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Apple’s Leopard OS Delayed to Focus on iPhone

Posted in Apple,Leopard,News,OS X by Darrin Olson on April 14th, 2007

Leopard OS from Apple delayed to focus resources on iPhoneApple’s new version of the Mac OS X named Leopard which was targeted for early June has been delayed according to the company in order to focus its resources and efforts on the iPhone instead. The company announced on Thursday that they plan to “borrow some key software engineering and QA resources” from the Leopard OS team.

Apple does however plan to have some beta versions of the OS available in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The final release of Leopard has been delayed about 4 months and will now not be available until October. According to Jobs, Apple’s CEO, the new version will have a number of cool new features including a comprehensive backup system called the Time Machine and some “secret” stuff that would be shared closer to the production release.

This delay is a little …

iPod Sales Total 100 Million

Posted in Apple,iPod,News by Chris Weber on April 9th, 2007

100 million iPod’s soldApple today announced the sale of the 100 millionth iPod since its inception over 5 years ago in November of 2001. Apple has introduced 10 different iPod models over the years, including the shuffle, the nano, the mini and 5 revisions of the standard iPod. The iPod music player along with iTunes have played a very large part in transforming how people obtain and listen to music.

The iPod has also sparked an industry of seemingly countless accessories for the iPod player; over 4000 accessories by Apples count which the Brick can attest to as well. Apple also states that over 70% of 2007 US autos support the iPod connectivity.

The popularity of the iPod seems to be continuing, but it will be interesting to see if the following continues as the iTunes DRM disappears.

8-Core Mac Pros Launched

Posted in Apple,Mac,News,Processors by Chetz on April 5th, 2007

Mac Pro 8 Core WorkstationsApple has uncovered the specs behind its two new Intel Xeon-based Mac Pro and they’re drool worthy. The company is offering two models, an 8-core or quad-core one, and at different processing speeds.

The higher end 8-core unit consists of two Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Clovertown” processors and has a processor clocking in at 3.0 GHz while the two Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors model comes in three processing speeds, 2.0 GHz, 2.66 GHz and 3.0 GHz. Apple claims that the latter speed demon runs up to two times faster than the Power Mac G5 Quad already on the market.

Customers have the option of selecting from three different graphics card options (NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500, a ATI Radeon X1900 XT or a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT). You can slide in up to four hard drives offering a healthy 3 TB of disc …

The Leopard Arrives in June?

Posted in Apple,Leopard,Mac,OS X by Chetz on April 3rd, 2007

Mac OS X LeopardRumors are swishing around the grape vine (having originated on the Think Secret rumor website) that Apple may be hatching a secret plan to release its next iteration of Mac OS X, Leopard, in June.

Now before you go throwing a bucket of cold water on the story, you do remember that the iPhone is slated to debut in June, possibly even June 11. Apple CEO Steve Jobs told attendees at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference that Leopard would be on store shelves in the spring of 2007, and summer does fall on June 21. If a mid-June rollout is in the cards for Leopard that doesn’t give much time for Apple to get the word out and start building some hype before the iPhone steals all of the attention.

Apple hasn’t confirmed all of the features that Leopard will have, but we …

EMI And Apple To Offer DRM-Free Music

Posted in Apple,DRM,EMI,music,News by Chris Weber on April 2nd, 2007

EMI will offer DRM free music to consumers through Apple to startToday in London EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs held a press conference to announce that EMI will be offering their entire digital catalog of music to consumers DRM-free. That’s right, DRM-free.

If you’re not familiar with this topic, that does not mean that the music is free, in fact it will cost slightly more, but it does mean that there are no digital rights management rules associated with the songs when you download them, which restrict which devices or how many devices that the songs can reside on. This, according to Jobs, will be no different than buying a CD and ripping it yourself.

This is really big news in the digital music industry. For quite some time now music download services like Apple iTunes have been getting some heat due to the …

Apple iPhone to Lauch June 11

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on April 1st, 2007

Apple iPhone to be released June 11The folks over at CNET seem to have gotten an exact iPhone release date of June 11th just by simply calling and asking. Apparently through calling Cingular’s customer service last Thursday they were transferred to sales and given the date. Who knew that all we had to do was ask?

