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Posts from — October 2008

App Store continues to exceed iTunes song sales growth

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Mobile software sales for the iPhone and iPod touch continue to grow faster than even iTunes’ groundbreaking song sales growth, building a critical mass to attract both new iPhone buyers and additional Cocoa Touch software development for Apple’s mobile platform.
iPhone App Store continues to exceed iTunes song sales growth

October 21, 2008   1 Comment

Apple iPhone 3G sales surpass RIM’s Blackberry

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple announced quarterly iPhone sales that surpassed those of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion by nearly a million and a half units or 25%: nearly 6.9 million iPhones versus the 5.4 to 6.1 million BlackBerry units sold per quarter during the same third calendar quarter period of 2008. [Apple and RIM have non-overlapping fiscal quarters.]

Apple iPhone 3G sales surpass RIM’s Blackberry

October 21, 2008   7 Comments

New Unibody MacBooks get new CFL, but not QuickTime X

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Daniel Eran Dilger

The Energy Saver icon in System Preferences has changed from a light bulb to, appropriately, a CFL on the updated software that ships with new MacBooks. However, the slight update is not a significant operating system change. The system reports itself as still being Mac OS X 10.5.5, albeit build 9F2114 rather than the 9F33 that shows up as the latest update on other machines.

Rumors say Apple has slipped portions of QuickTime X into the build of Mac OS X shipping on the new laptops in order to unlock GPU hardware codec acceleration, but that’s not the case, here’s why.
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October 21, 2008   7 Comments

Apple and the Mini DisplayPort

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Daniel Eran Dilger

A variety of people have offered their viewpoints on Apple’s use of Mini DisplayPort on the new MacBooks and LED Cinema Display. Assertions range from the insistence that Mini DisplayPort is “proprietary” to the announcement that it is actually part of the DisplayPort specification. As is often the case, nearly everyone is wrong to some extent.
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October 21, 2008   29 Comments

Podcast: The New MacBooks

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl podcast invited me to join Peter Cohen and Evan Gross on his weekly show this week. I talked about the new MacBooks, the tech media’s infatuation with all things cheap, and whatever else fell out of my mouth. You can hear for yourself and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

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October 19, 2008   2 Comments

Inside the new MacBooks: Audio and Video

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro models present a variety of changes in the way audio and video are handled, including support for iPhone-style integrated mic headphones and the new DisplayPort standard. Here’s what’s new in audio and video.

Inside the new MacBooks: Audio and Video

October 18, 2008   5 Comments

It’s not over yet, but we can laugh about it.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
John McCain and Barack Obama both spoke at the Alfred Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, delivering a heavy dose of tension-relieving hilarity (really!) that exposed both men as human and honorable, despite their political differences and the vast difference in background and age. Both are well worth watching.
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October 17, 2008   9 Comments

Inside the new MacBooks: FireWire, USB, and the NVIDIA Controller

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro models contain more innovation than just their case design, graphics, and the improved accessibility of their internals. Here’s a look at other details related to FireWire, USB, and the new NVIDIA-based controller that replaces Intel’s chipset.

Inside the new MacBooks: FireWire, USB, and the NVIDIA Controller

October 17, 2008   5 Comments

Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook’s missing FireWire

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

In one of his characteristically terse email replies, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has reportedly told one Mac user that changes in video camera technology have reduced the need for FireWire on his company’s 13-inch MacBooks.

Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook’s missing FireWire

October 16, 2008   35 Comments

Photos: the new unibody 2008 MacBook, MacBook Pro

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

While Apple didn’t make mention of it at the time, the MacBook Air silently debuted the start of a new unibody MacBook line. The new 15“ MacBook Pro and its 13” MacBook sibling have managed to carry out the same lines and execution, harmonizing the plastic MacBook and the now half decade old Aluminum Powerbook design carried forward by the MacBook Pro. Here’s how the two models compare.

High-quality photo comparison: the new unibody MacBooks
High-quality unboxing photos: late 2008 15“ MacBook Pro
High-quality unboxing photos: late 2008 13” MacBook
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October 16, 2008   No Comments

Inside the new MacBooks: LSI, Battery, HD, and RAM

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro models contain more innovation than just their case design and graphics. Here’s a look at other details, from LSIs to battery, hard drive and RAM features.
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Apple details new MacBook manufacturing process
A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort

Inside the new MacBooks: LSI, Battery, HD, and RAM

October 15, 2008   No Comments

A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s graphics options on all new MacBooks are substantially improved due to the use of NVIDIA chipsets over the Intel graphics provided on earlier models; we examine the significance of this and the choice of DisplayPort as the foundation for Apple’s video output future.
A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort

October 15, 2008   1 Comment

Apple details new MacBook manufacturing process

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro feature precision unibody enclosures milled from an extruded block of aluminum, allowing them to get even thinner while retaining rigid durability and a stronger, cleaner, and more polished design. Here’s a detailed overview of the process, illustrated with photos.

In a press release touting the new manufacturing process, Steve Jobs said, “Apple has invented a whole new way of building notebooks from a single block of aluminum.” (Watch the video)

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, noted that, “Traditionally notebooks are made from multiple parts. With the new MacBook, we’ve replaced all of those parts with just one part—the unibody. The MacBook’s unibody enclosure is made from a single block of aluminum, making the new MacBook fundamentally thinner, stronger and more robust with a fit and finish that we’ve never even dreamed of before.”

Continues: Apple details new MacBook manufacturing process

October 14, 2008   14 Comments

Apple HDTV rumors resurface

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Years-old rumors that Apple will roll out a line of Internet-connected displays have resurfaced in reports that suggest the company will bundle its Apple TV product within a new line of HDTVs.

In a report referencing a rumor floated by Mahalo chief Jason Calacanis, who claims that he knows “first-hand” that Apple is working on what’s described as a networked television, CNET writer Nate Lanxon noted that the assertion “isn’t surprising” given Apple’s 30-inch Cinema Display.

Back in January 2007, American Technology analyst Shaw Wu supported such rumors with a research note stating that the company was working on “large screen” technologies within its development labs. “We are not certain on timing but our analysis indicates that AAPL is beyond prototype on large-screen technologies (for a larger monitor or possibly Apple-branded HDTV),” he advised clients at the time.

However, that was nearly two years ago. Since then, Apple has continued to sell video projectors from Epson and NEC in both its online and physical retail stores but does not sell HDTVs in either, indicating that the company hasn’t exactly rushed to enter the HDTV market. A number of cost and usefulness factors have likely come into play.

Continues: Apple HDTV rumors resurface

October 13, 2008   No Comments

Myth 10: RIM’s BlackBerry Will Contain iPhone Expansion

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Research in Motion, the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry, has served as the smartphone industry’s darling ever since the company emerged from years of research to set two-way pagers in motion around the new millennium.

As a proprietary platform, RIM offers the closest parallel to Apple in the smartphone business. But will RIM and Apple remain in isolated independent market niches or battle each other over sales? Will RIM check Apple’s growth or be left shattered in the wake of the iPhone? Here’s a look at what’s involved.

iPhone Myths
Five More iPhone Myths
Myth 6: iPhone Developers will Flock to Android
Myth 7: iPhone Buyers will Flock to Android
Myth 8: iPhone will lose out to Steve Ballmer’s Windows Mobile 7 in 2010
Myth 9: iPhone Unable to Penetrate Europe Due to Symbian Dominance
Myth 10: RIM’s BlackBerry Will Contain iPhone Expansion
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October 13, 2008   39 Comments