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Apple Pulls Antivirus Support Page Over Widespread Confusion

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Following a veritable upheaval of disbelief across the web surrounding Apple’s recommendation of utilizing various antivirus applications on Macs, that as it turned out had been present on Apple’s website for over a year’s time, has now apparently been pulled possibly due to the common lack of understanding.

The Apple support document in question [...]

Apple Store Munich Opening December 10th, Bavarian iPod Patterns

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

According to a translated page from German website heise online Apple is opening their first official Retail Store in Munich, Germany. A temporarily scheduled performance pointed to December 10th as the opening date, only to be later removed.

As you can see, the diagonal blue ipod pattern very closely resembles the Bavarian flag.
As Macenstein notes, the [...]

Analysts Maintain Strong Buy Ratings for Apple (AAPL) Stock

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Apple stock (AAPL) has seen its most significant growth this month following JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s lifted profit estimates for 2009 and 2010 attributed to accelerating notebook sales.

Bloomberg reports that San Francisco-based JPMorgan analyst, Mark Moskowitz, has noted that Apple’s opportunity to increase their notebook market share is something that “warrants increased attention.”  He then [...]

Is An $800 Macbook Close Enough, Or Does It Need to Be Multi-touch?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

A long rumored product that many people have been demanding, is a low priced Apple netbook or tablet pc. While Apple hasn’t exactly delivered this product, analysts are saying that an $800 Macbook could be sold as part of an aggressive Black Friday sale. Could those holding out for that $800 netbook finally be swayed [...]

Callers Prefer Apple’s Customer Service Above All Else

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Apple’s customer service has outclassed offerings from their competitors based on data released by VocaLabs.

VocaLabs is the company that gets hired by other companies to call customers after they’ve been helped by representatives and ask them how it went. They ask all of the typical questions such as, “were we helpful?” and “did you [...]

V-MODA Beats Apple to the Punch With Vibe II In-Ear Headphones

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Beating Apple to the punch, V-Moda has uncovered their long-await Vibe II in-ear headphones, with in-line microphone. Users who have been waiting for Apple’s premium headphones, might want to give these a look first.

Although priced at nearly $60 more than Apple’s unreleased in-ear headphones, the V-MODA Vibe II’s are a follow up to the well [...]

Apple Tops 9% Market Share, Outperforms PC Market (Again)

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Proving analysts were right about Apple’s cushy market position, the Cupertino tech firm continues to increase its market share, closing in at 9%, ranking third in the US market.

According to recent data from Gartner, Apple has posted an around 30 percent increase in market share over third quarter sales numbers from the previous year holding [...]

Apple’s Notebook Family Price-Points Have Analysts in a Tizzy

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Apple has released an entirely new family of notebooks today, as well as a revamped LED Cinema Display. Instead of reducing prices to soften the friction towards a hurting economy, Apple has decided to remain steadfast in their approach of adding new features and better performance while keeping price points intact.

In the face of completely [...]

Analyst: Slumping Economy Leads to Trimmed Mac Sale Estimates

Friday, September 12th, 2008

American Technology Research analyst, Shaw Wu, maintains that even Apple is susceptible to downturn due in part to the severe economic situation, as he has cut his December and March quarters as well as 2009 revenue and EPS estimates.

Wu notes that while September quarter Mac sales could potentially remain healthy due to the school season [...]

Memo to Apple: Let’s Keep those “Special Events” Coming

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

A recent article by Yahoo tech writer Christopher Null titled “Memo to Apple: Enough with the “special events,” reveals one man’s struggle to deal with Apple’s media consuming, hype inducing “special events” when releasing a new product.

Apparently Null is under the impression that members of the media, acolytes, and VIPs had been forced [...]

Apple Snags 8% of Home Notebook Market Share, Fourth Place

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

According to a survey recently done by research firm MetaFacts, Apple has snagged the number four spot among the home notebook market.

The research firm reports that Apple’s market share is increasingly driven by its “success at attracting younger, more highly educates, and higher-income households, as well as the self-employed.” Metafacts conducted a survey of [...]

Microsoft to Replicate Apple Genius Program

Friday, September 5th, 2008

If imitation is the highest form of flattery then Apple should be blushing right about now.

Microsoft has recently stated that their latest marketing campaign will include expertly trained in-store personnel. The company’s GM of corporate communications, Tom Pilla, has stated that the Microsoft representatives, dubbed “Microsoft Gurus,” will provide support and answer customer questions, [...]

Orange Comes Clean About Implementing Artificial Network Limitations

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

French mobile carrier, Orange, has admitted to capping 3G networks and will reportedly raise download speeds after extensive outcry from frustrated iPhone users.

Orange has since been feeling the pressure from enraged customers who had tested and compared download speeds on iPhon.fr’s forums. Users had found that iPhones on Germany’s T-Mobile network, which had subsequently [...]

Weak Consumer Spending? Try Telling That to Apple

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Despite the economic downturn, the National Post is reporting that Apple is attracting potential buyers like never before.

In a recent article, the National Post cites that in a recent survey of 4,400 people between August 4th and August 12th, conducted by RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave Research, 34% of participants claimed they plan to purchase [...]