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Don't hold your breath for Flash for iPhone

 Adobe and Microsoft are very interested in developing Flash and Silverlight (respectively) support for the iPhone – but Apple continues to stand in the way of their implementation.

With Silverlight 2 announced yesterday, Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie has confirmed the block, saying, "Basically where we’re at right now is we have talked with Apple.

"We are very interested in being able to run [Silverlight] on the iPhone. At the end of the day, Apple ultimately controls what software runs on the iPhone. To date, what they’ve said is that at this time, they’re not looking to enable browser plug-ins like Silverlight or Flash to run on top of it.”

There is a little hope in sight – it appears Apple hasn’t fully closed the door to either firm yet, with Guthrie telling Webmonkey, “They might in the future, but right now it isn’t an option for any vendor and so if they let us we’ll definitely come. Until they open it up to third-party plug-ins, like Silverlight and Flash, we’re both prevented from running there.”

Via: PowerPage

MacBook Pro will carry glass trackpad!

Apple’s new pro laptops will be packed with features and will indeed host a glass trackpad.

We’ve been banging on about this for months, and now our sources have been confirmed by another, this time over at Daring Fireball, where John Gruber writes, "And good news for those of you who’ve been bitching about Apple’s laptops having a single button: the single-button trackpad is gone. Which is to say there is no button at all….the MacBook Pro’s new trackpad is made of glass, and is a button itself. 

Essentially it’s a touch-sensitive user interface, a glass trackpad that acts as a physical button "with a click you can feel".  This was detailed here and here in July.

The report hosts a host of additional information about what to expect when Apple puts its focus on laptops today – glossy screens for the MacBook Pro; the non-appearance of the 17-inch model (yet – is this in order to shift the line to LED screens at a later juncture?)..

As mentioned last night, Gruber also reckons there will be no $800 laptop – even though analysts reckon it would boost Apple’s notebook sales by a huge amount… but even then perhaps its best to never say never.

oh – and one more thing, way down at the bottom of Gruber’s report he confirms yet another thing we’ve been banging on about – "It can also drive the new $899 24-inch Apple LED Display that no one knows about, which is being introduced at the same event. ?"

Microsoft declares war on the 'Apple tax'

Microsoft is on the warpath once again, with some Redmond executive slamming Apple for putting a tax on Macs and suggesting (in a kind of roundabout way) that Macs aren’t really more secure than Windows. (Yeah, right)…

Ina Fried at Cnet has the report, and it’s a classic example of a journalist digging away at a slippery interviewee in an attempt to get a straight answer. 

Brad Brooks, vice president of Windows Consumer Product Marketing, argued that Mac buyers face hidden costs if they try to add Windows to their Mac or if they decide to forgo Windows compatibility.

In fact, his remark is priceless: "If people want a Windows experience, then start with a machine that was built for the Windows experience." We couldn’t agree more, using virtualisation software and a copy of Windows on your Mac is as purpose built as you need.

This attack continues, though, with Brooks bridling at what he sees as the ‘Apple Tax’, saying, "There’s going to be an application tax, which is if you want choice around applications, or if you want the same type of application experience on your Mac versus Windows, you’re going to be purchasing a lot of software," he says….(sparking incredulous gasp from man over here).

The Microsoft exec also goes off to point out that Macs aren’t upgradeable, and that Apple’s machines don’t support things everyone wants such as, erm, HDMI, Blu-Ray and so on.

And Macs aren’t immune to viruses, it’s a "fallacy" said this Microsoft bloke before almost instantly going on to declare Windows Vista to be 60 per cent less virus prone than previous versions of, erm, well, of Windows, basically.

And then, asked for a direct comparison between Mac and WIndows security, the exec suddenly goes all quiet, "You know, it’s hard to get a direct comparison, Ina. I want to be very specific in any kind of the data or the information that I give you there is that you’re running one system versus another…"

In other words, Fried had him beat…

Anyway, the gist of the rest of the interview (do read it) is that Microsof is sick of its failure to define itself as a consumer experience that’s worth having, is prepared to do things such as not offering feature parity in Mac versions of Office to tempt new users back, and is drawing a line in the sand to preserve its market share.

Including stressing the fiction of the ‘Apple Tax’. Now, just how much does Windows cost to purchase? And how much extra for the anti-virus software?

$899 DisplayPort Monitor en route?

That $899 price point that keeps getting thrown about?  Yeah, it looks like it is a monitor for the new DisplayPort, erm port that the new MacBooks are going to have…AI and MR both think so at this point.

Looks like a lot of predictions are going bad all around with Apple’s launch only a few hours away.  No one expected Cinema displays until Macworld.

Also, the 17 Pro and MacBook varieties are expected to be no shows.

At this point, it looks like two 13 inch and 2 15 inch Macbook Pros.  And a Cinema display that takes display port.

 

MacBook Pro with 2 NVIDIA GPUs? WHY!?

Engadget/Gizmodo’s tipster is saying that the new MacBook Pros will have 2 NVIDIA GPUs.  A lot of people are wondering why 2?  Perhaps it has a lot to do with Snow Leopard and Open CL:

OpenCL

Another powerful Snow Leopard technology, OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing.

More on OpenCL…

here.

MacBook Pricing claims all over the place.

The last minute pricing claims seem to be heading towards an $899 entry level MacNetBook (double the price of a Dell dude).  It also echoes Piper Jaffray’s call a few weeks back.  We reported Best Buy tipsters earlier said prices would stay static while Inquisitr said they’d drop to $800.  Now BGR says:

One of our trusted Apple ninjas just let us know that he/she has found the following pricing in the Apple Store system. They “guarantee” the follow price-points:
$899
$1,299

$1,599

$1,799

$1,999

And two at $2,499

We we told there may be more models (more expensive 17″ inch MacBook Pros) but that’s all that is in the system now. 

Finally, MacRumors found an anonymous blog post with the following….

 

They speculate that since it has a totally different sku, the $899 computer might be of the netbook variety. 

We’ll know for sure in 12 hours…

What about the MacBook Air?

PCPerspectives just came out with a update to their report that the MacBook Air would get a mention tomorrow…but not an update until 2009:

UPDATE (10/13/08): I just got an update from a source that gave us new information about the updated MacBook Air.  Apparently, a new MacBook Air will be announced and shown at the event but it won’t be available until January 2009.  The MacBook and MacBook Pro will be available almost immediately.

This is pretty unsettling news, if true.  Keep in mind, they were the first to report that NVIDIA would be getting in the late 2008 MacBook/Pros.   Announced in October but released after Christmas?  We don’t buy it.

Either way, will the new MacBook Airs get 3G?  Remember back in January, when the technology community was listing the faults with the MacBook Air, the one thing that made everybody’s list: Lack of 3G support.  Ed Baig, USA Today (in January) asked Steve Jobs why they left it out…

Air does not come with the built-in ability to connect to a speedy wireless data network run by various cellular carriers. Jobs told me last week that Apple considered it but that adding the capability would take up room and restrict consumers to a particular carrier. Through a USB modem, he says, you can still subscribe to wireless broadband with your favorite carrier.

To us, that sounds like something that can be overcome in a year, Jobs obviously isn’t opposed to it.