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Jan 1, 2004, 08:37 PM
With MacWorld Expo quickly approaching, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of the major rumors circulating around the Mac Web. As always, stay tuned, as last minute leaks and revelations are common.

The Event

MacWorld San Francisco 2004 kicks off on January 6th, 2004 with Steve Jobs giving the Keynote Address (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031218113912.shtml). The speech starts at 9am Pacific time, and has traditionally been covered by Satellite, Quicktime Webcasting, as well as Apple Store theatre coverage.

Curiously, Apple has made no official announcements with regard to any of modalities. What appeared to be an official MWSF 2004 streaming page (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031222055954.shtml) did appear about two weeks ago, but then quickly went offline.

As always, MacRumors plans -- if at all possible -- to provide live coverage of the event both on this site as well as on IRC (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/06/20030608214842.shtml).

Mini iPods

The most widely publicized rumors before this event are those of the "Mini iPods" -- which are rumored to represent cheaper and smaller versions of the current iPod.

Steve Jobs had stated (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/10/20031019030926.shtml) in an interview in October that they would "love to have a $100 iPod" but that they just didn't know how to do it at that time. Rumors of a cheaper iPod, however, began creeping out in the following months... first from MacRumors' Page 2 (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/11/20031125132729.shtml) and then Apple Turns (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031210031754.shtml).

First details of the new iPods came from this Page 2 report (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031215023902.shtml) which promised 2GB "mini" iPods in a variety of colors coming as early as January. AppleInsider (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031222151444.shtml), ThinkSecret (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031223100759.shtml) and reliable MacRumors sources (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031229032549.shtml) filled in some other minor details. Confirmation of colors (one being gold), stripes and 2GB and 4GB sizes came from these reports... as well as a starting price "around $100US".

MacRumors has heard mixed reports about starting prices but consistent expectations that pricing will be significantly lower than current models. According to some, Apple has been targeting prices from $100-$150 for the lowend.

Such pricing would be extraordinary in the current MP3 market... and has lead at least one writer to doubt the release (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1620&ncid=738&e=12&u=/sv/20031231/tc_sv/appleunlikelytoreleasesmallercheaperipods) of such a product. This author's doubts, however, are based in speculation rather than any particular insider knowledge.

PowerMac G5s

Where have the PowerMac rumors gone? At the widely anticipated release of the 2.0GHz PowerMac G5 in June (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/06/20030623171845.shtml), Steve Jobs boldly stated that they would reach 3GHz PowerMacs within a year.

It's no secret that IBM will be presenting (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/11/20031113110834.shtml) information about the 90nm PowerPC G5s in February. Current PowerPC G5s are manufactured with a 130nm process. The improved manufacturing (90nm) should yield performance increases to the PowerMac processor.

Appleinsider has been the most vocal about the release of updated PowerMacs at MacWorld San Francisco. A December 4th report (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031204180906.shtml) claimed that speeds of 2GHz, 2.2GHz, 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz processors were currently being produced by IBM with expectations of the release of new PowerMacs at MacWorld SF 2004. Later, "collaborating information" (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031212125807.shtml) from the same site claimed PowerMac (and Xserve) updates with speeds up to 2.4GHz would indeed be coming at MacWorld SF 2004.

ThinkSecret has dashed (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031223100759.shtml) some of these hopes/rumors. In their rumor report, they claim that no desktop or laptop announcements will be made at MacWorld SF 2004.

Readers should remember that product release in the weeks immediately following MacWorld is not unusual. Last year, Apple released PowerMac updates 3 weeks (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/01/20030128084214.shtml) after the January 2003 Expo.

Software Updates

As reported by ThinkSecret (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031223100759.shtml), it appears this expo will be focused on software updates. ThinkSecret expects iPhoto, iMovie 3.5, iDVD 4.0 and iTunes updates at MacWorld Expo.

Reliable MacRumors sources previously noted (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031209153636.shtml): iMovie 3.5 will only bring minor improvements to the consumer video application; iTunes will bring improvements related to "Purchased Music, iPods and Music Store Availability"; iPhoto will see "support for Photo Albums and Photo Print services to "some" countries outside the United States."

As well, Final Cut Express 2.0 (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2004/01/20040101012408.shtml) has already been sited at CompUSA's stores and should also be announced at the expo.

New Application?

A reliable report (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031209153636.shtml) of a new Application coming... with many uncertain rumors since:

Apple Trademarks 'iWrite' (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031215211535.shtml), New Audio iApp? (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2004/01/20040101054952.shtml), Apple DVD Authoring and Optibase (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2004/01/20040101054636.shtml), New Pro Audio App? (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031223221407.shtml).

Xserve

The Xserve remains long overdue for an updates. Appleinsider (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031230224040.shtml) and ThinkSecret (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/12/20031223100759.shtml) consider Xserve announcements likely, but can offer few details.

Other

January 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of the Macintosh. Notably absent in recent weeks are more details regarding the rumored (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/11/20031112032413.shtml) return of the Apple Cube. Sources of this rumor were not particularly accurate, and with no further details or rumors arising, should be taken with a grain of salt.

Most recent hints of LCDs suggest we may have to wait until after PowerMac releases, despite previous unconfirmed hints at LCD updates at MacWorld.

Summary

Mini iPods and across the board software updates appear most likely for this Expo. As always, there are hopes for the unexpected (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/01/20030106205306.shtml).

Grimace
Jan 1, 2004, 08:46 PM
bring it!

Hopefully they will do something (anything!) with the powerbook line - even if only a price drop.

I'm hoping to "convert" someone with a new 15.2" Alubook. If there are white spots, I'm going to be in big trouble.

Waluigi
Jan 1, 2004, 08:46 PM
What about the rumors of new displays? Or have those been shot down until after the expo?

--Waluigi

HenMaster6000
Jan 1, 2004, 08:53 PM
not a fan of the colored mini-ipods. But, What im lookin for is this new iApp. thats gonna be cool.

Squire
Jan 1, 2004, 08:59 PM
I just got a 20-gig iPod a month ago so I'm not really interested in mini iPods either. (Possibly a gift for my wife later this year.) I'm also excited about the proposed iApp, especially if it's music-related (i.e. music creation). I won't be in the market for a notebook for another 6 months or so.

Squire

AirUncleP
Jan 1, 2004, 09:01 PM
I've said it once and I'll say it again....iTracks.

Freg3000
Jan 1, 2004, 09:09 PM
AI was really pushing for Power Mac updates a few weeks ago, and TS has said no. Software updates are always good.

We shall see. About 4.5 days.....

