The size of our devices are stuck at something of a bottleneck. We can’t exactly make them smaller because they’re so reliant on large, easily visible displays. So, the industry makes do, and makes the devices thinner, which reduces overall size without compromising display size. One object standing in the way of even thinner laptops is the hinge, and Apple might have found a way to remove that from the design equation.
Yesterday, a new patent application was published that describes “flexible segments” that interlock to form a rigid material. The material used isn’t some kind of top-secret new wonder metal only found deep within Apple’s subterranean volcano lair, but rather a process that can take rigid material — such as plastic or metal — and can cut it in such a way to create the flexible segments. The flexible segmented hinge could bend at various degrees, but that depends on the segments being cut in different patterns.
Get your Software Update system preference warmed up because Apple released Mac OS X 10.7.3 on Wednesday evening. The update is recommended for all Lion users. The update fixes problems with smart cards used to log on to OS X; … Continued
Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac, quoting from Tim Cook: “As a company and as individuals, we are defined by our values. Unfortunately some people are questioning Apple’s values today, and I’d like to address this with you directly. We care about … Continued
Inicons: “Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs … Continued
Jacqui Cheng, for Ars Technica: Which came first: Apple’s creative pro market shrinking, which might have led to dramatic changes in Final Cut Pro; or Apple’s cavalier attitude toward legacy features, which might have frightened video editors? According to the … Continued
Arik Hesseldahl, for AllThingsD: For the full year, HP saw its shipments fall by nearly 5 percent; Dell’s fell by more than 8 percent; and Acer’s fell 30 percent in the U.S. So who grew? Apple. It saw its shipments … Continued
Bloomberg Businessweek: Apple Inc. said it acquired Anobit Technologies Ltd., an Israeli company that makes a flash-memory drive part for the iPhone and iPad, confirming a press report from last month. The acquisition has been rumored since December, when Israeli … Continued
John C Abell for Wired: The papers in question comprise the contract which formed Apple Computer Company on April 12, 1976, and are signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, the Pete Best of the computer revolution who … Continued
In-app purchases in iOS games have been the subject of media scrutiny, since children often play them and there have been cases where kids have spent huge amounts of their parents’ money to get virtual in-game goods. Apple has put … Continued
Electronista: Dell on Monday confirmed that it had stopped selling the Streak 7. The tablet is no longer available online and is withdrawing just months after Dell axed the Streak 5. In a statement, it said it would still be … Continued
Kirk McElhearn, for Macworld: If you live in an area like me, AppleCare is a worthwhile investment. If you’re near an AppleStore, however, and you use your Mac at home, spending an extra $150 or more may not seem worthwhile. … Continued
Philip Elmer-DeWitt, for CNN Money: The cluster of green at the bottom of the chart at right tells the story: This quarter, for the first time since we’ve been monitoring them, the bloggers got clobbered. And not just by a … Continued
Reuters: A Dutch court on Friday turned down Samsung Electronics’ request for an injunction against all of Apple’s mobile products that use 3G telecommunications technology, including iPhones and iPads. Hopefully Samsung will realize it’s barking up the wrong tree pretty … Continued
Los Angeles Times: “…The idea was to take what is unique about Apple and create a forum that can impart that DNA to future generations of Apple employees,” said a former Apple executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity … Continued
By now you’ve probably read coverage of Tuesday’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event at Apple’s Cupertino campus, where Tim Cook and company took the wraps off of the new iPhone 4S, refreshed iPod touch and iPod nano models, and put a … Continued
Apple on Tuesday introduced the iPhone 4S. The new phone comes out on Friday, October 14, 2011 and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Carrier-subsidized prices in the US are $199, $299 and $399 respectively. It comes … Continued
Bloomberg: Apple, which will introduce a new iPhone version tomorrow, ships fewer handsets to the world’s second-largest mobile-phone market than it does to Norway. Nokia Oyj and Research In Motion Ltd. sell more devices in India, where smartphone shipments are … Continued
Apple on Tuesday introduced new iMac models with next generation quad-core microprocessors, improved graphics performance and Apple’s new “Thunderbolt” I/O technology underscoring the top changes. Prices start at $1,199.
Apple has released Safari 5.0.4, an update to its Web browser for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version is available for download through the Software Update system preference and through Apple’s Web site.
Lighter, thinner, and way faster – that’s the iPad 2 in a nutshell. Following Apple’s iPad 2 announcement, the company invited the assembled throng to actually get their hands on one ahead of the March 11th release to the general … Continued