Apple is expected to introduce a new, smaller MacBook Air at a press conference next week.
Everything about the new Air will be smaller, including the price. The exact final price isn't known right now, but it will be "significantly lower" than the current $1,499 starting price, said a source familiar with the event's agenda. We're confident in our information, but the final details of Apple's announcement could change.
In terms of size, the new Air is described as "smaller and sleeker," but exact dimensions were not known. The current rumor … Read more
The white iPhone 4 may not be available in stores, but apparently they're stacked up in boxes at Apple's headquarters.
At least that's what a random New Yorker spotted with one this week said. U.K.-based tech blog Pocket-lint noticed and photographed a man using the much-delayed white version of the iPhone 4 at a press event this week.
When pressed for details, the man (who apparently didn't want to be identified) said a friend of his who works at Apple in Cupertino, Calif., "fixed him up" with one of the white iPhone … Read more
So here we are again, a week before another secret Apple day.
According to invitations sent to the press, the company is holding an event called "Back to the Mac" on Wednesday. The invite, part of which you can see above, features a lion behind the Apple logo, which means it's a safe guess to say Apple will introduce the next version of OS X and dub it Lion.
A new report from ABI Research estimates that over 11 million tablets--mostly iPads--will ship this year but also argues for a reality check on the iPad's popularity in the context of Netbook shipments.
That figure echoes an earlier report from ABI, but today's report doesn't offer the usual market-vanquishing assessment vis-a-vis the Netbook that other analysts are advancing.
Netbook shipments should reach 43 million worldwide this year, ABI said. "Apple has sold a few million iPads in its first quarter, which is great for creating a new market," wrote ABI Research principal analyst Jeff Orr in a note today. "But early adoption of media tablets is not outpacing Netbooks. The iPad average selling price above $650 isn't driving mass adoption. Competition, especially on price, is needed."
Orr said in a phone interview that the iPad's price points "make it a luxury item." And the holiday season? "Going into a holiday buying season there may be some surprises for media tablets, but I'm not seeing it," Orr said.
Historically, looking back to 2008--the first year that Netbooks really came into vogue--Orr puts Netbook shipments at 15 million,… Read more
Apple officially launched its new MobileMe Calendar today, bringing the features out of beta and making them available to all members of the paid service.
The new MobileMe Calendar debuted as a beta in July, adding a number of new features to make the service more powerful and easier to use. The new calendar includes everything from redesigned views for day, week, and month, to a new list view showing your events.
Among the new features in the calendar is the ability to create a shared calendar and allow those you share it with to also edit events. E-mail notifications … Read more
Apple's iPad will be available in more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores starting October 28, the companies announced today.
Verizon will offer three bundles with an iPad Wi-Fi model, along with the company's MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, a small device that provides access to Verizon's 3G network. When away from Wi-Fi, iPad owners will need to connect to the MiFi 2200 from the iPad. Verizon said the MiFi's "cloud" allows it to provide Web access through the company's 3G network to up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time.
U.S. computer sales were pretty disappointing during the past three months, unless you're talking about Macs.
According to the Quarterly PC Tracker Survey released by IDC today, Apple shipped 1.99 million Macs in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2010. That's good for 10.6 percent of the 18.9 million PCs shipped in the U.S., putting Apple's share at its highest in the U.S. in the company's history, according to IDC.
While that's still far behind Hewlett-Packard's 24.3 percent share and Dell's 23.1 percent … Read more
Nearly 20 percent of all American adults have participated in a video call either online or on their mobile phone, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
The study, which surveyed 3,001 people over the summer, found that 74 percent of American adults use the Internet. And out of that group, 23 percent of folks have tried video calls, chats, or teleconferences over the Web. Approximately 85 percent of adults use a mobile phone, Pew said, and out of that group, 7 percent of respondents said that they have … Read more
Warehouse chain Sam's Club will be selling Apple's iPad and iPhone.
The large members-only retail outlet confirmed the news at an investor meeting today. No date was given as to when the popular tablet and smartphone would be available. But the news follows yesterday's announcement by Sam's Club's parent Wal-Mart that it would start selling the iPad at some stores on Friday, and that the tablet would be available at all 2,300 stores by mid-November.