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post #1 of 253
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According to all the rumors floating about the net, it appears as though Apple is setting itself up to release new products at the end of the month. Specifically, a new 15-inch PowerBook possibly with the new PowerPC 970 chip; new iBooks; new music service replete with a new version of iTunes and new set of iPods; new tablet/PDA device; could we possibly soon hear of a press-invited "Special Event?"

The time frame is looking either Monday, April 28th or Tuesday, April 29th.

For perspective, the PowerBook 15-inch was last updated Wednesday, Nov. 6th, and previous to that Monday, April 29th, so this fits into their upgrade cycle.

Additionally, the iPod hasn't been updated since last summer, and stocks are low.

There was also talk over at ThinkSecret about new G3 processors back in December.

Discuss...
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post #2 of 253
How did you come to those dates?

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post #3 of 253
29th of April is my girlfriends birthday.. So yes, it is a speciel event!
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post #4 of 253
There will no doubt be a special event to announce the music service, of course. An announcement would probably be made about 10 days prior so the press could make arrangements to be at Cupertino.
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post #5 of 253
I can't wait for the new iPods... I've been waitng for quite some time now... every tuesday..... tisk tisk tisk.............. I don't think there would be a massive update at the same time. I think maybe the music service - and the iPods on the 28th. 15 PowerBook w/ 970 (if true) would be at WWDC since Panther would be 64 bit enabled, and you couldn't use a 970 on Jag as far as I can tell. Tablet.... meh... not sure - maybe combined with an iBook update, which I suppose would be at the same time as the PowerBooks since they were updated at the same time 6 months ago - or maybe iBooks could be updated on the 28th... because that would make sense for the time period...

PowerBooks w/970: WWDC
PowerBooks w/o 970: 28th
iPod:28th
iBook: 28th
Tablet: unknown
Well, it sure seems that it could be a huge event - so I'm not sure of myself.

P.S. Sorry for thinking out loud.
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post #6 of 253
Um do you mean WWDC / April of next YEAR for the PowerBook with 970? It won't even be in desktops by April 28 so why would it be in laptops, which usually trail a year behind in terms of CPU.
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post #7 of 253
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Well that's the thing, Aquatic. I've read that the new 970 will produce less heat, and use less energy than the 1GHz G4. So while you may be using the G4's introduction into PowerBooks as a means to say that we won't see the 970s in laptops before they're in desktops awhile, I don't necessarily think those rules apply anymore. Like I said in another post, that if I told everyone in December that we'd see the new faster version of Firewire debut in the PowerBook first, most people on this forum would stone me to death.

I think the times and the circumstances are different now. I think it's wholly possible that Apple just *may* introduce the 970 in the PowerBooks, *then* the desktops. Given the amount of buzz on the net right now about future Apple products seemingly WEEKS away...the end of the month will draw near and only then will we find out what Apple has up it's sleeve, if anything.
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post #8 of 253
Me waits patiently until the 28th

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post #9 of 253
Does anyone know if the theater where Apple usually holds the special events is booked for any of those days? I remember seeing a page with a schedule once but I can't find it.
post #10 of 253
Are you talking about the Flint center by any chance? I think most Apple events take place in a small auditorium near the campus, can't think of the name though, but ATAT had a link to it and it's calendar a while back.
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post #11 of 253
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Originally posted by sCreeD
How did you come to those dates?

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How? The 29th is a Tuesday.
post #12 of 253
Quote:
Originally posted by Crusader
Are you talking about the Flint center by any chance? I think most Apple events take place in a small auditorium near the campus, can't think of the name though, but ATAT had a link to it and it's calendar a while back.

Could be. I just seem to remember a schedule for a theater somewhere that was blocked on the day of an special event.
post #13 of 253
Thread Starter 
You never know. They released the DVI PowerBooks last April on Monday the 29th. So who's to say they won't do it on a Monday again, this time on the 28th? Kasper Jade's article on the front page of this forum talks about Apple debuting its music service on the 28th...that's a Monday. So if they are debuting the music, they might as well do iPods, iBooks, PowerBooks too!!
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post #14 of 253
Forget the 28th, there is going to be a press release today at 12 noon PST.

