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Apple Computer plans to draw analysts and members of the media to the west coast this Spring for yet another special media event, AppleInsider has learned.

True to industry-wide speculation, the event is expected to fall around the iPod maker's 30th anniversary, which takes place on April 1, 2006. However, Apple is considering holding the event immediately before or after the 1st -- not on that date -- because it falls on a Saturday, people familiar with some of the company's plans have said.

As has been the case in the past, Apple is expected to use the event to spotlight some of its latest innovations and products in both the personal computer and digital media market segments, those same people said.

While the company's precise plans are shrouded in secrecy as usual, sources are almost certain the event will play host to a new line of 13-inch widescreen consumer iBook notebooks based on Intel microprocessors. Additional announcements such as a high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro and a high-profile iPod-related product may also be in the cards.

The event will mark the third time Apple has summoned the media to such a gathering in a little over 3 months. In January, it used the media frenzy that is Macworld Expo to roll-out Intel-based iMac desktops and MacBook Pro notebooks. A month and a half later, the company invited members of the media to its Cupertino, Calif.-based campus to see the unveiling of the iPod Hi-Fi speaker system and an a petite Intel-based Mac mini desktop computer.

In contrast to the most recent Apple media event, which dished out "medium sized" products and was deemed lackluster by a number of analysts and members of the press, the Spring event is expected to give way to "larger" product introductions that should have a more material impact on the company's results.

According to a recent series of checks, Apple is believed to be considering March 28th and April 4th as two possible dates for the event. However, sources cautioned that those dates are largely dependent on the company's ability to complete development of, and transition to manufacturing, its new products by a set target date.

It's critical that Apple introduce its new line of consumer iBook notebooks by the end of next month if it hopes to capitalize on the educational buying season, analysts have said. The last time the company updated its consumer notebooks was in July of 2005 when it introduced new 12- and 14-inch iBooks with 1.33 GHz or 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processors.
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My only fear if they release these three products is I will buy both the 17" and new iPod. My wife will kill me, I'll be out 4 grand.

But I will have new toys from Apple. Such is life... :-)

I also hope they release a wireless two button mouse with the little ball. I really want that from Apple...
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It would be great if they held the event on the Friday as the intro to a massive party on the following Saturday...

Can just see it now: all 150 Apple Stores with balloons spread around everywhere, birthday cake motifs, maybe the projectors could be playing scenes from Apple's history:

- photos of Jobs & Woz in the garage,
- Apple ][ taking America by storm
- letting the Mac out of the bag
- "Why 1984 won't be like 1984"
- "We went with plan A" (Apple buys NeXT)
- the iCEO returns
- iMac taking the world by storm
- the lickable Mac OS X
- 1,000 songs in your pocket
post #5 of 85
begin wild and rampant speculation now!!!

WoOt!!

post #6 of 85
so what else is new

these "reports" seem like a regurgitation of past reports mixed in with pretty obvious stuff.
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My shares just jumped out of my pocket and hit the roof!!
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My shares just jumped out of my pocket and hit the roof!!

you must own a different AAPL stock than i do then. haha.
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Yippy-Skippy... Time to roll out another mac product with INTEL INTEGRATED GRAPHICS and a few other downgrades from the previous product release.

No wonder they keep inviting the media, because they know that new users are the only one's who will see these new machines as superior to the last batch.
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I own apple computers stock, I bought it in 2003
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Originally posted by JohnnySmith
Yippy-Skippy... Time to roll out another mac product with INTEL INTEGRATED GRAPHICS and a few other downgrades from the previous product release.

No wonder they keep inviting the media, because they know that new users are the only one's who will see these new machines as superior to the last batch.

The reports I see from people actually using the new mini is it is spiffy and does pretty well except of 3D games, which are only played by a minor segment of the Mac minority.

I don't see Apple going for the 17" MacBook yet... it's a minor market compared to the replacement for the iBook and a middle range MacBook Pro. Also wonder if there is anything to all of the rumor about an Apple Tablet or mini book.

Surely we will see
-Apple Portable Video Player
- iBook replacements (999, 1299)
- notebook at 1599

Birthday Bash:
- 30 anniversary Mac (hopefully something affordable this time)
- sales on lots of products for the month
- tablet Mac

Whatever happens, may all new Macs have more USB ports on them!

