Mac Nano

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 08:33
Category: Macworld Expo


The first 30 years were just the beginning.” Does this bold statement portend a new iPod video with a full face touch screen? A set top box that can stream video content to your television? A wireless phone that is also a full fledged iPod with the slickest design and operation you can imagine? No, these products may all very well appear at Macworld, but this has got to be about the future of personal computing. Apple did ignite the personal computer revolution and then reinvent it after all.
I think Apple will introduce a nano-computer, masquerading as a smart-phone . Basically a tablet computer the size of a Treo or Blackberry with a far more clever input method, full face screen and some version of iLife running on it. Ideally it would be a stand alone wireless nano-computer running OS X. Think of all the capabilities of a MacBook combined with a phone. Dock it on your desk with a wireless keyboard, mouse and full screen monitor and it would be your home computer. Take it on the road and it would be your laptop. Put it in your pocket and it would be your phone, camera and your iPod. Take it to work and let the Xserves do the heavy lifting. I think this computer will not only be possible within the next five years, it will represent a paradigm shift bigger than the current migration from desktop computing to laptops.
Current technology would of course make this computer a brick, much larger than a Zune and more expensive than a MacBook. The Apple genius-phone will have to point the way to such a device with a mobile version of OS X and iLife. Much of your data and the programs that manipulate it might be located on the internet. Strip down the memory. Even sync it with your computer rather than replace your computer. Whatever it takes to put a placeholder out there to position Apple for the coming revolution. It might take a serious partnership with Google to pull this off. Phone service providers be damned.
Oh, or it could be that secret feature that Steve alluded when he last demonstrated Leopard in public. What better time to announce IT, whatever IT might be. Something like full support in Leopard for all Windows XP API’s would be cool! And, one more thing….. iLife for Windows.


Ok People, it’s “Macworld” not “MacWorld”

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Date: Sunday, January 7th, 2007, 19:57
Category: Macworld Expo

I have to get a major pet peeve off my chest, I just can’t take it any more.
If you write/blog about things related to the Mac, or God help you, you’re covering Macworld Expo you should get the capitalization right. It’s “Macworld Expo” not “MacWorld Expo.”
You pretty much throw all your credibility out the window when you publish posts like “MacWorld rumor this” or “MacWorld announcement that.” There is no capital W in Macworld – get it right people.
The offenders, and there are a lot of you, need to get your act together and lower case that “w” or risk exposing yourself as a Mac poser.
Also, while I’m at it, it’s Macworld Expo not Macworld. “Macworld” is a magazine, “Macworld Expo” is a conference run by IDG World Expo Corp. There is a difference.
Ok, quickly edit all your posts for the past three months 🙂


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 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.


Macworld Expo Reworks Users Conference Sessions

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 08:15
Category: Macworld Expo

IDG World Expo, the company responsible for organizing the Macworld Expo, announced on Wednesday that it had revamped the upcoming Macworld Conference and Expo Users Conferance program. The Macworld Expo takes place from January 8 – 12 at the Moscone center in San Francisco, California and draws tens of thousands of attendees every year.
The upcoming User’s Conference is organized as a seried of sessions and is expected to draw over 3,000 trainees for the upcoming expo. Training is divided into 30 conference sessions which are spaced out over Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th. Each training session lasts for 75 minutes.
The upcoming user’s conference will feature two new conference session tracks; “Vision” and “Inspire”. The “Vision” track will feature a collection of sessions led by speakers detailing how technology will evolve and effect work environments, home life and culture. The “Inspire” track will feature sessions led by experts demonstrating new Mac producs and how to use them to generate original works.
Other new conference tracks include Magic, Work and Create with full details for each conference being show at the conference web page.


Macworld Expo 2006 Impressions

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 09:36
Category: Macworld Expo

I spent a couple of days on the show floor this year. Here are some observations:
* The show is almost completely dominated by iPod accessories, ranging from “things you can plug your iPod into” (including cars) to various kinds of iPod “luggage.”
* Almost lost in all the frenzy around the new Intel-based Macs was Apple’s announcement of the iPod Radio Remote, a very cool device that adds FM tuning to your iPod (with dock connector). It even supports RDS so you can see the station name and the title of the song. Not bad for a $50 dongle!
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MWSF06: Presentation Key Notes (Updated)

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 14:39
Category: Macworld Expo

Shaun Redmond contributes his live keynote coverage from the just-ended presentation by Steve Jobs here at Macworld Expo 2006. Note: these are stream-of-consciousness
Macworld SF Keynote
Ton of Media Personnel 1000+ (500+ Online Media)
Usual Packed house
Cell phone Warning at 9:00 am PST
Al Gore is in the front row, Mayor of SF walks over to chat with him
Lights dim at 9:07, Steve enters in usual black and indigo outfit
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Apple Plasmas too Good to be True

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 10:38
Category: Macworld Expo

Apple Plasmas?I just received this obvious Photoshop-job of “Apple plasmas” being loaded into a store window. While fun to look at, I’m increasingly of the opinion that the whole thing could be a massive misinformation campaign by Cupertino to get us off the scent.
The PowerPage has been receiving suspicious IMs from people claiming to have all kinds of facts on the new plasma Macs but they simply don’t add up. Part numbers of the alleged TVs don’t match what other Mac Web sites have been told, so there’s a good chance that Steve, Phil and Avie are simply testing the loyalty of their staff by giving out false info and looking for it on the Web. They simply match the specs (in this case the PNs) to the leak and BAM, they’re fired. It’s a crappy way to down-size but it may be happening.
You have to take all this pre-Expo reporting with a grain of salt. Remember that no one except Steve himself and a handful of engineers, PMs and execs know the exact details of the products being announced today. Cupertino is pretty stealthy leading up to Expo and it wouldn’t surprise me if the whole plasma thing turned out to be a smoke-screen. We’ll see in 60 minutes.


