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MacRumors
Dec 28, 2003, 08:38 PM
As 2003 comes to an end, MacRumors has seen significant growth and continued success.

The site has always meant to provide an easy method to track and report interesting Mac News and Rumor items, and I feel it continues to succeed at this basic task.

2003 brought a few complementary side-projects (DailyTunes.com (http://www.dailytunes.com) and MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)) as well as the emergence of MacRumors Page 2 (http://page2.macrumors.com) and the MacRumors Buyer's Guide (http://buyersguide.macrumors.com).

Some hilights from 2003:
Rumors

Small and Big... New Laptops? (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/01/20030106205306.shtml) -> 12" and 17" PowerBooks (Jan, 2003)
New Apple Music Service? (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/02/20030226195649.shtml) -> iTunes Music Store (Feb, 2003)
New iPod design sketch (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/04/20030410085125.shtml) -> 3rd Gen iPods(April, 2003)
Communicating Device (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/04/20030421115609.shtml) -> iSight (April, 2003)
New iPod Peripherals? (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/08/20030824044627.shtml) -> Mic and Media Reader (Aug 2003)

Leaks

Panther Screenshots (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/06/20030621013140.shtml) - Exposť revealed (June 2003)
Apple Leaks PowerMac G5 Specs (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/06/20030619233623.shtml) - Oops! (June 2003)
Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Details (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/09/20030906011404.shtml) (Sept, 2003)

Apple Legal Gets Involved

iSync Story Pulled (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/05/20030527142934.shtml) (May 2003)
???? at WWDC? (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/06/20030607162426.shtml) (June 2003)
Apple Internal Knowledgebase Docs (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/09/20030925053302.shtml) (Sept 2003)

Major Releases

Keynote, Safari (Jan 2003)
12" and 17" PowerBooks (Jan 2003)
20" Cinema Display (Jan 2003)
iTunes Music Store (Apr 2003)
PowerMac G5 (June 2003)
Apple iSight (June 2003)
Apple Wireless Keyboard/Mouse (Sept 2003)
iTunes Music Store for Windows (Oct 2003)
G4 iBooks (Oct 2003)
Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) (Oct 2003)
20" iMac (Nov 2003)

The next couple of weeks will bring the "ultimate" event for the avid Mac-news/rumor follower... a MacWorld Expo Keynote event. Readers should remember that last year's MacWorld San Francisco keynote brought the us 12" and 17" PowerBooks, Safari, Keynote, and iApp updates.

2004 should bring more exciting news and rumors about Apple, as well as steady improvements to MacRumors.com itself.

joelypolly
Dec 28, 2003, 08:42 PM
Keep up the good work

MattG
Dec 28, 2003, 08:44 PM
Ahhh memories :)

Can't wait to see what 2004 brings

crazylb1
Dec 28, 2003, 08:48 PM
You know what stinks, not being able to see the keynote because I'll be flying back to school, shhh noone tell me what happens

latergator116
Dec 28, 2003, 08:54 PM
Has it already been a year since the new powerbooks and Safari??? Wow! that went by quickly.

Grimace
Dec 28, 2003, 08:56 PM
You guys are awesome - keep up the good work!!

bennyek
Dec 28, 2003, 08:57 PM
I think I speak for everyone here when I give a BIG THANKS for a job well done. It takes alot of work to run a website like this. Arn and everyone have done a great job
KUDOS!!!

rjrufo
Dec 28, 2003, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by bennyek
I think I speak for everyone here when I give a BIG THANKS for a job well done. It takes alot of work to run a website like this. Arn and everyone have done a great job
KUDOS!!!

Thanks bennyek, now I don't have to say thanks, because you already spoke for me...:D

I'd still like to say thank you to Arn and everyone behind the scenes though. You obviously put a tremendous amount of time into this site. Keep up the great work.

Phil Of Mac
Dec 28, 2003, 09:19 PM
Hey, you didn't mention "New PowerBooks on Tuesday."

