Available immediately, Apple has announced new models of the iPhone (16GB) and iPod Touch (32GB). Ever since the 16GB iPod Touch was announced in September we all knew it was only a matter of time until Apple slapped that 16GB into its larger brother. At the same time we get a still-larger capacity iPod Touch. Both are $499, and as I said both are available now.
And of course there are still the 8GB iPhone for $399 and 16GB ($399) and 8GB ($299) iPod Touches.
Everyone knew it was coming—they just weren't entirely sure what, exactly, it would be. The MacBook Air was rumored to have a lot of things—a black (or silver) aluminum case, a multitouch screen, massive trackpad, 12- or 13-inch screen, a solid-state hard drive, the moniker of "MacBook Thin" ("Pro" was optional). The rumors and speculation just went on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.
As sales from iPhone and Macbook Air continue to bring Apple's market share ever upward, attackers will be poised and ready to exploit the Cupertino-based company's success by executing malicious code attacks on the Mac platform.
While malware attacks are not new to the Mac platform, overwhelming reports have indicated that attackers are increasingly honing in on Macs for large-scale monetary gain -- a trend that security experts say is still relatively new to the platform.
With its long history in the computer business, Apple Inc. is no novice when it comes to hackers. But even Apple seems to have been caught off-guard by the wave of consumers breaking into its latest gizmo, the iconic iPhone, in an effort to "unlock" the device from having to operate within the network of its exclusive telecom-service partners, which include AT&T in the U.S.
The trend has been a mixed blessing for Apple. On the one hand, the company is still selling plenty of the devices, which rank as the most expensive wireless phone on the market.
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.