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The Onion Chooses The iPad As One Of The Most Influential People Of 2010

The Onion Chooses The iPad As One Of The Most Influential People Of 2010

We easily could have written about Steve Jobs, the iconic CEO of Apple, and adequately described the iPad in that predictable context. But instead, we made the radically unorthodox decision to grant this product—a one-and-a-half-pound wafer of aluminum and glass, mind you—the same status accorded to members of the human race. You’ve already read through a number of stories constructed around people, but just when you expected to encounter another, we pulled the rug right out from under you.

This year, we are choosing a computer as one of the most influential people of 2010.

Also:

Anyway, not to brag, but we’re pretty fucking proud of ourselves.

Yes, you should be. At least you didn’t realize Mark Zuckerberg was worth a price in 2010.

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“Apple Has A Spectacular Year”

“Apple Has A Spectacular Year”

Never before has this venerable company, which at age 34 is a grizzled veteran by Silicon Valley standards, stood so firmly atop the high-tech industry. Earlier this year, Apple’s market capitalization surpassed that of Microsoft, making it the most valuable property in the tech universe. And during its just-completed fiscal year, it broke four consecutive quarterly revenue and profit records. Amid the worst recession in decades, Apple hired thousands while others cut jobs.

The key point:

Apple’s innovation is not only relentless but also ruthless. No company is more willing to kill its own babies. Rather than wait for competitors to draw the knife, co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs does the deed himself.

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Reminder: Apple Q4 Financial Results Today - 5 PM ET

Later today starting at 5:00 PM ET (2:00 PM PT) Apple will hold the Q4 earnings call during which the company will announce their financial results. An audio-only live streaming will be available at apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq410. As usual, we’ll offer a breakdown of the results and have a post in the homepage with continually updating notes from the earnings call.

Apple is expected to post blockbuster sales in this quarter, even after all the Antennagate issues this summer. Analysts have predicted roughly 6 million iPads sold during Q4 2010, 13 million iPhones and 4 million Macs. We’ll know the whole truth in 10 hours.

Apple is set to offer a preview of the next Mac operating system (allegedly called “Lion”) on Wednesday and Apple’s stock is currently trending at $314.


The iPod shuffle and the iPod nano: Click and Clip

Today we saw the return of the 2nd generation iPod shuffle as a smaller, 4th generation upgrade that features VoiceOver and a familiar scroll wheel in pale yet lovely shades of silver, blue, green, orange, and pink. Arriving in similar hues with savvy graphite and slick (PRODUCT)RED coats, the iPod nano has truly become the nano charm I’ve always wanted: a no-camera, no-video mini music player featuring an interactive multitouch interface and a clip-able form factor that’s perfect for my morning jog. I’m incredibly satisfied with this year’s offerings, and the click-and-go functionality of Apple’s latest iPods are great.

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