Friday, February 06, 2004

All sorts of news...

A quick look at some Apple news this morning:

- Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson will be retiring in June. Apple says he will join the company's board of directors.
- iChat AV 2.1 has been released. The new version has videoconferencing capability with a new version of AIM for Windows.
- Bluetooth Software 1.5 has been released.
- Reports claim that the 10.3.3 developer seed was pulled because of a compatibility issue with the 20 inch iMac.
- Mac Rumors is reporting that Apple will have one of the largest presences at the Siggraph International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques this August.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

How about an iToaster? Or an Xblender?

According to a new AppleInsider report there are rumors circulating of a Apple home-appliance being developed to be ready for the market sometime later this year.

While no specific details are provided, the rumor claims that Apple will try to recreate the iPod's success in the digital music market with the new device which would enter an already existing segment of the home-appliance market (like if it was an iTiVo, though that's just an example). If the rumor is accurate, we'll definitely see more rumblings about this later in the year.

...Or maybe they'll make the FridgeMini!

iTunes everywhere!

While Apple and Pepsi might be all excited about their new partnership, nobody mentioned winning free songs on your Big Gulp. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, reports are surfacing of Pepsi/iTunes song-winning cups at 7-11 and some gas stations.

And that's not all, according to the same Mac Rumors blurb, a McDonald's/iTunes deal is rumored to be a "go", with free songs available on certain fries and drinks.

Personally, I'm hoping the McDonald's thing is true. Finally, hope to us Coke drinkers!

Monday, February 02, 2004

The slow posts continue...

Apple released a Java update and Safari 1.2 today, suggesting that Mac OS X 10.3.3 (which was seeded with Safari 1.2 last week) should be on its way in the near future.

Meanwhile, as MacMinute reports, the Pepsi/iTunes ad met a lukewarm response with USA Today's annual viewer rating of the Superbowl ads (in my opinion, this year's ads were disappointing, just sex drugs, beer, Pepsi, and cars).

Rumors are also circulating (Mac Rumors) about a possible digital music alliance between Apple and Microsoft, which could suggest possible AAC/WMA support in the future.

And, speaking of music, Apple had a somewhat sudden 10 percent off iPod sale over the weekend. The deal didn't apply to the iPod mini.