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Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave Of Absence
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking another medical leave of absence.  Apple confirmed the move this morning with an official statement, which we’ve reprinted in full below.

 

Mac App Store Hits One Million Downloads In First Day
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Apple said today that over one million apps have been downloaded from its Mac App Store in the first day.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

 

Steve Jobs Named Financial Times Person of the Year
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got a lot of press for being Time’s Person of the Year, but the Financial Times has someone else in mind. And no, it’s not Juilan Assange. 

Mac App Store Officially Coming January 6

Apple announced that its Mac App Store will officially open on January 6 (a Thursday). With this, Apple hopes to capitalize on the success it’s had with its App store for iPhone and iPad apps for its older Mac brand. 

Right away, the store will be available in 90 countries, and will feature paid and free apps in a variety of categories like Games, Productivity, Education, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, and Utilities. 

Official: The Beatles Now Available Via iTunes
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UPDATE: iTunes has officially been updated and now features The Beatles prominently on the front of the iTunes store, as well as the company homepage. For more information check out The Beatles page on Apple.

The Beatles on iTunes

RIM: Customers Tired of Being Told What to Think by Apple

Apple and Google have become known for taking shots at one another during announcements and presentations. We talked about this at length here. However, Google’s not the only target of Steve Jobs these days. BlackBerry maker RIM was on the receiving end of some other harsh comments from Apple’s CEO this week when the company reported its financial results for the last quarter. 

Steve Jobs Takes Dig At Android, Eric Schmidt
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In between the announcements about iPods, Apple TV, and a music-oriented social network, Apple and Google’s mobile rivalry heated up a little more today.  Steve Jobs, while discussing the success of iOS, also tossed out what was likely a veiled insult at Eric Schmidt and Android.

Apple Announces New iOS, iPods, iTunes, Ping Social Network, Apple TV
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Apple held its big event today, and showed off several things.  At the event, Steve Jobs said that Apple now has 300 retail stores, and will soon open one in Spain making it 11 countries. He said that Apple has shipped 120 million iOS devices, and that there are 230,000 new iOS activations per day. He also said they’ve had 6.5 billion app downloads and get 200 app downloads every second.

The New iOS

Apple Posts Record Quarter at $15.7 Billion

Apple has released its third quarter financial results. This reflects fiscal 2010 third quarter ended June 26, 2010.

The company boasted record revenue of $15.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion. This compares to a year ago, when Apple reported revenue of $9.73 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.83 billion.

Apple Releasing iPad to 9 More Countries on Friday

Apple announced today that the iPad will be available in nine new countries this Friday. These include: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

All models of the iPad will be available through Apple retail stores and through authorized resellers. Currently, the iPad is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

iPhone 4 Owners to Get Free Cases or Refunds
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Apple kicked off today’s press conference by playing a YouTube video of the iPhone antenna song, which can be seen below:

 

Apple To Address iPhone 4 Problems Friday
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Apple is holding a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to address the issues surrounding the iPhone 4 and it antenna problem.

Many users of the iPhone 4 have reported weak reception when it’s held a certain way, leading to it being called the "iPhone 4 death grip."

iPhone 4 Most Successful Product Launch in Apple History
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Apple announced that it has sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4s, as of Saturday, June 26th. It only launched on June 24th.

"This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."

Apple Announces 3 Million iPad Sales in 80 Days
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Apple announced that it has sold three million iPads in the 80 days since its introduction.

"People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. "We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month."

Is Google TV Destined to Fail? Businesses Should Hope Not.
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs thinks Google’s television efforts with Google TV are going to fail. At least that’s the impression he gave earlier in the week, speaking at All Things Digital’s D8 conference when an audience member asked him about TV.

Do you think Google TV is destined to fail, or does its outlook look better than its predecessors? Tell us what you think.

Bing Becomes iPhone Search Option
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Although Steve Ballmer did not, as some outlandish rumors asserted he would, make an appearance at WWDC 2010 today, Steve Jobs did say something important concerning Microsoft’s search engine.  Jobs indicated that Bing will now be an official search option on the iPhone.

Steve Jobs Rattles Off Some Interesting Apple Stats
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Steve Jobs of course unveiled the new iPhone today, and some new iPhone apps were revealed as well. However, between these unveilings, a lot of interesting statistics were rattled off, so here is a round of up of those (via this liveblogged account of the keynote).

Apple Unveils iPhone 4, Shows Off New Features
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Today at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, after the unveiling of apps for Netflix, Farmville and Guitar Hero, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4, just as everyone expected him to.

Features of the device (based on these liveblogged notes from the keynote) include:

Steve Jobs Talks More About Not Supporting Flash
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Steve Jobs starred in the latest episode of the soap opera about Adobe, Apple, and the future of Flash. He appeared at the All Things Digital  D8 Conference, discussing a variety of topics, but of course the subject of Flash came up.

Apple iPad Tops 2 Million In Sales
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Apple said Monday iPad sales have surpassed two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3.

Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past Friday. iPad is set to launch in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

"Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

Apple Unveils New iPad Commercial
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Apple begun airing a new iPad commercial last night entitled "What is iPad?" The new ad is a slight departure from their "normal" advertising. As the name of the ad suggest, Apple asks the very simple question and proceeds to answer it in a very whimsical way…