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Apple resolves performance issues with Safari

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Safari has been gaining market shares as more and more have been buying Macs and the last we heard, Firefox had lost market shares while Safari was gaining. Safari is certainly a good browser in many ways, but there are some limitations here and there. By coincidence it was discovered that Safari has some serious problems with multitasking and by keeping your browser open you can lose up to 76% of your system performance, compared to Mozilla's Firefox browser. At Macenstien they've published an article about the phenomena that shows that you'd better close Safari when performing other tasks.

 

Apple, SanDisk and Samsung sued by MP3 player patent holder

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Texas MP3 Technologies is the company that has proven that there is no low for how far a company can go to sue others. February 15 the company acquired a patent from two Korean inventors. The patent covers "portable audio device suitable for reproducing MPEG encoded data includes a plurality of inputs, a data storage, a display, an audio output, at least one processor and a battery." On the 16th it handed in its lawsuit against the biggest MP3 manufacturers it could find. The company now claims that three has willfully infringed on the patent and to top it all off it has chosen to submit the suit to a Texas court, a region known for its love of patent holders.

 

Apple iPhone is too expensive

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple iPhone seems to be a very interesting addition to the mobile phone market, and is set to arrive this summer. As usual Apple has filled its new creation with all kinds of new technology making it both exciting and complicated to manufacture. No one really thought Apple iPhone would be cheap or compete in the lower segments, but according to a survey made by Compete Inc. the phone is way to expensive for most people. Only 1 percent of the people was willing to pay the recommended price of 500 USD. Instead 42 percent of the people thought that a price between 200 USD and 299 USD would be a lot more humane.

 

Apple and Cisco reach an agreement; both can use iPhone

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Cisco and Apple has now reached an agreement where Apple will get to use the name iPhone. Exactly what the agreement says isn't revealed and the only thing that is actually stated is that the two will be working toward "interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications." Everything else is confidential, but considering that it was Apple's reply that dragged out the progress and the nature of the case we can only guess that there was a certain amount of money involved. Anyhow, both companies can now use the name iPhone and the next stop for Apple would be attacking the clones that are bound to appear.

 

Apple planning new docking station using inductance

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple has launched docking stations for its iPods in various appearances and not just for charging but also for connecting to external sound systems and similar things. Today, Apple use a proprietary connector which is simply fitted into the docking stations. A solution many manufacturers use and even if it works rather well there are several limitations with this system. The docking station rarely works with devices of other dimensions and the players has to, no matter what function, dock at the bottom. Apple seems to be working on a new docking interface though, an interface which would eliminate all of these problems and the solution is based on inductance.

 

Apple considering SSD with future iPods

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple has a broad assortment of iPods, ranging from its smaller flash-based players to the larger iPods with 30GB+ of storage. To reach these high capacities of the top model it's economically unfeasible to use flash memory, but it's a truth that may soon change. It at least seems that Apple is considering dropping the HDD technology all together, this since it has mechanical drawbacks and Apple will instead go for the Solid State Drive technology based on NAND flash memory. The use of NAND flash memory makes it possible to manufacture slimmer devices and the same time reduce power consumption.

 

Apple and Cisco prolong the truce

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple and Cisco has together announced that they will prolong the truce before going to trial over the name iPhone. Apple will thus get more time answering Cisco's claims and Cisco gets more time to make a proposition to Apple. It seems there is more than one thing that's a tiny bit unclear when it comes to Cisco's patent, but at the same time Apple hasn't presented any real defense, except from calling Cisco silly. Apple is still certain of its cause and this truce comes as a bit of a surprise as both seem so certain.

 

Apple and The Beatles finally settles

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

When Jobs and Wozniak decided to launch Apple they did it without knowing that they had chosen a name that collided with the name of a record company one of the world's most popular rock bands had founded. After a lot of legal battles they reached an agreement where Apple could continue using the name and make computers as long as they didn't enter the music market. Apple then launched iTunes and iTunes Music Store which gave new life to the discussion. After many, many years they've now reached an agreement and Apple will be able to continue with iTunes. It all ended with each party paying its own fees and by the looks of it we will see a lot more Beatles at iTMS now.

