Many people were dubious about the Apple Stores, but Apple has continued opening new ones at a brisk pace. According to Simon Spence, Apple’s on the right track, because the Apple Stores give the Apple brand tangible form. Also this week, we look at welcome changes in Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and note the releases of Suitcase 10.1.3, Netscape 7, and the return of the Palm Conduit for Entourage X. Note that next week’s issue will be published a day late.
Next Issue One Day Late -- Due to staff vacation, next week's issue will be published Tuesday, 10-Sep-02, a day later than usual. Needless to say, since we'll be short-handed it's entirely possible some of our services will act up in the meantime, but perhaps they'll behave if they know we're on to their little games
Netscape 7 Released -- Netscape Communications has released Netscape 7, a promising improvement to the now-underdog Web browser. New in Netscape Navigator 7 is tabbed windows, which enable you to load multiple Web sites within the same browser window, plus overall performance improvements and bug fixes
Extensis Releases Suitcase 10.1.3 -- Less than a week after the formal release of Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Extensis has brought its Suitcase font-management software up to par with an updater (see "A Quick Trip With Suitcase 10" in TidBITS-627)
It's Baaack... Palm Conduit for Entourage X -- After an initial release and rapid retraction last July, Microsoft has re-released its Palm conduit for Entourage X, enabling Entourage X users to synchronize contacts, calendar items, tasks, and notes (but not email) between Entourage X and Palm-compatible handheld devices
Last week's much-anticipated release of Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar hasn't disappointed - Apple pulled out all the stops in improving and adding to Mac OS X. Despite the $130 upgrade cost, over 100,000 people purchased Jaguar in the first weekend it was available, a number Apple claims is a record for Mac OS sales in a single weekend (though it undoubtedly includes all the pre-orders placed up to that time as well).
We've all heard plenty about the major features of Jaguar so far - iChat, Rendezvous, the system-wide Address Book, etc
In last week's article, "The Branding of Apple: Apple's Intangible Asset," I looked at Apple's brand and what sort of reactions it evokes from consumers