AirUncleP
Jan 1, 2004, 09:11 PM
I just built a solid G5 system on Apple's website ( Dual 1.8, 1 gig RAM, 17'' Studio) and would be looking at a bill of $3500. Not many people have $3500. I'd like to see price drops.

PS. Please don't reply telling me to buy an iMac.

anodized
Jan 1, 2004, 09:13 PM
What? So anything exciting is brushed off as a rumor, and anything non-exciting (iMovie 3.5. Woahh!!) will be the only thing happenning. WTF?

I thought it was 20-th anniversary? iMac 3rd generation! New Displays! iPod with record line-in! G5 cube! c'mon!

I guess the only reality would be 2.6 Ghz dual G5 and loooong overdue XServe G5. prety spectacular.

Oh well :o .

MattG
Jan 1, 2004, 09:15 PM
Originally posted by AirUncleP
I just built a solid G5 system on Apple's website ( Dual 1.8, 1 gig RAM, 17'' Studio) and would be looking at a bill of $3500. Not many people have $3500. I'd like to see price drops.

PS. Please don't reply telling me to buy an iMac. A price drop would certain be welcome. I wish they'd just do away with the 1.6, make the dual 1.8 the "low end" model, the dual 2.0 the midrange model, and a new dual 2.? the high-end model, with price cuts to the two "old" models.

rodnarms
Jan 1, 2004, 09:21 PM
I can't beleive we have yet to see a new office suite or an overhaul of Appleworks. I mean come on, piggy back off of Open Office or Koffice.

Something.

It's stupid that we still have to use Microsoft.

As a Canadian I look forward to iTunes Canada. ;)

Right?

You think?

I can always hope...

Flowbee
Jan 1, 2004, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by AirUncleP
Not many people have $3500. I'd like to see price drops.


Lots of people have $3500.

nuckinfutz
Jan 1, 2004, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by AirUncleP
I just built a solid G5 system on Apple's website ( Dual 1.8, 1 gig RAM, 17'' Studio) and would be looking at a bill of $3500. Not many people have $3500. I'd like to see price drops.

PS. Please don't reply telling me to buy an iMac.

Yes and I'd like to be able to buy a Ferrari for $25 thousand

If you BTO from Apple you're going to spend more money.

Crucial sells 512 DDR 400 (http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT6472Z40B&cat=RAM) modules for $116 to Apple's $250

And 17" analog monitors are much cheaper than the $699 Apple charges.

As always roll your own for the best prices. The Powermac is price competitive enough for a Dual Processor computer with best of breed tech.

restiffbard
Jan 1, 2004, 09:48 PM
What you're saying here is that we have friggin idea what's coming?

And what we do think we know doesn't sound all that exciting?

Yay.:(

ITR 81
Jan 1, 2004, 09:49 PM
If you buy ram from any computer OEM your going to pay a boat load of money for it just because they have to install it.

I'll be getting 3GHz in about 6 months and by yr end I'll pick up a G5 PB.

I still am figuring on some iTune Music stores openings and new iPod revisions to 3rd gen iPods.

StudioGuy
Jan 1, 2004, 09:49 PM
:( I was really hoping for G5 speed bumps. Guess I'll be waiting a bit longer...

I agree with anodized, it does seem too routine, so I hope we're all just missing something!

snofseth
Jan 1, 2004, 09:52 PM
I hope the "unexpected" is something good I have $300-700 and already have an Ipod. I hope they come out with some other new device that would be cool. The only new actual computer I'm lookin forward to is the powerbook G5 which isn't coming yet and I want it now but I cant get it know but for the start of the school year is when I want it and when I think I can get it.

thatwendigo
Jan 1, 2004, 09:59 PM
Amen, nuckinfutz!

Would you mind helping out on the gaming thread, over in the gaming forum? I seem to be having trouble getting that very idea across to some people over there.

Stella
Jan 1, 2004, 10:04 PM
PowerBook G5 released - I can feel it in my bones...

yea.... right.

Seriously... I hope iPhoto gets and update, an iApp word processor would be welcome too.

I *really* hope the mini iPods rumours are correct - Apple can then make an impact in the cheapy low end mp3 player market - which is good for AAC adoption.

iTunes for Canada and Europe... (other places would be nice too)

Grimace
Jan 1, 2004, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by nuckinfutz
Yes and I'd like to be able to buy a Ferrari for $25 thousand ...
And 17" analog monitors are much cheaper than the $699 Apple charges.



If you are going to buy a new monitor, I see no reason to intentially buy an ANALOG monitor. The screen is no where near as crisp as with a digital. A digital 17" may still be cheaper than Apple's, but to go out and buy an analog (unless it's the only connection your computer has) seems a little goofy.

Sabenth
Jan 1, 2004, 10:18 PM
Somthing that has come to my atteniton is the shear lack of any 20th birthday bash thing.. 20 years of Apple thats got to bring out some heavy new gear one hopes. I for one wold love a ofice suite update or music recording iApp please...

gwuMACaddict
Jan 1, 2004, 10:26 PM
i was a little skeptical about the mini ipod... but its gonna be a perfect gift for my girlfriends b-day in late january... thanks to steve-o again, bailing me out :D

wizard
Jan 1, 2004, 10:28 PM
I'm really hoping for a vastly improved 32 bit processor for the Laptops. The last revision was a little anti climatic to say the least. I'm only hoping for a 32 bit processor because I don't think it is likely we will see a 970 operating at the power levels needed.

As to the G5's well an update of some sort has to come soon for them to stay on track. The question is how far do they go, I'm hoping for a jump to three GHz.

To address the IPod issue. I'm wondering if apple may potentially introduce a new technology for non-volital memory. The thinking here is mram that I heard about a couple of years ago. It would be rather neat if the densities for these devices have climbed to the point where they can be used in such a device. Introduction of such technology would have several positive effects, not the least of which is to put pressure on flash memory pricing. Ultimately a completely solid state IPod is what is need to get me to buy one (need something rugged).

dave

Originally posted by Squire
I just got a 20-gig iPod a month ago so I'm not really interested in mini iPods either. (Possibly a gift for my wife later this year.) I'm also excited about the proposed iApp, especially if it's music-related (i.e. music creation). I won't be in the market for a notebook for another 6 months or so.

Squire

sushi
Jan 1, 2004, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by Sabenth
Somthing that has come to my atteniton is the shear lack of any 20th birthday bash thing.. 20 years of Apple thats got to bring out some heavy new gear one hopes. I for one wold love a ofice suite update or music recording iApp please...
Not to get picky, but 20 years of Apple has already passed by.

...and they released the TAM (20th Anniversary Macintosh). Have one. Love it.

