The TarMac Vaporware Gazette issue # 24 1.10.07 97.00 Jan. 11, 2007 12.14.06 89.62 Apple Stock Price all the news that’s fit to download! The 11.6-millimeter thick device also sports a 2- megapixel camera, headset Apple intros 802.11n-based jack, 3.5-millimeter audio jack, SIM tray, a “sleep- wake” switch, speaker, mi- AirPort base station crophone input and an iPod dock connector. The quad- Peter Cohen - MacWorld Apple Computer Co. is History A band GSM + EDGE phone also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth pple on Tuesday quietly introduced a new 2.0 capabilities. Jobs noted AirPort Extreme Base Station that supports 3G capabilities will come in the future. 802.11n, a faster networking standard that Apple drops ‘Computer’ from name Three smart sensors also help control the works up to five times faster and up to twice the iPhone’s behavior. A proximity sensor shuts range as its predecessor. The new base station Mathew Honan - MacWorld down the display and touchscreen when the ships in February for $179. The new AirPort Extreme Base Station make a D phone is held to the ear. An ambient light sensor on’t call it a computer company. Speak- automatically adjusts screen brightness to save radical design departure ing at Macworld Expo Tuesday, Apple power. Meanwhile, an accelerometer lets the from its predecessors. CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple is phone know whether to display in portrait or While the older base dropping the word “Computer” from its name to landscape mode. stations had a squat, become “Apple Inc.” Despite the phone’s revolutionary features, teardrop-shaped design, the new model features a “The Mac, iPod, Apple TV and iPhone. Only Jobs claimed that the phone’s strongest feature beveled, square shape similar to the new Apple TV. one of those is a computer. So we’re changing was its redefinition of how calls are made. It measures 6.5 inches square and 1.3 inches tall. the name,” said Jobs. “We want to reinvent the phone,” Jobs said. Based on a draft specification of the IEEE Formerly Apple Computer, the name change “What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls! 802.11n standard, the new AirPort Extreme reflects the company’s newfound emphasis on It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on phones. Base Station is backward-compatible with the consumer electronics. Jobs revealed the change We want you to use contacts like never before.” earlier 802.11g standard, and also works with following announcements on the new Apple TV A Visual Voicemail feature allows users to skip 802.11b and 802.11a-based devices. 802.11n and iPhone, with no new Mac configurations an- directly to voice mails they want to hear. An utilizes a technique known as Multiple-Input nounced whatsoever. easy-to-use conference call feature lets users Multiple-Output (MIMO) to achieve the faster connect two calls with one touch of the screen. performance and longer range, and while it of- Text messaging on the iPhone is similar to iChat, fers seamless connectivity with older products, Apple unveils iPhone user dialogue is encased in bubbles, and a touch the performance of an 802.11n network will slow keyboard appears below. down if slower devices are connected. The iPhone uses its Wi-Fi and EDGE capabilities The new base station also enables you to share to automatically connect to the Internet. Internet USB-based printers and hard disk drives with the Mathew Honan connectivity includes HTML-capable email that network, and can support a hub, so you can attach multiple devices. Software included with the device A works with any IMAP or POP-based email service. fter more than two Jobs also announced that Yahoo! will offer for enables you to create password-protected accounts, years in the making, free push-IMAP email—similar to the email sys- or limit access to certain files and folders. The device Apple CEO Steve tem on a Blackberry—to iPhone customers. itself can support up to 50 users at once. Jobs today announced the Apple also included its Safari web browser, company’s intention to and the phone can use its Internet capabilities more MacWorld news on page 2 enter the mobile handset to view standard web pages, rather than WAP market, unveiling the new versions of pages. Integrated Google Maps Apple iPhone. The iPhone functionality lets users look up a business and Tonight... brings together several features of the iPod, drop its phone number directly into the dialer. digital camera, smartphones and even portable The iPhone also supports Dashboard widgets, computing to one device, with a widescreen dis- starting off with weather and stocks. -7:00 Help desk play and an innovative input method. “Every once in a while a revolutionary product The iPhone’s