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August 5, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Apple cobbler: Origami Mac delayed, Jobs’ MobileMe rant and Gartner’s iPhone concerns

No summer vacation for Apple news hounds. Today’s highlights:

UBS analyst Maynard Um joined the fray with an initial report on Apple saying that a “sub-notebook” scheduled for release this year has been pushed back to the first half of 2009. His “industry checks” report new iPhone colors by the holiday season and a new phone model early next year. (Via AppleInsider).

Ars Technica reported on a Steve Jobs memo to Apple troops, saying the flubbed MobileMe launch wasn’t up to Apple standards and could have been handled better.

Does this sound like it was polished for public consumption, like one of those old Gates memos? An excerpt:

“The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services. And learn we will. The vision of MobileMe is both exciting and ambitious, and we will press on to make it a service we are all proud of by the end of this year.”

Finally, Gartner advised clients that the iPhone 3G isn’t ready for anything but very lightweight enterprise use.

The research giant said the cult phone’s main weaknesses are wimpy battery life — it won’t last a work day while using the fast network — and security issues, namely the lack of built-in encryption. Via The Register via Computerworld.

Is it just me or does Gartner seem to vacillate on this one. Last year it said the iPhone wasn’t enterprise-ready, then it revised its advice in March, saying “it’s ready for business” thanks to a software upgrade.

Here’s its latest take, as reported by Computerworld:

The newest iPhone “does not deliver sufficient security for [running] custom applications” commonly used on handhelds in enterprise settings, Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney wrote in a nine-page research note. The report, “iPhone 2.0 Is Ready for the Enterprise, but Caveats Apply,” concludes: “Enterprises should approach expanded use of the iPhone slowly and with close examination.”

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