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Analysis Says Apple iPhone Has 50 Percent Margin

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Darrin Olson on January 19th, 2007

Analyst reports that Apple has over 50 percent margin on iPhone.A preliminary analysis from iSuppli states that they estimate the iPhone from Apple has over a 50 percent gross margin which all comes back to Apple since they do not allow carriers to subsidize or discount the phones.

“With a 50 percent gross margin, Apple is setting itself up for aggressive price declines going forward,” said Jagdish Rebello with iSuppli.

According to iSuppli, the total expense to manufacture the 8GB iPhone is estimated to be about $280, leaving $319 in profit $599 price tag. The firm did not have an actual iPhone device available to them to take apart, so this estimate was made from the knowledge and experience with similar parts from other products.

The firm estimated that the cost for the flash memory was the most expensive component of both the 4GB and the 8GB iPhones, which …

Microsoft CEO Ballmer Laughs at iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,Microsoft by Paul Patterson on January 18th, 2007

In this video, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discusses the impact of the Apple iPhone which was unveiled by Steve Jobs at the recent MacWorld keynote address.

Obviously stung when asked whether or not the iPhone took some of the spotlight from the Zune, Ballmer responds that the iPhone is “by far the most expensive phone in the marketplace,” and that “it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard”.

Ballmer discusses Microsoft’s mobile strategy and its emphasis on music and entertainment, stating that “right now we are selling millions of phones and Apple is selling zero”. Ballmer acknowledges Apple’s preeminent position in the entertainment domain, but asserts his confidence that Microsoft is very much “in the game” when it comes to mobile entertainment.

Apple’s Lawyers Keep Busy With iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Chris Weber on January 15th, 2007

apple lawyers defend iphone against interface pirates clonesThis story could also be titled “Attack of the Clones.” Apple is feverishly trying to fend off imitators and copycat sites that have created user interfaces for other mobile devices that resemble the iPhone’s interface just a little too much. Apple likes attention but not this kind of attention.

One such site, modaco.com, posted a cease and desist email supposedly from Apple’s attorneys. The text of the email says, “It has come to our attention that you have posted a screenshot of Apple’s new iPhone and links that facilitate the installation of that screenshot on a PocketPC device.” It continues, “While we appreciate your interest in the iPhone, the icons and screenshot displayed on your website are copyrighted by Apple, and copyright law explicitly prohibits unauthorized display and distribution of copyrighted works.”

To paraphrase, thank …

Jobs says Apple iPhone OS X Not Open Like Mac

Posted in Apple,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2007

Apple restricting third party applications on the iPhone according to Jobs interview.Jobs has stated in a couple articles this week, one from the New York Times and one from MSNBC, that Apple will be restricting third party applications for OS X on the iPhone, unlike the open OS X platform for the Mac.

Jobs describes the iPhone operating system to be more inline with the iPod, and less like the Mac or mobile computer, stating that the risk of loading custom built applications onto the iPhone could cause the phone to just not work, or even bring down the Cingular network.

“You don’t want your phone to be an open platform,” meaning that anyone can write applications for it, says Jobs in an interview with MSNBC. “You need it to work when you need it to work. Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go …

iPhone Satire

Posted in Apple,Humor,iPhone by Chris Weber on January 13th, 2007

Well, it didn’t take long for the satirists out there to come up with some funny bits regarding the iPhone.

Here is the Colbert Report’s take on technology with some especially funny bits about the iPhone.

Apple iPhone, Cisco iPhone?

Posted in Apple,Cisco,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on January 12th, 2007

Could Apple and Cisco both have a product branded as iPhone?Within 24 hours of the release of the Apple iPhone announcement by Steve Jobs at Macworld earlier this week, Cisco filed a law suit against Apple for the use of the iPhone name, despite talks between the two companies that had apparently fell through. Cisco had owned the iPhone trademark for a number of years, and Jobs’ announcement with the name was what many are calling a bold move.

Many speculations have been floating around about what the result of the lawsuit will be, one of which is that both companies will be able to use the somewhat generic term “iPhone” in conjunction with their respective products, branding one the “Apple iPhone”, and the other the “Cisco iPhone” or “Linksys iPhone”.

A dual ownership would be a good potential outcome for Apple according to Bruce Sunstein, …

Apple iPhone – Should You Believe the Hype?

Posted in Apple,iPhone by Chris Weber on January 12th, 2007

black iphone should you buy itEverybody is gaga over the iPhone. It’s sexy, it’s sleek, and it’s definitely all Apple design all the way. Steve Jobs wowed us with his presentation of the iPhone. However, that could have just been the effect of the famous Jobs Reality Distortion Field. The question on our minds is: Is the iPhone a contender in the cut throat mobile phone arena? We look at a few issues that may hinder the fledgling iPhone on its first flight out of the Apple Aerie.