photo management features are equally interesting. Its software enables users 7:00 Magic Time! comes along that changes everything,” said Jobs. to use a “pinching” motion to zoom in and out Featuring a new input technology called of pictures, and to orient pictures in standard New members - Brian Fountain “Multi-Touch” the iPhone features only a single or landscape mode. When playing music, the Dues ($3) - Ray Kallman “home” button, and is controlled by sliding a iPhone can automatically adjust levels up or Ambassador & Industry News finger across its touch-sensitive 3.5-inch, 160 down as calls come in. - Lyle Sanders pixel-per-inch display. The iPhone will come in two versions, a 4GB New Shareware - Ray The iPhone, which runs Mac OS X, has full $499 model, and an 8GB $599 model with a two- Items to buy & sell - Brian iTunes integration and can year contract. Both will be available beginning in also seamlessly sync data with a desktop, including June. Cingular will be the exclusive U.S. carrier. Jobs said Apple anticipates bringing the iPhone 7:30 TarMac’s Home music and videos from to Europe in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007, MacWorld News iTunes, contacts, calendars, and Asia in 2008. photos, notes, bookmarks 8:30 Wrap-up - Brian and email accounts. later announced the arrival of the iPhone, the beginning in April, with prices starting at $2,279. 2 applause was replaced by cheering and yelling The companies start by taking a stock Apple from the thousands of Mac aficionados in the MacBook and remove the screen and the top audience. From that moment, the Apple TV was part of the MacBook’s case, including the continued from page 1 overshadowed by the iPhone. keyboard. A new 13.3-inch widescreen LCD is Munster, though, says the Apple TV will come into installed as part of a chrome-plated magnesium Paramount to sell movies on its own, propelling the digital living room ahead, and at some point in the future hooking up with the iPhone top shell, turning the MacBook into a pen tablet- based computer. iTunes Store to create a greater personal entertainment package. “The capacity of the iPhone will increase in the future,” he says. “You’ll have all of your con- All of the original MacBook’s capabilities are retained, according to the companies, and the ModBook is reversible to a stock MacBook if you Mathew Honan - Playlist tent in your pocket and just carry it into a living wish, although Axiotron president Andreas Haas room. Your whole identity and preferences are and OWC president Larry O’Connor suggest that N oting that it has going to be on this device, and then you’ll just they don’t expect too many buyers to request sold 1.3 million stream it to whatever TV you want.” the reversal. movies in the The Apple TV, which measures 7.7 inches by The ModBook includes an internal CD/DVD first four months they 7.7 inches, has a 40-Gbyte hard drive for storing “Combo” drive and is upgradable to a CD/DVD have been on offer, content locally, and it’s designed to hold up to burner with dual-layer burning capacity. Blue- Apple announced today that Paramount Stu- 50 hours of movies and TV shows, 9,000 songs, tooth and Wi-Fi capabilities are retained as well. dios will join Disney in offering feature length and 25,000 pictures. It also supports 802.11b, “The ModBook is 100 percent MacBook,” said films for sale on the iTunes Store. The move al- 802.11g, and 802.11n Wi-Fi networking. The de- Haas. lows Apple to offer more than 250 movies for vice has an Intel processor. The ModBook leverages Inkwell, handwriting sale on the iTunes Store. It’s designed to handle movies, TV shows, recognition software built in to Mac OS X Tiger. music, photos, and podcasts. The device will That’s complemented by Wacom’s “Penabled” store media that’s downloaded from the Inter- hardware, which enables users to utilize gesture net, and will hook up to the television so movies recognition and direct painting and drawing. A Jobs Moves to Control and shows can be watched there. Jobs says the Apple TV will work with both PCs and Macs. Until now, if people wanted to buy a movie stylus is included, which is held within the case using a magnetic lock. Because the stylus incorporates radio-based from iTunes and watch it, they had to watch it digitizer technology, it has considerably higher on their tiny iTunes screen or on their computer. resolution than the ModBook’s screen itself, and Many have said both experiences leave some- can even be used by hovering the stylus slightly the Living Room with thing to be desired. If they wanted to watch it above the computer. It’s not a touch-sensitive on their televisions, they had to connect their display, however—a stylus is needed, you can’t iPods to their TVs, and that