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iPhone Price Drop Coming by May?

January 28, 2008 3 comments

It’s from a few of days ago, but I ran across this article at ZDNet explains that Apple is at a point with the iPhone where they must drop the price of the current model in order to draw in a wider range of users. I would add that we can probably also expect to see a 16 GB model at the current price of $399 sometime before May (Steve’s not taking my calls, but I’ve been trying to talk him into a March date).

Excerpt:

Here’s why I predict iPhone will come down to $299 within a few months by ZDNet‘s Russell Shaw — With his customary deftness, my CNET colleague Tom Krazit mashes up some numbers from AT&T’s earnings call this week with other numbers from Apple iPhone sales and projected sales reports. Tom’s conclusion: iPhone sales are slowing, especially in AT&T’s sales channels. OK, let us take that as fact. Where does this lead us? First it would be […]

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Apple Stock Avalanche

January 26, 2008 2 comments

After enduring the avalanche that has been Apple’s stock price over the past two weeks, I’ve been wondering if the investors heard the same announcements I did. It didn’t help that Steve Jobs spooked everyone by giving a less-than-stellar forecast for the upcoming quarter.

This means the AAPL is on sale! I’m guessing that we’ll see the stock price hit 200 again by June. It will recover as investors realize that the new MacBook Air is the best in its class and that iTunes Movie Rentals will result in big bucks for Apple over the next quarter.

Filemaker Friendly New Database, Bento

January 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Filemaker's New Personal Database Application

Filemaker has released Bento, a new database program for the mac which looks to be a dream come true for dataheads who love to organize information and catalog items. It runs exclusively on Leopard.

According to the press release, Bento uses an iTunes-like interface, making it easy to navigate between projects, libraries, lists, and contacts. Filemaker claims that Bento equips users to “accomplish any of the following in minutes:”

— Manage virtually unlimited contact details
— Coordinate events, parties, and fundraisers
— Track projects, assignments and deadlines
— Connect related information together to see more details
— Prioritize things that need to get done
— Catalog inventory, donations and items for sale
— Record hours worked and payments due
— Assign ratings to service providers and sellers
— Create libraries for music, movies and media
— Store files and photos related to projects and events

It sells for $49, individually priced, and a family pack is $99. Sounds like a great deal for a powerful database program that would cover every possible need for personal cataloging. Leave a comment if you’ve downloaded and tried out the demo. I’m going to give it a whirl over the next week.

MacWorld Koolaid, Now Via Quicktime

January 16, 2008 Leave a comment

There’s a Quicktime stream of Steve Job’s keynote address on Apple’s web site in case you want to drink the koolaid.

Over the next few days I’ll post some first-reaction thoughts to the products they unveiled, including:

MacBook Air
iTunes Movie Rentals
iPod Touch software update
iPhone Software Update
Apple TV 2.0
Time Capsule

MacWorld Expo Predictions

January 13, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m not sure Steve Jobs will have enough time in the 90 minute keynote address on Tuesday morning at the Macworld Expo. If the rumors are half right, there will be a lot to talk about. Here are my predictions, just for kicks:

Sub-notebook – I’m expecting a new product that will fit somewhere between the iPhone and the MacBook. It will have a 10-12 inch screen, with a black finish. Apparently people want these. I’m quite happy with my 15 inch PowerBook. Then again, if I see one close up I may change my mind!

Cinema Displays – There is a lot of chatter about new displays having LED backlighting. I think that’s a good prediction, along with a design change which will sport a glossy screen (as an option?).

Apple TV 2.0– I expect to see DVR, along with the ability to manage movie rentals from iTunes, (another huge announcement).

Now, my least likely but most wanted announcement:

2nd Gen iPhone – I’m predicting this one because I want it to happen so badly. I have an envelope to save up enough money for the 2nd generation iPhone, so I’m hoping this is announced on Tuesday, with a release in February. Look for it to be 3G network-capable, having at least 16 GB of space, and various improvements to the OS. Fingers crossed…

New Mac Pro: Early to the Dance

January 11, 2008 1 comment

Within a week of the start of the Macworld Expo, Apple has updated the Mac Pro with two of Intel’s new Quad-Core Xeon 5400 processors running at up to 3.2 GHz.

That’s a lot of juice! If you don’t understand what having eight cores means in the real world, let me explain it simply: it will suck your brains out through your eyeball sockets if you aren’t careful.

Here’s the link to the specs on this new monster (up to 4 terabytes of hard drive space!).

Why would Apple release something this huge before the Expo? Why not save it for the keynote speech? A new Mac that has essentially doubled in speed is a big deal! The answer is obvious: Steve Jobs has a lot to talk about on Tuesday, so this Mac Pro is just the tip of the iceberg.

What next big thing has Apple been working on? Whatever it is, we’ll all be chatting about it on Tuesday afternoon.

(I’ll offer my Macworld Expo predictions on Sunday.)

Mac Tip: Mail Folders

January 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Did you know that in Apple’s Mail app, you can show the contents of multiple folders in the message list? Shift-click or command-click each folder you wish to reveal and you’ll see the contents of all selected folders in the message list window. See below…

I’m using Leopard’s version of Mail, and I haven’t tried this in Tiger.

 

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