January 30, 2006 @ 9:12 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy, Events)
Apple tradmarks “Mac Pro”?

TheStreet’s Troy Wolvetron claims that Apple has filed a trademark for the brands “Mac Pro” and “MacPro”. The trademark was actually filed in the New Zealand’s Patents and Trademarks Office :

MacPro, or Mac Pro, which the company filed to protect in New Zealand last November. According to the filing, the phrase is meant to cover a series of devices related to computers.

This name could be used for the Intel-based high-end Macs that are expected to be released by the end of the year or early next year, replacing the current PowerMac line based on dual-core PowerPC G5 processors.

January 18, 2006 @ 4:11 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy, Events)
Apple posts $565 million of profit

Apple has released its financial results for the first (financial) quarter of 2006. The company has earned $565 million for a revenue of $5.75 billion. Last year, Apple had earned $295 million for a revenue of $3.49 billion.

More than 14 million iPods and 1.25 million Macs were sold during the last quarter. The iPod sales are now about $1 billion worth.

The company has however provided very conservative guidance for the current quarter, resulting in a plunge of its shares during the after-hours session.

A slow down in the demand of Macs was cited for last quarter but the company is happy with analyst and customer response to the launch of its new Intel-based Macs.

Apple shares closed down -2.62% (-$2.22) at $82.49 and is now trading at about $78 in after-hours, down more than 7%.

The Q1 2006 financial conf. call is webcasted here.

January 11, 2006 @ 12:12 am (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy, Events)
Intel Mac Ad available

Apple has posted its new Intel Mac ad on its web site. The ad shows Intel employees in an Intel factory and explains that the Intel chip is now set free from these “dull little boxes” (PCs).

Here it is.

January 10, 2006 @ 2:23 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Events)
MacWorld SF 2006 Keynote webcast available

Apple has just made available today’s MacWorld SF 2006 opening keynote as a webcast.

It’s here!

@ 1:56 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
Apple announces an Intel-based iMac and the Mac Book Pro

Apple has annnounced its first Intel-based Macs today, during MacWorld SF 2006 opening Keynote. The two first Macs to go Intel are the iMac and the Mac Book Pro (former Powerbook).

@ 12:54 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy, Events)
Apple sells 14 million iPods, announces record revenue

During MacWorld SF opening Keynote, Steve Jobs announced today that Apple has sold over 14 million iPods and generated record revenue of $5.7 billion for the holidays quarter.

@ 12:50 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Events, macosXrumors)
MacWorld SF 2006 Keynote transcript

Here is the live transcript provided on MacScoop during today’s MacWorld SF opening keynote:

January 9, 2006 @ 5:39 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
Apple giant displays revealed? (UPDATE)

A reader has sent us a link to a picture of what could be Apple’s rumoured giant plasma displays. It reminds recent rumours claiming that Apple will release 42″ and 50″ plasma displays during MacWorld Expo.

The picture is small and seems to have been taken with a mobile phone. This could be a fake of course but we would hate ourselves if it was real and not published.

UPDATE: As readers report, this is a fake. The original picture can be seen here.

@ 4:31 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Events)
iWork ‘06, iLife ‘06 and .Mac new features?

Unconfirmed reports reveal some details about iWork ‘06, iLife ‘06 and .Mac improvements which are expected to be announced tomorrow during Macworld Expo 2006. According to the reports, Apple will mainly bring multiple-media web-publishing features to its consumer-oriented software and services this year.

January 8, 2006 @ 10:44 am (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Hardware, Strategy, Events)
iTunes mobile to add video, new iTunes partnership

According to a vague anonymous report, the iTunes mobile platform could add support for iTunes videos in the near future while Apple could be in talks for an “iTunes deal” with a second mobile phones maker.

In a similar deal as with Motorola, the new partner will be allowed to sell iTunes enabled mobile phones but with support of iTunes videos as well. Meanwhile, Motorola and Apple should continue with their partnership.

We also learned from older unconfirmed reports that while Apple and Sony Ericsson had failed to find a deal, Apple had also been in talks with Samsung and Nokia.

We have no information about when the new version of iTunes mobile and the deal with the second mobile manufacturer will be announced but we may speculate on an announcement during MacWorld Expo.

January 7, 2006 @ 7:09 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
42″ and 50″ displays at MacWorld?

According to PowerPage, Apple will release 42″ and 50″ displays that will use the newly announced Intel Viiv technology during MacWorld Expo next Tuesday.

The site even provides pricing for these new displays. The 42″ one will cost $2599 and the 50″ one will cost $3299. The resolution of these displays isn’t known but they’re cited as HD displays.

ThinkSecret has recently mentioned the possibility that Apple releases a new display that is larger than the current Cinema Display 30″ HD.

Additionnally, MacRumors notices a report on Ynet.co.il (in Hebrew), claiming that Apple is going to launch a Viiv-based Mac at MacWorld.

January 4, 2006 @ 12:17 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Hardware, Events)
Apple to bring more pro video products this year

According to ThinkSecret, Apple will unveil several video products during NAB 2006 which takes place on April the …. The new products expected to be released include Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Extreme, an even higher definition 30″ display and an improved XServe RAID.

No details are given about Final Cut Pro 6.0, but ThinkSecret claims that Apple is going to launch a new product called Final Cut Extreme. This new product will be very high-end and will directly compete with AVID products while it will be similarly priced at around $10 000.

