Shortages of iMacs and Mac Pros signaled long overdue product updates
[UPDATE: Apple, as expected, released new iMacs and Mac Pros Tuesday. The iMacs start at $1,199. The Pros start at $2,499 and can be configured with up to 12 processing cores. Press releases, with specs, here and here.
There's also a new $999 27-inch Cinema Display (specs) and a $69 wireless multi-touch trackpad accessory for desktop Macs.
Last -- and least MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 27, 2010 8:16 AM ET
The pressure is on Apple's CEO to surprise and amaze the tech world on Monday
"You won't be disappointed," wrote Steve Jobs a few weeks ago in one of his cryptic -- and increasingly frequent -- e-mail pronouncements.
This one was in response to a fan concerned that Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference, which Jobs will kick off with a keynote address, had been upstaged by Google's (GOOG) I/O conference a few MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 5, 2010 5:23 PM ET
January was a slow month for Apple (AAPL) -- even slower than Wall Street thought it was going to be.
Mac unit sales were down 6% compared with last January, according to NPD data released Tuesday. iPod sales fared even worse, down 14% year to year.
The Street was expecting Mac sales to be off by only 4% and iPod sales off 11%, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.
In a report to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 17, 2009 5:25 PM ET
What's up with the MacBook Air?
The road warrior's favorite Apple (AAPL) notebook, pulled with great fanfare from an interoffice envelope by Steve Jobs at Macworld 2008, is being steeply discounted this weekend, on the eve of Macworld 2009.
The entry level machine (1.6 GHz, 2GB) is still listed on the Apple Store at its original price -- albeit with a 50% larger hard drive and a new graphics chipset. But if MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 4, 2009 11:14 AM ET
Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray's top Apple (AAPL) analyst, published one of his trademark "unanswered questions" reports early Tuesday morning. You can read the full text -- with all 12 questions and answers -- at AppleInsider here. Or you can read the bullet points:
A netbook in 2009. Although Steve Jobs has said the company "doesn't do cheap," Munster thinks Apple could do well this year with a 11" MacBook Air priced MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 25, 2008 1:38 PM ET
Japan continues to be "our most challenging major market," Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer told analysts last month during the company's fiscal fourth quarter earnings conference call.
That may be, but one of the numbers that jumps out of the Form 10-K that the company filed with the SEC on Wednesday is 39% -- the percentage Apple's net sales grew in Japan last year.
What makes that number remarkable is that it follows MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 5, 2008 5:14 PM ET
With only hours to go before Apple (AAPL) unveils its new lineup of MacBooks, the rumor sites have been working overtime, trying to make sense of blurry spy photos and purloined price lists.
But on Tuesday morning, Daring Fireball's John Gruber -- a blogger with particularly good sources in Cupertino -- cut through the fog and offered some clarity.
According to Gruber's remarkably detailed report:
The photo here of a MacBook Pro, which MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2008 8:51 AM ET
In a report to clients Thursday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster added some meat to the bare-bones invitation Apple sent out a couple hours earlier. (See here and here.)
The most important news, according to Munster, is that Apple for the first time since it discontinued the iBook will be offering its premium notebook computers below the psychologically-important $1,000 barrier. Specifically:
Higher quality, lower-priced MacBooks. Munster expects the new MacBooks, which currently sell MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 9, 2008 2:13 PM ET
With this year's iPhone and iPod updates behind them, Apple watchers have shifted their attention to the products that matter most to the company's bottom line: the MacBook and the increasingly long-in-the-tooth MacBook Pro.
Steve Jobs likes to refer to the Mac as one of the three legs of Apple's stool (the iPod and iPhone being the other two). But that makes for a pretty tippy stool; Macs represent more than MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 18, 2008 1:51 PM ET
The biggest mystery to come out of Apple's Q3 earnings conference call Monday -- besides the state of Steve Jobs' health -- was the "future product transition" that CFO Peter Oppenheimer mentioned as one of the three reasons he expects the company's gross margins to fall from 34.1% to 31.5% over the next three months.
For a company that doesn't talk about future products, Apple spent a lot of time Monday talking MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 22, 2008 7:44 AM ET
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