What I think that you mean to say, is something to commemerate 20 years of the Macintosh.

And yes, I would love to see a 20th Anniversary Macintosh -- although I am not sure what they would call it since they already produced the TAM. But something along the lines of a new version of the iMac would be neat.

One thing for sure, it is going to be a long 4 days until we know what Apple/SJ has up their sleaves!

Sushi

sushi
Jan 1, 2004, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by wizard

As to the G5's well an update of some sort has to come soon for them to stay on track. The question is how far do they go, I'm hoping for a jump to three GHz.
I think that this is being a bit unrealistic.

Based on SJ's comments, we should see 3Ghz sometime next summer.

However, as you state, I would expect to see some sort of G5 speed bump soon, like maybe next week.

Sushi

Sol
Jan 1, 2004, 10:46 PM
The new application that I want the most is an iTunes for DVDs that would rip my discs to MP4 files without the complexity of current solutions. Of course if this application were to exist then it would make sense for the iPod to be given a colour screen and video out ports for the viewing of all those MP4s. With the iPod upgraded it would then make sense to release budget-priced iPods with B & W screens and smaller capacities. Hello mini-iPods.

nuckinfutz
Jan 1, 2004, 10:50 PM
Originally posted by thatwendigo
Amen, nuckinfutz!

Would you mind helping out on the gaming thread, over in the gaming forum? I seem to be having trouble getting that very idea across to some people over there.

:D I'm on my way! BTW I used to work for a Mac Reseller and we credited buyers for their original HD and RAM and replaced it with 3rd party items. This was cool because at the end of a products cycle it's components where easy to beat as far as size of HD and RAM. We could then sell a product with more RAM or HD than the Apple config and still net more profit on the whole computer. Apple is always easy to beat on ancillary equipment.


If you are going to buy a new monitor, I see no reason to intentially buy an ANALOG monitor. The screen is no where near as crisp as with a digital. A digital 17" may still be cheaper than Apple's, but to go out and buy an analog (unless it's the only connection your computer has) seems a little goofy.

You're spot on carelton! I checked newegg and a Sony 18" with DVI was $599. What tends to happen from my perspective is users look at an Apple product and then compare it with a PC product but they only look at the large picture. A person would say "Why is Apple charging $700 for an 17" LCD when my local CompUSA has a bunch of 17" LCDs for $399. They never look a little deeper to notice that they need to be comparing Digital/Digital.

enough of that let me add what I hope to see.

MWSF-

Final Cut Express 2.0- MUCH more features hopefully.

Apple Office Suite- Keynote 2.0 along with Document(Word Processing with Long Doc support) and a Spreadsheet program. Add in a Filemaker derived Database app as well.

iLife 2.0- iMovie 3.5(speed stability more Audio Tracks). iDVD 4, iPhoto(faster) and a new iMusic app which has 4 track audio and midi.

MiniPods- Smaller iPods perfect for those who don't need to carry around their whole library.

That's it. I don't think Hardware updates will be announced unti late January or february.

NAMM will have Apple release their new Digital Audio Workstation and Logic 7.

NAB will have Apple release Final Cut Pro 4.5 with more integration of Livetype and Soundtrack 2.0

swissmann
Jan 1, 2004, 11:05 PM
So far sounds like a dud of an expo.

Mini iPods cool but nothing really new. Get excited it's like and iPod but not as good! I'm going to jump for joy! OK cheaper prices is a good idea to fill that hole.

Updated iApps with nothing really new. iMovie 3.5 not even a major update. A new iApp would be cool.

Monitors not expected. Keep charging too much for what is available. Boo. (I'm waiting for changes with monitors to buy one personally.)

I'v said it before and I'll say it again. I think Jobs is going to ride the 3 GHz promise all the way until Fall when they announce 3 GHz. I think no G5 speed bumps until then. Or if so not at the Expo, maybe some of those waiters won't wait any longer and get what's there now.

xServes - overdue obviously. I'm not in the market though.

Final Cut express 2 - I already have FCP 4 and love it. I wonder how much it will be like FCP for so much cheaper.

iWrite would be nice, but how about iSpreadsheet, and iMoneyManager. Come out with a whole suite not just the fancy typewriter.

This is what I think would stir something up. Use the 20th anniversary to cover up the Cube was a mistake idea and give us a powerful, cheap, headless mac. I want power and my old monitor. iMac/eMac too restrictive, PowerMac too expensive. Make the iPod better. Music player is nice but make it more like a PDA (I know, lots of rumors and discussion). Announce new monitors to go with the new Cube, and remind of Powermac, and drop prices like the last price drop (which was major).

Do something other than Happy Anniversary Macintosh! We have a dud expo to celebrate!

~Shard~
Jan 1, 2004, 11:13 PM
I'm betting on something relating to iPods (mini-iPods possibly?), updated/brand new iApps, and something else - either PM speed boosts, or even better, a complete surprise no one saw coming!

I'm guessing we won't see G5 xServes for a couple more weeks, along with the new LCDs - I don't see these being announced at MWSF. And, PM speed bumps might falll into this category as well. I definitely think we will see PM speed bumps before the 3 GHz G5s come out as Jobs promised - look for a line along the lines of 2.0/2.4/2.6 before another bump later in year, when we will see 2.6/21.8/3.0, or something to that effect.

Whatever Jobs announces, it's going to be great, and is an excellent and exciting way to kick off 2004. :cool:

elgruga
Jan 1, 2004, 11:13 PM
iTunes for Canada, UK, etc seems a fair guess, and its overdue.

Powerbooks? Well, what exactly? If there aint a G5 that will go into the PB, then its cosmetics and faster ram, bus, etc.

But why not a G5 PB? Cooling is just one problem, battery life is probably much more difficult.

iPods - I have my doubts - the damn things are selling well as they are. And everybody talks about being able to have 10,000 songs etc.etc.
Its a new way of storing music, so its got to be big. Small capacity is a kind of backwards step when you think about it.
Maybe they will just lower the price as they are now numero uno in sales.

cevin
Jan 1, 2004, 11:29 PM
one thing is for sure. neat things will come in 2004.

~Shard~
Jan 1, 2004, 11:32 PM
Originally posted by elgruga
iPods - I have my doubts - the damn things are selling well as they are. And everybody talks about being able to have 10,000 songs etc.etc.
Its a new way of storing music, so its got to be big. Small capacity is a kind of backwards step when you think about it.
Maybe they will just lower the price as they are now numero uno in sales.

