MacBreak Weekly 263
Recorded: September 6th, 2011
Published: September 6th, 2011
MacBreak Weekly 263: The Wheels Are Just Cosmetic
Rumors about an Apple TV, ATT/T-Mobile merger that might not merge and much more...
- Leo Laporte ( /Google+)
- Alex Lindsay ( /Google+)
- Andy Ihnatko ( /Google+)
- AI is back in his home after Hurricane Irene. Just got power back.
- Amber's Dexter parody promoting her new book
- LL: What would you do if we had no electricity
- AL: I would be a stone carver
- Chatroom: TensorGuy would invent electricity
- AI: I would be a chef (Busgeek: not sure if I caught that right)
- LL: I would be a preacher
- AL: If that deal goes through that would need to be a lot of regulations/restrictions
- LL: Sprint would be the biggest loser, because they are so small
- AI: See pluses and minuses to this deal.
- It's all about speed and coverage
- I get really great 4G numbers on ATT and Verizon. Not so much with T-Mobile.
- More companies, more choices usually is better for the consumer
- LL: If Apple bought T-Mobile it wouldn't be much of a problem for the DOJ
- Maybe Google should buy it.
- AL: We are moving towards a data reality
- As long as telcoms are still basing their business model around voice there really is not much of a future in it.
- AI: But there are still people that can't afford to spend $2000 on data packages
- There still might be a market for voice
- Agrees with AL about data getting bigger
- But voice and messages is still going to be present for another few years.
- AL: A guest in the audience from Zimbabwe uses an Android and does use data
- LL: But we are moving in the direction of only data usage.
- AL: The problem will be to provide the infrastructure
- LL: Also, the different technologies that compete with each other don't help, e.g. GSM, CDMA, etc.
iPhone 5 Rumors
- Deutsche Telekom to Offer IPhone 5 Reservation as of Today
- AT&T advances upgrade dates ahead of iPhone 5
- inside the iPhone 5
- Rumor: Best Buy preparing for Oct. launch of Apple's iPhone 5
- LL: Anyone invited to any event?
- I'm not invited
- AI: I also didn't get an invitation
- LL: That might be because you know me.
- LL: We don't know what is going to happen.
- There are rumors and pictures for cases that have a big screen
- AI: I'm not sure if they want to do a larger iPhone
- if they come out with a larger screen, I don't think they'll come out with it this year.
- LL: ATT is advancing its upgrade deals
- BestBuy is prepping for an October launch as well
- AI: If one store is preparing for a launch
- Then other might just join in as well
iPhone 5 Lost
- Lost iPhone 5 Update: Police 'Assisted' Apple Investigators in Search of SF Man's Home
- Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive)
- LL: SFPD had 3 officers in plain cloth joining 2 apple investigators
- SFPD says their officers stayed outside while the apple investigators search the house
- They searched the house but didn't find the phone and left
- Now the PD is getting heat for having been involved
- What do you think? It looks like the PD is more to blame than Apple.
- AL: They had a GPS location of the phone at this guy's house
- So if they had a location at his house the phone was at his house, wasn't it?
- How else would they have that GPS location
- AI: So many variables here
- Some many people have good reasons to lie
- The home owner admitted that he was at the bar where the iPhone was lost
- I wished Apple prosecuted every lost device
- LL: SF Weekly has the reference.
- David Calderone, 24 admits to have been at the bar
- AI: Apple acted appropriately if they had the two pieces of information
- 1. They had the GPS lcoation, 2. They knew that he was in the bar
- However, unless there is no warrant, nobody is really allowed to do any search inside the house
- Also, everyone has the right to a lawyer and refuse any questioning
- LL: Remembers a lecture of a law professor who aid: do not talk to the police without a lawyer.
- Link from chat room: 
- AL: It sounds that the SFPD walked up first and said they were the police, but then let the Apple investigators search
- Also, a warrant states very specifically what they are allowed to search for
- If you say that they can't search without a warrant, than that usually stops everything
- AI: What if Apple did this to cover up another iPhone getting lost?
- LL: It is up to Calderone to decide if he wanted to file a complaint
- Speculation: He picked up the phone, through it out the window and now is not pressing charges
- If I was Apple I would look around the house
- Can you flush an iPhone down the toilet?
Apple to ITC: Andy Rubin infringe on Apple API patent
- Apple to ITC: Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple, hence infringes an Apple API patent
- LL: What they are saying is that Andy Rubin was in fact at Apple when this realtime access API was developed
- Apple is not suing Google
- AL: That would be great subject for TWIL
- LL: Apple has sued Motorola over this patent
- It's quite an accusation by Apple
- I don't like patent laws
Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA show floor
- AI: Andy would want that kind of a victory
- AL: I don't think Apple has interest in licensing fees
- They just want to cripple the sale
- Apple has the best platform in this market
- Nobody else is about to catch up.
- The closest being the Galaxy tab
- What's happening now is that people are getting unsure if they want to buy a Galaxy tab because they don't know if it is going to be around.
