Monthly Archives: January 2010

Wild card in Apple’s iPad release dates is FCC approval

While the tech community has become quite familiar with products being unintentionally revealed through a leaked FCC document, Apple appears to have avoided that fate by carefully coordinating their product announcement with the FCC certification process.

In the screenshot below you can see that the bottom of the iPad technical specifications page includes a notice that the device “is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”

iPad FCC Notice

FCC certification for a device can take as long as 8-12 weeks according to Agile test group, a company which provides testing services for new products requiring FCC approval.

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Apple unveils the iPad

The long awaited device will be available in multiple models, both with and without unlocked 3G hardware, and will be available in 60 days for the Wi-Fi models, 90 days for the 3G models. The shipping hardware closely resembles some of the prototypes we’ve seen in the past few months, and exactly matches some leaked photos that turned up just today at a message board on the Chinese site “Weiphone”.

iPad

The device itself is 9.56″ tall, 7.47″ wide, and 0.5″ at its thickest point. Weight is a super-light 1.5lbs for the Wi-Fi model and 1.6lbs for the 3G model.

The entire front face is optical quality, oleophobic glass, just like the iPhone, and features just one single home button on the bottom face, but does include both a volume rocker and a mute button on the side, and the classic power button on the top edge. Read more

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January 27th Apple Event Preview part 3: New “Tablet OS” and iPhone OS

After the “Tablet” itself, one of the most anticipated announcements at today’s Apple Event is that of a new operating system — often called iPhone OS 4.0 by rumormongers, but we’ve heard other names for it — that would power the Tablet and be accompanied by a simpler variant for hand-held iDevices offering parallel new features. Here’s a summary of what we hope to see from Apple’s new system software.

These predictions are based on a combination of public information and reporting from our sources privy to iPhone OS development; they are based on projects we know are in the works for release by this summer at the Worldwide Developer Conference, and can only offer our best guesses until after today’s Event is over as to exactly when they will see public release. Read more

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January 27th Apple Event Preview Part 2: iTunes and Content

Whether or not Apple gives it the version number 10 mentioned in roadmap documents, and whether or not it has all of the features we’ve seen in early betas of iTunes 10, a new release of the company’s content-delivery-and-management software is as much a certainty is anything can be for a rumormonger in the lead-up to such an event with its docket under the ultimate control of such a small handful of people.

Although many of iTunes 10’s features have been clearly targeted at the company’s forthcoming Tablet computer/device, and a stripped-down feature set could be carried over into an interim release of iTunes 9 without compromising much of the functionality relevant to existing Macs/iPhones/iPods, the prevailing consensus on the grapevine seems to be that many ostensibly Tablet-specific features — like “e-reader” content delivery — will be available right away on existing Apple products and Windows PCs. Read more

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January 27th Apple Event Preview Part 1: The Tablet

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you are probably well aware that tomorrow, Wednesday January 27th, Apple is hosting one of its infamous “Events” and the centerpiece will be a tablet-like iDevice which was, coincidentally, just “confirmed” by the CEO of publisher McGraw-Hill on CNBC minutes before this post was sent to the presses.

The big questions are, what will it be like? What sort of tech specs will be under the hood? Based on years of following the Tablet’s development through our sources in Cupertino and backed up by grapevine consensus, here’s what we’re expecting at the heart of tomorrow’s announcements.

First, the bullet point tech specs:

  • 10-inch touchscreen display with one of the highest resolutions ever produced, and almost certainly in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
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It wouldn’t be January without….

….a little fireworks, Cupertino style.

In much of the media, Apple tablet rumors–and even its quarterly financial results–are showing up even more intensely than anything the company has brought to market before. Obviously, that’s saying something. But in those same media, that sentence would more commonly have ended with something more like “the run-up to the Super Bowl.” It’s little secret to most of this site’s readers that for the Mac community, the frantic run-up to an Apple Event makes the circus of a Super Bowl look like a well-mannered sit-down for British tea and crumpets.

Our January 27th Apple Event coverage starts with an overview and some analysis of the quarterly financial results that the company just announced this evening. Read more

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Apple reports record Mac, iPhone sales for Q1 2010

During Apple’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon, the company reported record Mac and iPhone sales during the fiscal 2010 first quarter, and commented a bit about problems with AT&T, and the their relationship with Google.

Compared to the same time last year, revenue is up 50% to 15.68 billion, with a net profit of $3.38 billion, up from $11.88 billion revenue and $2.26 billion net profit during Q1 2009. The company delivered $3.67 per diluted share, up from $2.50 per diluted share a year ago.

In addition, the company also reported selling 8.7 million iPhones during the quarter, a 100% increase year over year, as well as 21 million iPods, and 3.36 million Macs. Sales of the classic iPod models are down, but iPod Touch sales are up 55% compared to the same period a year ago. Read more

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Facebook 3.1 App released, includes Push support


According to the official iPhone App Store page for the Facebook app, the long awaited push notification support has been added. As always you will be asked to approve these notifications on the first launch of the app after the upgrade. Notifications for specific events can be turned on or off in the Facebook area of the standard iPhone settings app.

Support has also been included for syncing your Facebook friends with your iPhone contacts, including the ability to use the photos of your Facebook friends as their contact photo. You will be asked for confirmation before any information is shared between your device and Facebook’s service.

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