April 2, 2012

Apple To Announce Plans For $100 Billion Stockpile Of Cash, Shareholder Dividends?

Apple To Announce Plans For $  100 Billion Stockpile Of Cash, Shareholder Dividends?

$ 100 billion in cash? Time to make it rain.

Apple has issued a press release announcing a conference call it will be holding tomorrow morning to discuss the “outcome of the Company’s discussions concerning its cash balance.” In case you didn’t know, Apple is sitting on nearly $ 100 billion in cash, making it the most valuable company in the world.

The call will be hosted by Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, on March 19th at 6:00 A.M. PDT/9:00 A.M. EDT. Could AAPL shareholders finally receive dividends?

As of January 2012, Apple has $ 97.6 billion in cash and no debt. The company’s continued success has caused its stock to teeter at $ 600 per share, and its market cap is currently valued at $ 546 billion. Not too shabby for a company that was started in a garage.

Apple has repeatedly declined to comment on its plans for its cash reserves and liquid assets, with executives stating that the company won’t let the money “burn a hole in our pocket.” Shareholders haven’t received a cash dividend since 1995, and many have been clamoring for one since AAPL stock started skyrocketing.

Apple could buy a lot of things. Whether it announces a large acquisition (we find that unlikely), shareholder dividends, or another surprise, stay tuned to Cult of Mac for coverage tomorrow.

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Apple hosting conference call on March 19 to discuss cash balance

Apple issued a press release today (Sunday, March 18) saying that CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will host a conference call bright and early on Monday, March 19 to “announce the outcome of the Company’s discussions concerning its cash balance.”

The call should be of particular interest to shareholders, who could possibly hear of a dividend payment. The press release also notes that “Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash.”

To listen in on the call, which begins at 6 AM PDT / 9 AM EDT, a webcast is available here. The rebroadcast of the call will be available for approximately two weeks afterwards.



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Apple hosting conference call on March 19 to discuss cash balance

Apple issued a press release today (Sunday, March 18) saying that CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will host a conference call bright and early on Monday, March 19 to “announce the outcome of the Company’s discussions concerning its cash balance.”

The call should be of particular interest to shareholders, who could possibly hear of a dividend payment. The press release also notes that “Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash.”

To listen in on the call, which begins at 6 AM PDT / 9 AM EDT, a webcast is available here. The rebroadcast of the call will be available for approximately two weeks afterwards.



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Apple to host conference call Monday to discuss its $100B cash balance

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 06:05 PM EST (03:05 PM PST)
Apple will host a conference call on Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern, 6 a.m. Pacific to discuss what it plans to do with its $ 100 billion cash balance.

The company issued a press release at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday evening to announce the conference call less than 24 hours in advance. The call will feature Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer.

On the call, the company “will announce the outcome of (its) discussions concerning its cash balance.” The press release also said that Apple would not provide an update on its current quarter, nor would it discuss any topics other than cash.

Last quarter, Apple’s cash hoard grew to nearly $ 100 billion, prompting a great deal of discussion among investors and analysts. Executives at Apple simply said that they were “actively discussing” what to do with the money.

Last month, at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, investors again questioned Cook about what Apple planned to do with its cash hoard, with some of them pushing for a cash dividend. But Cook wouldn’t commit to any such plans and instead repeated his comments that Apple executives were thinking “very deeply” about what to do with its money.

With its cash, Apple has continued to make strategic investments to bolster its supply chain and also enhance its current product offerings, as it did with the $ 50 million purchase of App Store search engine Chomp revealed last month.

AppleInsider will have full live coverage of Apple’s conference call when it takes place on Monday morning.

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Single-core A5 CPU in new 1080p Apple TV doubles RAM to 512MB

By Sam Oliver

Published: 05:27 PM EST (02:27 PM PST)
A teardown of the new 1080p-capable Apple TV has found that its single-core A5 processor features the same 8 gigabytes of memory, but doubles the RAM of its predecessor to 512 megabytes.

The new Apple TV features a custom-built A5 processor that, unlike the A5 CPU found in the iPhone 4S or iPad 2, features only a single processing core, instead of two. But while Apple removed one of the cores from the CPU, it left the RAM at 512 megabytes, according to a teardown of the device conducted by XBMC community member “aicjofs” (via MacRumors).

The RAM in the new Apple TV is built by Hynix, and is believed to be the same memory utilized in the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

While the RAM has been given an upgrade, the internal flash memory, which is used to cache video files when they are streamed, remains static at 8 gigabytes.

The updated set-top box is also said to feature a second antenna that its predecessor did not have. Its exact purpose is unknown, but it was suggested that the antenna could be to improve Wi-Fi connectivity and speed.

