A pple which started the personal computer revolution in the 1970s is surely enough making a turning point of their role in the Electronic Market. A comeback unlike the ones we have witnessed in the past. More and more of us are seduced by Apple, and we won't be happy until we crunch it. Macintosh fans and die hards have never been as touted by the Cupertino firm ever. Speaking of that, even its address had to have some appeal to it, in fact it is "1 Infinite Loop". Apple is "appley" from ground up, should we say. Stevie on the other side has never been feeling so comfortable in his shoes until the recently launched MacWorld 2006. Him being at top-notch speaker had no trouble at all making a momentum to be remembered for the years coming as a history landmark where Apple Computer, Inc. had finally took off and changed the whole Computing Industry. The Intel re-branding could not have been in a better time for the Mac. Apple could not recreate the computer by itself, had Intel not been in the mix with it, Apple would have been great, but not revolutionary.
An Intel clean-room-suit guy walks out of a cloud of fog with a 12" silicon wafer and says, "Steve, want to report that Intel's ready." Takes off his his helmet -- it's Paul Otellini, Intel CEO. via Engagdet
Jobs has presented just about the greatest quarter ever in the history of Apple. With iPod sales exploding, Apple sold 14 millions iPods last quarter, 32 millions in the year 2005, and about a total of 42 millions iPods sold worldwide since the launch of the original one. The iTunes Music Store is now selling 3 millions songs a day, adding up to a little less that 1 billion songs sold since iTunes was released. These are huge numbers, but ought to be small compared to what is coming up on the way of the Mac. Only Apple could leverage this absolute dominance in the market of portable music players with a share 83%. Phenomenal!
Apple unveiled the first ever Intel powered iMac and a new line of notebooks dubbed MacBook Pro. The magic ship inside is the Intel Core Duo — which is actually two processors (up to 1.83GHz) engineered onto a single chip. Both of these releases will be 2 to 5 times faster than the previous models.
The key difference this time is that you CAN load Windows on the new released Apple's machines.
"That's fine with us. We don't mind," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. "If there are people who love our hardware but are forced to put up with a Windows world, then that's OK." via MSNBC
Some people don't realize how big of a deal this might be. Instead of asking why would somebody want to put Windows on a Mac, the real question is: "why wouldn't someone buy a computer where they can put Windows AND Mac OS X on ?" Apple designs some of the most attractive, stream-lined notebooks and desktop in the planet. I can see no excuses to get a beautiful Mac, if it isn't for the budget compared to the standard Dell. People will be able to run their Windows applications and test out OS X without an additional investment. Being able to dual-boot Windows and OS X would allow people to use a superior OS (OS X) while retaining the ability to run their job-related software (XP) or vice versa. This just saved someone from relying on two computers.
Although I have been a faithful fan of Sony, I can't stop being tempted to triple boot Leopard, Vista, and Debian on the MacBook (or whatever they call it), which is the upcoming replacement of the iBook. Lots of people would like to do something similar. Plus, everyone loves options!
On a different note, Apple's stock has rose about 10% since MacWorld hitting new record heights at $85 for a Market Cap of $71 billions.