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Apple May Offer Next iPhone with 128GB Option ➝

Mikey Campbell on KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s recent predictions:

Kuo expects Apple to add on a new option for a capacious 128GB of on-board flash memory[…] Finally, a new option for a gold casing is expected to be offered alongside the traditional black and, with the iPhone 5, silver colors.

We will see on September 10 (a date that has been officially yepped).

Yahoo Board Approves $1.1 Billion Deal to Acquire Tumblr ➝

Kara Swisher writing for All Things Digital:

According to numerous sources, Mayer determined quickly in her research that the fast-growing content site, turbocharged by mountains of user-generated content, was just the kind of property that Yahoo needed to make it both “cool” and relevant to new audiences.

These are the kind of acquisitions that Yahoo needs to make if that’s the path they choose to go down in their quest to become relevant again.

Aereo Announces Expansion Plans ➝

Peter Kafka runs down the list of cities in Aereo’s expansion plan:

Here’s the Aereo expansion list, which includes Chicago and 21 other cities. Assuming, of course, that the courts don’t shut the company down before they get a chance to get going: Boston, Miami, Austin, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Cleveland, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Providence, and Madison, Wis.

Looks like they’re hitting most of the bigger markets. I have family in Pittsburgh, I wonder if they’d offer me access to their account (assuming they sign up) so that I can give it a try.

Steve Jobs on Stage at D8

Steve Jobs appeared on stage at D8 last night for an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Here are some of the many interesting (paraphrased) quotes from his time on stage.

When asked about the Gizmodo prototype story:

You know, when this whole thing with Gizmodo happened, I got advice from people who said ‘you gotta just let it slide, you shouldn’t go after a journalist just because they bought stolen property and tried to extort you.’ And I thought deeply about this, and I concluded the worst thing that could happen is if we change our core values and let it slide. I can’t do that. I’d rather quit.

Regarding the origins of the iPhone and iPad:

When I saw the rubber band inertial scrolling and a few of the other things I thought ‘my god we can build a phone out of this.’ And, I put the tablet project on the shelf because the phone was more important. And, we went and took the next several years and did the iPhone. And when we got our wind back and thought we could take on something next — pulled the tablet off the shelf, took everything we learned from the phone and went to work on the tablet.

Speaking about the role of PCs moving forward:

PCs are going to be like trucks. There still going to be around, there still going to have a lot of value, but there going to be used by one out of X people.

When asked about the changes to the iPhone SDK agreement that limited the collection of analytics data:

Well we learned this really interesting thing. Some company called Flurry had data on devices that we were using on our campus — new devices. They were getting this info by getting developers to put software in their apps that sent info back to this company! So we went through the roof. It’s violating our privacy policies, and it’s pissing us off! So we said we’re only going to allow analytics that don’t give our device info — only for the purpose of advertising.

Steve Jobs is always an interesting guy to listen to, especially when he is speaking candidly. I think everyone should watch the clips of the interview in All Things Digital’s video section.

Don’t Hold Your Breath ➝

Peter Kafka reporting on All Things Digital:

I’ve been on the phone all day with music industry sources. None of them know of any specific plans Apple has to replace Lala at the end of May, when it will shutter the streaming music company it bought last December.

I never really expected Apple to launch a streaming music service immediately following the demise of Lala. But, I still expect them to do so at some point. This is the type of service that Apple may decide to start building before they discuss deals with record labels. Especially now that they are in super lock-down following the iPhone prototype leak.

iPad Available in U.S. on April 3 ➝

Yesterday, Apple announced that the Wi-Fi-only iPad will ship in the U.S. on April 3, the Wi-Fi + 3G version shipping in the U.S. later that month. The iPad will ship outside the U.S. in late April as well. Apple also announced that they will begin accepting pre-orders for both versions on March 12.

Peter Misek made waves early this week when he said that the iPad was delayed due to hardware issues. However, Peter Misek is the same analyst that said that Apple was going to reveal an iPhone for Verizon’s network at their January event. Obviously he was full of it with that prediction and I would guess he was with this one as well.