I don't really think smaller capacities is a step backwards - I think it just addresses yet another market segment, that will ultimately bring in more revenue - there is definitely a market segment out there comprised of people who don't have a lot of music and who want a 2GB or 4GB MP3 player, and don't need the capacity of a 5GB/10GB iPod, nor want to pay the corresponding higher price.

But I guess we'll see! Bring on international ITMS though! :cool:

Sol
Jan 1, 2004, 11:53 PM
Maybe the smaller iPods are going to be winning prizes in the Pepsi promotion. Coka Cola use bottle packaging to disguise GPS phones which are winning prizes. Pepsi could do the same thing with their cans if a smaller iPod were to be made.

These would also be handy for people who are starting to buy music online and have not started ripping their CDs.

elgruga
Jan 2, 2004, 12:32 AM
Originally posted by ~Shard~
I don't really think smaller capacities is a step backwards - I think it just addresses yet another market segment, that will ultimately bring in more revenue - there is definitely a market segment out there comprised of people who don't have a lot of music and who want a 2GB or 4GB MP3 player, and don't need the capacity of a 5GB/10GB iPod, nor want to pay the corresponding higher price.

But I guess we'll see! Bring on international ITMS though! :cool:

Yes, I see your point.
Its a difficult question, though - how much of a market segment is there between 5/10 gig and 2/4 gig?
And how much can they save on manufacturing 2/4 over 5/10?

Maybe its just about letting more people in on the 'cool' effect of the iPod.
But then doesnt that destroy the 'cool' effect that those with the cash for the 40 gig paid for?

This is making my head spin! LOL!

Its going to be fascinating to see what, if anything, they do with the pod.

From Win to Mac
Jan 2, 2004, 12:34 AM
We need G5 updates !
I mean, all i have is 2Gs and the single 1.6 just doesn't cut it.

edenwaith
Jan 2, 2004, 01:15 AM
About the only thing I really want to see is an update to AppleWorks. A real kick-in -the-teeth version could be made if superbly updated word processing, spreadsheet, and drawing/image manipulation programs are added in addition to Keynote and Filemaker (even a stripped down Filemaker).

The AW word processing needs improved text-wrap with images and tables. The only real improvement I want to see with the spreadsheet is the ability to export to HTML. XML might also be useful. And a good paint/draw/image manipulation would also be nice. It wouldn't have to be something as complex as Photoshop or Illustrator, but something decent and better than the current AW Draw/Paint programs. Paint Shop Pro was a program I enjoyed on the PC since it seemed a little more straight forward than Photoshop.

xServe and G5 updates would be nice, but I'm not expecting them, especially after a few years where a new PowerMac was announced just a few weeks later.

sushi
Jan 2, 2004, 01:48 AM
Originally posted by elgruga
Yes, I see your point.
Its a difficult question, though - how much of a market segment is there between 5/10 gig and 2/4 gig?
And how much can they save on manufacturing 2/4 over 5/10?

Maybe its just about letting more people in on the 'cool' effect of the iPod.
But then doesnt that destroy the 'cool' effect that those with the cash for the 40 gig paid for?
I see two major market segments:

a. Those where physical size is more important.

b. Those where capacity is more important.

The HD based iPods provide a solution for those customers who desire b above. I mean, 40GB of storage in an easily accessible and usable device. Apple is tops here.

However, Apple does not offer any solution for those whom a is more important. That is why in places like Japan, the iPod is not selling as well as other places. Flash memory based players sell very well (at a premium) here due to their small physical size.

RIO has a player (only in Japan) that is the size of a small pack of gum, plays MP3 and WAV files, can record WAV files via built in mic (works very well), and plays FM Radio. It weighs a mere fraction of what the iPod weighs. Their largest model has 512MB.

Apple is doing very well in the HD/large capacity arena. In the survey, listed on another thread, they had 3 of the top five positions. The other two positions were occupied by flash based players. It is this market that I think Apple needs to go after. Lot's of opportunity in this arena.

Sushi

sushi
Jan 2, 2004, 01:51 AM
Originally posted by ~Shard~
And, PM speed bumps might falll into this category as well. I definitely think we will see PM speed bumps before the 3 GHz G5s come out as Jobs promised - look for a line along the lines of 2.0/2.4/2.6 before another bump later in year, when we will see 2.6/21.8/3.0, or something to that effect.
Agree. Two increments to 3GHz. We won't see 3GHz at MWSF, but instead during next summer.

Sushi

NeatGekko
Jan 2, 2004, 02:25 AM
MINI IPOD FACTS:

They are going to be HD based but loaded with RAM so it won't skip.

They will ship with multiple colors.

Small...comes with an armband for runners.

NOT $100!!! Are you kidding me! isights aren't even that cheap! This is Apple we are talking about! Its gunna be good. Look for the price to drop around $250.

And now for the size: NO 2BG (weak) Apple will show off a nice 4.5 GB in multiple colors. 2 models in muli color is a nightmare. They will have the one size only.

G5 speeds:

YUP! You guessed it...3GHZ!!!


Some of you may laugh, but this is whats coming...believe it or not. Its fact now. I will smile on the 6th when I turn out to be EXACTLY right. Who else believes me? I will smile again when I'm right and you're wrong. PEACE

:D

Awimoway
Jan 2, 2004, 02:36 AM
Originally posted by swissmann
So far sounds like a dud of an expo.


I agree.

Which is why it will probably knock our socks off. :)

I've frequented rumor sites long enough to know that we, the peanut gallery, are terribly lacking in vision or imagination compared to Jobs. There will be things we don't expect. And we'll love them.

That being said, despite the absence of buzz, I expect displays to be updated with new chassis.

crees!
Jan 2, 2004, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by Sol
The new application that I want the most is an iTunes for DVDs that would rip my discs to MP4 files without the complexity of current solutions. Of course if this application were to exist then it would make sense for the iPod to be given a colour screen and video out ports for the viewing of all those MP4s. With the iPod upgraded it would then make sense to release budget-priced iPods with B & W screens and smaller capacities. Hello mini-iPods.

So I was at BestBuy the other day checking out stereos that had inputs so I could plug my iPod into my car. Aside from not finding one I saw one CD deck that had some pretty slick motion graphics to it. Upon reading the info card it said its display was OEL (i believe) and it was viewable at a much wider angle. I know there was the word of OLEDs coming to play soon. Maybe the next update to the iPod will have an OLED, which in turn will make it's physical size smaller.

NeatGekko
Jan 2, 2004, 02:44 AM
MINI IPOD FACTS:

They are going to be HD based but loaded with RAM so it won't skip.

They will ship with multiple colors.

Small...comes with an armband for runners.

NOT $100!!! Are you kidding me! isights aren't even that cheap! This is Apple we are talking about! Its gunna be good. Look for the price to drop around $250.

