• Why aren't there more Apples?

    How hard is it to do what Steve Jobs' company does year after year?

    Jason Snell, the editorial director of Macworld the magazine, asked an interesting question on Day 1 of Macworld the tradeshow, which runs through Saturday in San Francisco.

    Why, he asked, aren't there more companies like Apple (AAPL)?

    What he meant by that was companies that build products as simple and elegant as, say, the iPod, that put the needs MORE

    - Jan 27, 2011 7:50 AM ET
  • The Mac mini gets a $100 face lift

    With Tuesday's refresh, Apple's "most affordable Mac" just got less so

    When Apple (AAPL) updates an aging computer, it usually keeps the price the same and bumps up the specs -- increasing processor speed, disk capacity, built-in memory, etc.

    Not this time. The new Mac mini, which quietly popped up on early Tuesday alongside the higher-profile iPhone 4, starts at $699, $100 more than the previous model and $200 more than MORE

    - Jun 15, 2010 7:05 AM ET
  • Apple's 10 biggest problems - update

    One of Apple's most influential pundits zeroes in on what's wrong with the company

    Daring Fireball's John Gruber -- a Drexel University computer major turned professional blogger -- is perhaps the most forceful and articulate defender on the Web of all things Apple (AAPL). He came to Macworld Expo 2010, however, not to praise the company but to probe its vulnerabilities

    He took his task seriously and gave a serious presentation, made MORE

    - Feb 13, 2010 3:16 AM ET
  • Bill Atkinson loves Apple's iPad

    The man who wrote MacPaint plugs his former employer's latest product

    "I think this guy is going to be a real winner," said Bill Atkinson, holding up what looked like an Apple (AAPL) iPad tablet computer before an adoring audience at Macworld Expo.

    It was only a cardboard mock-up, created to show what his latest project -- Bill Atkinson PhotoCard -- would look like on the new device.

    But he had clearly spent MORE

    - Feb 12, 2010 2:10 PM ET
  • Macworld's 11 Best-of-Show winners

    Macworld Expo proves it can attract a crowd -- and some cool technology -- without Apple

    IDG World Expo's publicists declined to issue an attendee count beyond the 30,000 people it claimed had pre-registered for Macworld Expo 2010, the first in 25 years without Apple's (AAPL) support or participation.

    But judging from the bustling crowds on the show floor, in the feature presentations and in the hallways of San Francisco's Moscone North MORE

    - Feb 11, 2010 9:05 PM ET
  • David Pogue Auto-Tunes Macworld

    Who needs Steve Jobs when you can have the song-and-dance man of high-tech?

    David Pogue, Emmy-winning tech columnist, "Missing Manual" millionaire and Broadway composer manqué, pulled out all the stops as he kicked off the first day of Macworld Expo.

    He sang (three of his favorite song parodies, see below). He cracked wise (mocking Steve Ballmer's exuberance, Steve Jobs' absence and the iPad's lack of Flash support). He plugged his latest book MORE

    - Feb 11, 2010 3:16 PM ET
  • Meet the guys behind Pocket God

    Their pygmy-killing iPhone game is the unlikely winner of this year's "Best App Ever" award

    It started as a week-long "sprint project" -- a bit of bare-bones entertainment for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, written as quickly as possible and published last January.

    Within hours, users were complaining on the Internet that the game -- which involved bumping off tiny island dwellers by flicking them into the water or launching them toward the sun, MORE

    - Feb 11, 2010 6:00 AM ET
  • Apple Store back up. No new Macs.

    Apple watchers were hoping for a bigger pre-Macworld announcement

    [UPDATE: The Apple Store is back up with a new version of Aperture but no new MacBooks. Apple's press release introducing Aperture 3, the latest version of its high end photo editing and management software, crossed the wires at 8:30 a.m. ET. ]

    The yellow "We'll be back soon" sign -- the universal signal of an impending product release -- appeared Tuesday morning MORE

    - Feb 9, 2010 7:43 AM ET
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  • 5 things to watch for at Macworld

    Can Apple's premier trade show survive without Apple? We'll find out next week

    There'll be no Steve Jobs keynote, no gigantic Apple booth, and only about half as many exhibitors -- roughly 220 vs. nearly 500 last year, according to Ars Technica.

    But IDG World Expo has determined that the show must go on -- at least for one more year -- and so from Tuesday Feb. 9 to Saturday Feb. 13, MORE

    - Feb 7, 2010 3:52 PM ET
  • Looking back at Apple's fiscal 2009

    Apple's (AAPL) fiscal year, which ends Saturday, finished on a strong note.

    The company won't release its earnings for a few weeks, but shareholders can already see the most visible rewards -- a stock that returned gains of nearly 45% over a 12 month period in which the S&P 500 lost 15%.

    The last eight months were particularly impressive. The stock climbed from a 2-year low of $78.20 a share on Jan. MORE

    - Sep 26, 2009 11:38 AM ET
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