 

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post #12 of 85
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Originally posted by JohnnySmith
Yippy-Skippy... Time to roll out another mac product with INTEL INTEGRATED GRAPHICS and a few other downgrades from the previous product release.

No wonder they keep inviting the media, because they know that new users are the only one's who will see these new machines as superior to the last batch.

Exactly which "few other downgrades are you talking about?"

Do you mean the significantly (4x) faster processor? Or the faster DDR RAM? Or the 3x faster front side bus? Or the faster 5400 rpm hard drive? Or the faster 8x dual layer Superdrive? Or the added digital in and out? Or the 2 additional usb ports? Or the inclusion of Front Row and a remote? Or iLife 06? Or the additional ram slot with double the previous max ram capacity? Or are you just referring solely to the integrated gpu which in benchmarks has outperformed the ppc mini by up to 70% faster performance and now handles support for HD video playback?

I'm confused..
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Originally posted by Bergermeister
Whatever happens, may all new Macs have more USB ports on them!

Goodness I hope you are right. Here's to hoping the Mac Pro has 6 USB 2.0 ports...

And maybe they can throw us video editors a frickin bone and include a few more Firewire ports... Yeah, thats never gonna happen
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Goodness I hope you are right. Here's to hoping the Mac Pro has 6 USB 2.0 ports...

And maybe they can throw us video editors a frickin bone and include a few more Firewire ports... Yeah, thats never gonna happen

Well, I hope the 17" MBP whenever it finally reaches us will include Expresscard 54 so we can add two FW800 ports to it. I also think it needs a HD-DVD SuperMultiDrive to compete with the new Toshiba 17" Qosmio G35 AV Portable with HD-DVD just being released in Europe now for only $2400. I don't see shelling out $3k for a top of the line 17" MacBook Pro without a HD-DVD OR Blueray optical drive inside. It's way too close to that difusion time to settle for an old DL "Super"drive as "state-of-the-art". Toshiba has thrown down the gauntlet and Apple better follow if they want to sell a lot of 17" MBPs. Ignoring HD-DVD or Blueray this year at the top of the line would be completely LAME.

If you study the specs of this computer, there is nothing Apple can't do better faster right now. Note: This includes Microsoft Office and Works and a TV tuner built in with TWO SATA HDs inside. On the downside, it's only running a 1.83 GHz Core Duo and slower 533 ram than the 15" MBP 667 ram. So the Mac will be running faster, but it's gotta have most of what the Toshiba has to get me excited enough to pull the trigger. I am thinking HD Optical minimum to get me on board. Dual SATA drives would be another minimum for me now.

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post #17 of 85
GRRRRRR first let them deliver my mbp before launching shitloads of new stuff!!!!! First my new MBP, after that I will get all happy about new stuff!

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I own apple computers stock, I bought it in 2003

Well aren't you lucky. I blame myself for the recent dip in stock. I purchased just after the media event a couple weeks ago and stock has since dropped.. sorry everyone.. I'll take the blame. Heck it's going down.. makes me want to buy more
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Exactly which "few other downgrades are you talking about?"

Do you mean the significantly (4x) faster processor? Or the faster DDR RAM? Or the 3x faster front side bus? Or the faster 5400 rpm hard drive? Or the faster 8x dual layer Superdrive? Or the added digital in and out? Or the 2 additional usb ports? Or the inclusion of Front Row and a remote? Or iLife 06? Or the additional ram slot with double the previous max ram capacity? Or are you just referring solely to the integrated gpu which in benchmarks has outperformed the ppc mini by up to 70% faster performance and now handles support for HD video playback?

I'm confused..

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post #20 of 85
Maybe Apple needs to rate its media events, so that people know whether to get excited or not, otherwise you have some journalist expecting every presentation Apple makes to be something special.
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Maybe Apple needs to rate its media events, so that people know whether to get excited or not, otherwise you have some journalist expecting every presentation Apple makes to be something special.

Or better yet, DON'T hold a media event unless you've got something "special" to introduce.

Regular product updates do not warrant a media event. I think Apple/Steve have learned their lesson.
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Regular product updates do not warrant a media event. I think Apple/Steve have learned their lesson.