And now for the size: NO 2BG (weak) Apple will show off a nice 4.5 GB in multiple colors. 2 models in muli color is a nightmare. They will have the one size only

sushi
Jan 2, 2004, 03:39 AM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
MINI IPOD FACTS:

They are going to be HD based but loaded with RAM so it won't skip.

They will ship with multiple colors.

Small...comes with an armband for runners.

NOT $100!!! Are you kidding me! isights aren't even that cheap! This is Apple we are talking about! Its gunna be good. Look for the price to drop around $250.

And now for the size: NO 2BG (weak) Apple will show off a nice 4.5 GB in multiple colors. 2 models in muli color is a nightmare. They will have the one size only.

G5 speeds:

YUP! You guessed it...3GHZ!!!


Some of you may laugh, but this is whats coming...believe it or not. Its fact now. I will smile on the 6th when I turn out to be EXACTLY right. Who else believes me? I will smile again when I'm right and you're wrong. PEACE

:D
NeatGekko, in the FWIW department iPods already have 32MB of RAM for skip protection -- that's 16-30 minutes depending on your MP3 encoding rate. I am not sure how much more RAM they need. I jog, ski, and other activities with mine and have not had it skip.

As for the G5 at 3GHz...

I have one question for you, would you like to be char broiled or just grilled a bit? :o :D

Sushi

NeatGekko
Jan 2, 2004, 03:49 AM
My new friend...these small drives that will be used are a lot slower then the ones used in current iPods. They WILL need more RAM. And as far as the G5's go...it will be at 3GHZ. There will be 4 models instead of 3. It will indeed be an amazing announcement. On tuesday when I'm right, be sure to send me a letter of apology.

sushi
Jan 2, 2004, 03:52 AM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
My new friend...these small drives that will be used are a lot slower then the ones used in current iPods. They WILL need more RAM. And as far as the G5's go...it will be at 3GHZ. There will be 4 models instead of 3. It will indeed be an amazing announcement. On tuesday when I'm right, be sure to send me a letter of apology.
I'll have the grill up and running in case I am wrong! :p

Sushi

sushi
Jan 2, 2004, 03:54 AM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
My new friend...these small drives that will be used are a lot slower then the ones used in current iPods. They WILL need more RAM.
BTW, I still think that they may introduce a Flash Memory based iPod.

But who knows...in a couple of days, we all will.

Sushi

splashman
Jan 2, 2004, 04:25 AM
Originally posted by AirUncleP
I've said it once and I'll say it again....iTracks.

All the other iApps can be described and promoted as having mainstream appeal. The percentage of the general population having interest in using something akin to "iTracks" is very small.

Seems to me the only people wishing for "iTracks" are the folks who want SoundTrack but can't afford it. ;)

splashman
Jan 2, 2004, 04:36 AM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
MINI IPOD FACTS:


Please, Mr. NeatGekko, confine your "fact" spewing to one forum only. I've got a weak stomach . . . ;)

wHo_tHe
Jan 2, 2004, 05:29 AM
Smaller iPods we know. How about a very small, ultraportable Mac. Largish PDA-sized, but with an 800x600 screen. Can drive external monitors and, with bluetooth keyboard/mouse, can even be used as a desktop in a pinch. Fast G3s, iPod HDs... Maybe a nice folding keyboard/cover as an accessory?

desdomg
Jan 2, 2004, 05:41 AM
Personally I would be happy if they would just bring out UK versions of iTMS, Sherlock and the iPhoto print book feature, fix the network browsing feature in panther and deal satisfactorily with the iBook logic board issues.

Oh yes, and a headless iMac...

nemesisdome
Jan 2, 2004, 06:10 AM
nothing has been said of oled display for ipod???

Bagel
Jan 2, 2004, 06:34 AM
UK versions of iTMS, Sherlock and iPhoto would be delicious, as would a quick update to iBook as my friend has just bought one and she laughed at me when I got mine a month before an iBook revision :)

As I am in the market for a new iPod, a price drop on the 20 Gigger would be dandy.

But whatever the keynote holds, I am sure that His Steveness will entertain :)

AppleMatt
Jan 2, 2004, 07:34 AM
Anyone kind soul want to convert the time to GMT (British)?

I'd like to see:
- iApp updates. Improvements to iTunes visualiser and iPhoto speed.
- Europe support across apps, Sherlock, iTunes, iPhoto etc etc
- Faster G5's (still won't be able to afford one)
- iPod software update.
-12" PowerBook firmware update
- Home on iPod announced
- A few surprises (maybe new app announcement, new accessory etc)

oh, and Steve Jobs saying "I had a long phone-call with nVidia, they said their rubbish drivers were just an internal joke, here are the real ones" < Made for download immediately from apple.com :D

AppleMatt

AlanAudio
Jan 2, 2004, 07:53 AM
AppleMatt asked "Anyone kind soul want to convert the time to GMT (British)?"

If you're talking about Steve's keynote, it should start somewhere around 17:00 ( or tea-time, as some like to imagine we call it )

IndyGopher
Jan 2, 2004, 07:57 AM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
MINI IPOD FACTS:

They are going to be HD based but loaded with RAM so it won't skip.
They will ship with multiple colors.
Small...comes with an armband for runners.
NOT $100!!! Are you kidding me! isights aren't even that cheap! This is Apple we are talking about! Its gunna be good. Look for the price to drop around $250.
And now for the size: NO 2BG (weak) Apple will show off a nice 4.5 GB in multiple colors. 2 models in muli color is a nightmare. They will have the one size only.
G5 speeds:
YUP! You guessed it...3GHZ!!!
Some of you may laugh, but this is whats coming...believe it or not. Its fact now. I will smile on the 6th when I turn out to be EXACTLY right. Who else believes me? I will smile again when I'm right and you're wrong. PEACE
:D
You seem confident.. however, I will risk being wrong, and state my belief that every single thing you said is wrong. I will of course be happy to apologize, however, if you turn out to be right.

k2k koos
Jan 2, 2004, 08:34 AM
Kidding, couldn't resist....

An yes, I know it is wearing a bit thin now...

Anyway, I am looking forward to the keynote, as rumors or not, it is always great entertainment watching Steve work his magic on the crowd, and I can't help but be affected by it myself.



;)

k2k koos
Jan 2, 2004, 08:49 AM
Ha ha ha!

i am laughing now Neatgekko, I'm glad you are so confident about these G5s, but if you are so sure, then you are probably able to tell us all the rest of the tech specs.. Memory, HD, bus speeds, configurations, Graphic cards, etc etc.

