Week in Apple: Psystar going bankrupt, iPod knockoffs, and back-to-school

May 31, 2009

It’s all but guaranteed that new iPhones are coming soon, given the endless flow of rumors about the device (or devices). That, plus Apple’s newest back-to-school promotion, more lawsuit developments, and Mac clone maker Psystar filing for bankruptcy all rounded out this week’s top Apple news.

Knockoff iPod shuffle giveaway ruffles some feathers: One man’s gift is another man’s lawsuit. Some iPod knockoffs given away at the Swiss Economic Forum were not universally enjoyed, and one recipient has even sued the company giving them away.

Icons surface for next-gen iPhone in most recent SDK beta: Icons labeled as iPhone2,1 are included in the iPhone OS 3.0 SDK beta 5, and appear to confirm speculation that next-gen iPhone hardware will differ little in appearance from current models.

AT&T: Yes, we’re considering cheaper iPhone data plans: iPhone users have been buzzing about the possibility of cheaper, possibly limited data plans from AT&T. Now, an AT&T exec confirms that the company is at least considering it, but it sounds like the details aren’t quite there yet.

iPhone still kicking ass, taking names on mobile Web in April: Apple’s share of AdMob’s mobile ad requests grew significantly both at home and abroad in April—for the first time, the iPhone OS has surpassed Symbian worldwide.

iPhone hardware details and predictions continue to multiply: One pontifical Mac blogger has given his insights on the next-gen iPhone hardware. His predictions support several other rumors, including two recent ones out of Austria and Australia.

Rumor: iTunes on iPhone may get direct movie, TV downloads: Users may soon be able to download a variety of video content directly to an iPhone or iPod touch, according to an ad that supposedly appeared in an iPhone app. We’re not so sure of the story behind this one, though the feature would certainly be nice.

iPhone app rejection madness still hasn’t stopped: The rejection of an otherwise outstanding e-book reading application on the grounds that users can purposefully search for sexual material further highlights how inconsistent the app review process is. Even though the app was eventually approved, other developers continue to face the same frustrations.

iPhone-armed artist responsible for The New Yorker cover: The June 1 cover of The New Yorker was painted… with an iPhone and an app called Brushes. Though the artist has been in The New Yorker before, the marriage between technology and a traditional publication is certainly a cool one.

Ain’t no money in Mac cloning: Psystar files for bankruptcy: The now-beleaguered Mac cloner has filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court. Bankruptcy will put the suit with Apple on hold, and it’s unclear if Psystar could continue to fund its case after the bankruptcy process is finished.

Apple ready for back-to-school with MacBook tweak, free iPod: Apple is once again offering students and faculty a free (or nearly free) iPod with the purchase of a new Mac, as well as updated specs for the popular entry-level MacBook. The tweaked specs may even be a clue to coming notebook revisions as early as WWDC.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

This post has been written by Jacqui Cheng on May 30, 2009 3:00 PM couresy of arstechnica.com.

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2 Responses to “Week in Apple: Psystar going bankrupt, iPod knockoffs, and back-to-school”

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  2. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor. Have you tried the ipad? you can get one free at FreshGiftCard.com


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