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.
After more than a year of training, Apple’s star duo is ready for the Beijing Olympics. The 2.0 Software Update finally brings support for Chinese input to the iPhone and iPod Touch, just in time for next month’s opening ceremonies.
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.
On July 11, the new iPhone was released… one week later, Batman: The Dark Knight hits the theaters. Coincidence? Perhaps. But get this, if Bruce Wayne made a portable computer, wouldn’t it be called a BatBook? And if Apple built a car chances are it would be marketed as a MacMobile, right? Batbook/MacBook… MacMobile/Batmobile. Spooky.
Similarities aside, the time has never been more right to answer that eternal question: Quien es mas macho? It’s Batman vs. Steve Jobs!
Ancient treasure awaits in the App Store: the 1993 role-playing game Vay has been ported from the Sega CD to the iPhone and iPod touch. Vay is a full-length RPG that boasts an epic quest, hordes of monsters, and even animated video cutscenes with voice acting. Adventurers, your call to action has arrived.
Your Mac is already great at Web surfing, but the ATI TV Wonder HD 650 lets it surf TV channels too. If you have a fast system, the USB TV tuner feeds fluid broadcasts from analog and digital over-the-air channels, cable TV, or another source. The device even buffers live TV and saves shows like a standalone digital video recorder. But even with a high-end computer, the included software sometimes disappoints—and it has a confusing interface. Plus, the tuner can bog down a midrange Mac, slowing down all other apps in order to keep the video smooth.
While living in a concrete jungle can seriously hamper your bird-watching endeavors, Thayer’s Guide to Birds of North America brings the wetlands to your office. Whatever your habitat, this software has everything that casual or serious birders need: comprehensive profiles of over 900 birds, pictures, video clips, maps, and (our favorite) song samples provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
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.