 

Apple FairPlay DRM illegal in Norway

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Norway has taken a really close look at Apple's DRM technology FairPlay and come to the conclusion that this does not comply with the Norwegian consumer laws. They think that Apple locks in its users by shutting out all other media players from playing media protected by FairPlay. With support from German and French consumer organizations, on top of the other Nordic countries, this means that Apple is left with basically two choices. License/release the specifications for FairPlay or retract iTunes from Europe. They've also made it very clear that this isn't just about protecting the media from piracy but that Apple is also very aware of that it is locking in its users.

 

Apple planning MacBook Pro 15" with LED-based display

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

We earlier reported about how rumor sources had told DigiTimes that Apple and HP was planning to launch LED-based laptops during the second quarter and now AppleInsider confirms that Apple is planning to upgrade its mid-range model of MacBook Pro, 15", with a new LED-based display. Whether the smaller and bigger models will be updated with the new display as well remains to be seen, but for now it seems that it's just the 15" model that will be updated during the second quarter. Since LED as a whole consumes less power, offers a more even backlight and is overall cooler we can't complain.

 

Apple Master of the Margins, 50% with iPhone

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple iPhone struck down on the unsuspecting with a real bang and there is certainly a large amount of people who are waiting for the new, and in some aspects very fresh, mobile phone. LG's new Prada phone is a hot competitor for iPhone, but if there is something Apple has on its side it's the prices, or at least sales margins. As we've reported at a few occasions Apple have managed to create products with a decent retail price and more than plenty of margin resulting in a fat profit. According to analytical company iSuppli, iPhone is certainly no exception. It has namely calculated the component costs of iPhone and they are pretty low in comparison with the retail price of Apple's phone.

 

Apple plants false rumors to find leaks in the company

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple has a very strict policy of professional secrecy and the goal is of course to keep the public unaware of what products it is working on. As with all major companies there are leaks as employees reveal, or accidentally reveal, details about products to people on the outside. Apple has been pretty good at keeping its coming products a secret and according to Ars Technica there are reasons for this. One of the primary is probably because it has its employees in a iron grip, but also a special system for finding leaks within the company.

 

Apple's profit up by 78%

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple has now released the figures for the last quarter of 2006. The Christmas season is usually Apple's best season so it didn't come as a surprise that the company had done well, but that it would report a revenue of $7 billion and net profit of 1 billion was not as expected. This is a 78% increase, compared to the same quarter the year before. A lot of the profit was due to record sales of its portable media players, iPod, while its Mac series had also done well. The fact is, Apple sold over 21 million iPods during this period.

 

Cisco sues Apple for the use of the name iPhone

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

iPhone was launched by LinkSys about a month ago. iPhone is a VoIP phone and you can get a hold of one for as little as $10-$15 if you search thoroughly, although it is mainly sold as a kit with e.g. software costing a lot more. Cisco, which has owned the name since 2000, has thus sued Apple for naming its new mobile phone iPhone. Cisco is open to negotiations and has kept the door open to Apple with various suggestions up until Jobs' big announcement where he used the same name, without Cisco's approval. From what it seems there is practically no one who believes that Apple will not be able to stand up in court and we are hardly surprised. How this will end remains to be seen, but the most likely is that we will see negotiations at last, even if Apple's view on the whole thing is calling it "silly."

 

Apple iPhone - TKO!

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple iPhone has finally been released from Apple's dark valves and after a year of yearnings the phone has caused more than of rumors and its very existence has been discussed frequently, but now the time has come for Apple to reveal its creation. Despite Cisco's launch of Linksys iPhone, Apple has stuck to the iPhone brand and would the two decide to duel about the rights for the name and base the outcome on the potential of the products Apple would win by the landslide of the century. Apple iPhone is a mobile phone, but the manufacturer really emphasizes that its creation is considerably more than that. The slogan goes as follows;

 

Apple and HP will launch LED-based laptops

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

LED-based displays are so far rather uncommon, but we've earlier seen how among others Samsung launched monitors using this kind of backlighting. Now DigiTimes reports that both Apple and HP are planning to launch laptops which use LED for backlighting. High brightness and low power consumption are probably the two big advantages the two have set their sights on and from what it seems these new models will be launched during the second quarter of 2007. First of all they will launch models in the high-performance segment.