The previous Apple TV, which was capable of outputting 720p high-definition video, ran on the A4 processor that is found in the iPhone 4 and first-generation iPad. The previous Apple TV featured 256 megabytes of RAM.

Meanwhile, the new iPad features a unique A5X CPU that has even more RAM, with a gigabyte of onboard memory. The dual-core CPU also features a new quad-core embedded graphics processor that gives the new iPad even greater graphical capabilities.

Together, the new iPad can stream 1080p high-definition video over AirPlay to the new Apple TV, allowing users to watch high-quality content on their HDTV.

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Talkcast tonight, 10pm ET: New iPads, theatrical revelations, and special guest Christina Warren

The green beer taps may have run dry, but that’s no cause for despair: the TUAW Talkcast is here to soothe your headache and recommend you take it easier next year.

Tonight, of course, we want to talk about the new iPad — so if you’ve got one, come on over and flaunt it! We’ll also review Friday’s bombshell announcement from Ira Glass and This American Life that the show has retracted its January episode featuring excerpts from monologuist Mike Daisey’s Apple-centric show. Several of the more dramatic stories included in the show turn out to be of questionable veracity.

We’re also pleased to welcome a special guest this week, our friend and former TUAW contributor Christina Warren, now covering the entertainment world over at Mashable. Let me just say it right now: you all are not ready for this. Brace yourselves.

Your calls and questions help us make the show the best it can be. To participate on TalkShoe, you can use the browser-only client, the embedded Facebook app, or download the classic TalkShoe Pro Java client; however, for maximum fun, you should call in. For the web UI, just click the Talkshoe Web button on our profile page at 4 HI/7 PDT/10 pm EDT Sunday. To call in on regular phone or VoIP lines (yay for free cellphone weekend minutes!): dial (724) 444-7444 and enter our talkcast ID, 45077 — during the call, you can request to talk by keying in *8.

If you’ve got a headset or microphone handy (you know those headphones that came with your iPhone?), you can connect via the free Zoiper, X-Lite or Blink SIP clients; basic instructions are here. Talk to you tonight!



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Using Verizon Personal Hotspot on your new iPad: the basic setup

One of the nice features about getting the Verizon edition of the new iPad is that you get the Personal Hotspot feature free with any data plan. Not familiar with the concept of a Personal Hotspot? It’s the way to use your iPad as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, sharing your 3G or 4G connection with up to 5 other people. After I had my Verizon data plan set up, I found it perplexing that the Personal Hotspot button in Settings wasn’t visible. There’s a simple trick to try that will make the button appear if it doesn’t show up automatically in Settings.

Normally, once you sign up for a Verizon data plan the Personal Hotspot button appears in the Settings sidebar as you see in the image at the top of this post. For me, it still hadn’t shown up after 36 hours of waiting. The trick to making it magically appear was to go into Settings, tap General, and then tap Network. At the top of this panel is the Personal Hotspot button, which can be toggled on with a tap. Strangely enough, just opening the Network panel also made the Personal Hotspot button in the Settings sidebar visible.

Now, to turn on the Personal Hotspot, tap the button and a Personal Hotspot settings panel appears. Before you do anything else, you may wish to change the Wi-Fi password that is provided by default to something that’s more memorable. To do so, tap on Wi-Fi Password (see screenshot below) and enter your new password, then tap Done.

When you’re ready to share your Wi-Fi connection, tap the On button to toggle the Personal Hotspot on. You can also connect to the Personal Hotspot through Bluetooth or a USB cable.

For me, having Personal Hotspot as part of my Verizon data plan is going to save me money. Right now, it’s an add-on on my AT&T iPhone data plan — I’ll be able to cancel that add-on and save a few bucks.



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This is not our review of the new iPad

There are lots of reviews of the new iPad. Lots and lots. My review? In deeply abbreviated form, here it is:

The screen is amazing. You must see it before you make up your mind. It’s pretty much every superlative people have thrown at it, aside from the glare and brightness all of these suffer from in direct sunlight. Everything else is nearly the same as the iPad 2, save slightly more weight and thickness, but if you’re going from an iPad 1 to the new one (as I did), you won’t be bothered a bit — you’re still saving weight and thickness over the first-gen.

Charging takes forever; it’s a big mother of a battery in there, capacity-wise. 4G is flipping awesome, I watch my bandwidth like I used to count my minutes on AOL. The graphics are insane in terms of fluidity; Infinity Blade 2 wasn’t as detailed as a PS3, but the polygons and texturing in such a small device are getting close fast. Battery life is great in my limited usage so far. Fingerprint magnet, as always.

