Apple TV May Double as Gaming Hub

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 15:12
Category: Rumor

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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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Apple Reportedly Replacing MacBook Power Adapters for Free

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2007, 13:23
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An entry over at digg.com reports that MacBook users appear to be receiving free replacements for their MagSafe MacBook power adapters.
The adapter, a $79 value, has come under criticism for breaking and fraying for some users.
Additional reports on comments have come in claiming that the replacement power adapters are essentially a “version 2.0” and incorporate thicker plastic with a stronger reinforcement base.
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Rumor: Mac Book Mini Spec Roundup

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Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 15:35
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Apple Recon has posted a full roundup of specifications for a possible 12″ MacBook Pro, also nicknamed the “Mac Book Mini”. According to the article, a number of prototypes are floating around Apple’s design teams, which work hand in hand with engineering departments.
Current product details are as follows:
-The display will use LED backlighting to help conserve battery life and will be a 12″ widescreen capable of a 1280 x 800 resolution.
-The CPU will be a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which will contain the heat and use less power.
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Apple May Release Beatles Catalog to iTunes Store Via Super Bowl Ad

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Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 15:20
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An article on AppleInsider details how a possible deal between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps may bring the music catalog of The Beatles to the iTunes Store during a Super Bowl commercial according to a story run in the Toronto Sun this Wednesday.
According to inside sources for the Sun’s article, remastered tracks are slated to be available for download as soon as next month and Apple plans to announce this by way of a Super Bowl commercial come February 4th. The deal would reportedly also give both Apple Inc. and Apple Corps an exclusive three-month restricted distribution deal through the iTunes Store that could delay the release of the CDs themselves.
The report also suggested that Apple Corps would make at least some of the Beatles catalog available through iTunes on Valentine’s Day, a move that would also highlight the band’s project for the Cirque du Soleil, “Love”.
Apple Inc., Apple Corps and British music label EMI Records declined to comment.

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Apple Deletes nVidia Post in Forums?

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 09:19
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An article over at Slashdot.org points out that Apple may be deleting posts relating to complaints regarding nVidia’s current graphic card drivers used in the Mac Pro line of computers. The post goes as follows:
“I purchased a Mac Pro within the first week that they were available, and immediately upgraded to 3GB of RAM (knowing that OSX loves memory). When playing 3D games (World of Warcraft mainly), the game would Kernel Panic the machine if I had played it for a few hours, or if I swapped in and out of the game a few times, etc. I eventually found out (from an official Blizzard poster) that NVidia has a bug in their drivers that kernel panics a Mac Pro if any memory past the 2GB boundary is addressed in the driver. After waiting months for a resolution to this, I decided to post on Apple’s support site. Within a few hours, they removed it from the site, placing it under ‘Posts Removed by Administration.’ What’s going on here? Is Apple trying to hide this bug, or is there something more serious going on between Apple and NVidia?”
No clear answer seems to have been provided and other users have complained about this bug under practically identical conditions.
If you have any ideas about this or have had a similar experience, please let us know.

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Leaked Image/Patent Office Search May Keep “iPhone” Name Alive

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Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2006, 07:01
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Despite everything that’s happened with the iPhone and Monday’s lack of an Apple announcement that left us crying into our holiday eggnog, there may be hope on the horizon. An article over on aMobileME shows an Apple-style advertisement in the works that matches previously leaked images of the firm’s long-anticipated cell phone.
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Strangely, at the very bottom of the image, the text “This board should” appears, as if the image is being passed back and forth between Apple and the ad agency designing the image with ideas and comments being exchanged in the process.
The the rest of text and image style appears to be what Apple would use in a potential advertisement.
Also keeping the hope of the “iPhone” name alive is a report over on MacNN.com citing the fact that according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, there are actually no less thaan four “iPhone” trademarks on file. One has been granted to Linksys and its parent company Cisco while two others have been refused and the fourth application, submitted by Ocean Telecom, has yet to be formally approved.
The Ocean Telecom patent application remains unique as it’s the only application pertaining to a device that actually addresses music, whereas the Cisco/Linksys iPhone patent is limited to “”integrated telephone communication with computerized global information networks,” which the Skype-enabled VoIP phone fits under the category of.
If the product is diverse enough, apparently the USPTO will allow the name to be used again and this may just keep the iPhone name alive for a later announcement and release date.
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