New Apple Communication Device

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  • Reply 41 of 81
    kidredkidred Posts: 2,402member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MacsRGood4U

    From Spymac, for what it's worth:



    Multiple sized tablets under development for new home portable market





    A variety of information suggests that Apple is developing tablet-based systems utilizing a range of screen sizes.



    The rumor follows Spymac's report that Apple will soon be tackling the new 'home portable' market, a demographic that will apparently be targeted with more than one product. Both 8" and 15" tablet systems are reportedly being prepared, says a previously reliable contact.





    I'm sorry, but has SpyMac been right yet? I mean they've been around for what, a little over a year now? I don't have a recollection of them ever being right? Have they been? If not, then why do people keep quoting their predictions and why do they keep predicting? Is it because of their free mail accounts?
  • Reply 42 of 81
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  • Reply 43 of 81
    Quote:

    Originally posted by KidRed

    I'm sorry, but has SpyMac been right yet? I mean they've been around for what, a little over a year now? I don't have a recollection of them ever being right? Have they been? If not, then why do people keep quoting their predictions and why do they keep predicting? Is it because of their free mail accounts?



    Hmmmm ... why ain't there a "scorecard" conference on this here board?
  • Reply 44 of 81
    inkheadinkhead Posts: 155member
    Spymac has been right several times. they were only way wrong with the whole iwolk pda thing.



    What they are saying is only been said by like 3 different places, yes apple is making more than one.





    I reported the pda last year with the exact same specs that everybody is reporting now. I can also confirm their is a 15' web tablet. Everyone told me I was on crack back then and apple would never develop anything like this. But it's funny now how a year later the rumor sites caught up with the information I have.
  • Reply 45 of 81
    netromacnetromac Posts: 863member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by inkhead

    Spymac has been right several times. they were only way wrong with the whole iwolk pda thing.



    What they are saying is only been said by like 3 different places, yes apple is making more than one.





    I reported the pda last year with the exact same specs that everybody is reporting now. I can also confirm their is a 15' web tablet. Everyone told me I was on crack back then and apple would never develop anything like this. But it's funny now how a year later the rumor sites caught up with the information I have.








    1. On which exact occasions has spymac been right?



    2. It was called the iWalk



    3. If Apple is indeed developing more than one tablet (I personally doubt it), they are probably at different stages of development and would not be released at the same time. Say one this year and one next year.



    4. What, you have had all this information for a whole year and you didn't mail MOSR
  • Reply 46 of 81
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by inkhead

    I can also confirm their is a 15' web tablet.



    A fifteen foot web tablet?



    </spinal tap>
  • Reply 47 of 81
    low-filow-fi Posts: 357member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by rickag

    Are you implying a less expensive player? How to make it more affordable? What other storage options other than a hard drive are there? Any new technology around?



    I think he was referring to the fact that people were saying the original iPods were very expensive: then they held one and realised how cool they were....



    low-fi
  • Reply 48 of 81
    whoamiwhoami Posts: 301member
    i know what you mean!

    when i first checked out the ipod, i had to have it.

    i think this is apple's marketing strategy for everything!

    it's the devil's work!
  • Reply 49 of 81
    709709 Posts: 2,016member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Amorph

    A fifteen foot web tablet?



    </spinal tap>




    Ten? No, this one goes to fifteen.
  • Reply 50 of 81
    vinney57vinney57 Posts: 1,162member
    Actually I think it was a reference to the model of Stonehenge



    ('there's too much Dolby')
  • Reply 51 of 81
    cyclecycle Posts: 187member
    maybe the new device is the ipod itself?



    no one knows about the new ipods actually...and they may have some sort of webcam in it...



    u know? ipod is a multifunctional device...u got a mac..and u got an ipod





    a base and something to take with you...



    an ipod could do more than a p800...even the price makes it...
  • Reply 52 of 81
    chromoschromos Posts: 189member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by vinney57

    Actually I think it was a reference to the model of Stonehenge



    ('there's too much Dolby')




    Yes, and the 15' tablet will be introduced in a new commercial starring Mini Me, dancing 'round said tablet.
  • Reply 53 of 81
    I think that Apple will wait for Panther to be released before releasing a tablet.



    Panther will give a lot of new functionality that a tablet could use:

    - Multiuser GUI

    You have n tablets/users for one server.(Airport

    driven)

    - I read that it will enhance syncing between mobyle

    devices like your user folder.

    - Piles could be very important for such devices with

    gestures to better control the UI

    - and much more.



