Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Exclusive: Gay Marriage NOT Their Real Agenda

Photo: (Cook, Jobs) Text: Eric Zeman

File this under: Whoa. According to DigiTimes, Apple has placed orders for up to 100 million 8GB NAND flash memory chips. Gee, what would Apple want to do with that many chips?
One hundred million 8GB chips is a lot of memory. The order is so large, says DigiTimes, that it is causing tight supply in the market. It reports, "Contract prices for MLC NAND flash chips have increased by up to 16% for the first half of April, as a result of shipment adjustments by chip suppliers."
Most of the chips for Apple will come from Samsung, which is the world's largest supplier of NAND flash. It appears that Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Sony (NYSE: SNE) are also beefing up their supplies of flash memory, though the DigiTimes doesn't have figures.
This and other reports suggest that Apple is ramping up production of the next-generation iPhone. Lest you think that any new device would be limited to just 8GB (which seems a skimpy amount), keep in mind, Apple may use multiple chips inside one device. With 100 million chips on hand, Apple will be able to supply millions of iPhones and iPods with all sorts of different memory configurations, including 8GB, 16GB, 24GB, 32GB and so on.
We also know that Apple has ordered 3.2- and 5.0-megapixel camera modules, and that iPhone OS 3.0 (which is great, by the way) will support video capture.
Tie everything together, and Apple just might have something really interesting to announce at WWDC in June.

Tim Cook, Steve Jobs's second-in-command, may be up for the top job at Apple should anything happen to the company's iconic founder. Indeed, he's already subbed in once when Jobs was recuperating from surgery to treat pancreatic cancer. But who is this guy? Even Fortune's in-depth profile gives few clues: Cook, 48, is a Southerner who's "intensely private," a "fitness nut," and a "lifelong bachelor" who rents a house in Palo Alto. Outside interests? "When he isn't working he tends to be in the gym, on a hiking trail, or riding his bike." Come on. What is this — a Fortune profile, or a men-seeking-men personals ad in Craigslist?
     Gina Gloski, a classmate of Cook's at Auburn University, told Fortune, "He just never seemed that interested in other people. I'm a hugger and a kisser, but I'd never feel comfortable giving Tim a hug or a kiss." A Republican when he worked for IBM, he donated money to Barack Obama's campaign.
We dislike stereotypes as much as the next guy. But an intensely private bachelor in his 40s, with a Southern background? We'd be remiss in our duties as a gossip if we didn't wonder if Cook was gay.
Not that there's anything wrong with that: Apple recently donated $100,000 to the unsuccessful effort to defeat Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage.
Source: valleywag.com

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