Universal, despite US boycott
The UK iTunes Store has added a variety of TV shows from NBC/Universal (iTunes link) in spite of their absence from iTunes in the US. Selection is currently limited, but incorporates seasons of Heroes, House, Eureka, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and The Incredible Hulk.
Unlike the standard iTunes pricing model, notably, which is consistent across all shows, active shows at the UK store (such as Heroes) are being priced at £1.89 per episode, while defunct ones have a separate rate of only £1.19.
NBC pulled its content from the American iTunes Store in December, following the expiry of a distribution contract. The studio wanted to experiment with varying pricing schemes, such as bundles or higher prices for single episodes, but was met with refusal by Apple.
It has since launched a joint venture with Fox called Hulu, providing ad-funded streaming TV.
Apple to sell iPhone 2.0 globally
iPhone software 2.0 implements handwriting recognition for Chinese, reports claim
Apple is clearly planning a massive international roll-out of the next-generation iPhone, with key indicators suggesting the product will see introduction across all global markets this year.
(Via Macworld UK.)
Apple Continues Mac OS X 10.5.3 (9d27) Development
Apple issued a new seed of Mac OS X 10.5.3 (build 9D27) to ADC developers tonight, detailing a number of new bug fixes and listing no known issues. The newest version of Mac OS X provides a number of bug fixes and stability improvements over the current public version (10.5.2) but remains in limited testing amongst developers as Apple finalizes its code base. Apple first started testing Mac OS X 10.5.3 on March 28th.
Apple appears to have begun seeding these test versions more frequently than in the past. Historically, Apple has waited until development was wrapping up before accelerating their seeds.
Regardless, we’ve heard anecdotal reports that even the latest version has stability issues which means Apple still has some work to do. Once released, the 10.5.3 update will be available for free through Mac OS X 10.5’s Software Update.