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    Posted: 18 May 2009 05:01 PM

    PED has an article on Munster’s take on the NPD data   Fortune Apple 2.0

    Based on this data and his estimates of online and overseas sales, Munster now projects that Apple will sell between 2.1 million and 2.3 million Macs in its fiscal Q3, which ends in June, and between 9.5 million and 10.5 million iPods

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    Posted: 19 May 2009 01:29 PM #1

    Via AppleInsider

    Sprint Nextel Corp said Tuesday that Palm’s much anticipate Pre smartphone will launch on its 3G network Saturday June 6th for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

    The announcement comes amid increasing speculation from industry watchers who believe Apple, an established rival standing in Palm’s path to regaining steep market share losses, may use its annual developers conference two days later to counter the PDA device maker’s latest handset with its own line of updated iPhones.

         
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    Posted: 19 May 2009 06:44 PM #2

    Me likes this:

    Yahoo abandons BlackBerry to focus on iPhone, browser software


    “Score another one for the iPhone. Yahoo is abandoning its mobile app for the Blackberry and other smartphones in order to focus more on its recently relaunched iPhone app. For every other phone, it is concentrating development efforts around the mobile browser experience. People applying for the smartphone app, which is still in beta, are receiving a notice (reproduced below) stating that ?Yahoo has decided to cease development? of the app on May 20th. Yahoo Mobile now only has eyes for the iPhone.”


    grin


    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/18/yahoo-mobile-abandons-its-blackberry-app-to-focus-on-the-iphone/

         
  • Posted: 20 May 2009 09:24 AM #3

    Walmart to create Apple sections in retail stores

    Walmart is incorporating Apple sections into its stores as part of a major revamping program, notes Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes. The low-end retailer is significantly expanding its electronics departments, with the aim of filling the gap left in TV sales after the bankruptcy of Circuit City. Within these areas will be sections devoted to some of the most powerful brands, including those outside of TVs such as Apple and Nintendo.

    Some 3,500 Walmart stores are gaining the new electronics departments, described as being more spacious and interactive. Reitzes notes that while Walmart stores currently carry only iPhone and iPod gear, the company may be angling to carry a limited number of Macs and Mac accessories; such a move would also benefit Apple, which has less than 10,000 worldwide retail venues for selling its computers. Many Walmarts are also located in rural areas, which can be far removed from Apple Stores or Mac resellers.

    The obstacle is thought to be Walmart’s normal demographic, which does not typically buy high-end computers. The retailer could however carry sub-$1,000 Macs such as the Mini or the MacBook, and still cheaper devices such as a rumored media pad. Any attempt at selling Macs in Walmart would likely begin with a pilot project, says Reitzes, perhaps involving a limited number of machines.

         
  • Posted: 20 May 2009 01:11 PM #4

    Apple doubles its iPhone market share
    by Jim Dalrymple


    If there was any doubt about the popularity of Apple’s iPhone, a quick look at the latest market share figures from research firm Gartner should put them to rest.

    Released on Wednesday, the newest data from Gartner shows that Apple’s share of worldwide smartphone sales grew from 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2008 to 10.8 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In terms of unit sales, Apple jumped from 1.7 million in the first quarter of 2008 to 3.9 million during the same period in 2009.

    While the quarter’s iPhone adoption metrics may be impressive, Apple wasn’t the only smartphone maker with big gains. Research In Motion saw its BlackBerry market share rise from 13.3 percent in first quarter of 2008 to 19.9 percent in 2009. The company’s unit sales grew from 4.3 million to 7.2 million over the same period.

    Nokia saw its market share drop almost 4 percent, from 45.1 percent in first quarter of 2008 to 41.2 percent in 2009. Despite the decline, Nokia remains the world’s No. 1 smartphone maker, followed by Research In Motion and Apple.

    Gartner analyst Roberta Cozza said growth in the smartphone category was driven by touch-screen products such as the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm, and credited “tighter integration with applications and services around music, mobile e-mail, and Internet browsing,” as key factors to growth.

    Although traditional mobile-phone sales still dominate the market, a clear shift is under way. Mobile-phone sales for the first quarter of 2009 totaled 269.1 million, a drop of 9.4 percent over the same period last year.

    Smartphone sales for the first quarter of 2009 were 36.4 million, representing a 12.7 percent increase over the first quarter of 2008.

