Rumor: Apple May Bundle Professional Features for Free Into Mac OS X 10.6

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Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 08:38
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It came from the rumor mill, so while it’s still unconfirmed, it’s at least interesting.
According to MacRumors, an architectural overhaul to Apple’s QuickTime media software due as part of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard may ship with a media player that bundles once-premium features at no cost.
For over a decade now, Apple has distributed a limited version of its QuickTime Player application with its operating systems, offering the Pro version as a commercial add-on. Once purchased, QuickTime Pro unlocks advanced recording, sharing, saving and exporting functions after users buy a license key, which the company sells for US$29.95 and also bundles with some of its Pro software titles.
The QuickTime Pro licensing system appears due to change, as a source familiar with the latest distributions of Snow Leopard told MacRumors earlier this week that the software arrived with a version of Player that unlocks all QuickTime Pro’s existing features by default.
Though the accessibility of Pro features in the Snow Leopard builds could simply be a means of allowing developers access to test the new version of QuickTime, it was also reported that QuickTime system preference panel has been updated to completely omit the registration pane.
In recent years, Apple has loosened its grip on some legacy QuickTime Pro features while debuting others. In early 2007, the company added a new feature to the professional version of QuickTime that allowed users to export video on their computers in a format suitable for its then fledgling Apple TV media hub. A few months later it unlocked full-screen playback, a feature once exclusive to the Pro software.
Current speculation points to Apple’s shedding its need to directly earn revenue from QuickTime licensing, which may have changed from the days when Apple was generating income solely from its sales of Macintosh computers.
Shortly after the initial development of QuickTime 1.0 in 1991, Apple attempted to cover its development costs by packaging the technology into a US$149 Pro version of its Mac System 7 operating system software in 1993. That plan failed miserably given an expectancy towards free updates as well as other technologies to become acquainted with in System 7.
When QuickTime 2.0 was released in 1994, it was the only version to be released as a paid-only upgrade and was also the first version offered for Windows. By version 2.1, Apple was back to offering QuickTime for free, largely to spur rapid cross platform adoption as it fought with Microsoft to deliver the best video playback platform.
Apple’s inability to successfully license QuickTime as a raw software technology to the broad consumer market helps to explain why the company also makes no effort to sell Mac OS X to other hardware makers or as a retail product, and instead bundles its software with hardware sales.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’re played with a version of Mac OS X 10.6 and can offer any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.


O2 Rumored to Have Locked Down European iPhone Deal

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Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 08:23
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With the iPhone due for release to the European markets in the next few months, the question as to which wireless carriers will be chosen to support the device has created fevered speculation.
According to Mobile Today, a major retailer stated that wireless carrier O2 has “taken the deal on the table from Apple”. Rather than haggling over strict terms, the company may have accepted an initial offer.
So far, no official statements have been made to confirm the deal, although there is a rumor that such an announcement would be made at O2′s opening of its Carphone Warehouse store in the Oxford Street area.
Apple has not responded to calls for comment.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Apple to Hold Special Event September 5th?

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 13:39
Category: Rumor

It came from Rumorville: The guys over at Electronista have received a report that Apple may unveil a new line of iPods in the first week of September. The following picture, which surfaced earlier this week shows what could be the first of the new iPod nano series.
The picture has also drawn attention form Apple’s legal team, which has asked various web sites to remove the image:


Apple has historically held new product events on Tuesdays, but may have rescheduled the event to synch with the long Labor Day weekend.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.


Rumor: New iMacs Due Out Tomorrow, iPods in September

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Date: Monday, August 6th, 2007, 08:09
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There’s a reason a ladies’ sewing circle has typically been referred to as an epicenter of local gossip: because the subject matter is pretty interesting.
Keeping this and the rumor mill in mind, Apple is expected to refresh its iMac line via its product presentation tomorrow. Confirmed details about the new iMacs have yet to be released, although the guys at Gizmodo and Engadget were able to debunk rumors that the iMacs will be modeled after brushed aluminum while the MacBooks would be receiving a Santa Rosa architecture and an even-smaller Mac Mini with a larger hard drive would be hitting the market.
A source close to the situation has stated that “the new iPods will be rolling around mid-September”.
Still, it’s only 24 hours off and there should be some thing cool to emerge from it.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for live coverage and if you have any thoughts on tomorrow’s happenings, let us know via the comments or forums.


