iPhone: Open letter from Steve Jobs = $100 store credit.

September 7, 2007

To all iPhone customers:

I have received hundreds of emails from iPhone customers who are upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale. After reading every one of these emails, I have some observations and conclusions.

First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to ‘go for it’ this holiday season. iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers. It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone ‘tent’. We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that this holiday season.

Second, being in technology for 30+ years I can attest to the fact that the technology road is bumpy. There is always change and improvement, and there is always someone who bought a product before a particular cutoff date and misses the new price or the new operating system or the new whatever. This is life in the technology lane. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you’ll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon. The good news is that if you buy products from companies that support them well, like Apple tries to do, you will receive years of useful and satisfying service from them even as newer models are introduced.

Third, even though we are making the right decision to lower the price of iPhone, and even though the technology road is bumpy, we need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price. Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.

Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple’s website next week. Stay tuned.

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.

Steve Jobs
Apple CEO


Installing & Using iLife 08 with an iMac: Troubleshooting Application.

August 8, 2007

(Jam out too a rare “Hey Jude” or Jimi while you read)

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iLife users only had to wait a year and a half for this one, luckily, it was well worth the wait. iLife 08 is the most drastic upgrade since… iLife 06. But still, iLife 06 is pretty dang neat and all for only $79.00 single user retail and $99.00 for 5 account family pack. (Go with the family pack in case you would like to purchase a G4 powerbook or want to sell your current mac.)ilife 08

Wait, a G4… why would i want that? Because the prices are a little more down to earth on eBay than they are at the Apple store. iMacs… always debatable, they are truly pro-sumer these days and by the looks of the it 24 inch refurbished iMac is the best deal Apple offers with a full warranty.

The new 2.8 iMac with 500 gigs of storage and 2 gigs of RAM looks good too. Trust the video card upgrade is worth it alone, iMacs have been sorely lacking in this department, yet have still been usable, unlike the macbooks, which if you read my review from last week and simply, toys.


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Dear Real Steve Jobs… Thank you for iLife ’08.

August 8, 2007

red buttons Dear Real Steve Jobs,

Thank you. The iLife ’08 released today looks to be the most revolutionary media software package on earth. The iMacs… incredible, .Mac – Thank god, Numbers – expected, but thanks. All is all, iLife ’08 fills in the gaps that the Leopard keynote was missing, and then some. iMovie… who is that guy who simply came up with this idea, the idea that changed media forever? I want to buy him a gift on Facebook, and then buy him a real one, doesn’t matter what it is, a beer, candy, a rainbow, whatever he wants. He deserves it. He deserves to go on more vacations. Send him to india, the pyramids, the wall, stonehenge. I’m interested to see what he comes up with. iThink we all are.

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iSold my Macbook. “Selling it was easy, here’s why…”

August 1, 2007

my macbookAhhh, a new Apple product. All problems are solved. My life is better, more people like me, i’m smarter… wait, none of this happens. So when I bought a macbook with Windows Vista AND The Adobe Creative Suite 3, i was so excited until i really started to use it. I bought the white one and here are the main issues with it.

  • The screen is too small. iRealized iLiked my 1999 powerbook g4 screen better immediatley. First off the glare from the “glossy” screen is annoying, it is said it makes colors more vivid and vibrant, REALLY, I don’t think so. It is also cut for HD, but at 13.3, the height feel less than 10″ so it does seem smaller that the G3 12″ iBook i had and less eye-friendly than my 14″ Lombard powerbook.
  • The Design does not feel durable, it dirties quickly. At first it seemed solid. Then little”nano” loosens would affect the body, imagine a slight ticking sound on either side. i could micropress the sides in near the grooves which would get dirty. The keyboard and palm rest also get dirty very quickly, and are not easy to clean without fear of rubbing off the letters or doing permanent damage to your keyboard.
  • It feels like a toy and serious design is all but impossible. This sadly is the biggest factor. i was torn between the macbook pro & a 15.4″ good screen size and graphics card, or the macbook with the slightly smaller screen size and terrible graphics card. i chose intelligently, but not wisely, now i know and that’s half the battle.

C’mon a macbook is half the price and the specs are the same!

Hold on there OS TigerTrainer, not so.

