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One BOD member in attendance you didn't note was Art Levinson, CEO of Genentech who is also on the compensation committee. You confused retail commentary as being from Drexler, when it was from Ron Johnson. Aside from the passage of the "pay for play" ammendment being the main news event of the day (many reporters were scribbling notes furiously when talking to the sponsor after the meeting), I agree that the last "ship leaks from the top" comment from Jobs was...
True for Apple, untrue for DVD, which for 720x480 is a 3:2 "frame". 720 is higher resolution than 640, so, for Apple SD, there will still be the knock against it that it is still "sub DVD" quality. Some hoped that Apple SD anamorphic would be just an H.264 version of the MPEG-2 DVD bits at the same rez. Perhaps the Broadcom decoder in the iPods are limited to downsampling 640-wide with PAR, or maybe this is a studio-imposed deal. But for a dollar more, this all changes.
Thanx for the actual data point -- looks like iLounge did a teardown http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/art...entals-part-2/ to find out the rate for the HD version of the Simpson's movie, clocking in at ~ 4.2 Mbps. One disconcerting find over there is that Apple SD is not 720x480 anamorphic, but 640x480, which for a typical 2.35:1 widescreen (853x356) stretches the pixels horizontally by 33%. Yikes, given the rumor that Apple just re-encodes DVDs from MPEG-2...
Slight gaffe -- using 768Kbps, the second case yields 4.87 Mbps (or so), if Apple's examples are to be taken as gospel. What is better is to get a rough official rate from Apple (they still only say 5 Mbps max for 720p), then make a Dashboard widget that combines your actual broadband speed at www.speedtest.net with a real movie duration time. Of course they will say encoding rate will vary with content, but if they would display movie filesize and duration like they do...
This is just about right, I get 4.66-4.75 Mbps using a combination of a progressive download formula and the Apple specs at:http://www.apple.com/appletv/specs.html#movierentals Apple is very cagey to not give the average movie encoding speed directly, and until an HD file is captured in the wild to yield its filesize (whereby speed = movie duration / filesize), we don't have exact figures. Nonetheless, from first principles, since for a progressive ("quick start")...
This does seem mighty strange, since the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 chip internal to the Apple TV can easily do 1920x1200 external with the right drivers. Even ye olde (4 years ancient) Mac PPC G5 tower that contains a stock NVIDIA 5200 did this. If this is true, then it is by dint of Apple's software choice, not due to a limitation of the 7300 graphix. If Apple is taking multimegabit photo resolution (a property of even the most primitive digital camera), then pumping it...
Now that HD rentals are out, Is the bandwidth closer to 3 mbps or 5 mbps, to motivate those who are gauging how much money to give to an ISP for this service. If much higher than 3 mbps, there won't be much instant gratification to be had amongst most DSL users.
Regarding AppleTV content resolution, at Macworld the Apple emps demoed the three resolutions for widescreen at 1280x720p, the current iTunes standard 640x360, and the new resolution for SD rentals -- 720x480 anamorphic, just like DVD, but transcoded to H.264. See the AppleTV specs for the mention of official acceptance of 720x480 anamorphic. 480 vertical lines for SD makes a big difference for the common cinematic 2.35:1 aspect ratio, which presumably were/are shipped...
Yup, and this corporate AT&T/iPhone deal is already happening at a 10,000+ emp company, per:http://www1.investorvillage.com/smbd...sg&mid=3834688
There's resonance power coupling in existing products like the Sonicare toothbrush. For computers, it's been extended byhttp://www.ecoupled.com/ to Herman Miller office furniture:http://www.asteriskvoipnews.com/wire...s_charger.html It's not hard to imagine iPods coupling to other Apple equipment wirelessly for both power and data, though this seems like overkill.
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