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Apple Reportedly Purging RIM's Enterprise Sales Staff

apple-vs-rimIt’s no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace.  It’s also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice.  But perhaps RIM’s feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM’s sales staff in the least year and a half.

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal:

In the past 18 months, at least five members of RIM’s enterprise-sales team have left the company to join Apple.  This includes Geoff Perfect, who served as Head of Strategic Sales at RIM for nearly five years before leaving in April 2009 and joining Apple a month later as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales, according to LinkedIn, the online networking service for professionals.

WSJ‘s report also notes how Apple revealed during their recent earnings conference call how 80% of Fortune 500 companies are either piloting or using the iPhone.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs also made note of the fact how Apple beat out Research in Motion in smartphone sales for the quarter, and he doesn’t think RIM will catch up anytime in the interim.

In that same conference call, Apple COO Tim Cook pointed out that while Apple is not yet offering business-specific hardware, they are starting to leap into enterprise sales, with the iPhone’s software continuing to gain even more more features for corporate users.  Apple has also connected with partners like Unisys to support enterprise, and government customers.

via MacRumors

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Apple I Computer Goes For $174,000

applei-101111Remember the Apple I computer that was to go up for auction?  Well sorry to burst the bubble, but if you were hoping to get your bid in, it’s a bit too late.  A version of Apple’s first computer, called the Apple I, was sold for 4,000 at an auction in London on Tuesday.

Marco Boglione, an Italian businessman and private collector, made the winning bid, which all in all came to 0,000 after tax, via phone Tuesday at Christie’s auction house in London, reported the Associated Press.  Beforehand, Christie’s thought the computer would go for anywhere from 0,000-240,000.  How much did the computer go for during its initial release in 1976?  A mere 6.66.

Only 200 of the original computers were made, and only 30 to 50 are said to still be existing.  The unit that was auctioned was said to be a “superb example” and came in its original box with a signed letter from Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

The other Apple cofounder, Steve Wozniak, who had hand-built each of the Apple I personal computers was in attendance at the auction.  He had offered to throw in an autographed letter in the lot.  Wozniak had told reporters that the auction was a historic moment for his work.

The Apple I wasn’t the only tech gem that was auctioned off.  According to the AP, it also included other items like an Enigma code-making machine and the writings of Alan Turing, considered “one of the founders of modern computing.”

“Today my heart went out as I got to see things auctioned off like the Turing documents and the Enigma machine – and the Apple I,” said the Woz after the auction.  “It was really an important step, (even though) I didn’t feel that way when I designed it.”

via AppleInsider

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Apple Seeds iOS 4.2.1 GM to Developers

Apple has just seeded iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master to developers. This update has build number 8C148 and, according to MacStories, was just released internally at Apple last night. This update for iOS 4.2 may have been released in an attempt to squash last minute Exchange and audio-related bugs discovered earlier.

Just last week Apple released a second gold master seed for the iPad to address Wi-Fi related problems. The audio issues in iOS had been documented by several developers across several different devices on Apple’s Developer Forums. Many developers noted that audio sessions were interrupted and not resumed when the device was locked and then unlocked.

At the last iOS-related Apple event, Steve Jobs told us that iOS 4.2 would be coming out sometime in November. To recap, iOS 4.2 will be bringing all of the iOS 4 goodies to the iPad. The rest of the iOS devices will also be getting the new AirPrint and AirSharing feature, which allows for printing directly from the iOS device and streaming to an Apple TV.

 

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Zuckerberg: Apple Needs To "Get On The Bus" For Social

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One of the rumors that had been bandied about before the Beatles announcement this morning for iTunes, was whether or not Apple and Facebook had perhaps struck a deal in regard to Ping.  Well, we know now that wasn’t the case, and given the Facebook CEO’s comments, it would appear the two companies still need to sit down for talks a bit more.

During the Web 2.0 Summit, Zuckerberg called upon Apple to ease up a little bit in connecting Ping with Facebook.  He was also quick to downplay Steve Jobs’ assertions of Facebook asking for “onerous terms” and rather thinks Apple should adapt to the new reality.  Apple has to “get on the bus” as everything is being recreated with a social aspect, according to Zuckerberg.

Granted, he didn’t directly shed any light on negotiations, he still acknowledged the importance of what Apple was requesting and that the amount of feedback would be important.

Zuckerberg also acknowledged that Facebook was smaller in scale when being compared to Apple, Google and others, and that if the opportunity presents itself, Facebook would try and strike up partnerships rather than flying solo.  Facebook would tack on the social aspect, which would “blow everything else out of the water.”

What’s your take readers?  Should Apple “get on the bus?”  Would Facebook help reignite Ping?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below!

via Electronista

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Apple Promises Tuesday Will Be a Day “That You’ll Never Forget”

Apple has wiped out almost all content on its home page to tease a special iTunes-related announcement coming on Tuesday, November 16 — and the Internet is abuzz wondering what it could be.

Apple is planning something big for Tuesday, November 16, if their website is any indication — all of the usual content has been wiped out and replaced with a teaser for something related to iTunes.

“Tomorrow is just another day,” the website proposes, “that you’ll never forget. Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes.”

To make sure you don’t miss it, Apple has posted four international clocks below the teaser, which is coming at 7am California time (PST), 10am New York time (EST), 3pm London time or midnight Tokyo time.

Speculation is leaning toward the launch of an all-streaming iTunes service, particularly since Apple’s new North Carolina data center has been expected to launch toward the end of this year. If you’ll recall, Apple purchased Lala.com which had previously offered a music-only streaming service, and the world has waited patiently to see what Cupertino plans to do with it.

It seems as if the wait may be over, but feel free to drop your own speculation into the mix in the comments — the clock is ticking!

