Mac sales to stay strong; more 3G iPhone rumors; Amazon No. 2

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Planned purchases of Macs should buck a drop in computer spending created by a poor economy, according to a new study. Meanwhile, Digg's chief now claims to have additional evidence of a 3G iPhone, Amazon's music store is catching up to iTunes, ASUS' Eee PC has gained multi-touch, and Apple has updated a security fix for Aperture users.



ChangeWave sees Apple untouched by economic slump



If a client survey accurately reflects buying habits, Apple will have little to fear from a downturn in the US economy, according to new data collected by ChangeWave Research.



The analyst group notes that the percentage of respondents looking to buy a Mac has only dropped slightly from all-time highs set in January, with 31 percent of notebook purchasers (down 2 percent) and 28 percent of prospective desktop buyers (down 1 percent) intending to pick up a Mac.



Apple also continued to rate the highest for satisfaction among ChangeWave customers, with 53 percent saying they are "very satisfied" with Mac OS X Leopard compared to next-best Linux at 44 percent. Just 8 percent of Windows Vista Business said the same of their software.



Digg head claims more knowledge of 3G iPhone



In a terse message through the micro-messaging service Twitter, Digg founder Kevin Rose on Wednesday claimed to have received more information about a 3G-capable iPhone from a purportedly high-level vice president at a company that does business with Apple.



In contrast to his original source, which gave only a vague release window and mentioned video conferencing, the new contact narrows that timeframe to June and further suggests that the device will have some form of GPS navigation.



Again, Rose has had an inconsistent record with rumors but obtained legitimate information regarding the first-generation iPod nano just before its launch. The news also follows comments by a Gartner analyst who on Wednesday was reportedly aware of orders for 10 million 3G iPhones as well as past analysis predicting an upgraded phone by mid-year.



Amazon MP3 takes number two spot behind iTunes



Although it's been an option only since September, Amazon MP3 is now in second place behind iTunes in the US for downloadable music sales, USA Today says.



No independent explanation for the jump is available, though Amazon digital music chief Pete Baltaxe points to a larger DRM-free library of 4.5 million songs that allows all its music to work with any portable player, including iPods.



"They appreciate that everything is DRM-free and so comprehensive," Baltaxe claims.



In contrast, Apple has only 2 million unrestricted songs and only obtains major-label music from EMI versus additional support from Sony BMG, Universal and Warner at Amazon.



ASUS second after Apple to offer multi-touch trackpads



Apple's early, near-exclusive access to multi-touch technology in notebook trackpads may have already come to an end, according to one FCC filing.



The user manual for a variant of ASUS' upcoming Eee PC 900 points to "multi-finger gestures" that allow the miniature portable to both scroll with two fingers -- a staple of Apple's portable line since late-model PowerBook G4s in 2005 -- as well as to make pinching motions to zoom in or out while using certain Linux programs, including Adobe's PDF reader and OpenOffice. Until the revelation, Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were the only computers known to offer this last feature.



ASUS has said it will release the new Eee PC during April and will make it available in the US.



Security Update 2008-002 1.1



Apple on Wednesday issued a fix for Security Update 2008-002 to address a specific software problem.



Valid only for Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 (Client, Server), the patch mends reliability problems when using Aperture 2.0's "Printer Settings" button.



No changes to security have been made along with the fix, the company says.
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  • Reply 1 of 43
    merdheadmerdhead Posts: 587member
    A June announcement makes sense, otherwise they'd have to announce it next month for a June delivery. OLED screens are stunning, but a bit risky. I could see Apple doing it though, especially if they wanted to position the 3G phone as premium product. Front camera is par for the course in 3G phones. GPS is a no brainier. A bit more flash (32G) a couple of hundred dollars over the current price and you've got something I can see Apple flogging. I can see them having the same high end/low end division in their phones like their other machines.
  • Reply 2 of 43
    I Plan to buy a Mac mini in the future, just waiting for that rumored upgrade to do that. Meanwhile our office just bought 3 Mac Pros and are planning on 5 More
  • Reply 3 of 43
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,569member
    Funny with the record labels and promoting Amazon (at the expenese of Apple). Amazon will likely become the number 3 distributor in the US for music after Walmart and Apple. This might move Apple out of a position of power in negotiations with the label on digital downloads, but for all sales avenues Apple keeps becoming more significant in their role.
  • Reply 4 of 43
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,581member
    Starting to really think hard about dropping T-mo for at&t if this iPhone rumor pans out...
  • Reply 5 of 43
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    I don't believe nor really care about the video conferencing technology on a phone.



    I would imagine the GPS functionality will be Assisted GPS. Most of the work is done on servers which can be faster and more reliable. This saves battery life and extra equipment in the phone itself.



    From what I'm reading OLED is ready for use its just more expensive than LCD.
  • Reply 6 of 43
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    I suspect Asus's Linux pinch-zoom works more like Safari text-sizing: the pinch is interpreted as a single command. As opposed to the live, full-motion interactivity of photo sizing in iPhoto, Finder and Preview, and on the iPhone and iPod touch.