The graphics card matters. YouTube and Quicktime sometimes have slight issues loading. Scaling and zooming also have trouble, where the macbook will skip frames and a Dell inspirion will handle it smoothly. So will the Macbook pro obviously, plus the macbook pro screen DOES FEEL twice and large. It feels work-able, and that is what is really important.macbook specs

The specs are NOT the same. The processors are near identical, but the macbook can’t use all that power. Sure it can render things fast, but it is hard to see what you are rendering. Adobe CS3 was unworkable with it. iWas so excited to get this included as well as Vista and got it for a deal on ebay, i ended up losing about $100 when i sold it, but, got to use it for a month and used the hell out of the macbook. iSold it is great condition, but i feared if i kept it any longer it wouldn’t have lasted in good condition. The screen is flimsy and the speed of the computer makes little difference if the graphics can’t cut the mustard, more like cut the cheese. Ok, bad one – life is gouda and i’m much happier to have money in the bank and to save up for a macbook pro with Leopard, WITHOUT VISTA see here, and wait for the 45″”” nanotechiture energy saving designs from intel due late this year or in the Spring.


Not a bad, toytertainment product. Seriously for students and upper income people that want this as a secondary computer where durability, hardrive (sp? why not make it one word?), and graphic design/ contact management is not an issue. 2.75 out of 5 stars. Good: Price, processor, battery. Bad: See above.

Oh! Apple has shut down its Training Centers.

July 23, 2007

apple booksJuly 19, 2007 – In the last month, Apple has shut down its Worldwide Training and Certification department and laid off its trainers, sources report. The move eliminates onsite Apple-sponsored training and means the company is only in charge of creating the certification


Training will now solely be conducted through the network of third-party Apple Authorized Training Centers (AATCs).

Sources say at least 10 full-time Apple employees have lost their jobs in the shuffle, while at least another 25 contractors saw their contracts cancelled. Some members of Apple’s on-site training program had only recently been authorized, and had to pay for all expenses out of pocket to get certified, only to find themselves out of a job weeks later.apple training

Apple’s Training site notes that the company will eliminate its Apple Training units program on August 26, 2007, and that credits can be redeemed at participated AATCs until that time, with any balance being refunded afterwards.

For its part, Apple’s recent move is not unique in the industry. Adobe, for example, has long offered training only through third-parties, only handling the certification itself. via ThinkSecret.

iSpy an iPrank. 408-421-0126

July 9, 2007

So, a funny thing happened to me on the way near the forum.


iDecided to check out the 5th Ave. Flagship Apple store in Midtown Manhattan to compare the foot traffic to the week during the hoopla wait for the iPhone. The funny thing was… it was busier.

Why? Do iHave to spell it out for you.i-p-h-o-n-e. In the store.

To be handled, held, and pressed against your cheek.Yes, the iPhone is on display at some (most? all?) Apple stores and the demo tables are mobbed right now in NYC. iMyself got to check out the phone. Phun!, Phantastic, Phucking cool Phone. Well, actually i didn’t check out the phone so much as features like Maps.

Amazing, much better than on a pc/mac. Really, the maps is incredible, you have to see it to believe how its little animated pin-drops may in fact inspire some users to rethink grad school and go after a second degree in cartography (maybe.)

The photos works as good as advertised, the home button is crucial, ease of use, Safari, zoom, you tube, videos, flippy effecty. Everything. iForgot to use iTunes, there was a big line and i could pheel phone pressure, but no big deal, i did get to tyoe on the keyboard, send a message and even make a call.

Which leads me to my prank idea.

Call Apple customers if you want to know more about the iPhone quality. Call several phones at once, keep calling until they make a name for it, maybe they will call it, c-a-l-l-t-o-l-o-g-y.

Why? Phun!

You see i was pleasantly surprised that the iPhones are really connected as opposed to phones in a verizon or sprint store. These babies are hot, (literally form the massive use) live and ready 2 go.

So please write back with either A. more numbers B. stories of your own. C. Other pranks for the iPhone.Call 408-421-0126 and iprank and iphone today!ispy iphone

iPheel like taking the week off. Happy 4th USA & 9 de Julio Argentina.

July 2, 2007


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Seriously, i need a break off from Apple, inc. i Love you all and feel free to contact me by e-mail or telephone regarding news, events, and monkeying around.

Hasta 9 de Julio Amigos!

-Americo de Thunk Different


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