Treo 700p Announced, Mac Users Rejoice

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 14:12
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700p.jpgAs a Mac owner I was a little nonplussed when palmOne announced the Treo 700w four months ago. Gone was one of the best reasons to buy a Treo – native syncing with Mac OS X. Well fear not Mac faithful, palmOne today announced the Treo 700p smartphone (the “p” means that it runs the Palm OS.) The Treo 700p features:
– 312MHz Xscale CPU
– 128MB flash memory (60MB usable)
– 1.3 megapixel camera
– Bluetooth
– 320×320 display
PhoneScoop took a bit of the wind out of my sails though, apparently the 700p’s SDIO slot won’t support WiFi (um, WHAT?!) and it doesn’t support voice dialing over Bluetooth.
The good news is that the 700p appears to have the Bluetooth profile for Dial Up Networking (DUN) enabled. Hopefully Verizon and Sprint won’t cripple this feature like they did in the Treo 650.
No word yet on the price of the phone or data plans, but I’ll be posting more information as we get it from the carriers.


Latest ‘MacBook’ leak looks fake

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Uncategorized

macbook-fake.jpgThis screen shot posted in the MacRumors forums is purported to be an Apple “slip up” of the upcoming MacBook (iBook replacement) that allegedly appeared on their Web site.
As one astute poster on the SpyMac forums noted the photos in the “slip up” are clearly copied from Apple’s iBook software page.


Apple to Brief Media on Thursday 18 May 2006

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:07
Category: Announcement

Apple Insider is reporting that Apple will be holding a “special briefing” in Manhattan, NY for analysts and members of the media on Thursday, 18 May 2006 at 10 a.m. ET.

In the invites to the event, Apple welcomed analysts and members of the media to preview the new flagship retail location ahead of its Friday evening grand opening, but did not hint at any product introductions.

19 May 2006 is the grand opening for Apple’s new flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in New York. Some are speculating that Apple will release the new MacBook (and possibly an iPod) at the event but that has not been confirmed.


The iMachine

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

With Apple moving to Intel processors and with Michael Dell talking about running OSX on Dell PC’s, I have been contemplating the concept of Apple reaching out to the mainstream PC users.
Of course, the first argument forming in any technophiles mind is the fiasco surrounding ‘clones’ in the mid 90’s, before the triumphant return of Steve Jobs rescued the beleaguered company from mediocrity. So let me nip that in the bud. I know that I speak for many by saying that licensing OS X will not work.
Between driver issues, etc., Apple would quickly lose the reputation that ‘it just works.’ Plus, Steve Jobs called the licensing ‘ill-conceived’ and a result of ‘institutional guilt.’ So, if Apple were to make a play for market share, it would be through a partnership, or through acquisition. Of course, the ‘partnership’ concept is tantamount to ‘licensing,’ so we are left with acquisition ‘ which would allow Apple to maintain a robust OS and still have a low-cost product line.
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The Apple Core: iPhone to become a reality?

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 08:46
Category: The Apple Core

iphone.jpgOne of the hottest tidbits of Apple juice last week was a news story that Apple is working on a iPod/mobile phone hybrid device with Softbank Corp.
On May 13th the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun Saturday Morning edition reported that Apple and Softbank are working together to develop mobile phones capable of downloading and playing music from the iTunes store. That story was then picked up by Japanese news agency Nikkei Net Interactive (subscription req’d).
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.