IF you are right, I will publicly congratulate you on that fact and apologize for laughing on this forum ..

Personally IF, there are G5 updates, the speeds will be more moderate , and my guestimate is Dual all the way, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4 , with faster models in June/July, and finally reaching 3Ghz by Sept/Oct.....
980 based G5's in 2005 (MWSF 2005 perhaps....) But now I am startng to drift....

visor
Jan 2, 2004, 09:06 AM
Originally posted by AppleMatt
Anyone kind soul want to convert the time to GMT (British)?


isn't it wonderful that ICal can finally manage timezones? I've just added it to my Ical at 9:00 and flagged it Pacific time - whoops -> appears at my 18:00 CET

Chryx
Jan 2, 2004, 09:32 AM
Originally posted by nuckinfutz
And 17" analog monitors are much cheaper than the $699 Apple charges.
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Except that 17" Analog TFT's aren't comparable to DVI/ADC interfaced displays ?

Ja Di ksw
Jan 2, 2004, 09:35 AM
As always, I love these rumor roundups, and the winners and losers one after them. Thanks for going through all the trouble, arn.

I really hope the mini iPods come out. My brother is using the physical size and price as an excuse to not get one, and this would help me convince him. I love mine so much, and so do my friends that have one (actually, I have two, couldn't stand to part with my 1G one :))

IndyGopher
Jan 2, 2004, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by Ja Di ksw
As always, I love these rumor roundups, and the winners and losers one after them. Thanks for going through all the trouble, arn.

I really hope the mini iPods come out. My brother is using the physical size and price as an excuse to not get one, and this would help me convince him. I love mine so much, and so do my friends that have one (actually, I have two, couldn't stand to part with my 1G one :))
Someone's going to do it, so I might as well do it politely before the meaner folks get to you. Do you mean the original 5Gig iPod, or do you mean a 10Gig iPod? (There was no 1G iPod) What size did you get for the second one?

wiesel2000
Jan 2, 2004, 09:58 AM
I dunno hope for the unexpected. I hope for ONE MORE THING!

cr2sh
Jan 2, 2004, 10:00 AM
Don't you love how major events bring out the experts? I can't believe that Arn's sources would say ~$100 2GB minIpod... and only be half right. This $250 idea is laughable. NeatGekko is unable to even post properly... I certainly wouldn't trust him with Apple announcement secrets.

There's been so much focus on mini-ipods this week that the idea of powermac updates seems kina weird. Apple can get me excited about anything, and while I'm not really shopping for an mp3 player, a $100 2GB portable firewire drive wouldn't be shabby. I'm not entirely sure Apple can do it though... I would believe in a 1GB for $99.

My wish list for SF is a very short one....

1. 30" DISPLAY

but I don't think we'll get a display update till the next g5 revision, and that ain't gonna happen on tuesday.
A 3GHz on 90nm this soon? A 1GHz update? No way! There'll be an announcement of the 90nm g5.. but no release.

If we see a 2.5GHz g5 on tuesday I won't be shocked... but I don't expect it. Just my HO.
:cool:

micvog
Jan 2, 2004, 10:09 AM
Originally posted by crees!
I know there was the word of OLEDs coming to play soon. Maybe the next update to the iPod will have an OLED, which in turn will make it's physical size smaller.

Palm Infocenter (http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=6387) is reporting that the new Sony CLIEs being released this spring will used OLED displays. Perhaps you are right...

network23
Jan 2, 2004, 10:20 AM
I'll be at the Keynote next Tuesday. Here are my observations/opinions.

This is the 20th Anniversary of Macintosh. I have to believe that Jobs has something special planned for that.

I also have to believe that Jobs and Co. have to be getting better and better at keeping the lid on special projects. Maybe that's why the rumors of what's coming Tuesday are so lackluster.

Now that Apple only attends one MacWorld a year, this is their one and only moment in a very public spotlight. Sure, Apple releases products now throughout the year and holds special press events when needed, but MacWorld generates a lot of consumer, financial and tech press. And Apple loves to WOW us!

What do I think Apple will spring Tuesday? I have no idea, but I expect to be surprised and happy when I walk out of that keynote hall.

jouster
Jan 2, 2004, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by IndyGopher
Someone's going to do it, so I might as well do it politely before the meaner folks get to you. Do you mean the original 5Gig iPod, or do you mean a 10Gig iPod? (There was no 1G iPod) What size did you get for the second one?

I think he means 'First Gen', not One gig.

IndyGopher
Jan 2, 2004, 11:04 AM
Originally posted by jouster
I think he means 'First Gen', not One gig.
Aha! Good catch. So it would either be a 5 or a 10. I still have a 5, but since I have over 80Gig of MP3's, I don't see the point in replacing it with one that still could hold only half of them.

thogs_cave
Jan 2, 2004, 11:38 AM
Originally posted by nuckinfutz
Yes and I'd like to be able to buy a Ferrari for $25 thousand

If you BTO from Apple you're going to spend more money.

Crucial sells 512 DDR 400 (http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT6472Z40B&cat=RAM) modules for $116 to Apple's $250


I agree, you get what you pay for. I expect my dual G5 to be with me for a good three years, I didn't mind spending the $$. I added 2G of Crucal RAM for about $336 - I don't know if the prices went up, but I also had a 5% coupon code. (Just look on the web.)

A little smart shopping works wonders - refurb Dual 2.0's can be had for around $2400, you can easily put together a system like mine (Dual 2.0, 2.5G RAM, 2x160G drives) for under $3K.

ever
Jan 2, 2004, 12:45 PM
I've been surfing the data on Bluetooth, and it seems to me that a great deal of the applications of this technology have already been worked out, they just haven't made it to market. I'm betting 2004 will be the year of Wireless. I'd expect to see bluetooth stereo headsets, maybe a battery-powered external bluetooth LCD (WiFi versions already exist). Also, your bluetooth phones will be able to create a mini "wireles hot spot" for you laptop wherever you go. The updated iPods might even make some use of bluetooth or WiFi. I also wouldn't rule out the shocker of a G5 notebook. I read somewhere that the tighter chips will produce less heat. Above all that i'm more interested in what all the other 3rd party vendors are going to do. They may take up in the Bluetooth area. Wacom could release a bluetooth tablet, or announce a partnership to integrate tablets into the touch pad of notebooks. Hell, what is INK for? I think we'll be able to tap our pBook screens in 2004.

cr2sh
Jan 2, 2004, 12:56 PM
Originally posted by ever
I think we'll be able to tap our pBook screens in 2004.

Keep your grubbie fingerprints off my touch-panel 17" powergbook g5! :)

Agreed. WiFi is where its at in 2004.

