I just checked and Apple is charging the same price for Leopard in the Canadian store (in C$) as in the US store (in US$). There are laggards, but at least Apple doesn’t seem to be one of them.
iPhone: the SDK is on its way
As I predicted, Apple has announced that it will release a proper SDK in February (2008). From the announcement:
Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users.
Certainly many will find fault with this and say it’s too little too late, but both the marketplace and Apple’s recent history seem to prove the naysayers wrong. Now if only Rogers could their act together and offer non-insane data rates (for all wireless data) and then bring the iPhone to Canada.
If I needed a new keyboard,
I would run to the Apple Store to buy one of the new Apple keyboards that were unveiled today. Judging by the photos, both wired and wireless models are essentially MacBook keyboards in a sleek aluminum wrapper.
Update: In Macworld, Rob Griffiths notes that he’s confused about the binary choice available between a full keyboard = wired and small = bluetooth. I have to agree – in fact, I think Apple might have gotten it exactly backwards (assuming, that is, that someone forced them to make the choice, which of course is nonsense). What’s the number one scenario in which someone would want to buy a keyboard by itself? I bet it’s someone who has a laptop that they use from a specific location regularly. That person already HAS the compact version – it’s built into their Macbook. What he or she WANTS is a full keyboard – but doesn’t want to fiddle with wires sticking out the side just to use it.
Tim Bray loves
his Macbook: Unprofessional in Black. I love mine too, and contrary to the guy in Bray’s comments who doesn’t like the keyboard, I think the Macbook keyboard is probably the best laptop keyboard I’ve ever used (and I’ve used many, on both sides of the aisle (i.e., including other Apples, Dell, IBM/Lenovo, etc.).
Safari for Windows
has been announced and the Safari 3 Public Beta is now available for Windows and Mac. Is this really interesting for anything other than the fact that AJAX through Safari is the iPhone API? Is Safari for Windows anything more than the Windows Dev environment for iPhone developers?
Update: Since getting home I’ve been playing around with Safari 3 on my Macbook, and it’s freaking FAST. Quite impressive. And it doesn’t seem to croak when faced with Flash anymore.
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