What a day for Apple investors. The stock started off strong today on a lot of pre-market buying, despite news that Amazon will finally start competing on sales of DRM-free music.
Apple has refreshed its MacBook line of laptops, but unfortunately the new machines are already looking a bit out of date.
Apple's announcement came a week after Intel's introduction of the "Santa Rosa" update to Centrino -- but the platform isn't included in the new MacBooks. Santa Rosa replaces the existing Centrino Duo platform and splits it in two: Centrino Duo for standard laptops and Centrino Pro for business gear.
When Apple's Leopard was recently delayed until October, the reason given was that the iPhone was taking up more time and resources than expected, but with the "borrowed engineers" from the Mac OS X team the iPhone would at least still make its June launch target. The press picked it up and ran with it like a well-trained dog, or perhaps more succinctly, an innocent but ignorant puppy.
For years before Apple announced the Apple TV, I?d been clamoring for just such a device. On the day Apple finally announced its Mac-based media center (then code-named the iTV), I said I would buy one as soon as I could. And true to my word, I was typing in my credit card number at Apple.com as soon as Apple started accepting pre-orders last January. So now that the Apple TV is here (see ?Apple TV:Ready for Prime Time?? page 48), after all those years of clamoring and all those months of waiting for my order to ship, here?s what I think.
Updates to Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, expected to arrive within the next month, now appear ready to be unveiled sooner rather than later, sources report. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday, sources say, although both models may not be introduced in tandem. Apple last updated the MacBook Pro to Core 2 Duo processors in late October 2006 and announced a similar upgrade for the MacBook line in early 2006.