Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Apple Releases Java Updates For OS X 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6
Redesigned MacBook Air With Retina Display Coming In The Fall? - Rumor
Don't Fear A TouchScreen MacBook
Apple Now Accounts For 20 Percent Of Domestic Consumer Electronics Sales - NPD
Why Doesn't Anybody Really Copy Apple?
Microsoft Hikes Office for Mac Prices by Roughly 17%
Apple's Growing Traction In The Enterprise Market Should Offset Other Concerns
BYOD Boosts Macs vs. PCs In The Enterprise
Kindle for Mac: Reading In Sync



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Apple Releases Java Updates For OS X 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6

Java for OS X 2013-001

Java for OS X 2013-001 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_41.

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_41 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a webpage, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

Direct download: 63.84 MB:
http://goo.gl/jXPES

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Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_41.

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_41 for Mac OS X v10.6.

On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. You may re-enable Java applets by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a webpage. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.

Direct download: 69.32 MB:
http://goo.gl/QNSnj






Redesigned MacBook Air With Retina Display Coming In The Fall? - Rumor

The Japanese Apple-watcher blog Macotakara relays a report by Taiwan's Economic Daily that Apple will release an updated version of the MacBook Air with a Retina display in the third quarter of 2013.

The report says components for the new Airs are expected to begin shipping to Apple's OEM subcontractors the second quarter of 2013.

Full report (Japanese):
http://www.macotakara.jp/blog/rumor/entry-19258.html

Google machine translation
http://goo.gl/SMuwU






Don't Fear A TouchScreen MacBook

Like your humble Editor, Macworld's John Moltz says he is not enchanted by the concept of a touchscreen MacBook, sharing as he does my aversion to anyone touching my MacBook's screen. Fingerprints and smears: Yuck-a-roozie!

Nevertheless, Moltz conceds that resistance may well be futile at this point, with tablets having created a new imperative for human/computer interaction, and while PC competitiors may have shipped touchscreen laptops first, it was Apple that really started us down this road. He admits that even for him it seems like his MacBook screen should respond when he touches it, and while he still doesn't like people touching his laptop's screen, there are instances where he already wants to perform an action by touch instead of by using the cursor, and he's be surprised if Apple is not working on a touchscreen MacBook.

That said, Moltz also notes that he's used a Microsoft Surface enough to know that adding touch to a desktop operating system isn't a simple thing to execute.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/mohBC






Apple Now Accounts For 20 Percent Of Domestic Consumer Electronics Sales - NPD

For the second year in a row the U.S. consumer technology(*) industry saw a slight decline in overall sales, down 2 percent in 2012 to nearly $143 billion, following a less than 1 percent drop in 2011, according to global information company The NPD Group. Since 2010, consumer technology sales have declined by $4 billion.

"While sales fell in consumer technology for the second consecutive year, there was an uptick in Q4 which is cause for optimism," says Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "After struggles with declining categories, and increasingly saturated markets over the last few years, fourth quarter's results may be the first sign that even as a mature industry consumer technology can grow again, albeit with a very different dynamic than in previous growth spurts.

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The top 5 categories; notebooks, flat-panel TVs, smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers accounted for 53 percent of sales in 2012, up from 49 percent in 2011. Tablets and smartphones were the only two of the top five categories to post growth, and accounted for all the increase in revenue share among the top categories. The rate of revenue decline for PC products accelerated year-over-year as tablet sales started to erode the computer marketplace. TVs remained mired in a cycle of declining prices and weak volume as the strong momentum from the very large screen market was unable to offset stagnant demand.

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"While CE remains a dynamic industry the fact is that the stellar growth of the past few years has made growth today more difficult," says Baker. "Most market segments have high penetration rates and the demand for additional devices is slowing, or declining. Tablets and smartphones have been able to stimulate demand for additional devices, but unfortunately it hasnt been enough, yet, to sustain positive growth trends."

