We’re back from Macworld Expo with a huge issue that feels larger than Apple’s diminutive new Mac mini and iPod shuffle, both of which we cover inside. This issue also details iWork ’05 and iLife ’05; Adam’s thoughts about how Apple is finally going on the offensive; and our traditional collection of the best, the brightest, and the coolest products at Macworld Expo. If that’s not enough good news, check out Apple’s record-setting quarterly profit!
Apple Posts Highest Ever First Quarter Profit -- Fresh on the heels of its Macworld Expo product announcements, Apple released its first quarter results for fiscal year 2005, with CEO Steve Jobs boasting the "highest quarterly revenue and net income in Apple's history." The quarter ending 25-Dec-04 gave the company a net profit of $295 million, compared to a net profit of $63 million in the first quarter a year ago
There has long been an air of the 97-pound weakling in Apple Computer; the sense that no matter how well-designed, reliable, and downright elegant the company's products, an ill-mannered beefer like Dell would come along to kick sand in Apple's face
The latest Macintosh, the Mac mini, is hardly bigger than the CDs and DVDs that it plays, but its size is as remarkable as its tiny price: either $500 or $600, based on processor speed and hard disk storage
In his Macworld Expo keynote address, Steve Jobs announced the long-rumored newest member of the iPod family: a flash memory-based version of the iPod called the iPod shuffle.
Flash memory is analogous to RAM; the advantage is that there are no moving parts, unlike a regular iPod that contains a hard drive and is subject to skipping if shaken (and to expensive damage if dropped), making the regular iPod a poor candidate for jogging and other vigorous exercise
At last week's Macworld Expo keynote address, Steve Jobs unveiled a new version of iLife, its suite of media creativity tools, and replaced the venerable AppleWorks with iWork '05, a new productivity suite that includes Pages, a new word processor/page layout application, and Keynote 2, the latest version of Apple's presentation software
Once you get past Apple's new hardware and software, the next question at Macworld Expo becomes, "What's cool?" Here are several things that caught our eyes, tickled our fancies, or otherwise made us go back for a second look.
Get Stuck on Gooball -- I've been known to get lost in a good video game from time to time, particularly first-person shooters that allow me to become fully immersed in the game's environment
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New version of Graphing Calculator -- Last week's article on the re-emergence of Graphic Calculator brings up other math applications (2 messages)
New iDVD 5 -- Can the just-announced iDVD 5 support burning to third-party DVD burners? No, but with an important caveat