~Shard~
Dec 28, 2003, 09:26 PM
I just wanted to throw in my genuine thanks and sincere appreciation as well. This site has been a staple of mine for the past 6 months, and helped greatly in the purchase of my first Mac. I visit it daily, enjoy reading the posts, and most of all, enjoy interacting with the many interesting members. Here's to 2004 and another amazing year! I'll be following MacRumors all the way. :cool:

ZildjianKX
Dec 28, 2003, 09:29 PM
My favorite mac site (take that Apple.com!)

Keep up the good work, I visit you guys many time a day.

jero
Dec 28, 2003, 09:48 PM
this is the site that i gathered most of my information which lead to me finally making the big switch. big ups to macrumors.

Capt Underpants
Dec 28, 2003, 09:54 PM
This, indeed, has been a great year here at MR. I hope for an even better, more eventful and exciting rumor year to come. MR has such a great community. Way to go Arn!!!

pyrotoaster
Dec 28, 2003, 10:02 PM
Congrats on a great year, arn (and everyone in the Mac Rumors community). MR had some fantastic reporting (as I recall, this was the first site to predict the 12 and 17 inch Powerbooks last January).

I'm sure there are still many rumors to come before the Stevenote. ;)

Originally posted by Phil Of Mac
Hey, you didn't mention "New PowerBooks on Tuesday."
I don't know, my favorite was the "New iPods Next Tuesday. No wait, NEXT Tuesday (I swear, next Tuesday)" thing that went from February to April. :D

pmj
Dec 28, 2003, 10:09 PM
Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster, and very recent (2 weeks ago! :)) switcher, bought my first mac, a 12" PB G4!

Anyway, thanks for all the great rumors, and hopefully 2004 is even better!

edit: spelling

gwuMACaddict
Dec 28, 2003, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by pyrotoaster
Congrats on a great year, arn (and everyone in the Mac Rumors community).

YES! arn, excellent work... and it wouldn't be as good a site without the community behind it. awesome mac year last year, happy new mac year to everyone! :D

pbrennen
Dec 28, 2003, 10:28 PM
what was the big announcement of the january macworld of 2002?

arn
Dec 28, 2003, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by pbrennen
what was the big announcement of the january macworld of 2002?

http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020107154105.shtml

The LCD iMac was introduced. It was a CRT before this. Time Canada actually leaked the photo of the LCD iMac the night before. (also 14" ibooks and iphoto... see link)

Apple also hyped significantly that MacWorld with teasers on their Apple.com site in the days before the keynote:

Count the days. Count the minutes. Count on being blown away. (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020101033206.shtml)
Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond. (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020102035622.shtml)
It's like a backstage pass to the future (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020103025526.shtml)

there were more...

arn

latergator116
Dec 28, 2003, 10:32 PM
Originally posted by pbrennen
what was the big announcement of the january macworld of 2002?

I beleive it was the flat panel iMacs and 14" ibooks

Edit: oops, arn posted while I was in the middle of posting.:eek:

Freg3000
Dec 28, 2003, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by pyrotoaster

I don't know, my favorite was the "New iPods Next Tuesday. No wait, NEXT Tuesday (I swear, next Tuesday)" thing that went from February to April. :D

I would say the iPod every Tuesday was the most annoying rumor of the year too. Like you said, it was basically every Tuesday for over 2 months.

Thank you Arn, for this wonderful site. It is a pleasure spending so much time here.

P.S. Last year, there was a Rumor Rejects and Unconfirmed list for the year, which gave about 6 pretty outlandish rumors that were never published. It looks like 3 of the 6 came true this year (Keynote, iTMS, and FireWire 800). But with the advent of Page 2, will we not be seeing such a report this year?

Awimoway
Dec 28, 2003, 10:37 PM
This is, bar none, my favorite Mac-related website suite, from MacRumors to Page 2 to Mac News Bytes to the forums. It's all great. Thanks a bunch.

And everyone else ought to contribute a little $! I use this site more than most any other software title I own, and I've paid a lot for some of those.

Sabenth
Dec 28, 2003, 10:37 PM
Originally posted by jero
this is the site that i gathered most of my information which lead to me finally making the big switch. big ups to macrumors.


