The Apple Core: PowerBook G4 Defects

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Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2006, 08:18
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Apple is having some serious, documented issues with the 15-inch PowerBook G4s that were released in October 2005 (a.k.a “High-Resolution” or “Double-Layer SD”) and it appears that they are ignoring them.
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The Apple Core: Apple Plasmas and bad Intel

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Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2006, 08:00
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I think that it’s time to address the elephant in the room: the Apple plasma story that I floated in the run up to Macworld Expo. The story was based on a tip that I received from a source that was reliable in the past and after checking it with a few other industry peers it seemed plausible albeit a little out of the scope of Apple’s traditional products.
After further research with some publishing peers I discovered that others had also been leaked the plasma display story but that it was from someone that they didn’t know. The story was based on some bad intelligence that I received (sound familiar?) and I made the decision to run with it. Perhaps it was a little irrational exuberance on my part or my perennial optimism, but either way, I was sold. While Apple hasn’t released anything in this category, it could easily be an extension to the iMac line. The cottage industry built around Mac mini home theaters further fueled the fire. I also got swept up in the excitment of plasmas shipping with Intel ViiV digital home technology. The timing seemed perfect with Intel having just announced ViiV a few days prior to MWSF.
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The Apple Core: Disney Board Approves $7B Pixar Acquisition

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Date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2006, 20:12
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Its official. The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, the blockbuster animation studio majority owned by Apple’s Steve Jobs, for $7.4 billion.
Jobs will take a seat on the Disney board and Pixar President Ed Catmull will serve as president of the new Pixar and Disney animation studios. Pixar’s creative genius, John Lasseter will serve as chief creative officer of the animation studios, and will report directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
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The Apple Core: Steve Jobs in mouse ears?

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 07:00
Category: The Apple Core

There’s a ton of speculation swirling that Disney is set to announce a buyout of Pixar Animation Studios for somewhere in the range of US$7 Billion. The acquisition would make Steve Jobs the largest individual shareholder of Disney according to a story on AppleXNet.
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The Apple Core: TGIF: Apple Rumor Roundup

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 10:45
Category: The Apple Core

hipod.jpgIn the wake of Macworld Expo come a veritable plethora of Apple rumors. Some interesting fodder for a Friday.
- Disney buys Pixar
- 2G Video iPod
- Wireless iPod
- Bluetooth iPod
- iPod phone
- iPod boombox
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The Apple Core: Design a Steve Jobs Movie Poster

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 23:12
Category: The Apple Core

ipodfather-250.jpgMike Davidson has started a really good contest on his blog. It’s quite simple and self-explanatory: Design a Steve Jobs Movie Poster.
Get the link on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: PC Card = Obsolete

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 00:24
Category: The Apple Core

expresscard-logo.jpgWith Apple’s announcement of the MacBook Pro they also obsoleted a popular notebook technology – the PC Card slot (formerly PCMCIA).
ExpressCard/34 is a blazing fast replacement for the venerable PC Card slot found on many notebooks, including several generations of PowerBook. ExpressCard is a serial interface delivering between 480 Mbytes/sec and 2.5 Gbit/sec/direction of bi-directional throughput, depending on the interface (USB 2.0 or PCI Express) while a CardBus PC Card is a parallel interface capable of only 33-132 Mbytes/sec.
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The Apple Core: iTunes Phones Home

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 08:00
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little-snitch.jpgApple used the Macworld Expo in San Francisco last week to announce a new version of iTunes, version 6.0.2, that “includes stability and performance improvements over iTunes 6.0.1.” One of the “improvements” is the iTunes MiniStore which an interesting little piece of code that looks at what you’re listening to and suggests artists and songs that you might like. The main issue with the iTunes MiniStore is that it arrives turned on by default. Didn’t Apple pay attention to the whole Sony BMG Music rootkit fiasco?
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The Apple Core: More on the MacBook Pro SuperDrive

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 09:08
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One of the most surprising things about the announcement of the the new MacBook Pro at Macworld Expo this week was Apple’s dropping the 8x burning double-layer SuperDrive in favor of an inferior 4x single-layer mechanism.
I was puzzled during his keynote address when Steve Jobs listed the specs of the new MacBook Pro with only a 4x SuperDrive, it was surely an error I thought. Why would Apple ship a 4x SuperDrive in a machine touted as so much faster than current PowerBooks? (The current PowerBook G4 ships with 8x SuperDrives.)
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro, What's in a name?

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:00
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Back in July 2005 I suggested that it was time for Apple to retire the name PowerBook in favor something that would depart from its “Power”PC heritage (even though the original PowerBook predates the PowerPC) and move into the 21st century and reflect Apple’s commitment to use silicon from Intel.
Yesterday’s announcement of the MacBook Pro notebook was a surprise to most and it’s interesting to see that Apple finally dropped the name PowerBook from the product line.
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