Jobs opportunities for Apple scammers?

SophosLabs: Steve Jobs has now done what many of us thought would happen sooner or later – stepped off the very prestigious CEO plinth, taking a less taxing role as chairman of the Apple board. The new CEO will be Jobs’ right-hand man Tim Cook.

Despite Jobs having been on medical leave since January this year, the markets were all a tumble once the news of his resignation hit the markets, with Apple share prices dipping at one point by 5%.

No one can dispute that Apple has a following that many companies can only dream of.

Remember when UK neuroscientists showed that when Apple fans were shown the company’s iconic imagery, their brain lit up like Jesus fans shown religious depictions?

I suspect if Apple could bottle that, they could make billions. Oh, wait a minute, they’ve done that already, recently reporting more cash in the bank than the US government.

Considering the company’s and the recently departed CEO’s mega-fame, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see some scams on email, Facebook and Twitter using the news of Jobs’ handing over the reins to dupe users. So keep your eyes peeled and your tap-happy fingers on check.

Put simply, don’t let curiosity bite you in the ass.

Google founders wanted to hire Steve Jobs as company’s first CEO

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin considered hiring Apple CEO Steve Jobs as the company’s first CEO, according to a new documentary.

GoogleAfter interviewing a dozen unsuitable candidates during Google’s early years, Page and Brin went to meet Jobs, a personal “hero” of theirs. The pair then asked investor John Doerr, “Why can’t he be our CEO?”

The anecdote comes from an episode on Page and Brin from the Bloomberg documentary series “Bloomberg Game Changers.” Earlier this month, the Bloomberg series, which looks at “today’s most influential leaders,” aired an episode on Jobs.

Page and Brin eventually hired Eric Schmidt as the CEO in 2001. Schmidt later served on Apple’s board of directors, until increasing competition between Google and Apple led Schmidt to resign in 2009.

Google’s entry into both the computer and mobile operating system markets caused a conflict of interest.
“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” Jobs said, in announcing Schmidt’s resignation. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

Though Apple and Google maintained a close working relationship for years, tension has developed between the two companies. According to The New York Times, Brin and Page considered Jobs a mentor of theirs and were regular visitors to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., campus, but the relationship allegedly turned sour when Google introduced Android, with Jobs left feeling betrayed. In July, Page accused Jobs of “rewriting history” through his suggestion that Google caused the animosity between the two companies.

Steve Jobs calls the new MacBook Air the future of laptops


During a 90-minute presentation on Wednesday at Apple headquarters, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s latest thinner MacBook Air 11-inch and 13-inch models, along with the new operating system. The redesigned Mac notebook combines features from the iPhone and iPad with those of a MacBook. The new MacBook Air features a multi-touch that offers you an iPad/iPhone-like experience. Instead of a hard drive, the new thinner, lighter and expensive Mac laptop uses flash storage. Jobs said that all notebooks will be like this someday and added that the Air is the future of the MacBook and all laptops.

Specs at a glance – MacBook Air (11-inch)

• Height: 0.11-0.68 inches

• Width:11.8 inches

• Depth:7.56 inches

• Weight: 2.3 pounds

• Processor: 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor

• Flash storage: 64GB to 128GB

• Connections: USB 2.0, headphone, mic

• Battery: up to five hours

While the 11-inch Air with a 64GB memory will set you back £999, the 13-inch version with 256GB of storage is set to cost you £1,549.

What others are saying?

Kevin Hall from Dvice says…

There’s no doubt that Apple has turned the Air into something far more interesting than the gimmick it first came off as. Only time will tell how far Apple pursues this marriage of its mobile and laptop philosophies.

Matt Tinsley from TUAW says…

At this stage, it’s not clear whether all new Macs are shipping without Flash or if it’s just the new MacBook Air models. Either way, Apple is sending a pretty clear message to web developers and consumers alike: they don’t like Flash.

Brian Caulfield from Forbes says…

The most remarkable feature, however, isn’t cosmetic, it’s these machine’s boot time. Bootup takes less than 15 seconds, according to my watch. That’s a good deal less than the roughly 50 seconds it takes my trusty Windows laptop to come to life.

Brooke Crothers from CNet says…

The new MacBook Air offers an interesting paradox: a spanking-new, ultra-thin design that is wrapped around old Intel chips.

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Steve Jobs: iPad Mute Switch Won’t Double as an Orientation Lock


Mashable: After iOS 4.2, iPad’s screen rotation lock switch, located on the upper-right edge of the device, will become a mute switch, similar to the mute switch on the iPhone.

