Apple Tablet Rumors Point to March/April Launch Date, 10.1″ Screen

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 06:51
Category: Rumor


Checks within Apple’s supply chain have led to a new round of tablet-related rumors from Yair Reiner, an analyst with Oppenheimer, who believes the device will launch in March or April of 2010 with a 10.1″ LCD screen. Per AppleInsider, Reiner also said that Apple has been reaching out to book publishers with a “very attractive proposal” for offering content on a forthcoming ebook platform.

Reiner believes the tablet could provide an additional 50 cents to 75 cents in earnings per share for AAPL stock.

“Our checks into Apple’s supply chain indicate the manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action and should begin to hit a mass market stride in February,” the note said. “At this stage Apple appears to be sizing its supply chain to support production of as many as 1M units per month.”

Reiner said Apple would likely need at least five or six weeks of inventory built up before it can release the product, positioning a likely launch in March or April. Such a launch would assume there are no production issues, like the one believed to have led to the last-minute removal of a camera from the latest iPod touch.

He also said that the device will have a 10.1″ multi-touch display using LTPS LCD technology, the same as on the iPhone. He specifically disputed an earlier report that a high-end model would sport an OLED display.

Apple is also said to be offering publishers a deal that will allow them to release their content on other online stores, such as for Amazon’s Kindle, or for new, forthcoming digital storefronts from major publishers. But Apple could sweeten the pot by offering a better deal than some companies, like Amazon, currently offer.

“Contacts in the U.S. tell us Apple is approaching book publishers with a very attractive proposal for distributing their content,” Reiner said. “Apple will split revenue 30/70 (Apple/publisher); give the same deal to all comers; and not request exclusivity. We believe the typical Kindle split is 50/50, rising to 30/70 if Kindle is given ebook exclusivity.”

Reiner went on to say that the Kindle has “disgruntled the publishing industry” by strong-arming companies into exclusivity through a “wolfish cut of revenue” taken if they sell their content elsewhere. The Kindle also does not allow advertising in content it sells for its device.

“The tablet is set to change that,” Reiner said. “It should also make ebooks more relevant for education by simplifying functions such as scribbling marginalia.”

iSync Plugins Released

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 06:31
Category: Software


iSync plugins, nova media’s shareware iSync extension package for Mac OS X and all-around useful utility that provides access to dozens of cell phones and handsets, received a small update over the weekend. Version, a 5.4 megabyte download, adds support for the following cell phone models:

– Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
– Nokia 5730 XpressMusic
– Nokia 6720 classic
– Nokia 6730 classic
– Nokia E55
– Nokia E72
– Samsung B2100
– Sony Ericsson Aino U10i
– Sony Ericsson F100i
– Sony Ericsson J105i
– Sony Ericsson Satio U1
– Sony Ericsson T715
– Sony Ericsson TM717
– Sony Ericsson Yari U100

iSync retails for US$9.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 (under Mac OS X 10.4), Mac OS X 10.5.8 (under Mac OS X 10.5) and Mac OS X 10.6.2 (under Mac OS X 10.6) to install and run.

Apple Releases AirPort Client Update 2009-002

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 08:55
Category: Software


Rounding out yesterday’s sexy update-o-rama, Apple also released its AirPort Client Update 2009-002. The update a 13 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Inability to turn AirPort on or off in some cases after upgrading from Mac OS X Leopard.
– An occasional loss of network connection when using Wake on Demand.
– Inability to create a computer-to-computer network, or share the Internet connection on some MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers.

As always, Software Update is your friend in snagging and installing this.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.6.2 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried it and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Apple Releases SuperDrive 3.0 Firmware Update

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 08:20
Category: iMac, Mac mini, MacBook, Software


Amid its slew of updates, Apple also released its SuperDrive 3.0 firmware update. The update, an 18.4 megabyte download, helps eliminate the noise made by the optical disk drive during system startup and wake from sleep on your Mac. The update applies to some MacBooks, the iMac and the Mac Mini and requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 to install and run.

The SuperDrive 3.0 update can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later to install and run.

Apple Releases Firmware Updates for MacBook, MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 07:36
Category: MacBook, MacBook Pro, Software


Late Tuesday, Apple released its MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.4 for its MacBook notebook. The update, a 3.1 megabyte download, eliminates the noise made by the optical disk drive during system startup and wake from sleep on MacBook computers.

