Apple 'Home Appliance'?

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    Appleinsider posts a vague rumor that Apple may be riding on the success of the iPod and looking to expand into "the home-appliance market".

    According to their sources, the new device "is said to exist as its own entity and product, rather than an extension of the Macintosh platform."

    Of course, details are absent. Ever since Apple's release of the iPod, there has been speculation on more "digital lifestyle devices". Apple has admitted to working on other projects (Special Projects Group?), but the details are left to speculation at this point.
     
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    Apple branded dishwasher? ;)
     
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    iPod deck?

    An Apple-branded hi-fi deck would be cool - with Airport Extreme to download all the songs off your Mac or PC whenever you change your iTunes playlist. Now THAT would be cool...
     
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    i hope its a blender.


    or a usb stapler.
     
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    Re: iPod deck?

    YES! Pretty please?

    (edit) And how about a slot to plug in an iPod like an 8-track tape?
     
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    i was thinking something like a Plasma Tv...

    the only tv as thin as a penny, and it has a glowing apple on the back... oooooo....
     
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    I heard it was a kitchen appliance. We will finally get the answer to the famous question, " Can it core a apple?"
     
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    must be a slow news day...

    My guesses:

    iScrew

    iGouge

    iGlass

    iScream
     
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    isuck - a vaccum :)
    iblow - hair dryer
     
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    Okay then, an iKitchen radio - variation on my initial thought...




    And what would the point be in a glowing Apple on the back of a TV set?!
     
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    I think this might be a smart move by Apple if they play it right. Gateway had a big success with their Plasma screens, and they don't have an ounce of Apple's design and creativity. Maybe a nice WiFi receiver for AAC, as posted above, or a TiVo like box could also be cool.

    Surprise us, Apple. But whatever you do, make it FAST!!!:D
     
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    something like a tivo maybe...i would say that it will handle all the iLife aspects, pictures, music, movies, etc.

    i also bet it will have wifi and bluetooth built in.
     
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    Maybe this is the previously spoofed iBrator
     
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    I would love to see a website BY APPPLE of all the hair brained schemes over the years that made it to prototype but never were released.

    It would be "insanely great".

    In respect for the 20th anniversary :)

    Rocketman
     
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    iFridge

    It has to be a refrigerator, as the are usualy white plastic (iFridge) or brushed metal (powerFridge)
     
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    PowerToaster

    Based on the Mac Cube, thats my guess. With wireless network to your Mac, and a OS X applet for dialing in how dark you want your toast ...

    Possiblities yes?
     
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    iChihuahua; an Apple-branded Aibo. :D
     
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    What could it be

    iBox: Its a toaster. Hehe!
     
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    THINK DIFFERENT...

    ILAMPS
    IBULBS
    IFANS...GOOD ENUFF FOR G5 GOOD ENUFF 4 U!!
    IOVEN...
    HEY, HOW ABOUT AN IFRIG..COULD HAVE A 17'DISPLAY WITH A WIRELESS KEYBOARD..DO YOU KNOW WHAT A HUGE HARD DRIVE YOU COULD FIT IN THERE?!!
     
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    wait, i already thought they made a microwave. . .
    the cool metal look of the kitchen
    and it heats up food!!!

    oh wait, sorry, that says powerbook, not microwave. . . but still good at heating up leftovers
     
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    It can't be a lamp. They've already got one. :D
     
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    This would be my guess, too. Note the key words in Appleinsider's description: "an appliance done right".
    This would indicate an improvement on hardware that is already out there.

    A TiVo type device and/or wireless audio with iPod style navigation and a nice big hard drive?
    Hey I'd be interested.
     
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    iEye ...glasses.
     
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    iRead

    I want a book. Can't be called iBook - that's taken.
    iRead. One page. I could read Garfield... Harry Potter... Madeleine L'Engle.... MacAddict.... Time... on the can. in the bedroom. hours of reading. no turning pages. no lamp necessary. access books with rendezvous.

    I don't suppose it's a kitchen appliance...
    What about iOpen? a Can opener? or iCork? a corkscrew? what about iEat. a fork that measures nutritious value and weight of what you eat and then says "you need more carrots."

    Hmm... iCook... yes, that's got to be it. No. That'd be an accessory to the iRead (see top). The iRead streams the contents of a recipe to the iSpeaker which tells you what to measure next, and when you're done, you say "Ok, Done" and it tells you the next step. No more butter between the cookbook pages.

    Or could it be iBake?? Nah... apple wouldn't associate itself with burned cookies.

    iFind? "Where'd it go..." you say... The can opener fell between the fridge and counter Jim! Ahh, thank you, Apple!

    iNeed... milk, two loaves of bread, cheese...

    iMust say, iSure miss rumors. The rumor scene is always slow right after announcements iGuess. iSuppose it's been a while now though. the mini was about a month ago...

    ithink it's time for the rumors to start streaming in.

    Oh yes. Indeed.
     
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    Good one! Would that be followed by iCaramba, a salsa-dancing Aibo that looks like Bart Simpson?
    Sorry, too much coffee.
     

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