What has been in the News for Apple Lately

The week that passed was memorable indeed. From emails inviting all iPhone users to bring down AT&T, to the legions of faithful owners of Apple products, and to the mysterious Board of Directors of Apple, the stuff that has been attributed to them continues to amaze everyone. Apple is already so big that it has joined Microsoft in being one of IT world’s big, fat, and juicy targets. But stories such as the following three rumors have, at one time or another, been attested to be valid fact.

iPhone users to bring AT&T down

As a means of exacting revenge over AT&T providing insufficient bandwidth to iPhone users, an e-mail, said to originate from the depths of Apple’s engineering laboratories, was sent to thousands of owners of the slick smartphone. The e-mail urged all iPhone users to overwhelm AT&T’s network by running network heavy apps that will flood AT&T with thousands of simultaneous connection requests such that the phone company’s network servers will simply give up. Called Operation Chokehold, the plan of involving thousands of iPhone owners was meant to tell AT&T that people are fed up with the measly bandwidth and the insults the giant phone company has been saying to those complaining about the inadequacy of the network.

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Second-hand smoke voids Apple’s Warranty, Really?

The world is full of good reasons to kick the butt. There are baseless reasons too, but you wouldn’t have heard like the one Apple makes, they void warranties due to cigarette smoke!

Any sensible person would be against smoking so am I! I do not propose that the technicians be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Yet it is unreasonable of Apple to deny the warranties claimed on the Macintoshes exposed to smoke from cigarettes.

The Consumerist has been publishing these on two occasions over the last few months.

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The Apple Tablet Is Dead

The arrival of much awaited, Apple Tablet has been postponed by the manufacturers. It was just two days back when the morning news revealed of this. The company, Apple is pushed the release date even further, and have yet not disclosed the new one. Some experts say that this has been done as Apple is incorporating even more functionalities in it, hoping to sell it at around $2000. The more disheartening news is that a publishing company has even started making accessories and other product lines for this tablet, without even knowing whether the Apple Tablet is a reality or an illusion. Its time for us to accept that the future of tablet PCs have ended, for now- Apple Tablet, with “claimed” astonishing features is dead.

Baloney: the expensive Apple Tablet

The inside reports from Apple corporation say that the development of tablet has yet not ended and Apple is due to launch it in future. It has decided to add some new functionality in it, owing to which its release date will be delayed by over a period of six months. The scheduled to release in March, 2010, the Apple Tablet is being modified on the technical aspects. Apple will be removing some of the existing components and will also develop a back up tablet that can work as its substitute in capturing the market. It is destined to have 9.7 inches OLED screen. This will escort the primarily sought, 10.6 inches LCD screen product.

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Value Proposition of Apple Is Sustaining Thanks To Consumer’s Confidence

ChangeWave, a market research firm, said on Thursday that there is good news for Apple Inc. in the last 17 months in the form of first uptick in the confidence of the consumer. The research Director of ChangeWave, Mr. Paul Carton, suggested that the April Survey of 3,200 consumers by the company indicates that there is an increase in the number of people by two points (6% to 8%) who have planned to purchase a laptop within the next 90 days and this is the first good news for the Company since November 2007.
If the inclination of the people towards purchasing laptops gains momentum then it will be an even greater news for Apple. In a conference call on Thursday Carton told to all that the Apple will witness a favorable economy turning towards it. It seems that the sell of laptops is going to see an upward trend, which will definitely prove to be a boon for Apple.
The reason behind this hope of Carton is that it is most likely that at least 29% of the people who are going to buy a laptop within 90 days would have been set Apple laptop as their preferred target. Although the number is less for one point if compared with the number of February, but it is definitely two points ahead if compared with the number of January. This is really good news for Apple, as it has only seen a downward trend recently in the sell of Apple laptops with selling only 2.2 millions Macs systems, including 1.4 million laptops, in the last month and this has been its first decline in the sales of computer in the last six years.
Carton stressed on the importance of a different version of the laptops, netbooks, that are lighter, smaller and cheaper than their conventional counterpart, which are giving some relief to Apple. The proportion of people decided on to buy a laptop, among those who have planned to buy a system within 90 days, is one fourth and that is not a meager proportion to be ignored. Besides, the number of people, saying they have planned on buying a machine in the next three months, has increased (23%) if compared to the number of people saying the same words in February (18%) and January (14%).
There is a setback for Apple that it doesn’t have any laptops on offer at a cost that could attract the people of lower income group. The least costly laptop it provides is the last generation MacBook costing $999. But as the netbooks are known for their lower cost, mostly under a range of $500, so Apple needs to roll out a product that could compete in the market under the same range. However, there is a rumor doing rounds in the market that perhaps, Apple is thinking on this line. But there is no official validation of this rumor from the side of Apple, as till yet.
Apple is facing some contradictory trends these days; these were the words directly from the mouth of Carton and anyone could say that these words were referred to the downside of the spreading trend of the netbooks in the market. He further added that this world also has to deal with different shades of grey.
Mike Abramsky also suggested a brighter future for Apple in the same conference hall in which carton took part. Mike Abramsky’s indication can’t be taken lightly as he is a Wall Street analyst with RBC Capital. Mike Abramsky further added that market is eagerly looking up to the companies to roll out the products that are comparatively lower in price and this is why Apple need to pay attention to lower priced products too. This step of Apple will in no way reduce its value in the market, but yes, this measure will certainly prove to be a boost for the Company. With the last statement, Wall Street tried to make it clear that rival company of Apple, i.e. Microsoft Corporation, is using this high pricing policy of Apple in its own advantage by catering to the need of lower income group. But still there is hope for Apple, as was said by Abramsky.
Abramsky vindicated the suggestions of other analysts by saying that even though Macs will always be a large revenue source for Apple, yet he thinks that Apple’s future largely depends on the iPhone and the App Store Business. He told that perhaps at WWDC [Worldwide Developers Conference], going to be held in June, Apple will release a pro-version of the existing iPhone as well as lower the prices of the existing iPhones. Though it is to be seen that pro-version could be able to illicit same response as the iphone 3G attracted last year, still there is no doubt that it will have the same advantage as Apple use to have in the smartphone market.
Abramsky told that it is nothing but a rumor that Apple is going to launch a cheaper and smaller version of the iPhone, which is also being called as iPhone Nano, while indicating towards the small iPod. He further said that Wall Street is not at all in this impression that a nano iPhone is going to be launched by Apple this year. The only thing that is sure is the dream of Apple to launch such a product in next year or so. He said that a product like nano iPhone will look great in the hands of customers as a pre-paid phone or it can also sell like hotcake in the countries like China thanks to its lower cost.
Abramsky concluded with these words that according to the data collected by ChangeWave it is clear that consumer’s sentiments are going to help Apple sustain the current value proposition in the market, without any doubt.

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Useful product information: iBotnet and Norton products for MACs

Earlier this year, Symantec shined a light on a possible security threat to Mac users. Commonly referred to as the “iBotnet,” it is a trojan that has been found in pirated copies of Apple Computer’s iWork ’09 and Photoshop CS4 posted on some peer to peer networks, such as KaZaA, Gnutella and Morpheus.

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