Just a short note, but in July last year Apple CEO, Tim Cook, reportedly signed-up for a Fancy account for some reason. We didn’t know why, but I will say that when I looked at the all-new Apple Store App for the iPad (like Amazon but good) it seemed pretty clear he fancied some of the ideas he saw. That’s not to say Apple stole any ideas, but he was obviously looking for a graphically-rich, shareable, social-friendly inspiration for ideas to support the Apple Retail Store, and I think he drew some inspiration from The Fancy. And why wouldn’t he? He was responsible for the Apple Store at that time, as the company couldn’t find a decent man for the job (and they picked a very smart woman instead). Just a thought.
The iPad invasion has devoured the netbook business and driven the PC industry into the ground, so expect a price war this Christmas as PC manufacturers, led by Acer [ACER INC] and Lenovo [LNVGY], struggle to woo new customers with a PC price war. But, with a reputation as a top-tier computer maker which does not compete on price, can Apple’s [AAPL] Mac sales survive the onslaught of the PC price cuts?
Chips designed by ARM now feature in nearly every one of the 4bn mobile phones in use around the world. ARM designs are deployed in Apple iPhones and iPads.
Analyst Richard Holway of TechmarketView said. “I have no idea if there is any validity in (the rumours) but makes sense as Apple designed the main chip for the iPad inhouse and doesn’t want to see its technology used in other competing products.” Read the rest of this entry
Here, courtesy of Silicon Alley Insider, is a nice graph which shows you – plainly – just how important iPhone is to Apple, representing 40 percent of company revenues.
From the archives, cheers 9to5 for the tip.
Sure enough around 1:30pm the Apple Press Release appeared – so read all about the new Macs in the release below – they’re faster, offer excellent battery lives and we’re very curious about the graphics processor.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line
CUPERTINO, California—April 13, 2010—Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery.* The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple’s new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors.
The new MacBook Pro is as advanced on the inside as it is stunning on the outside,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency.”
TalkTalk is dumping Windows to make the switch to Apple Mac, revealing it intends giving MacBooks to its 1,500 UK staff as it demerges from Computer Warehouse.
The company told The Times it is currently testing MacBooks with 150 staff members at its London head office. Once the trial succeeds, TalkTalk will introduce MacBooks across its entire UK workforce this year.
Apple has climbed one spot on its November 2009 online retailers position to claim fourth place in the latest chart as defined by IMRG and HItwise.
Amazon UK (which does sell “electricals”) continues to hold first place in terms of the number of visits, followed by Argos and Play.com. And while both Amazon and (to a lesser extent, Argos) sell some technology goods, Apple’s fourth place position puts it up ahead of dedicated CE retailers including Currys (17th place) and Comet (25th place).
“Transparent House used its visualization capabilities to create a tribute to a company they greatly admire on the occasion of the iPad release. The idea was to show a glimpse into the history of this product giant by modeling some of the innovative products they’ve developed in their 3+ decade history.”