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Apple’s Peter Oppenheimer to Retire

Apple has announced that Peter Oppenheimer, the Senior VP and CFO, will call it a career in September.   His retirement opens up a slow for the VP of Finance to move up.  Luca Maestri will replace Peter beginning in June.

For more on this story, see the announcement at apple.com — http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/03/04Apples-Peter-Oppenheimer-to-Retire-at-the-End-of-September.html

1984 will not be like 1984 — The Macintosh 30 Years on

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Apple, Inc. celebrated the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Macintosh this week.  January 24th, 1984, Steve jobs showed the world his new machine complete with graphical user interface. The machine initially envisioned by The like of Jef Raskin and Steve Jobs had come to a fruition and Apple introduced it in a manner which has never been forgotten.

Few can forget the image of Steve Jobs up on stage two days after the commercial aired during the Superbowl, showing off a machine which was not only revolutionary in thinking but a whole new direction for how people would work.

While many folks jumped up and bought the machine immediately, it would take nearly another two years before the machine would really take off.   The initial machine came with a single 400KB floppy drive and was introduced at a cost of nearly $3000 USD.  A nine inch screen was what was put in the machine and while ample  area for the few programs available at the time, it was not really a very good display for much other than showing off the Mac Write fonts.

Now thirty years on, the Macintosh is one of the worlds most recognizable items with its distinct apple logo and a large 27 inch display on the highest end models.  The 32GB max of the machines now make the paltry 128K of that initial machine seem like a mistake.  But then it has been thirty years and while Moore’s law has not quite kept up with memory amounts, the amount of memory required by today’s machines is stupendous and continues to grow on a nearly yearly basis.  The graphical qualities of the machines have also advanced to the point where real video is easily rendered on the machines.  Yet the best the 128K mac could do was a digital line art drawing.

Yet, that day was revolutionary and was definitely not like 1984.

iPhone 5 Event Invitations Sent Out By Apple

Apple has finally put an end to months of speculation concerning the iPhone 5.   With many different rumors and fake images swirling, Apple has announced that they will hold an event on the 12th of September.

The event will take place at 10am PST at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  This has been the location of all of the recent Apple events outside of the Education event held in New York.

While apple generally does not announce specifically what products they will announce the fact that the invitation is a 12 which is the date casting a 5 shadow means that this is the only real possibility based on the current product line.  Speculation on the iPad mini also has been rampant, however, Apple has a tradition of waiting until February to announce iPad updates.

Apple Store is Down in Preparation for WWDC

The Apple Store, which is the center of the Apple consumer universe has been shut down in preparation for the pending announcements coming in today’s keynote at WWDC. The World Wide Developers Conference, held each year at Muscone Center in San Francisco, is the place to be today as Apple shows their developers the future direction of the product lines.

Many rumors surrounding the conference are expecting an entire renewal of the Apple MacBook Pro line of products as well as the next generation of iOS. iOS 6 features, while sketchy are expected to leave the first generation iPad and the third generation iPod touch in the doldrums of no upgrade path. While this may seem a bit unfair to some consumers, this is fairly typical of Apple’s concept of pushing forward without looking back too hard.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to give the keynote address in just under three hours from now and already there are lines beginning to accrue outside of the main conference hall. Stay tuned for more WWDC announcements as we get them.

Apple releases Mac OS 10.7.4 Update

Apple has released the latest update to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.  The Mac OS X 10.7.4 update addresses a number of issues including:

  • Resolve an issue where the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to a server
  • Improve the reliability of copying files to an SMB server

You can download the latest update through the Software Update feature under the Apple Menu or from the Apple Support website at:

http://support.apple.com/downloads/

Apple Sold 35.1 Million iPhones and 11.8 Million iPads 2nd Quarter

Apple announced their quarterly profits today with their net profits up a whopping 94% over 2nd quarter 2011.   During 2nd quarter 2012, Apple sold a total of 35.1 million iPhones and 11.8 million iPads resulting in a quarterly net profit of 11.8 Billion USD during the quarter.  They also sold 7.7 million ipods during the same quarter.  The number of iOS devices is now over 365 million devices thanks to to the sales of the devices this previous quarter.

Apple’s cash on hand reached a staggering 110.2 billion USD, which is a 12.6 billion increase over the previous quarter.  Apple is planning to pay a $2.55 per share dividend at the end of 3rd quarter 2012.