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post #15 of 253
NAB press conference already announced by Apple two weeks ago. It's been discussed on this forum. It's about SOFTWARE solutions in the video realm. Nothing about Apple hardware will be announced. Old news.
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post #16 of 253
How frigging long is it going to take Apple to put a high quality voice recorder on an iPod? I'll have one in my pocket the second they do that, untill then, I can wait.

On a side note, it appears that Sony may be ready to put a 5GB HD into a Clie! That would be excellent, provided they put a good mic on the thing for me to record with, something with a good noise cancelling ability, I've tried a few PDA's now and their voice recorders all suck.
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post #17 of 253
Quote:
you couldn't use a 970 on Jag as far as I can tell.

The 970 should run 32 bit code (which should, AFAIK, include Jaguar) fine. It might need an enabler if Mac OS X.2 doesn't run non G3/G4 CPUs or to correct minor CPU errata.
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post #18 of 253
Quote:
Originally posted by T'hain Esh Kelch
29th of April is my girlfriends birthday.. So yes, it is a speciel event!

For whom?
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post #19 of 253
Thread Starter 
I now believe that the new PowerBook 15-inch release is very near; imminent.
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post #20 of 253
I think also that the release of the new powerbook will come soon, but unlike people here , i think that if there is a new chip it will be the 7457 and not the ppc 970.
There is no chance that the first ppc 970 appear in a powerbooK. It will be a marketing disaster. After this release nobody will buy anymore any powermac : everypeople will wait for the new powermac line.
In the contrary a powerbook with a 1V ppc 7457 will be a logical step, in the evolution of the powerbook line. More power, less heat, no major redesighing of the mobo.
post #21 of 253
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Originally posted by Powerdoc
It will be a marketing disaster. After this release nobody will buy anymore any powermac : everypeople will wait for the new powermac line.

This is an excellent point, but I don't think it's quite that bad of a sign. I too don't think we'll see the 970 until mid-summer at least, but to prevent a disaster like that they just have to be released at the same time as the new PowerMacs or not too far before. Not that PowerMac sales are really worth protecting in their current form anyway.
post #22 of 253
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Originally posted by MacsRGood4U
NAB press conference already announced by Apple two weeks ago. It's been discussed on this forum. It's about SOFTWARE solutions in the video realm. Nothing about Apple hardware will be announced. Old news.

Sorry for bursting your bubble.
post #23 of 253
Didn't Apple say they would have machines that run MacOS 9 until June? Isn't the 15" Powerbook the last Powerbook to run MacOS 9? My guess is that the 15" Powerbook will not be updated until June.

Which just happens to be when WWDC is.

The 17" might also be updated at the same time as the 15", since the 15" is likely to be speed-bumped. You don't want a 17" Powerbook that is slower than the 15".
post #24 of 253
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Originally posted by Powerdoc
There is no chance that the first ppc 970 appear in a powerbooK. It will be a marketing disaster. After this release nobody will buy anymore any powermac : everypeople will wait for the new powermac line.

that's only if you assume that the G3 and G4's time will have come... which i don't i still think, as painful as it may be to hear, that the 970 will be in a new breed of workstations, priced really high for consumers, but pretty cheap for pro video people wo are used to stations costing over US$100K. plus, from the ThinkSecret article today, the G3 will still be around for at least a few more months in the iBook. the G4 single processor can be the other consumer-oriented models, the dual-G4s would be the pro layout and prosumer video rigs, and the xserves, xraids, xclusters, and this new "breed" i am referring to would be the high-high-end scientific and video arena.

i'm not saying that's a winning formula, but it wouldn't surprise me to see it soon.
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post #25 of 253
Quote:
Originally posted by GardenOfEarthlyDelights
For whom?

For me.. And her.. And her family/friends...?
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post #26 of 253
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Originally posted by Powerdoc
I think also that the release of the new powerbook will come soon, but unlike people here , i think that if there is a new chip it will be the 7457 and not the ppc 970.
There is no chance that the first ppc 970 appear in a powerbooK. It will be a marketing disaster. After this release nobody will buy anymore any powermac : everypeople will wait for the new powermac line.
In the contrary a powerbook with a 1V ppc 7457 will be a logical step, in the evolution of the powerbook line. More power, less heat, no major redesighing of the mobo.

Unless my information is wrong, the 7457 is NOT shipping until Q4 03, so Im sorry but you are wrong about the 7457.

Although I would put a few dollars on the next 15" being G4, not the 970. I assume the 970 PMacs would be released @ WWDC, to show off Panther, 64bit computing OS and the hardware as well.

