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.
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 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.
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 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.
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'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.
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.
A new poll finds a little less than a quarter of Americans will buy a PC for the holidays. That could spell trouble for Apple Computer and other PC makers who count on Christmas sales for almost one-third of their annual business.
RealNetworks has confirmed to The Mac Observer (TMO) that a security hole in RealPlayer 10 for Mac has been fixed in the final version of the product, and only affected earlier beta versions