Things that make you go "Hmmmm……"

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2003, 00:45
Category: Rumor

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.


Apple Leaks G5 Specs (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 23:03
Category: Rumor

Update: the image link is still working, but it shows current specs instead of apparent “future specs.” By Monday we’ll know if this was a genuine slip-up or an internal hoax — either way, someone’s head is rolling. Unless it was intentional misinformation. (Don’t think so.)
Apple seems to have inadvertently posted specs for upcoming Power Mac G5 models, both MacMinute and MacNN are reporting. (MacNN’s site was choking at midnight Eastern, apparently due to the news.)
In a bullet list on the store (link was working at presstime), Apple revealed the following specifications:
The world’s fastest personal computer
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 processors
Up to 1 GHz processor bus
Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
Fast Serial ATA hard drives
AGP 8X Pro graphics options from NVIDIA or ATI
Three PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
Three USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800, two FireWire 400 ports
Bluetooth & AirPort Extreme ready
Optical and analog audio in and out
The 1GHz processor bus would be a particularly major jump. Notice that the text reads “personal computer” so these are not apparently XServe specs. In fact, the specs
are so good one has to wonder if this isn’t a hoax. Keeping our fingers crossed and waiting until Monday — this should boost Keynote-watching ratings. (Our updated guide to where to watch will be posted tomorrow morning.)


WWDC: All About the Software

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2003, 04:50
Category: Rumor

Daniel Eran Dilger writes, “I’ve written an article entitled “What to expect at WWDC 2003″ that describes some of the new technologies Apple will be announcing later this month.” Dan’s article spotlights likely technology in Panther including overhauled QuickTime architecture with more multithreading and conferencing and collaboration tools, better Directory Services with improvements to Mail, Address Book, and iSync (finally!), a new open file system, graphical remote login, and much more. It’s all music to our ears. Unless you’re doing 3D rendering work, Apple’s bread and butter runs really fast on its latest hardware, but everyone can benefit from under-the-hood improvements. If Apple really is doing this much to OS X’s guts, we’ll celebrate, and hopefully wild hardware rumors won’t steal the thunder from X.


Best Buy and Apple Back in Talks

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Date: Thursday, June 12th, 2003, 10:37
Category: Rumor

Patrick Murphy points us to this ThinkSecret story which suggests Apple and Best Buy are still in talks to restore Apple products to the retailer’s stores. The upside: Apple staff could be employed, as in CompUSA stores, to make sure Apples actually get sold. But as Patrick says, “This is like one of those abusive relationships that just never quits. And I suspect it’ll be a notable exception to the rule quoted in “Roger Dodger” – that break-up sex is always disappointing, but getting-back-together sex is fabulous.”