Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It is about dam time, i have waited ages for the iPhone to finally drop in Canada. Rogers has officially announced that the iPhone will be coming to Canada later this year! I no i will be lining up on launch day :D
Official statement from Rogers:
TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Ted Rogers, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. today issued the following statement:
We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the
iPhone to Canada later this year. We can't tell you any more about it right
now, but stay tuned.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Apple Updated the iMac with a processor bump today; the new Intel chips have 6mb of L2 cache and a 1066 MHz front-side bus.
Specs for the latest models are as follows:
20", 2.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128MB. $1199
20", 2.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 256MB, $1499
24", 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 256MB, $1799
24", 3.06GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS 512MB, $2199
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Apple officially announced its profits for the second quarter which ended March 29, 2008. Today Apple achieved a revenue of $7.51 billion dollars! Read below for official details from Apples site.
P.S. I'm taking a short brake this week to make adjustments to the blog, it will be up and running regularly on monday.
(CUPERTINO, California—April 23, 2008—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 second quarter ended March 29, 2008. The Company posted revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $5.26 billion and net quarterly profit of $770 million, or $.87 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 32.9 percent, down from 35.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 44 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple shipped 2,289,000 Macintosh® computers during the quarter, representing 51 percent unit growth and 54 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 10,644,000 iPods during the quarter, representing one percent unit growth and eight percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone™ sales were 1,703,000.
“We’re delighted to report 43 percent revenue growth and the strongest March quarter revenue and earnings in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over $17 billion in revenue for the first half of our fiscal year, we have strong momentum to launch some terrific new products in the coming quarters.”
“We’re thrilled to have generated $4 billion in cash flow from operations in the first half of fiscal 2008, yielding an ending cash balance of $19.4 billion,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the third quarter of fiscal 2008, we expect revenue of about $7.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of about $1.00.”)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
One of the annoyances with stacks is that the top most document/application icon appears and shows all of them clumped together, in my opinion it looks ugly and disorganized. A simple way to solve this problem is to download a set of icons provided by Optica Optima. The download adds a drawer like image to your stacks; When you do this you create an elegant and organized solution.
Step 1: create a stack if you haven't already, all you have to do is drag and drop the folder that you want to become a stack into the right side of your dock.
Step 2: Download and unzip the package
Step 3: Drag the the icon you want to its corresponding stack
Its as simple as that, enjoy your beautified stacks :D
Monday, April 21, 2008
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica says that he iPhone is coming to Italy. The provider is said to be Telecom Italia; and they will not be sharing revenue with Apple. The contract is apparently not going to be long-term, but the iPhone will be 3G.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Apple has made some changes to there safari update via iTunes, since it has had some major criticisms. The prior update placed safari with the iTunes update so windows users wold think its an update. The new download manager separates the two in sections "updates" and "new software". I personally think Apple shouldn't force downloads on people to gain safaris market share, if safari is the superior browser people will download it on there own.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Today a Macrumors reader came across a sketchy .Mac web site and forwarded it to them. The page has "promotional" images of Apple products and some were ones that haven't been released (the new Macbook, Macbook pro and iTunes 8)
Update: it appears that the images are indeed fan made, but that does not explain how the email was from an Apple owned account :O something seams fishy...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
New Safari updates for both Mac and Windows (seeing safari on windows still gives me shudders) Apple says that this update is recommended for all Safari users and it includes improvements to stability, compatibility and security.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Apple released a new graphics upgrade kit today, the kit is the $279 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (first generation) The new Graphics upgrade offers 512mb of dedicated memory, PCI Express interface, and has two dual link DVI ports. Apple says "Requires Mac Pro (bus speed 1.33GHz) with PCI-Express Includes a DVI to VGA connector for easy connection to VGA-based displays. Note to owners of Mac Pro (early 2008): Please select the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (early 2008) Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro."
Monday, April 14, 2008
Psystar has announced an $399 PC called "Open Mac" they claim that it is a leopard compatible mac built from PC parts. The $399 price tag gets you a 2.2GHz intel core 2 duo, with 2gb of ram, integrated intel GMA 900 Graphics, 20x DVD drive, 4 usb ports, and a 250GB 7200RPM drive.
Robert from Psystar says that they are not doing anything wrong or illegal..."Psystar believes Apple's prohibition against third-party installations might not hold up in court: What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could? We're not breaking any laws,"
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Adobe launched an new media player today which offers free content that is ad-suppoted. Adobe said that it will have payment systems in the near future for rentals and purchases. The Adobe Media Player supports FLV, h.264, and HD content (1080p, 720p) It is said that this content is to be DRM free when downloads are available. I have tried it out my self and its pretty slick so far look for a review soon.
Adobe Media Player
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
A new beta for the iPhone was released (v2.0) on Tuesday which includes lots of minor adjustments but also come with new goodies like contact search and meeting invite folder. On previous builds the button for this option didn't do anything.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Today Apple released firmware updates for the Macbook Air, Macbook, Macbook pro, and iMac.
"This update fixes several issues to improve the stability of [MacBook Air. Macbook, MacBook Pro, iMac] computers."
There is also an Aluminum keyboard firmware update available for download
"This firmware update addresses an issue with the aluminum Apple Keyboard and the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard where a key may repeat unexpectedly while typing." The update is available through software update.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Appleinsider claims that the current Macbook and Macbook Pros are about to go through a "major" design change. The Macbook family is said to adopt the same look as the Macbook Air being both more economically friendly and lighter/thinner. Those who hate the black keyboard might want to stay away, since this keyboard is likely coming to the new Apple notebooks. The new Macbook's are rumored to launch in June with the Montevina chipset, which are said to have a faster front-side bus (1066MHz) and processor speeds of (2.26-3.06GHz).
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Apparently the next generation iPhone will have a shiny black back instead of the aluminum one it had before... Some images of the next generation iPhone are popping up all over the web, although this could very well be a custom colorware iPhone it also might not. I personally like the aluminum it has now and think the shiny black plastic makes it look cheep what are your thoughts?
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Walt Mossberg says that there will be an iPhone with 3G in about 60 days, since Mossberg usually gets Apple products ahead of time to review them.. he possibly might all ready have one, or one is coming for him to review in 60 days.
On another note i will be back on track to blog regularly now since i am no longer sick, luckily not too much Apple news has been dropped or rumored this week. I look forward to get back into the swing of things tomorrow.