We continue to recap on what happened to Apple in 2006. Read what happened in the first six months of the year here.
JULY- More bad news for Apple as it emerged faulty, fire causing, Sony-made batteries could be found in some PowerBooks. The new wireless Mighty Mouse launched and a £639 configuration of the 17-inch iMac was released for education customers. Microsoft confirmed plans to launch iPod rival Zune.
AUGUST- Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference saw the launch of the Mac Pro featuring Quad 64-bit Xeon Processors. The company previewed Mac OS X Leopard and Quark took to the stage to launch the Universal version of QuarkXPress. Google CEO Eric Schmidt joins Apple's board and Apple resolved its patent squabble with Creative by paying it $100 million.
SEPTEMBER- Apple started selling movies in the US via iTunes 7, the rest of us got album art and gapless playback. The 80GB iPod and re-designed iPod nanos went on sale. Apple appeared on stage at Intel’s Developers Forum. Apple revamped its iMac line with the Intel Core 2 Duo chip and released Aperture 1.5 – a major update to the all-in-one post production tool for photographers.
OCTOBER- The MacExpo saw controversy as Greenpeace was ejected from the event. Apple joined the fight against AIDS in Africa with the launch of the red iPod nano. Fred Anderson, retired Apple CFO, resigned from Apple's board of directors, following the stock options scandal. Apple founder Steve Wozniak was in the UK promoting his biography, iWoz. The iPod turned 5 – and it emerged that some iPod videos escaped with a Windows virus.
NOVEMBER- The iPod shuffle went on sale – slightly missing the promised October shipping date. The MacBook gained Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Apple took the number two position in the UK education market. Apple shares hit a new high as rumours of a soon to launch iPhone took hold.
DECEMBER- The Apple Store on London’s Regent Street became Apple’s largest store in the world again after an extension saw it gain almost 10,000 square feet. iPhone rumours continued as the industry began to speculate as to what would be announced at Macworld San Francisco. And Apple bought digital video and audio software publisher, Proximity.