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While Apple’s Mac mini has never compared favorably to low-end PCs on price, its value being in size, weight and quiet computing, a report from iSuppli shows the $599 retail cost in a more favorable light. According to the market research firm, an estimate of part […] Read more »

Apple is once again making an inventory tool available for prospective iPhone 3GS buyers. U.S. residents can check Apple Store stock by state, with availability updated hourly. Unlike last year, when the iPhone 3G was in chronic short supply for weeks, by the end of business […] Read more »

AdMob, the ad serving firm, has released its Mobile Metrics (PDF) report for May, and once again the iPhone and iPod touch are seeing increases, both in the U.S. and worldwide. Measuring “mobile Web and application usage from our network of more than 7,000 publishers and […] Read more »

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[appreview] title=circuit_strike.one image=http://gigapple.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/cs1_01_icon1.png price=$0.99 url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=313665457&mt=8 rating=silver [/appreview] Mixing neon visuals and techno music with top-down shooting action and inertia-based movement, circuit_strike.one pushes the limits of Apple hardware, and possibly the patience of the casual gamer. Setting The player is pilot of a virtual ship that hacks […] Read more »

Having received confirmation from Apple PR, TheAppleBlog can now confirm that the official name for Apple’s latest phone is iPhone 3GS (no space). While this might not seem like a big deal to you, for those of us having to write about the formerly awkward name, […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently underwent a liver transplant. Jobs, who has been on a leave of absence from the company since January, reportedly had the transplant about two months ago in an undisclosed hospital in Tennessee. As the […] Read more »

Despite shorter lines in fewer countries than last year’s launch of the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3G S may yet perform nearly as well, at least during the first weekend of sales. Via AppleInsider, AT&T spokesperson Michael Coe has been quoted as saying AT&T “sold hundreds […] Read more »

Bento, the personal database from FileMaker, has launched a service that allows users to share templates they have created. The Template Exchange currently has around 100 ready-made templates covering a number of topics, with more being added daily. Less well-known than the professional and cross-platform FileMaker, […] Read more »

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Apple has finally issued a patch for a security flaw related to Java that was first reported in August 2008. Java for Mac OS X update “delivers improved reliability, security, and compatibility for Java” in both 10.5 and 10.4. The update also addresses a critical vulnerability […] Read more »

The “S” in the speed of the iPhone 3G S has been divulged by T-Mobile, Apple’s carrier partner in the Netherlands. A specifications page indicates the CPU runs at 600 MHz, up from 412 MHz in previous models. The iPhone 3GS will also come with 256MB […] Read more »

Despite an incremental speed increase, the biggest update to the MacBook Air at WWDC was the price. The low-end model is now $1,499, down $300, while the high-end model with a solid-state drive now sells for $1,799, a jaw-dropping $700 price drop. Available in two models, […] Read more »

WWDC 2009 starts early in San Francisco, as in the day before. First in line this year is Clay, who arrived at 5:30 p.m., June 7. Behind him were hundreds more, all waiting for the keynote at 10:00 a.m. today. By 5:30 a.m., the line for […] Read more »

An early version of Chrome is now publicly available for Mac users, at least what there is of it. As the Chromium Blog glibly posted, this release is intended for developers who take “great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software.” Having caveated that, Chrome […] Read more »

A patent application published today for a “mutli-dimensional scroll wheel” suggests Apple may be evolving the venerable iPod click wheel, rather than replacing it with a pure multitouch interface, like the iPhone. Originally filed on September 5, 2008, the patent application describes a “plurality of circumferentially […] Read more »

Before the Internet and blogging, they used to call it logorrhea, and for most of my adult life people have been begging me to shut up. Now readers of TheAppleBlog will get that opportunity, too. You may recognize me from Ars Technica, where I intermittently wrote […] Read more »

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