We are only in the second month of the year, but I'm already looking forward to this Fall to find out what new product Apple has been working on. Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to Daisuke Wakabayahi of the Wall Street Journal yesterday. The focus of the story is Apple repurchasing $14 billion of its own shares, but what especially interested me is that Cook also confirmed that Apple will be releasing a new type of product this year. Cook said: "There will be new categories. We're not ready to talk about it, but we're working on some really great stuff." Most expect this to be an iWatch, and I look forward to learning what it is and what it does. Apple seems to be pouring a ton of resources into this new product, and the last two times that they did something new, we got the iPhone and the iPad. And now, the news of note from this week:
- If you are in or near New Orleans and you don't have lunch plans on Tuesday February 18, then why don't you join me for this month's LSBA Tech Tuesday CLE? For $25 you get lunch from 11:30 to 12:00 and then I'll present a 1 hour CLE on using an iPad in the practice of law. Click here for more information and to sign up.
- No matter where you are, I'd love to see you at ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago March 27 to 29. I talked about why you should considering attending TECHSHOW last month, and I mention it again today because early bird registration discounts end on Monday, February 10th. So if you want to come and you want to save $200, register now. You can download the full conference brochure in PDF format by clicking here.
- South Carolina attorney Bill Latham of The Hytech Lawyer updated his iPad app recommendations for lawyers.
- Texas attorney and e-discovery expert Craig Ball discusses mobile device discovery in this article for Law Technology News.
- South Carolina attorney Ben Stevens of The Mac Lawyer reviews the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini.
- Jeff Abbott of The Sweet Setup interviewed California attorney David Sparks to find out what is on his iPad.
- Nick Heer picked VSCO Cam as the best iPhone photo editing app in an article for The Sweet Setup. I take lots of pictures on my iPhone but I usually edit them on my Mac at home using Photoshop Elements, not on my iPhone, so I myself don't have a favorite iPhone photo editing app.
- And finally, Apple recently released an amazing video called 1.24.14 that honors the 30th anniversary of the Mac by showing people around the world using Apple devices. The video itself is worth watching, and you can click here to do so, but the story-behind-the-video is even better. First, I suspect that Apple considered making this a Super Bowl commercial, for the reasons noted by Ina Fried of Re/code. Remember that the Mac debuted with a Super Bowl commercial in 1984 that many consider the best commercial of all time. Second, the making of this video is a great story. The entire video was shot by 15 camera crews around the world, all on the same day, all taking video with an iPhone, all orchestrated by director Jake Scott, the son of Ridley Scott who directed Apple's 1984 Super Bowl commercial. This video explains how it was done. Very neat: