AAPL News Updates (Archive)

  • Posted: 19 March 2009 09:39 AM

    Couldn’t find this topic so restarted - Mods do what you need.

    Expect the geeks to be out in force today over the “pwn to own” contest that took Safari out “in seconds” yesterday.

    I don’t know if there is any correlation between the pwn to own contest and the big MS news of the day which is the release of IE8. But it will probably be swung that way. i.e. Safari is “insecure” use our nifty new browser instead.

    [ Edited: 12 April 2009 02:33 PM by DawnTreader ]

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    Posted: 19 March 2009 09:54 AM #1

    rattyuk - 19 March 2009 12:39 PM

    Couldn’t find this topic so restarted - Mods do what you need.

    Expect the geeks to be out in force today over the “pwn to own” contest that took Safari out “in seconds” yesterday.

    I don’t know if there is any correlation between the pwn to own contest and the big MS news of the day which is the release of IE8. But it will probably be swung that way. i.e. Safari is “insecure” use our nifty new browser instead.

    Thanks for this info.  All browsers failed on the first day so I guess it’s no big deal.

    Here’s a link to the article from Apple Insider for those interested.

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  • Posted: 19 March 2009 12:21 PM #2

    Steve Ballmer still doesn’t get it.

    Apple’s (AAPL) Mac business has outpaced the overall PC industry in recent years, taking market share away from Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based PCs. But last month, at least, sales of Windows-based PCs grew, while Mac sales declined.

    Makes sense to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    “The economy is helpful,” Ballmer said at a conference today in New York. “Paying an extra $500 for a computer with a[n Apple] logo on it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in this economy.”

    Article HERE

    Figures were, of course, before the release of the new machines - suppose you have to knock ‘em when you’re “winning”. Interesting to see how Feb’s figures are being played.

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    Posted: 19 March 2009 01:25 PM #3

    rattyuk - 19 March 2009 03:21 PM

    Steve Ballmer still doesn’t get it.

    He certainly doesn’t. That’s like saying that it makes no sense to buy steak when lettuce is cheaper and they’re both food.

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  • Posted: 19 March 2009 02:38 PM #4

    But last month, at least, sales of Windows-based PCs grew, while Mac sales declined.

    The report they are all bragging about is NPD data. That’s large bricks and mortar resellers in domestic US only, but no data from Apple. Best Buy and probably no-one else is selling Macs and reporting to NPD.

    In a recession, would Apple be giving Best Buy great deals to shift extra Macs in competition with stores of their own delivering a better customer experience and a higher selling price? Didn’t think so.

    Let’s wait for the earnings report.

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  • Posted: 19 March 2009 03:00 PM #5

    sleepytoo - 19 March 2009 05:38 PM

    But last month, at least, sales of Windows-based PCs grew, while Mac sales declined.

    The report they are all bragging about is NPD data. That’s large bricks and mortar resellers in domestic US only, but no data from Apple. Best Buy and probably no-one else is selling Macs and reporting to NPD.

    In a recession, would Apple be giving Best Buy great deals to shift extra Macs in competition with stores of their own delivering a better customer experience and a higher selling price? Didn’t think so.

    Let’s wait for the earnings report.

    Also I think if you take netbooks out of the equation PCs are on a sharper decline than Macs.

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    Posted: 19 March 2009 05:56 PM #6

    Movie Fans Can Buy & Rent Films in High Definition on the iTunes Store

    CUPERTINO, California?March 19, 2009?Apple? today announced that iTunes? customers can purchase and rent box office favorites including ?Quantum of Solace? and ?Twilight? in stunning HD on the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com). Starting today, movie fans can purchase box office blockbusters for download in HD for $19.99 from iTunes, and films will be available as iTunes Movie Rentals in HD for $4.99 within 30 days after release. Customers can enjoy these films in HD on their Mac? or PC and on their widescreen TV with Apple TV?, as well as in standard definition on their iPhone? or iPod? with video. The iTunes Store is the world?s most popular online TV and movie store, with over 250 million TV episodes purchased and over 33 million movies purchased and rented.

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  • Posted: 19 March 2009 10:20 PM #7

          NEW Apple OLED Notebook & iPhone Confirmed By LG

    By David Richards | Thursday | 19/03/2009

    Apple is set to launch new OLED notebooks and flat panel monitors along with a new OLED iPhone claim sources at LG in Korea.

    It’s also believed that a new iPhone and iPod Touch due later this year will include an OLED screen made by LG who last year scored a multibillion dollar deal to manufacture display screens for Apple.


    One source that SmartHouse has spoken to claims that Apple already have working prototype of a new Netbook which will be manufactured in Taiwan with the OLED screen supplied by LG.


    LG have also said that they intend to increase their R&D investment by 25% with significant investments going into OLED solar and new battery technology. The Company has told ChannelNews that they will invest over $3B into R&D over the next 18 months and that recently Apple paid the Company over $500M US dollars up front to work on new monitor and display technology.


    Sources in Taiwan told ChannelNews last month that Apple were looking at an OLED based notebook that will also incorporate new touch screen technology. Now sources in Korea are saying that this information is correct and that one area where LG has been testing OLED panels is in the area of touch sensitivity and “leave behind finger marks”.

    The sources claim that in recent testing OLED screens used on a notebook attracted “body oils and sweat” when a finger was constantly used on a screen. LG believe that by adding a layer in the manufacturing process that they can eliminate “finger marking”.

    Smarthouse was also told that Apple is looking at a wafer thin OLED screen made by LG that will link with a wireless content device similar to the current Apple TV box.

         
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    Posted: 20 March 2009 08:55 AM #8

    willrob - 20 March 2009 01:20 AM

          NEW Apple OLED Notebook & iPhone Confirmed By LG

    By David Richards | Thursday | 19/03/2009
    The sources claim that in recent testing OLED screens used on a notebook attracted “body oils and sweat” when a finger was constantly used on a screen. LG believe that by adding a layer in the manufacturing process that they can eliminate “finger marking”.

    iPhone/Touch have glass protecting the LCD panel.  How is OLED different?

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    Posted: 20 March 2009 10:37 AM #9

    macglenn - 20 March 2009 11:55 AM

    iPhone/Touch have glass protecting the LCD panel.  How is OLED different?

    This is from Wikipedia.

    A significant benefit of OLED displays over traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) is that OLEDs do not require a backlight to function. Thus they draw far less power and, when powered from a battery, can operate longer on the same charge. Because there is no need for a backlight, an OLED display can be much thinner than an LCD panel. Degradation of OLED materials has limited their use.

    Plus, from what I understand, the picture quality makes High Def. look like analog, it is that good. The biggest disadvantage has been the price. If Apple can pull this off, it will be great.

     

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  • Posted: 20 March 2009 11:07 AM #10

    New iPhone models spotted in iPhone 3.0 OS, “iProd” and “iFPGA”

    ...some extra little bits of code in the 3.0 OS that indicate that there will be not one but two new iPhones, a new iPod touch…

    EDIT: Originating Ars Tech article here.

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  • Posted: 20 March 2009 11:30 AM #11

    AT&T confirms contract-free iPhone 3G

    By Chris Foresman | Last updated March 19, 2009 4:40 PM

    [ArsTechnica]


    Earlier today, we told you about unconfirmed evidence that AT&T planned to offer iPhones without a contract. AT&T spokesperson Michael Coe has now confirmed in a statement to the AP that “no-commit” iPhones will go on sale next Thursday, March 26.

    As rumored, the 8GB iPhone 3G will sell for $599 and the 16GB iPhone 3G will sell for $699. So now you know: AT&T is subsidizing $400 of the cost of the iPhone if you’re willing to commit to two years of service.

