Steve Jobs and the History of Apple Product Development

With Steve Jobs taking a medical leave of absence, it’s worth looking at some of Apple’s most iconic successes and failures to date to get a macro-level look at the effect he’s had on Apple products (and by extension, the company itself) so far.

Why Microsoft’s “App Store” Block Attempt Will Fail

The Financial Times reports today that software publishing behemoth Microsoft has filed a motion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week, objecting to Apple being awarded the trademark “App Store.” But upon what ground does that claim really rest?

Staying With AT&T: It’s About Relationships

Now that Verizon has the iPhone, will I switch? No, for the simple reason that AT&T has done a good job of making sure that switching would be detrimental to a number of my relationships: with AT&T itself, with other iPhone users, and with business contacts.

Don’t Buy a Verizon iPhone — Yet

Now that the Verizon iPhone is here, you may be tempted to rush out and buy one. But there’s no good reason to, unless you’re extremely impatient or don’t care that much about money. If neither of those descriptors applies, then you’re better off waiting.

Casting a Critical Eye Over the Mac App Store

We’re not even a week in, and the Mac App Store seems to be a success. But as the excitement wears off, it’s time to take a long, hard look at what the Mac App Store means for users — not just now, but in the future.

The Verizon iPhone Is Coming: Are You Ready?

Finally, after years of rumours and speculation, it looks like Verizon is about to start selling Apple’s iPhone. On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal boldly proclaimed “The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon Wireless.” So what does that mean for AT&T, and for you?

Hunter-Gatherer Societies and the App Store Economy

Watching the launch of the Mac App Store, I am struck by the change in the way people buy software. Much like primitive societies evolved from the hunter-gatherer model of resource collection to an agrarian civilization of cultivated farming, so has shopping for software changed.

Video: A Decade of Apple Design

Who would have thought, in early 2000, that Apple would end the decade as the most valuable technology company on the planet? Join me for a visual history of Apple products throughout the decade, and marvel at the software and hardware design ingenuity that was.

The Apple Lover’s Guide to CES

This Thursday marks the beginning of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unlike many of its rivals, Apple doesn’t play the CES game. So what does the show have to offer the average Apple user? At least two things: accessories and a sense of superiority.

How to Stop the iPad Magazine Download Slide

Yesterday, Women’s Wear Daily reported that according to recent numbers, interest in iPad magazines is quickly dwindling. Wired’s iPad edition sold 100,000 in its first month. By November, that number had dropped to only 23,000. Can publishers turn that trend around?