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Apple has got itself a couple of pretty, sexily anorexic, redesigned aluminum and glass 20- and 24-inch all-in-one iMac desktops available with a wireless keyboard. They're easier to recycle and priced competitively at $1,199 and $1,799 to start, $200-$300 cheaper than their predecessors, and can be pushed in the important back-to-school season. There's no more 17-inch model. The top-of-the-line can be had with 2.8GHz Intel Dore 2 Duo chips, 4GB of memory and up to a terabyte of storage. Apple also refreshed its iLife, .Mac and $79 Microsoft-compatible iWorks software. The later now has a spreadsheet "for the rest of us" called Numbers as well as presentation and word processing. Meanwhile, Microsoft says it can't get its way pricier Office for the Mac act together until at least January and Excel has been important to Apple's small business users. Apple reminded pe... (more)

iPhone: Is Unlocking Legal or Illegal?

The Apple iPhone, which has already come under intense criticism for failing to allow third-party programs and for its incompatibility with the Flash and Java platforms, has a new challange to overcome in the form of a class-action lawsuit filed against it by a California resident claiming Apple is in violation of California antitrust laws by limiting iPhone to AT&T's network only. Timothy Smith's suit claims that, thanks to a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allowing any user to ask carrier-subsidized phones to be unlocked 90 days after purchase, unlockin... (more)

UBS Analyst on iPhone Future: New Version Before Spring?

"Apple may push iPhone technology into other products, including Macs" - that is just one of a welter of widely-quoted predictions made recently by Ben Reitzes, an analyst for UBS Investment Research. Now he additionally claims: "Our contacts in the supply chain point toward a new iPhone model to be released by March." [Italics added.] 5 weeks ago Reitzes hit the news when USB adjusted what it calls its "12-month price target" to $182 (from $175). In his latest research note, Reitzes has raised that to $220...in the wake of Apple's announcement earlier this week that it sold 1.12... (more)

Citrix Receiver for the iPhone Is On Its Way

On its official blog site, Citrix has been talking this week about Project Braeburn, calling it "the coolest app that doesn't work on the iPhone...yet?" Braeburn is Citrix's codename for its attempt to build a Citrix Receiver for iPhone to allow access to Windows applications. "Virtually millions business critical application run today on Citrix XenApp, and soon enough all of them will be at your fingertips in an iPhone near you," writes project architect Gus Pinto. Meantime here's Colin Warren's "Bridging the Gap" blog entry: "Since the dawn of time (in Personal Computer time at le... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit 2009 West - Call for Papers

From a starting-point of just over 500 when it launched in July 2008, Apple's App Store already has about 30,000 applications available and downloads have surpassed 1 billion. So it's no surprise that SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit, already in its third year, has been receiving many excellent proposals from qualified expert speakers for the upcoming West coast event, being held September 22-23 in San Francisco. The submission URL for speaking proposals is here. For those who are trying to stake a claim for greater prominence in the iPhone app economy, this is an excellent event... (more)