Apple Has the Most Efficient Warehouse

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 03:22
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According to a research report compiled by UBS, one of the world’s leading financial firms, Apple Inc. not only has better growth than most companies, but manages to keep it’s inventory low while doing it.
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The report indicates that over the last 6 years, Apple’s product inventory ranged from 3 to 10 days (amount of time product was stored), finally settling at around 5 days in the fourth quarter of 2008. Other companies lagged behind including Dell at 7 days, Lenovo at 15 days, and HP at 32. A vendor such as Ingram Micro typically holds inventory in the store for 26 days. For other companies in the mobile phone market, UBS puts Nokia at 27 days, Motorola at 48 days, and 56 days for Qualcomm.
What does this mean? According to UBS, “fewer products [in inventory] mean [companies] can better respond to changing market needs. Having warehouses crammed full of unsold goods is not a good thing, more than ever in times of economic crisis”.
The original article can be read (translated from Italian) here.

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Apple Updates Mac Pro, Mac Mini and iMac Computers

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Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 14:22
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Today, Apple updated everything short of your Labradoodle and since I just got back from an hour in the dentist’s chair and rocking out to an hour of their easy listening selection, let’s have at it…
Mac Mini:
Apple released a revised Mac mini today, the new systems featuring improved graphics, faster memory and additional enhancements while retaining a US$600 and US$800 price tag depending on features.
According to Macworld, the new mini still boasts a 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 2″ footprint but now features two video interfaces on its back (a Mini DisplayPort and a mini-DVI connector) as well as five USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port (which replaces the FireWire 400 interface, gigabit Ethernet, audio line in and audio line out ports.
The new units now feature 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 3MB shared L2 cache as well as Nvidia’s GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipset, the same graphics that are featured on Apple’s MacBook laptop line. Apple claims that this enables the Mac mini to produce 3D graphics at up to five times the rate of the model it’s replacing; the previous-generation Mac mini was the last Apple product to ship with Intel GMA 950 graphics. Both models also feature 8x slot-loading “SuperDrives” capable of burning DVD media and have the usual complement of AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR built in, as well.
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Unibody 17″ MacBook Pro Notebooks Now Shipping

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Date: Monday, February 16th, 2009, 09:01
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A slew of readers have informed AppleInsider that their order updates for Apple’s unibody 17″ MacBook Pro notebook have been updated to “shipping” as of Friday.
The notebook, which was launched in January at Macworld, showed signs of delay when some customers were told their orders would likely slip into March despite promises it would ship in late January. Early this month, the company let many of these buyers know that their orders wouldn’t ship for about two weeks due to problems “wrapping up” production.
The reason for the delay is currently unknown.
If you’ve heard naything from your end or received an order update, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Customizable Four-Finger Gestures May be En Route for Apple Notebooks in Mac OS X

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Date: Monday, February 16th, 2009, 08:12
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There’s some interesting stuff buried within the depths of the Mac OS X file structure. Among these, according to MyAppleGuide, is a bit of code in Mac OS X’s Trackpad preference panethat would allow users of multitouch-capable trackpads such as those on the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros to define their own four-finger gestures.
The file is currently a .nib, meaning it’s currently just installed as part of the interface and no actual code is hooked up to it, but if you have a multitouch-capable Mac (such as a unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air), you can find the same file at /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Trackpad.prefPane/Contents/Resources/ English.lproj/FourFingerSwipeGesture.nib.
Currently, the multitouch trackpad’s four-finger gestures are hard-coded and perform a given set of functions such as activating the desktop, triggering Expose, and bringing up the Application Switcher.
Customization of gestures could be en route in a future Mac OS X update, a feature many users might appreciate.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases Updated iMacs, .Mac, Mac Mini, iLife ’08

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007, 12:50
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On Tuesday, Apple brought out a slew of new products in its summer dog and pony show at company headquarters in Cupertino. Taking the stage, CEO Steve Jobs brought out the following:
iMac:
-The new iMac is thinner and now features aluminum and class:
-Revised iMac comes in 20 and 24 inch screen sizes. The unit features an audio input and output, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and video out. Apple has retained the slot-loading drive along with the built-in iSight and internal microphone.
-The displays apparently have a glossy sheen to them with Jobs claiming the new design is better for displaying photos and movies.
-Apple has released a new keyboard to complement the iMac. The new device appears to have special dedicated keys such as brightness controls, Expost, Dashboard and media controls.
-The new iMac ad can be seen here.
-A new wireless keyboard and “Mighty Mouse” are also available. Both devices operate on the Bluetooth 2.0 protocol.
-The new iMacs are now based on upgraded Intel Core 2 Duo processors and are clocked from 2.4 to 2.8 GHz. Apple has also upgraded RAM support up to 4 gigabytes and included ATI Radeon HD 2400XT graphics systems. Users can now install internal hard disk drives up to 1 terabyte . The new iMacs feature built-in 802.11n wireless networking.
-The new iMacs are available in a US$1,199 configuration (20; display, 2.0 GHz processor, 250 GB hard drive), a US$1,499 configuration (20″ display, 2.4 GHZ, processor and 320 GB hard drive) and a US$1,799 configuration (24″ display, 2.8 GHz, unsure of the hard drive size).
-All models are immediately available.
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Apple Looking into QuickTime 7.2 Error Complaints

