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Countdown to MWSF 2006 has just begun. You can put anything related to future hardware, or what have you in here that you like. Speculation, rumor, what you'd like to see, what you dread. This is as good of a place as any until Temporary insanity re-opens.

So as the title states. 23 Days, and counting. Wh00t!
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What I want is an updated 23" display (maybe 24") without all the problems and a much better price, but I'm not holding my breath.

Intel inside the mini and Powerbook me guesses. New iPod Shuffles.

Updated iLife with FrontRow for all.

Looking forward to see what they do with iWork.
post #3 of 133
I want the Apple version of the desk computer Sean Bean's character has in "The Island"...

That was sweet...!

Way cooler than either the edit rig in "Final Cut", or the hologram deal in "Minority Report"...

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I'd like to see new shuffles, but I don't want Apple to release them yet :P

I just recently got mine, and I don't want accessory makers moving away lol

The thought of an an Intel iBook is just so... wow. I don't get it. It's just a processor, Rosetta is just an emulator, and Universal Binary basically makes sure all the new software work in my computer. But it's so magical.

Macworld, I bow
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I'd like to see new shuffles, but I don't want Apple to release them yet :P

I just recently got mine, and I don't want accessory makers moving away lol

The thought of an an Intel iBook is just so... wow. I don't get it. It's just a processor, Rosetta is just an emulator, and Universal Binary basically makes sure all the new software work in my computer. But it's so magical.

Macworld, I bow

It's not the idea that it's Intel...it's just they idea that Apple is finally going to have a chip supplier that actually gives a shit.

Freescale's ineptitude at producing faster chips and IBM's lack of motivation to make G5 chips that are both low-watt and faster than current G4s is really getting on my (and, obviously, Apple's) nerve.
post #6 of 133
That's true...

But I don't know why I am so excited. I don't have the money for a new computer (heck, I don't have money for an old computer!) and my system will function pretty much the way it's doing now

But there's something about Macworld... Maybe it's because the last one resulted in me being able to get a Mac
post #7 of 133
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What I want is an updated 23" display (maybe 24") without all the problems and a much better price, but I'm not holding my breath.

Intel inside the mini and Powerbook me guesses. New iPod Shuffles.

Updated iLife with FrontRow for all.

Looking forward to see what they do with iWork.

What problems?
I have one and it is flawless.
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post #8 of 133
Just bring me some sort of Ihome media center that I can hook up all my entertainment equipment. Plus with a DVR and wireless capability so I can transfer my whole itunes, iphoto library data from my computer to it. That would be awesome.
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post #9 of 133
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Originally posted by gugy
What problems?
I have one and it is flawless.

Apparently a lot of them have had a pink hue to them.
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post #10 of 133
iWork 06. Add a spreadsheet program (Numbers) and I will be more than happy.
post #11 of 133
I think that the best thing that Apple can release right now for MWSF 06 is a couple of things:

<speculation>

1. iLife 06. I think a couple of things that need to happen here are obviously FrontRow becomes a part of iLife 06. Then obviously they need to ship a remote and USB adapter with the box set so that other users who do not have the built in IR receiver can us it. Also, I would suggest an iMovie update (transitions sometimes take forever).

2. iWork 06. I keep hearing about these rumors about "Numbers". I LOVE this idea!!! The faster I can get away from Micro$oft's evil clutches, the better!!

3. Mac mini, iBook updates to Intel. I think that these two models would be a good test bed for the Intel transition. I would also suggest that they do Powerbook with the Intels as well. There are so many people saying that they should wait until revision Bs.... but I don't think so. These MOBOs have been out for a while, so I would say that it is pretty well established and most bugs worked out. Besides, they need a starting place, and this seems to be as good as any starting spot.

4. iHome. Absolutly CRUTICAL right now. They got a lot of good press about Front Row, and it is time that they invaded the Living Room. Microsoft is already there, but they have a piss-poor idea of a media center. It is time that Apple took the lead in this, and showed how a media center is supposed to be.