   

Jobs pulled into the stock option mess at Apple

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Written by Andreas Galistel

We've earlier reported about how Apple ended up in a tight spot because of its generous stock options. Earlier on the previously economically responsible left Apple's board and now even Jobs himself has been pulled into the mess. Falsified documents appeared during Apple's own investigation and this has led to that both previously mentioned Fred Anderson and the responsible Nancy Heinen are under further investigation. Steve Jobs has in no way benefited from these options, but has been aware of them. Jobs has hired his own attorney just in case, but apparently there is nothing that really speaks against Jobs or points to that he would be in any kind of real trouble here.

:: Read on at news.com

   

Apple iPhone in January with 8GB storage

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple iPhone has been on the lips of many but there is a huge lack of official information regarding Apple's renowned mobile phone. New rumors about the mobile phone's launch date has appeared though and it seems that Apple, for some reason, will miss the lucrative Christmas shopping as iPhone is now expected to arrive in January, 2007. Except from the launch date a source at Mac Rumors has said that the multimedia phone will use a stylish and clean design, just like Apple's iPods, and a capacity at 4GB or 8GB. The phone will use two batteries, one dedicated for the phone functions and one for the MP3 playing portion. How believable this is is up to you to decide but we're eager to see how and when Apple will launch its iPhone.

   

Apple Mac something for the elderly?

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple has through its modern designs become a really "hip" brand through both its Mac computers and its series of iPod. But now surveys says that the people who are actually using Apple's Mac computers are usually elderly people, often 55 years or older. According to MetaFacts it's actually more than half of all Mac owners which are 55 years or older, which is actually a quite astonishing figure. At the same time it's Gateway which is winning among the younger crowd of 18 to 25. How this will affect Apple's future work with Mac is hard to say, but apparently there is more to do in the hunt for the technophilic youth.

   

PortalPlayer and NVIDIA circuits used by Apple iPhone

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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PortalPlayer will if everything goes as planned be acquired by graphics circuit manufacturer NVIDIA and if anyone has been wondering what NVIDIA will use the company's resources for we now have a lead. PortalPlayer has made a component deal with Apple, which is suppose to be related to the coming iPhone. PortalPlayer for long delivered circuits for Apple's iPods, but then Samsung moved in and took over PortalPlayer's contract. There doesn't seem to be any hard feelings and now PortalPlayer's circuits will be used in Apple's coming mobile phone.

   

Apple is already working on a second iPhone

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple still hasn't revealed anything about a mobile phone of their own, but the rumors about "iPhone" are appearing even more frequently now. A launch of the first iPhone seems to be quite close but even before the first model has entered the market there are rumors about a successor. The new model is suppose to be something of a smartphone and according to an analyst at American Technology Research it will integrate support for instant messaging and be specifically support for iChat, which Apple's Macs uses. The new model is expected to support iTunes and could be branded as an iChat mobile instead of an iPhone mobile. Shaw Wu also claims that the first of Apple's mobile phones will be launched at the start of next year, so we will just have to wait and see.

   

Foxconn will make Apple iPhone, launch H1 of 2007?

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple is usually very good at keeping its coming products secret and despite persistent rumors we haven't heard anything about Apple's rumored iPhone. That Apple would venture on to the mobile phone market is something many are eager to see, but when and how it will happen remains to be seen. DigiTimes has come across information which reveals not only who will make the phone but also when it will be launched. According to the Chinese paper Commercial Times it will be Foxconn that will make 12 million iPhones for Apple. This information comes from Taiwan-based manufacturers of iPod components, which have also claimed that the launch will happen during the first half of 2007.

