Stories by Jim Dalrymple

MacBook battery patch issued

Apple has released an update for its MacBook and MacBook Pro line of notebooks, addressing an issue with battery performance recently discovered by the company.

Visualhub update support backs Apple TV

Media conversion utility Visualhub has been updated adding support for Apple TV conversions. According to the developer, high definition video can be converted for the Apple TV up to 10 times faster than Quicktime Pro. On a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo, a two-hour 720p movie can be converted in about five hours. Obviously, the faster your system, the better performance you will see. The utility also does full resolution encodes of DVDs. Visualhub 1.2.3 is a free update to registered users and costs US$23.32 for new users.

Apple TV starts shipping

Several readers and a staffer of Macworld say they received notification from Apple on Tuesday that the Apple TV is now shipping. While delivery times vary, most units are expected to be delivered by the end of the week.

Apple releases iTunes 7.1.1

Apple on Friday released an update for iTunes, bringing the most current version to 7.1.1. According to notes provided with the update, iTunes 7.1.1 addresses a stability issue and minor compatibility problems in iTunes 7.1.

MacDrive 7 offers Vista compatibilty

Mediafour on Tuesday released <a href="http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/">MacDrive 7</a> , a new version of the company's cross-platform file-sharing utility. Among the new features is compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista and the ability to analyze and repair Mac disks.

Apple ships 802.11n base station and software enabler

Ahead of its own February ship date, Apple on Tuesday began shipping its <a href="http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/01/09/airport/index.php">recently introduced 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station</a> . The company has also released a software enabler that will allow most Intel Macs to use the new technology.

Apple's low score in Greenpeace report

Environmental group Greenpeace issued the first quarterly update on the technology industry's performance on environmental issues this week. While the group recognised many companies are improving, Apple does not appear to be among them -- Apple remains in last place.

Red iPods for Africa

Oprah Winfrey and U2 frontman Bono took away any surprise of Apple's new iPod announcement as the pair went shopping today in Chicago and purchased 10 new red iPod Nanos. Of course, Apple doesn't have a red Nano yet, but according to the Chicago Tribune a red Nano will be introduced this week -- at this point in the week, that must be Friday.

Apple keeps customers happy

Apple is among the top-rated technology companies for customer satisfaction, according to a new report released by research firm Satmetrix Systems.

Adobe: why we wooed Macromedia

On Monday Adobe revealed its intent to purchase rival Macromedia for an estimated US$3.4 billion. Adobe said that together, the two companies will meet a wider set of customer needs and have a significantly greater opportunity to grow into new markets, particularly in the mobile and enterprise segments.

Apple's Tiger to roar on April 29

Apple has announced the ship date for its next generation operating system, Mac OS X Tiger. The operating system, which the company says includes hundreds of enhancements, will be available to customers beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 29, 2005, at special events held at the company's retail locations and authorized retailers. Pre-orders for Tiger are being taken today at the online Apple Store -- Tiger will cost US$129.

Analysts fear longer than expected G5 delays

ANALYSTS from Prudential Equity Group and UBS have warned over the past two days that longer than expected G5 delays from IBM is the near-term &quot;key risk&quot; for Apple Computer. Both firms are concerned the delays could be longer than originally expected.