Week in Review - 10/06/03-10/10/03
10/06/03-10/10/03 Apple News

Apple is expected to debut iTunes for Windows at a special event next Thursday, October 16, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. "The year's biggest music story is about to get even bigger," Apple said in an invitation sent out to select journalists. Apple has continually said that iTunes and its Music Store would be available to Windows users by the end of the year.

Apple this week announced that Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther," the next major release of the company's operating system, will be available on Friday, October 24, beginning at 8:00 p.m. for US$129 at all Apple Stores and Apple resellers. Apple says Panther "delivers more than 150 breakthrough new features including a completely new Finder that provides one-click access to a user's favorite files and folders; Expose, a revolutionary new way to instantly see all open windows at once; and iChat AV, a complete desktop video conferencing solution for business, education and consumers." The company also announced that Mac OS X Server "Panther" would be released at the same time.

As part of its "Mac OS X Up-To-Date" program, Apple is offering purchasers of new Macintosh systems (on or after October 8, 2003) and owners of Power Mac G5s (regardless of date of purchase) the ability to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" for $19.95. The program ends on December 26, 2003 -- further details are available from Apple's site.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Apple and Dell are both going after a $156 million laptop order for Michigan's schools. The deal will involve 130,000 laptops for every sixth-grade student in the state -- and that's just for the first year. Representatives from Dell and Apple have visited the state to try and woo educational leaders. "Apple probably has the edge, based on the much-publicized success it has had with the nation's two most-watched educational experiments with wireless laptops," the newspaper says. (Henrico County, Virginia and the state of Maine.) The decision on which company to select will be made in November, with the first districts getting their laptops in time for the January semester to start.

Apple plans to open a new retail store at the North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia, according to the mall's Web site. This will be the second Apple Store in the state -- in May 2002, a store was opened in Atlanta at the Lenox Square Mall. In addition, Apple will open a new store at the La Encantada shopping center in Tucson, Arizona, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Rock bands Thursday and Thrice, will perform on Wednesday evening, October 15th at the Apple retail stores in New York City and Santa Monica, California, respectively. Thursday will take the stage at the Apple Store SoHo in New York City at 7:00 p.m. ET, and Thrice will open up at the Apple Store Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica at 7:00 p.m. PT. Both events will be videotaped, and the content will be streamed in Quicktime and available from Apple's site. In addition, an iPod digital music player will be given away at each event.

Apple began airing a new television commercial that features the concept of the popular print campaign, but brings the medium alive with motion. The ad features black silhouettes with iPods dancing in front of vibrant colors to "Hey Mama" by the Black Eyed Peas. It concludes with: "iPod" then "Mac or PC" and finally the Apple logo. It was spotted during NBC's "The West Wing."