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My preference would be for an 8-bay chassis and i'd run RAID-10.    I like media apps like Logic and Final Cut Pro.  I don't want parity striping and  long rebuild times.    Next year i'll be looking at offerings from QNAP, Synology, Thecus and more.   I'm hoping Thunderbolt gets cheaper but I still think we're a couple more revisions from it being just a slight premium over today's connectivity. 
They're going to have to be smart about it though.   The aim with productivity software is to allow the end user to be productive.   When creating an Excel spreadsheet you can choose to use scripting knowing that it may make the file unreadable to other versions but that's a decision for the creator.   I hope Apple delivers software that has excellent round tripping across the Browser,  mobile and desktop but also always for some of the unique characteristics of each to be...
I'm a sucker. Bought it for the cool physics stuff.
For some reason I have never really liked Promise storage.   But I'm happy to know my next Macbook Pro will have Thunderbolt 2 if only for bragging rights. 
No scripting support.    We are going through the Dark Ages of software.   I struggle to come up with a recent example of a software program that has delighted me. 
 Will never work.  Once you establish yourself as a premium brand you can somewhat insulate yourself from the "race to the bottom" antics of your competitors.  Much like Target can run as many sales as they want Nordstrom's will be unaffected because they clientele are different.  Apple's biggest task is to maintain premium status. 
We're probably a generation away.   Broadcom did announce the UltraHD 4K BCM7445 early in the year but it's aimed at STB and could use a bit too much power.   I'm thinking this update will carry us forward and Apple TV 5th generation will support 4K and higher bit-rates.  8-10Mbps of HEVC would look fantastic in 1080 and perhaps acceptable in UltraHD. 
Best bet is the next Apple TV won't be a drastic change.    Basically Apple's gonna drop in a BCM4350 (announced at Computex in the summer)  bringing the Apple TV up to 802.11AC.  Makes sense to me seeing as how they have 11ac Airport Routers now.  It's time to move  the entire lineup to 11ac. 
I wonder if Sonos could deliver an updated bridge which supports Airplay directly.    The advantages here are clear.  You  have a friend that comes over and wants to play a music track for you.  Airplay allows you to put his/her phone on your Wifi  and then access the speaker.    It would appear that if this is feasible Sonos would be able to Airplay their speakers without costing their existing user base  a lot of money. 
The mini sells to businesses at least 2:1 versus consumers.    It's not the rank and file Joe Six Pack that will complain that the mini is gone it is  education and business that buy these things by the bushel for dept servers and  a variety of other uses.    It's the vertical markets like Savant Systems that use Mac mini to run home automation  platforms.    Apple should be finding ways to reduce the cost of the mini. A $499 mini isn't going to cannibalize  the...
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