With more than 3 million iPads already sold, there was a chance that consumers would drop the Mac and instead choose to purchase an iPad. However, according to one analyst, that hasn't happened.
Interpreting data from market research company NPD, Piper Jaffray Senior Analyst Gene Munster said he sees no signs of the iPad cannibalizing Mac sales. In fact, Mac sales were up 37 percent year over year for the first two months of the June quarter.
NPD data suggests Apple will sell between 3.1 million and 3.2 million Macs for the quarter, which matches Wall Street … Read more
Summer pricing for consumer laptops demonstrates why Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, and Toshiba continue to beat Apple in shipment numbers--ergo, popularity.
Apple has stuck to its pricing guns, refusing to go lower than $999 on laptops. And that may indeed be a solid business strategy, but it also means that inexpensive PCs remain extremely popular with consumers.
As a yardstick, we'll use the Apple $999 MacBook--what Apple calls "the notebook for everyone." At $999, that's not quite everyone, especially when you put it up against the PC competition. The 13-inch MacBook specs include a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, a 250GB hard disk drive, 8x DVD-R DL/DVD-RW drive, Webcam, and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.
So, what can you get for less than $999? A lot. Here's the evidence.
Exhibit No. 1: $299 Toshiba Satellite: Model C655-S5049 includes a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron 900 processor (single core), 15.6-inch display, 2GB of memory, 250GB hard disk drive (HDD), DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Granted, you only get a single-core processor (like the Apple A4 chip in the pricier iPad, by the way) but you can't bicker too much when it's priced at $299 at Best Buy.
Exhibit No. 2: $399 Dell Inspiron: Model I1545-3232OBK (Best Buy) includes a 2.3GHz Intel Pentium processor T4500 (dual-core), 15.6-inch display, 2GB memory, a 250GB HDD, DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Essentially, a hundred bucks more than the Toshiba, which gets you a faster dual-core chip and… Read more
The more Apple customers pelt Steve Jobs' in-box, the more he seems to respond. But unlike the last flurry of e-mails that were made public on iPhone and iPad issues, this time Jobs is apparently expounding on why Blu-ray won't be coming to Macs.
According to the MacRumors fan site, which posted an e-mail exchange, one of its readers e-mailed the Apple CEO to ask why a Blu-ray drive didn't make its way to the company's newly updated Mac Mini.
In Jobs' apparent response, he seemed unconvinced of the value of Blu-ray. He supposedly said it doesn'… Read more
There are several different tools available for audio editing on the Mac, but one that has stood the test of time is Sound Studio. If you want a trusted tool to digitize your old tapes and vinyl, or even a way to apply effects to audio files and create your own mixes, Sound Studio has plenty of useful features to get the job done.
Also this week, we have the latest version of MacFamilyTree, the full-featured genealogy software that helps you map out your family history. Our game this week is Battle for Wesnoth, the turn-based strategy game that's … Read more
There's a reason Google can shut down its Street View cars and still maintain a quality geolocation service on mobile devices: it's crowdsourcing the data.
Mobile-phone and some laptop users who use Google applications to get a fix on their position or share their location with friends are helping Google build out a database of Wi-Fi hot spots, the company confirmed Tuesday. Users generally understand when they are sharing their own location with Google or its partners, but they may not realize they are also helping Google match Wi-Fi hot-spot location data with GPS coordinates by transmitting the … Read more
Editors' take: MSpot is the latest service to promise free and unlimited streaming from the cloud to your computer or Android device. The company on Monday is finally opening up this service to everyone following a monthlong private beta.
To get it to work, users need to install a small piece of software on their Windows or Mac computer. This lets you pick which folders or specific albums you want to be synced to your mSpot storage. It can also be tied into the libraries of existing local jukebox software like Windows Media Player and iTunes. Every time you make … Read more
Luxury ultrathin laptops from Apple and Dell were once ultra-hip. Now they quietly age at Apple and Dell online stores.
Both the aluminum-clad Apple MacBook Air and Dell Adamo were introduced with the kind of fanfare rarely seen for laptops. Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air at Macworld in January 2008 as the piece de resistance of the conference. (See video below.) And, in a rare cameo appearance, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini took the stage with Jobs to underscore the significance of the Air.
Dell's 0.65-inch thin Adamo was introduced at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show with an equal dose of theater.
That's ancient history now. Apple hasn't upgraded the MacBook Air in tech eons (that's more than a year in actual time) and Dell's Adamo teeters on the edge of existence on the company's Web site: the original Adamo is now down to one $999 model. (Note: it's no longer offered in "pearl" and the high-end 2.1GHz model is not available.) The Adamo XPS has become little more than a curiosity piece on the floor of select Best Buy stores (I saw one at Best Buy in Silicon Valley recently with a buyer-proof price of over $1,900) as it staves off rumors of its demise.
So, what happened?… Read more