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All posts tagged "2010"

Friday, December 31, 2010

What The Geeky Got for Gifts

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

"If you got an iPad as a gift during the holidays, you certainly weren't alone. In a recent poll of holiday gift recipients, iPads accounted for a full 22.7% of all gadget or hardware gifts, making iPads the single largest category in our gift poll, outstripping the nearest runner-up by nearly 14% of votes. That runner-up was Amazon's Kindle - not surprising considering that the Kindle is the best-selling product in Amazon's history."

It's a relatively small sampling size - less than 2400 votes, and only from people who read Mashable - but among the geek-set, there are a couple of stand-out points: the iPad was the #1 gift, more people got Macs (60%) than Windows machines (40%), Android phones let the way in the smartphone category with a hefty 50.3% figure (iPhones were 30%), but Windows Phone 7 devices at 10.3% just eeked out Blackberry devices (9.4%). Not bad for a brand new platform that most people still haven't heard about! Lastly, the Xbox/Kinect one-two punch clobbered the PS3 with a 54.3% figure versus only 11.9% for the PS3. The Kinect really is driving the Xbox 360 to new heights of popularity!

The Year of Apple, A Retrospective

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"This quick video retrospective of Apple's fares and fortunes in the past year is pretty good. From the introduction of the iPad to the new MacBook Air and the release of the Beatles on iTunes, this is a very nice little walk through 2010 from Apple's point of view."

It certainly has been a great year for Apple, and I expect 2011 to be full of a lot more interesting and amazing things. I have to believe there will be an iPad 2, updates to the MacBook Pro line with SSD and of course the yearly new iPhone. What are your thoughts about what 2011 will bring?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple Records Record Revenue in Q4 2010

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:30 AM

"Apple reported Monday that it brought in a record $20.3 billion in revenue during the September quarter, the company's fiscal fourth quarter, and a record $4.34 billion in profit. That's up 67% year-over-year in revenue and up 73% year-over-year in earnings."

This didn't stop the stock from dropping about 5.6% yesterday to final price of $318.00 USD per share, but the stock had quite the run leading up to the financial conference call yesterday. Among the highlights yesterday besides the revenue of course, were that they sold a record 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from previous year), 14.1 million iPhones (up 91% from previous year) and 4.19 million iPads. The only downer was the sales of 9.05 million iPods (down 11% from last year). The biggest highlight for some was the fact that Steve Jobs made an appearance in the call, saying "we have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year." I can't wait until tomorrow can you?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Apple 4th Quarter Earnings Report Today at 5pm Eastern

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 03:00 AM

"Apple's earnings conference calls are fast becoming routine affairs. Record breaking earnings, billions in profits, and an astounding number of Mac/iPhone/iPod sales. Indeed, we've almost come to expect Apple to set all-time highs in every financial metric quarter after quarter."

The fourth quarter ended on September 30th, so this should be an eventful conference call. You can tune in to the Apple Investor page and listen in at 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

iPad: "The iPod Has Nothing on Me."

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:30 PM

"Apple's iPad is already huge. In fact, after just its first quarter of sales, it's already the company's third-biggest business segment."

You can clearly see the pink showing through, and that is the iPad revenue as it goes past the iPod. The iPad did so well, at $2.2 billion USD in revenue, that it made more than the iPod at $1.5 billion USD, and almost half as much as the Mac revenue at $4.4 billion USD.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Normal Cycle of Things

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"If you're attending the World Wide Developer Confrence today, you might well notice a few devlopers sporting swollen heads and ear-to-ear grins. Such a sight can only mean one thing: The Apple Design Awards 2010 winners have been announced."

The awards focused on iOS this year, instead of OS X, which led to the email from Jobs to one developer that said "no hidden meaning here, it's just the normal cycle of things." And with that, they did focus on iOS and announced winners in various categories. The winners this year are:

  • Financial Times by Financial Times
  • Doodle Jump from Lima
  • SkyBrushes for iPhone by Steve Sprang
  • TabToolkit from Agile Partners
  • Articles for iPhone by Sophiestication
  • Flight Control HD from Firemint
  • Twenty Minute Meals from Zolmo
  • Star Walk for iPad from Vito Technology
  • Real Racing for iPhone from Firemint
  • Pinball HD from Gameprom

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Apple Posts Video of WWDC 2010

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple posted a video of the 2010 World Wide Developers Conference keynote presentation late on Monday. CEO Steve Jobs used the event to introduce iPhone 4 along with the rebranding of iPhone OS 4 as iOS 4."

The video is posted here at Apple, so you can watch in either QuickTime or MPEG-4 formats. No chair kicking but I hear there were some Wi-Fi problems.

Tags: video, keynote, 2010, wwdc

Friday, June 4, 2010

So How Do I Follow The News at WWDC 2010? Don't Go to Gizmodo

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 01:00 PM

Well, I'll tell you! Just as in years prior, there are several sites that are offering live blogging from the event, which starts on Monday June 7th at 10am Pacific Time, so here are a few:

One notable exception to the usual live bloggers is Gizmodo. It appears the whole iPhone 4G coverage issue that is still ongoing has done one thing for their relationship with Apple, and that is to sever it. According to Gizmodo, they haven't received any answer to their request for passes. They will still offer coverage via other sites apparently but won't be live blogging.

What Do You Think Will Happen at WWDC?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:38 PM

"Apple is putting up its flags and bunting for its annual developers garden party (without a garden) WWDC 2010 at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco next week.Images are already spreading widely across the Internet as avid snappers grab pictures of the signs going up."

