Apple and Video

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2005, 09:56
Category: Opinion

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.

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Students Charged as Felony Hackers – Password Written on Back of iBooks

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2005, 10:39
Category: Opinion

Arrest Me I Know The PasswordIn 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…

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Where did Apple go Wrong?

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Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005, 00:38
Category: Opinion

With the success of the iPod and iTunes, and the growing support for Mac OS X in the software industry – one still has the proverbial question. Where did Apple go wrong?

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The Laptop Bait and Switch

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2005, 09:11
Category: Opinion

In a story for the Washington Post “It Takes a Discerning Eye to See Through Laptop Lingo” Rob Pegoraro explores the Dell and HP practice of shipping laptops “with batteries that will expire before you can finish watching a movie.” Read More…

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It's Been 15 Years: Time to Dump the Term "PowerBook"

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2005, 06:42
Category: Opinion

The venerable PowerBook has been with us since 1991 when Apple released the PowerBook 100 (with the help of Sony) and Xerox PARC veteran and long-time Apple Fellow Alan Kay coined the term. Apple trademarked “PowerBook” shortly thereafter further solidifying the term in the modern technical vernacular. Apple launched their consumer notebook in 1999 and called it the “iBook” to differentiate it from its more expensive brother, the PowerBook.
As the iBook gained in “power” over the years Cupertino had a difficult time differentiating between their entry-level iBook and professional PowerBook offerings causing a lot of hand-wringing inside Apple’s marketing department. What exactly is the difference between an iBook and a PowerBook these days anyway? Monitor spanning? Puh-lease.
Click through for some of my suggestions…

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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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