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Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, 08:39
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On Tuesday, Apple stated that it was looking into errors some users have reported with QuickTime 7.2, the most recent version of of its multimedia technology.
According to Macworld News, users have reported issues with Code Fragment Manager applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Entourage.
“Apple has received a few reports that the QuickTime 7.2 update may cause issues with some Power PC-based applications running on Intel-based Macs, and we are looking into it,” commented an Apple spokesperson.
The company is currently recommending that users contact AppleCare support if customers have questions regarding these issues.
A timeline for a QuickTime update to fix the issue has yet to be released.
If you’ve noticed these errors on your Macs or have a fix or workaround, let us know in the forums.

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Intel Ships Core 2 Extreme X7800 Chip

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Date: Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 08:09
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On Monday, Intel released its new high-end mobile chip, the Core 2 Extreme X7800. The new chip, which is based on the company’s Penryn architecture, is geared towards higher end laptop users such as graphic artists and gamers.
According to Macworld News, Intel is encouraging vendors to push the chip’s performance by opening the unit’s protection locks, thereby allowing them to overclock the processor to run faster. Such a move helps users run the chips beyond their rated limits. This practice is fairly uncommon for notebook systems, which are usually geared around battery conservation.
Intel is currently selling the Core 2 Extreme X7800 processor to various vendors and has stated that the unit will reach store shelves within two weeks. The processor is rated at running at 2.6 GHz and is available for US$851.
No word has been given as to when the new processors will find their way into Apple’s MacBook or MacBook Pro series of laptops.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know over in the forums.

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Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.10

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2007, 08:10
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Late Wednesday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.10, the latest version of its OS X operating system. The new version, available for both the PowerPC and Intel hardware configurations, features the follows fixes and changes:
-Addresses an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences.
-Adds RAW image decoding support for the following cameras: Panasonic DMC-LX1, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica M8, Leica D-LUX 2, Leica D-LUX 3, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS 1D Mk III.
-Resolves an issue in which some DNG images may appear tinted or distorted.
-Improves compatibility of Mathematica 6 with 64-bit Macs.
-Improves reliability when using the IR remote control after waking from sleep.
-Improves reliability when mounting external USB hard drives.
-Resolves an issue in which a TomTom GO 910 may not be recognized when connected via USB to an Intel-based Mac.
-Improves responsiveness when using the Control-Eject key combination to display a shutdown dialog.
-Addresses a specific issue in which users importing video from a DV camera may experience dropped frames.
-Includes recent Apple security updates.
-Addresses issues with calendar calculations in certain applications.
-Addresses issues when rounding decimal numbers for display in certain applications.
-For Motion, addresses an issue in which some texture corruption could appear in Motion if VRAM is full.
The PowerPC updater, a 25 megabyte file, can be downloaded here while the Intel version of the update, a 72 megabyte file, can be downloaded here.
As with most major Apple software updates, users can also find the file by activating Mac OS X’s Software Update feature, which also offers combined updaters.
If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.4.10 and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Apple TV 1.1 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 14:33
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On Wednesday, Apple released Apple TV 1.1, a software update for its Apple TV device.
According to Electronista, the update both adds YouTube functionality and fixes a UPnP IGD (Internet Gateway Device Standardized Device Control Protocol) code vulnerability that could cause denial of service vulnerability and lead to arbitrary code execution.
The update is currently available only through the Apple TV and can be accessed via the device’s menus by selecting Settings and the “Update Software” option or allowing the Apple TV to automatically check for updates once a week.
If you’ve snagged the update and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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iPhone Dock Revealed

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 13:47
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Jason O’Grady’s blog over at The Apple Core links to pictures the mighty Engadget snagged of the upcoming iPhone’s dock.
Rumors are also circulating through Think Secret;/a> that the dock, which is a surprising white in the photo, could also be used to charge Apple’s Bluetooth headset via a port installed in the station.
Click the link for full details and we’ll see what June 29th brings.

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