I would come to the exactly opposite conclusion given the last eight months...
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I also think it needs a HD-DVD SuperMultiDrive to compete with the new Toshiba 17" Qosmio G35 AV Portable with HD-DVD just being released in Europe now for only $2400. I don't see shelling out $3k for a top of the line 17" MacBook Pro without a HD-DVD OR Blueray optical drive inside. It's way too close to that difusion time to settle for an old DL "Super"drive as "state-of-the-art". Toshiba has thrown down the gauntlet and Apple better follow if they want to sell a lot of 17" MBPs. Ignoring HD-DVD or Blueray this year at the top of the line would be completely LAME.

Are you kidding? The Toshiba laptop is 1.79" thick and weighs in (at a minimum, according to docs) at 10.1lbs! I'm not saying that that's necessarily bad, I'm just saying that Apple won't produce such a hulking laptop.

That said, an Blu-ray drive would be an interesting addition to the new MBP. But I think it's likely that the 17" MBP would sell plenty of models anyway, without it, but that would certainly jive with Apple's penchant for being on the bleeding edge (sometimes) of implementing new technologies. Oh, and I doubt the 17" MBP will cost a penny less than $2999, if their current line-up is anything to judge by.

I'm even expecting a bump in the price of iBooks--to $999 and $1499. I think the demand for a faster Apple laptop is pent up to the point where the $200 won't make much of a difference to buyers.
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post #24 of 85
Here's what I hope:

1. A "Video iPod" that isn't. That is, a Nokia 770 like device done "right". Not a movie player, whose market is currently, so far as I can see, close to non-existant.

2. The return of the Cube (Intel version), as a mid-range headless Mac for those who do not want an integrated Mac (ie most computer buyers.) Models in the $999-1,499 range.

3. The new MacBook. An Intel iBook with a 13" widescreen and iMac like graphics.

4. One last thing: A PowerBook G5.

Here's what I suspect:

1. The new MacBook. An Intel iBook that can't play games.

2. A car charger and dock for the iPod. $299.

3. A wall mount for the iPod Hifi made from solid ivory, ornamented with genuine Sierra Leone diamonds. $799.

4. One last thing: That's it guys. We have several cars in the parking lot we plugged the iPod car-charger/dock thing into, if you all want to have a look.
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I also think it needs a HD-DVD SuperMultiDrive to compete with the new Toshiba 17" Qosmio G35 AV Portable with HD-DVD just being released in Europe now for only $2400. I don't see shelling out $3k for a top of the line 17" MacBook Pro without a HD-DVD OR Blueray optical drive inside. It's way too close to that difusion time to settle for an old DL "Super"drive as "state-of-the-art". Toshiba has thrown down the gauntlet and Apple better follow if they want to sell a lot of 17" MBPs. Ignoring HD-DVD or Blueray this year at the top of the line would be completely LAME.
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Are you kidding? The Toshiba laptop is 1.79" thick and weighs in (at a minimum, according to docs) at 10.1lbs! I'm not saying that that's necessarily bad, I'm just saying that Apple won't produce such a hulking laptop.

That said, an Blu-ray drive would be an interesting addition to the new MBP. But I think it's likely that the 17" MBP would sell plenty of models anyway, without it, but that would certainly jive with Apple's penchant for being on the bleeding edge (sometimes) of implementing new technologies. Oh, and I doubt the 17" MBP will cost a penny less than $2999, if their current line-up is anything to judge by.

I'm even expecting a bump in the price of iBooks--to $999 and $1499. I think the demand for a faster Apple laptop is pent up to the point where the $200 won't make much of a difference to buyers.

I don't mean a CLONE of the Toshiba G35. I mean a similar set of acvanced AV features. I agree it shouldn't be as heavy. And I agree pent up need for speed trumps advanced feature sets. But I don't want to leap to ONLY faster from where I am now. I would wait for one of the HD SuperMultiDrives and dual HDs before pulling the trigger. That's just me. I'm sure many will opt for speed as enough of a reason. Not me. I'll settle for the speed I get with the Quad on the desktop until Apple can deliver more features in the 17" model.

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post #26 of 85
With the move to Intel it's a sure thing that Apple will roll out one line at a time in terms of commencement of production. They'll do the best job they can with each ramp up and then go to the next line. Because of the education buying season coming up fast the iBook replacement looks to be the most likely for the next release and I think it'll be something special. J Ive hasn't delivered a new design for a while (in terms of computers) and I think he will have put a lot of effort into the iBook replacement.

There might also be an announcement of a new "education only" product - and eMac replacement. That would be interesting - and interesting to see if they could keep it education only.

