Analysts Predict Apple Q3 2006 Earnings

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:41
Category: Finance

Apple’s conference call webcast discussing Q3 – 2006 financial results will begin at 2pm PT/5pm ET on Wednesday, July 19, 2006.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu on Monday gave their thoughts on Apple’s upcoming earnings call, which will happen after the markets close on Wednesday, July 19. Both of them expect the company’s revenue for the previous fiscal quarter to be at the upper end of Wall Street’s consensus estimate of US$4.2 to $4.4 billion, with $0.44 EPS.

Mr. Munster sees Apple announcing iPod sales of 7.7 to 8.2 million units, below the Wall Street consensus estimate of 8.3 million. He also sees 1.23 million Macs sold, compared to the consensus of 1.25 million. In addition, the analyst expects Apple will continue with its tradition of providing conservative guidance for the current quarter, which right now stands at $4.95 billion in revenue and $0.52 EPS, according to Wall Street estimates.

TMO Reports – More Analysts Weigh in on Apple’s Wed. Earnings Call || The Mac Observer


Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:31
Category: Intel

I missed this when it made the rounds about a month ago, but if you’re considering a MacBook this video is a good example of how Windows Vista Beta 2 performs on the MacBook’s shared GMA 950 graphics. (Spoiler: it runs pretty darned good!)

In previous articles, I said that Vista should run fine on the MacBook, even with its poor GMA 950 graphics. The Vista Beta 2 download was made public last week, and I finally got around to installing it on my MacBook. The full Aero Glass indeed does work fine on my 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook. Below is an H.264 Quicktime video (in two sizes) demonstating what Aero Glass looks like:

Everything Apple: Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

technorati tags:, , ,


Nike + iPod Sensor Internal Photos

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

We just had a review
of the Nike + iPod system. Now we’ve managed to crack open the sensor
to get an idea of how it works. These are our current photos; we’ll
update this as we completely dissect the unit. After we’re done we’ll
try to put it back together and see if the iPod will recognize it.

Nike + iPod sensor internal photos

technorati tags:, ,


Generation 6 iPods

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iPod

The iPod turns five years old this fall, and is due for its annual revamping. Apple keeps a tight lid on future plans, but here’s a look at three designs for Generation 6 iPods, along with three software features I’d like to see Apple deliver.
Apple has done a pretty good job in balancing the iPod’s features and simple usability. In some cases, they’ve withheld features that would unnecessarily complicate the device. Beyond the obvious demands for things like longer battery life and larger displays, there are a few nagging issues that I’d like to see addressed in the iPod software. Read more…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted


The Apple Core: IM interoperability is a must

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

IM_interopability.jpgOne of my biggest pet-peeves about IM services are their proprietary protocols. If you’re on AIM/iChat and your friend is on something else (Yahoo, MSN, etc.) you’re hosed. Sure, there are a bunch of third-party IM clients available (like Adium) but they only interoperate for text – they won’t do audio or video chats.
It’s analogous to the HD vs. BluRay battles that are being waged over DVD formats right now. No one can agree to fully interoperate, so they’re taking their ball and going home.
Then there was a glimmer of hope that a truce had been reached in IM interoperability battle when TechCrunch’s Marshall Kirkpatrick reported that Microsoft and Yahoo agreed to make their IM services interoperate.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


“Kamas” Stand for MacBook Pro/MacBook Shipping

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 07:00
Category: Accessory

The finest professional stand made for PowerBooks is now available for the MacBook Pro and MacBook. The completely re-designed Kamas stand from Power Support of Japan has an adjustable ledge that allows a CD/DVD disc to be inserted while on the stand and fits all models of Apple’s MacBook Pro (15″ and 17″) and MacBook. It also fits all sizes of PowerBook G4’s and iBook G4s and G3s.
New features:
– Front ledge adjustable so if you change ‘Book models, you no longer need a new stand.
– Front ledge has silicone insert.
– Special built-in heat sink and thermal pad
– Silver and black
Available online exclusively from MacImports for US$119.
Contributed by: Bill Fox