Oct 31

Region-Free Firmware for your DVD-ROM drive

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This French Powerbook site has “region-free” firmware for most models of DVD-ROM drives that shipped in Apple hardware.

Oct 30

Apple sells two million copies of OS X 10.5 “Leopard” in Five Days

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Apple has announced that it has sold two million copies of Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” since its release on Friday the 26th at 6pm.

Oct 27

Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” Released

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Apple released Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” at 6pm local time on Friday, October 26th.

The first patches (“Login & Keychain Update”) are already out, and people have discovered how to get rid of the “Glass” Dock and run Leopard on ordinary PCs.

I’m still waiting on finding out how to get rid of the translucent menubar (it’s opaque on machines such as my PPC Mini that don’t support Core Image in hardware, but translucent on my iMac and MacBook).

Oct 22

Apple 4Q 2007 Financial Results

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Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2007 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2007.

The Company posted revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $542 million, or $.62 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 33.6 percent, up from 29.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple shipped 2,164,000 Macintosh® computers, representing 34 percent growth over the year-ago quarter and exceeding the previous quarterly record for Mac® shipments by 400,000. The Company sold 10,200,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 17 percent growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone™ sales were 1,119,000, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 sales to 1,389,000.

“Apple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we expect revenue of about $9.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of about $1.42.”

Oct 17

Apple announces iPhone SDK for Third-Party Applications

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Apple announced a native-application iPhone SDK today on their Hot News page:

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.

Oct 16

Mac OS X 10.5 available October 26th

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Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” will be on sale October 26th and is currently available for preorder.

The minimum system requirements for the new OS are an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor with 512MB of physical RAM. The price is $129 for a single-user copy or $199 for a five-license family pack.

Apple has a page listing more than 300 new features in this next release of its operating system.