I'm one that believes that a full video iPod is on the way, but will only be released when all of the pieces are in place. Agreements with the movie studios will probably be the last piece to get into place.

As with the last announcement I believe that Apple will deliver what is ready and benefit from the media attention that goes with S Jobs walking on stage. Should be fun.
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post #27 of 85
Let's speculate on the possibilities:

1. MacBook 13- Intel Core Solos, crippled video out, Front Row, and probably iSight integration

2. MacBook Pro 13 and maybe 17- same as above without limitations and with Core Duos

3. Mac Pro?- still a big hulking tower, but maybe with finally enough drive bays and ports given the intel architecture

4. iPod video- i don't care about this and i don't know who really wants to watch tiny movies in the US (Japan is a different story), but i think it might happen anyway

What we won't see:

1. no tablet Mac (still haven't seen a compelling reason for this besides techno-fetish lust)- i think adding touchscreens to the MacBook pros would still be better

2. no improved Airport Base Stations despite it being rendered mostly useless by the Express, certainly nothing for really invading the living room with.

3. no mid-range tower mac, it will not happen, either just buy a mini or a mac pro.

4. no HD DVD or Blu-ray yet. This format war is going to slow adoption massively, and unless someone has a dual format drive already, it would be best to wait for an end of year update before the christmas season or perhaps next spring to see which is in better position.
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Are you all aware of this shocking rumor that has just hit.... God, I hope this isn't true


http://www.mymac.com/showarticle.php...ething&id=1412


The Origami - iPod AV Fiasco
Roger Born
Columnist, The Macintosh Continuum
Friday, 03/10/06

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In a stunning revelation, we have learned that the new Samsung handtop computer that people have been clucking over at CES, is harboring a great secret. The new feature-weak UMPC is really the new advanced Apple iPod AV that is going to be released April 1st, on Apple's thirtieth anniversary.

it's true - the new ipod video device is actually the exact same samsung model of the new microsoft origami UMPC. it will just have an Apple logo on it, instead of the Samsung lable. Apple thought it was very smart to use an excellent palmtop device from the cutting edge Korean company, instead of another company from China.

The new UMPC-branded with the name Samsung, is actually the specified device that Apple ordered for it's new iPod AV.

Consternation is reigning in Redmond over this fiasco, as you can imagine.

Technologic Pundits have already slammed the UMPC as a warmed-over Microsoft Tablet PC from five years ago. It still has poor battery-life, a weak feature set, and an agonizing human interface. However, these same people, when they found out that the Samsung device will actually be the new iPod AV, they applauded its elegant design, powerful battery life, and the excellent, world-class interface. Just knowing Apple has designed the new interface for the new device, they knew it will be an instant hit. "It is a lousy Tablet, but an excellent iPod!" - Said Harvey Cormer of Wiseacre Electronics.

The new iPod AV, obviously, will not have the Windows For Tablet software on board, and thusly, will have an eight hour battery life (the UMPC has 2), due to specifying better batteries, and using more intelligent power management software.

Prices are very different for the two branded device, with the Redmond device going for 8 big ones and the iPod for 5.

People who just found out about this 'interesting' problem are already asking if the new iPod AV could also run Windows.

Samsung scored a real coup here, selling the same device to both Microsoft and Apple without either of them knowing about it.

You heard it here first.

April first will really be April first this year.

Regards,
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post #29 of 85
There will be two announcements at this event: The new MacBooks replacing the iBook line, and the touch/widescreen Video iPod with attendant movie store.

New MacBooks are a slam dunk. Intel transition aside, April is the EDU buying season and Apple needs new entry level laptops. Here are the specs, and yes, the price points will remain the same despite the "downgrade" to integrated graphics:

13.3" 1280x800 widescreen
1.5 GHz Core Solo
Combo Drive
Intel GMA950 Integrated GPU
512 RAM
60GB HD
Built-in iSight
Built-in AirPort Extreme
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Front Row with remote
MagSafe power connector
Scrolling Trackpad
Sudden Motion Sensor
Overall slimmer, sleeker and sexier case design
$999

13.3" 1280x800 widescreen
1.66 GHz Core Duo
SuperDrive
Intel GMA950 Integrated GPU
512 RAM
80GB HD
Built-in iSight
Built-in AirPort Extreme
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
Front Row with remote
MagSafe power connector
Scrolling Trackpad
Sudden Motion Sensor
Overall slimmer, sleeker and sexier case design
$1299


The much bigger news of course will be the release of the 4" wide/touchscreen Video iPod and the iTunes Movie Store to feed it. As usual, the geeks are hung up on the hardware specs and Internet mockups when the real story is is the content deals.

