Apple may be prepping new MacBook Pro, iMac models for 1H 2011 release

By on December 16, 2010 at 11:42 AM.

Apple may be prepping new MacBook Pro, iMac models for 1H 2011 release

In a new report Thursday, DigiTimes claims that Apple is working on upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models that will launch in the first half of 2011. The report cites “sources from upstream component makers” in suggesting Apple has at least four refreshed MacBook Pro models on tap, which will have slightly updated chasis designs. It also states that the company will release an iMac model with a new display size and a lower price point. The new computers will be manufactured by Foxconn and Quanta, and DigiTimes’ sources estimate 2011 Apple notebook shipments to be in the range of 13 to 14 million units. More →

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SEC investigates legality of ‘channel checks’

By on November 24, 2010 at 9:22 AM.

SEC investigates legality of ‘channel checks’

Some analysts could soon find themselves in hot water as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into the legality of “channel checks.” Channel checks refer to the practice whereby analysts contact inside sources at manufacturing companies in order to glean inside information. This information often has a tendency to move the market, of course, but the SEC is now trying to determine whether or not the practice should be legal. “Insider trading basically comes down to where you know or ought to know that the person from whom you’re getting this information has a duty to someone else to keep it confidential,” former SEC commissioner Paul Atkins told The Wall Street Journal. “If you go in and pay the mail clerk to give you special information, that’s not proper.” Beyond just the analysts involved, the SEC is also investigating “expert networks,” which get paid to connect investors with inside sources. More →

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