involved plugging use your finger. Apple TV and unplugging cables, not to mention climbing The screen is covered with a layer of chemi- behind the TV console every time you wanted cally treated glass that’s resistant to scratches to do it. The Apple TV is designed to make the and breaking, and is “coffee-proof,” according to whole experience easier. Haas. People who haven’t wanted to bother with John Welch, Unix/open-source administrator at The ModBook retains the original iSight downloading movies from iTunes and watch- Kansas City Life Insurance and a Mac industry ana- camera, which has been pivoted slightly so it’s ing them on their iPods or computers just may lyst, says coming out with the Apple TV is an impor- pointed at the ModBook user’s face rather than be swept into the age of the streaming movie tant move for the company that is so obviously put- up in the air. The ModBook also offers an op- or TV show. ting a great deal of emphasis on the digital home tional Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna. and consumer electronics. Apple even went so far The ModBook is considerably more expensive 1.10.07 - Sharon Gaudin - InformationWeek as to take the word “computer” out of its name. Jobs than a stock MacBook, but O’Connor noted that T announced on Tuesday that the company would if you compare “apples to apples,” it’s a good he Apple TV just may be the missing link now be known solely as Apple Inc. value compared to tablet PCs, which lack the that will pull together the pieces of the “Apple TV, the iPod, iLife—it’s their strategy same features as the MacBook, and don’t use digital living room, according to industry to control the home,” says Welch, who is speak- the same Core 2 Duo processor as the MacBook, watchers. ing at MacWorld this week. “The Apple TV is the either. People who haven’t wanted to bother with next step in their strategy.” Because such a change voids the standard Apple downloading a movie from iTunes and watch- For Bob LeVitus, a tech columnist for the warranty, OWC provides a one year warranty ing it on their iPod or computer just may be Houston Chronicle and a speaker at MacWorld itself. The company has no plans to offer a user- swept into the age of the streaming movie or Expo, Apple TV actually will be the next step in installable kit, at least for now. TV show if it means they can watch it on their his own home entertainment strategy. OWC is offering special pricing through the wide-screen televisions. “It’s really the missing link,” he says. “I haven’t end of the month—$2,199. “The way movies and music are being bought movies from iTunes because it’s been a distributed is obviously changing, and the hassle, but as soon as I get an iTV in my living Internet is the new efficient way to get mov- room, I’ll be all over that.” ies and TV shows,” says Gene Munster, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. “The problem is that this experience has been limited to your computer. Apple TV opens it up to your televi- sion. Even sharing movies or music between OWC, Axiotron reveal friends is going to get easier. It can wirelessly be beamed to their TVs.” Apple had teased information about the MacBook tablet Apple TV, or iTV as it’s been known for the last 1.10.07 - Peter Cohen - MacWorld several months, back in September, but offi- O The ModBook cially unveiled it at Steve Jobs’ keynote at Mac- ther World Computing (OWC) and Axio- world Expo in San Francisco Tuesday morning. tron have used Macworld Expo to publicly Jobs announced the Apple TV, receiving great unveil the ModBook, a MacBook-based applause from the audience. But when he tablet computer that is expected to go on sale 2006: cated it planned to slow down the pace of OS X $299 device has been positioned by development from the major-update-per-year Steve Jobs as “completing the package” 3 cycle seen since the operating system’s 2001 de- of Apple’s multimedia offerings when it The Year in Apple but. ships in 2007. Apple’s first order of business, While not much was happening publicly with though: coming up with a final name for the OS X, there was plenty of activity going on be- product. hind the scenes. And we saw just how much in Jim Dalrymple & Philip Michaels - MacWorld August when Apple previewed the next major Happy anniversaries version of OS X at its annual developers confer- The past year saw Apple hit a pair of milestones. I t was clear as early as June 2005 what the biggest ence. Dubbed Leopard, OS X 10.5 features modi- October marked the fifth-anniversary of the news for Apple would be in 2006—that was fied versions of Spotlight, iChat, Dashboard, and iPod—the musical player that has dramatically the month when Steve Jobs announced Apple other existing features. Additions to the oper- improved Apple’s fortunes since its 2001 debut. was jettisoning the PowerPC chip for new pro- ating system include a built-in backup feature The more significant milestone came in April, cessors supplied by Intel. And while the Intel called Time Machine and Leopard’s Spaces however; that was when Apple celebrated its transition obviously dominated Apple’s maneu- virtual desktops capabilities. 