If it was Steve Jobs' intention to take the wind out of Macworld's sails, he's done a pretty good job.
"Expectations are low," wrote Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster in a note to clients early Tuesday, one week before the first Macworld Expo keynote since 1997 that won't be delivered by Apple's charismatic CEO. "No significant new products are expected."
"Fairly modest" is how Kaufmann Bros.' Shaw Wu described investor expectations for the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 30, 2008 12:08 PM ET
AT&T (T) on Saturday began offering refurbished iPhones for the lowest price yet seen in the United States:
$99 for a black 8GB iPhone 3G (refurbished)
$199 for a black 16 GB iPhone 3G (refurbished)
The price points are not entirely unexpected. For several weeks before Christmas, Apple (AAPL) blogs were buzzing with rumors that Wal-Mart (WMT) would be selling a new version of Apple's iPhone at the magical $99 price.
But it was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 27, 2008 10:11 AM ET
Wal-Mart confirmed Friday what everyone who follows Apple already knew: that it will begin selling Apple's iPhone 3G at nearly 2,500 Wal-Mart stores starting Sunday Dec. 28 -- three days after Christmas.
Wal-Mart will sell the red-hot mobile device for $197 for the 8GB model and $297 for the 16GB model, or $2 off their current prices. There had been rumors that Wal-Mart would sell a $99 iPhone. (See Anatomy of a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 26, 2008 10:31 AM ET
The momentum has shifted in the battle for smartphone supremacy, according to the results of a ChangeWave survey of 3,803 cell phone owners released Monday.
Measured by market share, Apple's (AAPL) iPhone continues what research director Paul Carton characterizes as "explosive growth." Apple's slice of the consumer smartphone market is now 23%, having grown 6 points since September and more than doubled since the introduction of the iPhone 3G in June.
Research MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 22, 2008 5:08 PM ET
Apple (AAPL) may have dropped nearly 7% on the news that Steve Jobs is blowing off Macworld, but according to Bullish Cross' Andy Zaky, investors should be happy he did.
In an unpublished analysis of the company's last four major press events -- starting with Macworld 2008 and ending with October's Spotlight on Notebooks -- Zaky documents a pattern that's become increasingly self-destructive.
"All of Apple's media events," he writes, "are MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 18, 2008 6:38 PM ET
TBR's Ezra Gottheil issued a remarkably detailed description Tuesday afternoon of the "inexpensive mobile device" he believes Apple (AAPL) will announce at MacWorld on Jan. 6 for delivery mid-year.
"It will come in two sizes," he writes, "one much like the MacBook Air and one similar to a netbook, with the smaller unit priced at $599."
Almost as if he had seen the specs, Gottheil ticks off the benefits the new device MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 16, 2008 2:46 PM ET
How does Apple plan to sell large quantities of iPods this holiday season in a depressed market already saturated with MP3 players?
By repositioning them as high-end game machines.
That's the message coming through loud and clear from Cupertino, not only in those ubiquitous TV ads proclaiming the iPod touch "the funnest iPod ever," but in a series of public pronouncements from executives usually content to let Apple's products speak for themselves.
Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2008 4:07 PM ET
Apple's iPhone is the star in a series of charts published Tuesday by Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf.
The first is a quarter-by-quarter snapshot of the worldwide smartphone market that shows a sharp uptick in Apple's (AAPL) share set against the downward drift of its major competitors -- Nokia's (NOK) Symbian, RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile.
The second chart shows the same data without Symbian -- which lets MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 2, 2008 5:08 PM ET
The British Advertising Standards Authority is nothing if not literal-minded -- which may be why Apple ads that hew closely to Steve Jobs' standards of truth in advertising keep running into trouble in the United Kingdom.
Last summer the Authority banned an Apple TV ad with a voiceover that said "all the parts of the Internet are on the iPhone." Objection: there are many parts of the Internet requiring Flash and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2008 8:47 AM ET
Now that Apple (AAPL) has shipped its 10 millionth iPhone this year -- outselling Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry for the quarter, according to Steve Jobs, and climbing to the No. 3 spot in cell phone revenues worldwide, after Nokia (NOK) and Samsung -- this might be a good time to revisit MacDailyNews' collection the dumbest things people have said about the device over the past two years.
"Apple is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 22, 2008 9:04 AM ET
|Don't fight it. Bitcoin has a bright future|
|Teen millionaire helping Yahoo become cool again|
|"The Hobbit" dispute sparks lawsuit|
|Five things you didn't know about Bernie Madoff's epic scam|
|Stocks falter as budget deal raises taper risk|