This week in Apple news was an interesting one, as we come down from our iPhone 3G highs, enjoy what we have now, and look forward to what the fall may bring. Here are a few of Infinite Loop's popular and important stories from the week.
Steve Jobs speaks off the record about health to NY Times. Steve Jobs minces few words with The New York Times's Joe Nocera, calling him a "slime ball" and letting the world know that everything we've heard about Jobs' reputation is true. He did give up the deets on his health, however, but completely off the record. Is this information necessary for investors?
1,000 apps today, 10,000,000 iPhones tomorrow. The Apple App Store has hit another milestone—1,000 iPhone and iPod touch apps sold—but an even bigger one is fast approaching for the iPhone. Apple is on the verge of selling its 10 millionth iPhone very soon, but whether it will be able to sell 10 million in 2008 remains to be seen.
Google Calendar and iCal can sync for free, with caveats. Keeping iCal and Google Calendar in sync just got a little easier, thanks to a feature that Google quietly unveiled this week that lets you sync your desktop calendar with the cloud. It's a welcome effort for productivity enthusiasts, but as with most "free" things, there are some drawbacks.
New MobileMe status page details return of e-mail. MobileMe has been plagued by a variety of problems following its launch, including a distinct lack of e-mail service for some people. To keep users informed, Apple launched a MobileMe status blog at the request of The Steve, which kicked things off by letting users know that e-mail service is being restored. Thankfully the issue has finally been resolved, but maybe Apple will consider this kind of status page for other products in the future.
A few tricks, apps for disabling lengthy iPhone backups. Are epic iPhone backups backups taking the bounce out of your Dock? They have for many of us here in the Ars Orbiting HQ. Here, we list out a few tricks and tools for improving the situation, although some of them may not be entirely ideal.
Hey iPhone 3G, your crack is showing! iPhone 3Gs, primarily white ones but at least one black one, are beginning to show cracks, and we're not talking about the hacking kind. The back plastic casing on the new devices may not have been the best choice after all, although some iPhone users have been able to get replacements from Apple.
iPhone, App Store problems causing more than just headaches. Between crashing software and disgruntled-but-gagged developers, the hype around iPhone OS 2.0 is quickly dissolving into unrest from both sides of the App Store. At this point, we're all just looking forward to iPhone 2.1 so that some of these issues get resolved.
Apple to resellers: "Stock up on iPods and notebooks now." Apple is warning resale partners that a drop in availability is coming for some of its products. This lends further evidence to the theory that iPod and notebook bumps are coming soon, and what better time than back-to-school?
Apple rumored to return to "stick" design with new iPod nano. Fall is quickly approaching, which typically means new clothes for the kiddies and new iPods for the adults. A new rumor suggests that Apple is planning on returning to the old "stick" design with its fourth-gen iPod nano, but with a larger screen. So long, fat nano!
And here are a few more highlights from throughout the week:
Psystar retains law firm with past success against AppleVMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 released, includes Unity 2.0String for new iPod touch model appears in beta firmwareJohn Carmack of id Software talks iPhone gaming
Have a great weekend, and be sure to check Infinite Loop for your constant stream of Apple news!