It's that time of year again, with Apple holding their annual developers conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Monday. Lots of rumors swirling around about this conference too. There is the well reported Verizon getting an iPhone rumor, as well as updates to iPhone OS 4.0. But how about the rumor of upcoming Mac Mini refresh, with some credence to it due to shortages? Or the MacBook Pro updates? Did you hear the one about Sprint getting the iPhone? Anyway, lots of stuff out there, what do you think will be announced at WWDC 2010?

Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 WWDC Sold Out

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"If you were planning on attending WWDC 2010 but have yet to buy your ticket, I hope you don't take disappointment too hard. Despite an April 28 announcement-just six weeks before the conference-Apple's WWDC has sold out for the third year in a row."

It only took them 8 days to sell out this year, the 3rd year in a row it has happened. Wonder when they are going to get the attention of scalpers?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Apple Store Sales Figures March Quarter 2010

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple's same-store sales rose 8 percent in the March quarter of 2010, propelled by a 22.3 percent year-over-year increase in Mac sales, even though a MacBook Pro refresh did not arrive during the three-month period."

Much better news than last year when they had a decline of 21.9% according to the article. Non Mac revenues grew 1.2% fueled by iPads, which was the first growth in six quarters. If you like Apple products, the retail stores are the place to go to get the hands on experience for all of their products. And for those thinking about purchasing one of their products, in my opinion, it is an integral part of building the brand and expanding the reach of the product line.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WWDC Set for June 7th in San Francisco

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2010 will start on June 7 in San Francisco. Five days of endless code orgies and hands-on sessions for iPhone OS 4 and Mac OS X. No word on any possible Steve Jobs' keynote yet."

What kind of a WWDC would it be without Steve Jobs? You can find more info about this conference at Apple's WWDC page.

Monday, April 26, 2010

UK Fans, iTunes Festival 2010 Has Been Announced!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"The iTunes Festival is back for 2010. Last year your feedback was so great, that we're doing it again at Camden's Roundhouse in London. We're inviting more than 60 artists to perform 31 consecutive nights of brilliant live music in the UK's best intimate venue. Every show will be recorded and made available on iTunes."

Quite the lineup, wish I was in the UK and I'd go to this in about 69 days (I didn't see an exact date just a ticker that has a little over 69 days on it). You can find more about it at the iTunes Festival London 2010 site. You can also become a fan over at Facebook or follow on Twitter if you so desire, to get all the updates for the show.

Friday, April 16, 2010

So Apple Isn't Going to NAB?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Events" @ 11:00 AM

"On Monday World of Apple reported that an online invitation was inviting attendees of this years NAB exhibition to join Apple 'for an update on their latest hardware and software products.'"

But after he posted the story a rep from NAB sent a tersely worded email telling him he was wrong and to pull the information "immediately." Seemed odd that Apple was going to this anyway, sounds like someone should have proof read the invitation.

Tags: 2010, nab, invitation

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mark June 22nd on Your Calendar for WWDC 2010

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"Last week, we got our first sneak peek at iPhone OS 4.0, and if history's any guide, we shouldn't expect to see Steve Jobs strut back on stage until WWDC in June to introduce the fourth generation iPhone and iPod Touch models."

According to ModMYI, Apple has booked the Yerba Buena Center for Arts at the San Francisco Moscone Center for June 22nd this year. Can't wait to see what they come up with this year.

Tags: iphone, 2010, wwdc

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March Madness 2010 App From CBS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"CBS Interactive today released the 2010 March Madness application ($9.99 app store). Big difference over last year? 3G streaming of games! It is just a shame that the iPad won't be out until April."

You can get the paid app here, for $9.99 USD, but the free "lite" version has highlights and pretty much everything the paid version does except for the live streaming video of the games. I agree it's too bad the iPad won't be available for it, but at least you will be able to use the iPad with MLB At Bat 2010!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

MLB At Bat 2010 Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"With spring training beginning this week, Major League Baseball has rolled out today the 2010 version of the popular iPhone app, At Bat 2010."

Last year At Bat 2009 was a great app, but it was priced at $9.99 USD if I remember correctly. MLB At Bat 2010 is available now in iTunes for $14.99 USD. This is causing me to really debate the need for it, even though I did get a lot out of last years version. I don't see a lot of upgrades for $5.00 USD premium over the previous version. Now if this works on the iPad, which I'm assuming it will, then I may have to change my way of thinking. Anyone out there going to spring for this version?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Apple Earns #3 in Customer Service

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple has nailed down the number three spot on BusinessWeek's fourth annual customer service awards, falling in right behind LL Bean and insurance company USAA, and way above companies like Amazon and Dell. The awards were based on survey results from a few different places, and Apple scored an A+ in both Quality of Staff and Efficiency of Service thanks to its Genius Bars and helpful Specialists inside Apple Stores."

You can see the list here, and it shows that Apple has improved almost 10% from the 2009 ranking. For LL Bean they improved almost 11% from 2009 and USAA improved about 1.5%. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Listen to Tim Cook at the Goldman Sachs Tech & Internet Conference

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple has posted a QuickTime audio webcast of Apple's February 23, 2010 presentation at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference."

You can hear the entire presentation over at Apple, audio only, and it lasts for about 45 minutes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

TMO Offers Their Own Awards for Macworld 2010

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

"The Mac Observer is pleased to announce the recipients of our Editors' Choice Awards from Macworld Expo 2010. We chose eight products that we feel represent the best of what was shown at the conference and expo, and like last year, there were lots of great products worth considering."

This is a best of list like the one Macworld came up with, but you will note right away there are different products on this list. They even include the HyperMac battery we noted a few days ago. This list isn't categorized, it is just their opinion on the best overall products, regardless of type, that were introduced at the 2010 Macworld Expo.

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