Steve Jobs had a busy week, entertaining fans and inciting competitors.
Apple's CEOthat are thinner and lighter than the prior model, while aiming to offer the instant-on and long battery life found in the iPad. Available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models, the machines range from $999 to $1,599 depending on the combination of screen, processor, and storage. All use , boasting anywhere from five to seven hours of battery life in "wireless Web use," Apple said.
Jobs also announced that Mac OS X Lion, the next installment of the Mac OS, will be available next summer. The new version is designed to take some of the features found in iOS, such as multitouch gestures, and bring them to the Mac.
But it was Jobs' remarks during a surprise appearance on Apple's earnings call that generated the most buzz in tech circles. Jobs explained the rare dial-in as a tribute to Apple's first $20 billion quarter--it had been two years since his last earnings call visit, but theregarding the fragmentation of Android, Google's alleged obfuscation of "open" versus "closed" platforms, and the shortcomings of 7-inch touch-screen tablets.
His targets took little time in responding.
Many of the massive social network's most popular apps are sharing users' personally identifiable data with ad and Internet-tracking companies.
A niche movie producer has provided a court with the IP addresses of 1,568 people it accuses of sharing one of its titles. The next step: attaching names to the numbers.
Canadian government report says Google plans to use only crowdsourced data, obtained primarily through mobile devices, to compile its Wi-Fi location database.
Company will pour between $6 billion and $8 billion into building a fab in Oregon and upgrading four other U.S. manufacturing plants as it shifts toward 22-nanometer designs.
Redmond's chief software architect is exiting the company. The move leaves the software company's technology architecture in question.
Apple sells 4.1 million iPads, 14.1 million iPhones, and 3.9 million Macs for another record-setting quarter. iPad sales are lower than analysts expected.
Also of note
reading•Week in review: Jobs stokes fans and foes
Mar 17•Apple event set for March 27, Microsoft creates new division
Mar 16•Apple event on March 27 to focus on education
Mar 16•Apple imagines a world where you unlock everything with your face
Mar 16•How to listen to TV in a noisy room