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post #1 of 37
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Today (Wednesday 29th March), Apple rolled out the Universal version of its "Pro" applications to run natively on new Intel Macs, and my instantaneous reaction was simply - "why has Apple decided to announce this software milestone so quietly if there really is a Birthday Special Event just around the corner?"

And think about it, surely they'd love to have Steve Jobs praising how Apple is leading the way to a Universal Mac software market? There'd be a Keynote roadmap spanning from WWDC to Macworld, to the introduction of the Mac Mini and then to the mysterious question marks at the opposite end of the timeline. "And today, we're introducing... the fourth Intel Mac." It just makes perfect sense.

OK, so maybe they just want to draw attention to new consumer-level offerings, and leave the professional stuff out of it?

Or - more to the point - what if this is the biggest clue yet that Apple will NOT release new products to celebrate its thirtieth birthday? What if the rumour sites just have it all wrong?

To tell the truth, I still believe that there WILL be an Apple Special Event on or around April 1. I see no reason why Steve Jobs would proudly remind us of Apple's milestone birthday in the closing words of his Macworld keynote if Apple merely intended to let it pass quietly by. But it did leave me thinking.

Never mind the announcements - what about the event?!
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Originally posted by Banjo
[B] What if the rumour sites just have it all wrong?

Well the rumour sites got Mac World SF in January totally wrong.
post #3 of 37
Rumor is correct in American English. Rumor is also just that: something that may or may not be true, which makes these sites so much fun: none of us really knows anything.

There is a chance they released these apps today because they want more time next week to release bigger stuff... Always have hope!

 

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post #4 of 37
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Well the rumour sites got Mac World SF in January totally wrong.

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post #5 of 37
Perhaps it's meant to be their April Fool's joke and the actual "party" will be held at a later date once they've fooled us all into thinking nothing is going to happen?
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Perhaps it's meant to be their April Fool's joke and the actual "party" will be held at a later date once they've fooled us all into thinking nothing is going to happen?

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What if they announce:
*The all new MacBook!
*The all new widescreen iPod!
*The all new movie store!
*And this! Well guess what?? I can't get the link to work!

Go to the Wireless audio thread! It's reall cool!
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post #8 of 37
The fact that Steve made a point of mentioning it before the end of the last (big) keynote shows that Apple aren't just going to let it blow over. I bet on Saturday morning they'll be a massive banner on the homepage ... and possibly a big hint saying "Watch this space...".

With Apple's level of secrecy there's bound to be some birthday suprises on the horizon
post #9 of 37
I bet we see something like the cover of Time on the 1st.
post #10 of 37
I'm not so sure the marketing department would be too thrilled with any major anouncements on April Fools. Anytime in April would be their birthday and frankly anytime this year would work for a 30th anniverary.

Corey
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I'm not so sure the marketing department would be too thrilled with any major anouncements on April Fools. Anytime in April would be their birthday and frankly anytime this year would work for a 30th anniverary.

Corey

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post #12 of 37
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Originally posted by Banjo
Today (Wednesday 29th March), Apple rolled out the Universal version of its "Pro" applications to run natively on new Intel Macs, and my instantaneous reaction was simply - "why has Apple decided to announce this software milestone so quietly if there really is a Birthday Special Event just around the corner?"

And think about it, surely they'd love to have Steve Jobs praising how Apple is leading the way to a Universal Mac software market? There'd be a Keynote roadmap spanning from WWDC to Macworld, to the introduction of the Mac Mini and then to the mysterious question marks at the opposite end of the timeline. "And today, we're introducing... the fourth Intel Mac." It just makes perfect sense.

OK, so maybe they just want to draw attention to new consumer-level offerings, and leave the professional stuff out of it?

Or - more to the point - what if this is the biggest clue yet that Apple will NOT release new products to celebrate its thirtieth birthday? What if the rumour sites just have it all wrong?

To tell the truth, I still believe that there WILL be an Apple Special Event on or around April 1. I see no reason why Steve Jobs would proudly remind us of Apple's milestone birthday in the closing words of his Macworld keynote if Apple merely intended to let it pass quietly by. But it did leave me thinking.

