Thurrott Daily: November 15

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, iOS, Microsoft Surface, Mobile with 15 Comments

Thurrott Daily: November 15

Tech tidbits from around the web.

11/15/2016 6:15:48 PM

Microsoft Black Friday preview promises deals on Surface devices, Windows laptops

ZDNet reports:

Though many people might be eyeing Microsoft’s online store on Black Friday for Xbox deals, the site will also have a few specials on Windows devices, which it’s already previewing. These include discounts on its own Surface systems, though it’s a little tricky to determine precisely what you’re actually saving on.

For instance, Microsoft claims that the Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop will be $400 off from the base $1,899 price starting on Black Friday. However, Microsoft’s site already shows the current starting price for the Surface Book as $1,499. So is the $400 savings off the Intel Core i5 or the Core i7 256GB model, which both currently run $1,899? Since Microsoft doesn’t indicate which version is on sale, it’s hard to know.

Microsoft is also promoting a deal on its Surface Pro 4 tablet: a Core i5 model with 256GB of storage and a Type cover accessory for $999, which is $429 off the regular price. It’s taking $200 off another Surface Pro — again, the specific configuration isn’t listed, but the process of elimination suggests it’s the Core i5 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage since it’s the same original price ($999) as Microsoft is advertising.

This is worth keeping an eye on.

“Designed by Apple in California” chronicles 20 years of Apple design

It takes courage to release a $300 self-congratulatory coffee table book. But then that’s Apple in a nutshell, ain’t it? And I assume it will be followed up by “Built by poor people in China.”

Apple today announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

Well, I will say this. It will sell better than the Apple Watch.

Apple Considers Wearables Expansion With Digital Glasses

And speaking of Apple, it looks like the firm is going to do its own Google Glasses. Because, you know, that TV, car, and watch stuff worked out so well. Bloomberg reports:

Apple is weighing an expansion into digital glasses.

While still in an exploration phase, the device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality, the people said. They asked not to be identified speaking about a secret project.

Apple has talked about its glasses project with potential suppliers, according to people familiar with those discussions. The company has ordered small quantities of near-eye displays from one supplier for testing, the people said. Apple hasn’t ordered enough components so far to indicate imminent mass-production, one of the people added.

Super Mario Run will debut on iOS on December 15 and will cost $10

You may recall that when Nintendo announced it would ship its first major mobile game title on iOS that it would be ad-free. Well, it’s also going to be very expensive for a mobile game at $10. I suspect it will do very well. Nintendo’s announcement:

The first-ever mobile game featuring the most iconic video game hero of all time goes on sale for iPhone and iPad on Dec. 15 in United States time zones. Super Mario Run can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost, and players can try elements of the game’s three modes for free. Once the game has been downloaded, a one-time payment of $9.99 (United States price) will grant unlimited access to each of the three modes in this release.

“The wait is almost over for a Super Mario game that can be played on mobile devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Developed under the direction of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Super Mario Run brings a new take on the series’ beloved action-platforming gameplay to iPhone and iPad for the first time.”

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15 responses to “Thurrott Daily: November 15”

  1. 4039

    1. Notice how the $300 book ignores the anything pre "Steve Jobs Part Deux".  I want to see earlier stuff in the book, too - Apple ///, Lisa, Apple Mouse for Apple ][, Newton, etc...

    And why no Apple Books version to be read on the magical iPad Pro?

  2. 5592

    Realistically, the Apple book is really being printed as an Executive Gift for partner company executives who are at Apple for meetings. That we lesser types are allowed to buy one at a silly price is just to publicize it and make their guests feel like they got something valuable rather than what it is, a hardcover ad.

  3. 5519

    The Apple book is too thick for me.  If it were thinner I'd pay twice the price!

  4. 5485

    The pricing of this book its an exercise in stupidity. I am getting worried about the future of buying tech lookng more and more like voting Trump or Clinton.

  5. 5234

    I see prices for the Nintendo Switch are popping up.  It's $329CAD at EB Games.  I'm watching this very closely.  The thing looks good, but needs third-party support.  Even if it's not quite PS4-level graphics quality, it's still awesome to see that FINALLY somebody gets that portable gaming should be as good as TV STB console gaming.  If they bring out big games like Watch Dogs 1 or 2 on this thing, they'll sell a lot.

    • 2532

      In reply to Waethorn:

      Nintendo is over for me. Yea they bring out another glass slab that your child can smash to pieces. NICE! If my kid breaks the xbox controller. It's $40. If my kid breaks this it's ten times as much. No. Simply No.

  6. 1088

    Cannot wait till the sequel “Built by poor people in China.”

  7. 5394

    Gaffe. That's what you called a fact that should not be said. I'd rather buy the Kindle version of the book.

  8. 5027

    I'm surprised the Coffee table book from Apple is not made in Aluuminiuum 'rose gold', and that it's not also released as an audio book narrated by Jonathan Ive (Yes, I know it is a picture book, but Ive's can definitely translate that into a 200 hour audio book from the white empty room he has been locked into past years :) )  

    But maybe that comes in an upgraded version next year called "Designed by Apple in California S"   :D

  9. 4010

    Apple will be delighted if this ridiculous book sells more than Apple Watch. It will mean they suddenly have a billion dollar print publishing business.

  10. 3229

    "The idea of genuinely trying to make something great for humanity was Steve’s motivation from the beginning..."

    That only a small slice of humanity will be able to own.

  11. 5486

    Are there actually enough pages in that book to contain Jonny Ive's ego? Maybe we'll need a second volume just to be sure!

  12. 6014

    1) The Apple book is symbolic of incredible arrogance.  I can't think of any other company that would release that kind of book themselves.

    2) Am I the only one that wasn't excited about the new mobile Mario game?  It looks like a themed reskin of a million other pre-existing games that are invariably uninspiring. 

  13. 2532

    $10 for yet another endless run game??? Are they high? this is NOT what I would want in a Mario game. Endless jumping until you die sounds so so much fun! not!

  14. 940

    It's easy to laugh at the Apple Book. However, I have the previous book "The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group" by Paul Kunkel (published 1997) and it is a fantastic read, covering the period from Apple II and the iMac (only hinted in the final photos). Never regretted for a second I bought it.

    This new book however... When it's released in Sweden I'll for sure check it out, but I fear it's too much of a Steve Celebration Book to have the details from "The Work of..." book.

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