Same here Congrats on another year of stuff that dreams are made of LOL HERE'S TOO 04 been better bigger brighter and bugger me i have nothing more to say lol

Sailfish
Dec 28, 2003, 10:40 PM
MacRumors does a good job of providing different things for us Mac users to return to this site for.

Keep up the good work.

Doctor Q
Dec 28, 2003, 10:47 PM
Great job, arn. Best Mac site anywhere, hands down (or up).

I loved "Apple Leaks PowerMac G5 Specs", especially hearing that people showed up at the keynote with the leaked specs (http://macnytt.se/newspix/gufo/powermacg5screen.gif) on their T-shirts. :)

May 2004 bring us all lots more Macintosh surprises.

Photorun
Dec 28, 2003, 11:15 PM
Cheers mates! Hope 2004 kicks arse!

bensisko
Dec 28, 2003, 11:21 PM
Wow, I can't decide if that year went by quickly or slowly....
It sure was a full year though.

Question for all of you:
At last year's Stevenote, he proclaimed this to be the year of the notebook. It has been an exciteing year for Apple notebook users, what with the 12 and 17 inch variations, the phasing out of the Titanium for the Aluminum, the sub $1000 iBook, and the final elimination of the G3 chip (from the iBook, and, unfotunitly, the sub $1000 price tag). However, as cool as these announcements are, it seems to have been much MORE the year of the G5 and the iPod/iTunes. Does this seem accurate? Or am I has Apple made more money/popularity with laptops than these products?

Also, what do you think next year will be "the year of"?

Go Macrumors!!!! The only site (besides Macweek) that I check on a bi-hourly basis!

physicsnerd
Dec 28, 2003, 11:29 PM
Just wanted to say thank you to Arn for such a great site.

SeaFox
Dec 28, 2003, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by crazylb1
You know what stinks, not being able to see the keynote because I'll be flying back to school, shhh noone tell me what happens

Yeah, I'll be in training for my new job starting the 5th, so I wont be able to find out the news til hours after it's given. :(

Ohhhhhh, the humaaniity. :eek:

pbrennen
Dec 28, 2003, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by arn
http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020107154105.shtml

The LCD iMac was introduced. It was a CRT before this. Time Canada actually leaked the photo of the LCD iMac the night before. (also 14" ibooks and iphoto... see link)

Apple also hyped significantly that MacWorld with teasers on their Apple.com site in the days before the keynote:

Count the days. Count the minutes. Count on being blown away. (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020101033206.shtml)
Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond. (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020102035622.shtml)
It's like a backstage pass to the future (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020103025526.shtml)

there were more...

arn what i was getting at was that since 2003 was so huge, 2004 might be a bit of a let down. it seems, however, that jobs has been on a roll for these macworlds, and won't disappoint on the 6th or whatever.

MattG
Dec 29, 2003, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by arn
http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020107154105.shtml

The LCD iMac was introduced. It was a CRT before this. Time Canada actually leaked the photo of the LCD iMac the night before. (also 14" ibooks and iphoto... see link)

Apple also hyped significantly that MacWorld with teasers on their Apple.com site in the days before the keynote:

Count the days. Count the minutes. Count on being blown away. (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020101033206.shtml)
Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond. (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020102035622.shtml)
It's like a backstage pass to the future (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2002/01/20020103025526.shtml)

there were more...

arn

Haha...

I went and looked at the forum comments on the "Beyond the rumor site...way beyond" link. One guy posted:

For all this hype, I predict:

- g5 announcement - shipping delayed to near future
That was in January 2002! Couldn't help but laugh :)

QCassidy352
Dec 29, 2003, 12:13 AM
thank you arn. We really do appreciate all you do.

3rdpath
Dec 29, 2003, 12:45 AM
another fantabulous year arn.

many thanks to you and the mods.

voicegy
Dec 29, 2003, 12:56 AM
As a nod to a line from "LOTR: Return of the King":

"Arn and MacRumors - you bow to NO man."