FoxTrot Comic Pokes Fun at Steve Jobs and MWSF

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 10:42
Category: Macworld Expo

Check out this funny FoxTrot comic strip by Bill Amend:

FoxTrot and Steve Jobs

It’s no longer on the front page of the FoxTrot Web site, but you can find the whole strip here. (Thanks Calvin Choy)


Exclusive: Apple Plasma Displays to Rock MWSF (is this the Apple television?)

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2006, 12:22
Category: Apple TV, Macworld Expo, Television

[Note: This post was originally published on January 6, 2006.]

A funny thing happened when I walked into the convenience store this morning: as I was grabbing my usual breakfast sandwich (sausage, egg and cheese on a english muffin if you must know) from the warming rack at Wawa (a favorite shop for those in PA/NJ) the guy re-stocking the rack whispered something to me. I was wearing my Apple logo’d sweatshirt, so he says “so you like Apples, huh?” to which I replied “yeah…” not knowing where he was going.

He went on to tell me that he had a friend who had a friend who knew something about a new and special Apple announcement that was going to be made on Tuesday’s Macworld Expo keynote address in San Francisco. Sandwich Man (not his real name) elaborated that this was an announcement that he hadn’t seen reported anywhere on the Web. Intrigued, I asked him for more…

Sandwich Man proceeded to tell me that Apple was about to rock the consumer electronics world again with an entirely new product line that they’ve never sold before. After some prodding he told me that Apple would announce two new widescreen HDTV plasma displays at Tuesday’s keynote address at Moscone.

“Plasma HDTVs?” I yelped.

“Not so loud,” Sandwich man replied.

“The shift manager is the former Asteroid PM from Apple and I don’t want him to hear me!”

We shuffled over to the coffee bar where I pressed him for more. He went on to say that Apple would release 42 and 50-inch widescreen plasma HDTVs loaded with DVI-HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) and VGA Inputs.

Most will shiver at the thought of built-in HDCP because it limits the capabilities of their products. Sandwich man tells me that “High-definition digital video content is restricted to DVD quality on non-HDCP video outputs.” Bummer.

“But why?” I ask.

“Because it’s more than a run-of-the-mill plasma” he says.

Walking over to the prepared foods area he mumbles that the new plasma displays are powered by Intel’s newly announced Viiv multimedia technology as he pretends to re-organize the salads. Picking up a chicken, cherry and walnut salad (my other favorite Wawa item) he mentions that it will run Mac OS 10.4.4 for x86.

Almost dropping my Ken’s salad dressing, I exclaim “No way!”

“Way” sandwich man says.

I can tell he’s getting nervous telling me so much, especially now that a few of his co-workers notice that he’s been talking to me for a while. Nervously he asks me “Would you like me to ring that up for you, sir?” I play along and walk with him over to the register.

“How much will they be?” I ask.

“$25.99 and $32.99” he mutters.

“For a sandwich and a salad?!” I practically yell.

“No. Ahhh, just forget it man” he says in disgust.

“You don’t get it, do you?”

Mildly confused I ask him if there’s anything else he can spill about the new plasmas. Sandwich Man nervous stuffs a few soft pretzels into my bag and tells me that the new sets will feature built-in Bluetooth and Airport technology. “… and the new 12-button remote with LCD display will blow you away” he says.

“Will it include a keyboard and mouse?” I ask.

Rubbing his thumb and index finger together tells me that these will cost extra, in Sandwich Man code.

Not wanting to wear out my welcome, I thank him and grease him with a little New Year’s present (the least I could do). As I walk away he says something really bizarre:

“Hey AirMac, I’ll see you on Tuesday!”

Whatever that means…

Apple television mockup:

Update 2006-0106: The story has been has 1,000+ Diggs and 140+ Digg comments!

All I want for Macworld

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Date: Friday, December 30th, 2005, 16:38
Category: Macworld Expo

Whether you got lumps of coal in your stocking or oil company stock, at this time of year Mac geeks around the world turn their attention to Macworld for new toys. This year feels like it’ll be a biggie, and I’ll be happy with lots of faster, lighter, new designs on laptops. Yeah, that’s nice; I could use one. Maybe a new desktop enclosure, maybe a new set of category names. That’s nice.
But what I really want to see is an iPad.
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Contributed by Steve Abrahamson, principal at Ascending Technologies, where they write FileMaker Pro systems like the ones he described running on the fictional iPad. He can be reached at