Apple racked up impressive numbers for its fourth financial quarter of 2008 – $7.9 billion in revenue and $1.14 billion in profit – but that’s only half of the story – literally. Those numbers nearly double when you account for iPhone revenue received, which we explain this week. Also in this issue, Joe Kissell celebrates the release of Mail Act-On 2, Jeff Carlson suggests a way to import video from a FireWire-equipped camcorder to the new MacBook that no longer includes FireWire, Glenn Fleishman notes the release of Google’s Android code as open source, and Adam weighs in on rumors of a tablet-sized device from Apple and looks at the new Google Earth for iPhone. In Take Control news, we announce the release of Joe’s new ebook, “Take Control of MobileMe.” And in this week’s TidBITS Watchlist we note the releases of iPhoto 7.1.5, BBEdit 9.0.2, Lightroom 2.1, Adobe Camera Raw 5.1, DiscLabel 5.3, Cocktail 4.2, AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004, Aperture 2.1.2, InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update, InCopy 5.0.4 Update, and Suitcase Fusion 2.0.
Science fiction is here today! Examine the world from your iPhone with the free Google Earth.
Do a couple of comments from Steve Jobs during a rare appearance on Apple's earnings call, coupled with some odd log entries discovered by a search engine, imply that we'll see a tablet-sized iPod soon? Adam regretfully thinks not.
The new MacBook no longer includes a FireWire port, which is bad news for owners for MiniDV and HDV camcorders that connect to a computer via FireWire (or i.Link). Here's a possible workaround for getting your footage onto Apple's consumer notebook.
Adam will be entirely offline on November 2nd while hanging out with 40,000 other runners in New York City, racing his first marathon. Follow along online if you like, or if you're in New York, come watch and cheer.
Apple posted a profit of $1.14 billion on revenue of $7.9 billion during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008 thanks to increased sales of Macs, iPods, and especially iPhones.
The day before the first smartphone using Android ships, the alliance behind the operating system put the full source code under open-source licensing.
Indev's Mail Act-On has long been a popular add-on to Apple Mail, allowing users to move or copy messages (or apply more complex rules) with a couple of keystrokes. The just-released version 2, a complete rewrite, features better performance, a truly delightful interface, and some exciting extra features that will thrill die-hard Mail users. It's like LaunchBar for your email!
Now that Apple's MobileMe service has settled down enough that it's possible to write a coherent book about it, we're pleased to announce the release of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of MobileMe," a 112-page ebook that explains all of MobileMe's features.
Notable software releases this week include iPhoto 7.1.5, BBEdit 9.0.2, Lightroom 2.1, Adobe Camera Raw 5.1, DiscLabel 5.3, Cocktail 4.2, AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004, Aperture 2.1.2, InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update, InCopy 5.0.4 Update, and Suitcase Fusion 2.0.
In this week's discussions, readers explore third-party solutions for improving Apple's Mail application, troubleshoot a problem with Mail icons disappearing, track down Word 2008's elusive autocorrect dictionary, examine rumors of a tablet-sized Mac or iPod, and grapple with importing video from a camcorder to the new MacBook.