Apple wants to rule legally downloaded movies the way they already rule legally downloaded music. They want to be first out of the gate with a complete end to end solution (content/store/software/TV playback/portable device) and they want to preserve the "download to own" model.

Big Content, in their never ending stupidity, is opposed to this as they seek to monetize every viewing of every piece of copyrighted material. Steve personally dragged the record labels kicking and screaming into the 21st century, and now he has the same (even harder) task with the brain dead movie studios.

As TS reported, talks are at a stand still with an apparently united movie industry, but the way I see it, Steve only needs to peel off one rogue studio to launch the Video iPod on his (and our) terms.

If he can get, let's say Paramount and their entire back catalog to go along with all the Disney and Pixar content, then that will be more than enough to prove the download to own model. In six months when the rest of the studios realize their error, they'll have to go back to Steve and beg to get in on the action.

Of course my personal choice would be to sign up 20th Century Fox to get the Star Wars franchise. Hell, Steve could launch a movie store with nothing but LucasFilm and Pixar and it would be enough of an initial success to force the other studios to play ball.
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post #30 of 85
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Are you all aware of this shocking rumor that has just hit.... God, I hope this isn't true

<snip> ridiculous nonsense about Apple using Samsung UMPC hardware as an iPod<snip>

Utter and complete bullshit.
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[B]Here's what I hope:

4. One last thing: A PowerBook G5.


Huh??????
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Originally posted by voxx
Are you all aware of this shocking rumor that has just hit.... God, I hope this isn't true


http://www.mymac.com/showarticle.php...ething&id=1412


The Origami - iPod AV Fiasco
Roger Born
Columnist, The Macintosh Continuum
Friday, 03/10/06

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In a stunning revelation, we have learned that the new Samsung handtop computer that people have been clucking over at CES, is harboring a great secret. The new feature-weak UMPC is really the new advanced Apple iPod AV that is going to be released April 1st, on Apple's thirtieth anniversary.

it's true - the new ipod video device is actually the exact same samsung model of the new microsoft origami UMPC. it will just have an Apple logo on it, instead of the Samsung lable. Apple thought it was very smart to use an excellent palmtop device from the cutting edge Korean company, instead of another company from China.

The new UMPC-branded with the name Samsung, is actually the specified device that Apple ordered for it's new iPod AV.

Consternation is reigning in Redmond over this fiasco, as you can imagine.

Technologic Pundits have already slammed the UMPC as a warmed-over Microsoft Tablet PC from five years ago. It still has poor battery-life, a weak feature set, and an agonizing human interface. However, these same people, when they found out that the Samsung device will actually be the new iPod AV, they applauded its elegant design, powerful battery life, and the excellent, world-class interface. Just knowing Apple has designed the new interface for the new device, they knew it will be an instant hit. "It is a lousy Tablet, but an excellent iPod!" - Said Harvey Cormer of Wiseacre Electronics.

The new iPod AV, obviously, will not have the Windows For Tablet software on board, and thusly, will have an eight hour battery life (the UMPC has 2), due to specifying better batteries, and using more intelligent power management software.

Prices are very different for the two branded device, with the Redmond device going for 8 big ones and the iPod for 5.

People who just found out about this 'interesting' problem are already asking if the new iPod AV could also run Windows.

Samsung scored a real coup here, selling the same device to both Microsoft and Apple without either of them knowing about it.

You heard it here first.

April first will really be April first this year.

Regards,
Roger Born
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I don't mean a CLONE of the Toshiba G35. I mean a similar set of acvanced AV features. I agree it shouldn't be as heavy. And I agree pent up need for speed trumps advanced feature sets. But I don't want to leap to ONLY faster from where I am now. I would wait for one of the HD SuperMultiDrives and dual HDs before pulling the trigger.

You'll never see dual hard drives in an Apple laptop. It's irreconcilable with light weight and slim form. The Toshiba weighs 10 pounds and is 2.1" thick - that's literally TWO 15" MBPs stacked on top of each other, in both weight and width. But despite its size, the Toshiba's specs are middling - the 1.83 CoreDuo and the 1440x900 screen, both the same you find in the $1999 MBP (I'm not qualified to comment on the Go7300 GPU). And maybe I'm missing something, but the spec page doesn't list any HD formats as being supported by the "SuperMulti" drive - just the typical CD and DVD formats. I don't think it's an HD burner or player at all. So you're paying $500 extra for the Toshiba's bigger pixels, bigger size, bigger weight, etc. It's utterly alien to Apple's design philosophy.

