CNET's Don Reisinger has a great article up about what may have been Steve's Master Plan: letting an iPhone unlock happen.
When Steve Jobs and company first envisaged the iPhone, a few things surely came to mind. First, Apple wanted a phone with an appealing design and advanced functionality. In essence, the company wanted a device that was nothing like its predecessors. And while it achieved this feat, Apple was still in need of a carrier. It went to Verizon and others, but it was AT&T that was able to offer it what it wanted: Revenue sharing on activations and service plans.
When you buy a new Mac, it comes pretty well equipped. It's got an assortment of software already installed, from a top-notch browser (Safari) to a fine instant-messaging program (iChat) to an industry-standard media player (QuickTime). Many system maintenance tasks are handled by OS X's own built-in, Unix-based routines that clean up old files, monitor the health of your hard disk and more. On top of that, Apple has included Disk Utility can diagnose and fix the most common threats to the smooth operation of your hard drive.
Apple Inc. will use a special media event on September 5th to introduce a new array of digital media offerings, according to digital invitations issued to analysts and members of the media Tuesday afternoon.
The invites, which arrived by e-mail, depict an enlarged CoverFlow interface with the caption, "The beat goes on." The wording appears to have been borrowed from the trailing line of The Beatles' final press release, which was issued by Apple Records on April 10, 1970, following the band's split.
The rumours and speculations are reaching a crescendo - which means that Apple must be close to releasing an updated line of iPods. The current lineup includes two video iPods (30 and 80GB), a range of iPod Nanos (in various colours and sizes) and the iPod Shuffle and is still the leading family of digital music players on the market - and interestingly enough, since their launch less than twelve months ago few manufacturers have released anything that comes close in terms of form factor, user interface and music store.