The Apple Core: Apple’s un-keynote at Apple-Expo Paris

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Date: Friday, September 1st, 2006, 11:55
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Although I previously reported that Apple is not giving a keynote address at Apple-Expo in Paris in two weeks, Mac4Ever and HardMac are reporting that Apple is holding a press event on 12 September in San Francisco, the same date as the kickoff of Apple-Expo. The sites also indicate that the press event is being relayed to Apple’s European headquarters in London.
In addition to the un-keynote there’s another good indication that new Apple products are in the pipeline: inventory. When product delivery times start to drift out past a few weeks (with the exception of immediately after a hot new product in announced, of course) you can be pretty sure that either one of two things are happening: 1) there’s a part shortage or some other manufacturing hold up, or 2) Apple is clearing out inventory to make way for a new product.
Some Apple products are pretty heavily constrained right now, including the MacBook and the iSight. Does that mean that new products are imminent? Not necessarily, but it could. Due to Apple’s secrecy, the rumor mill is always speculating about when new products will be announced, and now that there’s an official press event during Apple-Expo we can turn our attention to what Apple may or may not announce.
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The Apple Core: What can we learn from Microsoft’s Mac BU blog?

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 08:00
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So it’s official. Everyone’s doing it. Blogging, that is. That’s right, pretty much everyone these days has a blog, including a freshy from the good folks at Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit (Mac BU). Their blog, affectionately titled Mac Mojo (kudos on the name guys!) is part of Redmond’s strategy to try to be warm and fuzzy and to stay more in touch with their user base.
Blogs are a great way to break down the corporate facade and allow employees to express their individuality – and it beats the heck out of those horrendous press releases that are embroidered with adjectives and corporate doublespeak.
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The Apple Core: Google CEO joins Apple board

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 08:00
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In a somewhat surprising after-hours announcement, Google Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eric Schmidt was elected to Apple’s board of directors at their meeting yesterday. Dr. Schmidt also sits on Google’s board of directors and Princeton University’s board of trustees.
Schmidt joined Google from Novell where he was chairman and CEO. Prior to Novell he was CTO at Sun Microsystems, Inc. and a researcher at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
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Coming to an iPod near you: streaming and subscriptions

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 08:05
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Apple hasn’t released an updated iPod since October 2005 and anticipation is building as the market waits for the next development from the industry leader in portable music players. A WiFi-equipped iPod would be able to stream music from Internet radio stations and even purchase and download songs Over The Air (OTA) from the iTunes Music Store.
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The Apple Core: Apple battery fiasco

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2006, 12:59
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Hours after posting yesterday that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determined that substandard batteries for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro “didn’t pose any safety threat” the same organized notified the public that Apple would be recalling 1.8 million Lithium Ion batteries sold for the PowerBook G4 and iBook G4.
This is the third such recall for Apple in 15 months.
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The Apple Core: Federal government clears MacBook Pro batteries

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 12:41
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According to the Feds MacBook Pro owners concerned about the safety of their Lithium Ion battery packs can breathe a sigh of relief, but only if the battery serial number has been checked against Apple’s list of recalled cells noted in their voluntary exchange program. Recalled MacBook Pro batteries are identified by a serial number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC.
An article in Computer Reseller News indicates that The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has reviewed substandard batteries for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks but determined they didn’t pose any safety threat.”
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The Apple Core: AppleTube

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Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006, 08:00
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Robert Young wrote an article for GigaOM suggesting that Apple buy YouTube and I have to admit that it’s not as crazy as I first thought. The problem is valuations. Young figures that YouTube can fetch $1B in the Web 2.0 market and I just don’t know if Apple will pony up that much cash.
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The Apple Core: Apple says ‘no’ to Paris, ‘yes’ to Cologne

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 07:00
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The largest Apple trade show in Europe runs from 12-16 September, 2006 but neither Steve Jobs nor Apple will be making a keynote address at Apple-Expo in Paris next month.
Some are reading too much into the decision claiming that the no-show is a snub of the French government for attempting to force Apple to open iTunes DRM or even that Jobs’ health may be a factor. A more likely explanation is that Apple just announced a bunch of new products at WWDC and there simply isn’t any real reason for Steve to go.
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The Apple Core: More on Merom ship dates

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Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2006, 11:53
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There has been plenty of speculation as to when Apple will upgrade MacBooks and MacBook Pros from the Intel Core Duo (code-named “Yonah”) chips to the faster and cooler Merom (a.k.a. Core 2 Duo) processors.
Initially I heard that Merom was on tap to land in MacBook Pros in time for the holidays – late October or early November. Then last week, DigiTimes reported that the new chip was imminent and that it was expected to turn up in MacBook Pros and MacBooks in September.
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The Apple Core: Apple tops customer satisfaction index

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Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2006, 10:26
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acsi-criteria.jpgCNet’s Tom Krazit reports that Apple Computer has been chosen as having the best customer satisfaction “among computer individual vendors” in a new study. Apple earned a score of 83 – a 2.5 percent improvement over last year. Dell improved on its 2005 score by 5.4 percent to garner a 78.
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