Jun 09

Apple has released Quicktime 7.5, available via Software Update or Apple Downloads. This update addresses security and application compatibility issues.

Jun 09

Today at WWDC ’08, Apple announced the iPhone 3G.

Available on July 11th at a price of $199 for an 8G model and $299 for the 16G, the new iPhone features 3G data (twice as fast as EDGE), built-in true GPS, and enterprise support. Battery life is improved, with 300 hours of standby time, 10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time, 5-6 hours of 3G browsing, 7 hours of video, or 24 hours of audio.

The new iPhone has a black plastic back and solid metal buttons (for the 8G model) or an available white back on the 16G model. The display and camera are the same, with the headphone jack now being flush with the top of the phone, and audio is improved.

Update: The WWDC Keynote Speech is now online.

May 28

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.3 update, with too many fixes to list. It is available as a standalone download or via Software Update.

May 26

The class action lawsuit Gordon v. Apple Computer, Inc. has now been settled:

The purpose of this website is to inform purchasers of replacement power adapters for certain Apple PowerBook or iBook computers of a class action settlement. The settlement will provide a cash payment if you purchased certain model Apple PowerBook or iBook computers, the power adapter failed within the first three years following the initial retail purchase of the computer, and you purchased a replacement adapter.

May 22

Apple and HBO have announced that HBO television series such as “The Sopranos”, “Sex and the City”, “Rome”, and “The Wire” is now available for purchase on the iTunes Store for between $1.99 and $2.99 an episode.

On May 20th, Apple released version 8.0.2 of Logic Pro. The update is 139 megabytes in size and can be downloaded at no charge.

May 06

As detailed in this TUAW post, the iMac was announced ten years ago today:

The original iMac came stocked with a 233MHz G3, 32MD of SDRAM (though you could bump it up to a whopping 128MB), a 4 gig harddrive, 2 USB ports, a CD-ROM drive (not a CD burner, Apple was late to that party), and an IrDA port.

I’ve owned G3, G5, and Core Duo versions of the iMac, but finally “upgraded” to a Core2Duo-based Mac Mini with a separate screen a couple of months ago. While the quality of the flat panels used in the iMac series has always been good, their $800-per-panel repair cost was a bit extreme compared to the price of a standalone LCD display (using the same model of panel) from a vendor such as Dell in my opinion.

Apr 23

Apple today announced their financial results for the fiscal second quarter of 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.

These are the best second quarter results in Apple’s history.

Apr 08

Apple has released firmware updates for many of its products today.

MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.2
MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5
MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 1.0
iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.3
Firmware Restoration CD 1.6
Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.0

Apr 02

Apple has released quite a few updates in the past week:

Aperture 2.1
Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3
Firmware Restoration CD 1.5
Security Update 2008-002 v1.1 for Leopard

The second beta version of the iPhone SDK has been released and now includes Interface Builder.

Mar 29

I’m in need of a G4 or G5 system so that I can dual-boot Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 in order to troubleshoot and help people running those older versions of the operating system (both of my personal systems are Intel-based and run 10.5). If someone has an older system available and would like to donate it to the cause, please email and let me know.

I run MacHELP as a non-profit hobby; it makes no income. I usually answer between five and ten questions a day and have helped more than 1200 people with their Macintosh and Mac OS X problems since April of 2007.