JANUARY – Apple CEO Steve Jobs pledged that every Mac would be transitioned to the Intel processor by end of 2006. That promised was followed by the unveiling of the Intel-powered iMac and the announcement that PowerBook replacement, the MacBook Pro, would ship in February. Apple’s UK-born designer extraordinaire Jonathan Ive was awarded a CBE, and Apple opened its sixth UK store. At the end of the month Jobs agreed to sell Pixar to Disney for $7.4 billion
FEBRUARY – A 1GB iPod nano launched in early February and shortly after Apple began shipping the MacBook Pro. The end of the month saw an Intel-powered Mac mini and the iPod HiFi launched. Apple also announced that one billion songs had been bought from the iTunes store since it opened three years previously. Apple also became the number supplier to the Western European education market.
MARCH - Apple was obliged provide a volume limit for iPods after experts warned of hearing risks. Final Cut Studio 5.1 shipped, a competition to get Windows XP running on an Intel Mac was won, and Quark revealed a new logo after criticisms that its previous new logo resembled that of the Scottish Arts Council.
APRIL – Apple’s 30th birthday on 1 April passed without note, and then just days later it surprised all with the release of Boot Camp beta software for installing Windows XP on a Mac. The 17-inch MacBook Pro was introduced. Apple won its court dispute with the Beatles label Apple Corps over the use of the Apple logo in association with the iTunes Store.
MAY - QuarkXPress 7 was released, but not as a Universal binary. Adobe offered a preview of Creative Suite 3. The 13-inch Intel-powered MacBook shipped and Final Cut Express HD 3.5 launched. Nike and Apple teamed up to create the "Nike+iPod". Apple and Creative filed lawsuits against each other claiming patent infringement.
JUNE- Apple admitted that it had uncovered stock option irregularities and faced being delisted from the stock exchange. A report in the Mail on Sunday claimed that iPod factory workers in China are underpaid and overworked. And Apple was forced to stop selling Airport Base Stations, eMacs and iSight cameras in Europe after June 30 because of RHoS. But it wasn’t all bad news. A new release of Shake saw massive price cuts and the company revealed plans to open three new UK stores.
Read what happened in the next six months tomorrow.