October 2006 Archives

31
Oct

Apple Computer on October 30, 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 1.1.2, Apple describes the software as having the following features:

27
Oct

With the release of the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro earlier this week, I thought it was an ideal time to rehash the Mac versus PC price and feature comparisons.  As of this post, Apple has released revisions to all of it's Mac models with the only exception being the MacBook.  The 2006 holiday shopping season is fast approaching so it's a great time to lay down some comparisons.

27
Oct

Previously a sneak peak but now officially released to .Mac members, the new .Mac webmail offers a new look with several updated features.  By embracing the latest web technology, the new .Mac webmail resembles more closely the Mail application in Mac OS X.  The new webmail brings:

27
Oct

On Thursday October 26, 2006 Apple Computer released DVD Studio Pro 4.1.1 via the Mac OS X Software Update utility.  According to Apple's Final Cut Studio download page, the update

26
Oct

BMG Japan and Apple computer announced today the expansion of content on the Japanese iTunes Store with the addition of the BMG Japan catalog.  The addition brings to the store international artists such as:

26
Oct

Apple has released Final Cut Express HD 3.5.1 via the Mac OS X Software Update utility.  According to Apple's website, the update "addresses compatibility on specific hardware"

24
Oct

In their October 24, 2006 Press Release announcing the revised MacBook Pro line of professional notebook computers, Apple Computer mentions that the company's operating system, Mac OS X Tiger has been enhanced for the Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

24
Oct

On Tuesday October 24, 2006, Apple Computer announced updates to the company's MacBook Pro line of notebook computers.  The new models ship with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and deliver performance as high as 39 percent faster than the previous Core Duo models.

23
Oct

The Times Online reports that Apple's European businees raked in sales of $4.1 billion (£2.2 billion) in the past 12 months (ending in September 2006).  What's strkining is that those sales exceeded the combined sales total for 2002, 2003 and 2004.

19
Oct

In my October 10, 2006 preview I predicted that Apple would ship 1.64 million Macintosh computers during the 2006 fiscal fourth quarter.  My analysis and projection was based on analyzing data from Apple's Q1, Q2, and Q3 data for 2006, Macintosh releases during the year, and events that transpired during the fourth quarter.

18
Oct

On Wednesday October 18, 2006, Apple Computer released financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter (Q4) and its Fiscal Year 2006 earnings.  Apple posted revenue of $4.84 billion US and quarterly profit of $546 million equating to $0.62 on a per share basis.  Gross margin checked in at 29.2 percent an increase from the 28.1 percent in the year-ago quarter.

18
Oct

According to the ComScore Networks, Apple's web site attracted 31,873,000 unique visitors during September 2006, good enough for fourteenth place on ComScore's Top 50 Properties list (US).

18
Oct

In a Thursday, October 12, 2006 article, the Daily Princetonian describes that Mac purchases by Princeton University has risen dramatically over the past three years.  

17
Oct

Apple Computer will report the earning on Wednesday October 18, 2006 following the close of the US Stock Market.  The company will provide guidance for 2007 fiscal first quarter (Q1 2007) that runs from October 2006 to the end of December 2006.

15
Oct

In an October 10, 2006 post, Michael Bean of the Arizona Macintosh Users Group provided an extensive review and write-up of the 2.66GHz Dual-Core Apple Mac Pro.

13
Oct

Apple and its Macintosh computers have been the subject of increasing attention, especially over the past few years.  In fact, during that period many Windows and Linux users have purchased their first Mac.  The trend has gained momentum over the past few years and Apple earlier this indicated that their tracking data shows that 50 percent of new Macs sold in Apple retail locations are sold to those who are New to Mac Why have Macintosh computer sales risen over the past few years?

13
Oct

On Friday October 13, 2006, Apple Computer announced a new addition to iPod nano line, the iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition.  This new model is available worldwide and has a storage capacity of 4GB.

11
Oct

Apple has an exclusive promotion for existing .Mac subscribers that gives them a $20 discount on the retail price of iLife '06.  Once you log into .Mac and navigate to .Mac Member Central, you'll see a link on the left column that says "$20 off iLife '06".

10
Oct

On Monday October 9, 2006, Google launched a new Mac centric blog named "Google Mac Blog".  The blog is focused on keeping Mac users up to date with developments within Google as they relate to the Mac.

10
Oct

On October 10, 2006, Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) released an update to Messenger for Mac that takes the software to version 6.0.1.

10
Oct

On October 10, 2006, Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) released an update for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac that upgrades the suite to version 11.3.0.  According to Microsoft:         

10
Oct

Consistent with past releases, Apple has released another round of three "Get A Mac" advertisements.  The current batch was previously spotted at various Apple retail locations as well as on Canadian television.  The ads are based on the following themes:

10
Oct

On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET, Apple Computer will announce its Q4 (fourth quarter) 2006 and Fiscal Year 2006 earnings.  The company will also conduct a Conference Call with analysts.  This post is a preview into the earning report as prior quarter reports and events of 2006 are analyzed.  The focus of this post is Mac unit sales.

06
Oct

If you are considering a new iMac from Apple Computer or are contemplating making the switch to a Mac, point your browsers to a few must see reviews from leading PC centric publications.  These reviews shed light on Apple's new 24 inch iMac and Mac Pro computers.

05
Oct

If you switched from Windows and your Mac doesn't have a two button mouse, you may get a bit annoyed with the lack of a right and left button on the mouse.  I decided to post this tip after several people voiced their frustrations after purchasing or using older Macs that came with the old one button mouse.

03
Oct

Would you like to attend the Macworld San Francisco 2007 exhibit for free?

03
Oct

On Tuesday October 3, 2006 IDG World Expo announced that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2007 Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco California on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at Moscone West.

02
Oct

Apple's Mac operating system market share is up 26.2 percent year-over-year from September 2005 to September 2006.  Please note that this does not mean that Apple's market share is 26.2 percent.  The number represents percent increase.  My prior post for August that demonstrated a 24.4 percent increase caused confusion as many readers were confusing "percent increase" with actual market share percent.  Data used in this post has been obtained from Market Share.

01
Oct

According to Market Share, Apple Computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share in the Internet browser segment.  Safari maintains its ranking as third most used browser trailing Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.