Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook Sends Letter To The Company’s Staff

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Aug 252011
 

With less than 24 hours under his belt as the new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has sent a letter to the company’s staff this morning, thanking his predecessor, and predicting bright things for Apple’s future. The note reads, in part,

I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Read the full text of the letter after the break. Continue reading »

Microsoft Attacks iPhone In New Windows Phone 7 Teaser Ad

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Feb 162010
 

As you would know, Microsoft unveiled its upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona yesterday.

As part of the launch, the company released a teaser video attacking the iPhone and the other touchscreen phones, which the voice-over in the video says has resulted in a “sea of sameness”.

Without mentioning the iPhone explicitly, the video speaks of the current state of smartphones where the focus has been on mobile apps
instead of the phone experience itself. Taking further potshot at iPhone’s lack of multitasking, the VO says unlike an app experience where the user has to go “in and out” of several apps, Windows Phone 7 lets users move seamlessly through integrated hubs which pulls in all the applications that a user needs at one place. Microsoft calls this a “new beginning” for smartphone platforms.

You may check out the teaser video below:

Seems like the easiest way of late for smartphone players to make headlines about their product is by attacking the iPhone and its features. However, with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft appears to have come up with a product that can pose a genuine challenge to Apple’s iPhone OS.

Having said that, smartphones running on Windows Phone 7 are expected to be launched only by the end of this year. With the new version of iPhone OS due to be unveiled in a couple of months from now, iPhone users can expect a superior product on their hands much before the Windows Phone devices are out in the market.

What do you think?

[via TechCrunch]

Coverage of Apple’s Special Event: “Come See Our Latest Creation”

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Jan 272010
 

Apple’s
special event “Come See Our Latest Creation” should be underway shortly.

Based on all the rumors, speculations and leaks, we know that Apple will release a tablet computer
, which might be called iTablet, iPad, iSlate or something else. Apple might also demo the next generation iPhone OS – iPhone OS 4.0, which apparently the Apple Tablet is also based on.

Apple’s special event is being held at at the Yerba Buena Centre for Arts in San Francisco.
So if you are looking for all the iPhone and Apple Tablet related news from Apple’s special event then hit the jump for our coverage of the event.
Updates will be posted from top to bottom (bottom newest) so stay tuned (hit refresh to get the latest).
Folks at Engadget have posted three images of what appears to be the back shell of the Apple Tablet, which briefly appeared on Chinese website WeiPhone.
The size of the device in the leaked photos definitely matches with the rumors we’ve heard.

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The event should start very soon so stay tuned.
Steve Jobs has just walked up on stage.

“We want to kick of 2010 by introducing a magical and revolutionary product today… but first I have a few updates.”
He is talking about some numbers such as 140k iPhone apps, more than 50 billion dollars in revenues.
He has moved on to the main event, launch of Apple Tablet.
He is talking about a device that can do the following tasks: Browsing the web. Doing email. Enjoying and sharing pics. Watching videos. Enjoying music. Playing games. Reading ebooks.
Apple is calling their Tablet, the iPad.
And here is how the Apple iPad looks like.
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Jobs is now showing how you can surf the web with the Apple iPad. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to support Flash.
He is showing how to use it for email, the typing on the device looks quite impressive.
He is demoing the photo app, which is similar to the one on the iPhone. So you can use similar gestures.
He shows the iTunes app, Maps app and YouTube HD app. I think there is still a lot more to come as something is missing.
He is talking about the hardware: 1.5 pounds. 1/2″ thin. 9.7″ IPS Display. Super High Quality. Great viewing angles. Super responsive capacitive multi-touch screen.
It has 10 hours of battery life.
It is powered by custom Apple chip called A4. 1GHz, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage. 802.11n, WiFi, Bluetooth.
Scott Forstall is talking about the Apps for the iPad. All the iPhone apps can run on the iPad without any modifications.
The iPhone SDK supports the development of Apps for the iPad and it is being released today.
Some of the iPhone developers will be showcasing their iPhone apps for the iPad. Gameloft is the first to come on stage.
They demo their iPhone game Nova for the iPad. New York Times is next.
New York Times: “We think we’ve captured the essence of reading the newspaper. A superior experience in a native application.”
The layout is just like the newspaper with embed videos. It looks pretty cool.
Next up is Brushes showing off their app for iPad, it was an impressive demo. Next up is EA.
EA is demoing Need for Speed Shift.
Finally, we have MLB.com demoing their application for the iPad, which has been completely revamped for it.
Steve Jobs is back.
He just announced a new application for iPad called iBooks, which comes with an iBooks Store to compete with Amazon.
He is demoing the iBooks Store application. It’s very similar to iTunes store.
Steve Jobs has just announced iWork for the iPad, which completely new UI.
Phil Shiller has come on stage to demo it. He is showing off spreadsheets.
As you can expect, it seems to be very intuitive such as with new multi-touch gestures, multi finger taps, pinch, double tap etc.

