Frankly, they are really just trying to catch up with the 1st iPhone that was announced 2 years ago
While many will no doubt argue -- perhaps laugh outright -- at that, it's harder to laugh at Apple's results: 7.2 million more iPhones sold in the last 3 months, and half-a-billion more App Store downloads during the same period.
So was Cook just showing his swagger, setting himself up for a big takedown, or comfortably settling into a combined iPhone/iTunes/App Store offering his thinks will be tough to beat in the consumer market?
According to Daring Fireball, Apple is set to introduce new products tomorrow morning, including:
Redesigned Plastic MacBooks, Redesigned (‘Impressive’) iMacs, Updated Minis (Including One That Ships With Mac OS X Server), the Multi-Touch Magic Mouse, and, as the Wildcard I’m-Not-Sure-I-Really-Believe-It-Myself Out-There Rumor, Maybe Even Some Sort of Mentioned-Nowhere-Else-But-in-This-Very-Headline Multi-Touch Trackpad Gadget for Desktop Macs
Last year, Apple held a special event, Spotlight Turns to Notebooks, to debut their last before-the-holidays offerings. Would they just dump so much new, and frankly interesting, products tomorrow morning without benefit of stage or keynote? Sure, but we'd be lying if we said we wouldn't prefer the song and dance to go with them.
We'll be beginning TiPb's live coverage just before 2pm PT/5pm ET, but Apple has already released their results, and they include 7.4 million iPhones sold in Q4 2009.
Apple Inc. is set to announce their Q4 2009 financial results today, and host their usual après-PR conference call at 5pm ET/2pm PT. Analysts are anticipating good news overall, though rumor once again has it demand for the iPhone 3GS is still outstripping supply.
So what else is there? Browser link sync? The iPhone will sync Safari links, or Internet explorer on Windows, but syncing links for Firefox users is thus far unsupported, and no doubt many would love to have that functionality:
Just a few days ago Verizon started their iDoesn't campaign specifically targeting Apple's iPhone. Well late last night images started to emerge all over the blogs, including our very own Android Central, giving us a sneak peek to what may be some legitimate iPhone competition. After a hands on, BGR came away mighty impressed. Here are just a few of the highlights spotlighted by BGR:
Early this morning developer of the iPhone Facebook application, Joe Hewitt, posted that Facebook 3.03 is on it's way to squash a few bugs. Even bigger news is that update will then be followed by Facebook 3.1 which will include push notifications.
Rockband [$9.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch is now available in the iTunes App Store. It has guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, and both single-player and multi-player (via Bluetooth) action.
20 songs come with the app, including music by Smashing Pumpkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, The Beastie Boys, and more can be purchased in-app.
If you get your Rockband on, let us know how it works for you!
Wolfram Alpha [$49.00 - iTunes link] for iPhone (and iPod touch) is the "computational knowledge engine" made mobile. While the website is (currently?) free, the iPhone app is decidedly not. But is it worth the premium price? Christian Warren from Mashable says: