Macosrumors.com has recently published an article to add to the fevered pre-Macworld rumor mill this time of year.
The article, which cites sources strong but anonymous sources in both Cupertino and southeast Asia, discusses a “MacBook Thin” portable model which may be en route for the new year.
Since the introduction of Apple’s Intel-based hardware and laptops, an ultra-thin 12″ laptop has been in demand, especially given the fact that the consumer-level MacBook features a 13″ monitor – something which had never been done in previous generations of entry-level/consumer models for Apple laptops.
According to the article, the key goals of the “Thin” project were to scale down the features of the MacBook Pro without compromising them for the smaller size of the unit. The new “MacBook Thin” is expected to be a variant of the MacBook Pro family yet contain many of the pro-grade ports such as Firewire 800, ExpressCard expansion slot and a higher-end ATI graphics card.
To date, the final shipping name of the “MacBook Thin” is unconfirmed, but the purported specs are as follows:
-12-inch widescreen display, 1280×800 resolution.
-2.16 or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors
-1GB of DDR2-667 memory standard. Max. capacity 3GB.
-Standard “Pro” ports: USB2, Firewire 400 & 800, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital/Analog Audio minijack I/O ports.
-ExpressCard expansion slot (believed to be /34 type)
-Similar storage to “Pro”: 2.5in SATA HDDs at 120GB & up, ‘Combo’ or ‘Super’ optical drive.
-ATI Radeon Mobility X1600 or nVIDIA GeForce GO 7600 graphics systems with 256MB of VRAM.
-Mini-DVI display connector with full second display capabilities
-Built-in iSight, stereo microphone, Airport Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
-Battery life is expected to be “best in class” at about 6.5 hours real-world, some reports have suggested up to 8 hours is possible.
As of now expectations for Macworld Expo run high and given that an iPhone and iTV products as well as a new preview version of Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system and several software updates are expected, the “MacBook Thin” will probably see a later release date.
Please let us know your comments, ideas and whether you’ve heard anything to this end.
With Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon, the rumors abound.
The latest one according to an article on techcrunch.com centers around the possibility of Steve Jobs announcing a partnership at the upcoming show.
Albeit rumors usually spawn around this time, there is some credibility to the notion of a partnership, especially with Apple’s iTV product in the works. An article over on PVRWire agrees with the idea of the partnership and/or licensing deal, but also cites that Apple and TiVo embody different goals as well as work styles.
The joint effort may be mutually beneficial in that TiVo still has a strong brand name in the PVR world, but faces the reality of declining sales and increased competition while Apple’s connections to online video and retail through the iTunes Store could help the firm. Despite this strength, Apple remains new, untested and unproven in the television markets.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding this, let us know.
With the iPhone on the way, Apple is expected to include its standard clickwheel found in several of its iPods into the device according to a report by MYiPhone.com.
The article, which cites analyst Jesse Tortora, mentions the importance of music to the device and believes that the iPhone should be considered a music player complete with phone capabilities rather than the reverse.
The first iPhone is expected to feature a camera and two batteries (one powering the cell phone capabilities, the other the music player’s) but lack Wi-Fi, video functions, a standard QWERTY keyboard and a larger OLED display. Said features are expected to appear in a second generation – around the third or fourth quarters of 2007.
If you have any ideas or comments about this, let us know.
Kevin Rose, founder of digg.com, leaked a slew of exciting details regarding the possibility of Apple’s upcoming cell phone, or “iPhone” in a recent digg.com vidcast, according to MacWorld UK.
Keeping in mind that this is still rumor and speculation despite the anticipation that greets a potential phone with Macworld Expo San Francisco on the horizon next month, there remain some cool new possibilities released about the device:
-The new device has been described to be as “small as s*it”.
-The new device is expected to run a “mini version of OS X.”
-The new device will ship in two memory capacities, a 4 GB and an 8 GB model expected to be priced at $249 and $449 respectively. The unit is expected to be based on Flash memory.
-The device is expected to support the major network standards and be without individual/provider network ties.
