Octo-Core Mac Pro Image Leaked

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:16
Category: Rumor

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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
Category: Rumor

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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.
If you have any comments, feedback or recent experience with this, let us know.

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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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