From the moment Apple announced iPhone, predictions were rampant that it would be the cell phone that would change the mobile world forever. As it turns out, the "Jesus phone" predictions were a little overblown, but indeed the iPhone has shaken the U.S. cell phone business to its core. And I'm not talking about the hardware side here; rather, I'm referring to the basic structure of the entire industry.
John Doerr, the venture capitalist known for his investment in Google and for choking up on stage about the environment, is now showing his love for Apple.
On Thursday, Doerr pledged $100 million to fund "Apple entrepreneurs" who build applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, an announcement he delivered personally at Apple's unveiling of a new software development kit. Doerr said his company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which will manage the so-called iFund, will invest in several new companies that develop software or services on the Apple platform.
Doerr joked at Apple's headquarters … Read more
When Steve Jobs sneezes, everyone pays attention. On Thursday, he blew out the doors on the iPhone with an array of alliances and applications that make the device less of a phone and more of a powerful computer in the palm of your hand. You can see where the so-called smartphone is heading, and Apple is leading the way in terms of usability. The choice of networks--no 3G as yet--isn't an ideal choice, however.
With more processing power and memory, plus shrinking components and smarter software, you will end up with a supercomputer in your hand. And if Steve … Read more
CUPERTINO, Calif.--We're here at Apple's headquarters for the company's announcement of its iPhone software development kit. The event started just after 10 a.m. PT. What follows is a live blog of CEO Steve Jobs' speech, with updates as they come. (Editor's note: To make this blog more readable for posterity, we have since reordered this blog so that updates appear in the order in which they happened.)
10 a.m. PST: Apple's special event today in Cupertino is about to get started, as a couple hundred people are gathered inside Apple's Town … Read more
Apple has finally granted the wish of business users who have craved the coolness of the iPhone but couldn't live without their push work e-mail.
Until now, iPhone users who wanted to get e-mail on their iPhones had to jump through a series of technical hoops. And as a result, a lot of business users, who would have otherwise bought the iPhone right away, have stood on the sidelines with their BlackBerrys or Windows Mobile phones drooling at the iPhone.
But now these business users will be able to get their work e-mail on an iPhone just as easily … Read more
The long-awaited iPhone software development kit, which will be released in June, was finally unveiled Thursday.
And with it came a few applications, developed in a couple weeks by some very high-profile names in tech. Apple demonstrated seven new applications in a variety of categories: business, communications, and games.
Touch FX: Adds Photo Booth-style effects to a photo using your finger on the iPhone touch screen. Pinch or tap to introduce fun-house mirror style effects.
Touch Fighter: The first official game for the iPhone, developed by Apple engineers over two weeks. You fly through space and steer by … Read more
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As expected, Apple is announcing a software developer's kit that will allow programmers to write native iPhone applications that also access the iPhone's Web connections. See the live blog, now underway over on Tom Krazit's One More Thing blog.
LAS VEGAS--I was in the Mix '08 press room Thursday chatting with Directions on Microsoft analyst Greg DeMichillie, and somehow the subject came around to the MacBook Air.
It turns out we've had the exact same reaction to Apple's waif-like laptop. Every time we see or touch the MacBook Air we decide it's the perfect laptop for us.
Then, with its seductive thinness more distant, we think about its specifications: its slower processor, small hard drive, and lack of connection ports.
"It's a left-brain, right-brain thing," DeMichillie said. It wouldn't have to be … Read more
Ever since the MacBook Air was released, we've been wondering how Apple fit an entire working computer into a space as thin as a magazine. Mark Kaelin over at TechRepublic has cracked open the brand new notebook computer, and you can have a look inside without voiding anyone's warranty.
Check out the glory of ribbon cables in this News.com gallery: Photos: Cracking open the MacBook Air