Jan 31

New PowerBooks announced

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Apple has released new PowerBooks today. Sizes and screens remain the same, with the G4 CPUs being speed-bumped to 1.5 or 1.67Ghz. 512M of RAM and integrated 802.11g and Bluetooth 2.0 wireless networking is now standard, and Apple’s new Scrolling Trackpad and a Sudden Motion Sensor to help protect your data in the event the machine gets knocked around.

Jan 17

Dissecting the iPod Shuffle

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AppleMatters has a page on dissecting the iPod Shuffle.

Jan 13

Inside the Mac Mini

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macnews.de has some pictures of the insides of a Mac Mini. It’s an entirely new motherboard design, and is not just an iBook-in-a-box.

Jan 13

Apple Quarterly Results

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Apple announced their fiscal 2005 first quarter results yesterday.

For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $295 million, or $.70 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $63 million, or $.17 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $3.49 billion, up 74 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 28.5 percent, up from 26.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 41 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 1,046,000 Macintosh® units and 4,580,000 iPods during the quarter, representing a 26 percent increase in CPU units and a 525 percent increase in iPods over the year-ago quarter.

Jan 11

iTunes 4.7.1 Released

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Apple has released iTunes 4.7.1, available as a direct download or via Software Update.

iTunes 4.7.1 fixes a buffer overflow in the parsing of .m3u and .pls playlist files that could allow earlier versions of iTunes to crash and execute arbitrary code.

Jan 11

New Products at MacWorld Expo

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Apple has announced a ton of new software and hardware products and upgrades during today’s Macworld Expo keynote address.

  • Quicktime 7 includes H.264 compression, the standard used in HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies.
  • Final Cut Express HD will be priced at $299
  • iLife ’05 updates the iLife apps to iPhoto 5, iMovie HD, iDVD 5, Garageband 2, and iTunes 4.7
  • iWork, the new replacement for Appleworks, includes the Pages word processor and Keynote 2 presentation software
  • The Mac Mini is 2″ tall, 6.5″ wide, with a G4 processor at 1.25 or 1.4Ghz, 40G or 80G HD, and a combo drive. Both models have 256M RAM, and prices start at $499 for the 1.25Ghz model. No keyboard or mouse is included – this is a “bring your own keyboard, mouse, and display” Macintosh.
  • The iPod Shuffle is Apple’s entry into the flash-based music player market. Weighing 1 ounce, it comes in 512M ($99) and 1G ($149) models and uses USB2 for data transfer.

The iPod Shuffle is available immediately; the Mac Mini will be available starting January 22nd.

Jan 11

Apple’s IT Pro Resources

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Apple has finally added a section of its website geared towards IT Professionals.