- LL: In Australia the court says they Apple didn't present enough evidence
- AL: But there are damages to be paid
- AI: It's possible that Apple is acting on principle
- But it doesn't make sense for them to fear the Galaxy tab hurting their sale numbers
- AL: There seems to be an incredible amount of bitterness from Steve Jobs regarding the failed partnership with Google.
- It could be personal
- LL: Google claims that their phone working on a phone before the iPhone came out
- AI: But their designs looked a lot like a Blackberry back then
- LL: Google might dump Android
- AL: That might be...
- But Apple will go after anything Google is doing in this space
- AI: Google has to do something to get out of this tar pit.
- Google is in the position of having 80% of the market share but having no value
- LL: More "normal" people say they want an Android phone (from the radio "The Tech Guy")
- AI: Not sure about that
- The differences in the Android UI is more confusing than not
Apple TV Rumor
- AI: So many analysts are saying they heard it from so many sources
- I just don't see this happening
- If it was released with a selection of apps, netflix, etc. and a touch screen, only then I can see that they want to do this.
- LL: I want to go on record saying: No fricking way
- AL: I think that they will build a TV because it is the last piece of the puzzle
- An iOS in a TV is very compelling
- Apple has already figured out a lot of these units, using the "hobby" Apple TV to work out a few things
- LL: Steve Jobs would probably love to have this as his legacy piece to leave Apple
- AL: I also think that an iSight would change the whole experience
- And only Apple has enough experience to integrate all that together in one box.
- AI: I'm still not getting it that Apple would make an actual TV even if they have all the knowledge
- If they'd do something big, like a motion sensor, not just iSight, then it just doesn't make sense.
- They'd have to completely redesign the market
- AL: For a lot of us full of geekery it would be well received
- When we have a fully integrated iOS I'd use it very much
- LL: I don't think Apple would want to do what we consider to be a TV today
- AI: How would Apple solve the problem with Comcast, Verizon and cable companies
- LL: It probably would have to a cord cutter to cable services
Amazon Kindle Rumor
- LL: Do you think it's a big threat
- AI: This is exactly the way to kill the iPad
- Cut the price in half
- Amazon basically just creates its own universe and stays away from the Android chaos
- They also give access to music, movies and apps
- And they give you a smaller form factor so it fits in your bag
- I can't wait to get it
- You do not compete with iPad by trying to make a better iPad
- AL: I think they are going to do very well with it.
- I don't think I would bother with an iPad without it having 3G
- LL: shows the new iPad ad: 
App Store with new Lion section
- Mac App Store gets special Lion-friendly app section
- AL: Subtle pressure for developers to develop Lion compatible apps
Final Cut Studio wasn't that bad after all
- Apple Puts Legacy Final Cut Studio Back on Sale
- AL: No surprise there. There are still a lot of professionals that can't work with X
- I worked on a few projects with X and loved it
- I still can't do a bunch of things but if it can do something I wouldn't want to miss the functionality.
- It works so much better than the previous version
- LL: Leo shares some insight from being at the Dexter set
- It's amazing how incredibly well designed and organized this show is
- It's a lot of fun to watch
- AI: Leo is back from the glitter factory
- Joel: Where do you get these beautiful desktop pictures that I keep seeing on the shows
- LL: It's a collection over many years
- I like landscapes
- I've been collecting it for years and I have hundreds of them
- I use SpiderOak to sync my pictures from my desktop computer to my laptop
- AI: It's important to whenever you see something you like to got to right click on it and save it.
- Shows an old Apple ad picture and points out the pixelation on it.
- It might have been off one of the Apple history pages
- AL: I take pictures of everything I like to remember
- I use evernote to sync
Tips, Picks and more
iOS Tip of the Week
- AL: Remember that your "Find your iPhone" is not ON when you buy your iPhone
- You have to turn it on.
- You go to mobile me or your iTunes account
- Go to settings and turn it on
- I love this service and I used it already
- LL: It's also a great way for parents to track their teenagers
Lion Tip of the Week
- AI: Quicktime Player added a new feature to their export list
- It can now export movies to an audio file
- It gives you the ability to convert video files to audio books
- This is great when you don't need to see the movie anymore but want to follow along by listening to it
- It's not going to work on protected content
Picks of the Week
LL: Sonos is now compatible with Lion. , free AL: Playback Pro, play back several videos and link them together for professional use, starting at $249 AI: Aomixology App, great way to read comics, free
- Also, they offer all their comics available at the kiosk now through this app as well.
- They also start over with a complete reboot of the story lines.
- Starting 9/11 you can now start from issue #1. Ideal for newcomers to comics
- LL: Reading a comic on the iPad is a pretty satisfying experience
- AI: I actually prefer it
- It's all in-app purchasing, same price as print
- New MacBreak Weekly Email Address
- the new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
AI: Leo is back from the glitter factory
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- FreshBooks.com Easy on-line invoicing. And, you can win a birthday cake every week (it doesn't have to be your birthday, just tell them that you heard about it on MacBreak)
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- Shotes notes: Jean-Marie Schweizer (Bushgeek)
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