hey, I just wrote a seriously long ass reply to the question of whether or not the pics in question were real and when I went to post the whole F-ING thread was gone.
In my opinion they are real and the letter, the pics and other net sources prove it (to my mind) conclusively.
Furthermore, I believe that the units in question are already being mass produced and that the pictures had to come from someone working on the assembly or on final quality control/packaging (due to the poor/hasty quality) It follows reasonably that enough people are now daily seeing these macs that it is impossible to pinpoint the source from the picture, many would have had similar opportunity to leak this photo by now, which is why someone did.
TO ANYONE CONSIDERING BUYING AN OLD POWERMAC (QUICKSILVER) DO NOT BUY ANY POWERMAC PRODUCT UNTILL THE MACHINES ARE UPDATED. I BELIEVE A MAJOR UPDATE IS EMMINENT.
Further evidence the cease and dissist as it appears on <a href="http://www.macbidouille.com/niouzcontenu.php?date=2002-07-21#3087
" target="_blank">this Macbidouille page</a>:
This letter is on behalf of our client, Apple Computer, Inc. ("Apple"), and relates to the public postings and display of photos and files purporting to be depictions of future Apple products ("Material") on your web site at .
Pursuant to Apple internal policies, this type of Material is not permitted to be disclosed or published to any unauthorized persons. By continuing to publish, display, or link to the Material, you and your company may be disclosing Apple confidential business information and/or Apple trade secrets and also may be held liable for infringing Apple's rights under various federal and state laws.
Therefore, we request that you cease and desist from displaying the Material on all web sites and servers under your control, including any hyperlinks to other locations where the Material may be available.
Because this is a matter we take very seriously, we ask that you immediately confirm in writing that you have removed the Material from your web site.
Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5339
Notice the passive voice? This is legal speak for we haven't any actual power but we'll try our best to sound authoritative. "...is not permitted?" Really? Not permitted by whom? What law? Which state? Where the law and remedy are clear, the cease and desist is also equally clear. In this case it's just carefully worded to sound that way.
You mean not permitted by Apple? Well yes. You have the right to your secrets. But look also to the state and federal laws alluded to in the letter. More legal gobbledygook. Yes, apple has remedy against those that 'disclose' private information in violation of contracts (not I, you, AI, or Macbidouille have any such contract). Furthermore, the publisher of the information is not disclosing a trade secret, which has by the very admission implicit in this letter already been disclosed. It is now a news item that Apple has no ability to control outside of legal intimidation. Any recourse Apple has is against the individual who made the disclosure in violation of some contract or agreement. I had cited examples as diverse as Ford Motor Company and the Pam and Tommy Lee sex tape, but I'm too lazy to type it again.
Rest assured, it is the opinion of this poster, that those pics are both real and in production, and that the models they depict are due soon, probably being stock-piled for immeadiate availability of at least some models once they are announced. Furthermore, the Aug 5 date mentioned in the old thread makes sense in that it gives enough time for Apple to invite people to a special event and debut the new machines.
I WOULD ADVISE YOU NOT TO BUY ANY CURRENT POWERMAC UNTILL SUBSTANTIAL UPDATES ARE RELEASED.
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