Disney absorbs Pixar and Steve Jobs moves to the Disney board. This could not have happened with Eisner. The clash between Eisner and Jobs was a problem that went beyond just personality. Eisner did not appear to have a strategic vision and did not do well for Disney during his tenure. According to Jobs, Bob Iger has one. If he does, this could be a good marriage. Disney benefits by having one of its strongest assets in-house with a guaranteed future relationship. Animation is fundamentally important to Disney. God help Iger if he does not have vision and one that is compatible with Steve’s. Look at what the Next acquisition did for Apple. Great things, but Gil Amelio did not survive the deal. He had no vision and he got Steved.
Well, OK Tuesday afternoon then. What happened? Apple was in fact early with their Intel Processor migration. Why? They had to start somewhere and Yonah was ready. This is a relatively expensive dual core processor, especially compared with the cost of the G4. I do not think the iBook and the mini were right for the timing of this particular processor. Sounds like it is screaming fast and power stingy to boot. Perfect for the pro laptop.
While I think you idea about a Powerbook Nano is really cool and could do wonders for Apple’s product line, I doubt the company will implement such as idea until it can be built around an Intel-based architecture. I’m hoping Apple will come out with a Viiv version of the iBook. A Viiv-ized iBook Nano would be incredible!
One area I disagree on is giving up the optical drive, or allowing Apple to put it in an external FireWire enclosure. Next thing you know, Apple will offer external optical drives using USB 2.0 only. No thanks!
The Eminem Spot is a tempest in a teapot. Apple has been using black silhouettes for its iPod for a while now. The Eminem rap spot is consistent with what Apple has been doing in that campaign. In fact Eminem does not look much different from the hooded Eminem in his Mosh video, although the cartoon characters in Mosh look a bit like South Park and some of the Bush TV spots look Jib Jabish. In the Apple television commercial, the iPod character looks like the typical silhouette with white wires. The color palette in the new Apple ad is right out of the Lugz ad from 2002, and even though this does not constitute plagiarism, there will be no ad industry awards forthcoming for this effort.
Your editor is in a lather about today’s announcements and hoping upon hope for an updated PowerBook (PowerMacs? Who needs ‘em!) – but after chatting with associate editor Rob Parker, a.k.a. the voice of reason, I’m getting more and more convinced that today’s announcement may not involve any hardware at all.
Rob thinks Apple will announce some sort of professional photo application since the event is on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo. “You’ve got Final Cut and iMovie, Soundtrack Pro and Garage Band, DVD Studio Pro and iDVD. We need Mac Photo Pro and iPhoto.” Also, the event is being held in New York and Apple traditionally makes their announcements in the San Jose/Cupertino area.
The odds on the PowerBook nano may have gotten longer, but I’m still pulling for a PowerBook refresh anyway.
I was just reading Murco MacLeod and William Lyons article “Why your iPod will be out of date in a year” and have to agree.
I’m tired of carrying so many gadgets. I’ve been tempted to buy the Nokia Engage or a Sidekick for some time (Siemens and LG have some tight products on the way). But the one area they are fatally flawed in is MP3 playback and storage… and this is why the iPod products continue to dominate.
The ability to store large amounts of music is horrid in competitors products and so is their GUI. These machines should ship with at least 1GB built-in flash memory, mini HD’s, or something. with the additional option to swap out more with SD cards. Music should be a top priority with these and newer hybrid use gadgets. Palm’s new TX and LifeDrive should market the listening pleasures of their devices. Business people listen to music, ebooks and news (podcasts) on their commute (either by train or car). So why aren’t these companies in tune to the basic needs of homosapiens via our integral habits of life?
Douglas Cootey contributes his thoughts on video on the iPod.
When iTunes Music Store launched, millions of Mac music fans proved that Apple wasn’t out of their mind. The iTunes advantage over P2P was obvious from the start. It came down to convenience vs. cost. 99
The iTunes store, iPod and G5 iMac now provide an integrated video experience. This is an extremely low risk way for Apple to enter the video-for-sale business.
QuickTime sits at the center and all of the products are a plus for Apple. Selling videos at the store, watching videos on an iPod, controlling your iMac G5 with a remote control. The reason these things work is that they cost next to nothing for Apple and their customers and are generally revenue neutral. But, are these video deals, press announcements and DRM solutions just a bit of fluff or a stalking-horse for Apple to move seriously into video distribution?
I think it is the latter, but the pieces must fall into place before the next big thing happens. Apple ought to hit the high-end too. It is just a matter of time before all theatrical releases are distributed and projected digitally? Can you say Akamai? It is just a matter of time before all rental video is distributed digitally?
Video can be distributed throughout your house via WiFi without cables running through the walls and Intel is the partner to have. It is just a matter of time before phones supplant the iPod. Hello Moto! (ROKR not withstanding).
By the way, I think FireWire lost the war to USB 2.0. It may not be fair, it may not be elegant, it may not be the outcome we all wanted. Look at the newest iPods. If Apple is not providing FireWire and Apple is moving to Intel processors for their computers, then the handwriting is on the wall.
In other educational news – 13 high school students in the PowerPage’s home state of Pennsylvania (the Kutztown 13 as they’re known) were charged with third-degree felonies for misusing their school-issued Apple iBooks. Their heinous crime? They used the administrator password (which was taped on the back of the computers, no less) to install unauthorized software. Not BitTorrent, not Limewire, but iChat AV. Sheesh. Read More…