Has Steve Jobs' "control freak" ways cost Apple a $10m iAd contract with Adidas? That's the rumor out of Silicon Alley Insider, citing two "mobile industry executives" who reckon the sportswear manufacturer pulled their campaign after Apple rejected their advertising concepts for a third time.
We've learnt to be pretty skeptical about emails purported to be from Steve Jobs, but the prospect of an imminent fix for iPhone 3G owners with slow, glitchy and downright frustrating handsets after updating to iOS 4 is too good to be true. Having heard that Apple were investigating the reports, a Mac Rumors reader emailed the CEO to ask if an official downgrade option was really in the works; according to Jobs' reply, there's a "software update coming soon."
Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi has described Steve Jobs as "a big pearl", and said that his company is "lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble." Apple products have the same halo effect in the Chinese market as elsewhere, but limited official availability has so-far minimized the impact smartphones like the iPhone 4 have had on rival devices. That limitation has given Lenovo a pass on their limited app selection, Chuanzhi said.
Apple PR's Steve Downling has denied to Fortune that yesterday's supposed email exchange between an irate customer and CEO Steve Jobs is authentic. The conversation - in which Jobs was alleged to have told the iPhone 4 owner that Apple was "working" on a fix for the persistent antenna issue many users have reported - is now the subject of some controversy, with BGR (who initially reported the issue) posting screenshots of the email headers they were sent by their tipster.
Of all the things you might expect Steve Jobs to say about the iPhone 4, "It is just a phone. Not worth it" probably isn't the first thing that would come to mind. As the Apple CEO continues to respond to increasingly irate iPhone 4 owners, frustrated by their antenna experiences, his counter-arguments are getting more and more blunt. After posting a demo of the iPhone 4 reception problem on YouTube, being subsequently contacted by Apple, and then taking things up with Jobs and an Apple engineer directly, a BGR reader was supposedly told by the outspoken exec that he should "calm down" after "getting all worked up over a few days of rumors."
Updated: Apple PR say this email exchange is a hoax; more here.
While the new Mac mini may have brought the HDMI output many were clamouring for, its position as the HTPC of choice was slightly undermined by the continued absence of a Blu-ray drive. According to the latest email exchange with Steve Jobs, we shouldn't hold our breath for any Blu-ray on an Apple machine; a MacRumors reader asked the CEO about the optical drive's absence, only to be told by Jobs that "Bluray is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD - like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats."
The new iPhone 4 might be making waves but Steve Jobs hasn't given himself a day off to celebrate. Instead he's been catching up with his email correspondence again, sending out the usual terse replies to the Apple faithful (or at least curious). Unsurprisingly it's the new smartphone that has been on most peoples' minds; Jonathan Cowperthwait wondered how users are meant to put people on hold now that the in-call button has been replaced by the FaceTime icon, only to be told by Jobs that in fact the hold button "doesn't do anything more than Mute."
After Steve Jobs described his iPhone 4's new LCD-based Retina Display as being better than AMOLED panels during the WWDC 2010 keynote this past Monday, it was pretty clear that Samsung wouldn't let the snub slide. While a Samsung spokesperson did concede that Apple's 960 x 640 display was higher resolution than their own Super AMOLED panel (as used in the Samsung Wave and Galaxy S), he also insisted that "structurally, IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology" in other ways key to image quality.
When Steve Jobs said that the iPad offered "Freedom from porn" last month, it was just the latest in a series of digs against rival platforms - Android, PCs - that allow risque content to be viewed. The Apple CEO probably didn't expect it to kick start a guerilla street art campaign, though; that, however, is exactly what has happened. Apple adverts near the Moscone center where Apple held their WWDC 2010 keynote earlier this week were modified using self-adhesive overlays that changed the generic content into something a little more smutty.
It's every young developers' dream: you create an app for the iPad, get glowing feedback in the press, and then Steve Jobs mentions your software while standing on stage during the WWDC 2010 keynote. Unfortunately for the developers of the Pulse News Reader app which Jobs did indeed namecheck yesterday, the aftermath wasn't chart-topping sales but a takedown notice from the NY Times and their software being yanked unceremoniously from the App Store.