The iPad was said to be shipping 60 days after the announcement on January 27 but John Gruber has been told by a source of his that the delay was because the software just wasn’t going to be ready in time.

John Gruber regarding the delay:

My sources suggest that Misek is wrong. It was the software, not the hardware, that took a week or two longer to finish than they’d hoped. Nothing extraordinary or unusual, just the usual hard-to-predict timing of turning software that’s almost ready to ship into software that’s ready to ship. In the grand history of major OS release date slips, one week is pretty tame.

I completely agree.

But, this is about the time in the conversation where people mention that the iPad won’t be available outside the U.S. until the end of April. Apple did originally plan to ship the iPad internationally on day one but I believe that this delay didn’t have anything to do with manufacturing delays per se but instead because of higher than expected demand in the U.S.

I do think that Apple expected a high interest in the announcement but I don’t think they expected quite as many people to acutally plan on purchasing it. According to an RBC/ChangeWave survey (reported on by All Things Digital) the iPad is in higher demand than the iPhone was before its launch. I think Apple was caught a little off guard by these numbers, and therefore didn’t have the manufacturing capacity at a point where shipping it in and outside of the U.S. simultaneously was feasible. I’m sure they could have done it if they expected this type of demand, but the decision would have had to have been made weeks (or maybe even months) ago.

Apple May Ship Tablet in March ➝

John Paczkowski, writing for All Things Digital, says that the rumored Apple event will be on January 27 instead of January 26.

The gathering is to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a space Apple often uses for media events like this. According to other sources, it will occur on Wednesday, Jan. 27, not Tuesday, Jan. 26, as had been rumored.

The Wall Street Journal’s Yukari Iwatani Kane and Geoffrey A. Fowler report that Apple will announce a tablet at the event that will have a 10 to 11-inch screen and will be shipping in March.

Regarding the material used for the device:

Apple was working on two different material finishes for the device, one of these people said, though it was unclear whether the Cupertino, Calif., company was just testing the finishes or planning to come out with multiple versions of a tablet at different prices.

Much like John Gruber, I find it very odd that they are so certain about the ship date but are uncertain about the finish. Then again, if this announcement is going to be on the level of the first generation iPhone announcement, it wouldn’t surprise me if the tablet team is split up, those working on software and those working on hardware. If that’s the case then it is entirely possible that someone in the company could know about a release time frame but not know many details regarding the hardware.

Apple Tablet May be Announced in January
10/7/09: Apple Tablet Coming in Q1 2010
8/24/09: Steve Jobs Has Been Focusing on the Tablet

Update 1/6/10: John Martellaro shares his knowledge of Apple’s planned leaks:

Often Apple has a need to let information out, unofficially. The company has been doing that for years, and it helps preserve Apple’s consistent, official reputation for never talking about unreleased products. I know, because when I was a Senior Marketing Manager at Apple, I was instructed to do some controlled leaks.

He says that this recent Wall Street Journal report has all the signs of a planned leak. Seth Weintraub of 9 to 5 Mac takes it one step further and points out that Yukari Iwatani Kane has had a part in many of the recent “likely leaked stories.”

Google Announces Jan 5 Android Press Event ➝

A Gizmodo “tipster” has sent them screenshots of the Nexus One order page that reveals pricing details. The device will cost $179.99 with a 2-year contract or an unlocked version for $529.99.

There have been rumors of a press event on January 5 for the Nexus One. And, it has finally been confirmed by Google.

John Paczkowski reporting for All Things Digital:

Google will host an Android press gathering at its global HQ on Jan. 5. Presumably, the event will have something to do with the company’s Nexus One, an Android phone that Google plans to sell on its own Web site and perhaps through T-Mobile as well.

Google Gives ‘Google Phone’ to Employees

Update 1/4/09: The Boy Genius Report says that one of their sources is telling them that there will be a version of the Nexus One that is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network.

Update 1/6/10: Google Nexus One