30th anniversary as a company. Whether you verings this year, it wasn’t the only news to come We’ll learn more about OS X 10.5 as we get work with a Mac or use it at home, there can out of Cupertino. closer to the update’s spring 2007 release date. be no doubt as to Apple’s impact in an industry Look for Leopard to dominate the Mac universe that changes faster than most of us can keep Intel (finally) inside in the coming year. up. From technology innovations to industrial Apple used the spotlight of Macworld Expo design and its award-winning commercials, in January to launch its Intel era, unveiling an Taking stock Apple has changed the way we think of computers updated iMac line and the newMacBook Pro In what was otherwise a stellar financial year and what they can do for us. laptops. Both of the new machines ran on Intel for the company, Apple’s practices came under Core Duo chips, which promised better perfor- scrutiny with a voluntary investigation into mance and less power-consumption. For the stock option grants given to senior executives. most part, the chips delivered, with the lone disappointment being the performance of apps In June, Apple disclosed that it found problems with some of the stock option grants made be- Survey: Half of New Cars Sport iPod Integration that hadn’t been recompiled to run natively on tween 1997 and 2001. While the three-month Intel-based computers. Those programs needed investigation found that Steve Jobs was aware Apple’s Rosetta emulation technology to run on that favorable stock grants had been given, the Intel hardware, though particularly processor- Apple CEO was absolved of any wrong-doing intensive software suffered a performance hit. by the probe because he was not aware of the 12.19.06 - Peter Cohen - Playlist accounting implications. The probe resulted in M (Mac OS X 10.4.8, released in September, dramatically improved the performance of Rosetta apps, however.) former Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson arket research firm Telematics Research In short order, Apple’s entire line of desktops resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors. Group (TRG) reports that almost 50 and laptops swapped out their PowerPC proces- Apple was sued by stockholders as a result percent of 2007 automobile models sors for Intel offerings. The Mac mini got its Intel of the stock-option scandal. The company also sold in the United States will sport iPod integra- makeover in February, followed by the May release delayed filing required financial reports with tion. The firm calls iPod integration “the most of the MacBook, a consumer-level laptop that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sought after feature” by new car shoppers. replaced the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook G4. and ultimately requested a hearing with the iPod integration is way, way up for 2007, Finally, at its August developers conference, Apple NASDAQ stock exchange Listing Qualifications according to TRG’s data. TRG reported that only rolled out an Intel-based Xserve and the Mac Pro, Panel to address the issue. In a filing in mid- 12 percent of ‘06 vehicles featured true iPod a dual-core dual-processor successor to the Power December Apple said that it was unable to integration, while nearly 50 percent of ‘07 ve- Mac G5. A little more than a year after Steve Jobs meet the December 14 deadline for filing its an- hicles have the capability. Nearly 60 percent of first announced Apple’s plans to change its proces- nual report, raising the possibility that this issue ‘07 models feature some form of auxiliary input sor supplier, the Intel transition was complete. could continue to dog Apple into 2007. to allow iPods and other devices to connect to What did the move to Intel processors mean the car’s stereo. for Apple? Besides the immediate performance I’m going to Disneyland Other trends the company has uncovered benefits from the new chips, the switch to Intel Pixar has always had a show that support for MP3 and WMA-encoded also opened up new possibilities for the Mac loose affiliation with Ap- audio is up for 2007 — from 61 percent in ‘06 platform. Consider the arrival of software that ple—it’s Steve Jobs’ other vehicles to 75 percent in ‘07 vehicles. Eighty lets Mac users install and run other operating company, after all. But the percent of ‘07 models will feature some form of systems on their Intel-based hardware (includ- ties between Cupertino and “branded audio” — that is, optional or standard ing Apple’s own Boot Camp beta.) Suddenly, the Emeryville became a little stereo equipment manufactured by a premium Mac is seen as a viable option in settings that more transparent this year, brand, such as Harman/Kardon, Bose and Bos- had always been Windows-only operations. after Disney bought Pixar ton Acoustics. for $7.4 billion. The move TRG predicts that USB connectivity in automotive Core Duo: The sequel not only gave Jobs a seat on entertainment systems “will gain considerable After wrapping up its Intel transition, Apple Disney’s board of directors, but made him the support” in their next generation, along with didn’t wait long to keep advancing its hardware single-largest individual shareholder of Disney hard disk drives. Last year, no cars sold in the offerings. Intel took the wraps off its next-gen- stock. US featured a built-in hard disk, but in 2007, eration Core 2 Duo processors in July, and Apple Perhaps that’s why, when Apple Apple added six models have hard drives. Hard drives in ve- immediately took advantage. It upgraded the movie downloads to the iTunes Store, Disney hicles are being used for navigation and music iMac to the Core 2 Duo chip in September; the was the first Hollywood studio to sign on. The servers. MacBook Pro and MacBook soon got updates of movie studio was rewarded for being first on their own. The result? Performance gains of around iTunes with full-length features: it sold 125,000 10 percent over their Core Duo predecessors in digital movies in one week. Macworld Lab tests, thanks to the better-perform- Next Week: ing Core 2 Duo chips and increased L2 cache. ‘i’ on TV Once you start offering digital movies for A last look... The Zune Phone OS X changes its spots purchase, what’s the next logical step? Accord- Since the April 2005 debut of Tiger, things had ing to Apple, it’s a set-top box that will stream been fairly quiet on the OS X front. And that had movies, music, and other multimedia files from been by design—as far back as 2004, Apple indi- your computer to your TV. Code-named iTV, the Driven a MacFord Lately? MWSF: Microsoft Unveils Quark made performance improvements 4 in several key areas, including text selection, Mac Office 2008 clipped images and flattening features. Each feature has received a Mac minis help automaker performance boost, re- Ford on the assembly line sulting in faster produc- 1.09.07 - Remy Davison - Insanely Great Mac tion times. In addition, 12.19.06 - Jim Dalrymple - MacCentral M the Universal Binary Out I icrosoft today upgrade provides per- f you’ve driven a Ford lately, at MWSF took formance improvements chances are a Mac mini de- serves some of the credit. the wraps off its forthcoming Office the throughout the applica- Windooows tion, and the company Ford Motor’s contractor has installed the Apple- 2008 for Mac, show- states that in some areas made computers in two of the automaker’s News... ing off new features, QuarkXPress 7.1 is up to five times faster on northern Indiana factories as part of a sequenc- the most important of Intel-based Macs than PowerPC. ing solution to boost assembly line efficiency. which is that Office will “Mac minis are cost effective and they are reli- now be a Universal Bi- able machines,” said Jonathan Schalliol, vice pres- nary, running on both Intel and PowerPC models. C&M closes abruptly ident of business development and chief financial Although it won’t be available until the second officer of Information in Place. The Bloomington, half of 2008, the MacBU gave the MWSF a sneak Ind.-based company is responsible for the devel- peek at the latest version of its Office suite. #!** &!#*#! opment and installation of the Mac minis in Ford’s plants. “We did a lot of research and determined Mac-only features include: they were the best deal.” - “Publishing Layout View lets users create incred- Sequencing involves taking bulk parts—head- ibly layout-rich documents such as newsletters, fliers C rests, seat covers, and so on—and placing them and brochures by uncovering desktop publishing &M Cafeteria, TarMac’s into boxes in a particular order so that as a car layout tools and providing text box entry. home for the past few or truck moves down an assembly line, workers - Ledger Sheets enable anyone to use Excel years, closed over the holi- pick the next item out of the box to put the car to handle common financial management tasks. days. No difinitive reason was together in a way that matches all the other Home and small-business users can balance given other than the operation parts for that particular car. checkbooks, track accounts or