As you may know, today is Leopard Day, meaning that there will be lines at Apple Stores, lots of jubilant crowing as UPS arrives with your copy, "first impressions" all over the web, and of course, pictures of cute baby leopards. Aww. As always, there's been more than just Leopard happening this week, so here's what you may have missed while you were drooling over Spaces:
This may be more frightening than any Halloween costume, but Lotus Notes is coming to the iPhone. Thanks to CommonTime, the mobile version of Notes, called mNotes, will be available sometime this coming summer. Might was well start practicing your teeth-gnashing face right now.With all the Leopard excitement, it's easy to forget that iPhones are coming to Europe in exactly two weeks. In preparation for the launch, O2 stores are apparently already getting their iPhone displays built and ready for action. There don't seem to be any actual iPhones involved with the display though, so I'm guessing the actual units won't appear until the 9th.According to some Apple job postings, Apple Stores may soon feature a "Concierge" to
accost assist customers as they enter the store. The greeter will point people in the direction of whatever help they need, which may make it easier to actually find a salesperson when you need one. Someone at the door also lets aimless wanderers know they're being watched, which helps out with security. I wonder if they'll be checking receipts, as well… According to UBS analyst Ben Reitzes, the iPhone is continuing to cause the "Halo 2" effect. iPhone sales and excitement are leading to more retail traffic, as well as more Mac and iPod sales. The effect should continue through the holiday season, and Apple may capitalize it by launching new products in the Spring. And according to Ben, the stock price is going to continue to rise, leading to a new price target of $220.If you've ever wondered about the training process at Apple, but haven't been able to get hired, there's a new Fast Company article with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making an Apple Stores sales associate.I can't really make fun of this, but apparently Apple's web traffic rose to 43 million unique visitors in the third quarter of 2007. The sections with the most increased traffic were .Mac, iTunes, and the Apple Store. According to the data, 8.6 billion minutes were spent on the site in the same quarter, meaning it's quite a time sink for us Apple-lovers.Popular collaborative text/code/whatever editor SubEthaEdit has been updated to version 3.0, which is a free upgrade for existing users. New features include a new statistics window, better syntax highlighting, improved SSL capabilities, and a "collaboration metadata" store.Apple seems to be getting hit with more fallout as a result of the failed NBC negotiations earlier this year. This time around, music companies like Warner Music Group may be following in the footsteps of Universal by moving to a shorter-term contract.
That should be enough to tide you over for a while, especially since many of you will be playing with your shiny new OS soon (if you don't have it already). I'll be at the Apple Store tonight as well, but just because I'm trying to score a sweet Leopard t-shirt. Have a good weekend!