CNN: Apple doomed again or something

Today in Apple: CNN thinks Apple is failing to innovate. Plus: The cost of the iPhone 5C, and run Linux natively on your Mac

By , ITworld |  Business, apple innovation problem, iphone 5c cost

We'll know by the end of next year if CNN was right on their Apple innovation worries. I bet that Apple has the last laugh, when all is said and done.

The Cost of the iPhone 5C
All Things D is speculating on the potential costs of the iPhone 5C. We should know all of the details about the phone by tomorrow, after Apple's special event. But for now the cost is still up in the air.

Analysts expect Apple to price the so-called iPhone 5C somewhere between $400 and $500, potentially establishing a new mainstream price band between the smartphone market’s high end and its low end. Their rationale? $400 to $500 appears to be a pricing sweet spot for smartphone buyers in China — a market of particular interest to Apple these days.

Extrapolating from data culled from a recent survey of 2,000 Chinese mobile phone owners, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty found that Chinese customers believe $486 to be an “acceptable” price range for the iPhone 5C.

More at All Things D

I think the guess should prove to be reasonably accurate. Apple is not going to release a cheap phone without any kind of significant margins. Even a cheaper iPhone is still a status symbol in places like China, and Apple will not want to dilute their brand down with a hunk of junk phone.

Speaking of the iPhone 5C, here's a video from a foreign language site that purports to show an iPhone 5C in action. Take it with a grain of salt since there's no official verification of it.

Run Ubuntu Linux Natively on Your Mac
Mac Tuts has an excellent article that shows how to run Linux natively on your Mac. The article covers the following topics:

Hard Disk Partitioning
Boot Drives
rEFind Install
Installing Ubuntu

Ubuntu on a Mac runs quite well. It boots in less than 10 seconds and automatically detected my MacBook Air and recommended a closed source driver to improve my MacBook Air’s wireless connectivity. Although it’s against the Linux way, I took Ubuntu up on the recommendation.

Some further niceties are that two-finger scrolling works immediately when selected from the settings, and the battery life is within an hour of OS X’s length.

More at Mac Tuts

Overall this is a very good tutorial for anybody who wants to run Linux natively on their Mac computer. You could, of course, just run Linux in a virtual machine via VirtualBox, VMWare or Parallels. But there is something to be said for running it natively as well.

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