More iphone bashing, 3D displays and more
It has been a busy pre-holiday week, with our features on 3D on the Mac and a 27″ iMac review. There’s also news about a couple of Apple’s lawsuits, rumors about the upcoming Mac Pro, and more. Read on for our top Apple news of the week:
A review of the iMac 27″ Core 2 Duo: yep, it’s still an iMac: The new 27″ iMac is certainly a sight to be seen. Its huge screen and subtle feature improvements make it an attractive addition to Apple’s lineup, but is it actually good? Ars pokes around to find out.
An introduction to 3D on the Mac, Part I: models & textures: If you’re just getting into 3D rendering on the Mac and are overwhelmed by the number of packages and approaches, Ars is here to help. We take you step-by-step through rendering and texturing a 3D model, with videos and advice on tools and techniques.
Claim that crappy iPhone service is Apple’s fault is bunkum: A New York Times report says the poor design of the iPhone’s “air interface” is to blame for service problems universally reported by iPhone users in the US. We beg to differ.
iPhone and Snow Leopard Server’s failure to communicate: With Apple pushing the iPhone as a full-featured smartphone for the enterprise, you’d think it would work perfectly with its own enterprise-focused Snow Leopard Server. You’d be wrong. The iPhone even functions better in an Exchange environment.
PastryKit: best iPhone Web app library you never heard about: If you want to create a Web-based iPhone app with a native look and feel, Apple’s got a framework for that. The company isn’t sharing it yet, though.
Rumor: Apple to include new i7-980X in upcoming Mac Pro: Could the recent Mac Pro update be a stop-gap before a much larger update? Intel’s new six core CPU might be a good indication of just that. 12MB of L3 Cache per processor? Yes, please.
Apple calls Nokia a copycat in patent countersuit: Apple says that Nokia’s patents are unenforceable and that the company is a big fat copycat in a recently filed countersuit. It may eventually get settled, but for now, the claws are out.
Psystar gets permanent injunction, legal warning from judge: Barring an unlikely successful appeal, Psystar’s days in the Mac cloning business are over. The company has until New Year’s Eve to stop all copying, modifying, and selling of Mac OS X, and that may include sales of Rebel EFI software.
Healthy Mac sales growth fueled by 74% increase in desktops: Mac sales are on fire, likely due to the popularity of the 27″ iMac. Early figures for the first two months of the quarter suggest Apple could post record Mac sales and record revenues for the holiday quarter.
Apple working on automated 3D point-of-view displays, more: Apple’s R&D labs are hard at work coming up with tomorrow’s technology. One example is automatically adjusting the perspective of 3D objects based on a user’s changing head positions. Others detail improvements to portable devices like iPods and iPhones.