Folks - This is probably the last time we'll be together before the Christmas holiday. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, the impending end of the year, or nothing at all, I hope the next few days treat you well (Mayan prophecies notwithstanding). I'll see you again next week. In the meantime:
- Apple CEO Tim Cook was named a runner-up for Time's Person of the Year. Look, I like Apple as much a the next guy who's written about the company and its products virtually every day for the last 6 years, but that seems like a stretch. Apple obviously had a great year from a financial perspective, and Tim Cook handled the post-Jobs era very well, but did he do anything this year that made him one of the world's most remarkable or important people? Not in my book.
- Another domino falls in the DOJ's ebook price-fixing suit against Apple and the major publishers: Penguin Group has reached a settlement. Only Apple and Macmillan have yet to settle.
- I don't know about you, but I'm starting to get fairly concerned about Apple's web services. Yes, iCloud is cool, but it goes down way, way too often--as it did this week. The reliability of these services may start to become a real vulnerability for Apple next year.
- Another week, another Apple HDTV rumor. This time we're told that Apple and its manufacturing partner Hon Hai are testing 46-55 inch sets, but that an LCD supplier hasn't yet been confirmed and that the set may not see the light of day in 2013.