I don’t care for the more recessed power button versus the topmost button on the iPad 1. The camera is just like my 4S: gorgeous stills and video, and that makes photo and video apps fun to use, unlike my 4S. FaceTime on this screen is really some Jetsons-age business (but that’s not new). Everything is zippy, and I feel like using gestures more often. I’m guessing the additional RAM is why apps aren’t crashing left and right.

If you have a first generation iPad, update. If you have an iPad 2, you’re probably fine unless you feel you need the better screen or 4G. I chose the Verizon 32 GB model because I wanted plenty of room for apps and I wanted to use it as a hotspot. Still the best tablet available at any price. Five stars.

Rather than add another thousand words to the review pile, let’s spend some time looking at why the iPad matters and where Apple may be going with it. I suggest Apple is working towards the invisible computer, towards a seamless integration of technology and humanity, and the iPad is one of the last abstractions of technology between man and computer. Think of it as a battery-powered window to the future…

The Magic of Faking Reality

The haptic screen rumor that hit the wires just before the new iPad was unveiled was just the sort of crazy tidbit that kicks things up to the next level in the preamble to any major Apple announcement. But it made sense because it’s an evolutionary step towards the goal of “invisible” computers — or, computers which aren’t called computers at all.

Why did we want to believe the haptic rumor? When I look back, it seems ridiculously gimmicky — for now. But a lot of crazy things are bandied about before an iPad announcement. The one we all knew had to be true was the Retina display screen, and it not only makes a big difference, it does an incredible job (as Apple nearly always does) of transitioning us from the less-than-real to the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-real. That’s why the first iPad was called “magical” and that’s why this iPad is just called iPad, while Tim Cook said Apple is revolutionizing the category it created. It’s also why the transition to Retina on the iPad works so well. And again, the iPad is just one slab of metal and glass between us and pervasive technology.

Something that has surprised me is how good even very old apps look on the new iPad. Apple has made some stunning technology transitions. From classic Mac OS to OS X, from PowerPC to Intel chips, from beige boxes to leading the way in design — so it’s no real surprise that the transition from one resolution to another would be handled well. iOS developers also have the example of the iPhone 4′s Retina transition to work from. But I was struck by the display, and I think it speaks to the future where Apple will continue to work towards duplicating reality as much as possible.

Speaking of reality, as I said before, sometimes Apple uses familiar design cues, and sometimes it reinvents them. Take the “no home button” weirdness that swirled around Apple’s invitation. Add to this the Apple TV iteration and people wound up declaring a voice-enabled iPad HDTV Apple Docking Coffee Table was on the way.

Here’s my point: Apple called the new iPad just “iPad” for a reason: it is everything, and it is nothing. If you were nonplussed by the design, or even “let down” that it was slightly heavier or thicker, you were missing the point. You really missed the point if you think the Retina display was a disappointment. Apple will sell a ton of these for the same reason samurai warriors went to a very few guys for their swords — because they did it exactly right. The iPad continues a relentless pursuit towards the creation of the perfect tablet, the tabula rasa, or even the Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. Either way, in the end the technology disappears. The iPad is the invisible computer, or at least a step on the way.

Apple likes to use skeuomorphic, “realistically rendered” design for apps like GarageBand and your contacts, notes and calendar. Not everyone enjoys this look (some really hate it) because the apps are, like Siri, merely an abstracted simulation of reality — and a leaky abstraction at that. Where the apps abandon real world models (iMovie or iPhoto as examples) they help make complex tasks simple by making interfaces work for the user.

Haptics will happen on Apple devices, but only when the technology creates a seamless experience, from buttons to sliders to knobs or feathers. I wrote this entire analysis/slash review on the new iPad, but I’m reminded of the old 40-column text word processor I used on my Apple II. You knew that was a computer. Despite using a Bluetooth keyboard, this new iPad feels so much less like a “computer” and more like a “word machine” or even just a quiet, brilliant typewriter.

Does the Retina Display help? Yes it does, quite a bit. On the iPad 1, I could still see pixels, which reminded me of that old phosphorescent monitor. The new iPad merely presents the letters. I’m using Byword to write, so all I see are words and a word count. It’s lovely. It no longer feels appropriate to compare this to a “computer,” it’s more like an appliance — which was the point all along.

A Computer for the Rest of Us

There’s a spot in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs where, just before the Macintosh launched, Steve pulls out a prototype of a laptop using a folio, and shows it to the Mac team. “This is the computer we’ll be making some day,” he tells them. Of course the MacBook Air is basically what that turned out to be, but if you look at someone using a small folio case with keyboard and an iPad… That sure seems aligned with Steve’s vision.

