Let's see. Not necessarily in this order: Apple just got done with a very significant update to FCP, and (if I'm not mistaken), they've announced DVD Studio Pro for OS X. That segways (
) very neatly into two announcements:
QuickTime 6, with full support for MPEG-4. Announced, but not shipping. Release date for a public beta is given.
New PowerMacs to do all your DVD authoring on. Since the last I heard was that the 7460 was available in "spring," like the 7450, I'm going to say that the low end model will be the current midrange model, chopped down to the base price and with an available (if not standard) SuperDrive. 7460 based towers with an all-new motherboard are shown: 1GHz and 1.2GHz processors; 266MHz DDR RAM; <a href="http://www.ti.com/sc/docs/news/2001/01160.htm
" target="_blank">Firewire 2</a>, GeForce3 Ti standard (but not the top of the line GF3) and significantly improved internal bandwidth. The case will be unchanged. These models will ship in March, with OS X standard. (At this time, the 867MHz model will quietly disappear - since Apple was mostly just clearing out old models - and the line will get bumped to 1GHz, 1.2GHz, and 1.4GHz).
To go with your new Macs, new displays: 17" ($599), 19" ($1099), 22" ($2099). The displays will be sans pinstripes, but otherwise similar to the current look.
Portables. The iBook is exceeding expectations. The TiBook is doing great (insert spiel about how great it is that you can do real-time video editing on a notebook for the first time ever - which really is
cool). No changes.
MacOS X adoption is at 9 o'clock. Adobe announces various major projects for OS X, including Photoshop. AppleWorks 7 announced. iMovie updated to support OfflineRT so that people can store a lot more video on their machines.
Apple Stores are doing great, opening on target. iPod is lingered on. No changes.
Closing spiel about how Apple is reacting to the downturn by pushing forward, innovating, getting the message out, and taking advantage of their "whole widget" approach to make more compelling products; the theme is investment rather than retrenchment.
Oh, and one more thing.
LCD iMacs. 15" LCD. Same motherboard as current top of the line machine. 700MHz G3 (the Sahara doesn't even start sampling
until January, <a href="http://www-3.ibm.com/chips/products/powerpc/newsletter/oct2001/new-prod1.html
" target="_blank">according to IBM</a>). $999, $1299, $1599. Base model has CDRW, 128MB RAM, 60GB HD. $1299 DV model has combo drive, 128MB RAM, 80GB HD. Top of the line SE has a SuperDrive, 256MB RAM, 100GB HD.
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