The annual D Conference, sponsored by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal, took place this week, which was an excuse for many tech companies to debut new and upcoming products, and there was much other iPhone news this week. Here are a few of the highlights that caught my attention, plus I answer the burning question of "Where's the beef?" (and the turkey) inside of Apple:
- South Carolina attorney Ben Stevens, who authors The Mac Lawyer, has long been a fan of Daylite, a Mac program that can be used for case management. (See some of his discussions here: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) He's not alone; I often hear Mac-using attorneys rave about that product. Macworld has a review of the new companion iPhone app, Daylite Touch, which it says is "so rich and useful, it makes a compelling argument for jumping on the Daylite bandwagon."
- Google previewed an upcoming product it is calling Wave, which allows web browsers to have live chats in which each word is transmitted as it is typed, character by character (instead of the "person X is typing" messages that you typically get with instant messaging) to speed up messaging, plus Wave allows live editing of documents by multiple people at the same time, and even includes real time translation. Google says that Wave will work on iPhones. Get more information from Engadget and CNET.
- Maryland attorney Lou Pettey pointed me to this funny Dilbert cartoon from March, joking that his wife has referred to his iPhone as his "girlfriend" for a few months now. Since my wife is an iPhone-using attorney who has been known to read this blog, I'd like to take this opportunity to emphasize that she is "way better" than my iPhone. Although the iPhone does have some really cool apps ... um, I better move on to the next story before I get into trouble.
- Speaking of my wonderful wife, she shared this New York Times article with me about the etiquette of using a smartphone at the dinner table. I presume that the article is interesting, but I only skimmed it because I was using my iPhone at the time.
- Keeping an eye on the upcoming competition to the iPhone, Jon Rubenstein and Roger McNamee of Palm previewed the upcoming Palm Pre at the D Conference. It appears that the Pre will sync with iTunes and iPhoto, just like the iPhone. I wonder whether Apple will try to block that. I used the 1.0 version of iTunes on my Mac before there was an iPod; back then, iTunes synced with any MP3 player, and I used a Rio 600 that held about 15 songs at a time (and I am amazed to find a current Amazon link to it: Rio 600 32 MB Digital Audio Player), but it has been a long time since Apple allowed iTunes to sync with any new non-Apple MP3 players. Engadget has good coverage of the Pre announcements and I particularly enjoyed this photograph of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sleeping through a portion of the Palm presentation.
- Apple's retail stores are already fantastic, but over a third of them are about to be improved. The definitive website on Apple Stores -- ifoAppleStore -- discusses a USA Today article which reveals that Apple will remodel 100 of its current 252 stores to display more computers and increase the size of the Genius Bar by 50% to accommodate more customers. I have always had very positive experiences with the Genius Bar whenever I have had trouble with a Mac or an iPod.
- And finally, there was a brief time yesterday when you could type menu.apple.com into the Safari web browser on an iPhone and, for a brief second, see Apple's web app for the cafeterias at each of five Apple campuses before the webpage pushed you over to www.apple.com (presumably after realizing that you were not accessing the webpage from within Apple's employee network). Macworld noticed it, as did I after I saw this tweet from Scott Kleinberg's iPTIB Twitter account. The Apple cafeterias are called Caffè Macs. I ate at the Caffè Macs on Apple's main Cupertino, CA campus a few years ago, and it was delightful -- good food, nice tables where you could eat either inside or outside, and on the day I was there, I could look two tables over and see Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive eating lunch together. (You can learn more about the cafeteria in this MacLife article.) There are reports that Steve Jobs (who has been on medical leave) returned to Apple's Cupertino campus this week, but since he is a vegan, he must have missed the daily specials, the roast turkey and the roast beef. I presume they were delicious, but I will post updates as I get more news on this breaking story. Here are a few screenshots from my iPhone if you want to see what you missed during yesterday's rare peek inside of Apple: