Cringely: HD Movie Downloads and vPod Coming From Apple

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Date: Saturday, July 16th, 2005, 13:00
Category: Opinion

In his latest column for PBS More Shoes: There’s More to the Apple/Intel Deal Than Even Bob Thought At First, Robert X. Cringely insists that Apple’s Video iPod is a reality and that HP and Intel will be involved:

“The whole Apple/Intel deal gets curiouser and curiouser. I wonder if Apple even intends to go forward with the changeover? My guess is they will, but only if Intel complies fully with more unannounced terms of the deal. As I have written in previous columns, Apple is working on its own movie download service (HD movies at that!), and I believe that service and ClickStar are one in the same,” Cringely writes. “Good pricing is not enough reward for Steve Jobs kicking IBM in the corporate groin at the behest of Intel. Let’s guess, then, that not only will ClickStar morph into ITMS, but that Intel’s ‘digital home entertainment devices’ will be ITMS-compliant. No Microsoft, no Real, just H.264, FairPlay, and something behind Door Number Three… Get ready for the Video iPod, which will presumably be available from more than just Apple. HP is already on board and these clues suggest Intel is likely there, too.”

Read the full article at PBS.org.

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Apple Should Name New Intel Notebook "Xbook," Desktops "Xstation"

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:04
Category: Opinion

Back to the “PowerBook” name debate again… PowerPager ‘Reboot’ writes with the best PowerBook name replacement yet. Say hello to “Xbook:”

I agree to let the “Power-names” go away with the PowerPC cpu’s. Why not use what Apple has already started: “X-names”? It also relates nicely to their outstanding OS (which after all will be almost the only thing seperating it form the Wintel world). We all know Xserve is a server so why not let Xstation be a workstation and Xbook be a hi-end notebook? I’m amazed that Apple hasn’t done so already, but hey…maybe they have saved it for this very moment.

In related news, Charles W. Moore, opines that The PowerBook Doesn’t Need A Name Change:

just at the point when Apple laptops are going to have the most powerful processors in portable Mac history would be a particularly inappropriate time to jettison the PowerBook name. But, I hasten to add, raw processor power is only one of many elements that make a PowerBook such a powerful and delightful tool. The real, practical power of a PowerBook is that it packs the capability of a desktop computer into an astonishingly compact and portable form factor. Not the full equivalent of a contemporary high-end desktop of course, but usually in the ballpark of a two or three-year old high-end desktop, which is plenty enough for most of us.

Charles is even more vested in the name “PowerBook” than we are here at the “Power”Page – he writes for PowerBookCentral, after all…
What’s your take?

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Inside the big Switch: the iPod and the Future of Apple

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 00:06
Category: Opinion

ArsTechnica’s Jon Stokes shares some insight on Apple’s switch to Intel processors and the company’s dysfunctional relationship with IBM and Motorola:

As I said in my previous post on the 970MP and FX unveiling, the new PowerPC processor announcements from IBM raise a number of questions about timing, like, when will these parts be available? how long has IBM been sitting on them? why the apparently sudden leap in performance per watt on the same process after a year with so little improvement?
The announcements also raise serious questions about why, if these great parts were just around the bend, did Apple really jump ship for Intel? Was it performance, or performance per watt, as Jobs claimed in his keynote speech, or were there other, unmentioned factors at work?
I have some answers to those questions, and I’ll pass them along below. However, those answers come complete with their own vested interests, so feel free to interpret them as you will.

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Why Apple Won't Suffer the Osborne Effect

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Date: Friday, June 17th, 2005, 03:56
Category: Opinion

RoughlyDrafted: Tech columnists love to rehash old stories and suggest the future will play out just like a vaguely similar event from the past. But as old stories are retold, they become celebrated legends that eventually grossly distort what actually happened.