    That's how it sounds to me--hard to be sure though.
  • Reply 7 of 43
    igxqrrligxqrrl Posts: 105member
    No surprise about Amazon catching up. I've stopped using the iTunes store for music. The web-based store-front at Amazon is more intuitive to me, the prices are lower, and the selection is as good or better. Not to mention the lack of DRM. The great integration with iTunes is also nice.
  • Reply 8 of 43
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    Originally Posted by igxqrrl View Post


    No surprise about Amazon catching up. I've stopped using the iTunes store for music. The web-based store-front at Amazon is more intuitive to me, the prices are lower, and the selection is as good or better. Not to mention the lack of DRM. The great integration with iTunes is also nice.



    Disagree about the web interface, but I agree otherwise. I'd easily pay a slight premium for Amazon because it's all DRM-free, so that a lot of what I'm looking for is the same or cheaper than iTMS locked material is just a great bonus.



    Amazon MP3 Downloader is easy and seamless as far as iTunes integration goes - never understood how people could manage to whine about it.
  • Reply 9 of 43
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Amazon MP3 takes number two spot behind iTunes



    Although it's been an option only since September, Amazon MP3 is now in second place behind iTunes in the US for downloadable music sales, USA Today says.



    No independent explanation for the jump is available, though Amazon digital music chief Pete Baltaxe points to a larger DRM-free library of 4.5 million songs that allows all its music to work with any portable player, including iPods.



    Has any of the stupid reporters at USA Today realised that Amazon had a HUUUGE music giveaway with Pepsi and that pushed the number of the songs downloaded from Amazon? duh!



    You would assume reporters would go and do some kind of research or something...
  • Reply 10 of 43
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    Has any of the stupid reporters at USA Today realised that Amazon had a HUUUGE music giveaway with Pepsi and that pushed the number of the songs downloaded from Amazon? duh!



    You would assume reporters would go and do some kind of research or something...



    Which is totally different from those few years when Apple had a HUUUGE music giveaway with Pepsi and that pushed the number of the songs downloaded from iTunes in what way?
  • Reply 11 of 43
    19841984 Posts: 955member
    Sony, Universal and Warner all balked at the idea of DRM-free music when Apple suggested it yet now sell DRM-free music on Amazon and go out of their way not to offer it on iTunes. What's up with that?
  • Reply 12 of 43
    Just for the record, the 3G iPhone is hardly a rumor. Steve Jobs stated there was going to be 3G support in the future during the very first unveiling of the original iPhone. He also said they would roll out iPhone in Asia in 2008. It's pretty easy to connect the dots.
  • Reply 13 of 43
    Amazon should be climbing up in the rankings since they are giving away free songs through pepsi.

    I wish it was DEW instead....
  • Reply 14 of 43
    mimicmimic Posts: 72member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by igxqrrl View Post


    No surprise about Amazon catching up. I've stopped using the iTunes store for music. The web-based store-front at Amazon is more intuitive to me, the prices are lower, and the selection is as good or better. Not to mention the lack of DRM. The great integration with iTunes is also nice.



    Agree except for the interface. Now if they only could offer high quality Music Videos and Movie Buy/Rentals
  • Reply 15 of 43
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JoeyGee View Post


    Has any of the stupid reporters at USA Today realised that Amazon had a HUUUGE music giveaway with Pepsi and that pushed the number of the songs downloaded from Amazon? duh!



    You would assume reporters would go and do some kind of research or something...



    And Apple gives away 2-3 free songs every week on iTunes (at least on the U.S. store) for whoever wants them...should about even the playing field as far as giveaways go. If Apple counts these songs as "purchases," a good portion of ITunes music "sales" could easily be free songs.
  • Reply 16 of 43
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,716member
    Kevin Rose is so busy getting "additional information" that he prolly didn't notice Digg has been down all afternoon.
  • Reply 17 of 43
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    Originally Posted by caliminius View Post


    And Apple gives away 2-3 free songs every week on iTunes (at least on the U.S. store) for whoever wants them...should about even the playing field as far as giveaways go. If Apple counts these songs as "purchases," a good portion of ITunes music "sales" could easily be free songs.



    Hey Caliminius...

    I don't think the free downloads are accounted for, but free tokens (which count as sales ARE counted in) and do you know how many songs were given away through PEPSI-AMAZON.. just do a google search and have a look yourself.. it's 1 billion songs!!! (1,000,000,000)
  • Reply 18 of 43
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,946member
    Is the Pepsi Amazon promotion really that significant? I was barely aware of it myself. I think I've seen an ad, and had seen the points on the Pepsi box but it still didn't register with me. Don't promotions take half a dozen exposures before it's effective on most people?
  • Reply 19 of 43
    michaelbmichaelb Posts: 242member
    I like the idea of DRM-free music as much as anyone, but I feel bad that the record industry is artificially giving Amazon an advantage by withholding DRM-free music from iTunes.



    It strikes me as anti-competitive to cause an organization to lose market share by not allowing it to sell the same product as another. That is what the record companies are doing to iTunes.
  • Reply 20 of 43
    dentondenton Posts: 725member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by michaelb View Post


    It strikes me as anti-competitive to cause an organization to lose market share by not allowing it to sell the same product as another. That is what the record companies are doing to iTunes.



    Apple is not playing nice with the record companies; Amazon is.
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