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.
Woe be to Steve! A user who's had trouble in getting a working iMac—he had it replaced twice and had a problem with the third—decided to email Steve Jobs.
And, guess what? Not only did he get an answer (from one of the Great One's toiling minions), he got an apology, a promise of working kit and a "free" iPod nano for this trouble.
Granted, "his trouble" is probably worth a lot more than the pittance it costs Apple to make an iPod nano, but the gesture is certainly nice.