Here's to another great year of friends, rumors, gossip, switchers, political threads being closed:D and spreadin' the Gospel of Mac...MacRumors simply Rules the Internet.

ph_555_shag
Dec 29, 2003, 03:05 AM
HERE HERE... all of the above, i dont know what id do without macbytes.... i love it sooo much

thanx a heap

fixyourthinking
Dec 29, 2003, 07:46 AM
If there is such a thing as a "credible rumors site" ... this is it. It's entertaining to discuss topics here as well.

The site is very nicely laid out and serves it's purpose well. The majority of the people that post here - have great insight. That said - some people abuse the forums and "make a forum a chat between two people"

I think the site should encourage private chats and remind people to stay on topic.

Finally, I appreciate the information and resources this site provided me for JackWhispers.com. This site assisted me, not only with back up information, that the owner was a "used car salesman" but I believe, by the constant poor credibility ratings of the rumors posted, from MacWhispers, that it persuaded Jack to shut the site down.

That truly is my favorite part about the MacRumors site - the analysis BEFORE & AFTER a rumor period - to see who was right.

Could MacRumors make a new section called : Rumor Credibility? One that lists the rumors from particular sites and their track records? (including your own)

Macmaniac
Dec 29, 2003, 08:20 AM
2003 was a great year for the Mac community, lets hope 2004 is even better! G5 at 3ghz and Mini iPods here we come!

edesignuk
Dec 29, 2003, 08:45 AM
Just wanted to chip in my little thank you, so, erm...thank you :)

Sonofhaig
Dec 29, 2003, 01:19 PM
I must check this site out 10x a day.
Truly, the best site for Apple information!
2003 was a great year...
2004 will be awesome!

I love this site especially before the big shows. The excitement on this site before a show is contagious! 2004.. bring it on!

k2k koos
Dec 29, 2003, 01:58 PM
Did anyone notice that Tuesday next Week, is Jan 6th.....

So it looks like something may finally be coming on Tuesday....

Happy new year everyone , and thanks for a great site Macrumors!!


:D

MacFan25
Dec 29, 2003, 02:14 PM
I registered here about a year ago, and I have to agree with everyone - it's been a great year. When there's ever a major Apple event I can always count on MacRumors to be covering it extensively well - from the rumors in the weeks before, to the actual day of the event.

Thanks to arn, Mudbug, and all the mods for all your work you all put into the sites and the forums. :)

James Craner
Dec 29, 2003, 03:32 PM
Excellent site, this is one of the key sites that pursuaded me to switch to the Mac last year after using Windows ever since version 2.0! keep up the good work.

greenstork
Dec 29, 2003, 07:07 PM
I'd say this has been one of the biggest years in recent history for Apple. The introduction of the G5 alone is news worthy of big accolades. Combine that with the iTMS and it's easy to see that 2003 was a huge year for Apple. Cheers to Apple and the folks at MacRumors who bring us all of the great news before the rest of the world.

~Shard~
Dec 29, 2003, 10:59 PM
2003 was great (ITMS, G5, new PBs, the list goes on...), but I think 2004 will be even better - G5s hitting 3 GHz+, G5 iMacs, new iPods, G5 PowerBooks, ITMS International - and who knows what else!

And I'll be avidly following MacRumors through it all. My sincere thanks again Arn, to you and your crew for an amazing site and all the time and effort you put in on a daily basis. :cool:

plasticparadox
Dec 30, 2003, 02:57 AM
Thanks Macrumors & Macrumors members.

It took me 6 long months to make my purchasing decision, and I can honestly say that without the expertise on these boards, I wouldn't have been able to make an informed purchase.

Invaluable service to the Mac community, of which I am now proud to be a member of.

Happy New Year!

rdowns
Dec 30, 2003, 09:11 AM
Found this site in July after bouncing around various Apple related sites for years. I think I'll stick around for the Tuesday Rumor of the Week. (Hey, that might make a nice new feature)

Great job Arn!

Doctor Q
Dec 30, 2003, 02:04 PM
Originally posted by plasticparadox
It took me 6 long months to make my purchasing decision, and I can honestly say that without the expertise on these boards, I wouldn't have been able to make an informed purchase. When will Steve Jobs be sending each MacRumors Forum member his or her sales commission check? Seriously, I wonder how many switchers and new purchasers have been convinced to buy a Mac because of arn and all the members who provide advice and assistance?

James Craner
Dec 30, 2003, 02:34 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
When will Steve Jobs be sending each MacRumors Forum member his or her sales commission check? Seriously, I wonder how many switchers and new purchasers have been convinced to buy a Mac because of arn and all the members who provide advice and assistance?

Well you can count me as one. This site was invaluable to me, like many I was nervous in making the switch, as I did not know anyone else who had a Mac. Knowing that I could post a question and get a speedy response was a great help.

Thanks to you all.

I started with a PowerMac MDD, and now have a 15" Al Powerbook.

bryanc
Dec 30, 2003, 03:54 PM
When you're ready to retire from the rumour business, you should try selling this site to Apple.

I spend a lot more time here than at any other mac-site. Between here and slashdot/apple, I find out everything I need to know well before the 'general' populace gets wind of it.

I wish you all, and MacRumors in particular, a very prosperous and happy new year.

Cheers

Doctor Q
Dec 30, 2003, 07:24 PM
There is only one rumor site on the Internet that's as good as macrumors.com, and that's pcrumors.com (http://pcrumors.com). ;)

Awimoway
Dec 30, 2003, 08:02 PM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
There is only one rumor site on the Internet that's as good as macrumors.com, and that's pcrumors.com (http://pcrumors.com). ;)

That's hilarious. I wonder how often PC users get stung. ;)

Travis Novak
Dec 30, 2003, 08:28 PM
Mabye i'm naive, but who is arn???

Awimoway
Dec 30, 2003, 08:41 PM
He's the proprietor and day-to-day editor of the MacRumors empire, including MacBytes.com and DailyTunes.com.

Doctor Q
Dec 30, 2003, 08:42 PM
arn is the creator and "chief operating officer" of MacRumors. He collects the news and rumors, decides what to post, writes the text, makes the rules, manages the site and its software, and keeps it all running, with the help of a very small number of moderators who keep an eye on the forums. He is the MacRumors member labeled with status "God".

This site is his baby and his efforts have made it the success it is.

SeaFox
Dec 31, 2003, 12:04 AM
Originally posted by Doctor Q
arn is the creator and "chief operating officer" of MacRumors. He collects the news and rumors, decides what to post, writes the text, makes the rules, manages the site and its software, and keeps it all running, with the help of a very small number of moderators who keep an eye on the forums. He is the MacRumors member labeled with status "God".

This site is his baby and his efforts have made it the success it is.

Who's the person labeled "Administrator" or "MacRumors" or something like that who approves some stories?

Awimoway
Dec 31, 2003, 12:09 AM
It's some sad, frightend old guy behind the curtains, working levers and pulleys to amplify his voice and blow a lot of smoke. There's no place like home, SeaFox. ;)

Seriously though, my impression is that it's usually arn, and sometimes other moderators (arn must sleep at least occasionally, after alll), when they are acting in an official capacity. So that macrumors will post a rumor news story and then arn, in a less official capacity, can share his opinion, steer the conversation away from the cliff, etc.

Doraemon
Dec 31, 2003, 09:28 AM
Lately codenames of Apple's new products hardly ever become publicly known.

How come?

SeaFox
Dec 31, 2003, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by Doraemon
Lately codenames of Apple's new products hardly ever become publicly known.

How come?

1) Better snooping by the rumor sites might attribute to it. Products are known about in advance more often now.

and

2) Apple Marketting using codenames as product names later on as they have with the MacOS releases.

I don't think codenames are becoming THAT much more public. It just seems that way with Panther and Jaguar.

Phil Of Mac
Dec 31, 2003, 08:04 PM
Codenames becoming the final release name isn't a new phenomenon. Macintosh and Lisa were themselves originally codenames. However, what's disappointing is that we don't get what the codename is for the Power Mac G5. For the blue and white G3, we learned early on: Yosemite. El Capitan was the codename of the case design.

We do know some recent codenames:

1. The codename of the G5 processor is Neo.
2. The codename of the build of 10.2.7 that was configured for the G5 was Smeagol.
3. The codename of the 10.2.7 build for the newest PowerBooks was Blackrider.