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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Who's Heading Apple's Direction?

The answer to that question is me! I'm no big wheel in the computer industry, but I am a consumer, A very important part of what keeps Apple doing what they are doing, and going where their vision takes them. These visions are what make things in my computer life eaiser.

Some think that in the process of making things easier for me (the consumer), Apple is making new enemies. Out with the old hardware enemies, in with the software ones. Should software companys worry because Apple is using Intel processors and there is a possiblity That Apple may make software better then a PC counterpart??

Apple so far is riding high. "UBS raised its price target on Apple Computer to $100 from $86 and kept a buy rating on the stock, citing Apple's revenue guidance," Dow Jones reports. Apple shares were up 3.6 percent at $83.74 on the Nasdaq, after rising as high as $84.18 yesterday.

On top of the hardware released, the software made news as well. 10.4.4, iLife '06 with iWeb and Garageband 3 which now can be used as a podcasting tool gives you more of a reason to get a .mac account. iTunes was updated to 6.0.2 with a new feature some see as "a bit of spyware to the iTunes interface." A new feature called the MiniStore. A small window on the bottom of your iTunes main window. (shown below)

Turned on by default, the MiniStore displays iTunes Music Store links to the selected song’s album, others albums by the same artist, and albums purchased by listeners to that song or artist. The store only updates when you select a song, not as playlists play. Also iTunes doesn't continue to send the data when the mini store is hidden. But some still have Sony's fiasco in their minds, so this may be a problem for some. If your one of those I would recommend hiding the ministore. (the button is the first one on the lower right and looks like the button to hide the art work on the lower left).

Also released was a updater for your iPod.
iPod Updater 2006-01-10

iPod Updater 2006-01-10 delivers:
iPod Software 1.1 for iPod
iPod Software 1.1 for iPod nano
iPod Software 1.2.1 for iPod with color display
iPod Software 1.4.1 for iPod mini
iPod Software 3.1.1 for iPod with Click Wheel
For all other iPod models, iPod Updater 2006-01-10 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2005-11-17.
Features of iPod Software 1.1 for iPod, and iPod Software 1.1 for iPod nano:

Support for the iPod Radio Remote
Bug fixes

Changes to iPod Software 1.2.1 for iPod with color display, iPod Software 1.4.1 for iPod mini, and iPod Software 3.1.1 for iPod with Click Wheel:
Bug fixes

Apple is making a lot of changes and some "reporters" and "analysts" want these things to happen in their time frame or when they say Apple should jump. All I can say to them is, get off your high horse. I think Apple has come a long way, and is heading in the right direction. Would I have liked to have seen a duel duel-core 5.0ghz laptop with every bell and whistle? Sure! But I think watching Apple this year will be awesome and will bring some nice surprises.

Their newest iMac Ad brings back that 1984 ad feeling. And that is a step in the right direction.

Other News
Google released Google Earth for the Mac.

Minimum configuration for Mac:
Mac OS X (10.4)
500Mhz
256M RAM
400MB disk space
Network speed: 128Kbits/sec
3D-capable video card with 16Mbytes of VRAM
1024x768, "16-bit High Color" screen

Recommended configuration for Mac:

Mac OS X (10.4)
1.5GHz+
512M RAM
2 GB of free disk space
Network speed: 768 Kbits/sec or better (DSL/Cable)
3D-capable video card with 32 MB of VRAM or greater
1280x1024, "32-bit True Color" screen

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