As for the hardware, Apple is expected to release a larger than 30″ display with resolution upgraded to 4520x2540 pixels and improve its XServe RAID with an InfiniBand link instead of the current fibre channel link.

January 2, 2006 @ 3:22 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Hardware, Strategy, Events)
1TB of monthly bandwidth on .Mac (UPDATE)

Tuaw.com reports (dated 31/12/2006) that Apple has enabled a monthly bandwidth of 1TB a month for each .Mac member. A screenshot is available at World of Apple blog.

The Mac-centric web scpeculates that this could have something to do with a recent report from ThinkSecret claiming that Apple is planning to launch an online video on demand service, with content stored remotely, during MacWorld Expo 2006.

Apple was previously offering 10GB per month to its .Mac customers.

UPDATE: European readers report that they don’t see the upgrade reflected on their accounts.

December 19, 2005 @ 6:39 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
A 1GB iPod nano?

AppleInsider posts additional information about potential announcements for MacWorld SF. The site claims Apple is shipping no less than 100 000 iPod nanos every day and is preparing to release a 1GB model.

The 1GB model could be priced $149, resulting in a drop price on the iPod shuffle product line as well. The iPod shuffle 512MB could be priced as low as $79.99 by early January according to the report.

Research reports show that it’s possible for Apple to offer such pricing and could be even very profitable for the company, considering that a 2GB iPod nano sale brings more money to Apple than a 4GB one.

What’s certain is that if these rumours are true, Apple will put even entry-level rivals definitely out of competition.

@ 6:33 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
Powerbooks EOL’d? (UPDATE)

A reader of the French site MacGeneration also pointed out that the Powerbook 15″ is now considered as being in EOL status on some Fnac stores in Belgium. The EOL status is also reflected for both the 12 inch and the 15 inch models on the Fnac Belgium online store.

Although this is not a very reliable way to predict new product announcements, we can say it’s a sign that Apple might be preparing to release a new line of Powerbooks as well early next year.

As reported earlier today, many rumours and analysts are suggesting Apple will update at least its entry-evel laptops (iBooks) during MacWorld SF.

UPDATE: MacBidouille now reports that the iBook 12″ is also EOL’d in the French retailer’s online store.

@ 5:12 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
Intel-based iBooks, Mac minis and new iPod shuffles at MacWorld?

It looks like big announcements are coming for MacWorld SF 2006 as rumour sites and analysts start to publish their speculations on the products that will be released by Apple during the annual event that takes place on January the 9th 2006.

Tapei Times claims that Apple will release lightweight iBooks. The new iBooks are said to weight only 1.5Kg instead of 2.2Kg for the 12 inch model and less than 2Kg instead of 2.6Kg for the 14″ inch one.

ThinkSecret also predicts the release of new iBooks along with Mac minis. Both line-ups will be based on the Intel Yonah dual core processor that will be branded Centrino Duo according to the site.

It is also confimed by ThinkSecret that Apple will release new iPod shuffles. This has already been predicted by many analysts and sounds quite obvious, considering Apple hasn’t updated this product line since their first release last year (only pricing slightly dropped).

Additionnally AppleInsider reports that the iPod shuffle is otally out of stock in its 1GB version which could mean the product would not be available until January.

December 6, 2005 @ 6:58 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Strategy, Events)
Apple finds new video content providers for iTunes (UPDATE)

Apple announced today that its adding video content from NBC, Sci Fi, USA Shows on iTunes. It also announced that more than 3 million videos were sold during the last two months.

iTunes now offers Law and Order, The Office, Surface, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dragnet, Adam-12, Knight Rider (from NBC), Battlestar Galactica, Battlestar Galactica Miniseries (from Sci Fi) and Monk (from USA).

Apple’s stock price (AAPL) reached new all time high at $74.83 today on these good news and on positive analyst comments. UBS has raised its estimates for Apple to earnings of $0.58 (from $0.53), and revenue of $5.2B. UBS’ target price for Apple’s stock is now $86 (from $73). The stock closed at $74.05 and is now trading nearly $74.30 during the after hours trading session.

UPDATE: Apple posted a new Apple/NBC TV ad on its site promoting the new content.

December 4, 2005 @ 5:54 am (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Events)
iPod prices drop in France (UPDATE)

The French Apple Store updated the price of its iPods today so as to reflect significant drop of the piracy tax on digital audio devices. This tax, which is called te SORECOP tax, is paid to music majors so as to compensate piracy revenue loss. Other brands will also be able to reflect this tax drop on their pricing.

The tax for flash-based digital music devices was as much as 51� for 4GB of storage making it really expensive. Now the 2GB one now sells for 222.99� instead of 239� while the 4GB one sees an even more significant drop to 277.01� from 319�.

Apple also dropped the price of the iPod shuffle 512MB to 106.99� from 109� and the 1GB version is now priced 142� instead of 149�. The 5G iPod saw a price drop as well. The 30GB version costs 325� instead of 349� and the 60GB version costs 446� instead of 449�.

Now the iPod nano becomes really affordable in France too, especially for students which can buy for example an iPod nano 2Gb for 205.74�.

This week, it was also announced that Japan has rejected the tax for digital audio players as well.

UPDATE: Some MacBidouille readers report that Apple refunds the tax to recent iPod buyers! This has yet to be confirmed though.

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