On iPad Heat, New Macs, Apple As Bank, Privacy Policy, Profits, RIM, And Linux

Friday is the day that collects everything that didn’t get accomplished during the previous four days of the work week. Take my RSS subscriptions. Please. Before Friday rolled around I was a hundred articles behind. What’s needed is a compressed brain dump.

Is that a new iPad on your lap, or did you spill some flammable liquid which caught on fire?

To hear the lame stream media tell it, the new iPad is flawed because it’s much hotter than the iPad two. Or, merely warmer, if you read the fine print. My new iPad is indeed warmer to the touch, but never hot, or hotter. Just warmer.

I’m pining for a new Mac. On my list is a MacBook Air Pro. A little birdie told me Apple has plans to revamp the MacBook line sometime in April, and I want a MacBook Air Pro.

Hey, do you love your bank? Of course not. According to a UK poll, about 10-percent of people in the US and the UK would bank with Apple if Apple got into the banking business. But, among people who own Apple products, almost half would dump their current bank for Apple.

Why? Apple is considered friendly, safe, and secure. Banks? Not so much.

When congress tells you to jump, will you jump first, then ask how high? As if politicos don’t have enough to worry about with women’s rights, contraception, and drilling for oil, now they want to grill Apple’s iOS app developers.

Why? Privacy. Or, rather, lack of privacy with some iOS apps which manage to upload your entire Contact list of names, numbers, and addresses. If you’re a late night madam, that’s a list that could have far reaching consequences if those names ever became public. Maybe that’s why congress is interested. You know, just to see if their names are on anyone’s list.

Apple and Samsung, sitting in a tree. But no, they’re not k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Despite hogging 50-percent of the mobile handset industry’s revenue, they’re spatting like normal. What’s abnormal is Apple’s share of that 50-percent. The iPhone maker has barely 10-percent of the smart phone market, yet a whopping 75-percent of the industry’s profits, more than three times what Samsung makes, though Samsung sells more stuff worldwide.

Maybe Apple needs to give a dividend to their iPhone users. More bandwidth would be nice.

Hey, better late than never. That’s what Research in Motion’s new CEO says. Five years after Apple introduced the iPhone and toppled RIM’s BlackBerry from prominence, now RIM wants to court app developers to build BlackBerry apps.

Talk about being late to the party.

Finally, remember the guy who made Linux what it is today? Of course you don’t. You’re a Mac user. Linus Torvalds is the guru, brainchild, and guiding light of all things Linux (and avowed hater of Apple’s Mach kernel). Apple’s Steve Jobs tried to hire the guy. He didn’t bite, though a chunk of Apple stock given as an incentive way back when would look mighty fine at $600 a share. Instead, Torvalds pushed Linux for free, and Red Hat made a billion dollars.

Linus is no Ron Wayne.