    For me it's sure that apple will sell such device but not before Panther release.
  • Reply 54 of 81
    inkheadinkhead Posts: 155member
    This new device is most likely the "wireless" interface that will send the screen to another display. Kinda of like the viewsonic airo or whatever only elegant.



    I know they've been working on these types of things for a while and this is the only thing I can think of...
  • Reply 55 of 81
    vinney57vinney57 Posts: 1,162member
    inkhead I think you may have a small part of the puzzle. There is clearly a number of things going on here and the rumours have become all mixed up (as per usual)



    The one area that we know Apple is interested in is the nebulous 'Home Network'. ie the use of a central media server and various satellite devices to provide an integrated audio/video/photo/internet system for the home. (large American homes that is, not the pokey Victorian piles that us Brits tend to live in ).



    The Japanese giants have started to move with a few examples of real product, all using their own proprietry protocols of course (the usual Japanese method of business battle, pitching kuiretsu against each other to see which technology survives)



    So, what does the concept need?

    Powerful media server: 970 Xserve/PowerMac variants

    Simultaneous Multiuser OS: Panther (Microsoft for example has a licensing problem with this in XP Home whereas Apple doesn't care about that sort of thing)

    Networks: Giganet (and 10 Giganet as soon as possible), Firewire, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth

    Satellite Devices: iMacs, iBooks, PBooks naturally, and:

    Large tablet iThing for hanging on Kitchen wall, bedroom, walking around etc. - TV, remote control, surfing, photos etc.

    Small tablet iThing for individual remote control of fixed devices, emails, PDA etc. And perhaps...communications. Is it possible that the small iThing is designed for every individual in a house to carry as home 'radio style' telephone as opposed to a cellular phone (a concept I still have problems with)?

    How about the 20, 23 and rumoured 30 inch LCD monitors as dumb TV/Computer screens (which is where the display comms device rumour comes in)?

    Software The Apple music service of course plus tie ups with TiVO and others for the broadcast stuff.



    Questions remain however; most people into this kind of gear will have very, very expensive DVD players, audio amps, DLP projectors etc. for their main room and there is no way Apple is going to get into these sorts of devices. Some sort of control 'bridge' is required. There are simple serial protocols used at the moment but the more ambitious digital control protocols (most using firewire) are all over the place in terms of compatible standards. Whether some sort of standard protocol (HaVI?) can be agreed remains to be seen.
  • Reply 56 of 81
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    Actually, I think all of that is far too complicated, and that's the reason why home networking has gone nowhere. AAC audio is bandwidth-light, and ARD is apparently about to become much more efficient. (Part of me is wondering why Apple took a sudden interest in releasing a highly optimized X11, but that really could just be to make OS X a more attractive UNIX).



    Airport = no wires or ethernet hubs. You can set up a network in an old house as easily as a new one without running cat 5 everywhere, or wiring the whole building.



    Servers = whatever (capable) Macs are currently lying around. OS X does multitasking really well, most home server needs are pretty lightweight, and so are most tasks that people use computers for at home. Nothing here has to be scalable, and uptime is not mission critical, so there's no reason the iMac in the living room can't serve something, or even the PowerBook on the porch.



    The thing to remember is that the classic Apple network has never required a tech. You plug things in, turn on sharing, and boom, you have a network. Well, Apple has technology and services in place to make even the old serial AppleTalk network look difficult and arcane. The goal is that you buy whatever computers you want, set them up wherever you want in whatever building you want (unless it's metal ), maybe get a Base Station, and blam, you have all this capability. Every Mac currently for sale is powerful enough to function as a server for these purposes, and handle typical needs besides. They can piggyback on Apple's .Mac servers for some things. They can advertize their services via Rendezvous, and deliver them over AirPort Extreme. They can link up with a lot of digital hub devices over Bluetooth, and FireWire can handle anything that needs more bandwidth.



    With this setup, the home network is dead simple. It requires AirPort hardware and maybe a few button clicks in a Preferences pane to set up. It automagically embraces any (relatively new) Macs you already have, and even Windows and Linux boxen and your TiVo, because it's built around standards. It scales transparently with the hardware available to it.



    What could be simpler than that?
  • Reply 57 of 81
    midwintermidwinter Posts: 10,060member
    That's it. Bingo.



    Cheers

    Scott
  • Reply 58 of 81
    rmh1572rmh1572 Posts: 94member
    How is ARD supposedly going to get way more efficient Amorph?
  • Reply 59 of 81
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Rmh1572

    How is ARD supposedly going to get way more efficient Amorph?



    More efficient compression. That's all I've heard.
  • Reply 60 of 81
    aquafireaquafire Posts: 2,758member
    Try bigger & better.

    Something like a universal Matrix convertor
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