The iPad drops into even more countries, the Apple II is firmly entrenched in middle age, and Final Cut Pro X hasn't given up the ghost yet. The remainders for Monday, April 16, 2012 are doing the same thing they do every night, Pinky.
The iPad, she is taking the world by storm! Specifically, 12 additional countries: Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, South Korea, St Maarten, Uruguay, and Venezuela. If this were a game of Risk, I think now's the point where I convince everybody else to attack the iPad.
The Mac may be approaching its 30th birthday in a couple years, but let's not forget the Apple II, which just turned 35 on Monday. Yes, that means the Apple II can now run for president. You know what, I think I'd vote for it.
Corning glass made iPhone possible (The Ithaca Times)
Speaking of iconic Apple products, you may know that Corning's Gorilla Glass has been used in the iPhone since the original version of the device. But did you know that the glass is not actually made from gorillas? That and more interesting tidbits await you!
Transforming the PC Experience (Intel Developer Forum)
Intel's Kirk Skaugen, VP and GM of the company's PC Client Group, said in a presentation last week that "hundreds" of devices using the Thunderbolt technology pioneered in Apple products would enter the market by 2013. That's thanks in no small part to the company's rallying cry: "Thunder, thunder, Thunderbolt....hoooooooo!"
Word on the street has Google's much-anticipated cloud-storage service launching next week, with 5GB of free storage for everyone. Implementation details are still scarce, but I'm sure we can all agree it will be an iCloud/Dropbox-killer on steroids, right?
Future Features in Final Cut Pro X (Larry's Blog)
An uncharacteristically talkative Apple offered consultant and trainer Larry Jordan a sneak peek at Final Cut Pro X features coming down the pike later this year, including beefed-up audio editing, dual viewers, and RED camera support. Also, if you're a professional-level video editor who's considering ditching Final Cut Pro after the recent re-design, the updated version will offer you a hug.
VMware Fusion 4.1.2 - The latest version of VMware's virtualization app fixes more than 20 bugs, including resolving an "out of memory" error, correcting an intermittent printing bug on Lion, and repairing an issue with copy-and-paste on newer Linux distros. Free update; $50 for a new license.
Western Digital VelociRaptor - Ideal for users who need large capacities and top performance, this new 2.5-inch SATA hard drive mechanism is rated at 10,000 rpm, and is available in 1TB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities. The VelociRaptor comes in WD's IcePack enclosure, which allows the drive to fit in a 3.5-inch hard drive bay. $320 for 1TB, $210 for 500GB, and $160 for 250GB.