The Apple Core: My dream: an Apple tablet

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006, 08:00
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apple-tablet-concept-pixel-mojo.jpgI had a dream last night about the iPod (I know, I know) and how it morphed into a tablet Mac.
As I’ve previously mentioned here, the iPhone could be a clever decoy planted by Apple to misdirect attention from the real Macworld show stoppers – whatever they may be.
Steve Jobs has told us that iTV is coming, so that’s a given, but what about the iPod? Cupertino has been famously silent about their little media player and the timing’s right for an upgrade. There’s no shortage of patent applications indicating that Apple is developing a full-screen iPod with a touch screen interface. Which got me to thinking…
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The Apple Core: LG KE850, a preview of iPhone?

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2006, 08:00
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LG-KE850.jpgLG-KE850 touchscreen mobile phoneThere is some speculation, fueled by a story about the phone at Hungarian site Mobil Portal, that the LG KE850 (pictured) could be the iPhone.
From the few details available the KE850 appears to be based on a 240×400 touchscreen interface, with Send, End and Confirm being the only real buttons. Some also think that the KE850′s shape and color share lineage with LG’s Chocolate line of mobile phones (LG-SV590/KV5900/LP5900), so it could be one of those too.
It could even come out today…
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The Apple Core: Pictures of the iTV remote

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2006, 11:36
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In case you can’t tell by my posts for the last couple of days, I’m really into the iTV. My unhealthy obsession is probably due to the fact I’ve been waiting forever to get a Mac mini for my home entertainment setup. First I was waiting for Intel, then for Core 2 Duo. For those who share my fascination: a new picture of iTV’s remote control popped up on the Interweb yesterday.
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The Apple Core: Has the iTunes Store jumped the shark?

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, 10:18
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US-digital-song-sales.gifIndustry analyst Forrester Research has released a report saying that Apple’s iTunes has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year. Forrester conducted an analysis of credit card transactions over a 27-month period and concludes that since January the monthly revenue has fallen by 65 percent, with the average transaction size falling 17 percent.
There are two things that Apple should consider if they expect to get more sales from the iTunes Store…
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The Apple Core: iPhone could be a diversion

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 09:18
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There have been reports around the Web that Apple’s much-rumored iPhone has been delayed and/or that it’ll be a flop. Then it occurred to me – could iPhone be a diversion?
What if there’s something else that Apple wants to feature at Macworld Expo, like a full-screen video iPod or even a the already mentioned iTV? You barely hear about these two items that much any more in the build up to The Big Dance next month in San Francisco.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple’s iTV: what the heck is it?

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2006, 08:00
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A friend really got me thinking about what, exactly, the iTV is. Currently I have more questions about it than answers.
I don’t think that iTV is a “glorified storage device” at all. In fact, I don’t think that it has any storage. I think that it’s more likely to be a podium for a Mac mini to sit on – which gives it a) storage and b) a DVD player (Blue Ray hopefully!)
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple’s lucky bag returns

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2006, 08:00
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luckybag.gifLast year the Apple store Shinsaibashi in Japan sold a limited amount of “lucky bags” – essentially a grab bag of Apple goodies, including an iPod nano and a limited edition t-shirt. The catch is that you don’t know what’s inside. The lucky bags are back again this year in limited quantities, but the difference is that you can also get them online. Sorry kids, like many cool things, they’re only available in Japan…
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The Apple Core: Patent application revelations II

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006, 11:52
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iphone-patent-4.pngIn yesterday’s installment I covered some of the revelations found in Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
Some of the more interesting parts of Apple’s patent application discuss a seamless one-piece iPod enclosure constructed from radio transparent ceramics and internal rails that serve as a guide for positioning and supporting the internal components.
Today I’ll discuss some of the other interesting aspects of United States Patent Application #20060268528 as they are likely to be a prelude of things to come from Apple.
Dive into the world of multiple input devices, dedicated power and new battery technology on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Patent application reveals much about iPod/iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, 09:25
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Yesterday I posted a note about Apple’s United States Patent Application #20060268528 for a “handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.”
The details of the patent (USPTO, text, PDF) are extremely revealing about where Apple is headed with the future of iPod and iPhone – if you read between the lines a little bit. Keep in mind that Apple (and most tech companies) keep their patent applications intentionally vague.
Dive into the world of seamless enclosures, extruded tubes, internal rails and radio transparent ceramics on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iPhone patent revealed

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2006, 10:19
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iphone-patent-pic.pngOn November 30, 2006 Apple filed what appears to be a patent for the iPhone, a mobile phone/iPod hybrid that has been rumored to be in development for over three years. In United States Patent Application #20060268528 Apple refers to the device as:

A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a ceramic material that is radio-transparent.

It’s pretty interesting that Apple is building the iPhone enclosure from ceramic material (which they call Zirconia in the patent) for “radio transparency.” The change from aluminum and/or plastic (like the iPod) may allow Apple to make the iPhone’s antenna internal, much like PalmOne did with the newish Treo 680.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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