Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

 

There is nothing mere words can say…

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

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Apple’s new iPhone finally Released

Apple Inc. officially launched its next-gen iPhone, called iPhone 4, at Steve Jobs’s World Wide Developers Conference keynote address on Monday. The device will ship July 24, and run iOS (formerly iPhone OS) 4.0. A prototype of the fourth-generation iPhone was obtained by gadget blog Gizmodo in April after being lost by an Apple employee in a bar.

Apple highlighted nine new features of the device. The first is the new design: the phone is much thinner than its predecessor, flatter, and sleeker; it also includes a front-facing camera, LED flash on the back, and a second mic for noise cancellation. The second feature is the HD screen. Called a “retina display,” it contains four times the pixels of the 3GS, for a resolution of 960×640 (326 ppi). It also includes IPS technology for a wider viewing angle, first used by Apple in the iPad and latest iMac.

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Possibilities for Monday’s Keynote Address

As Apple fans around the world eagerly await Steve Jobs’s WWDC Keynote on Monday, I have put together a list of possible releases or announcements that may take place.

New iPhone! (evidence: lots!; see Neo’s article here)
iPhone 4.0- with widgets? (evidence: Apple pulled widget apps from App Store; Steve Jobs said “anything is possible” with regards to widgets) with something based on Siri (“personal assistant” app)? (evidence: Apple bought Siri)
New Apple TV: Cheap, cloud-connected? (evidence: rumors)
New Macs: Mac Pro, MacBook Air (evidence: due for a refresh!)
New 27-inch LED Cinema Display (price drop on 24-inch?) (evidence: rumors)
MobileMe cheaper, or free (evidence: rumors)
iTunes.com (evidence: Apple bought Lala)
iPhone on Verizon or other character (evidence: contract with AT&T likely expired)
New Mac mini (evidence: Apple’s stock running low)
Safari 5, with expanded or full HTML5 support, possibly extensions, and more (evidence: here and here)

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Steve Jobs Predicts Demise of Personal Computer

In an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital, Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed that PCs will soon be mostly replaced by tablets. He compared PCs to trucks, which are still in use but for most people and most purposes replaced by cars. Jobs said that tablets such as the iPad, which utilizes a revolutionary user interface, are enough for most people and will take over from PCs for the general public.


Image courtesy of AllThingsD

Jobs’s previous predictions often turned out correct; indeed, his projections have helped him create the right products at the right time. I would be willing to bet that he’s right this time around; after all, I wrote about how the iPhone OS might replace OS X. In this future, however, I might be among those who hang on to their trucks.