[via iphonehacks]

AT&T disputes network criticism

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Jan 232010
 

AT&T is disputing a financial analyst’s criticism of its wireless capital spending, saying there is more to its mobility investments than was represented in the report.
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On a conference call Tuesday, Gerard Hallaren of TownHall Investment Research said the carrier is investing disproportionately in its wired network even as its wireless service lags behind other carriers. AT&T would have to invest an additional $5 billion to bring its cellular service up to the level of its biggest competitor, Verizon Wireless, Hallaren said. Continue reading »

Apple Tablet Likely to Generate $2.8 Billion Revenue In First Year

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Jan 232010
 

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Apple Tablet Likely to Generate $2.8 Billion Revenue In First Year

Apple likely to sell 5 million Tablets in first year

With the announcement of the Tablet around the corner, a lot of questions have been asked on whether this will turn out to be yet another cash cow market for Apple.

According to Mike Abramsky from RBC Capital Markets; the investment banking firm of the Royal Bank of Canada, a study by his company indicates that Apple is likely to sell 5 million units of the Tablet in the first year, generating revenue of $2.8 billion.

For the study, Mike says his firm considered three price points and then predicted the corresponding number of units that are likely to be sold at each of the prices. According to this, if Cupertino chooses to sell the device on the higher side at close to $800, they are likely to sell 1 million units. On the other hand, if the device is priced cheap at $500 for the mass market, the study says the company could then expect to sell 10 million units inside the first year.

Abramsky underlines the base case, where the device could be priced close to $600, as the most likely scenario. He says that at this price, Apple could sell 5 million units of the Tablet. Assuming a 30% gross margin for hardware would mean a revenue of $2.8 billion at the end of the first year.

Apple likely to sell 5 million Tablets in first year
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Commenting on the long term, Abramsky predicts Apple to nearly double its sale numbers in two years time. Considering that the device would launch in newer markets during this time frame, that looks very likely. However, a cannibalization of 2%-5% is expected for the Mac market. But Abramsky denies any long term impact on Mac’s popularity saying:

“Although the tablet would not offer the breadth of features or raw performance of traditional laptops, it would deliver an optimal experience for buyers looking for user-friendly, media-centric computing at entry-level price points. The tablet may cannibalize some Mac and iPod touch buyers, but the lack of Mac OS X compatibility (and emulated Windows) reduces the appeal of the tablet as a Mac replacement for Apple’s traditional premium Mac buyers.”

As the study notes, the number of units sold basically boils down to the Tablet’s selling price. It is here that Apple’s negotiations with the carriers will prove vital. An attractive subsidy will decide how many tablets Apple can expect to sell. What do you think? Is a 5 million target possible at a $600 selling price? Tell us what your view.

[via Apple Insider]

Apple Again Hits Back at Nokia in Patent Dispute.

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Jan 172010
 

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Bloomberg reports that Apple has struck back at Nokia again in the growing patent dispute between the two companies, filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking to prevent the import of mobile phones from Nokia. The move counters a similar request made to the ITC earlier this month by Nokia seeking to ban the import of “virtually all” Apple products.
“Nokia will study the complaint when it is received and continue to defend itself vigorously,” Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said by text message today. “However this does not alter the fact that Apple has failed to agree appropriate terms for using Nokia technology and has been seeking a free ride on Nokia’s innovation since it shipped the first iPhone in 2007.”
The dispute between the two companies began in October 2009 when Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple charging infringement of a number of its patents by the iPhone. Apple filed a countersuit in December alleging both that Nokia itself was infringing on Apple patents with its products and that Nokia was in effect holding Apple hostage in negotiations over the Nokia patents, demanding the right to iPhone-related intellectual property not deemed “essential” to industry standards.
Via macrumors.com

Apple will introduce Iphone 4g in April?

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Jan 132010
 

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KT, the second largest mobile carrier in South Korea, indicates that Apple may launch its fourth generation iPhone as early as April.

The KoreaTimes has heard that talks over sales volumes are underway and that KT is set to sell the new devices to its bigger local corporate clients as a “litmus test” in April. It plans to provide the new iPhones to local distributors in June.

“We don’t see any bigger hurdle to introduce 4G iPhones here, as legal issues were completely cleared. It’s possible to launch the devices within the first half,” a high-ranking KT executive told The Korea Times, asking not to be identified.

“Still, there are some 3G iPhone stocks. But KT and Apple have reached a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible,” according to the executive.

The 4G iPhones will reportedly be equipped with OLED screens, live video chat functionality, dual core processors, more powerful graphic chips, as well as higher video resolutions and better “still” images. A removable battery is also highly likely.

If this report is accurate, Apple may be trying to counter the rush of new smartphones such as the Google Nexus One device.

[Via iClarifie