Industry contacts have recently reported on sightings of a new pre-production Apple 1U rack-mount server residing in Apple's Cupertino-based hardware labs. The tips arrives amongst wide-spread rumors that the company will finally bear the fruits of a G5-based XServe project during the month of January.
According to a number of circulating reports, Apple may soon unveil a new piece of software targeted at sound engineers specializing in professional audio recording and sound mixing. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), as sources describe it, is rumored to consist of a user interface developed by Apple Computer and sound technology acquired from Emagic.
Apple Computer, Inc. recently extended its AppleCare support service to cover the iPod family of digital music players, and rumors of a new plan that would insure accidental laptop damages have also turned heads in recent weeks. But for a company that was once renowned for its top-notch customer support, these strives mark only the beginning of what sources say will become a renewed commitment to reliability and support by the computer maker.
An article published in today's edition of Forbes appears to confirm a slew of rumors first published by AppleInsider over the last several weeks.
According to one AppleInsider reader, Apple appears to have placed an End-of-Life (EOL) indicator on the current 17-inch Cinema Display:
According to an article published in today's edition of The Register, "PortalPlayer, the company behind the hardware, software and processor technology that powers Apple's iPod, will soon launch a upgraded version of its chip/firmware combo that paves the way for a Photo iPod."
Sales of Apple's new PowerMac G5 product-line have topped over the half million mark, sources told AppleInsider this week. The dual 2GHz model remains the most popular among holiday shoppers, but is closely followed by the dual 1.8 GHz configuration. Sales of the company's single processor 1.6GHz model are said to be trailing far behind its multiprocessor counterparts.
Rather than acknowledging a major hardware glitch that has been known to cause repeated logic-board failures with its dual USB line of iBook consumer portables, Apple seems to be taking an unethical standpoint on the matter.
About 10 months ago, IBM began to layout the foundation for a major architectural revamp to the PowerPC line that will allow chips to run much cooler for mobile and embedded applications, sources recently told AppleInsider.
According to an InfoWorld rumor of the month, "Apple is hiring away Oracle sales people to help them target enterprise accounts, says a deep throat at Apple." Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison, has apparently vouched his support for the move, which is aimed at population Apple's newly initiated Apple enterprise sales team.
IBM's PowerPC 750VX microprocessor has been finalized, sources told AppleInsider last week, though a few errata still need to be addressed. The chip is widely rumored for adoption by Apple Computer's iBook consumer portable line sometime next year.
PowerLogix may become the first third-party hardware developer to release a G5 upgrade for Apple's 'Mirror Drive Door' (MDD) Power Mac G4 models, anonymous sources told AppleInsider on Monday. According to the source, members of the company's research and development division have been analyzing the details of such an engineering effort.
In a follow-up to last week's rumors of a major restructuring at Discreet, which reportedly terminated the development of the next generation Cleaner project for Mac OS X, insiders are now reporting on a potential acquisition of the software by Cupertino based Apple Computer, Inc.
As expected, Apple on Friday seeded its Select and Premier Apple Developer Connection members with the latest builds of Mac OS X 10.3.2 Panther Server and Client. Both seeds carry build number 7D18 and weigh in at 52.8 and 35.7MB, respectively.
Discreet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Autodesk, Inc, best known to Mac users for their Cleaner and Combustion products, will undergo a major corporate restructuring over the next two weeks, company executives told AppleInsider on Friday afternoon. The move has resulted in a small number of layoffs through out the company which employs over 500 people in 12 major cities across the globe.
Continuing with the ever-growing saga developing around Apple's Power Mac G5 update roadmap, sources today provided AppleInsider with positive news on IBM's progress with its 90 nanometer (nm) G5 microprocessor. The 90nm G5 has been rumored as the chip to elevate Apple's Power Mac G5 product-line beyond the 2GHz barrier and into its first major revision.
Following an AppleInsider report that hinted at the possibility of a wireless communication hand-held device from Apple in the next 2 years (or iPod adaptation of such functionality), PowerPage author, Jason O'Grady, is citing rumors of an Apple-branded wireless broadband card for laptops to appear in the more immediate future.
According to a Reuters article, camera phones will be able to shoot 1-megapixel pictures suitable for e-mailing to a friend by next year. By 2005 "some camera phones will boast at least 2-megapixel picture quality, good enough to print quality 4-inch by 6-inch pictures," the article says.
According to a new report, Apple plans to hold off the introduction of new Cinema Displays until the introduction of the second generation Power Mac G5 models. Next generation displays have been rumored for the last 6 months, but according to sources, are not of high priority on Apple's list of revenue generating hardware.
Apple has placed 34th in consumer electronics (CE) retail sales according to tracking firm TWICE, which released its Top 100 CE retailer ratings yesterday. The company saw a 471.6% sales surge with with $383 million in volume sales due to a near doubling in Apple retail stores, now totaling 51 locations. According to the report, this is the first time that Apple has qualified for the rankings.