Merrill Analyst: Color, Flash-Based iPods Coming Early ‘05; Apple Doesn’t Deny

5:00 PM, Oct. 24th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple will likely introduce a flash-based iPod in early 2005 and a color iPod in the first half of next year, Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich predicted Monday in a 10-page report to clients obtained by The Mac Observer. After visiting with Apple execs, Milunovich gave some interesting insight into Apple's thinking of future iPod products that is worth reading.

Analyst Reiterates Apple to Make Flash-Based Player; SigmaTel Stocks Soars

5:00 PM, Oct. 19th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Following the report of strong third quarter earnings Tuesday, Thomas Weisel market analyst Jason Pflaum reiterated to clients Wednesday his confidence that semiconductor maker SigmaTel will supply chips for a flash-based music player from Apple Computer that will be released before Christmas.

Google Not Ruling Out Desktop Search for Mac

5:00 PM, Oct. 17th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Google has not ruled out releasing a Macintosh version of its Desktop Search program that creates an index of the files on a user's own computer, a company spokesman told the Mac Observer, despite Apple planning on making similar functionality available in the next update to Mac OS X early next year.

Enthused Fans Pack San Jose Apple Mini Store Opening (UPDATED WITH PHOTOS)

5:00 PM, Oct. 15th, 2004 · · TMO Scoop

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Some 200 Mac fans showed up Saturday for one of six openings of Apple's new mini retail stores across the U.S. Crowds began to gather some two hours before the opening of the Oakridge store to be one of the first to get a free opening event T-shirt, and see first hand Apple's smaller consumer retail strategy.

Analysts Expect Rosey 4Q Apple Earnings, But What About Mac?

5:00 PM, Oct. 12th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Analysts expect Apple to post strong fiscal fourth-quarter profit when it reports earnings later Wednesday. Strong iPod sales are expected to be part of the rosey picture, but analysts want more direction on the health of the Macintosh computer line, which continues to lose ground in the personal computer market.

New Owners of Dantz "Committed" to Mac Market With Retrospect

5:00 PM, Oct. 11th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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The new owners of back-up software maker Dantz Development Corp. are "committed" to continuing development and sale of its three Retrospect software products for Mac, company executives told The Mac Observer Tuesday.

Apple Dominates MP3 Market in Units Sold 5 to 1, Data Shows

5:00 PM, Oct. 11th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple's iPod and iPod mini continued their domination of the U.S. portable music player market in August in terms of actual units shipped by a margin of five to one, new data shows.

Service Pack 1 for Office 2004 Fixes Security, Bug Issues

5:00 PM, Oct. 11th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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The Macintosh Business Unit of Microsoft announced Tuesday the release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2004 for Mac OS X that addresses potential security issues and a variety of bugs.