Never mind the announcements - what about the event?!

this happens every year for apple's bday and every year nothing happens. eventually there will be an iBook replacement. yay, end of story.
post #13 of 37
The fact that the Pro apps have been bumped to Universal Binary status means little

Yes it was done at a date very close to April 1st

But then Steve promised all Pro apps (excepting Shake, that bastard!) would be UBs by March

So, that's covered

As for the quiet update, would you want to crow about your great new Intelified Pro apps, only to demonstrate a total lack of Pro Intel-based Macs?!?

Didn't think so!

I am still holding out for the MacPad mini:

8" widescreen multi-touch LCD
1.06GHz ULV Core Duo CPU w/2MB shared cache
533MHz FSB
512MB NAND flash memory
2GB DDR2 SDRAM (two SO-DIMM slots)
32GB 1.8" Flash-based HDD
Intel GMA950 integrated GPU
WUSB (wireless USB)
AirPort Extreme
Quad band cell capabilities
Pivoting iSight camera
stereo WUSB headset w/microphone
Stylus

Mac OS X v10.4.6
iLife
iWork

About the size of a DVD case (which is really close to a 16:10 ratio) and half again as thick...

US$666

Happy 30th Birthday Apple Computer

;^p
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post #14 of 37
Chew on this for a while:

What good do Universal Binary pro apps do when you dont even have the Pro intel Macs out fully yet. The PowerBook is only half the way there and the PowerMac isnt even there. So this makes sense. Release the UB pro apps end of march when you promised ("sometime durring march") and release the pro computers at the begining of April, right after the 30th Bday.
post #15 of 37
I predict that on april 1st steve J will achieve nihrvana on his trip to India.

He will then leave this plane of existence and sell computers to the cosmos.

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....

......or, not.



post #16 of 37
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Originally posted by icfireball
Chew on this for a while:

What good do Universal Binary pro apps do when you dont even have the Pro intel Macs out fully yet. The PowerBook is only half the way there and the PowerMac isnt even there. So this makes sense. Release the UB pro apps end of march when you promised ("sometime durring march") and release the pro computers at the begining of April, right after the 30th Bday.

Also, as I just noted in the Applications forum related to the pro apps going U.B., where are the updated system requirements? It would be nice to know if the new apps run (even if minimally) with integrated graphics, or colo solos?
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post #17 of 37
DHagan4755, the system requirements are listed on Final Cut Studio 5.1's store page. They are as follows:


Requirements

Macintosh computer with 867MHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core Duo processor; HD features require 1GHz or faster single or dual processors (authoring HD DVDs requires a PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor)
512MB of RAM; HD features require 1GB of RAM or more (2GB recommended)
Display with 1024-by-768 or higher resolution
AGP or PCI-E Quartz Extreme graphics card
Motion requires the standard graphics card found in any MacBook Pro, iMac Intel Core Duo, Power Mac G5, iMac G5, a 1.25 GHz or faster PowerBook G4, or a 1.25 GHz or faster flat-panel iMac. See a complete list of supported graphics cards
Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
QuickTime 7.0.4 or later
4GB of disk space required to install all applications
Additional 42GB required to install all optional templates, loops, content, and tutorials (may be installed on separate disks)
DVD drive for installation
Playback of DVD Studio Pro 4-authored HD DVDs requires a PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor
Replication of DVD Studio Pro 4-authored DVDs requires a DLT drive
post #18 of 37
well if they DONT release anything in April, all i can say is that they have put back a sale to this customer... but then it will simpley be added to next quarter.... hey ho

im tired of holding off
post #19 of 37
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Originally posted by Cory Bauer
DHagan4755, the system requirements are listed on Final Cut Studio 5.1's store page. They are as follows:

Ahh, thanks. They must have just done it. It wasn't there earlier.
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post #20 of 37
Whatever happens, I'm still making a cake.
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post #21 of 37
Ooooh. . . cake.
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post #22 of 37
The reason Steve mentioned it at MacWorld SF was exactly because they KNEW they were not doing anything for the 30th birthday.

He even said, "...I don't know if we'll see you before then, so I wanted to take this moment to recognize..." blah blah blah.