Rumor: Apple Prepping Touch-Screen Controlled iPods for August

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007, 10:29
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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.


Rumor: AT&T to Close U.S. Retail Locations for Two Hours on June 29th

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 08:52
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With the rumor mill in full swing, the current news is that AT&T will close its entire retail chain of stores for approximately two hours on June 29th in order to launch the iPhone.
According to AppleInsider, reports have emerged stating that the stores will close around 4 to 4:30 p.m. and not reopen until 6:00 pm, when the iPhone will be available for purchase.
The general idea to this seems to be to allow AT&T to coordinate crowds in order to prevent mob scenes and to hang iPhone displays, which are said to require their own power supplies and Internet connections.
Reports have also come in claiming that the AT&T stores will remain open until 10:00 p.m. or midnight, depending on location.
When asked for further details, AT&T retail store representatives stated that formal training and final briefings on the iPhone weren’t expected until “a day or two” before the launch.
Accessories for the iPhone handset may be arriving already, an AT&T retail employee telling AppleInsider that a significant shipment of iPhone accessories such as a phone holster, leather case and batch of gel cases had just arrived. The employee cited that it was unusual to receive accessories for a product with two weeks remaining prior to its launch.
Additional details such as availability for the iPhone have yet to be released.


Rumor: Apple to Release iPhone SDK at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 4th, 2007, 12:13
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An article in today’s New York Times has cited an unnamed source stating Apple will release a software development kit to developers at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The anonymous source stated that Apple “intends to announce that it will make it possible for developers of small programs written for the Macintosh to easily convert them to run on the iPhone.” The article offered no additional offers where this was concerned.
While a software development kit for the iPhone makes sense, Apple has apparently wrangled with the prospect of completely open development for the device, especially with security and stability factored in.
Apple may be shifting its position, though. When the device was first announced in January, the company seemed to steadfastly indicate that it would not allow third-party application development. Last week, CEO Steve Jobs seemed to indicate that iPhone development was now a question of “when”, as opposed to “if”.
During an interview with Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg, Jobs noted that the Japanese consumer electronics industry had been hindered by poorly written software. Jobs then went on to point out that the iPhone’s more robust Mac OS X underpinnings might allow for a lead on the rest of the handset industry and thus more flexibility where development was concerned.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


Rumor: AT&T May Bring IPTV Services to Apple TV in 2008

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Date: Friday, June 1st, 2007, 08:45
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It may have come from Rumorville, but it is interesting.
The folks over at Engadget have mentioned that well-connecte but anonymous source has stated that AT&T and Apple are working to bring IPTV (Internet) features to the Apple TV for sometime in 2008.
Although a launch window has yet to be decided, this does bring up some interesting possibilities. Specific details such as whether the service would be a full package or a more limited selection of on-demand programming or whether the service would be available to non-AT&T subscribers remain unknown.
Stay tuned to PowerPage for more information as it becomes available.


Rumor: iPhone Data Plan May Retail for US$30 a Month

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 14:57
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With less than a month to go before its release, the iPhone rumors have been almost nonstop. A recent but fairly credible entry is now claiming that AT&T will require customers to purchase an unlimited data plan with each iPhone sold.
Additional details can be found at Jason’s ZDNet Blog The Apple Core.
If you’ve heard anything about this either way, let us know.


Rumor: iPhone May Ship With Added Features

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 12:04
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While this definitely comes from Rumorville, you can’t say it isn’t interesting:
A recent blog entry may be confirming Apple’s history of under-promising and then over-delivering on its final product in order to win over a potential market, as the post mentions all sorts of goodies that may be en route for the iPhone. Perks such as boosted wireless support, additional software and rebates via an AT&T contract have surfaced and while they may not all be true, could point towards some cool extras that may be in the works.
For the full story, check out the Apple Core blog and let us know what you think.