Apple’s U.S. Market Share Climbs to 5.1%

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:37
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MacObserver is reporting that the Gartner Group has released a report citing new market share levels. Apple Inc. saw its market share within the United State rise to 5.1% for the final calendar quarter of 2006 according to the report, placing the company at fifth in U.S. computer sales and only slightly behind Tobisha’s 5.3% market share.
During Apple’s Wednesday conference call to announce its quarterly earnings, the company noted that its current growth rate is “three times IDC’s latest published market growth rate estimate for the December quarter.” During the third quarter of 2004, Apple had watched its U.S. market share dwindle from 3.6% to 3.2%.
Hewlett Packard stands as the current worldwide leader in computer sales, holding a 17.4% global market share compared to Dell’s 13.9% market share. Dell still leads Hewlett Packard by a small but deteriorating margin according to the report.


iSuppli Numbers Confirm More Than 50% Margin for Apple iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:44
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An article over at Macworld News describes how margins for the Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone could be as high as over 50% according to market researcher iSuppli.
Though the iPhone is expected to retail for $499, the cost of components and assembly comes in at $229.85 according to iSuppli’s research. The premium version of the phone, which holds eight gigabytes of data and retail for $599, costs about $264.85 to make and carries a 53.1% gross margin according to the same research.
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Apple Charging $1.99 Fee to Enable 802.11n Functionality For Some Routers

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 09:16
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An article over on Macworld News points out how due to accounting rules, Apple will charge users who’d like to download enabler software to take advantage of the 802.11n wireless protocol.
During last week’s Macworld Expo, Apple quietly introduced a new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme wireless router, which included an application that enables most Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Xeon-equipped Macs to take advantage of the networking standard. The protocol offers speeds up to five times faster than the 802.11g standard and twice the range to operate in.
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Ihnatko Gets 45 Minutes With the iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2007, 08:00
Category: News

iphonehand.jpgChicago Sun Times Technology columnist and Apple guru Andy Ihnatko has penned a column about a private briefing with Apple representatives during the Macworld Expo and, more importantly, his 45 minute hands-on experience with Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
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iPhone Ringtone for any phone

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 22:39
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If you liked the Apple iPhone ringtone that Steve demo’d at MWSF07, you may want to grab this little diddy before he releases the hounds.

One might remember that Steve Jobs took a call on the iPhone during the Keynote. Well there was a unique ringtone there. A ringtone of heavenly qualities in tone, rhythm, and key that Steve Jobs likely had composed by the eternally restless soul of Beethoven which he summoned with the ritual sacrifice of a Macbook (Beet is a Mac User, even as the Undead). We have it here for you.

iPhone Ringtone Sounds Like Holy Angels Tinkling: Download it Here – Gizmodo

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Apple May Release Beatles Catalog to iTunes Store Via Super Bowl Ad

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 15:20
Category: Rumor

An article on AppleInsider details how a possible deal between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps may bring the music catalog of The Beatles to the iTunes Store during a Super Bowl commercial according to a story run in the Toronto Sun this Wednesday.
According to inside sources for the Sun’s article, remastered tracks are slated to be available for download as soon as next month and Apple plans to announce this by way of a Super Bowl commercial come February 4th. The deal would reportedly also give both Apple Inc. and Apple Corps an exclusive three-month restricted distribution deal through the iTunes Store that could delay the release of the CDs themselves.
The report also suggested that Apple Corps would make at least some of the Beatles catalog available through iTunes on Valentine’s Day, a move that would also highlight the band’s project for the Cirque du Soleil, “Love”.
Apple Inc., Apple Corps and British music label EMI Records declined to comment.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Comments on the iPhone

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 15:51
Category: News

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offered a slew of opinions regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhone as well as the Zune and iPod to CNBC Business News reporter Scott Wapner on Wednesday, January 17th.
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Missing From The iPhone: One More Thing

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 11:00
Category: iPhone

Jason wrote his top 13 missing iPhone features in his ZDNet blog, The Apple Core, and he makes good points; the only ones I disagree on are more related to my own work style: I don’t need OTA downloads from iTMS because I shun DRM; I don’t use Office so I don’t need Office support, and I personally like the sealed battery if it cuts down on size (it does) and gives better clean lines (it does). But these are just me, and most people will find those important.
But the one thing Jason missed – the big missing functionality in my world – is handwriting recognition.
I’ve written on a handheld device for years; first it was a series of Palm OS devices, then a Sony Ericsson P800. (OK, fine, there were two Newtons before any of that.) It’s just so much more natural to write than to type with your thumbs on tiny keypads. I know the whole opposable thumbs thing is cool, but just because we have them doesn’t mean we must be reduced to them. Writing is natural, and hey – isn’t the iPhone UI all about natural gestures and movement?
OS X has had Inkwell in there for a couple of years, quietly lurking below the surface, and it still hasn’t been taken advantage of. If you read Lev Grossman’s article in Time about the origin of the iPhone, it’s easy to guess that Inkwell came about because Apple was thinking tablet (and Steve spake, saying unto them, “makest me handwriting recognition software, for lo, I may want to use it!”), but by the time they changed directions, Inkwell was done and released. So maybe now’s the perfect time: Inkwell on an iPhone? Killer.
I’m also holding out hope for the “next” iPhone. So soon, you ask? Well, remember the time in the way back, before the keynote last week? There were rumors going around about how there were going to be two iPhones, one consumer, one smartphone. The iPhone that Steve demo’d wowed everyone so well, and does things so much better than any smartphone does, that we all thought that was it… but what if it’s not? What if (are you sitting down?)… what if that was Apple’s idea of a consumer level phone? What if there’s a higher-end phone, a real smart phone, waiting in the wings?
A lot can happen between now and June. I’m holding out hope.
Contributed by: Steve Abrahamson


PowerPage Podcast Episode 32

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 11:27
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 32 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (55’57, 24.9MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Chuck Freedman and Chris Barylick.
Topics include: All about the iPhone. Its pros, cons and general observation about Apple’s most anticiapted product of all time.
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Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.


Quark Fields Questions About Interactive Designer

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 10:53
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Last week at the expo, Macworld attended a Quark session. The magazine fired several questions about Quark’s Interactive Designer program which were fielded by vice president of desktop products J├╝rgen Kurz and then published in this article.
The interview revealed the following tidbits:
-Despite looking very similar to Quark’s QuarkImmedia program, the company built Interactive Designer from scratch and included core technologies of QuarkXPress such as composition zones, shadows and transparencies.
-Quark Interactive Designer doesn’t support old QuarkImmedia files.
-Interactive Designer is able to import SWF files from versions 6 to 9. Depending on the kind of SWF files imported, Interactive Designer may be able to control its playback functionality.
-Even though Flash currently supports more features than Quark Interactive Designer, Quark claims a more core set of functions is attractive to would-be designers. Kurz touted Interactive Designer’s scripting capabilities and features exlusive to the program that Flash Professional doesn’t offer.
-Interactive Designer is seamlessly integrated with QuarkXPress and can run inside the program to publish to multiple formats.
-Interactive Designer is currently able to export to Flash, which was highest on the wish list of user demands. No word is being given as to which formats future versions of the software will be able to export to.
-Interactive Designer expands beyond QuarkXPress and was designed to publish for multiple channels such as print, web and interactive output, not as an extension of QuarkXPress.
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