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June 19, 2009

Fans worldwide queue for new iPhone

Friday, June 19, 2009

Science and Technology
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Fans throughout the world have been queuing up outside stores for the release of Apple’s new iPhone, titled the iPhone 3GS. The phone went on sale on Friday morning around the world. According to CNN, around 300 people were queuing outside Apple’s New York store while employees were briefed inside.

Lines, however, were not as long as was anticipated, with surplus metal barriers outside stores. An Apple employee was quoted as saying that the lines were shorter than this time last year.

The new iPhone contains a faster processor, a digital compass and a video camera. Ever since the launch of the original iPhone two years ago, it has been praised for “making smartphones cool”, with over 17 million handsets being sold.

However, critics have said that the new update deals are too costly. The telecommunications company O2 has made owners of Apple’s current iPhone products buy out their contracts should they wish to purchase the new phone.


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October 17, 2008

Apple users annoyed over lack of FireWire port on MacBook

Filed under: Apple Computer,Review,Science and technology,United States — admin @ 5:00 am

Friday, October 17, 2008

A black MacBook Image: Jared C. Benedict.

A black MacBook
Image: Jared C. Benedict.

User’s of Apple Computer‘s MacBook computers have criticized Apple for failing to include a FireWire port in it’s newest release of its basic laptop.

The users expressed the anger at the popular company with hundreds of messages posted on Apple’s official forum, in hte minutes after the announcement to remove the FireWire port was made by Steve Jobs.

FireWire connectors Image: Mikkel Paulson.

FireWire connectors
Image: Mikkel Paulson.

Russ Tolman, was on of the first people to complain about the issue. “I work in a large school district that doesn’t like Macs. One thing that has allowed us to keep them has been the ability to image them with firewire Ports,” he stated. “In my unknowledgeable opinion Apple really screwed up with no firewire port. Schools without much money will be moving to cheap PC’s.”

Apple’s MacBook Pro computers will continue to have a FireWire port, although cost significantly more than the MacBook.

Apple responded to these criticisms in a statement by saying that “Actually, all of the new HD camcorders of the past few years use USB 2.” Camcorders are the main thing that FireWire is used for.

Apple’s press release did not mention the fact the FireWire was removed from the MacBook, although it did mention that the MacBook Pro has one FireWire port.

The MacBook Pro costs US$ 1,999, while the standard MacBook costs $1,299.


Sources

  • Jason D. O’Grady “Jobs on Firewire: you don’t need it”. ZD Net, October 16, 2008
  • Gregg Keizer “Apple users rage over missing FireWire”. Computer World, October 16, 2008
  • “Topic : No Firewire; many possible problems”. Apple Computers, october 14, 2008
  • Press Release: “New MacBook Family Redefines Notebook Design”. Apple Computers, october 16, 2008
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