The Apple Core: FireWire not dead, but it's on life support

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Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2005, 08:11
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I was genuinely surprised when Apple dropped FireWire sync from the iPod nano. So much so that I almost returned mine when I first made the gruesome discovery. I thought for sure that FireWire would live forever in the bigger iPods and that it was just a casualty of the nano’s small size. Unfortunately, FireWire’s almost dead completely.
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The Apple Core: LED Tubes Show Promise for PowerBooks

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 08:00
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Yesterday I discussed how a PowerBook could be improved using flash memory technology in place of fixed disks. Today I want to look at ways to improve the display.
One obvious way to improve the screens of Apple’s PowerBooks and iBooks would be to further increase the available screen resolution. Another display technology that shows real promise for Apple’s professional portables is an experimental backlight technology called LED tubes.
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The Apple Core: Diskless PowerBooks on the Horizon

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2005, 10:06
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It would be great if Apple seriously considered creating a diskless PowerBook. They should ditch the fixed disk (or Winchester) hard drive forever in favor of Flash or Non-Volatile Read Write Memory (NVRWM) in their portable offerings.
The hand writing is on the wall. After trashing flash-based MP3 players for years in favor of the disk-based iPod, Steve Jobs sucked it up and announced the flash-based iPod shuffle at Macworld Expo on January 11, 2005. When that was met with luke warm reviews for its small capacity and lack of display Apple answered critics with the iPod nano in September 2005.
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The Apple Core: Intel Outlook Not so Rosey for 2006

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2005, 10:35
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Paul Murphy’s has an excellent blog entry on ZDNet yesterday that throws a cold bucket of water on the irrational optimism that Apple will launch a raft of successful Intel-based Macs in 2006.

Quite a number of pundits have gone out and predicted the appearance of Intel based Powerbooks from Apple this January – but it isn’t going to happen. In fact what I expect is either, or both, an Intel based Mini and/or some Intel based iBooks. Beyond that, however, Intel is just not going to happen for Apple next year – no Powerbooks, no iMacs, no Workstations, and no X-Serves.

While Paul agrees that cases can be made for the Mac mini and iBook going Intel in early 2006, he makes a pretty goood case as to why the rest of the Intel product line will take a while to catch up. His two main arguements for Intel Macs not reaching critical mass in 2006 are price and availability.
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The Apple Core: Feel the Pixar love in NYC

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2005, 00:01
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pixar_characters.jpgYou don’t have to travel to California or even to a movie theatre to get your fix of Pix. There’s a cool exhibition of Pixar art coming to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. MoMA New York is holding an exhibit of art from Pixar Animation Studios from December 14, 2005 to February 6, 2006.
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The Apple Core: Intel PowerBooks in January too?

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2005, 11:50
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pb_aluminum_15.jpgAfter yesterday’s report that Apple could release an Intel-based Mac mini with DVR features and a built-in iPod dock comes news that they may also announce an Intel PowerBook in the same timeframe.
In a note to clients Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner speculates that Intel PowerBooks could arrive in January, saying “we are becoming more convinced that Apple will introduce its first Intel-based PowerBook at Macworld San Francisco.” Macworld Expo runs from January 9 to 13, 2006.
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The Apple Core: Mac Mini to go Intel in January

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 00:59
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mac-mini-200.jpgThinkSecret is reporting that Apple will announce an Intel-based Mac mini in January – presumably at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. According to the story, which I confirmed with another source, the new Mac mini will pack a bunch of new features not found in the original.
In addition to being the first Macintosh to ship with “Intel inside” the 2006 Mac mini aspires to be the digital entertainment hub in your living room. Already embraced as the center of many Mac-ophiles home entertainment systems, and even some cars, the Mac mini is a natural in the role of entertainment hub: it’s small, headless and inexpensive.
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The Apple Core: Apple releases Broadband Tuner 1.0

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Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2005, 08:24
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Apple’s just-releasd Broadband Tuner allows you “to take full advantage of very high speed Internet connections that have a high latency (5 Mbps or greater). The installer tweaks some system parameters.”
According the the Read Me file the program increases the default values for the size of the TCP send and receive buffers. The theory is that larger buffers allow more data to be in transit at the same time. A startup configuration file is added to preserve the new values after restarts.
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The Apple Core: Dr. Tiki clears the air

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2005, 01:57
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In a previous blog entry, Herding video content for the iPod, I mentioned one of my favorite video podcasts—Tiki Bar TV. In my post I referred to Tiki Bar as a viral commercial “custom made for advertising to be placed in and around the programming.”
The line was taken from a press release from another firm that was clearly trying to capitalize on the popularity of the Tikieans. I have since removed that reference as it was in error. To clear things up I spoke with Dr. Tiki himself from Tiki Bar TV headquarters in lovely Vancouver, British Columbia.
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The Apple Core: Happy MacsGiving

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Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005, 10:25
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thanksgiving-icons.jpgIf you’re looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family don’t forget about your Mac! Many people will leave their machines idle while enjoying turkey, football and stories with the family. Phooey. Here are some suggestions about things that you can do with your Mac over the Thanksgiving holiday.
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