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Let us recap some point about apple that was covered by other threads and external source (mostly offical news):

1- Apple put ink into Mac OS X.
2- Apple bought hardware graphic acceleration companies in 2002.
3- Apple design one (or more) PDA ( abjured by Steve itself ).
4- Apple is the first IBM customer to release a SOC (System On Chip) on 90 nano. FYI, a SOC always contains a processor core plus other services/controller.
5- Apple is the first company to deploy a small hard drive based consumer device at millions units (iPod).
6- Wireless connection is now common.
7- Apple invest a lot in OLED technology.
8- With Steve, Apple will not release a device if it will not change the market.

Two options: Create something big (Quad xMac and extreme computing) or something small a la iPod.

My though is a nano computer without screen and keyboard that can be plugged into a lot of other device like tablet/pda screen or TV dedicated dock. It could be used to control other devices like TV, stereo and computer through irDa or airport (thanks to AirPort Express). It size would be about the iPod one or a little bigger. It is highly portable, powerfull enough to be carried with you anywhere. It could work as external drive and support full Mac OS X. It is a real computer (40 GB HD) and about 1GHz processor (could be based on PPC 4xx series which includes a efficient power management).

IBM has already made a proof of concept of such a device without hard drive.

Apple may renew and extend a lot the duo concept.

Just a thought...
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I think IBM sold off the 4xx series stuff.

http://www.eetuk.com/bus/news/ma/sho...cleID=19202505

But i suppose it could still be used for stuff.
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anyone remember that rumor about a 9" x 6" (approx) lcd 'pad' type device that was an alleged apple product. that we haven't seen yet but the taiwan times reported was in production?
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What about an OS X version of this? http://www.oqo.com/
is that happening yet....in apple-styling of course..

was an apple guy anyway who designed it.
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Couldn't the HD in the ipod be used in a mobile computing device, to make there small form factor even smaller, less battery intensive?
What about two, mobile raid?
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post #6 of 11
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More fuel:

- IP over Firewire
- Wireless FireWire
- Rendez-vous
- Auto-adaptative power management depending on configuration
- Heat convection using the enclosure
- Apple remote desktop lite in addition to home on iPod

Need more?
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Originally posted by nathan22t
I think IBM sold off the 4xx series stuff.

http://www.eetuk.com/bus/news/ma/sho...cleID=19202505

But i suppose it could still be used for stuff.

IBM sell the regular PPC4xx chip business but keeps the SOC derivative business.
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Originally posted by othello
anyone remember that rumor about a 9" x 6" (approx) lcd 'pad' type device that was an alleged apple product. that we haven't seen yet but the taiwan times reported was in production?

I believe you are referring to the iBox rumors.
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ah, indeed...
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More fuel:

- iCal
- Address book
- iSync
- iPhoto
- QT
- OLED (2" to 7" available)

All pieces are in place for the next big thing.
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Originally posted by therubicon
IBM sell the regular PPC4xx chip business but keeps the SOC derivative business.

Wrong way round. They sold the SOC technology and rights, and they continue to develop 4xx cores.
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