April 2009 Archives

27
Apr

On April 22, 2009 Apple reported earnings for its fiscal 2009 second quarter that ended on March 28, 2009.  Although Apple's CFO commented that the quarter was "the best non-holiday quarter revenue and earnings in our history", Mac shipments were the lowest in 1.5 years and experienced their first year-over-year (year/year) drop in 5.5 years.

17
Apr

When Windows expert Preston Gralla was tasked to try using a Mac for two weeks, he asked for an Apple MacBook Air.  In his article posted at Computerworld, Gralla sums up his overall experience with the following statement, ''Mac OS X beats Windows'

17
Apr

In an article for MacNewsWorld, Jack M. Germain describes the different histories of Apple's Mac operating system and Microsoft's Windows operating system.  Germain highlights that the two operating systems had and continue to have differing goals.  The article also calls out major differences as well as similarities between the two operating systems.

16
Apr

According to a preliminary estimate from IDC that tracks the top 5 vendors in the United States for Q1 2009 (first quarter), Apple has ranked fourth experiencing a slight rise in its U.S. market share to 7.6 percent versus the 7.4 percent in the year ago quarter.  Despite this rise, IDC estimates that Apple shipped fewer Macs with a net drop of 1.2 percent to 1.13 million units.

14
Apr

In his April 14, 2009 article at Fortune titled "Free to choose (your PC)", Senior writer Jon Fortt highlights that firms can cut technology costs when they allow employees the option of choosing and managing their work computers.

14
Apr

Here's another switch story to pass along.  Popgun's post titled, 'Microsoft Windows vs Apple OS X' describes that a return to Windows won't occur as long as Mac OS X is maintains its high quality.  Popgun's post starts out by acknowledging the recent Windows ads that target Macs.  The post then transitions to describe the switch.

14
Apr

Two items from the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) from today.  The first is the "Office 2008 for Mac Trial" that allows Mac users to try out a fully functional installation Office 2008 for 30 days.    The other item is the release of updates for the Office 2008 and Office 2004.

10
Apr

VMware version 2.0.4 is now available as a free update to existing Fusion 2 and Fusion 1 owners.  VMware Fusion allows owners of Intel-based Mac users to simultaneously run both Mac OS X and other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Sun Solaris.

10
Apr

As I was shopping at Costco yesterday, I walked by the iPod display and noticed that they had an 'Instant Rebate' on three iPod models, the 32GB iPod touch, the 16GB touch, and iPod Classic.  Buyers can save up to $15 off the already discounted Costco price thereby providing total savings up to $25 below Apple's suggested retail prices.

09
Apr

Our iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro guides have been updated to reflect the specification and feature changes of the latest models (Early 2009) released on March 3, 2009.  The guides not only offer an overview of the each Mac desktop lineup but also provide detailed information broken down into the several different categories as shown below:

07
Apr

Today, Apple on released an updated Xserve lineup that delivers up to twice the performance of the prior generation and an 89 percent improvement in performance per watt.  The new XServe implements a next generation system architecture and is powered by Intel's "Nehalem" Xeon processors.

07
Apr

Apple today has provided details about 80 Sessions and Labs for the 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.  The conference will take place from June 8 - 12 at Moscone West.

07
Apr

Ben Stevens who runs The Mac Lawyer, a site geared towards 'Using Macs in the Practice of Law', posted an article on April 2, 2009 that highlights iPhone applications that he and three other lawyers have found useful.

06
Apr

In his post titled 'Apple Mac Pro Goes like the proverbial off a shovel' Stephen Dean provides a great overview and discussion of Apple's latest Mac Pro.

06
Apr

Apple has released an updated version of iTunes today that brings the application up to version 8.1.1.  It adds support for HD movies rentals and several bug fixes, including addressing issues with VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone or iPod touch.

02
Apr

Apple will report Q2 2009 earnings following the close of the US stock market on April 22, 2009.  A earnings conference call will also be conducted at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT.   The results will highlight earnings, Mac shipments, iPod shipments, and iPhone shipments for the first three months of calendar 2009.

01
Apr

In case you didn't know, Apple turned 33 years old today!  Apple was established by Steve Jobe and Steve Wozniak in Cupertino, California on April 1, 1976 and was subsequently incorporated as "Apple Computer, Inc." on January 3, 1977.