[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bergermeister
[B]I live in Japan and see the new stuff the Japanese makers are coming out with and it is mind-boggling. Apple, IMHO, need to play some catch-up, especially in the area of monitors. The new Sonys are cheaper, faster and have monitors that blow my home hteater system away.
I'ts such a shame that the Sony computers have to run XP
So totaly useless.
I think Apple will play catchup with sleeker brighter monitors especially with HD about to explode in 2006 here in the UK.
Switching to Intel will prove to be a very good move but I doubt I will buy one until the OS is native to intel processors the idea of emulation does not go down well with me as performance will suffer.
I thnk the iBook and PB's are going to be just awsome,Thinner,lighter,faster. Sony do some fantastic note books and I can see Apple matching that but with the most important feature of all OSX. Its software that makes a platform great. Even when Vista comes out OSX will be years ahead.
I also think its the Home life style market that will explode for Apple in 2006 ie Front Row etc. We have seen glimpses already in 2005, but hopefully with AExpress streaming video and hopefully multiple streams so you could listen to different music/video in different locations where there is an AE which is something I'm screaming for!
Most important product has to be the Home digital hub and that is where the Mac Mini should truly show it's potential with built in DVR, Wireless capability etc.
Exciting times ahead for Apple and I'm happy I made the switch this year.
So here is to 2006.