That date, the last Friday of the month, is similar to the release date of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, which had been said would debut in April 2005 and finally launched at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
The teaser ads posted in New York showed an open lock and a headline: either "The best devices have no limits" or "Phones should be open to anything". They must have mystified a few people, but Apple fans had no doubt what they were about: Nokia was exploiting the furore over last week's iPhone firmware update. This not only plugged a bunch of security holes, it wiped out users' unapproved applications, and "bricked" some phones hacked to unlock them from AT&T.
I never thought I'd switch to a Mac. After all, I have used PCs since I was 5 years old. I carried around my old Dell Inspiron 8000, a bulky nine-pound beast of a laptop, throughout high school, and it never suffered from any hardware problems over its five-year lifespan.
The trouble was Windows — the operating system from hell.
So I decided to take the plunge and get a Mac. I wasn't alone; in fact, 40 percent of Princeton students and faculty use Macs as their personal computers.
No blog's been tougher on Apple than this one, which has reported on the iPhone bricking fiasco since its outset. Earlier today, I noted that even some legit users seem to have been ensnared in iPhone update hell. However, the latest check of Apple's forums indicate that most owners who haven't unlocked their phones or loaded them up with third-party apps aren't having problems loading the 1.1.1 update onto their devices.
Apple kicked off the month in which it plans to launch its new Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard," OS by reminding users that the beta license for Boot Camp -- the utility that runs Windows XP or Vista on an Intel Mac -- will expire as soon as the new operating system ships.