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 25, 2006 @ 6:06 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Strategy)
Apple trademarks “iWeb”

Apple has filed a trademark for “iWeb” at the U.S. Patents & Trademarks Office. The trademark was filed on January the 17th with the following description (Goods & Services):

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: computer software for use in developing web sites; computer software to help users create, edit, organize, search, transfer, publish and subscribe to weblogs, blogs, podcasts, web broadcasts and news and information feeds on global and/or local computer and telecommunications networks; computer software for use in authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, playing, storing and organizing audio, video and still images; computer software for authoring digital content; computer programs for personal information management;. FIRST USE: 20060110. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20060110

“iWeb” is the name of the latest iApp Apple has released for its cunsomer oriented iLife ‘06 software suite.

January 24, 2006 @ 4:11 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy)
Disney buys Pixar, making Jobs its biggest shareholder

As it has been rumoured earlier this week, it is now reported that the board members of Disney have agreed today to buy Pixar for about $7.4 billion.

The company, which is owned by Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs became famous with Toy Story and Toy Story 2 and kept the momentum going higher and higher with further movies like Finding Nemo and The Incredible.

Pixar has been distributed by Disney for years, but the two companies had not been in very good terms since the beginning of the decade. Pixar finally signed again with Disney for its latest movies while Dinsey’s former CEO, Michael Eisner had just left the board.

By the way, Steve Jobs will earn more than $3.5 billion by selling his shares to Disney and will be the biggest shareholder of the entertainment giant.

Pixar’s stock (PIXR) closed down 1.2% at $57.57 and is now trading at $59 (up 2.48%) during the after hours session while Disney’s stock (DIS) closed at $25.99 (up 1.84%) and is trading slightly lower at $25.94 (down 0.19%) in the after hours session.

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 14, 2006 @ 3:34 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Strategy)
Briefly: Integrated Sensing Display, iPod Hi-Fi and iPod Boombox

Here is some recently noticed patents and trademarks Apple has filed at the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office.

Integrated Sensing Display:

As MacsimumNews reports, Apple has filed a patent describing a display that can not only display pixel information but can also capture visual information.

A device comprising: a display area; an array of display elements located within the display area, each display element capable of displaying a pixel of information, either alone or in combination with other display elements; and an array of image elements located within the display area, each image element being capable of capturing visual information from a source in front of the display area; wherein each image element has a lens that does not interfere with any display elements.

iPod Hi-Fi and iPod Boombox

Additionnally, Apple has filed two trademarks at the Hong Kong Patents and Trademarks Office. The first is “iPod Hi-Fi” and the second is “iPod Boombox”. The word “Boombox” itself and its logo as well as “iPod HI-FI” are also included in the filings.

The filings all describe computer hardware and peripherials. We may speculate that it has to do with iPod accessories Apple could release in the near future.

January 11, 2006 @ 1:56 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy)
Apple trademarks “Mobile Me”

The U.S. Patents and Trademarks office reveals that Apple has filed the trademark “Mobile Me” on January 5, 2006.

The four patent files’ descriptions (Goods and Services) are the following: (more…)

@ 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 @ 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.

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 2, 2006 @ 3:23 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Strategy)
MacTels to get more USB ports, keep Firewire

According to reports, Apple will add more USB 2.0 ports to its Mac line-ups along with the switch to the Intel architecture this year at the request of its customers. The company is however expected to keep at least one FireWire port on each of its MacTel products.

Last month, Jason D. O’Grady reported that Apple may be abandoning FireWire on its entry-level laptops in the near future. The news shocked the Mac community as Mac fans hardly believed this could be possible.

Commenting on O’Grady’s report, sources denied the recent rumours and said that the company will add more USB 2.0 ports to its Macs as it’s a major request from customers but it is also claimed that Apple won’t remove totally FireWire “from any existing product line”. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions on the use of the word “existing” in one of their comment.

O’Grady’s report is not totally inaccurate though, as sources do not exclude that Apple could reduce the number of FireWire ports on its Macs in favor of USB. As example, sources mentioned the possibility that the forthcoming PowerBooks include only one FireWire 800 port, confirming a point of O’Grady’s report.

Sources also mentioned the possibility that Apple provides an adaptor that splits a FireWire 800 port into two FireWire 400 ports and claim it is technically feasible. We could not verify if this “FireWire adaptor thing” is possible or not though. So if anyone of you can confirm this, please drop us a mail.

