Apple Releases QuickTime, iTunes Updates

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 17:12
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Apple released updates to two of their core programs; QuickTime 7.2 and iTunes 7.3.1.
QuickTime 7.2, which is a 33.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for full screen viewing in QuickTime Player.
-Updates to the H.264 codec.
-Numerous bug fixes.
-Export for iPhone (exports .m4v video).
-Export for iPhone (Cellular) (exports .3gp video).
QuickTime 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
iTunes 7.3.1, which was also released today, is a 51.4 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:
-Improvements to the iPhone service activation.
-Fill iPhone synching with music, TV shows, movies, podcasts and photos.
-Improved wireless sharing between photo libraries and Apple TV devices via iTunes.
-Fix to a problem in iTunes 7.3 when the iTunes Library was accessed.
iTunes 7.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
Both programs can be updated via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve seen any major changes on your end once these programs have been installed, let us know via the forums.

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Rumor: Apple Prepping Touch-Screen Controlled iPods for August

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 10:29
Category: Rumor

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It came from Rumorville, so it must be true:
An article over at DigiTimes has cited that Apple has ordered a batch of touch-screens earmarked for future generation iPods from Taiwanese manufacturer Wintek.
The article quotes an anonymous source which claims that Apple is about to launch a next-generation iPod video next month. Such an iPod would sport a touch screen panel similar to the iPhone’s.
DigiTimes also pointed out that Apple seems to be lining up touch-screen component deals with other manufacturers and has a similar arrangement with Balda, another touch screen manufacturer.
Neither Apple or Wintek were able to provide comments regarding the speculation.
If you have comments or ideas about this, feel free to discuss them in the forums.

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Updated: JPMorgan Retracts “iPhone Nano” Analyst Prediction

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 09:06
Category: iPhone

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If it sounded too good to be true, it was.
According to Engadget and several other outlets, yesterday’s optimistic comments from JPMorgan analyst Kevin Chang have been retracted by the company.
The rebuttal took place in the form of a document put forth by the firm’s North America Equity Research division. Here, JPMorgan states that the firm “has not been able to independently confirm” Chang’s comments without a second source and mentions that a “lower-end iPhone appearing in the near-term would be unusual and highly risky.”
Also mentioned in the document are several suggestions that a “high-priced, non-subsidized 3G model” will surface “in the first half of 2008.”
Full images of the retraction can be found here courtesy of The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
Update: An article over at TimesOnline states that a well-placed source at JPMorgan claimed the retraction was “completely erroneous” and that the firm stood by the original comment.
“In no way are we retracting what Mr Chang said,” the source said. “We express our view through research documents, and the way the market reacts to them is a function of the market.”
The disparity has been noted as two analysts’ views differing on the information at hand when analyzing Apple’s stock.
If you have thoughts or comments on this, let us know what you think by way of the forums.

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iPhoneDrive 1.0 Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 08:01
Category: iPhone

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On Tuesday, software company Ecamm Network released iPhoneDrive 1.0, a US$9.95 utility that allows users to use their iPhones as hard drives and drag and drop files to the device, similar to the iPod’s disk use feature.
The software is available as a fully active seven day demo and is available as a 486 kilobyte download.
iPhoneDrive requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iTunes 7.3 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the demo version or have any comments, let us know in the forums.

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Myvu “Solo” Now Available Through Web Site

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 07:56
Category: Hardware

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In other news, one of the cooler accessories for the iPod just became more accessible. The Myvu, an eyewear system that attaches to the iPod and simulates a 27″ video screen being viewed from about six feet away, is being introduced in a more affordable “solo” edition.
According to Macworld News, the Myvu solo retails for US$199.95 and arrives without the power pack and premium travel case found with its “fully loaded edition” cousin. The Myvu solo edition includes the eyeglasses, in-ear noise-reducing earbuds, inline audio and picture controller and microfiber protective sleeve and lens cloth.
Myvu has states that the “solo” edition is now available from its web site (which still lists it as “coming soon”) and is available through the Apple Store and ZoomSystems-based automated retail systems found in airports and Macy’s department stores.
If you’ve tried the Myvu system and have comments about it, get it off your chest in the forums.

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