According to Steve Jobs himself, who answered one of 9to5Mac’s readers in an email, the change is permanent, and – although it’s just a matter of a software tweak – users won’t be able to switch between the two functions.

This is a slight disappointment for users who are already accustomed to using this switch for locking the screen orientation on their iPad, but Apple is a company that likes having as little buttons as possible on its devices, and having one button doing two different things obviously wasn’t an option.

Does Apple want to buy Facebook?

steve-jobs-apple-facebookPeter Kafka at All Things Digital thinks that Steve Jobs might want to buy Facebook. His reasoning is that Jobs, when asked what Apple plans to do with its now $51 billion in cash, said, “We firmly believe that one or more unique strategic opportunities will present itself to us, and we’ll be in a position to take advantage of it.” Kafka believes that one such “unique strategic” opportunity is called Facebook.

Jobs and Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg met for dinner the other day. Many presumed that they were discussing Facebook Connect and Ping integration, but what if it were something more, like Apple buying Facebook? Kafka thinks that Apple acquiring Facebook makes sense because Facebook doesn’t compete with Apple in any significant way, and Facebook is something that Apple couldn’t compete against even if it wanted to. Plus, Facebook is already competing with Google, “which has to make Jobs like it even more,” Kafka argues.

What would Apple buying Facebook lead to? Every Facebook user would probably automatically have an iTunes Store account. FaceTime chat could be integrated into Facebook chat, potentially leading to increased sales of iOS devices. If Apple continues down the road of using not only phone numbers, but email addresses and eventually Facebook IDs as designated FaceTime “phone numbers,” then 500 million users would already have a FaceTime ID to use when all telephony goes VoIP.

Apple has the cash to buy Facebook outright (Facebook is valued at around US $25-35 billion), but will they? Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg seem to share a lot of traits (not to mention both having had movies made about them), but could two of the most powerful people in tech — with equally powerful egos — work together?

Steve Jobs on Android’s Fragmentation

jobs-schmidt-tanksjpgApple’s CEO says that Android is fragmented and that the open vs. closed dilemma is not important as long as Apple’s proprietary mobile operating system manages to provide a better user experience.

“Many Android OEMs install proprietary user-interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user is left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone where ever handset works the same. (…) We think the open vs closed is just a smokescreen to try and hide the real issue, which is: What’s best for the customer? Fragmented vs. integrated. We think Android is very very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day.”

Steve Jobs is right, the real question is: What’s best for the customer? Some people like to have options. Not everyone likes iPhone’s form factor, iPhone’s interface and some may even want a hardware keyboard, a custom virtual keyboard or a weather widget. Android is a diverse ecosystem and there’s a lot to learn until Google, hardware manufacturers and all their partners manage to come up with revolutionary phones, consistent interfaces and integrated experiences. Android is just an opportunity to innovate, it’s not a complete package. Google chose a non-restrictive license for Android to encourage innovation, even if that meant less control and more fragmentation.

Mobile phones are more personal than computers and I don’t think we’ll live in a world where every smartphone user will choose an iPhone. There’s always a trade-off and not everyone wants a perfect phone if that means they’ll have to change their definition of a perfect phone.

Steve Jobs: Google Android isn’t really that open

Jobs_g_715203tApple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, said that Google’s mobile platform was “fragmented” and bad for developers and consumers.

Steve Jobs launched in to an astonishing five-minute critique of rival companies, operating systems and platforms during the earnings call, in which Apple announced record profits of $20bn for the quarter.

He said that the Google Android platform was “fragmented”, and not as open as some people made out, while also saying that iPad-style tablet computers with smaller 7in screens would be “dead on arrival”.

“Google loves to characterize Android as ‘open’ and iOS and the iPhone as ‘closed’,” said Jobs. “We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches.

“Android is very fragmented. HTC and Motorola install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user’s left to figure it all out. Compare this with the iPhone, where every handset works the same.”

He said the fragmentation of the Android platform left developers facing a “daunting challenge”.

“Many Android apps only work on selected Android handsets, running selected Android versions. Compare this with iPhone, where there are two versions of the software, the current and the most recent predecessor, to test against.”

Jobs said that while Apple maintained a single point of access to apps through its App Store, Google’s Marketplace often coexisted with the app store of whichever network operator ran the phone, creating “a mess for both users and developers”.

“We think the ‘open’ versus ‘closed’ argument is a smokescreen to try and hide the real issue, which is, ‘What’s best for the consumer – fragmented versus integrated?’,” said Jobs.

“We think Android is becoming very, very fragmented. And as you know, Apple strives for the integrated model so that the user isn’t forced to be the systems integrator.