Apple being Sued for Deceptive Advertising in Regards to Siri

The centerpiece of the iPhone 4S, Siri, is now the center of attention in a new class action lawsuit against Apple.  The lawsuit, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, claims that Apple’s adervtising in relation to Siri’s capabilities is “misleading and deceptive” and does not perform the tasks as Apple shows in the ads.

One Frank M. Fazio, an iPhone 4S users from Brooklyn, NY is feeling like Apple tricked him into buying the device and apparently he is not alone.  He says “In many of Apple’s television advertisements, individuals are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs or how to tie a tie. In the commercials, all of these tasks are done with ease with the assistance of the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature, a represented functionality contrary to the actual operating results and performance of Siri.

While Apple has long stated that the Siri feature of the iPhone 4s is a beta feature and subject to Beta rules, it is unusual that Apple would even release a product that was in Beta form of any type.   However, in the case of Siri, Apple needed all the voices of the iPhone users to help improve the response capabilities of the phone and went ahead and released the product.

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Bytes From The Apple — Is Proview Black Mailing Apple over Name

The trademark dispute in China between Proview, a bankrupt supposed owner of the iPad name and Apple, the known manufacturer of the iPad, is now widening to a point where Apple is being black mailed for 2 Billion USD by Proview.  While Apple purchased the rights to the name several years ago, Proview is now arguing that that sale did not cover mainland China where the iPad is made.

Apple was initially being asked for 1.6 Billion in addition to the 55,000 USD it paid to the Hong Kong office of Proview when it purchased the name.  The purchase of the name in 2009 should have ended any challenges to the Apple ownership of the iPad name.  Hong Kong courts agreed with Apple on this accord.  However,   China, long known for its blatant copying of the worlds goods, now also seems to have a court system now where it is acceptable to use black mail and under handedness to take money from western companies. The chinese courts over ruled the Hong Kong courts and is saying Proview owns the name.   It is sad that Proview is just the latest example of this type of underhandedness.  The company is by all rights, bankrupt.  The sold the name when they were trying to get rid of assets for cash.  Now they are seeing dollar signs and thinking Apple is going to buy them out again.  If this court case is allowed to proceed in addition to the seizure of iPads prior to a conclusion of the court case and appeals especially in local areas in China, then no company will ever be safe in the Chinese market.

In China, it also seems to be the norm to attempt to file the iPhone and iPad name for other products not related to anything in the technology field, with companies filing the claims saying that the names are not well known in China. This includes everything from clothing items to food product.   This in essence a total scam of the system, with the Chinese courts and local governments in cohorts with the companies, all to garner money from the world’s most famous and most valuable brand.  This is the type of activity western companies have long feared about doing business in China.  While everything on the surface seems to be copacetic, scammers in the country will try anything to get money out of a system that they have no real part in or any real business in.

If the Chinese courts don’t wake up and realize their mistakes, correcting the illicit activity with the copyrights and trademarks in the country as well as respecting international trade deals,  they could well find that Apple will no longer be manufacturing there.  At this point, other countries such as Brazil and Malaysia hold a much more appetizing state where the cost of building goods, also is not nearly as costly or as ridiculous as China has become recently.  Another thing that China needs to realize is that they are only an assembly plant and that a good majority of the actual technologies and items put into the iPad are are made in other countries, putting China in a very vulnerable position.  The stand to lose a trillion dollar conglomerates business to greed and stupidity.

Sources: Washington PostIBN Live, Wall Street Journal

A Look into the Original Apple Design Book

Have you ever wondered what Apple had in mind when it was designing new Apple IIgs machines back in the 1980′s?  Lim Thye Chen gives us a brief glimpse into some of those designs of prototypical Apple machines with a few pictures from the original Apple Design book at:

http://retromaccast.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=rxq26qsiiir9

While this is not the first time we have seen such wild ideas of Apple products, it is the first time we have seen a mythical Apple IIsi or a completely integrated keyboard into an Apple ][gs.  These photos show some of the cool ideas that were shot down in Apple’s pursuit of the ultimate in computing.

Apple Stock Sheds Downward Trend and Jumps Back to Near Record Highs

Apple stock shed the downward trend it set in early morning trading yesterday and jumped $5.73 in regular trading closing at $453.01.   This close was up $5.73 from Friday’s close.  The stock jumped even further in after hours trading closing the late session up another 0.84 to end the day at $453.85 USD per share.  Rumors running through many news desks on the day were that the stock would push quickly tot he $500 USD per share mark, however, after moving up $5 early in the morning regular session, the rest of the day’s trading was mostly flat with just a slight upward trend.