We’ve known a more approximate date since the iPhone was announced at Macworld, but nothing quite this specific. This date also just happens to coincide with the Apple World Wide Developers Conference going on in San Francisco that week which adds a little more validity to the June 11th release date, which incidentally is not far off of the hoaxed June 15th launch rumored last month.

Upon release Apple will be offering two versions of the iPhone, a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB for $599, exclusively offered …

Apple TV Now Out

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,News by Chetz on March 23rd, 2007

Apple TV shipping nowSteve Jobs’ latest effort to synergize entertainment with computers is now ready to come into your home theater room. Apple TV, the company’s newest piece of hardware, is now shipping to customers.

Say you want to download the latest episode of “Battlestar Galactica” or “Lost” to your iPod but this time there’s a bunch of you that want to watch it. Instead of crowding around the pod screen, when you hook up Apple TV to your computer (whether it’s a Mac or PC), you can now stream the broadcast straight to your television. You can also do the same for any other trailers, podcasts, photos or movies.

When you add new content to your iPod the Apple TV box changes its menu to accommodate the new material via the 802.11 wireless built-in to it. Connection to your TV is done through an HDMI or …

EU chief unhappy with Apple iTunes DRM

Posted in Apple,iTunes,News by Darrin Olson on March 11th, 2007

EU chief upset with Apple DRM restrictionsDespite a plea that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, made to the big music companies in an open letter asking for DRM-free music, it appears that an issue with the European Union and Apple is coming to a head.

The European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has been quoted by Reuters stating that she is unhappy with the restrictions that Apple imposes on their downloaded music. “Do you think it’s fine that a CD plays in all CD players but that an iTunes song only plays in an iPod? I don’t. Something has to change,” said Kuneva. This quote was taken from a preview to an interview that is to be fully published tomorrow.

The rights management that Apple has built into the iTunes music download service restricts consumers from transferring the downloaded files across the internet and to different devices. …

Apple Releases iTunes 7.1 and QuickTime Fixes

Posted in Apple,iTunes,News,Security,Services by Darrin Olson on March 6th, 2007

Apple releases QuickTime fixes and iTunes updateOn Monday Apple released both an updated version of its iTunes digital music software and updates to the QuickTime media player software to fix eight security flaws.

According to a security alert from Apple, the 7.1.5 version of QuickTime fixes security issues involving how the player handles certain types of “maliciously-crafted” files including QuickTime, MIDI, 3GP, PICT and QTIF. The update also adds some functionality updates with the new version which can be downloaded through the Software Update preferences or from the QuickTime download page.

iTunes 7.1 adds features for improved sorting, full screen Cover Flow and most significantly additional support for the upcoming Apple TV. “Using iTunes 7.1, you can now enjoy your favorite iTunes movies, TV shows, music, and more from the comfort of your living room with Apple TV. iTunes 7.1 also supports a new full screen …

Apple and Cisco settle on lawsuit – Apple iPhone, Cisco iPhone

Posted in Apple,Cisco,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on February 21st, 2007

Apple and Cisco settle with iPhone lawsuit for trademark infringementApple and Cisco have reportedly come to an agreement out of court regarding the pesky lawsuit Cisco filed against Apple for trademark infringement on the iPhone name, according to the WSJ. This agreement comes after weeks of negotiations with multiple extensions granted by Cisco before Apple had to reply to federal court.

In the long awaited agreement, both companies agreed to dismiss any legal actions regarding the iPhone trademark and Apple will be allowed to use the ‘iPhone’ name for its new multimedia device along with Cisco. Both companies will be able to use the name in their products worldwide. In exchange, the companies will continue to explore some “wide-ranging interoperability between the companies’ products in the areas of security, consumer and business communications.” No more details of the agreement have been given aside from this …

Macrovision Wants a Piece of Apple

Posted in Apple,iTunes,music,News by Darrin Olson on February 17th, 2007

Macrovision writes open letter offering DRM management services for Apple iTunes FairplayMacrovision CEO Fred Amoroso has written an open letter to address his feelings on the letter that Steve Jobs wrote regarding digital rights management (DRM) of Apple iTunes music along with offering his companies services to manage the Fairplay DRM.