I'm torn over whether Apple might ship an HD drive, even if this Toshiba isn't. They are a Blu-Ray member, but actually shipping Blu-Ray drives might alienate the HD-DVD consortium members - including Intel and several TV/movie studios with whom Apple is probably pursuing content deals. And I don't think Blu-Ray players will be debuting anywhere all for over a year yet. I thought this was one factor holding back the PS3, that Blu-Ray drives weren't yet ready for production. Thanks to the warring consortiums, there will be no dual-compatible players for the foreseeable future. So I wouldn't count on seeing Blu-Ray drives in any laptops, especially not Apple's, for a while yet.
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Huh??????

The first list, which includes the PowerBook G5, is the stuff I *hope* for, not the stuff I think will happen in a million years...
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13.3" 1280x800 widescreen
1.66 GHz Core Duo
SuperDrive

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$1299

Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! That'd be a perfect replacement for my TiBook! I don't care about losing 54 vertical pixels if I can have something compact.

It's too perfect actually. I'm hoping Apple doesn't skimp on the screen. I don't care about the integrated graphics. DVI-D and gigabit ethernet would be nice (the Mac mini has it)...maybe it's a standard feature on Intel-based motherboards now?

Voch
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Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! That'd be a perfect replacement for my TiBook!

It's too perfect actually. I'm hoping Apple doesn't skimp on the screen. I don't care about the integrated graphics. Gigabit ethernet would be nice (the Mac mini has it)...maybe it's a standard feature on Intel-based motherboards now?

Voch

I'm with you Voch, such a machine would sell like hotcakes to everyone: average consumers, switchers, hipster chicks, institutional EDU buyers, software developers, Linux dorks, and lots of plain old Mac geeks that can't afford/don't care about a dedicated GPU. Apple won't be able to build them fast enough, especially if they also offer it in "iPod black".

Myself, I'll still hold out for a MacBook Pro with a 13" widescreen, Core Duo processor AND a dedicated 128MB GPU. This is what Apple is holding over our heads at the $1599 price point. They're slow rolling that "best of both worlds" model to milk as many $2K+ 15" MacBook Pro sales as possible. No reason to bring out a "just as good" 13" model for hundreds less when they don't have to yet.
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post #37 of 85
I am weeks-month away from buying my first iPod. I want a 80GB 5G (no big video display 100% useless to me) for $399, along with 25-30 hour battery life. Then I will buy my first iPod and my mom might upgrade her 30GB she bought last week to the new one (Best-Buy/Futureshop 3-Year warrenty).
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post #38 of 85
I wonder if they offered one in iPod Black, if the Mag Safe Power Adapter that came with it would also be in black or do you think they would keep it white?
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post #39 of 85
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I am weeks-month away from buying my first iPod. I want a 80GB 5G (no big video display 100% useless to me) for $399, along with 25-30 hour battery life. Then I will buy my first iPod and my mom might upgrade her 30GB she bought last week to the new one (Best-Buy/Futureshop 3-Year warrenty).

Do you sleep?!?! If you need that much battery power, you can connect a small solar panel to your iPod (there are several made). They even work in university libraries, though not as well as in direct sunlight. More stamina for video playback would be nice and can probably be achieved using flash memory, but Apple cannot increase the size factor now that it has been shrunk (5G). A dedicated video device would be radically different from the 5G and would likely have a larger from factor due to the battery. Perhaps it will have a solar charger built into the display... (SOny's PSP has better battery stamina on video playback by far with a smaller battery). Don't think they will go to 80GB on the iPod (the current trend at least with the nano is less memory and lower prices); with the 60GB you have 1000 hours worth of music, more than the average person can listen to in the average day, and a little more than the 25 hour-battery you seek. More memory will be on board the video device, but again, it will be slightly larger.

Of course, I could be completely wrong.

 

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post #40 of 85
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Apple won't be able to build them fast enough

That's my other worry. I bought an iBook/500 shortly after it was introduced in May 2001 and it arrived pretty quickly. I don't know about the forthcoming MacBook.

Voch
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