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Dvorak: Spyware and Viruses to Emerge on Mac

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2005, 23:49
Category: Opinion

PC Magazine: “In his latest column for PC Magazine, John Dvorak envisions a scenario where spyware and viruses emerge on the Mac platform. Dvorak believes PC users will inevitably find a way of installing Mac OS X for Intel on their generic machines. As a result, Apple will likely release a version of Mac OS X for PC users, rather than lose sales to piracy. “To many Mac aficionados the uniqueness of the platform will be lost forever [...] The big problem that Mac users will have to face is the emergence of virus code and spyware aimed at them.” eWEEK columnist Jason Brooks shares Dvorak’s view on Mac OS X for PCs. He believes Apple will eventually release “OS X Unbound” — a version of its operating system for PCs. Apple will then face several issues, such as cannibalization of Apple’s hardware sales.”

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Think Different on Apple v. Does

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Date: Monday, June 13th, 2005, 01:02
Category: Opinion

Ben FranklinSurfette: Children have nearly cured me of swearing. In public. But sometimes only profanity will serve. Yesterday’s performance by Apple Computer comes to mind. This post is designed for non-technology journalists who continue to hold bloggers at an arm’s distance. I’m here to recommend you become familiar with the performance of a company where the formerly fruity aroma has grown overripe.
Ben Apple’s perfomance stinks and Ben Franklin is still right. No, I’m not talking about the gasp-inducing confirmation by Apple Founder Steve Jobs that the company will in fact use Intel chips in Macs. I’m talking about the fact that even though CNET broke the story of this major trade secret, a secret so hot that John Paczkowski lead his blog this morning with the headline, “Wells Fargo? Yes, I’d like to stop payment on a check,” not a single peep has been heard about any Apple plans to sue CNET or Reporter Stephen Shankland for revealing a trade secret. Read More…

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Relax, You're Not Losing Your Mac

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2005, 07:57
Category: Opinion

PowerBook with Intel Inside LogoApple made the announcement this week that they’d be transitioning the chipset at the heart of the Mac again, and the entire Mac community seems to be wailing and gnashing their collective teeth. It’s the end, they say. What will we do? How about relax? Read More…

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Will Apple sue the WSJ and c|net?

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2005, 08:34
Category: Opinion

TUAW: Dan Gillmor has been asking an interesting question: will apple sue the Wall Street Journal over the Intel leak the way they sued the bloggers in Apple v. Does? The WSJ doesn’t seem to think so; they’re patting themselves on the back over Jobs’ reference to them as the end of his keynote. Gillmor doesn’t seem to think so, either, and neither do I. Letting the WSJ off the hook is a way to reinforce the legitimacy of “old media” reporting over “new media” blogging. This is also probably the reason he singled out the WSJ in his talk, even though c|net also broke the story. For a company that wants to be your internet and digital hub, Apple can be pretty hidebound.
Dan Gilmore: By the way, I suspect that Jobs deliberately cited the Journal, not the online news organization. His company is at war with online publications about revealing “trade secrets” — essentially anything Apple wants journalists not to report about. To give a credible news organization like CNet credit might undermine his attacks on Web journalism as a genre.

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Steve Jobs is Crazy

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 07:12
Category: Opinion

Crazy like a fox, and the fox is in the proverbial henhouse. If you take the latest Intel announcement at face value, the roadmap for Intel chips is better suited to Apple future products. Well, what are those products? Apple does not like to talk about future products, but we sure do. Read on…

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Apple Joins the Navy

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2005, 09:41
Category: Opinion

Apple’s corporate doublespeak completely blows me away. Example: CEO Steve Jobs said he plans to continue his litigation of the independent online media (including this site) all the way to the Supreme Court… “No one has the right to publish confidential information just because they can.” (Searchblog)
But when questioned about his decision to pull Wiley books from the bookshelves in Apple Stores after the company published iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business (US$16.47 at Amazon.com), he commented “I didn’t want to do business with them,” but added: “People can publish whatever they want to publish.” (Macworld UK)
Huh? I wish Apple would spend more money on fixing things like the battery recalls, crappy hinges software QA issues and on increasing market share – instead of lawyers.

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