Price

At $500 to $600 the phone is incredibly expensive. You could buy a Nintendo Wii, a few games and still have money left over a good night on the town. Considering some wireless companies give phones away with their plans it might be hard to convince a consumer to part …

Cisco Sues Apple for Infringement on iPhone Trademark

Posted in Apple,Cisco,iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on January 10th, 2007

Cisco Sues Apple for Infringement on iPhone TrademarkThe moment Steve Jobs announced the name of the new mobile phone from Apple at MacWorld on Tuesday we all looked at each other in surprise due to the iPhone name. Until that point we were with the understanding that it was already trademarked by Cisco for a phone from Linksys and Apple would have a different name for their new hybrid mobile device.

To no surprise for us here at SlipperyBrick, Cisco has announced that it’s suing Apple for trademark infringement on the “iPhone” name. The lawsuit filed in California seeks to prevent Apple from “infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark”. Shares of Apple stock had risen $4.43 to $97 in Nasdaq today, and the suit was filed after the close of regular trading.

The trademark for the iPhone was transferred to Cisco …

Apple Stock Up After Announcement of iPhone and Apple TV

Posted in Apple,Apple TV,iPhone,Mobile Phones,News by Chris Weber on January 9th, 2007

apple-computer-logo-stock-up.jpgThe announcement of the iPhone and the Apple TV drove Apple’s share price up over $7 today to close at $92.57. This price was close to a 50 week high for the computer maker turned consumer electronics juggernaut.

That transformation has some investors wondering if the traditional computer manufacturer can handle the transformation of its business model from selling computer hardware and software to selling ultra trendy and ultra popular consumer electronics.

Palm, Research In Motion Ltd. (Blackberry maker) and Motorola shares were all down on the news of Apples entrance into the somewhat crowded market. Apple dominates that mobile audio player category and may try to do the same in the mobile phone arena.

Cingular, an AT&T company, is the exclusive wireless provider for the iPhone. Whether this limited availability will hurt the adoption of the iPhone remains to be seen. Also, …

Specs on the Apple iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2007

New iPhone from Apple Detailed InformationApple added some iPhone pages to their website today after Steve Jobs’ keynote speech was completed. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, here are some additional detailed specs to go along with the iPhone release information we posted earlier today.

The new Apple iPhone has a 3.5 inch Multi-touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 at 160 ppi. The Multi-touch screen works by finger touch, not a stylus and can track multiple fingers moving on and across the screen to perform tasks such as resizing an image. It has a 2.0 megapixel built-in camera and a battery that allows 5 hours of talking, watching videos or browsing the web, and up to 16 hours of listening to music.

The service will be provided by Cingular with Quad-Band (850, 900, 1800, 1900) GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi. …

Jobs Dazzles with Apple iPhone

Posted in Apple,iPhone,iPod,Mobile Phones,News by Chris Weber on January 9th, 2007

apple-iphone-controls-background.jpgIn a move that has surprised absolutely no one, Steve Jobs unveiled the new iPhone during his MacWorld keynote address. The device looks like a PDA and has no permanent buttons.

The iPhone as anticipated by many, and its introduction has raised Apple’s share price.

Jobs made a point to mention how smart phones aren’t very smart because of the fixed keyboard and the space that this wastes on most phones. Jobs also mentioned the fact that you can have visual voice mail, meaning you can view your voice mails like your email inbox.

The phone is a Quad-band device using GSM + Edge and also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable. Supposedly, the internet integration with Wi-Fi is very seamless.

Jobs demonstrated the context based screen that changed based on what task was being completed, it would show a dial pad …

Linksys Announces iPhone – Not Apple

Posted in Cisco,iPhone,Linksys,Mobile Phones,News,VoIP by Chetz on December 18th, 2006

iPhone Announced by LinksysThere has been a lot of anticipation for the release of the iPhone, with thoughts of the ultimate multimedia phone from Apple combining the coolest features of a mobile handset with the coolest features of an iPod. That may still happen, but it won’t be called the iPhone.

Today Linksys announced the release of the Linksys iPhone family, a series of seven VoIP handsets that support different combinations of VoIP, Wireless-G, Skype and standard telephone services. While this announcement is still an impressive offering from Linksys, it has left many Apple fans slightly disappointed after waiting in excited anticipation for the Apple iPhone, not the Linksys iPhone. Apparently Cisco, the parent of Linksys, has owned the iPhone name all along. They acquired it in 2000 when they bought Infogear, who acquired the trademark for iPhone 10 years ago.

The phone pictured here is the …