    AT&T said it would probably offer a contract-free option for the iPhone after the initial July launch frenzy settled down. That was nine months ago, for those of you keeping score. Further, the “no-commit” option is limited to one per customer per active line, and they are still locked to AT&T. Still, for those who don’t want to be saddled with two years of service, you now have another option.

         
  • Posted: 20 March 2009 01:02 PM #12

    ILounge has a really good examination of the changes in the iPhone 3.0 release. They point out a lot of features that the Event didn’t cover ? such as Safari auto fill and password storage.

         
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    Posted: 22 March 2009 05:25 PM #13

    Would-be iTunes Store killer SpiralFrog goes extinct

    Anotherone bites the dust.  :wink:

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  • Posted: 22 March 2009 07:40 PM #14

    Source: Apple’s next-gen iPhone has video camera

    By Kasper Jade
    Published: 04:45 PM EST

    Apple this year will finally introduce video recording capabilities on at least one of its upcoming iPhone models, AppleInsider has been told.

    An iPhone with a video cam

    Details are few and far between, but the information comes from a person who’s proven extremely reliable when predicting changes to the Cupertino-based company’s hardware offerings.

    At this time, there’s no information to suggest that video recording support will be available through anything other than a upgraded rear-facing camera that will, of course, also take still photos at a higher resolution.

    The addition, however, is reportedly just one of several hardware related tweaks that will surface in iPhone revisions due sometime between late spring and early fall. Another, that same person says, will be a significant boost to gaming hardware (likely via Imagination’s new multi-core PowerVR chips).

    Video recording support has stood as one of the most glaring omissions from the iPhone since its inception two years ago, but the understanding is that Apple wants to get the feature “right.”

    Supporting evidence

    Possibly supporting these most recent claims is a screenshot from the beta of iPhone Software 3.0 published by Engadget earlier this week. It shows a MobileMe panel for uploading images conspicuously titled “Publish Video.”

    While the gadget publication speculates that this may be nothing more than an interesting typo, AppleInsider was informed of Apple’s plans to include video support on the next-generation iPhone hardware shortly before Tuesday’s introduction of the 3.0 software, and therefore believes the reference is significant and further evidence to this end.


    Supporting video on 3G networks

    Word of Apple’s mobile video plans arrives alongside claims that the upcoming iPhone revisions will support faster Internet speeds—a likely precursor to facilitating transmissions of video files over third-generation mobile networks.

    For its part, exclusive U.S. iPhone service provider AT&T confirmed during a communications conference last May that it had a HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) 3G network up and running in the labs at speeds of 7.2 megabits per second, or approximately twice the theoretical throughput of its existing network.

    At the same conference, the carrier’s mobile chief Ralph de la Vega said AT&T planned to transition to HSPA release 7 sometime in 2009, which would deliver even faster speeds “exceeding 20 megabits per second.”

    He said the upgrade would require few if any hardware modifications to the company’s infrastructure and would instead be a smooth transition achieved largely through a software upgrade to its electronics.

    Software support

    Should Apple’s video plans for the next-gen iPhone remain intact, it’s believed the capability would see support through a new “Movies” iPhone app that would provide rudimentary editing support akin to the audio trimming capabilities of the company’s upcoming Voice Memos iPhone application.

    The same application would presumably allow users to email their movie clips to friends and family members, or send them via MMS messages.

    Video as a high end feature

    Though largely speculative at best, it’s possible that Apple could market video recording capabilities as a premium feature available only through a high-end model.

    ArsTechnica on Thursday discovered references to four unknown multi-touch handheld products in resource files included with this week’s iPhone Software 3.0 beta, including “iPhone 3,1.” The reference joins discoveries earlier this year of an “iPhone 2,1” product in the resources of iPhone Software 2.0.

    Neither reference is tied to a shipping product, and both identifiers suggest iPhone models with distinguishing hardware features, meaning two distinct models could be in the cards.

    For example, the original iPhone identifies itself as iPhone 1,1, while the current iPhone 3G lists as iPhone 1,2, as the architectural changes between two models were relatively minor.

