MacNN is reporting that Apple has announced revenue of $7.46 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.07 billion for the 2008 third quarter, which ended June 28. This has been the best June quarter in the company’s history.
Apple sold almost 2.5 Million Macs, a 41 percent increase from last year, and over 11 million iPods, a 12 percent increase. iPhone sales increased by almost 450,000 units.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs felt that the iPhone 3G initiated growth for the third quarter, while Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer expressed satisfaction with the amount of revenue accumulated. Apple expects revenue of about $7.8 billion for the fourth quarter.
Open Tech recently announced its free-for-all computer line-up. That’s right—a computer that supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS (Specifically, Leopard). The computers are fully customizable and contain some pretty impressive specs, including a 3.4GHz Dual Processor and 3GB of DDR2 Ram. No price tag is available, but one must be curious as to how much the company will offer for these seemingly impeccable machines.
In the wake of last week’s Psystar debacle, it seems almost ridiculous that another company would promote a Mac clone. Psystar's distribution warehouse is now on the market for $4.6 Million. That might have something to do with Apple unleashing its lawyers and Psystar losing its nerve. Such a fate could also befall Open Tech if they don’t stop toting their “meant to be open” mantra.
Of course, there is always the off chance that Open Tech is a complete hoax. After all, the website was made with freewebs.com (seriously?), the web store barely loads and there are no direct links to email either the company, or their PR offices.
AppleInsider.com is reporting that Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, will be featuring Quick Look technology that allows users to preview audio and video files as part of that file’s icon.
A source with access to the pre-release software told AppleInsider that hovering the mouse pointer over a file icon in the Finder will trigger a triangular “Play” button to appear on the file’s icon. Clicking on it begins audio or video playback. As an audio file plays, the “Play” button turns into a square “Stop” button with a ring around it. The ring fills according as the track progresses. Video files act similarly, with the icon becoming the video itself.
The source noted that this style of Quick Look could be switched back to 10.5 Leopard’s Finder window preview style with a simple whack on the spacebar.
The icon Quick Look feature also works for other files such as those for iWork and Microsoft Office. But unless users have their icon size bumped up to the maximum, Snow Leopard testers say the feature is rather useless. Having the latest Mac OS is cool, but having to wear drugstore “readers” to use it… not so cool.
The iPhone Dev Team has decided to forgo weekend fun and release the iPhone Pwnage Tool 2.0 today. The release is just in time to ruin any Saturday night plans you had, and keep you glued to the warm glow of your newly jailbroken, and unlocked, iPhone.
Pwnage Tool 2.0 will jailbreak any OG iPhone, and iPhone 3G, that is currently running iPhone Software 2.0. The tool will only unlock the OG iPhone for now. The iPhone Dev Team is currently working on a version of the Pwnage Tool that will unlock the iPhone 3G.
As with any new unlocking/jailbreaking tool, you might want to wait until the tool has been tested by brave super nerds before taking the plunge yourself.
For the brave, be patient, the Dev Teams servers are being hammered right now.
The App Store's free section is a look into the lives of developers with waaay too much time on their hands. We run down our 20 favorite freebies, from the totally pointless to the totally entertaining—and even a few that are totally useful.
On, off, on, off. AT&T's wireless website announced its free Wi-Fi for iPhone plan this morning. AT&T has changed, started, and stopped the service numerous times. The new Wi-Fi service is supposed to grant iPhone users free Wi-Fi at over 17,000 locations including over 8,000 restaurants, if you consider Starbucks a restaurant.
The number of hotspots starts to dwindle when you exclude Starbucks, according to AT&T new routers have been placed in over 700 bookstores, 50 groceries, 31 hotels and 23 universities.
While that sounds great, AT&T once again pulled the site this morning. The link announcing the Wi-Fi plan, died several minutes after we loaded the site. The link now takes us AT&T’s wireless site map.
According to MacNN.com, AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom, said the webpage was posted in error, and AT&T hopes to offer free Wi-Fi in the future.
iPhone users, AT&T is toying with us like a cat playing with a very trapped mouse.
It’s been approximately 175 hours since opening day and the iPhone craze is still going strong. At the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco, eager patrons have lined up every morning this week, with long lines continuing to scale Stockton Street regardless of the store’s closing hours. (Above, a cell phone quality photo of the store’s front, taken by a discreet salonista on her way to work.)
We called several of the other high traffic Apple Stores here in the Bay Area to find out if they were experiencing the same kind of morning rush. At the Apple Stores in Burlingame, Santa Clara, and Stonestown Mall, no one answered the phone. At the Chestnut Street location in the Marina, a female employee answered the phone on the sixth ring and exasperatingly declared the line was up to two hours long. The Stanford Shopping Center location managed to keep their cool after all this time; A levelheaded Mac Genius informed us that the line was only half an hour long and added that only the 16GB model was available.
This presents quite a problem for existing customers who show up prepared to do the quick switcheroo between OG and 3G. Not to mention, new customers hoping to jump on the iPhone bandwagon. The long lines only emphasize the fact that AT&T didn't get the stock they needed and that the Apple Retail Stores are still getting hammered as demand for the iPhone doesn't seem to show signs of subsiding. The official page for iPhone availability nationwide also shows that stock is sold out at numerous retail locations. As a result, those anticipating a quick trip to the Apple Store for their iPhone will be faced with long lines, a number of overworked employees and may still walk away iPhone free.
Long lines, incompetent sales people, and unpredictable weather make acquiring the iPhone an almost impossible feat. Don’t do things the hard way; By the time you’re finished with the whole activation process, you’ll feel too exhausted to even enjoy the new features of your iPhone 3G. Instead, you can spend a little extra money and save yourself the hassle of waiting in line by purchasing an unlocked iPhone 3G directly from the Red Party Crew themselves, China.