Waiting in your Software Update is Mac OS 10.4.9. Resist the urge to install it tonight, people.
The Apple Core
Apple technology keeps gaining respect in the executive suite, with businesses and in the data center. Jason O'Grady and David Morgenstern deliver critical news and penetrating analysis that managers need to succeed.
Jason D. O'Grady
Jason O'Grady is a journalist and author specializing in mobile technology. He has published six books on Apple and mobile gadgets and his PowerPage blog has been publishing for over 18 years.
David Morgenstern has covered the Mac market and other technology segments for 20 years.
The Apple UK Store accidentally posted a graphic that suggests that new 8-Core Mac Pros are coming soon. The new Intel Xeon 53xx series chips use the same socket as current Mac Pros fueling speculation that current owners could upgrade to the new chips.
A reader sent me this picture of his swollen MacBook Pro (17-inch) battery.
Intel today jumped into the NAND flash drive market with the announcement of their Z-U130 solid state "drives" (SSDs). It's conceivable that the Intel Z-drive could land in Apple's nanoBook by the end of 2007 or in January 2008. NanoBook in time for Macworld Expo '08? It could happen...
According to Reuters European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has come out swinging against Apple's increasingly powerful iTunes/iPod combination.
DefectiveByDesign.org (a "broad-based anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors") has challenged Steve Jobs to put his money where his mouth is regarding his February 6th open letter "Thoughts on Music."
Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research says that a new notebook, which I've been calling the nanoBook, will finally ditch the spinning hard disk drive mechanism in favor of faster flash memory. A news item on Reuters by Philipp Gollner explains: Apple Inc.
Apple last night released the second software update for the AirPort Extreme. AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 weighs in at 6.5MB and is recommended for all Intel-based Macs and "improves compatibility with AirPort Extreme base stations and networks."
In a column for Wired.com Leander Kahney writes about the possibility that Apple creates false products to test the loyalty of their employees. I have a slightly different take on the situation.
AppleInsider reported on Monday that Apple and Google working on "many more" projects together. I've been a vocal critic of the lack of productivity since the Eric Schmidt appointment to the Apple board both here and on the PowerPage podcast in the past and it's about time that two of the biggest tech brands in the world develop some synergy.