Apple May Slim Down Look of iMac Line

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 09:48
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Apple’s iMac computer line may see substantial overhauls as sources close to the company claim that Apple has requested that design chief Jonathan Ive and his team work to slim down thhe look of the current iMac line. The team would provide a pair of Intel core 2 Duo-based iMacs in a form factor with a more refined look than what’s currently on the market according to AppleInsider.
The last major revision of the iMac’s design came in August 2004 when Apple retired its “sunflower”/drinking bird swivel monitor/rounded base design and came out with the incorporated flat-panel design present today.
Although Apple retained the iMac’s deign in its transition from the PowerPC G5 chip to Intel’s chips, the company focused its efforts on redesigning its notebook computers and has since been able to sell nearly three million MacBook and MacBook Pro units during the 2006 fiscal year, thereby boosting its U.S. notebook market share to over 10%.
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Details Emerge About “Google Phone”

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 15:46
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A slew of rumors centering around an upcoming handset from Google may be coming to fruition as Isabel Aguilera, the company’s chief executive in Spain and Portugal has admitted a mobile product is in the works according to Engadget.
The product is described as a device that could provide features such as search, e-mail, Voice over Internet Protocol and mapping while speculation has emerged that Google may be working on its own hardware – as opposed to using Samsung, as past rumors had claimed.
A source close to the project cited on the High Contrast blog has stated that users can expect a “Blackberry-like, slick device” running Java on a C++ core with a Linux operating system. Google has been mentioned as leveraging its 2005 purchase of a relatively unknown company called Skia, which it felt was capable of creating a 2D engine on low-power devices.
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Apple Adding Final Touches to Apple TV Device

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:30
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According to sources close to the company, Apple may begin manufacturing its long-awaited Apple TV device as early as Monday.
A report on AppleInsider cites that the company, which faced setbacks that shifted an anticipated January launch to mid-March, may be ready to begin manufacturing the units.
The setbacks appear to have been software-related, albeit Apple has never offered an official explanation for the delays. Speculated reasons for these setbacks have included time necessary for full approval of the device from the Federal Communications Commission, although other sources have cited that the NVIDIA graphics card within the Apple TV could have presented technical concerns which needed to be resolved.
Sources close to the company state that Apple began supplying its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn with materials.
The Apple TV will feature an NVIDIA G72M chipset with 64 megabytes of DDR2 video RAM as well as a 1.0 GHz Pentium M-based Intel chip with two megabytes of L2 cache, 256 megabytes of non-upgradable 400 MHz DDR2 RAM, a 40 gigabyte 2.5″ PATA hard drive and an 802.11n wireless card.
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Octo-Core Mac Pro Image Leaked

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:16
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A leaked image on the UK Apple Store suggests that Apple may be releasing an 8-core Mac Pro according to MacRumors.
Rumors of an 8-core Mac Pro system have been floating around since last October, the systems using dual Intel quad-core Xeon processors.
For full details and feedback, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.

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Apple “ThinBook” May Run iPhone Version of Mac OS X

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:53
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American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu has stated that Apple’s rumored “ThinBook” (a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook laptop) will both run on a Flash-based hard drive in lieu of a traditional hard disk drive as well as run on the same “lite” version of the Macs OS X operating system that Apple’s iPhone will run on.
For additional details on the topic, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And now, the real question: what would you make of a flash drive in lieu of a hard drive inside your trusty MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop?

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Apple TV May Double as Gaming Hub

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 15:12
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Apple may have disclosed more than it meant to with yesterday’s release of iTunes 7.1. The update, which included support for the company’s much-anticipated Apple TV, due to ship around the middle of this month.
The updated version of iTunes will offer as a communications point between the computer and the Apple TV unit and synch content such as movies, videos, podcasts and photos to the Apple TV as well as use the the Apple TV as an external hard drive, as mentioned on AppleInsider.
A hidden string file in the updated iTunes may have tipped Apple’s hand. User prompt messages within the program such as “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV,” and “Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV [...] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV.” show a potential future for the Apple TV to be used as a gaming device.
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Next-Gen Video iPod Not in the Near Future

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Date: Monday, March 5th, 2007, 10:19
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Sources close to Apple state that the company, despite anticipation of a sixth-generation video iPod, will not be bringing one to market in the near future.
A report on AppleInsider states that contacts close to the project are tracking a new video iPod for the third calendar quarter of 2007.
Projects are apparently still up in the air over at Apple, especially where launch dates are concerned, the company’s much-anticipated iPhone skewing the mix as the firm tries to get the device out in time for its June launch.
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Apple May Release 3G iPhone for 2008

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Date: Monday, February 26th, 2007, 08:10
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Apple’s long-awaited iPhone may not be on the market until June, but rumors of a follow-up model have become that much more interesting.
A report on AppleInsider has brought out details that a Swedish firm has received assurances from a contact at a cell phone provider that the iPhone could arrive on the European marketplace as soon as September and that a 3G version could arrive as soon as January of 2008.
The emergence of a 3G phone, especially when one was mentioned during Steve Jobs’ keynote at this year’s Macworld Expo San Francisco, hasn’t been kept under wraps by Apple, albeit a major revision from June, 2007 to January, 2008 is unexpected for a major hardware and protocol revision.
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Apple Working on Flash-Based Sub-Notebook

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 09:44
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For those who miss the days of Apple’s sub-notebooks such as the PowerBook Duo and the PowerBook 2400, good news may be around the corner. An article over on AppleInsider both explains Apple’s history with the its sub-notebooks as well as describes a MacBook sub-notebook which sources close to the project say is ahead of its Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference ship date this June.
The laptop, while noted as lacking an optical drive, is expected to include most of the features present on the current MacBook while introducing a NAND-flash based memory system. The solid-state memory, which uses no moving parts, is anticipated to improve power efficiency and help provide near-instantaneous boot times, although this has yet to be frozen into the final design build according to sources.
Even if some don’t consider a sub-notebook to be critical to Apple’s lineup, the effort would help Apple in its Japanese markets, where Mac sales declined about 14% as of the company’s 2007 first fiscal quarter report.
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Microsoft Rumored to be Developing Zune-Branded Phone

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2007, 09:17
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A blog entry over at CrunchGear.com discusses what it refers to as a “sound tip” that Microsoft is developing a Zune-branded telephone with executives meeting as of yesterday to discuss service details, development plans and timelines for the product’s release.
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