Tag - Milestone
What we don't understand is how historians can be so certain about events that happened centuries ago: it is remarkably hard to be precise about details of Apple's history over just the last 40 years. Throughout this anniversary year -- Apple is 40, and MacNN is celebrating its 20th anniversary -- we're slicing the decades week by week. Every single week has proved to be packed with tumultuous failures, huge successes, key people, and not-so-key products. Yet just as we found with January, there are also hugely important milestones that cannot be pinned down to a day or a week.
Apple is surely one of the most scrutinized companies in American business history, and that's only going to increase this year as it celebrates its fourth decade. We'll be marking the major milestones throughout 2016, but MacNN is also going through the whole 40 years to find the bigger picture by examining the smaller slices week by week -- and month by month.
Despite missing the analyst consensus targets for both revenue and iPhone sales in Q1, as reported earlier Apple set all-time records in almost all areas of its business; it just didn't grow as much as Wall Street had anticipated, and the news about next quarter is genuinely tough, with a significant year-over-year drop in iPhone sales, the first for the company since it introduced the product nine years ago. Despite the various troubles Apple is dealing with even amidst record revenues, there were several bright spots that got overlooked, including an important milestone in the history of Apple: one billion active devices.
A sighting in Best Buy's inventory system has put a narrower release date on the Motorola Droid 3. It lists the Verizon-tailored phone as being in stores on July 14, fitting in with Verizon's preference for Thursday launches. Droid Attic's view put it one week later than a commonly talked-about July 7 date.
Motorola's Droid 3 was given an effective full reveal through the launch of its international version in China. Called "the third Milestone" or the XT883, the Android 2.3 headliner is Motorola's first dual-core slider and uses a TI OMAP4430 chip underneath. Veteran owners get genuine functional upgrades with a four-inch, 540x960 display and a fifth keyboard row with dedicated number keys.
Motorola's Milestone 3 -- the international adaptation of the Droid 3 -- has already been reviewed ahead of an official unveiling. The China-based site Xda.cm reportedly obtained the handset, confirming a number of specs such as a four-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel primary camera, VGA front-facing camera, and an HDMI output.
Screenshots of Windows 8 Milestone 1 have surfaced on the web. The very early build of the new OS, build 7850, does not hint at any departure from the current interface design seen in Windows 7. However, cosmetic tweaks are unlikely to appear at this early juncture, with changes to Windows 7 as it is reshaped into Windows 8 likely to be under the hood. For those who are adventurous, however, BetaArchive has posted a link to where the Milestone 1 build can be accessed.
Alltel has announced that it is now shipping four Android handsets: LG's Axis, Samsung's Gem, HTC's Merge and Motorola's Milestone X. Both the Merge and Milestone X, which is better known as the Droid X on Verizon, represent the high-end smartphones equipped with Android 2.2. The Gem and Axis arrive as midrange devices, which have been available since the beginning of the year.
Apple's device orders are so heavy that it's already asking suppliers for orders as distant as early 2011, assemblers and chipset makers said on Monday. iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook demand is strong enough that Apple is scheduling orders into next year. The contacts didn't give Digitimes numbers or to say which models were the most affected.
After a teaser video briefly appeared on YouTube yesterday, Motorola has now unveiled the Milestone 2, a GSM version of the Droid 2. As expected, the Milestone 2 packs a 1Ghz OMAP processor, 512MB of RAM and connects to the web through HSPA-based 3G or 802.11n Wi-Fi. Taking full advantage of its Android 2.2 OS, the device will also act as a 3G mobile hotspot, supporting up to five other Wi-Fi devices. Additional connectivity includes DLNA media sharing and Bluetooth 2.1.