With less than 24 hours left before Steve Jobs takes the stage (arguably for the second time this week), questions are rampant: Is Apple buying Facebook? (It depends on how many people “like” the idea.) Is Apple testing a Verizon iPhone? (I don’t know—can you hear me now?) Plus, another entry in the “surprising statistics about Apple” file. As they say, there are three types of lies: lies, damn lies, and the remainders for Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
The case for Apple buying Facebook (The Atlantic Wire)
It’s hard to look at Steve Jobs’s Monday comments on acquisitions and not see that he’s got something specific in mind. But is that something Facebook? The Atlantic Wire lays out the cases for and against the move. However, it overlooks the most salient detail: Steve Jobs’s can then insert his consciousness into Mark Zuckerberg’s body to create an unstoppable entrepreneurial machine.
Next Apple iPhone (Verizon model) hits “AP” field test stage, iPhone 5 hits “EVT” stage? (Boy Genius Report)
What would the week be without another Verizon iPhone rumor? Boy Genius Report says Apple is in the advanced testing stages what may be a CDMA-compatible phone. Alternatively, the model in question is a new iPhone with a better antenna. Or a hybrid iPhone that runs on all networks. Or a tricorder. Nobody really knows.
Benign envy sells iPhones, but malicious envy drives consumers to BlackBerries (EurekAlert)
No doubt you’re wondering what drives people to Android.
One word: masochism.
60 percent of Apple’s sales are from products that did not exist three years ago (Asymco)
Strangely enough, 10 percent of its sales are from products that don’t exist yet.
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