Uncharacteristically for the folks from Cupertino, Apple seems anxious to fuel rumors around Monday’s keynote rather than quell them, with phrases on its homepage like: “This is Big. Even by our standards.” and “Beyond the rumor site. Way beyond.” (We’re still waiting for “Even the Go2Mac staff will be blown away.”)
I wanted to correct the story on the replacement deal at CompUSA. I work for a division of CompUSA and used to be a Mac Tech in one of their stores. The replacement plan works like this, if your product fails you bring it in to us and we determine whether it is more cost effective to replace or repair the product. If it cheaper to replace it than repair it we then put it in for replacement and are replacement SKU and dollar amount. If the customer wishes to upgrade they can take a gift certificate and apply it to the purchase of anything else in the store. The plan is not a trade in and trade up plan. I do not want your readers to go into a CompUSA and purchase the replacement plan and be disappointed when a few months or years later want to upgrade and told it does not work that way.
When the iPod came out, I thought it would be a good way to store and power a digital camera. Clip the iPod to your belt, then use a very light camera body connected by firewire. I guess it needs a bigger drive, but we all know how fast drive capacity expands.
I just realized today that the iPod could be Mr. Jobs’ "digital hub". Several sites have mentioned that the earphone port has extra inputs for controls. I suspect these could also be used as controls for add-ons.
SpyMac is the same highly reputable source that brought us the iWalk just before the intro of the iPod. Theyare pretty skillful mockup artists, but have no credibility that I’m aware of. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Although I do have to admit this version of the iWalk looks considerably more realistic than the last one.
Griffin Technology’s PowerMate is likely to become one of the hottest USB peripherals for the Mac. “But why would you need, like, a knob for your computer?” friends ask, upon seeing the PowerMate. Within a minute or two hands-on with this device, they want to know where to get one of their own.