More than that, the iPad’s interface, “pictures under glass” that it may be, is such a powerful illusion that the original was called “magical” but I would say the new iPad is truly magical. Interfaces look real. We wanted to believe in haptics because it makes sense to take the illusion further. As an aspiring magician myself, the struggle is to perfect an illusion in a way that what you are saying you are doing is exactly what you appear to be doing (even if it isn’t).

In the case of an iPad, turning a knob in GarageBand is a somewhat less than satisfactory experience versus doing the same thing in real life. There’s no click, no force feedback in your fingers, etc. Simulating this on as elegant a machine as an iPad, as of today, would be clunky. So I’m glad they didn’t go gimmicky. But the tech will advance, and we’ll keep seeing ever more magical things.

These advances will be iterations, logical and relentless and wonderful. That’s the type of company and culture that exists at Apple, despite the issues people write about (us included). If people talk about the spark being gone from Apple, I would suggest that while it may have lost its greatest showman, his genius lives on in the form of the ethos and passion behind every Apple product. The climbing stock price and sales numbers are good evidence of this.

You Say You Want a Resolution

I sort of chuckle when Tim Cook says that the iPhone and iPad’s success has startled them. That’s true, of course, because the transformation of consumer electronics has been sweeping. Going to CES for just a couple of years has shown me how rapidly the uptake in “pictures under glass” has become. I mean, before the iPhone, look at what Engadget was excited about at CES back in 2005! So yes, the adoption rate of touchscreen devices by consumers has been shocking. How fortuitous that Apple dropped “computer” from the company name before the iPad!

Let’s revisit the Pepper Pad from that dark CES many years ago. Can you imagine normal people using that as we use iPads? Of course not. It reeks of computer. It declares, “I am for people who may be inclined to read manuals, and I require a learning curve and many settings.”

Now, there’s something to be said for not catering to the lowest common denominator if you want to make beautiful things. I have been guilty of thinking some people are just too dumb to be allowed to use an iPhone, for example. But when Apple dropped “computer” from its title, it was prescient for so many reasons. The company has allowed itself to become transformed by a revolution we all knew was coming; the integration of technology into our society, not as a compartmentalized, specialized job track or skill set, but a pervasive use of technology to augment our minds and bodies to do amazing things. The iPad, remember, is made to disappear.

Some might say that our better and better machines are like the wings of Icarus, but I like Steve’s description of “bicycles for the mind.” And once you step out of the “computer” paradigm, anything is possible. We’re starting the post-PC era not just because we have new ways of synchronizing, hosting or sharing our data. We’re starting the post-PC era because “personal computers” no longer necessarily need to be traditional “computers” — they merely need to be personal.

Cloud aside: On my new iPad I’m experimenting with a hybrid cloud approach. I don’t yet use iTunes Match (hundreds of mashups won’t match anything), so I’m only using my 13″ MacBook Air for iTunes music sync. Everything else is via iCloud or WiFi sync (apps, mostly). The biggest pain point thus far has just been waiting to download apps on my miserable Internet connection at home (my ISP is AT&T). I am careful not to download dozens of large apps on Verizon’s 4G because it’ll blow through that data cap in a hurry. So far it’s worked well, however, as I avoid many of the weird and annoying iTunes sync issues I have had with numerous other iDevices going all the way back to my monochrome iPods.

Resolutionary

The iPad, especially the new iPad, with a screen that will make you believe anything is real within its borders, is Apple’s next step towards the future, where devices merely work to assist us, and specialized knowledge is only needed in the field where one works. In other words, the tools get out of the way.

We’ve seen patents for haptics, 3D, advanced image and motion sensing and lots of other great ideas. I think what we can expect going forward is a refining of the tools we use, and a natural evolution of the product lines. The Apple TV of the future, for example, will be revolutionary, perhaps, but not so much in raw technology as in implementation. The new iPad is not revolutionary so much in raw technology (the screen, made by Apple’s phone rival Samsung, will soon be incorporated by others) as it is in implementation. From old apps holding up well to new apps looking incredible, Apple has moved the game further down the road without being beholden to the past or leaving its customers too far behind. Eventually the screen won’t be the point because the screen will be everywhere.

Apple doesn’t have to build a car or a refrigerator. Manufacturers already have incentives to make their devices compatible, and they have. What I look forward to is a deepening of the ecosystem, perhaps even widening it a bit, and a continuing investment in materials science, software and hardware engineering, and more. Apple’s influence goes beyond its own ecosystem, clearly impacting the consumer electronics industry, education, research, design, manufacturing and more. Look for more of that in the future as well.

