Tag Archive for ‘Barron’s’

AMD’s Graphics, Marketing, and Strategy Executives Leave Company ➝

It’s never a good sign when three high-level executives leave the company at the same time. I remember when I thought of AMD as the most interesting company in technology. Today, I don’t even know the names of their flagship products.

Steve Ballmer Rumored to Appear at WWDC ➝

Eric Savitz reporting for Barron’s:

Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research, contends that 7 minutes of the June 7 keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been blocked off for a presentation by Microsoft (MSFT) to talk about Visual Studio 2010, the company’s suite of development tools. Chowdhry says the new version of VS will allow developers to write native applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS. And here’s the kicker: he thinks Microsoft’s presentation could be given by none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

It’s natural to be a little surprised by the idea of Steve Ballmer coming on stage during an Apple keynote. But, if you keep in mind that Microsoft is a software company, it isn’t as crazy as you may have initially thought. Apple is trying to develop a platform and they want more developers supporting their platform than the alternatives. Expanding their developer base to developers who don’t own a Mac would be huge.

There are three thoughts in my mind that keeps me from believing this rumor, though. First, I’m not sure Apple wants developers who run Windows to build applications for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Second, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for Microsoft to support a competitor’s software platform just a few months before Windows Phone 7 phones start hitting stores. And third, Apple has been opposed to third-party development tools — they don’t want another company to have any control over their platform.

Wedge Partners Claims Apple is Redesigning the iMac and MacBook ➝

Eric Savitz of Barron’s reports on a note from Wedge Parters predicting new iMacs and MacBooks “in the next several weeks.”

They say that the iMac will get a “thinner, organic design, likely with smoothed or rounded edges.”

Wedge also expects “new, lower price points.”

AppleInsider had published rumors in early August regarding iMacs with “compelling new features,” in late August saying that a MacBook redesign was in the works, and in late June claiming that we would see lower cost iMacs this fall.

It’s hard to say whether or not Wedge Partners has any information that we don’t already know. I believe AppleInsider has a credible sources but it is entirely possible that Wedge Partners is basing their assertion on AppleInsider’s reports.

Previously:
8/29/09:
MacBook Redesign in the Works
8/8/09: Upcoming iMacs to Release with ‘Compelling New Features’
6/30/09: Cheaper iMacs May Be Coming This Fall

Update 9/30/09: Updated iMac and Mac mini Coming in October

Update 10/20/09: Mac mini with OS X Server and Multi-Touch Trackpad for Desktop Macs

Update 10/20/09: Apple Updates MacBook with LED-Backlight, Glass Trackpad, 7 Hour Battery

Update 10/20/09: Apple Unveils New iMac with 21.5 and 27-inch 16:9 Displays