-The device is expected to support SIM card support as well as feature a cool slide-out keyboard and touch screen.
-Finally, the device is expected to support two batteries, one powering the phone functions while the other supports the music-playback/iPod elements. The two batteries will be powered by a single charger.
The full video clip can be seen here, albeit NOT SAFE FOR WORK due to casual swearing and Kevin Rose enjoying a beer as he lays out the rumor’s details:
The speculation of a long-awaited device continues, albeit I’d like to see what Apple could do with a tablet device come the new year.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know.
A recently filed patent by Apple Computer reported by Macworld has pointed to a possible mobile phone device, or long-awaited “iPhone”, that could serve as the next generation of the iPod as well as allow the company to branch off into new markets.
According to a report on Bloomberg.com, the patent describes a “tube-like” device containing zirconia and alumina that would be “cost effective, smaller, lighter, stronger and aesthetically more pleasing than current” designs.
The introduction of the patent is sensible, especially with Macworld Expo just around the corner in San Francisco in little more than a month. The iPhone would face considerable competition from new generations of cell phones capable of increased functionality as MP3 players as well as PDA-like devices.
Speculation for an “iPhone” device has been a favorite topic of many Mac users, many of them wishing to see Apple improve where current cell phone manufacturers fall short.
A short but popular concept video by award winning filmmaker Christopher DeSantis details what a potential iPhone, or “iTalk”, might be like in terms of form, function and appearance.
Let’s just say I have been informed by a little reliable birdy about Tomorrow’s event. The line-up will follow this similar structure:
Welcoming of Media Members
Discussion on iTunes software, iTMS integration into iTunes, and iTMS sales and facts.
Announcement of iTunes version 7.0
Announces better search feature for Music Store
Announces Movie Store. Available Immediately will be movies from Disney and Pixar, among other studios.
New iPod Nano Announcement (nice brushed casing, while it will have same features as first gen, only a longer battery life)
New iPod Announcement (Widescreen, Bluetooth, and featuring virtual touchweel. Does not include Wi-Fi, or any other protocols)
One More Thing….TubePort. A $99 2-piece set that includes a dongle that connects via USB to your mac, and another dongle that connects via included HD cables or regular Component cables to your TV. The movie is accessed on your Mac via an iDisk-like storage component hosted by Apple.
I’ve been calling for a MacBook nano for a while now and evidence is mounting that Apple is working on such a beast. Although there are many counter points to the argument (no optical drive?) an ultra-notebook/tablet could fill the hole left by the PowerBook 12-inch quite nicely.
Apple Computer could introduce an “ultra-portable PC” that employs NAND-based flash memory in time for the January Macworld trade show in San Francisco, one Wall Street analyst says. UBS Investment Research analyst Ben Reitzes said this week his proprietary checks indicate Apple is working on “ultra-portable PCs” and even notebooks equipped with NAND flash memory in order to speed up boot times.
“We believe these new products could start in notebook products with combo-drives (NAND and HDD) or ultra-portables (NAND only), and could be released in time for MacWorld,” Reitzes told clients.
Okay don’t get excited.
A user on HowardForums had an Area Information message pop up on his GSM mobile phone while walking around San Francisco that identified itself as Apple District.
While this isn’t uncommon in other parts of the world, I have never once in the United States gotten an Area Info message on any of the channels of my mobile phone. So that in and of itself is interesting, but like the original poster points out, this could perhaps be related to a pilot of Mobile Me, whatever the heck that is.
Have any readers in San Francisco recieved an Area Info message with that designation? Where were you? I invite you to follow along with the discussion on Howard Forums or in the comments here. This could be quite a fun little caper.
Does this look like a coincidence? We don’t think so!
Thursday night, the Apple Store briefly posts specifications of an unreleased PowerMac G5.
Saturday afternoon, reports of a job opening at Apple emerge.
Sunday, Joy of Tech already pokes fun of the goof.
Tune in to the PowerPage on Monday morning at 10 AM PDT for our live coverage of Steve Jobs’ keynote address from the WWDC in San Francisco.