I want bluetooth thumbdrives. I want to be able to drag a file into my "iPocket" on my dock... get up.. drive over to a buddies... and when i pull into his driveway I want his computer to say "hey.. there's chad" and have him access the files, in my pocket, as I'm walking up the sidewalk. So by the time I open the door.. he's listening to my newest mix. :D

And then I want it embedded in my neck.

~Shard~
Jan 2, 2004, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by cr2sh
Keep your grubbie fingerprints off my touch-panel 17" powergbook g5! :)

Agreed. WiFi is where its at in 2004.

I want bluetooth thumbdrives. I want to be able to drag a file into my "iPocket" on my dock... get up.. drive over to a buddies... and when i pull into his driveway I want his computer to say "hey.. there's chad" and have him access the files, in my pocket, as I'm walking up the sidewalk. So by the time I open the door.. he's listening to my newest mix. :D

And then I want it embedded in my neck.

What's next after the iPocket? Hard drives implanted in your brain? Cell phones/iPods built into your ears? Mini-keyboards built into your arm/hand? And wireless communication with others? With these types of advances it won't be too much longer before Apple releases the iBorg... :cool:

beajoh
Jan 2, 2004, 01:12 PM
--------------------------------------------------
Slightly-modified iMac with 1.6 MHz G5,
FireWire 800. USB 2.x. AirPort Extreme.
20" flat panel. Superdrive. Serial ata HD.
Not a cube. Announced at SanFran., then
Advertised during Superbowl.
--------------------------------------------------
XServe with Dual G5s, Serial ATA HDs
--------------------------------------------------

rdowns
Jan 2, 2004, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by beajoh
--------------------------------------------------
Slightly-modified iMac with 1.6 MHz G5,
FireWire 800. USB 2.x. AirPort Extreme.
20" flat panel. Superdrive. Serial ata HD.
Not a cube. Announced at SanFran., then
Advertised during Superbowl.
--

Putting on my ruby red slippers...

Please make it true
Please make it true
Please make it true
Please make it true
Please make it true
Please make it true
Please make it true
Please make it true

Awimoway
Jan 2, 2004, 01:24 PM
I love how, right before an event, a bunch of people come out of the woodwork with bold, detailed predictions. And yet all of them come from people who just registered. :rolleyes:

~Shard~
Jan 2, 2004, 01:37 PM
Originally posted by Awimoway
I love how, right before an event, a bunch of people come out of the woodwork with bold, detailed predictions. And yet all of them come from people who just registered. :rolleyes:

Damn, you beat me to it - I was just about to make the same comment. Is it just me or are there a lot more newbies on here than usual? ;)

wrldwzrd89
Jan 2, 2004, 01:37 PM
I can't say for certain whether or not the G5s will be updated at MWSF, but what I do know (well, I'm hoping for, anyway) is that the Rev. B PowerMac G5s will have 8x SuperDrives. This means that the other machines with SuperDrives built-in or as an option will get 4x (or maybe even 8x) drives when they get updated.

applekid
Jan 2, 2004, 01:39 PM
Please surprise me with tons of things that people haven't thought of already. :)

Steamboatwillie
Jan 2, 2004, 01:41 PM
I hope that the whole mini-iPod rumor is a smokescreen and that there is something truly unique planned being the 20th anniversary and all. My guts tell me there is a surprise in the works that may or may not have been speculated as of yet. Don't get me wrong, I think the mini-iPods could be cool, I am just hoping for something much *more* cooler!

Awimoway
Jan 2, 2004, 01:41 PM
Originally posted by ~Shard~
Damn, you beat me to it - I was just about to make the same comment. Is it just me or are there a lot more newbies on here than usual? ;)

The thing is, I can't figure what their game is. Surely they realize that posting something on the same day they registered will have no credibility whatsoever. And yet they all make these terse pronouncements with an air of authority. I think they're just attention-seekers or people trying to stir up a little of white noise. It's the graffiti of the rumor-mongering world.

Ja Di ksw
Jan 2, 2004, 01:56 PM
Originally posted by jouster
I think he means 'First Gen', not One gig.

yeah, thank you for clarifying. 1G as in First Generation, 5 GB iPod. The next one I got was just a 10 GB, since my 5 still holds all my music, I just needed it, well, wanted it, for recording lectures.

NeatGekko
Jan 2, 2004, 02:08 PM
Next announcement, the 2ghz will be the low end. Topped off by a 3GHZ. And good guesses everyone, 2.6GHZ in the middle. I am sad so many don't believe apple wants to make the big push. DOn't think they can do it?

OLED iPods

Look for color iPods a ways off, around april. Apple is looking at oLEDs right now, but they aren't satisfied with the screen resolution. Besides that, they look very promising and I personally hope they end up using them just for the sake of battery life which will be directly related to the thinkness of the pod.

Once again to the doubters....I look forward to the letters of apology come next week.

Steamboatwillie
Jan 2, 2004, 02:14 PM
Originally posted by NeatGekko

Once again to the doubters....I look forward to the letters of apology come next week.

Are you the same guy who wrote the book "How to win friends and influence people"? :confused:

k2k koos
Jan 2, 2004, 02:35 PM
Hi Neatgekko,


I don't think you should be so surprised if people like me and others doubt your claims.
What you are proposing does seem a little on the bold side and a bit out of sync with signals we see from the likes of IBM, Apple and other rumorsites.

Also the way you make your statements seem a bit like the way a towncryer would do it, "Here ye here ye!"
Use modesty and give some explanation, you'll find more people might take you serious... No offence,and welcome to Macrumors.

then again, who am I, compared to a lot of other on tis orum, I am a newbie to this too, but not new to the Mac though,
Since 1989.....

rdowns
Jan 2, 2004, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by ~Shard~
Damn, you beat me to it - I was just about to make the same comment. Is it just me or are there a lot more newbies on here than usual? ;)

Of course there are. A major Apple event is coming up and Windows users need to do something to have some fun. It's not like they get that using their computers.

ddbean
Jan 2, 2004, 02:39 PM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
...and I personally hope they end up using them just for the sake of battery life which will be directly related to the thinkness of the pod.

Once again to the doubters....I look forward to the letters of apology come next week.


"thinkness" of the iPods? Do these now have AI embedded in them too?

And you want us to write LETTERS? ok, so give us your home address so we can send all our letters to you personally.