Apple does nothing by chance. Anyone that is waiting to wake up on Saturday morning to see banners and announcements at Apple's website is just fooling themselves.
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Apple does nothing by chance. Anyone that is waiting to wake up on Saturday morning to see banners and announcements at Apple's website is just fooling themselves.

We'll see.
post #24 of 37
And this thread has gone no where.
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post #25 of 37
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Well, it's just over an hour until the big day (for us Brits, anyway). So, with literally no proper rumours and no invitations, are the hopes of Mac enthusiasts everywhere now completely shattered? I'm not so sure...
post #26 of 37
Saturday,April 1, 2006-Cupertino(AP)
Apple announced the immediate availability of the Mac Pro Desktop computer, which utilizes a 2.5 Ghz Intel Quad Core. The Apple Store lists the new Intel Macintosh, which comes with 4 Ghz of RAM and a 400 Gb hard drive at $2999.

Apple observers and industry insiders were surprised at the announcement, given previous reports that Intel was releasing the new processor in Q1 2007.
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Saturday,April 1, 2006-Cupertino(AP)
Apple announced the immediate availability of the Mac Pro Desktop computer, which utilizes a 2.5 Ghz Intel Quad Core. The Apple Store lists the new Intel Macintosh, which comes with 4 Ghz of RAM and a 400 Gb hard drive at $2999.

Apple observers and industry insiders were surprised at the announcement, given previous reports that Intel was releasing the new processor in Q1 2007.

...and everyone loses their collective bowels!
post #28 of 37
I can tell you the Quads are not ready. Although the Dual's that are going into the powermac replacement and X serve replacement are on schedule for Q2, which happens to be now. But if that means end of q2 or middle of q2 I'm not sure.

Quad cores are on schedule, but I can't tall you what that schedule is, just that they are on schedule.
post #29 of 37
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Originally posted by Banjo
Well, it's just over an hour until the big day (for us Brits, anyway). So, with literally no proper rumours and no invitations, are the hopes of Mac enthusiasts everywhere now completely shattered? I'm not so sure...

It's 23:55 BST. I pray that in the next 5 minutes the MacBook appears in the Apple Shop. I've a funny feeling I'm going to be waiting for it for a few more weeks tho
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post #30 of 37
I've said this before in another thread but im going to say it again now.

Apple has released things on Sunday before.

Apple has released things on Saturday before.

Why not tomorrow?

It would certainly be a suprise.

Think about it.

It is a steve jobs sorta thing.
post #31 of 37
It's not going to happen. Especially on the weekend.

I really believe that they intended to release something on the 4th, but it's been delayed/cancelled. Probally the video ipod. The macbooks are probally coming in the middle of April.

Quad Core Power Macs are for MWSF 07. Intel plans to get woodcrest out by the end of 2006, so it works out for Apple that way.
post #32 of 37
what if they just update the front page with a well-deserved pat-on-the-back, with a tagline of "Apple Computer - proudly going out of business for thirty years."

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post #33 of 37
Sorry I ran out of lame gif's!!

I would be very very surprised if nothing happens!

What I'd do for one of these with 1000 songs! Fuck me it's beautiful !!

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post #34 of 37
Well, it's Saturday afternoon (in the UK) and on Apple's UK website there is nothing , no birthday wishes, no memorable images or anything!
post #35 of 37
the 'day in history' widget has this as the defnition of april fools day (in part):

"April Fools' Day, or All Fools' Day, is the first day of April. In many countries, including the United States, it is the custom on this day to play tricks on people. A favorite joke is to send someone on a fool's errand, a search for something that does not exist. In the United States, the victim is called an April Fool."
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the 'day in history' widget has this as the defnition of april fools day (in part):

"April Fools' Day, or All Fools' Day, is the first day of April. In many countries, including the United States, it is the custom on this day to play tricks on people. A favorite joke is to send someone on a fool's errand, a search for something that does not exist. In the United States, the victim is called an April Fool."

lol, oh well.
post #37 of 37
can anyone hear Steve say... "During March and into April we had a BILLION hits on the website .... aBILLION HITS!.... i think thats AMAZING."


yeah stevie... when you SET IT UP! for a billion hits from hardware hungery mac fans nice trick.... you got us!
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