Original Apple Up For $200K

Have some spare change laying around that you were perhaps saving to pay down your house, bill, or that new yacht?  If so, perhaps you’d like a piece of history in the form of an original Apple 1 instead?

A report out of the Daily Mail is that one of the original Apple 1’s, which were sold out of Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage in 1976, is going to go up for bidding at Christie’s in London for, oh, about 150,000 euros.  After doing the math, that’s about 0,000.  But that’s not all!  This original also comes with some other nice goodies: manuals, box, and even a letter from Steve himself!

Nonetheless, the machines are really a rarity actually.  About 200 of the machines were produced, but only a select few are surviving today.  The model pictured above was a higher-end one that allowed for read-write capabilities at the time, all for an extra .

The Apple 1 also came with 8K of RAM.  By comparison, the current Mac Pro boasts 64 GB of RAM.  If you’re interested, head over to Christie’s in London on November 23rd!

Godzilla is Coming! Japan Gets Apple TV and iTunes Movies

Apple’s introduction of the Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals continues its global invasion, this time landing in the Land of the Rising Sun. The only question now is, will it be big in Japan?

MacRumors is reporting that the Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals (and sales) have invaded Japan at last, according to an announcement on Wednesday by Apple. The iTunes Store features more than 1,000 movies at launch, both from American studios as well as “top Japanese studios.”

“Apple today announced that movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers an incredible way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV,” Cupertino’s press release stated. “Starting today, there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.”

As usual, iTunes Store renters have 30 days to start watching their content, and once it’s started, they’ll have 48 hours to complete it before Apple makes it go bye-bye like those cardboard cities in the old Godzilla movies.

Of course, with movie rentals and purchases in Japan comes the second-generation Apple TV, which also began shipping in the country this week. Japanese Apple fans will finally have a way to get that iTunes content onto their big screens — sans Netflix, since the streaming service is sadly not available anywhere but the U.S. and Canada for now.

Podcast #166: Verizon iPad and More Apple Patents

Verizon introduces a new iPad commercial with a pretty sweet Mi-Fi deal. So sweet that Susie’s pretty bummed about her iPad 3G.
Apple drops another patent and this time it looks like our beloved menubar is in trouble. Oh no, not the menubar!

Plus, we answered a few reader calls, and your questions from Twitter and Facebook.

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Glassgate: Apple Stops Selling Slide-On iPhone 4 Cases

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Following rumblings in recent weeks that Apple is facing yet another iPhone 4-related challenge with “Glassgate,” it appears the company has pulled all slide-on cases for the handset from their retail stores over concerns about dirt causing scratches and cracks.

Cult of Mac has filed an exclusive report on what’s being called “Glassgate” — potentially the next headache for Apple over their wildly successful iPhone 4 after the company finally put their previous “Antennagate” troubles behind them. The new problem involves slide-on cases for the handset, which can cause trapped dirt between the case and the device to create scratches or even cracks in the glass.

The report finds that at least one manufacturer certified for Apple’s “Made for iPhone” program has already had “hundreds of thousands” of battery pack cases pulled by Apple Retail, just as the holiday season kicks into gear — a huge problem considering that Apple’s 317 retail stores is considered the biggest outlet for many such accessory makers.

“Glassgate is a real problem,” said the unnamed source. “Apple is not approving slide-on cases right now for its stores. If they didn’t have a glass back, they wouldn’t have a problem.”

The term “Glassgate” was first coined by Ryan Block with Gdgt, who noted that the glass back on the iPhone 4 is not made from the same super-strength Gorilla Glass used on the front of the device to fend off scratches and other mishaps. Snap-on cases don’t appear to suffer from the same problem as the type that slide onto the device.

“They’re evaluating every case, one at a time,” said another source whose company is considered a popular third-party case maker for Apple’s products. “They’re being very vigorous. We’re still waiting for a final verdict.”

Among the slide-on case products currently banned from Apple’s retail stores is Mophie’s Juice Pack Air, which apparently had “monster” orders from Cupertino in excess of 100,000 units. The cases continue to be sold direct from Mophie’s website as well as in AT&T stores nationwide.

Tim Hickman, the CEO of accessory maker Hard Candy, claims that “Glassgate” is problem of perception, rather than reality — although it should be noted that Hard Candy cases are not sold in Apple Stores, so their business remains unaffected by Cupertino’s current ban.

“I’ve shipped 22,000 units and not heard a single complaint,” the iPod and iPhone accessory veteran said. “If there was a problem, we would have heard about it by now. I’m very suspect that there’s a real issue here.”

So how about it, dear readers? Any issues with your slide-on iPhone 4 cases? Sound off in the comments either way.

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Apple Looking Into Scrollable Toolbars and Menus For Lion

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It looks like sometimes simple could very well be better.  A new Apple patent has revealed that the company could be looking into a new graphical UI that would allow for devices that are running either Mac OS X or iOS to be able to cut down on toolbars and menus, thus reducing some of that pesky screen clutter.

The reveal comes from Patently Apple, and the plans revealed in a patent application that was filed last week in Europe, users would be able to select an area and then scroll through menu items, which allows for a larger choice of options that could then be displayed on the screen at once.

The filing also made note that toolbars and menus for the usual commands, like opening a file or saving a document, “can take up valuable real estate in the graphical user interface.”

“For example, a user does not want a floating tool palette that takes up too much of the screen,” reads the patent.  “As more options get added to a tool palette, the tool palette must get larger or the size of the options must get smaller.”

Apple’s filing also states that the feature would allow for an application to display all of the options on a menu or toolbar while at the same time not taking up a large amount of space. 

For more images of the patent, head here.  Let us know if you like what you see thus far in the comments below.  Possibly visually pleasing, or not so much?

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