Yesterday’s announcement from Apple might’ve damped Palm’s parade, but at least the Pre and exclusive carrier Sprint had a wild weekend. Sprint Nextel says it broke its single day and single weekend sales records thanks to the new smartphone, though it’s not offering specific figures. Analysts guess that between 50,000 and 100,000 Pres were sold. If that’s the case, it’s easy to see why Sprint is staying silent on the numbers: Apple sold one million iPhone 3G phones in its debut weekend. If Palm is really supposed to rival the iPhone, it will probably want to avoid direct sales comparisons. Supply shortages will make it even harder for the Pre to catch up, but a sell-out’s a sell-out, right?
Good news for people who love Steve Jobs: Apple’s head honcho may be ill and out of the public spotlight, but his influence is still felt at the company as he works from home. While COO Tim Cook handles the day-to-day, Jobs weilds a heavy hand on product development, including the newest OS for the iPhone. Talking to unnamed insiders, the Wall Street Journal says this work includes development of a “portable device that is smaller than its current laptop computers but bigger than the iPhone or iPod Touch.” A new Apple rumor this is not, but you’ve got to figure every report takes us a little closer to something like the image above. And if it’s true, you can rest assured Jobs is on the case.
The idea of glass speakers conjure imagery of opera, woman singing soprano, easiliy shattering every window pane in near proximity. Now, you can duplicate that anxiety at home with Kenwood’s SP0001 glass speakers. Fortunately — and perhaps for this reason — the the SP0001 is weak on performance, with only 10W per speaker and 8? output. If you’re in Japan, get a pair for 100,000 Yen (roughly $1,000) or pay a little more for white and blue LED lights to make the setup even prettier, save for those tacky gold knobs in the back. There’s no word on whether the SP0001 will make it outside of Japan. To opera-loving countries? Probably not.