In the letter from Jobs last week, he had addressed concerns rising with iTunes consumers about the DRM restrictions on downloaded music, which include the number of devices and computers that a single downloaded music file could be transferred to. While Apple is not the only company that has a DRM that restricts its downloaded music to its own music players, Apple has been under increased ridicule due to the large popularity of iTunes and iPods.

In his letter Jobs had also proposed that they do away with a DRM all together and allow purchased music …

Cisco Gives Apple MORE Time on iPhone Dispute

Posted in Apple,Cisco,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on February 16th, 2007

Cisco extends more time to Apple in iPhone trademark infringementLate Thursday Cisco gave Apple one more week to respond with a formal reply in federal court to the trademark infringement lawsuit Cisco filed for the iPhone name.

Cisco had already granted Apple an extension earlier this month, but this additional extension may be further indicators that the two companies are coming to a resolution outside of the courtroom.

“Cisco is fully committed to using the extra time to reach a mutually beneficial resolution,” the company said in a statement.

This trademark dispute between Apple and Cisco comes as a result of both companies branding products with the iPhone name. Cisco had acquired the iPhone trademark through a company it had purchased in 2000. Only a month before Apple rumored to announce a much anticipated mobile phone inspired from its popular iPod players, Cisco launched iPhone branded …

A DRM-Free World For Online Music

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News by Darrin Olson on February 10th, 2007

Jobs talks about DRM free music in open letterEarlier in the week Steve Jobs released an open letter via the Apple website addressing some “rubs” against Apple for having a digital rights management (DRM) that restricts iTunes music downloads to be played on only iPods.

In the letter Jobs describes how the DRM came to be through restrictions from the larger music companies who were concerned about users pirating music through the iTunes website. The DRM was made to protect downloaded music from being copied freely across the internet and in turn gain the approval of the music companies which would then allow Apple to sell their music online.

Jobs also points out that Apple is not the only company with a DRM that restricts downloaded music to a device. “Music purchased from Microsoft’s Zune store will only play on Zune players; music purchased from Sony’s Connect store …

Apple may change iPod plans from HDD to flash

Posted in Apple,Flash Memory,News by Darrin Olson on February 8th, 2007

Apple may change iPods to use flash memory instead of hard driveA report released from Prudential Equity Group recently indicated that Apple may scrap plans for the next generation hard drive based iPod in favor of using NAND flash memory instead. The change according to the report would result in smaller players and improvements in battery life and durability.

NAND flash memory is a very common source of memory for small thumb drives and memory cards, and is a type of non-volatile memory. Non-volatile memory means that it does not need a continuous power source to retain its data, and NAND flash memory is a durable design that works well for long-term use.

Using the flash memory for iPods would also mean less required power since there are no moving parts, and with the continuing improvements in flash technology the devices can be built smaller without compromising …

Apple Tells iTunes Users to Wait With Vista

Posted in Apple,iTunes,Microsoft,News,Vista by Darrin Olson on February 3rd, 2007

Apple warns iTunes users to wait for new version with VistaApple has recently updated information on its website about iTunes compatibility with Windows Vista from Microsoft, urging iTunes users to wait for an new iTunes version before upgrading to the new OS.

iTunes software is the key to syncing up music from Apple iTunes to the iPod portable media players, and although it has worked well with the current XP and 2000 operating systems from Microsoft Apple has noted some issues with the new Vista OS and has a new iTunes release on the way to address them. Apple states that iTunes 7.0.2 may work well with Vista on many PC’s, but due to some known compatibility issues iTunes users should wait until the next release of the iTunes software is out in a few weeks.

Some of the known issues Apple has noted range from serious …