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Behold! The body part being compared to the self-comparing rapper

Rhodri Marsden: You might not like it, but Jobs has set the pace

Secrecy is as critical for Apple as it is for someone arranging a surprise birthday party. The intensity of the media scrum surrounding the launch of an Apple product has been inversely proportionate to the amount we already know about it, so when a prototype of iPhone 4 was discovered lying in a bar in Redwood City, California, in April, you half expected the thing to be completely redesigned. Or the launch to be cancelled, lest it resemble a crowd yelling "Surprise!" at the aforementioned birthday party, only for the special guest to pop a sausage roll in their mouth and say: "Not really, Dave told me last Tuesday."

Steve Jobs unveils Apple's new iPhone 4

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced the latest incarnation of the company's iPhone at a developer conference in San Jose, California, featuring many specifications already revealed through prototypes leaked over the last few months.

Apple's Steve Jobs finds Foxconn deaths 'troubling'

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs finds "troubling" a string of worker deaths at Foxconn, the contract manufacturer that assembles the company's iPhones and iPads, but said its factory in China "is not a sweatshop."

Police come calling for blogger who leaked new iPhone

Law questioned after technology writer is arrested over 4G handset 'find'

DJ Taylor: Freedom comes at a price

Auchlincloss was right about civilisation, while we've got it wrong about the economy; helpful teachers; sporting leaders; and where our food comes from

Dom Joly: Steve Jobs nicked my idea, so I nicked it back

So, Apple launches another sexy must-have product: the iPad. I don't bother finding out what Apple things do any more – they're shiny and exciting and I have to have them. The new shiny, exciting thing, the iPad, was launched in San Francisco by the distinctly unshiny and unexciting Apple supremo, Steve Jobs. As it appeared on a screen behind him there were whoops from the audience of assembled geeks, and even a wolf-whistle.

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Hell hath no fury like Apple scorned

Technology website VentureBeat claims McGraw Hill was dropped from Steve Jobs' launch presentation of the Apple iPad on Wednesday (it was apparently meant to feature on a slide naming partners for the device).

The knives are out for the iPad

There's no pleasing a nerd. Whether it’s the launch of a highly-anticipated handheld computing device, or the casting of the latest Spider-Man movie, they will always find something to complain about.

Nicholas Lezard: Invasion of the brain snatchers

People's intelligence now seems to reside in their gadgets

iLove: Meet the Apple addicts

Tomorrow, when Steve Jobs walks out on stage to announce his company's latest super-gadget, millions of technophiles will watch with excitement bordering on religious fervour. Simon Usborne talks to the Macolytes, for whom Apple truly is the only fruit

David Prosser: Apple: master of hype

Outlook You have to hand it to Apple's marketing machine: it has become so powerful that the company no longer has to do any of the work in hyping up its launches.

Apple 'to host product event in January'

Apple has reserved space in late January at a venue in San Francisco in advance of a planned product announcement, it was reported yesterday.

DJ Taylor: Different Strokes

Alternative takes on history; various attitudes to bad sex in literature; a spread of views on just how great 'The Sun' is; writers' modesty; and various musical tastes

Apple defeats attack of the clones

Apple has won its copyright infringement claim against Florida Mac clone maker Psystar.

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