Even though Apple's iPod is easily the most popular MP3 player in the world, some analysts believe it has hit critical mass and the chances of it continuing to sell at such a rapid rate are low. On the other hand, those same analysts believe Mac sales will continue to rise and, after some investigative research, it looks like Banc of America may have proven those points.
As Apple prepares to release its much-anticipated iPhone software development kit (SDK), expected in February, developers are already hard at work cobbling together Web-based applications for the smartphone without Apple's help.
Apple has pushed out a set of updates for the components of its iWork 08 package, but with very little information about what benefits they deliver.
Keynote 4.0.2 "primarily addresses performance issues while playing or exporting presentations." Well yes, that sounds worthwhile, but what else has changed? If you had put off buying iWork 08 because of an obscure - but show-stopping for you - bug, how are you supposed to know when it has been fixed if Apple doesn't provide detailed descriptions of updates?
With market data clearly showing a deceleration in growth of the standalone MP3 player market, Apple Inc. will reportedly strive to maintain growth in its iPod business by introducing a range of cheaper, more innovative models that incorporate touch-screens and multi-touch technology.
Last night, an anonymous tipster pointed us to this Austin Heap webpage that purportedly reveals the iPhone's secret Application SDK key. Another tipster, also anonymous, then tipped me to iPhone "Elite" developer Zibri's blog, that shows the same key. So what does this mean? Since all iPhone applications must be properly signed for iTunes to process them and for the iPhone to load them, this key suggests that hackers are closer to creating compliant IPA application bundles for home-brew iTunes distribution.