No details were provided on how many USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 or 800 ports Apple’s next generation Mac desktops and laptops will have.

@ 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 16, 2005 @ 10:16 am (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Hardware, Strategy)
Briefly: Intel’s Napa, more iPod applications, Google and iTunes

Here is a catch-up with the latest news and rumours of the week.

Intel has revealed some details on its next generation of mobile processors called Napa earlier this week. This new processor architecture aims more than 60% of performance gain over current Pentium Ms while using less power. It is very likely that Apple’s first Intel-based laptops use this architecture.

AppleInsider points out some job postings suggesting that Apple could be working on additionnal software for its iPod. This software should be available on both Mac and Windows platforms according to the job offer’s required skills.

As CNET reports, this week, Google added to its search engine the possibility to find music that may be purchased from several online music stores including Apple’s iTunes and Real Networks’ Rhapsody.

December 11, 2005 @ 8:04 am (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Strategy)
iPod wireless… the next step?

According to an AP report, Citigroup Analyst Glen Yeung notes that Portal Player announced that it is planning to acquire a small company that is working on Wireless solutions for its digital audio devices chips.

Portal Player is the supplier of the chip that is inside most of the current iPods and 90% of its revenue comes from Apple iPods. It would not be surprising if Apple uses this new wireless-enabled chip in its next generation of iPods as says the analyst.

It is not the first time Apple is rumoured to be planning a wireless enabled iPod. First rumours started a short time after the company released its Airport Express home audio streaming solution about a year and a half ago.

December 9, 2005 @ 3:24 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Hardware, Strategy)
Apple to drop FireWire on its laptops?

According to Jason D. O’Grady (PowerPage, posted on ZNet blog), Apple’s next generation iBook will not have a FireWire port but only USB2 ports. The site also claims that the next Powerbooks will only have a FireWire 800 port.

FireWire is a technology Apple has created and promoted for years. All of its products since the early G3s currently have a FireWire port, that also includes peripherials like the iPod or the iSight. Since the release of the iPod shuffle, every new iPod released has seen its support for the FireWire technology dropped in favor of Intel’s USB2 which isn’t known to be better.

We may speculate that this move is related to Apple’s commitment to Intel technologies, since the company announced earlier this year it was switching to Intel processors for its Macintosh products.

@ 1:30 am (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Mac OS X, Software, Strategy)
Apple developing Cocoa Framework on Windows?

As notices MacRumors, a message on the french site MacGeneration forums posted by an anonymous, claims that Apple is developing its Cocoa framework and development environment xCode to Windows.

It is also reported in the forums post that Apple will port Safari to Windows the day the first Intel-based Mac ships.

The idea is to promote Mac development tools and framework to Windows developers, allowing them to create really universal binaries, independant of the processor and the operating system (Mac OS/Windows).

Earlier OS projects have been doing the contrary. On Linux, Wine simulates (and not emulates) a Windows environment and can run Windows applications. Apple had also a similar project at the early stages of development of Mac OS X (Rhapsody at that time) but it dropped the “Yellow Box” project with the release of Mac OS X.

There are however some reasons to doubt on the credibility of this forum post, time will tell. Meanwhile, I let you make your own opinion on it by giving it a read.

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 3, 2005 @ 3:38 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Software, Hardware, Strategy, Events)
New media content system in January?

According to ThinkSecret, Apple will release a new version of the Mac mini and a new version of Front Row, along with a media content system in January.

The site claims that Apple will announce deals with many major studios that will provide movies, video clips and TV shows to this system.

However, the content will never reach the hard disk of the user. Apple will announce a very sophisticated DRM based system that will store all the content you downloaded in a kind of iDisk internet storage space. The author says he doesn’t know if the use of this system will require a .Mac account though.

The site also wonders if the new system will be only available on the Mac mini or if it will be included in all the Mac line-ups.

December 1, 2005 @ 3:30 pm (EST) — posted by Alexandros Roussos (Strategy, Events)
Steve Jobs to present MacWorld Expo opening Keynote

IDG announced today that, like every year, Steve Jobs will be presenting the MacWorld Expo 2006 opening Keynote that will take place in San Fransisco on January the 10th 2006. (more…)

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