         
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    Posted: 20 May 2009 05:17 PM #5

    Erased! Posted in wrong thread.

    [ Edited: 20 May 2009 05:22 PM by cramar ]

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  • Posted: 21 May 2009 09:28 AM #6

    iPod Camera in the works?

    I think Apple might be getting ready to re-enter the digital camera business it pioneered in 1994 and then abandoned in 1997.  This camera won’t be a point-and-shoot as much as it will be a digital photography computer.  Frankly, it isn’t hard to imagine the hardware.  Imagine an iPod Touch with a good camera and lens. That’s about it.

         
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    Posted: 21 May 2009 10:58 AM #7

    willrob - 21 May 2009 12:28 PM

    iPod Camera in the works?

    I think Apple might be getting ready to re-enter the digital camera business it pioneered in 1994 and then abandoned in 1997.  This camera won’t be a point-and-shoot as much as it will be a digital photography computer.  Frankly, it isn’t hard to imagine the hardware.  Imagine an iPod Touch with a good camera and lens. That’s about it.

    Have been expecting features of iPod touch approaches that of iPhone sans phone chip.  At the launch, iPod touch is stripped enough features to differentiate it as a separate product and minimize cannibalization of iPhone.

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  • Posted: 22 May 2009 04:57 PM #8

    Orange sells its millionth iPhone
    Fri, 05/22/2009 - 09:53 ? Quincy Pince-Nez


    Orange announced today that it sold its one millionth iPhone.  While that is a significant number for the nation of 60+million, there are lots of non Orange iPhones running around the country as well.  Until the iPhone was launched in November of 2007, many unlocked iPhonees were floating around the country (including ours;).  Then, at the end of last year, France’s competition council ruled that the iPhone must be carried by all vendors.  All of the other mobile vendors are now carrying the iPhone and have for the last six months.

    Apple doesn’t break any of its iPhone numbers out by countrybut it is pretty clear that it has been a success internationally.

    Orange is celebrating the occasion by giving its customers a free live coverage French Open Tennis app.

         
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    Posted: 22 May 2009 05:26 PM #9

    AT&T also running dry of iPhones, offering refurbs

      According to AppleInsider

    It’s no secret that Apple is drawing down iPhone inventories ahead of third-generation hardware that is now increasingly looking as if it will be introduced on June 8th during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, with availability likely to follow a few weeks later.

    John Gruber had a piece on the next Iphone which seem to line up nicely with what most folks seem to think is reasonable

    Daring Fireball

    So if I were a betting man, here?s how I?d handicap expectations for the WWDC keynote:

    WOULD WAGER HEAVILY UPON: A next-generation iPhone to be released in July, with roughly double the CPU horsepower and an improved video-capable camera, with 16 and 32 GB storage capacities.

    WOULD WAGER A SMALL AMOUNT UPON: New iPhone prices at $199/299 for 16/32 GB; 256 MB RAM on new iPhones; existing stock of current iPhone 3Gs sold at a discount through Apple?s web site. (Also, in Mac news, I?d bet a small amount on a refresh to Apple?s notebook lineup, with a branding change where the ?MacBook Pro? designation is used for all aluminum models,1 and just plain non-Pro ?MacBook? is used for plastic models.)

    WOULD WAGER A SANDWICH UPON: Improved battery life for the new iPhone, despite the beefier CPU.

    WOULD WAGER HEAVILY AGAINST: Anything at all related to the in-the-works tablet thingmajig. Not going to happen at WWDC.

    WOULD NOT WAGER UPON, BUT, WELL, I?VE HEARD THINGS: An ?iPhone Mini?, with hardware roughly three-fourths the height and width of existing iPhones. I expect to see something along these lines sooner than later, but I do not believe it?s going to debut this July alongside the new flagship iPhones.

         
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    Posted: 22 May 2009 06:34 PM #10

    Or….design and make their own processor for the Mac and the iPhone, which it appears they are planning to do.

    Apple Watch Forbes
    iPhone May Get Smarter
    Brian Caulfield, 05.22.09, 04:20 PM EDT
    Apple is hiring engineers to work with a next-generation mobile processor design.

    Will the next iPhone come in blue? Will it get more flash memory? Who cares. What the iPhone really needs is a new processor.

