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Announced earlier in the week, Aperture 1.5 is now available as a free 125 MB download to current Aperture users. Aperture is Apple's professional all-in-one post production photography workflow application used to manage RAW images.
On Friday September 29, Apple Computer released the eighth upgrade to Mac OS X Tiger. The update takes Tiger to version 10.4.8. The update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes as well as fixes for the following:
On Thursday September 28, 2006, Apple Computer released software updates for each application in the company's iLife '06 and iWork '06 software suites. The updates add compatibility for Aperture 1.5, Apple's latest version of the post-production photography application.
Microsoft today released Messenger for Mac 6.0, Microsoft's instant messaging software for Mac OS X. The release marks the first Universal Binary application for Mac OS X from Mirosoft.
In their new "Multiply" advertising campaign, Intel Corporation is touting their new line of Core 2 Duo processors as the "The World's Best Processors".
At a special event today prior to the start of Photokina 2006, Apple Computer announced Aperture 1.5, the latest version of the company's professional all-in-one post production tool for photographers. The new version contains enhancements that photogrpahers will use across the entire workflow process.
Pre Photokina 2006. Adobe today released Lightroom beta 4, the latest revision to the free public beta version of its professional image editing software. Adobe has now changed the name of Lighroom to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The new name clearly demonstrates that Adobe is positioning Lightroom as a complement to Adobe Photoshop.
Chalk up another US retailer that Apple has partnered with to sell its Macintosh computers. Those interested in purchasing a Mac can now go to their local Circuit City (select locations) or navigate their browser to Circuit City's website.
Several outlets this week have reported that Apple's market share is declining or has flattened out, especially when compared to December 2005 data. At first glance it may appear so but there's more to the story and the data. This post will clear up the confusion by analyzing Apple's market share on a month to month basis during 2005 and 2006. We'll also extract relevant metrics from Apple's earnings reports and product launches over the past several quarters to provide further insight into the matter.
Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co. said the company sold 125,000 movie downloads via Apple Computer's iTunes store during the first week. Disney indicates that the downloads were worth $1 million in revenue to the company.
Adobe has released an update to it's Camera Raw plug-in that allows Adobe Photoshop CS2 to read Raw images for today's digital cameras that support the format. The important news of the day is that Adobe for the first time, has released a Universal Binary for any of its products. Both updates are available as free downloads.
A September 15, 2006 article at CRN provides some analysis into Apple's recent iMac revisions. The article starts out by describing the prices and features of the new iMacs, powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo processors. It then goes into a discussion by highlighting Intel-based Mac sales in different parts of the United States. The article is capped off with a description of how Apple has been able to lower the price the iMac since 2004.
Apple's announcements at the "It's Showtime" event on September 12, 2006 provide further insight into the company's evolving product strategy. Apple is clearly moving towards becoming a broad spectrum vendor, it will no longer be classified as a niche personal computer and software company. The addition of movies to the iTunes Store and a peek into the upcoming iTV set top box (media hub) position the company to expand it's appeal and establish a footing in the living room.
Apple Computer on September 14, 2006 released an update to Boot Camp beta, its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs the ability to boot into and run the Microsoft Windows operating system. Now at version 1.1.1, Apple describes the software as having the following features:
There's a good chance that we'll see Apple announce a revision to the MacBook Pro line very soon. My hunch is that we may see the announcement as early as September 24 at Apple's special event for Photokina. In the past, Apple has used tradeshows to announce new Macintosh models, most recently at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2006.
Chalk up another special event for Apple, this time at the Photokina tradeshow. Apple indicates that they will be hosting a special event on September 25, 2006, a day prior to the the start of Germany's Photokina, the bi-annual event that focuses on "the shared future of photography, IT and telecommunications".
At its special media event on Tuesday September 12, 2006 termed "It's Showtime", Apple Computer's CEO Steve Jobs unveiled revamped iPods with new features and software, a new version of iTunes that lets users purchase music, music videos, television shows and at last, movies. The company also announced that it will be releasing a Mac mini like set top box codenamed "iTV" that is slated for release in the first quarter of 2007. The event was conducted at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. The event marked the next step in Apple's Digital Lifestyle strategy and product roadmap.
Apple Computer's special media event which the company describes with the phrase "It's Showtime" occurs today, Tuesday September 12, 2006. The event has been the subject of a lot of buzz especially after last week's updates to the iMac and Mac mini computers.
At Amsterdam's IBC 2006, Apple Computer has announced version 5.1.2 of Final Cut Pro, the company's professional video editing software. The update adds support for Motion's FxPlug real-time plug-ins and additional capture formats.
Apple's entire iMac line now ships with the Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom) processors and performs at up to 50 percent faster than the previous Intel based iMacs. In addition to announcing the processor upgrade, Apple introduced a new 24-inch wide screen that joins the existing 17-inch and 20-inch form factors. The iMac now starts at just $999. The updated iMac line is immediately available at Apple's retail locations, the online Apple Store, and through Apple Authorized Resellers.
Apple's Mac Mini line is now a full Core Duo offering with faster Intel Core Duo (Yonah) processors and no increase in price. The updated Mac mini line is immediately available the Apple's retail locations and at the online Apple Store.
According to Market Share, Apple computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share in the Internet browser arena. Safari maintains its ranking as third most used browsers.