</speculation>

This is just what I think Apple should release. They have done a lot with the iPods as of recent, but lets not forget their bread and butter.
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post #12 of 133
iSee, Apple's first head-mounted display. 1600x1200 resolution with a 90º horizontal field of view. Just steal 1" LCD panels from projectors. With a tiny LED backlight and hooked up to a headless laptop, it may help attain the holy grail of a 12-hour battery life, good enough for a full workday and then some. Better yet, skip the LCD and backlight and use OLED panels.
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Absolutly CRUTICAL right now.

"Absolutly" "CRUTICAL" eh.
post #14 of 133
For sures:
1) pie charts of how iPods are beating up on everyone
2) new iPod shuffle
3) iWork 06
4) iLife 06
5) Monitors (overdued IMHO)

Probables:
1) PVR
2) anything w/Intel processor
3) announcement for the upcoming 1 billionth song contest on iTune
4) first sighting of Leopard

Long-shot:
1) Settlement w/ Apple Records
post #15 of 133
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5) Monitors (overdued IMHO)

Um, no. Although the current iMac panels are currently better than the ACD ones, I still don't think new monitors are a "for sure". A "possible", yes.

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4) first sighting of Leopard

That's far more "for sure" than monitors.
post #16 of 133
If they update the LCD displays to have the same supposedly über panels as the iMacs have (supposedly they have faster response and a higher contrast ratio) I'd pick one up extremely quickly.
post #17 of 133
Without a PM update I seriously doubt we will have monitor updates. You may see a price drop to reflect current trends inpriceing but I wouldnt hold my breath for that either.
post #18 of 133
There were price drops in October, so it's not gonna happen.
post #19 of 133
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My hopes are for a sneak peek of the next Gen. Mac OS, and an iHome device with DVR. I'll wait for the mill to start turning crazy predictions out before getting any crazier than that.
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post #20 of 133
with the exception of the 20" display that is better on the Imac I hardly believe Apple will update their displays.
The 23 is OK and the 30" is fantastic. I might only expect new displays when the Powermac becomes Intel, probably by middle 2007. Then we will see a complete redesign and maybe a much larger than 30" monitor to be used as home entertainment solution.
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post #21 of 133
An update to airport express which allows for streaming of audio and video.
post #22 of 133
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Originally posted by gugy
What problems?
I have one and it is flawless.

I'm glad yours is great, but until i can walk into an Apple store and not see pink displays, I won't buy.
post #23 of 133
Yes
iLife '06 - There is so much to ad. I suspect they might make a "delux" version to sell for a little more that comes with a airport and/or powered bluetooh remote.
iWork '06 (IMHO it's not worthy of MacWorld coverage unless they get their act together with it this year)
iPod Shuffle Update - with the Apple's current, "If it's not broken, replace it" theory, I think we will see a totaly new concent.
Mac OS X Leopard Coverage
Black Turtle Neck...

Maybe
Intel Macs (hey, its the true iMac -- har har...nvm)
  • Mac Mini - Again, like the iBook
  • PowerBook - I personaly think this will come later WITH the PowerMac G5 intel update
  • iMac - No. Again - it will come later.
iPod Boombox of Sorts - Most likely just stero thing for now, but I really (and this is POSSIBLE but not likely for MWSF) I'd like to see a iHome all-in-one type package. (I posted a thread about this a while ago)
New iTunes content

No
Apple Monitors - Nope, sorry, maybe WWDC
Pro Software - No.
Nothing iPod other than shuffle - not even one that makes your coffee.
iTunes 7 - then again...


Realising that Leopard will dominate most of the end of '06, I think we will be seeing many hardware advancements at the begining to middle of the year, and software AFTER leopard.

Also, as far as "the year of the...", I would suspect he says 'intel'.
post #24 of 133
I can't wait to see what Apple is going to come out with. I am looking forward to maybe selling the iBook and get a new Mactel, but who knows.
post #25 of 133
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Originally posted by onlooker
My hopes are for a sneak peek of the next Gen. Mac OS, and an iHome device with DVR. I'll wait for the mill to start turning crazy predictions out before getting any crazier than that.

IMHO, we will not see much of Leopard. The planned release date for Leopard is too close to Vista and showing anything innovative now will give MS enough time to copy the features and steal Leopard's thunder, unlike the case with Tiger which is more than 1 year ahead of Vista. Apple should be more secretive with planned new features than before. I think WWDC would be the obvious place to show Leopard for the fist time. It should give developers plenty of time to adopt new features, but not give MS more time to copy.

Despite that, though, like you, I hope very much for a sneak peek of the cat and a "one more thing" that blows our mind.

Also, I think we can add to "for sure" more announcements on iTunes video numbers and new agreements with network TVs (and maybe cable TV).
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IMHO, we will not see much of Leopard. The planned release date for Leopard is too close to Vista and showing anything innovative now will give MS enough time to copy the features and steal Leopard's thunder, unlike the case with Tiger which is more than 1 year ahead of Vista. Apple should be more secretive with planned new features than before. I think WWDC would be the obvious place to show Leopard for the fist time. It should give developers plenty of time to adopt new features, but not give MS more time to copy.

Despite that, though, like you, I hope very much for a sneak peek of the cat and a "one more thing" that blows our mind.

Also, I think we can add to "for sure" more announcements on iTunes video numbers and new agreements with network TVs (and maybe cable TV).

Well if Apple is shooting for a Q4 2006 release (to coincide with Vista - providing that doesn't slip - again..) then they are going to have to show something off pretty soon and get developers' wheels turning on 10.5. If you think back to Tiger, that was shown off at WWDC 2004 for the first time (I think?), and then released March / April this year (sorry can't remember exact dates). That gave developers approx. 9 months with the new system.

I guess they may use the same timeline again and go for an early 2007 release - who knows?
post #27 of 133
What I'd like to see:
(1) Tablet, with flash memory and celeron m, running mac os x, with firewire sync, extruded aluminum case.
(2) Apple VOIP WiFi phone, similar to Vonage's but not locked in to any "carrier" , with Apple styling. Also can surf web, read email.
(3) Nicer Apple keyboard, lose the numpad, metal styling, possibly lighted, possibly with built-in trackball, wireless. Oh, even better: let me snap out the numpad and insert a trackball, on left or right. (The Mac Portable had this feature way back when... in the days when Apple was innovative, not merely stylish.)
post #28 of 133
We're going to see "stylish computer that will lure female users."
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possibly with built-in trackball

Trackball. Right. Uh-huh.
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Also, as far as "the year of the...", I would suspect he says 'intel'. [/B]

Does that mean we'll hear nothing about it after MWSF?

iLife '06 is a given.

The shuffle is very probable, if only because an iPod update guarantees greater general media coverage of the entire event.

I'm intrigued by the so called iHome device. One way or another, I'd love Apple to move into the living room, there's so much scope (for me to play around with anyway). It does seem the way that Apple is moving. Will it be a set top box, an Airport Express AV or some totally new concept? Can't wait

I'm keeping a close eye on the laptops. I'm hoping to buy one over the summer (assuming I get my degree), and the sooner they upgrade, the more likely they'll upgrade again late summer.

I'm not so sure about the first sighting of Leopard, Apple normally shows it to developers before the general public. Wouldn't WWDC be more likely?

Finally, let's ask for something "beyond the rumor sites"
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post #31 of 133
The only thing coming out of MWNY will be pestilence and fear. But especially pestilence.

The FOR-SUREs:

Bubonic plague

The MAYBEs:

SARS
Smallpox

The LONG-SHOTs:

Weird gas that turns people inside-out
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The LONG-SHOTs:

Weird gas that turns people inside-out


Is that Apple Branded Weird gas???

When can I order this!!!!!!

iGas!!!

Woot!!!

21 days 20h 38m 00s!!!

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The only thing coming out of MWNY will be pestilence and fear. But especially pestilence.

The FOR-SUREs:

Bubonic plague

The MAYBEs:

SARS
Smallpox

The LONG-SHOTs:

Weird gas that turns people inside-out

What have we told you about making plastics without adequate ventilation...
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post #34 of 133
ThinkSecret reaffirms new iBooks and Minis are coming...

