The Apple Core: Calm before the Macworld Expo storm

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2007, 21:19
Category: Macworld Expo

homewood-tahoe.pngToday was a travel day so please excuse the tardiness of this post. I just landed in Reno/Tahoe and checked in for a weekend of snowboarding before Expo. Anyway, the weekend before Macworld Expo in San Francisco is typically when details about Apple’s planned announcements begin to leak and today is no exception.
iLife and iWork ’07 were mistakenly posted on Amazon.com earlier, albeit with zero details,so the proverbial cat is out of the bag on them. Although they aren’t huge surprises, I’m sure that someone on the Amazon Web team is feeling the wrath of Steve about now.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iPhone: The Ultimate iTV Remote?

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2007, 10:00
Category: iPhone

With all the discussion surrounding Apple and an iPhone device, could an Apple phone turn up as the ultimate remote for Apple’s iTV. Front Row + Apple Remotes are already bundled with Mac hardware. Wouldn’t it seem reasonable that a new phone would provide remote control for the upcoming iTV?
The thought is that a new Apple phone will integrate with iTV as a remote that you can use within the house… never misplacing your phone or remote and be a nearby and available phone to use. I imagine that the phone/remote would pile up the minutes as it would be the first choice of a phone to use while using your home media.
Smart phones are no more clumsy than other (TV, CD, DVD, VCR) remotes. An all-in-one Apple device that simplifies this media experience would be welcome. I’d imagine someone in Cupertino would think so.
Contributed by: Dave Walter

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