iPhone Launch Window Emerges

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 13:30
Category: Rumor

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Despite the fact that Apple has stated that its long-awaited iPhone will hit the shelves in June, that’s as specific as the company could be. An internal AT&T e-mail sent to all corporate AT&T employees published over at The Boy Genius Report states that the Apple iPhone launch will take place on June 15th and run until July 15th.
During this time, AT&T won’t approve employee vacations during this time frame, the company citing that this will be “the biggest selling period we have seen in a few years.” In spite of high expected sales, Apple has dictated the terms of the launch via an iron-clad contract which AT&T is probably working to ensure is followed to the letter.
For your consideration, the e-mail:
To: All Company Owned Retail Employees
From: [Name removed]
Subject: iPhone Launch Period
Date: May 4, 2007
As previously announced, Apple and AT&T will soon debut the iPhone,
which combines a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and
breakthrough internet communications into one small and lightweight
handheld device. The new AT&T has a multiyear, exclusive agreement to
provide U.S. service for the iPhone.
To ensure proper staffing during the product launch period, Sales personnel
planning to take approved time off are encouraged to schedule their
vacations before June 15 or after July 15 to participate in the iPhone
launch.
Previously approved vacation will be allowed where voluntary rescheduling
is not feasible
No additional vacation requests will be approved during the launch period
(6/15 – 7/15).
I want to thank you in advance for your understanding as this is likely to
be the biggest selling period we have seen in a few years.
Happy Selling,
[Name removed]
Details as to the launch date are unconfirmed at this time. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please let us know.

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PC World: 10 Things We Love About Apple

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 10:35
Category: Uncategorized

Point. Counter point.

In a world where generic MP3 players are sold alongside Chia Pets inevery Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Quickie Mart, Apple’s iPods are anythingbut commodities.

Most computers look like they were designedby manufacturers of low-end office furniture, but Macs are so beautifulthat they’d probably be fixtures in movies and on TV even if productplacement didn’t exist.

PC World – 10 Things We Love About Apple

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PC World: 10 Things We Hate About Apple

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 10:10
Category: Opinion

Hear, hear on #1 guys. Love ya :)

The company formerly known as Apple Computer and now called simply Apple, Inc. is unique in many ways–including in its ability to drive even folks who admire it positively batty. It makes great products (usually), yet its secretiveness about them borders on paranoia, and its adoring fans can be incredibly irritating.

Of course, its fans have to put up with some irritations, too: Simply being a member of the club still means you must endure unending jabs from the other side of the socio-political-techno aisle. But do they have to wear their suffering as a badge of honor?

PC World – 10 Things We Hate About Apple

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Apple Looks Into LED-backlit Components for 13″ MacBooks

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 09:11
Category: News

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Following up on last week’s news that Apple is looking to feature LED backlighting technology in its products, a DigiTimes story has stated that component manfacturers AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, Coretronic and Kenmos Technology.
Sources stated that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics will send samples of their 13.3″ and 15.4″ panels to Apple in order to certify the parts for certification. Shipments will officially commence in the second or third quarter of this year. Backlight manufacturers Coretronic and Kenmos Technology are also slated to send samples of their products to Apple around this time frame.
Although the companies refused to comment at this time, sources have stated that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics will enter volume production for LED-based LCD modules in the second and third quarters while Coretronics’ LED-based backlight units will be applied to the panels made by AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics.
No details have arisen as to when customers could begin to expect an LED-backlit system from Apple.

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AT&T E-Mail Suggests Small Changes to iPhone

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 08:13
Category: News

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An animated GIF file present in a recent AT&T newsletter e-mail has brought to light some minor changes that have been made to Apple’s upcoming iPhone since its introduction at the January Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
In the lower left hand corner, a double-arrow button is now present. This has been considered as a toggle for zoom functions, although its intended purpose has yet to be revealed.
A new icon in the lower right hand section of the screen is shaped like a car. Appl has discussed how it will provide traffic data and the Google Maps web site currently uses a car-shaped icon to pull up current traffic conditions for assorted U.S. cities.
Finally, the “Cingular” logo present on previously viewed versions of the iPhone have been replaced with an “AT&T” logo. Although Cingular and A&T are still functioning as two separate entities despite last year’s merger, the long-term plan is to operate solely as AT&T.
To see the animated GIF, click over to the MacNN article.

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Magma Ships ExpressBox1 for MacBook Pro Laptops

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2007, 08:08
Category: News

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On Friday, Magma began shipping its ExpressBox1 product, an external PCI breakout box for laptops including the MacBook Pro.
The device boasts 2,000 Mbps data transfer rates and attaches to the MacBook Pro via an ExpressCard/34 connection and PCI Express cable. This allows the MacBook Pro to access higher-end video cards than the one that currently ships with it. Magma’s unit accommodates both 6.6″ half-length cards as well as 12.283″ full-length cards, the units selling for US$730 and US$750, respectively. According to MacNN, Magma has stated that the company will support “double-wide” GPU cards in a future generation of the ExpressBox1 to be released later this year.
If you’ve tried the ExpressBox or a similar device with your MacBook Pro, let us know.

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