Put me down for 1 dual core 13 inch widescreen iBook please (might have to change my name though)
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Does that mean we'll hear nothing about it after MWSF?

Well, I do suspect that most announcments will occur at MWSF and WWDC with a few in between, but very litte in the time around the Leopard release.
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Anyone care to speculate on whether Apple will continue to cripple monitor spanning or not?

Here's my prediction. iBook widescreen models will support spanning. As there's no standard of proportions on widescreen unlike what prevails with 4:3 formats and as widescreen computers still need to support 4:3 LCD projectors, crippling spanning would seem to me to cause more trouble than it's worth.

But I would expect to see Apple continue to fail to provide DVI on the iBook; Intel seems to spew out VGA-out motherboards with no DVI for most Wintel laptops so Apple will no doubt follow the path of least resistance on that one for the iBook.

And is it just me, or do others expect Apple to take this opportunity to slip the MPC7448 processor into the 15 and 17 inch Powerbooks for the last few months of their existence as PPC machines? They were, after all, supposed to go in for the October update, and it's the one thing Apple could do with those machines that would require no further retooling or development costs.
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And is it just me, or do others expect Apple to take this opportunity to slip the MPC7448 processor into the 15 and 17 inch Powerbooks for the last few months of their existence as PPC machines? They were, after all, supposed to go in for the October update, and it's the one thing Apple could do with those machines that would require no further retooling or development costs.

A faster G4 in the PowerBook could tempt me to upgrade from an Al 1.25GHz PB.

Daystar currently is upgrading older PBs to 1.92GHz. I don't know which processor they are using, probably the MPC7448. If Apple could do this with the new high density screens and a better GPU and all that would be a great bridge till they come out with Intel based PBs. The dual core version would be really cool but that is too much to hope for.

It would be nice if they could also add another FW port.
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Apple cannot introduce an Intel iBook without at least introducing one Intel PowerBook. Intel iBooks only will tank PowerBook sales. Unless, of course, iBooks have shared graphics and some really medicore features.
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post #39 of 133
My wish list:
1) Airport Express A/V. I'm THIS close to pulling the trigger on a Squeezebox, but I'll wait till after MWSF to see if Apple can pull something out.

2) iBook Yonah. Dual-core. I don't really care about the resolution because for real work I'll hook it up to an external monitor. I suspect they'll keep monitor spanning crippled, but a hack will be done minutes after they ship. I just hope they don't make the pixel density too high; my eyes can only handle about 100ppi, 1400x1050 on a 12" screen would be useless.

Then I can hook up a 200GB drive to my B&W G3/350 (with a G4 800 proc) and make the old boy a file server, or web surfing machine.

And please, no iPod boombox - unless it has a DVR attached to it.

2006. Year of the... Living Room?

Keynote:
iPods rule.
(Maybe some new iPod hardware announcements.)
iTunes video rules.
(Airport Express A/V?)
Tiger 10.4.4 features.
iLife 06 with Front Row.
(DVR?)
Intel iBooks & Mac mini.

And one more thing: You know those iPod docks auto manufacturers have been putting in. We thought we could do a little better than that. Announcing the Apple iCar navigation & entertainment system.

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I'm not so sure about the first sighting of Leopard, Apple normally shows it to developers before the general public. Wouldn't WWDC be more likely?

I think they are planning on releasing the majority of the Macs on Intel's by WWDC. Leopard will will be coming at the same time as Longhorn in 2007, and maybe we wont get a peek at it until WWDC, but usually we get a glimpse of the new OS before the big demo of it at WWDC. We did with Tiger, but being that this is going to be positioned as a release to trounce, and triumph over Longhorn we may not. Leopard is pretty much the first incarnation of the intel Mac OS IMO. I think developers are going to be playing with some of it's underlying features beforehand because I'm pretty sure we'll have a few intel Mac's before WWDC. But then again maybe we wont.

Oh yeah... 21 days and counting. 3 weeks until the show.
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