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Citigroup Analyst: New Macbook Shipments Have Begun

     Richard Garner of Citigroup says that based on his “field checks”, redesigned Macbooks are on the way to the retailers. He also mentions that new Macbooks get aluminum casing, LED backlighting ( I doubt it on the base model ), and lower prices. The overall design of the new Apple notebooks will probably closely match the Macbook Air and the entry level model may get a $100 price cut. An announcement from Apple is expected on Oct. 14th.

Read more here

D.S.

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September 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

‘Product Transition’ Comes Up Again

     In the last Apple Investor Conference Call held on July 21st, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer once again talked about a certain ‘product transition’ which has an effect on Apple earnings well into ’09. This isn’t the first time ‘product transition’ is mentioned by Oppenheimer: he used it in the same quarterly Investor Conference Call last year to describe an undefined period during which Apple’s profit margin may be under pressure. If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you may remember that at the time, I interpreted this as a sign that Apple is getting ready to replace the iPods with touch screen versions as well as preparing other revolutionary products like a touch tablet. Since then, Apple has introduced the Macbook Air, which is selling briskly, and higher capacity iPod Touch models like the pricey 32GB version.

     So what does ‘product transition’ mean in terms of new product surprises? You’ve read about iPod’s future on previous posts but after some interesting conversations over the summer with people in the know, I’ve learned that apparently Apple’s in the midst of introducing major changes to its notebook and desktop lineups as well which I will explain a little later.

D.S.

August 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm 2 comments

Piper Increases iPod Estimate, Macs Grab 14% Market Share

      The latest NPD Group data was just released highlighting positive trends for Apple products. Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray has done an analysis and says the data “suggest the company will sell 9.7 million to 10.5 million iPods in the March quarter”. While that figure is higher than his estimate of 9.5 million to 10.3 million units released a month ago, “the new range is below the Street consensus of 10.8 million, and his own current estimate of 11.3 million”. So the new expected unit sales numbers are above his previous prediction and below his current one. Sounds like he can’t decide whether to believe iPods will surprise or disappoint this quarter.

     In the same NPD Group release, Macs accounted for a 14 percent unit share of all US computer retail sales in February. That number represents 60 percent unit growth and 67 percent revenue growth over the same period last year. Both Apple notebooks and desktop systems grew in overall retail segment shipments while US PC retail shipments grew modestly in comparison.

D.S.

March 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Apple Introduces New MacBooks and MacBook Pros on Penryn

      Apple has announced updates to its laptop lineup this morning featuring latest generation Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn processors, 2GB of RAM, NVIDIA graphics processors, and Multi-Touch trackpad previously only featured on MacBook Air. MacBooks get faster processors ( 2.1 or 2.4 GHz ), larger HDDs ( 120GB or 160GB ), and more RAM ( 2 to 4 GB ). MacBook prices start at just $1,099. MacBook Pros get faster CPUs ( up to a 2.6 GHz ), larger HDD ( up to 300GB ), more RAM ( up to 4 GB ), and Multi-Touch trackpad starting at $1999.

     The new 2GB iPod Shuffles have also gone on sale in the US Apple Store listing a delivery of 7-10 days ( $69 ).

Visit Apple here to see the new MacBook lineup.

D.S.

February 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Apple US Store Down, New MacBooks Expected

     Apple is expected to update its laptop lineup this morning. Upgrades are due for both MacBooks and MacBook Pros and likely include faster processors, higher capacity hard drives and more installed RAM. MacBook Pros may also see higher screen resolutions and thinner profile. Updates coming up as soon as Apple store goes back online.

D.S.

February 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

     If you’re still looking for what to get that special somone for Valentine’s day, look no further. Andrew Eisner of Retrevo has a very interesting gift guide recommending top gadgets from digital audio players to photo frames and digital cameras.

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D.S.

February 10, 2008 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Apple Posts Record Quartely Profits

     Apple has posted its fiscal Q1’08 results and it’s clearly the best quarter ever for the Cupertino company. Apple sold 2.3 million Macs, 2.3 million iPhones, and 22 million iPods totaling a gross revenue of $9.6 billion and $1.58 billion in net revenue. Revenues for the quarter were up 35% year-over-year. The consensus analysts earnings per share ( EPS ) estimates was $1.63 while Apple handily beat that figure posting $1.76.

     Apple, however, guided Wall Street lower for fiscal Q2’08 with revenue of $6.8 billion and earnings of 94 cents a share while analysts were expecting revenue of $6.98 billion and EPS of $1.09. Another disappointment: iPod growth year-over-year was up a mere 5%.

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D.S.

January 23, 2008 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

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