Apple announced the following at a media event at the California Theatre today:
- iMac – 1.5GHz – 2.1GHz, 17″ and 20″. Now comes with built-in iSight camera and wireless remote control. Prices: US$1299 to US$1759. More info: Apple’s iMac product page and press release.
- iPod – Video playback, QVGA 320 x 240 resolution, 2.5-inch screen, MPEG4, TV output, 30% thinner. 20GB – $299, 60GB – $399. Shipping next week. Still a “music-first” device. More info: Apple’s iPod product page and press release.
- iTunes 6.0 – Major update to Apple’s music player and online music store arrive after only a month after iTunes 5.0. Over 2,000 music videos are available at a cost of US$1.99. You can purchase TV shows for US$1.99 also, including: Desperate Housewives, Lost and three other ABC/Disney shows. All are premiering on iTunes in native QVGA resolution. More info: Apple’s iTunes 6.0 product page and press release.
- Front Row – A combination slender, six-button remote control and exclusive software that turns the new iMac into a media center.
- Photobooth – New application for taking snapshots with the iMac’s built-in camera. It uses the screen as a giant flash bulb to light the subject and comes with dozens of effects like Warhol.
According to the Wall Street Journal “Microsoft and Yahoo plan an alliance so that users of their instant-messaging services can communicate directly with each other.” It’s a good start, but what we really need is AOL < -> Yahoo < -> MS interoperability.
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) – Apple Computer Inc. shares lost more than 10% of their value after the closing bell Tuesday after the company’s revenue failed to meet analyst expectations, while Advanced Micro Devices Inc. shares lost ground despite the company’s surging profits.
The Nasdaq-100 After Hours Indicator, which tracks the evening action of the technology-heavy index’s leading shares, was down 7.9 points to 1,531.40.
Shares of Apple Computer fell to $46.05 in late trading after reporting a fourth-quarter profit of $430 million, or 50 cents a share. Excluding a 12- cents-a-share tax benefit, the company earned 38 cents a share to beat estimates of analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call, who forecast a profit of 37 cents a share.
However, Apple’s revenue of $3.68 billion was shy of analysts’ $3.74 billion average estimate.
Shares of PortalPlayer, which supplies components for Apple’s market- leading iPod music players, shed 9% to $23.90 following Apple’s earnings results.
Welcome to the new PowerPage layout. First, I need to make the obligatory disclaimers that nothing works. Seriously, just about everything is being worked on as we speak and features will magically begin to roll out in the coming days. I’m happy to be live with the new design (Thanks Jimi!) in time for the Apple announcements tomorrow morning and in advance of our 10th year anniversay in Decemeber. Ammad also deserves an extra thanks for pulling everything together at the last minute.
So sit back and enjoy the ride, I hope that we can enjoy it with you for another 10 years to come.
I have started a new Apple-related Blog with my friends over at ZDNet called The Apple Core. In addition to writing and editing the PowerPage, be sure to check out my ZDNet blog too. I’ll be posting excerpts from my ZD blog in the pages.
We’re still in the throes of our move to a new server and blogging back end but it should all be over soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The changing of the season from Summer to Fall can only mean one thing. That’s right! It’s time for a server move. We moved the PowerPage server to a fatty 64-bit Linux box this week and things are still a bit messy. Turns out that the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit is not trivial and is taking a bit longer than expected. Some notes:
- DNS hasn’t replicated around the planet yet, so if you’re having trouble reaching the PowerPage, try: http://www.powerpage.org/ (remove everything after the .org/ if you’re using a bookmark) or you can dial up our temporary address: http://newton.ctyme.com:6001 which will go away in a few days.
- If you’re behind a corporate firewall you may be unable to reach port 6001, so stick to RSS for now until DNS propagates worldwide – which may take another day or two.
- We’re eventually moving from Web Objects to Movable Type (MT) and we’re looking for a MT consultant or guru to help. If that’s you contact us with some references. This is a paid position.
Thank you for sticking with us during the change, we’re looking forward to providing a better, more reliable PowerPage in the weeks and months to come.
Apple has posted information about the 2005 WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco:
With its unique integration of breakthrough technologies, open standards, and robust development tools, Mac OS X Tiger is the platform for unparalleled developer innovation. At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2005, June 6-10 in San Francisco, you’ll get the in-depth knowledge, hands-on instruction and one-on-one support you need to deliver products and solutions that transform the way your users work, play, search, and share on a Mac.
Although Apple has stated that “no hardware announcements are made at WWDC,” they broke that rule in 2004 by announcing the 30-inch Cinema Display, in 2003 Apple announced the PowerMac G5 and the iSight camera at WWDC. In 2002 Steve-O announced that OS 9 was dead while displaying a graphic of a cool headstone (picture courtesy of MacDevCenter).
The PowerPage believes that we could see the PowerBook G5 announcement at WWDC 2005 and possibly even Apple’s forthcoming breakout box for GarageBand (GASP!) code-named “Asteroid.”