The iPad represents the future direction of technology, I believe, more so than any other Apple product available. It is the high-tech made simple, potent and distilled into a simple slab of metal and glass, designed to become the tool you need when you need it. If you’re wondering what Apple will do next, just look at what it continues to do each year and add a little magic once in a while when it knocks our socks off with a real revolution.

The iPad may someday give way to wrist-based holographic “eyePads” or add scratch-and-sniff capabilities, but the philosophy behind it will remain. It’s that philosophy that will continue to shape our lives by integrating so seamlessly with them.



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Why You Will Never Need To Upgrade To A New iPad Every Year

Why You Will Never Need To Upgrade To A New iPad Every Year

The most common question I heard after the new iPad launch wasn’t about the retina display, or how I liked the camera. People didn’t ask which games were the best, or how fast it was. The number one thing people wanted to know was whether they should upgrade their iPad 2 to the new iPad. The answer is simple: No, you don’t need the new iPad if you have an iPad 2. But that doesn’t mean the new iPad is a disappointment.

The new iPad is the best tablet on the market by far, but that doesn’t necessitate an upgrade from an iPad 2. Disappointment in the new iPad mostly stems from our warped collective belief that technology should make monumental leaps forward every year. Nothing is more fun than having your mind blown away by a new device or features we never saw coming but it is impossible for any company to blow us away with each product upgrade. Technology doesn’t progress that rapidly, and no amount of magical applesauce will change that.

When the new iPad hit stores people wanted it to make their old iPad 2s obsolete. It didn’t, and so they said the new iPad was disappointing because there wasn’t an overwhelming reason to buy it. People wishing for product obsolescence with every new iPad are being naive. This isn’t the way technology works, and it would piss people off if it was. We would be outraged if our brand new $ 1200 iMacs were rendered obsolete within a year by a newer model, yet for some reason many people seem disappointed that Apple hasn’t enacted planned obsolescence for the iPad. Maybe they would have been happier if they just bought an HP TouchPad to as their first tablet.

Apple has never given us an overwhelming reason to buy the newest iPad, they’ve just added more reasons for us to get any iPad the same way they’ve given us so many reasons to buy a Mac. The “disappointment” surrounding the new iPad seems silly when placed in proper perspective. It is as though people are shouting, “Damn it, my iPad 2 is still really freaking good even though Apple just came out with ‘the new iPad?’ What an utter disappointment!”

The iPad is leading the charge into the Post-PC Revolution. Its destiny is to replace your desktop computers. iPad-buying habits should reflect this changing of the guard but many people do not understand the primary role of the iPad and think it needs to be replaced every year because it looks like an iPhone. The problem is that the iPad is not meant to act like a bigger iPhone. It’s more like a portable iMac. You don’t go out and buy a new iMac each time Apple updates the iMac or MacBook lines do you? Of course not! Most people purchase a main computer and use it for 2-4 years, if not longer. Why should your iPad – the device replacing your desktop – be any different?

Why You Will Never Need To Upgrade To A New iPad Every Year

Over the 14-year lifespan of the iMac, Apple has released 5 different designs. Ports have been changed. Screen sizes were increased a bit. Different materials were used in the frame. But for the most part, an iMac from 2002 looks and functions very similar to the newest iMac in 2012. The major difference between them has been the incremental spec bumps over the years. Each iteration of the iMac was created with the intention that it would be a viable machine for multiple years, not just one. The iPad will be in the same boat and won’t acquire radically new features every year. People complaining that the new iPad is “just a spec bump” fail to see that spec bumps fuel the evolution of technology in between the radical redesigns and feature upgrades that occur about every 3 years.

What features could have been added to the iPad this year so that it would not be a “disappointment?” If Apple had included NFC, glasses-free 3D, Thunderbolt and flexible cases in “the new iPad”, would the iPad 4 need holograms, teleportation and virtual sex for us to be satisfied next year? If you’re disappointed that the new iPad didn’t give you a mind-blowing reason to upgrade from the iPad 2 then you’re going to be continually disappointed with the progression of technology in general. The compulsive need to upgrade to the newest iPad should only come every 2-3 years after all the new incremental spec bumps have slowly turned your old iPad into a legacy device.

Yes, the new iPad is only marginally better than the iPad 2, just like last years iMacs were marginally better than the year before. You shouldn’t feel the need to upgrade, and you never should need to upgrade your iPad every year. The iPad has been magical the entire time, and the iPad you own will continue to stay relevant for 2-3 years. That’s the way it should be. Apple never disappointed us. We just forgot that true nerdgasms are hard to come-by.

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