Reports earlier this week claimed Apple would launch the Mac App Store on December 13, ahead of the holiday shopping season. However, according to my sources, Apple will launch the store in the new year.
While a specific date was not given for the official opening of the store by my sources, Apple will meet the 90-day deadline given during its October “Back to the Mac” media event.
Given the date of the media event and Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ commitment to launch the store within 90-days, we should see the Mac App Store sometime on or before the third week of January.
Jim's sources with-in, or close to, Apple have historically been very accurate. The Mac App Store has the potential to create the ultimate alternative to searching and Googling for apps on your Mac.
If this store is a success, it has the chance to break that hesitation for new buyers now that they know the app finding/buying process is just as easy on their iOS device. This could be a huge change on the computing landscape.
The Apple I came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Apple co-founder and current chief executive Steve Jobs.
The computer, one of only 200 of the model ever made, originally sold for $666.66 when it was introduced in 1976. It was bought over the phone at Christie's by Italian businessman and private collector Marco Boglione. Francesco Boglione, who was at the auction house on Tuesday, said his brother had bid for the piece of technology history "because he loves computers".
Another of Apple's co-founders, Steve Wozniak, who was also present and agreed to add an autographed letter to the lot, said: "I'm very delighted for the gentleman who purchased it."
One of our favorite iOS 4.2 features is AirPlay, which lets you stream media from your iOS device to an AirPlay-compatible component such as the latest Apple TV or an AirPort Express. But we also want to be able to do the opposite: stream media from a source to our iOS devices. For example, a 32GB iPad can’t accommodate the 85GB of music and movies you’ve accumulated on your iMac. But if you couldaccess all that media from your iPad by streaming it over your Wi-Fi network, you might find that arrangement to be just as convenient. (In fact, the Apple TV lets you do exactly this, as does iTunes’s Home Sharing feature on Macs and Windows PCs.) Similarly, we’d love to be able to play, on our iOS devices, music and video on network drives—such as, say, a hard drive connected to an AirPort base station.
The 11-inch model received a "very good" rating for ergonomics and display, a "good" rating for performance and "fair" ratings for versatility and speakers. Consumer Reports also found the MacBook Air had battery life of 6.25 hours. The Toshiba's battery life came in at 5.5 hours of battery life.