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Apple Announces Highest Q4 Earnings in 9 Years

MacNN reports on Apples Q4 financial results. Apple Earned $106M or $0.22 per diluted share. This was above the estimated $0.18 per diluted share predicted. The increased earnings are mainly attributed to a 500% increase in iPod sales over Q4 of 2003. as well as an all around increase in portables and desktop CPU sales.

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20040927 - iMac G5 - Elegant, Powerful and Surprisingly Affordable

Apple Rumors
iPod A/V, Tiger and New iBooks

MacGadget.de is reporting that Apple may update the iBooks this Tuesday. While my sources are saying that the iBooks and PowerBooks will be updated soon, they have not heard a specific date. They could also not rule out a Tuesday release.

Apple traditionally releases updates on Tuesdays to maximize press time. It would not be a stretch to beleive that Apple is going to release the new iBooks in line with the opening of the EDUCAUSE Conference in Denver Colorado, October 19th.

A number of sites have reported that Amazon.com has "let the cat out of the bag" on the release date of Tiger. Amazon reported a release date of March 31, 2005 for Apple's Latest OS but has since relisted the OS as discontinued.

iPod A/V
As I reported in June of 2004, Apple appears to be readying the iPod A/V for launch. Many rumor sites have picked up this story and are reporting that it will be compatible with iPhoto for users to carry their photo libraries in their iPod. My sources still contend that the iPod A/V is being designed to allow users to download full length Music Videos and hopefully feature length films for viewing on the 2" color LCD or through the A/V ports on a Television.

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20041012 - OS X 10.3.6 Soon

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PowerBook G5 and OS X 10.3.3b7F34

MacNews.net.tc is reporting on the latest OS X 10.3.3 build 7F34 as well as the rumored G5 PowerBooks. While the PowerBook rumors have yet to be confirmed by any reliable source, it is believed the new G4 from Motorola will be used to upgrade the iBooks and the PowerBooks will get the 970FX. This makes sense to me being that both will offer extended battery life due to the power scaling offered in both processors.

As for OS X 10.3.3b7F34, MacNews gives some information on the some of the updates and new features. Some of those features are;

  • Network Volumes now available on the desktop and in finder windows
  • FileSharing and Directory Service Enhancements
  • Improvements in Postscript and USB printing
  • Improved font management
  • Updates to DVD Player, Image Capture, Mail and Safari
  • Additional Firewire, USB and USB 2.0 support
  • New ATI and NVidia graphics drivers
  • Improved compatibility for third party applications

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