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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Rumor: Rogers Wireless May Not Support iPhone in Canada

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 09:31
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Apple’s widely anticipated iPhone may see a dearth of network support up in Canada according to suggestions that have been made that provider Rogers Wireless may not support the iPhone. In a recent statement, corporate communications head Odette Coleman told journalists that no announcements had been made regarding support for the iPhone, despite Rogers currently being the only GSM carrier in Canada.
According to MacNN, Canada’s telecom industry is mostly composed of iPhone-incompatible CDMA networks used by providers Bell Canada and Telus. Rogers and its sub-brand Fido would be Apple’s only possible carrier to go with should the iPhone go on sale in Canada.
Additionally, Frost & Sullivan analyst Ronald Gruia has stated that Rogers may not be inclined to carry the iPhne and have its own reasons to delay a Canadian iPhone launch. Rogers is currently in the middle of existing contracts with Motorola and Sony-Ericsson to sell a certain number of music phones from these companies and might not want to hurt these sales via introduction of the iPhone.
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Mac OS X 10.5 Nears Final Candidate Stage

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 14:53
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On Monday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu downlplayed a report published by DigiTimes that Apple had fallen behind on development for its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system and would delay release until October in order to boost support for dual-booting with Microsoft‘s Windows Vista operating system.
“From our analysis, we believe these concerns are overdone and believe that Mac OS X Leopard will ship on time in the ‘Spring’ timeframe, or Apple’s June quarter,” wrote Wu. “Our sources indicate that Apple’s latest beta build has made noticeable improvements in stability and functionality from previous builds and that Apple is likely one or two upcoming builds away from reaching ‘final candidate’ stage to be released for manufacturing.”
Wu commented that Apple could still meet its spring ship date even if it delayed release until June 20th. He also mentioned that there was a concern among developers he was in contact with as to the “top secret” features within the operating system according to AppleInsider.
“At some point, we believe Apple needs to ‘publish’ or enable these so-far undocumented features for wider beta testing,” Wu wrote. “Many are hoping, including us, that it is virtual machine technology similar to that offered by Parallels, Inc. that allows seamless operation of Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. If so, we believe this would serve as a major catalyst for Mac sales.”
To date, Apple has maintained that it will not incorporate its own virtualization technology within Mac OS X 10.5 and will allow third party firms such as Parallels and CrossOver compete without interruption.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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Google Works to Quash iPhone Competitor Rumors

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Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 10:49
Category: Rumor

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On Wednesday, Google took steps to remove itself from rumors that it had entered the smart phone race by claiming that hardware wasn’t its main concern.

“At this point in time, we are very focused on the software, not the phone,” said Richard Kimber, Google’s director of southeast Asian sales and operations. This comment synched with statements made by Google evangelist Vint Cerf’s comments made earlier this month that the company was more interested in constructing platforms for other firms.

These efforts, stated Kimber, would be demonstrated by integrating Google’s search tools rather than in creating its own device according to AppleInsider. This claim is backed by Google’s recent deals with Samsung and other handset device firms that have agreed to install the company’s search and mapping tools on their units. In addition, Apple has agreed to include Google’s search and map tools on its upcoming iPhone, due out this June.
If you have any opinions or ideas on this, let us know.

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Apple May Slim Down Look of iMac Line

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 09:48
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Apple’s iMac computer line may see substantial overhauls as sources close to the company claim that Apple has requested that design chief Jonathan Ive and his team work to slim down thhe look of the current iMac line. The team would provide a pair of Intel core 2 Duo-based iMacs in a form factor with a more refined look than what’s currently on the market according to AppleInsider.
The last major revision of the iMac’s design came in August 2004 when Apple retired its “sunflower”/drinking bird swivel monitor/rounded base design and came out with the incorporated flat-panel design present today.
Although Apple retained the iMac’s deign in its transition from the PowerPC G5 chip to Intel’s chips, the company focused its efforts on redesigning its notebook computers and has since been able to sell nearly three million MacBook and MacBook Pro units during the 2006 fiscal year, thereby boosting its U.S. notebook market share to over 10%.
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Details Emerge About “Google Phone”

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 15:46
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A slew of rumors centering around an upcoming handset from Google may be coming to fruition as Isabel Aguilera, the company’s chief executive in Spain and Portugal has admitted a mobile product is in the works according to Engadget.
The product is described as a device that could provide features such as search, e-mail, Voice over Internet Protocol and mapping while speculation has emerged that Google may be working on its own hardware – as opposed to using Samsung, as past rumors had claimed.
A source close to the project cited on the High Contrast blog has stated that users can expect a “Blackberry-like, slick device” running Java on a C++ core with a Linux operating system. Google has been mentioned as leveraging its 2005 purchase of a relatively unknown company called Skia, which it felt was capable of creating a 2D engine on low-power devices.
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Apple Adding Final Touches to Apple TV Device

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:30
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According to sources close to the company, Apple may begin manufacturing its long-awaited Apple TV device as early as Monday.
A report on AppleInsider cites that the company, which faced setbacks that shifted an anticipated January launch to mid-March, may be ready to begin manufacturing the units.
The setbacks appear to have been software-related, albeit Apple has never offered an official explanation for the delays. Speculated reasons for these setbacks have included time necessary for full approval of the device from the Federal Communications Commission, although other sources have cited that the NVIDIA graphics card within the Apple TV could have presented technical concerns which needed to be resolved.
Sources close to the company state that Apple began supplying its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn with materials.
The Apple TV will feature an NVIDIA G72M chipset with 64 megabytes of DDR2 video RAM as well as a 1.0 GHz Pentium M-based Intel chip with two megabytes of L2 cache, 256 megabytes of non-upgradable 400 MHz DDR2 RAM, a 40 gigabyte 2.5″ PATA hard drive and an 802.11n wireless card.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.

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Octo-Core Mac Pro Image Leaked

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:16
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A leaked image on the UK Apple Store suggests that Apple may be releasing an 8-core Mac Pro according to MacRumors.
Rumors of an 8-core Mac Pro system have been floating around since last October, the systems using dual Intel quad-core Xeon processors.
For full details and feedback, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.

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Apple “ThinBook” May Run iPhone Version of Mac OS X

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:53
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American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu has stated that Apple’s rumored “ThinBook” (a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook laptop) will both run on a Flash-based hard drive in lieu of a traditional hard disk drive as well as run on the same “lite” version of the Macs OS X operating system that Apple’s iPhone will run on.
For additional details on the topic, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And now, the real question: what would you make of a flash drive in lieu of a hard drive inside your trusty MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop?

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Apple TV May Double as Gaming Hub

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 15:12
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Apple may have disclosed more than it meant to with yesterday’s release of iTunes 7.1. The update, which included support for the company’s much-anticipated Apple TV, due to ship around the middle of this month.
The updated version of iTunes will offer as a communications point between the computer and the Apple TV unit and synch content such as movies, videos, podcasts and photos to the Apple TV as well as use the the Apple TV as an external hard drive, as mentioned on AppleInsider.
A hidden string file in the updated iTunes may have tipped Apple’s hand. User prompt messages within the program such as “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV,” and “Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV [...] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV.” show a potential future for the Apple TV to be used as a gaming device.
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