NeatGekko
Jan 2, 2004, 02:47 PM
easy folks, just wanted to let you know what was actually happening desipte all of the confusion. I apologize for my brash statements. Only used to get attention...BUT...believe or not, (up to you) this is what apple is releasing. So consider yourself lucky...you KNOW! :)

ddbean
Jan 2, 2004, 02:50 PM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
... So consider yourself lucky...you KNOW! :)

So what's the lucky numbers for the CA SuperLotto? I could use a cut of 81 million too...

latergator116
Jan 2, 2004, 03:55 PM
I want a new app, but I will not buy it if it starts with "i"!! NO WAY! They have officialy worn out the letter "i" Come on apple, get creative.:rolleyes:

arn
Jan 2, 2004, 03:58 PM
forgot to mention the Microsoft Office etc... announcements which seem likely.

also makes it seem less likely that Apple would also announce their own since I bet MS has stage-time during the keynoet

arn

latergator116
Jan 2, 2004, 04:13 PM
Well, we have been pretty lucky this year in terms of announcements/new stuff, so if MWSF does turn out to be a dud, we always have MWB which I will be attending! Hopefully, it won't also be a dud like last years MWNY.

latergator116
Jan 2, 2004, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
Next announcement, the 2ghz will be the low end. Topped off by a 3GHZ. And good guesses everyone, 2.6GHZ in the middle. I am sad so many don't believe apple wants to make the big push. DOn't think they can do it?

OLED iPods

Look for color iPods a ways off, around april. Apple is looking at oLEDs right now, but they aren't satisfied with the screen resolution. Besides that, they look very promising and I personally hope they end up using them just for the sake of battery life which will be directly related to the thinkness of the pod.

Once again to the doubters....I look forward to the letters of apology come next week.

Im just curious, where are you getting this information? Im not saying you are lying im just curious...

Sorry for the triple post

Steamboatwillie
Jan 2, 2004, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
easy folks, just wanted to let you know what was actually happening desipte all of the confusion. I apologize for my brash statements. Only used to get attention...BUT...believe or not, (up to you) this is what apple is releasing. So consider yourself lucky...you KNOW! :)

NeatGekko, I think I can pretty much speak for the majority of users here by saying "Take my word for it" is not exactly reassuring nor confidence inspiring. Perhaps you do know something we don't and if so please elaborate to quench our curiosity. Arn and the rest of the good folks who contribute to this site work very hard to provide as acurrate as possible information and always cite their sources. Please honor their efforts by doing the same and your comments will hold more weight.

splashman
Jan 2, 2004, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by NeatGekko
easy folks, just wanted to let you know what was actually happening desipte all of the confusion. I apologize for my brash statements. Only used to get attention...BUT...believe or not, (up to you) this is what apple is releasing. So consider yourself lucky...you KNOW! :)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha har har har (snort) ha ha ha ha ha "What was actually happening!" har har har (pauses for breath) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

I choose "not".

I'll consider myself lucky if I don't have to read any more of your hallucinogenic predictions. And I predict that after the 6th, you'll either disappear or re-register on MR under a different name, but spewing the same self-aggrandizing nonsense.

Waluigi
Jan 2, 2004, 07:14 PM
On the MWSF: More Mini iPod Confirmation and Detial? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=636726#post636726) thread NeatGekko said this:

Originally posted by NeatGekko
If I am wrong I will eat my right hand. Lets put it that way. One of those, "not sure I was supposed to know" situations...but I think since everyone knows mini ipods are coming...might as well let the few who read this know how they come.

See, NeatGekko does have proof! Anyway, take it for what it's worth.

--Waluigi

NeatGekko
Jan 2, 2004, 08:15 PM
You don't have to believe me, I simply posted to provide some clarity. In the next day or two, some 'credible' informant will come forth with the exact same information that I have. Guess everyone will just have to wait and see.

matznentosh
Jan 2, 2004, 08:20 PM
I want bluetooth thumbdrives.

That's the most reasonable speculation I've heard in years. If you live in the north east you know that EZ Pass is incredible for driving thru tollbooths. No buttons, no wires, everything automatic. I understand in Scandinavia they use cellphones to pay for the coke machine etc. Not sure how it works, but if you just walk up to a coke machine and it automatically lets you get a coke and debits your account, pretty cool.

The new Toyota hybrid car has a "key" that sits in your pocket and when you come within range of the car unlocks it and lets you start it. No key in the lock, no locks in fact.

So yes, a bluetooth portable hard drive would be the bomb for working in multiple sites with multiple computers.

Squire
Jan 2, 2004, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by matznentosh
That's the most reasonable speculation I've heard in years.... So yes, a bluetooth portable hard drive would be the bomb for working in multiple sites with multiple computers.

True.

Over here, at Korea's Wal-Mart equivalent, you can pay for your groceries (and several other types of purchases) with your cell phone. I think they call the service Moneta or something. You just put your phone up against this little scanner for a second. The same store had me sign on a little LCD screen to make a credit card purchase. I'm not so sure if that's a good idea.

Squire

Apple //e
Jan 2, 2004, 09:03 PM
Originally posted by matznentosh
So yes, a bluetooth portable hard drive would be the bomb for working in multiple sites with multiple computers.

itll be ridiculously slow. youll need at least 802.11g

SiliconAddict
Jan 3, 2004, 04:32 AM
Originally posted by Awimoway
The thing is, I can't figure what their game is. Surely they realize that posting something on the same day they registered will have no credibility whatsoever. And yet they all make these terse pronouncements with an air of authority. I think they're just attention-seekers or people trying to stir up a little of white noise. It's the graffiti of the rumor-mongering world.

First post or 30,000th post. When it comes to Apple and releases everyone's equal because just because Apple released something in one manner one year doesn't mean they will do the same the next. The problem is everyone acts like they have been thumbing through Jobs's personal diary and know exactly what is going to happen. For those that do put themselves in that position get ready for a severe tongue...er...keyboard lashing come next week.
Hell back in October I, among others, were bitching out people who was SURE G5 PowerBooks were going to be released but even then most posts left me at being 99% sure. No one, other then Jobs, should EVER say they are 100% sure what is going to happen.

cr2sh
Jan 3, 2004, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by Awimoway
I love how, right before an event, a bunch of people come out of the woodwork with bold, detailed predictions. And yet all of them come from people who just registered. :rolleyes:

I almost commented on this yesterday.. but you were much nicer about it than I was going to be. :)

Originally posted by SiliconAddict
First post or 30,000th post. When it comes to Apple and releases everyone's equal...

Yes... but some animals are more equal than others.

anodized
Jan 3, 2004, 09:55 PM
If something new is coming out, we at least know it won't be called iWorks (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/business_finance/iwork.html).

jabester10280
Jan 4, 2004, 10:08 PM
Hmm I like it. I was really hoping for a PowerBook G5 but oh well.