The company also released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for some MacBook Pro models. The update, a 3.4 megabyte download, also eliminates the noise made by the optical drive during startup and emerging from sleep.

Both updates can be snagged via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature and require Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later to install and run.

Google Chrome Beta Arrives for the Mac

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 11:05
Category: Software


At long last, the official beta of the Mac version of Google Chrome has arrived. The beta, a 17.6 megabyte download, is the current version of Google’s speedy, home-brewed web browser, which until now has been available only for the Windows operating systems.

The beta requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve played with it and have an opinion, let us know what you think in the comments.

Seagate Releases 7 Millimeter Notebook Hard Drive

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 07:18
Category: hard drive, News


If you can fit more data onto a notebook hard drive, more power to you. Per PC World, hard drive manufacturer Seagate seems ready to launch a 7 millimeter high notebook drive as part of its Momentus lineup this January at CES.

Although Seagate has yet to release specifics, it’s thought that the drive will be spinning a single platter. Given that dual-platter 2.5″ disks currently max out at 640GB (or 320GB per platter), Seagate is expected to at least match this or even demonstrate an improvement in the amount of data that can be placed on each platter.

It’s anyone’s guess, but it’s cool stuff and we’ll be following this up until its release.

AT&T Releases Mark the Spot App to Help Report Network Troubles

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 07:59
Category: iPhone, News


On Monday, wireless carrier AT&T released its Mark the Spot application, a free app which allows users to report any network shortfalls or missed calls on their iPhone.

The application requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.

Now whether AT&T will actually pay attention to the network issues reported via the app, that’s another story…

Apple Purchases Lala Streaming Service, Analyst Predicts Steps Towards Mobile iTunes Content

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2009, 07:39
Category: iTunes, News

Apple’s purchase of the Lala streaming music service could set up an infrastructure for iTunes content and purchases to be accessed from multiple locations via a Web browser, one analyst has predicted.

Per AppleInsider, analyst Maynard J. Um of UBS Investment Research stated in a note that the purchase of Lala supports the idea that Apple is building a cloud-based system to allow access of content across all of its products on Monday morning. The purchase could tie in to Apple’s $1 billion server farm project which found a home in North Carolina this past summer.

“We believe the Lala acquisition fits into our view that Apple is building a data center for a service to provide seamless access & mobility of digital content across all of its products, including media-focused content of iTunes and user-generated content of MobileMe,” Um said. “Lala gives Apple browser/Web-based technology to access music anywhere.”

Apple made its first integration between the browser and iTunes in November, when iTunes Preview was quietly released. Links generated via iTunes direct to a Web site that gives customers the option to view content without launching Apple’s desktop media suite. Previously, users who did not have iTunes installed were prompted to do so in order to view content.

Apple’s purchase of Lala was confirmed last week, though the terms of the agreement have not been revealed. The , Palo Alto, California-based company has a catalog of over 8 million songs, and allows users to match songs on their PCs to its licensed content, and then play them anywhere on the Web through a browser. DRM-free songs can be downloaded for about 89 cents, while Web-only streams are about 10 cents.

“Lala also allows users to browse friends’ collections, create/listen to playlists, & get updates when new or recommended music is added to their sites,” Um said. “The service is similar to Apple’s Genius feature except driven by real people (vs. algorithms).”

He believes that the purchase of Lala will widen Apple’s “halo” that draws consumers to purchase Apple products. By allowing iTunes content to be more easily accessed across a variety of Apple-branded devices, the purchase could further future hardware sales.

In October, Lala, along with iLike, entered a partnership with Google to allow users to quickly discover song previews, artist info, pictures, video and more. Currently, Google searches for artists or songs can return a full, streaming, embedded song at the top of results, courtesy of Lala.

Camino 2.0.1 Released

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2009, 07:35
Category: Software


Late Wednesday, the Camino Project released version 2.0.1 of Camino, its free, open source web browser.
The new version, a 15.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Upgraded to version of the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine, which includes several critical security and stability fixes.
– The Help menu will once again contain the search field in non-English localizations on Mac OS X 10.6.
– The Camino Crash Reporter will now offer to send your email address with your crash report to allow the Camino developers to contact you for more information about your crash.
– Clicking on warning or error text in a certificate no longer causes the text to change colors.
– Improved ad-blocking.

Camino requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

If you’ve tried the new version of Camino and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know.