In this week’s edition of News and Rumors, we have very strong evidence that AT&T is about to lose its exclusivity of iPhones in the United States and we’ll also find out a lot more about the new line of MacBook Air notebooks. There’s also some news about the continued fight between Adobe and Apple and we’ll wrap things up with a promotion at PokerStars with trips to the Bahamas on the line.
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.5
Apple sent out a new version of Mac OS X 10.6.5 (Build 10H562) to developers last week, which comes only one week after the last build was disseminated. The latest build continues to have no documented issues and Apple asked developers to focus on testing 3D Graphics, QuickTime, Time Machine, printing, and USB devices. It looks like Apple has been putting on the final touches on a public release in support of iOS 4.2 when it comes out next month.
Analysts See Huge Predictions for MacBook Air
A Chinese analyst is predicting big things for the new line of MacBook Air notebooks, saying that Apple will hit 700,000 unit sales for the quarter. It’s believed that the release of Mac OS X Lion will also boost sales and could be seen as a second machine for many different Mac users.
All New Macs to be Adobe Flash-Free
In a continuing war between Apple and Adobe, it’s been announced that Apple’s new line will ship without support for Adobe’s Flash plug-in pre-installed. This requires users to install the software manually if they wish to view Flash content. Apple spokesman Bill Evans said that the company is transitioning all of its Macs to ship without the Flash plug-in pre-installed.
AT&T Allegedly Preparing for Loss of Exclusivity
Bloomberg is reporting that AT&T is preparing for the loss of exclusivity for the iPhone, which might happen at the end of this year. According to the report, AT&T is retraining its staff on a full line of Android and Windows 7 phone models. AT&T has managed to pull head-to-head with the number of Verizon subscribers thanks to its ability to offer the iPhone exclusively in the United States.
Benchmarks on the New 13” and 11” MacBook Air
Primate Labs published a benchmarking article for the new line of MacBook Air models. The 13” model is faster than any of the previous releases of the same line and trails both of the MacBook Pro 13” models that have 2.66 GHz and 2.4 GHz processors. The MacBook Air 11” sports a 1.4 GHz processor, which ranks below all old Air models and 13” MacBook Pro models.
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Fantasy Promotion
Ever dream of going to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)? The world’s largest online poker site is holding a PCA promotion to get you to the 10-day live poker festival from January 7th to 16th. Poker Stars is holding a promotion dubbed PCA Fantasy to get you a seat into the $10,300 Main Event. There are 180, 90, and 45-man sit and go tournament qualifiers running non-stop. Last year, Main Event winner Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.