    Now it seems it might get one. Apple ( AAPL - news - people ) is looking for iPhone programmers familiar with the NEON extended instruction set used by the next-generation ARMv7 processors, according to an Apple job listing spotted first by Macrumors.com. Apple currently relies on a version of the ARMv6 processor built by Samsung.

    Apple declined to comment.

    A switch, however, would be consistent with speculation that Apple is going to bump up the clock speed on the iPhone’s processor to 600 Mhz from 400 Mhz. Such a move would help Apple better compete with what Palm is doing with the Pre, which goes on sale in early June (See “iPhone Needs A New Brain”).

    The Pre is built around Texas Instrument’s OMAP3430 processor, which is also based on the ARMv7 design. One of the Pre’s key features: the ability to show users information from more than one application at a time. Palm’s software plays a role, but TI’s hardware makes that possible.

    Apple, meanwhile, relies on an application processor from Samsung. There are two problems with this. First Samsung also sells smart phones, allowing it to give its phones the same capabilities, on paper, as Apple’s iPhone. Second, the iPhone’s ARMv6-based processor can’t match the TI model’s power.

    Apple could move to counter this in a number of ways. Samsung could be building a processor for Apple that makes use of NEON. Or Apple could build a processor of its own, based on the ARM-architecture, with the chip designers it picked up last year with its acquisition of PA Semi (see “Apple Buys Chip Designer”).

    To be sure, Apple may be preparing to use the ARMv7 in a different product. Or it may not appear in the next-generation iPhone, but one further down the road. But with competitors such as Palm pushing faster processors and the iPhone itself struggling to keep up with the most demanding third-party applications distributed through Apple’s App Store, a faster processor would be among the most important changes Apple could make to the iPhone.

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    Posted: 23 May 2009 02:11 PM #11

    ldrhawke - 22 May 2009 09:34 PM

    Or….design and make their own processor for the Mac and the iPhone, which it appears they are planning to do.

    I have always argued that Apple should make their own chip to thwart the likes of Pystar and Hackintosh.  I would personally see this as a good thing for Apple.

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    Posted: 23 May 2009 06:20 PM #12

    If I was betting the first round of chips will be aimed at the mobile space and Apple will continue to use Intel for their desktop/laptop products for at least 2 generations.  One of the key things I hope to learn from the tear-down of the Iphone 3.0 is wether the processor is a in-house development or a modification of a Samsung design.  This will give us a good idea of how far along the PA Semi team is with building silicon.  If it is an inhouse developed then it will also appear in the Ipod touch and most likely the Ipad also.

         
  • Posted: 23 May 2009 10:41 PM #13

    pats - 23 May 2009 09:20 PM

    If I was betting the first round of chips will be aimed at the mobile space and Apple will continue to use Intel for their desktop/laptop products for at least 2 generations.  One of the key things I hope to learn from the tear-down of the Iphone 3.0 is wether the processor is a in-house development or a modification of a Samsung design.  This will give us a good idea of how far along the PA Semi team is with building silicon.  If it is an inhouse developed then it will also appear in the Ipod touch and most likely the Ipad also.

    I suspect the handheld line will be the first to integrate Apple-developed chips for the sole reason of single source supplier concerns among institutional buyers of Macs.

    Patented chip designs are much easier to protect than concepts such as “look and feel” and functionality.

         
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    Posted: 24 May 2009 11:16 AM #14

    DawnTreader - 24 May 2009 01:41 AM

    ... I suspect the handheld line will be the first to integrate Apple-developed chips for the sole reason of single source supplier concerns among institutional buyers of Macs ...

    Since smart phones are computers, don’t this single source supplier concern would eventually surface?

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  • Posted: 24 May 2009 02:30 PM #15

    Mace - 24 May 2009 02:16 PM
    DawnTreader - 24 May 2009 01:41 AM

    ... I suspect the handheld line will be the first to integrate Apple-developed chips for the sole reason of single source supplier concerns among institutional buyers of Macs ...

    Since smart phones are computers, don’t this single source supplier concern would eventually surface?

    Eventually it will as the iPhone and iPod touch are adopted for enterprise uses. But’ there’s a much bigger financial risk for institutions in buying 1,000 Macs than there is in buying 1,000 iPhones. Phones can be replaced much more quickly and at much lower cost than Macs.