manage invest- was not profitable for it’s new This Intel-based Mac mini, mounted in a UStec ment portfolios more easily than ever. owners. case, connected to an uninterruptible power - My Day allows users to track priorities and stay For those of you who have unused gift cards supply, barcode scanner, and touch-screen LCD, on top of daily activities no matter what applica- Lyle Sanders, our User Group Ambassador, notes helps sequencers see and record what automo- tion they’re currently working in. My Day is a stand- the following: tive parts need to be picked. alone application that doesn’t take up much screen ”People who have unused C&M gift cards should While that process may seem simple, it can be space, offers at-a-glance schedule and task viewing call 757-499-9744 between the hours of 8am and a costly one for automakers when it comes to without launching Entourage, and lets users color- 10am Monday - Friday and leave their information. time and resources if parts are missing from their code everything for visualizing daily priorities.” The information can also be sent via U.S. Mail to: boxes or out of order. When that happens, Schal- Office 2008 also shares its graphics engine liol says, the assembly line had to be stopped, with Office’s Windows edition. C&M Cafeteria which costs Ford money. To avoid such mistakes, In an interview at MWSF, MacBU General 737 Independence Blvd Ford had workers who double-checked boxes Manager Roz Ho canvassed topics such as XML Giant Square Shopping Center to make sure all the parts were there and in the compatibility between Windows Office 2007 and Suite 114 proper order, further driving up costs. Mac Office 2008: Virginia Beach, VA 23455 Information in Place’s Mac-based system aims to “We’re building file-format converters that will solve those problems. “The software [called PickIT] allow Mac users to access Office Open XML For- will tell the workers if they are inserting the wrong mat following the general availability of the 2007 part or if they don”t follow the sequence,” Schal- Office system at the end of January. We will re- TarMac liol said. “Each Mac mini has a touchscreen, lease a public beta version of the converters in the which is used to default past a missing part if it’s spring of 2007, and final versions of the converters not available—that is then recorded and labeled will ship six to eight weeks after Microsoft Office to come back to at a later date.” 2008 for Mac is available. For now, we recom- Tidewater Area Macintosh Users Group A total of 14 Mac minis running on Intel Core mend that Mac users advise their friends and col- Apple User Group Solo chips have been operational at the plants leagues using the 2007 Office system to save their since early November, helping Ford assemble documents as a “Word/Excel/PowerPoint 97-2003 The Tarmac Vaporware Gazette, named in honor of past 800 cars a day. So far, everything is working president Jerry Rowe, is published for each meeting by smitty’s Document” (.doc, .xls, .ppt) to ensure the docu- printshop, a non-existant shop specializing in things of little perfectly, according to Schalliol. ments can be easily shared across platforms.” or no importance to the world at large. Send your comments, As a result of the testing to put this project Asked about earlier versions of Mac Office, Ho good or bad, to email@example.com. together, Schalliol said most of the people at said “We have committed to providing convert- his company, including the office staff, are now TarMac “Control Panel” ers for the current version of Office 2004 for Mac. using Macs. For those that need Windows, the However, we will assess file-format converters Brian Fountain, president company has purchased the Parallels Desktop for earlier versions of Office for Mac following Tom Davis, vice-president for Mac virtualization software. the release of beta converters in the spring.” Ray Kallman, treasurer other panel members Ford is not the only company to benefit from Lyle Sanders, user group ambassador Jamie Lewis, master-at-arms Jan Cook the research and development that Information Cindy Huffman QuarkXPress gets upgraded in Place has done. Schalliol said his company plans Lynn McAlpine to bring the hardware/software combination to Tarmac By-laws Frank Smith other outfits in the next year. If you show up you’re a member 1.10.07 - Mathew Honan - MacWorld If you speak up you’re an officer Q If you stand up you’re the president uark released QuarkXPress 7.1, an upgrade to its desktop design software. The latest website: homepage.mac.com/tidewatermug upgrade offers performance enhancements e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org through 1.31.07: login in ipod password nano that make the design software more responsive.