   

Apple iPod soon compatible with airplane seat displays

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple continues to break ground with its iPod integration and from teaming up with several major car manufacturers to introduce better iPod support with coming models Apple has now turned to airlines across the globe. Apple has made agreements with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to develop an effective integration of iPods on the companies' airplanes.

"These six airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections which power and charge their iPods during flight and allow the video content on their iPods to be viewed on the their seat back displays."

   

Apple reveals iPod with touch screen

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple seems to have accidentally revealed that it is working on an iPod with a touch screen. There are apparently clear indications for that Apple's coming widescreen iPod will use a touch screen interface and now the final evidence have been leaked through Apple's own developers documents. In its iPod Notes Feature Guide document, Pomcast has been able to find something very interesting back at page 10.

   

Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo launched

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple has finally decided to launch the updated version of its laptop series MacBook Pro. Apple launched MacBook Pro in January, 2006, and was the first computer from Apple to use an Intel processor. Since then it has also launched a MacBook series with Core Duo processors, but now it's time for an upgrade. We've already seen iMacs with Intel's Core 2 Duo processors and now Apple has chosen to do the same to its portable series. MacBook Pro is once again the first to appear, as the flagship it is, and Apple has launched two new models with a 2.13GHz and a 2.33GHz processor.

   

Apple presents $546 million profit for the fourth fiscal quarter

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple has now presented its expected earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2006. Even if the figures might change, slightly at most, they are still interesting. Apple expects a profit of 546 million dollar and an income of 4.84 billion dollar. A 30% increase in sales of Macintosh computers and a 35% increase of iPods sales when comparing to the same period as of last year. Almost 60% of the income comes from the company's Macintosh computers, while over 60% of all sold Macs are portable such.

   

Apple supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray with Mac OS X 10.5

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Written by Andreas Galistel

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Apple seems to be giving full support for the next generation optical formats through both HD DVD and Blu-ray with its next operating system Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard". This information is based on the fact that Apple's video editing tool, Final Cut Studio, will be updated soon to support both of the high-res formats. This should indicate a hardware launch at the start of next year. Apple has since earlier shown its support for Blu-ray but now it seems that it will also support the rivaling format HD DVD, which may be wise considering we don't know what format that will dominate.

   

Apple ships new build of Leopard to testers

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple has now sent out the next test version of its coming Mac OS X 10.5 to testers. The previous version was released during WWDC (Worldwide Developer's Conference) in August, but now the next version has so finally arrived. The new version comes with a few major updates; a news parental control system for setting the rights of certain content, applications and such, an updated iCal, 3D sound which indicate where an object is located in VoiceOver, etc. There is still a lot of time left before Leopard is set to arrive, Spring, so there is still a lot more that will hapen until the final version arrives.

   

Apple's investigation of stock options finished

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

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We reported a while back that Apple had started an investigation about whether its rewarding system with stock options had contained any mishaps. The investigation has now been finished and it seems there has been a few things that not entirelly correct. These are dated back between 1997 and 2002 though and no one of today's management has been accused of any mismanagement. One of the responsible for the period, Fred Andersson, Chief Financial Officer 1996-2004, has already left the Apple's board of directors. Other companies have announced that they will also look over their stock option programs, incl. Microsoft, to make sure similar things doesn't happen to them. Exactly how many heads that will roll after this remains to be seen, but we should be able to expect a few more.

   

How Apple manages survive and even prosper

Apple

Written by Andreas Galistel

Apple is a company not quite like the rest. It has a minority share of the market wherever it turns, with the obvious exception of harddrive-based portable media players. But Apple is still there and is constantly improving. The reason why it has managed to stand up in a world of Windows isn't perhaps the easiest thing to understand, but over at MacNewsWorld they've made an attempt to find at least a few things that explains why Apple is still among us and is even becoming more and more common. It's pretty clear that Apple has chosen an unorthodox path, although beware the slightly partial personal comments.

:: Read on at MacNewsWorld

   

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