“We are committed to the integrated approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as closed. And we are confident we will triumph over Google’s fragmented approach.”

Jobs also used the call to dismiss the prospects of so-called “iPad killers” that are being launched by a variety of consumer electronics companies, including Samsung and Dell.

He said the decision of most manufacturers to opt for 7in screens, rather than the larger 9.7in display found on the iPad, was a mistake.

“One naturally thinks that a 7in screen would offer 70pc of the benefits of a 10in screen,” said Jobs.

“Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7in screen is only 45pc as large as the iPad’s screen.

“This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion.”

He said that smaller tablets should come with sandpaper, “so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter their present size” in order to make the device usable.

“The 7in tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad,” said Jobs.

Jobs’ decision to appear on the earnings call raised eyebrows. He normally leaves the job to his chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, and chief operating officer, Tim Cook.

Some industry insiders questioned whether his appearance was designed to deflect some of the attention away from worse than expected iPad sales of just 4.2 million for the quarter, far less than Wall Street analysts had predicted.

But Jobs remained bullish about the iPad’s prospects. “We’re already seeing tremendous interest in the iPad from education and, to my surprise, from business. It’s getting grabbed out of our hands.

“The more that time passes, the more I’m convinced that we’ve got a tiger by the tail, here,” he said.

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Steve Jobs on iPad Printing: It Will Come

ipad-260-158 Lately, it’s not that hard to get a direct answer to your query from Steve Jobs himself; he responds to burning questions via e-mail quite often.

Unfortunately, his answers rarely contain more than a few words. Macrumors reports that a reader asked Steve Jobs via e-mail why the iPad cannot print documents. Steve’s answer? “It will come.”

Even if we disregard the possibility that the e-mail may be fake, Steve’s answer gives us very little to be happy about as we have no idea when printing to the iPad will come. Will it come this summer? When the next version arrives? Sometime in the next decade? We’re optimists, so we’ll just pretend that Steve meant “soon.”

Steve Jobs Show Premieres Off Broadway Next Week

steve-jobs-260 The CEO of Apple is certainly no stranger to the stage, being known for giving keynotes that typically have the effect of rendering tech geeks into little piles of goo after the announcement of a new product. But now Mr. Jobs — or at least, the story of his career — will be gracing a new stage: an Off Broadway theatre.

Playwright Mike Daisey wasn’t scheduled to perform his new monologue about the Apple head honcho until next year, but popular demand from New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre has pushed up the premiere of Notes Toward the Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs to a one-night-only run on April 22. The venue’s artistic director was reportedly so excited about the work that he commissioned a one evening run even though the play is officially a “work in progress and not ready for review.”

Surely the success of the iPad, whose upwards of 500,000 units sold in the first week was enough to throttle the supply chain and push back the international launch of the device by one month, has everything to do with the extreme demand for the Jobs stage treatment. Daisey counts himself among the many Apple faithful, but contends the show will also look critically at labor issues reported by Apple’s suppliers in China — among much else in Jobs’ life and career.

Notes Toward the Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will start its official run next January at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Are you interested to see the life of Apple’s CEO given the stage treatment? Let us know in the comments.

Steve Jobs: No iPhone OS 4.0 Support for Original iPhone

iphone2g-no40 In an e-mail to a German customer, Steve Jobs confirmed what most of us surmised last week: There will be no iPhone OS 4.0 support for original 2G iPhone owners.

At last week’s iPhone OS 4.0 announcement, Apple let iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch owners know that those devices will not support multitasking, although they will support other new features.

For owners of the nearly three-year-old original iPhone, it looks like iPhone OS 3.1.x will be the end of the line in terms of official OS updates. Jobs didn’t explain why Apple is no longer going to offer software updates for the original iPhone, though we suspect it’s part of a plan to phase out the product line.

While many iPhone 3G owners have bristled over the lack of multitasking support, the truth is — from a strictly hardware standpoint — the iPhone 3GS is much more advanced. It not only uses a much faster and newer ARM CPU, it also has twice as much memory (RAM) and a significantly better graphics processor than the the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G.

The original iPhone and the iPhone 3G are actually nearly identical specification-wise, save some changes to form factor, battery and the addition of GPS and 3G capabilities to the iPhone 3G. One special note about the original iPhone is that it is still the easiest device to both “jailbreak” and unlock, which might be another reason Apple doesn’t want to continue to support it with software updates.

For angry iPhone 2G owners, we feel your pain. However, at least you got nearly three years of updates. My G1 was basically over the hill within a year of purchase. Do you still have an original iPhone? Does the lack of 4.0 support entice you to upgrade? Let us know!