The iPhone Turns Five Today

From GigaOm:

Few of us who were in this business that day — June 29th, 2007 — will forget the sense of anticipation and history that accompanied the countdown to the release of the iPhone. There was certainly a lot of silly hype, and a lot of bemused condescension from mobile companies such as Palm (now dead) and RIM (which might as well be). But the difference between the launch of the original iPhone and just about every other tech event before or since was the degree to which average people realized just how much this new product would change their lives.

Jump over to GigaOm and give it a read. The post links to other stories about the iPhone’s impact on the industry and how it pushed Apple to the top of the tech world.

Bob Mansfield, Apple Hardware SVP, Retiring

From AllThingsD:

A 13-year Apple veteran, Mansfield oversaw the engineering of every major piece of hardware Apple has debuted in the past decade — iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air.

He oversaw the hardware development of an amazing line of products. Those are some big shoes to fill.

Apple Security Updates To Become Automatic and More Frequent

From Mac Rumors:

The new system [Mountain Lion DP 4] does daily checks for security updates as Apple ramps up its security protocols in the next-generation operating system.

Good news for OS X users. This is just one of many security features touted with OS X Mountain Lion. The only thing left now is to see if Apple is more responsive to security threats than in the past.

1984 Steve Wozniak Video

Sarah Bailey—of the North East Ohio Apple Corps (NEOAC)—sent TUAW a video of Steven Wozniak speaking at their event in 1984:

Microsoft Surface—Gruber’s Perspective

John Gruber posted his own analysis on why Microsoft decided to ditch PC making OEMs and go solo creating Surface, their latest attempt at entering a tablet market dominated by Apple. The following snippet nails it :

Microsoft Surface is not fundamentally about Microsoft needing to control the entire integrated product in order to compete with the iPad on design. It’s about Microsoft needing to sell the whole thing to sustain its current profitability.

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