My new favorite thing: running Chrome in full-screen mode on the 13-inch MacBook Air. This with the Tab Overview feature enabled in Chrome’s experimental features makes for a pretty perfect browsing experience. Three-finger swipe down brings up all of your tabs in an overview.
If I had the 11-inch Air, I think this would be even more useful.
The opposite is true on my iPhone. Even though I’m a preacher for the open web & html5, the reality is right now, I use a ton of iPhone apps and prefer many of them over their web counterparts (regardless the platform). I wish this wasn’t true but it is.
I feel the same way, and I know we’re not the only two. The sad fact is that while many HTML5 mobile apps are impressive, they’re mainly impressive in novelty and/or when you think about how they might function in the future.
Right now, a “good” mobile native app always beats an “awesome” mobile HTML5 app. That should change, but it will take a long time because the standards governing boards take too long to move.
And that’s exactly why Apple was smart to switch from only allowing developers to build web apps, to moving them native (though I’d bet they always had that in mind).
But talking about the Mac App Store, Ryan Block notes (and Sabet agrees) that it may not be as strong because the model doesn’t work as well when many free web apps are great on the computer. I agree with that too but I think there’s a big “if” in there.
If third-party developers start creating a new class of low-cost, simple apps for this Mac App Store, I think they could take off.
Games are obviously going to work well in this store, but imagine a Pandora Mac app. Pandora has their own app, but it’s AIR-based and requires a Pandora One (premium) account. A lot of people would want this new native Mac app.
And Pandora could likely even charge something for it (maybe $5 or $10) for some premium features. A ton of people would buy it, and that could be an awesome new little business for the company.
I can think of dozens of other examples like this. And it’s going to beyond that, I think.
While Facebook may not seem to make a lot of sense as a native Mac app since the web app is so good, they could make a lighter version that’s better at certain things — like uploading and browsing pictures, for example.
Just as with Apple’s original App Store, the third-party developers, and what they come up with, are going to make or break this thing.
I think Joe Hewitt is exactly right here. He’s not saying that Google doesn’t want to be fully open, he’s saying they can’t be because they need to suck up to the carriers in order for Android to be successful.
That’s the truth. And it sucks. Google was attempting to break those chains with the Nexus One, but the carriers quickly showed them who is the boss.
The only hope (which Hewitt also alludes to) is that Android becomes popular enough that they can start completely dictating terms to the carriers. Sadly, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Apple is in a much better position to do that, but they make no claims about their system being “open”.
After a Q4 in which they added $5.2 billion to their cash reserves, Apple now has $51 billion in cash.
During Q&A on the earnings call today, someone asked what Apple was going to do with all that money. Steve Jobs would only say that they there are one or two “strategic opportunities” out there right now.
I’m looking at Dell’s market cap. It stands at $28.5 billion. That means that after next quarter (the holiday quarter), Apple will have enough cash on their hands to buy Dell twice over.
It was 1997 (the year Jobs returned) when Michael Dell was famously asked what he would do if he were put in charge of Apple:
What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders
I’m a happy MacBook Pro owner, but for the past few months — basically since the launch of the iPad — I’ve sort of dreaded carrying it around. I want something smaller, and much lighter. But still a fully functionality computer so that I can work.
This rumored MacBook Air revamp would be perfect.
Looking at my MacBook Pro (I currently use a 15-inch model) the other day, I realized I have never once used the optical drive on the thing. Not once. Boy I would love to get rid of that.
Again, this rumored new MacBook Air would be perfect.
And this is particularly interesting:
According to this person, the new models will do away with existing options for a conventional hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) in favor something described as an “SSD Card” that lacks a traditional drive enclosure and more closely resembles a stick of RAM, yet is not easily user-replaceable.
If that’s true, that thing could be very, very thin and light. And it could probably boot instantaneously (or wake-up, as it were) like the iPad.
Hell, I could carry this an my iPad in a bag and it would still likely be lighter than my current MacBook.
No surprise here considering that Apple took a year to go from EDGE to 3G — and 3G was much more widely available then than LTE is now or will be by mid-2011.
This is interesting though:
sources tell me that the iPhone refresh in mid-2011 won’t support LTE either. Instead, Apple will produce a dual mode iPhone containing 3G flavors of GSM and CDMA, which operates on all carriers worldwide.
I’ve used one a Windows Phone 7 handset a handful of times over the past several months, and while it’s a bit rough around the edges, overall I’ve been impressed.
If I carried one around for a couple weeks to try out, I have a feeling I would like it more than an Android phone. Why? To me, every time I pick up an Android phone I can’t shake the feeling that I’m picking up a cheap imitation of an iPhone. Same basic UI concept, shittier touchscreen, shittier response, shittier hardware.
Windows Phone 7 is different. I like the concept of these updating tiles. Xbox Live integration is very smart. And overall it just looks pretty nice — something which I’m shocked to say.
One thing I don’t get though: why not drop the “7”? If this is truly a “fresh start”, just make it “Windows Phone” (which they are using in some of their marketing today). Yes, it’s better than the ridiculous “Windows Phone 7 Series”, but the “7” implies it comes after “6” which were the last generation of shitty Windows Mobile devices. I think we all want to forget about those. Maybe it’s because Windows, the desktop OS is also on “7” and it’s doing pretty well, but who cares? This is totally different.
“We actually got an entire version of Burbn done as an iPhone app, but it felt cluttered, and overrun with features. It was really difficult to decide to start from scratch, but we went out on a limb…”—Kevin Systrom on the story behind Instagram