Im betting the next PB's will be 970's, just not in June - my bet September.

Oh and BTW, the 7457 may make it into new iBooks around MWSF 04. Unless in the unlikely event IBM can ship its G4 equivalent 850 chip by then, (but the chip has not been announced, so its unlikely to go into volume production until Q2 04)

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post #27 of 253
How about the whole pro line going 970 anounced in June?

Why the hell not? How do you keep the 12 and 17" PB at G4 with 970 in the 15 incher? Or a laptop more powerful than the Power Mac? How?

By bringing thw whole mess to 970 clean. Ah, a clean break from Moto-friggin-hell, that's how!

Here's hoping anyway.
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post #28 of 253
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Originally posted by Rhumgod
How about the whole pro line going 970 anounced in June?

Why the hell not? How do you keep the 12 and 17" PB at G4 with 970 in the 15 incher? Or a laptop more powerful than the Power Mac? How?

By bringing thw whole mess to 970 clean. Ah, a clean break from Moto-friggin-hell, that's how!

Here's hoping anyway.

I think Apple is going to do that exactly. They will announce the 970 straight across the Pro line in June. Lets hope.
post #29 of 253
from looprumours:

Quote:
Rumors of a new Apple Music Service have been surfacing throughout the rumor mill. Today we received confirmation from someone close to EMI that Apple will be releasing the new music service within the next three (3) weeks.

Here's what we know:

There will be several service providers will such as EMI, Universal Music Group, Warner Music and BMG.

The service will provides digital data (music) to customers through the internet, and onto Apples proprietary client.

The service will be run and maintained by Apple Computer in the US.

Service providers have an obligation to provide all new releases and many older tracks.

Apples proprietary client will play a major part in the service allowing customers to browse, listen and buy music.

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post #30 of 253
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ThinkSecret reports a similiar release date for the iPods. Interesting...we should know about the event (if there's going to be one), around Friday, April 19th....
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post #31 of 253
Well April 19th is just around the corner. I'm all excited about possible new music service. I'm guessing songs will be available for about 60 cents.
post #32 of 253
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post #33 of 253
No... it can't be 99 cents. Say, if a typical CD costs 15 USD, and you'll buy 14 songs off the disc for 99 cents each, then you might a well buy the CD at a store and you get nice packaging with it. It has to be something like 60 cents per song, or 6.99 USD for a whole CD.
post #34 of 253
Good Friday would be a weird date to announce all this stuff on.... easter weekend? im betting on the 28th/29th..... seems more right to me.
post #35 of 253
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Originally posted by monkeyastronaut
No... it can't be 99 cents. Say, if a typical CD costs 15 USD, and you'll buy 14 songs off the disc for 99 cents each, then you might a well buy the CD at a store and you get nice packaging with it. It has to be something like 60 cents per song, or 6.99 USD for a whole CD.

Your forgetting the Apple factor
post #36 of 253
... and that the service is about buying songs, not albums. If you want the album, go buy the album. You'll get everything and rippable. If you want five songs, it's gonna be about five dollars, which is perfectly okay.
post #37 of 253
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by applenut
Good Friday would be a weird date to announce all this stuff on.... easter weekend? im betting on the 28th/29th..... seems more right to me.

I was saying around the 19th or maybe even next Monday is when they'd announce a SPECIAL EVENT for the 28th/29th when they'd announce all the new stuff.
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post #38 of 253
Well it doesn't look like Quark Express 6 is going to be ready by June, so won't Apple keep OS 9 machines available until itis released?
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post #39 of 253
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Well then, that's Quark's fault. They have had more than ample time to get an OS X-native application out the door. OS X has been out since March of 2001. It's now April 2003. Two years is more than a sufficient amount of time to get their software ported to run on OS X. Screw 'em.
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post #40 of 253
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Originally posted by DHagan4755
Well then, that's Quark's fault. They have had more than ample time to get an OS X-native application out the door. OS X has been out since March of 2001. It's now April 2003. Two years is more than a sufficient amount of time to get their software ported to run on OS X. Screw 'em.

I am in agreeance (sp?) with you on this. Quark has had plenty of time to get their software ready for X. If they haven't done so by now, then it is their fault, and one company should not stop Apple from moving forward with their company and their product.
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