Best Buy, Walmart, Apple, Amazon, and Staples were the top retailers, again, in 2012. Apple is out in front, with just shy of 20 percent of overall sales and mor than double the share of nearest-rival Samsung, with HP, Sony, and Dell filling out the top five brands for the year and accounting for 45 percent of sales up from 42 percent in 2011. Apple and Samsung accounted for $6.5 billion in increased sales in 2012, while the remainder of the consumer technology industry declined by almost $9.5 billion.

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(*)U.S. consumer electronics sales include CE hardware, consumables from NPDs Consumer Tracking Service, video game hardware sales from NPDs Retail Tracking Service, and mobile phones from NPDs Mobile Phone Track.

For more information, visit:
http://www.npd.com/






Why Doesn't Anybody Really Copy Apple?

Asymco's Horace Dediu notes that while Apple's products are the envy of the world, have been spectacularly successful, and are widely imitated, if not copied. Apple releases a product that defines a category or disrupts an industry and it becomes obvious what needs to be built.

But Dediu wonders is why there isn't a desire to copy Apple's product creation process. Why isn't the catalyst for a new category or disruption put forward by another company? More precisely, why isn't there another company that consistently re-defines categories and repeatedly, predictably even, re-defines how technology is used.

Put another way, he asks, "Why is it that everyone wants to copy Apple's products but nobody wants to copy being Apple?"

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/sfFps






Microsoft Hikes Office for Mac Prices by Roughly 17%

DailyTech's Shane McGlaun notes that when it comes to pricing and licensing of Office software these days, Microsoft certainly isn't making any new friends.

This week, attention has been focused on Microsoft imposing a one install on one computer forever licensing restriction on Office 2013, and McGlaun says that they've also raised the price of Office for the Mac by as much as 17% and has stopped selling multi-license bundles for the productivity suite, putting Office for Mac 2011 on the same pricing schedule as Office 2013 for Windows, despite the fact that it is much older software.

With the price hikes, a single-license of Office for Mac Home & Student has jumped from $120 to $140, while Office for Mac Home & Business gets bumped to $220 to $200, and the Home & Student bundle with three licenses for $150 and Home & Business two-license bundle for $250 have now both been discontinued.

McGlaun thinks Microsoft's strategy is to push Mac users into adopting its subscription-model Office 365 alternative.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/ZKyyE






Apple's Growing Traction In The Enterprise Market Should Offset Other Concerns

SeekingAlpha's Carol Kong says that Apple's momentum and future growth opportunities in the enterprise market should keep investors bullish despite the recent decline in share price. Ms. Kong notes that over the past year, uncertainty of BlackBerry's future and the delayed launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system has diminished confidence in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, allowing Apple's iOS to gain traction in the enterprise market for both smartphones and tablets, with Apple evidently becoming a trusted enterprise solution, and recent deals announced of major agencies switching from the BlackBerry platform to Apple's iOS platform.

She observes that as businesses switch to the bring-your-own-device model, security is the top concern in the enterprise market. Apple is being chosen for enterprise solutions over Google Android.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/hKGKP






BYOD Boosts Macs vs. PCs In The Enterprise

Network World's John S. Webster says the emergence of BYOD policies and virtual desktop platforms, plus new integration and management tools, have removed the final barriers to widespread Mac adoption in the enterprise. And while Macs still cost more than PCs, IT shops are looking at the bigger ROI picture and figuring that improvements in employee productivity, reduced help desk costs and better inherent security can offset the higher sticker price.

Webster notes that analysts are predicting that 2013 will be a big year for Macs in the enterprise, citing a Gartner report released in mid-2012, Gartner forecasting that the Mac would see more than 20% year-over-year growth in the business market, while the PC would see about a 5% drop.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/yPJsM






Kindle for Mac: Reading In Sync

MAc.Tuts+'s Conor Turnbull takes a look at the relationship between your Kindle and your Mac and how to keep your library in sync wherever youre reading (whether it be on Kindle hardware or not).

Turnbull notes that one of the big advantages of Amazon's content ecosystem is the range of platforms available for consuming their content. Books purchased through Amazon are not limited to being read on Amazons first-party hardware. On the contrary, free Kindle apps are available for all of your Apple hardware, including your Mac, with the full functionality as if you were reading on a Kindle itself.

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/XEHzz



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