    As with similar practices for Macs, Apple’s use of 2,1 and 3,1 imply major and distinct changes. For instance, the second-generation iPod touch is listed as iPod 2,1 and includes faster internal hardware than the first-generation model called iPod 1,1.

         
  • Posted: 22 March 2009 07:44 PM #15

    Dell’s iPhone Killer rejected by carriers as too dull

    By Prince McLean
    Published: 04:05 PM EST

    After signaling its intent to follow Apple’s wildly successful iPhone into the smartphone business, Dell’s first attempts to produce a phone have been rejected by the carries for being too dull and lacking enough differentiation to stand out in a competitive environment, according to a report.

    A research note published today by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu said that Dell’s new prototypes, capable of running both Windows Mobile or Google’s Android, simply didn’t interest the carriers.

    Mobile service providers either want basic phones they can sell for free (as the majority of LG units do) or headline grabbing models that can stand out and hopefully pull new subscribers from rivals, such as AT&T’s iPhone 3G, Verizon Wireless’ BlackBerry Storm, T-Mobile’s Android G1, or Sprint’s hopeful Palm Pre.

    “From our conversation with supply chain and industry sources,” Wu wrote, “it appears that it ultimately came down to lack of carrier interest and small subsidies, making it difficult for Dell to make a profit. In our view, the last thing Dell needs is to enter another money losing business as it seeks to preserve its operating margins of 5%-6%.? Wu noted that those figures compares with HP’s 11% margins and Apple and IBM at 15%.

    Wu said Dell is ?going back to the drawing board in designing a cell phone with more differentiation,? that could ?likely involve vertical integration of some sort including software and/or services.?

    “PC guys are not going to just figure this out”

    Dell’s failure to successfully step from the commodity PC business into the mobile handset market should come as no surprise, as smartphones requires expertise in software platform development, consumer design savvy, and portable device engineering, all things Dell has never demonstrated any proficiency in.

    That calls to mind the quote from Palm CEO Ed Colligan, who said ?PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They?re not going to just walk in.” He was specifically referring to Apple, which did “just walk in” with the iPhone launch, but carried with it a half decade of experience with the iPod and decades of experience in maintaing successful software platforms building highly customized hardware.

    Some pundits have speculated that Dell may need to buy its way into smartphones, citing Palm as a target. Palm is struggling to release its new webOS and the Palm Pre as the first phone to use it. As sales of its aging Treo line collapse, Palm has been kept afloat only by millions of new venture capital injected by Elevation Partners. Were Dell to buy Palm and inherit the webOS, it would come at the expense of Windows Mobile and Android, both of which are trying to line up new licensees.

    Smartphone shakeout

    Microsoft is being hit particularly hard, with two of its top names from last year (Samsung and Sony Ericsson) abandoning Windows Mobile for the Symbian OS in their new flagship phones demonstrated at this year’s Mobile World Congress, leaving Microsoft’s main licensees LG (which also has plans to sell Android phones) and HTC (which makes 80% of the phones that use Microsoft’s mobile OS, but is similarly planning Android phones and is apparently losing its business of building phones for Palm).

    The smartphone market’s ability to resist collapse during difficult economic times, paired with the shrinking global market for PCs, has already sent other PC makers scrambling to enter the phone business, including Acer, Asustek and Lenovo. However, the tough competition for attention in a complex market that requires building relationships with the carriers who control the retail sale of phones through service plan subsidies is not going to allow PC makers to “just walk in,” as Colligan stated.

    Long time phone makers Motorola and Sony Ericsson are in big trouble, with little to excite new buyers and mounting pressure to catch up with Apple’s App Store, its vertical MobileMe cloud sync offerings, and its sophisticated software development tools. Even market leading Nokia is having trouble announcing plans to maintain the pace of Apple in the areas of software updates; API and development tools; and music, video, and mobile software and gaming offerings.