Jun 01

Apple has released iTunes 8.2 and QuickTime 7.6.2 via Software Update. The new iTunes adds support for iPhone OS 3.0, while the new version of QuickTime has the standard “changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security”.

Apr 22

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter ended March 28, 2009.

The Company posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.4 percent, up from 32.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 2.22 million Macintosh® computers during the quarter, representing a three percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 11.01 million iPods during the quarter, representing three percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone units sold were 3.79 million representing 123 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.

Mar 03

Apple released updates to its desktop systems today.

The new Mac Mini looks identical to the old model, except that it now has both mini-DVI and Displayport in the back, five USB ports, and GeForce 9400M graphics onboard. The base model ($599) has a 2Ghz Core 2 Duo CPU and 1G of RAM along with a 120G hard drive. The high-end unit ($699) has the same CPU but a 320G hard drive and 2G of RAM (both expandable to 4G). Both models come with an 8x SuperDrive standard.

New iMac systems are available in 20″ and 24″ sizes, with Core 2 Duo CPUs from 2.66 to 3.06Ghz and RAM configurations up to 8G (two SODIMM slots). Hard drives range in size from 320G to 1TB. Prices start at $1199.

Mac Pro systems have been updated with Intel’s new Xeon “Nehalem” processor. Quad-core configurations are available at 2.66 or 2.93Ghz; 8-core CPUs can be had at 2.26, 2.66, or 2.96Ghz. Quad-core systems support up to 8G of RAM, while the 8-core systems can hold up to 32G. Four internal SATA drive bays can accommodate up to 4TB of total storage. Graphics options include the NVidia GeForce GT 120 or the ATI Radeon HD 4870. The new Mac Pro systems start at $2499.

In addition to the desktop systems, the Airport Extreme and Time Capsule now support simultaneous dual-band 802.11n operation.

The Apple Wired Keyboard has a new model without a numeric keypad, but it is not available as a “standalone” product yet, only as an option with the purchase of a new Mac system.

Feb 24

Apple has released the Safari 4 public beta for Mac and Windows.

Jan 15

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence from the company until June to deal with his ongoing health issues.

Tim Cook will manage Apple’s day-to-day operations while Steve is out.

Jan 06

Apple has announced a few new products this morning at MWSF:

iLife ’09 adds new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb. New features include facial recognition and geotagging in iPhoto, major improvements in iMovie, and musical instrument tutorials in GarageBand. The new version of iLife will be available in “late January” for $79.

iWork ’09 adds lots of new features (too many to list) to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The new version of iWork is available today now for $99.

iWork.com is an online service from Apple that lets you share and collaborate on your iWork ’09 documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

A “Box Set” of Mac OS X Leopard along with iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 will be available in late January (after the release of iLife ’09) for $179.

iTunes Plus now lets you upgrade previously-purchased iTunes songs to DRM-free versions for 30 cents per track. Most songs available via iTunes are now available in DRM-free versions for between $0.69 and $1.29 per track, with most albums staying at $9.99.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has the same unibody design and dual graphics controllers as the 15″ model, along with a new non-removable extended-capacity battery featuring up to 8 hours runtime and 1000 lifetime cycles. A matte non-glare screen is a $50 build-to-order option. The 17″ MBP starts at $2799 with a 2.66Ghz Core2Duo, 4G RAM and a 320G hard drive, upgradable to a 2.93Ghz CPU, 8G of RAM, and a 256G solid-state drive. Systems should be available in late January.

Not seen at this announcement was the rumored Mac Mini, iMac, or Apple TV upgrades, or any demonstration of OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”.

Dec 15

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update. It is available via Software Update (under the Apple menu).

Oct 22

Apple announced it’s fiscal year 2008 Q4 results yesterday.

The Company posted revenue of $7.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 34.7 percent, up from 33.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 41 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

In accordance with the subscription accounting treatment required by GAAP, the Company recognizes revenue and cost of goods sold for iPhone™ and Apple TV® over their economic lives. Adjusting GAAP sales and product costs to eliminate the impact of subscription accounting, the corresponding non-GAAP measures* for the quarter are $11.68 billion of “Adjusted Sales” and $2.44 billion of “Adjusted Net Income.”

Apple shipped 2,611,000 Macintosh® computers during the quarter, representing 21 percent unit growth and 17 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 11,052,000 iPods during the quarter, representing eight percent unit growth and three percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone units sold were 6,892,000 compared to 1,119,000 in the year-ago-quarter.

Oct 16

Apple has released new 13-inch MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro systems, featuring a new one-piece aluminum chassis, LED-backlit displays, NVIDIA integrated graphics (“Hybrid SLI” graphics on the Pro) and a “buttonless” touchpad where the entire surface is a tactile button. The new MacBook starts at $1299 and the MacBook Pro at $1999. The previous-generation white MacBook is still available at a dropped price of $999.

The updated MacBook Air now has integrated NVIDIA graphics and a 120G hard drive (with optional 128G solid-state drive). Prices start at $1799.

Apple also released a new 24″ LED Cinema Display, with LED backlighting, a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, built-in iSight camera and microphone, and a single cable to connect a system’s MagSafe, Mini Displayport, and USB 2.0 ports. It will retail for $899.

Oct 12

Apple has released Security Update 2008-007. It contains patches and bugfiles for Apache, root certificates, ClamAV, colorsync, CUPS, Finder, launchd, networking, and other applications.