Ideas for a 30th anniversery mac

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  1. Will_reed macrumors 6502

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    Wouldnt it be nice to see one last great powerpc mac?
    It could include a bluray burner as well.
     
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    How about a triple processor, omni-boot system. Uses 68040, a G5, and Core Duo to natively run every Mac OS ever!
     
  3. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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  4. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    The play on 30 makes some sense, and annaversary editions (all one of them) have historically been impractical. So why not?
     
  5. Will_reed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah cram 2 dual core g5s in a cinema display. sounds good
     
  6. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    I mean look at the 20th anniversary Mac

    [​IMG]

    It looks like the precursor for the current iMac. 30" iMac here we come. With all that space they can put in dual Core Duos (Quad Core iMac!) and also the price will be similar to the 20th which according to sites came out at ~$10,000

     
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Jobs is not a nostalgic man, so as much as I would like to see a 30th anniverary Mac that embraces Apple's past, it will (if it ever exists) be forward looking, just like the TAM's design was (even io the hardware was conventional).

    They could do a copy of the original 128k Mac, but with iMac guts.

    I like the 30" iMac idea - vey forward thinking, because some day there will probably be a 30" all-in-one Mac anyway...

    Maybe it will be something ultra small....

    Apple always pull interesting desings out for these sort of occasions, so I can only hope that a 30th anniversary Mac is truly in the works.
     
  8. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    That's pretty funny (the limo bit). Personally, since Apple is decidedly much more consumer oriented these days (iPods are the #1 selling item, iMacs are the mostupdated line, etc) the 30th annivarsary machine should be somethign target at that crowd.

    As I posted in another thread, I'd like to see the cube come back as a cross between the mini and powermacs (small, quiet, affordable, but mroe upgradable). However, the 30th anniversary model will almost HAVE to be some kind of all-in-one machine. So, what about making it a laptop?

    Say a 13" widescreen iBook looking machine, Core Duo of course, that has ViVo (Video In Video Out) features, a pivoting display section so it can be used tablet style OR can be locked into an A-frame stlye position and used as a small TV. It would also come with any/all of the following:

    Remote (Gotta have it)
    An Airport Express A/V (first only available with the 30th, but eventually sold seperately)
    Some really good wireless headphones to enjoy your media on the go
    Maybe some kind of virtual all in one surround sound speaker units
    I think it would be cool if it came with an iPod Nano (maybe a special edition one) with video and wireless features (maybe that would be the AExpress A/V component!) then have a completely internal slot stlye dock for it on the Mac...

    These all seem like cool ideas to me, and having them introduced all together as a special edition Mac would be kinda neat...
     
  9. Morn macrumors 6502

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    Don't forget the 6502, miloblithe.
    Who knows what they'll do, what if it's a special edition ipod. It's 30 years of Apple, not 30 years of the mac. I'm not sure what they'll do, I'd rather not say. I just hope it's something as cool and innovative as the 20th anniversary mac. It has to be something as far out there as the cube was.
     
  10. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    You're right. My math was a bit off there.

    I agree Blackadder there. The best idea is a new direction, especially since its the Apple not Mac annaversary. I'd vote for the totally revamped, rethought Mini.
     
  11. Epicurus macrumors 6502

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    If its a new direction...

    How about a tablet/iPad/Newton to shake things up a bit. If Apple is already merging the iBook/PowerBook lines into the MacBook, then there would seem to be room for a second brand of portable. Just like the iMac is more compact than the PowerMac, the iPad is more streamlined than even a MacBook. Maybe it would even inherit the "i" from the iBook and really be the iPad. 13" iBook rumors might not have been that far off after all...:D :D
     
  12. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    I like that idea... Apple is certainly more than just Macs now. So offering something that came with a special edition iPod would be cool.
     
  13. AUBPsych macrumors member

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    Here's an idea: how about I get a free spec'd out MacBook Pro for the 30th Anniversary? After all, my 20th birthday is on the 30th Anniversary of the Apple :D
     
  14. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    An iMac 30" would be great.. Fantastic even...

    But realistically I imagine all .mac users will receive a $30 voucher for apple store provided they spend over $300...

    Somthing that truly is a token gesture and would'nt cost them very much as most .mac owners who recieve it wont bother using it...
     
  15. mdavey macrumors 6502a

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    Imagine the possibilities

    The anniversary edition should be an opportunity to experiment and innovate - to take some chances that they normally can't afford to make. I'd like something that offered some mix from this list:

    * Use of amorphous alloys for the case (Liquidmetal(R) or similar)
    * Touchscreen, Apple inkwell technology
    * UWB
    * Some of the cool technology suggested for the concept Sun All-In-One card - such as E-Ink, Gel battery packs

    I'm sure there is more cool tech. out there that Apple hasn't used in their products which might be good candidates as components for a 30th Anniversary machine.

    One final thought - Apple had a niche market when they made the 20th Anniversary machine - for an even smaller niche. It would be nice if the 30th Anniversary machine appealed to a wider audience and sold in greater numbers.
     
  16. Morn macrumors 6502

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    Xerox PARC considered touch screens for their alto's, they decided a mouse was much better, as it didn't involve your hands hanging in the air all the time.;) As low tech as a mouse may seem, it was picked for usablities issues.
     
  17. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I disagree - it should be a unique, unusual machine that is certainly not for everybody. Something, like the TAM, that is instantly recognizable.
     
  18. mdavey macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with this part and I'll reitterate that it should be highly innovative and risky (ballsy).

    However, it would be a shame if only a dozen of them sell. I'd prefer something that makes a bold statement "we can innovate AND appeal to more than a niche market AT THE SAME TIME".

    It should appeal to a similar market percentile that own a plasma screen or have a Bang & Oulfson or Bose Hi-Fi system or a kitchen with granite worktops. Not just über-geeks and rich kids .
     
  19. Chundles macrumors G4

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    The Apple ]|[

    HD green screen graphics
    5 1/4" floppy drive
    3 1/2" floppy drive
    CD-R/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
    BD-R/DVD±R/W SuperDrive

    A copy of every Mac OS ever released.

    Installed by Steve himself whilst Phil wears a jester outfit and does Bill Gates impressions.
     
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  21. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000

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    There won't be a new machine

    OS 10.4.5 will come out. the only improvement will change the "Intel Core Duo" to the correct term which is "PowerPC 2.2Ghz G5"

    April fools suckers!

    and you thought Intel was really going to make us chips.
     
  22. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Apple is going to announce that the whole company was a 30 year long april fools joke, and that they are permanently closing for business.
     
  23. MacAztec macrumors 68040

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    Maybe those Plasma TV/Macs we've been hearing about are going to be the 30th Anniversary Mac?

    It would make sense, as there currently is not ANYTHING on the market that would compare, it would be all-in-one, and it would be unique.

    And, expensive...
     
  24. BearRanger macrumors member

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    30th Anniversary Mac

    A three box set:

    1) A Mac Mini-like box that runs an Intel Viiv enabled chip that functions as a Mac+DVR. This version of the Mini is completely wireless--including a wireless video connction to...

    2) A 30" Cinema HD display with optional desktop and wall mounts

    3) A combination iPod PDA with Newton-like features, that fits into a built in iPod dock interface in the Mac Mini device. This device is flash memory based and has no moving parts.

    Might as well "Dream Different" too.
     
  25. _Matt macrumors 6502

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    I've got a golden ticket!

    Five golden tickets will be concealed in the packaging of five macs. The winners will be brought to Cupertino, California on April 1, 2006, where they will enter the factory...

    *Steve Jobs appears at the entrance to Apple Headquarters with a top hat and a cane.*
     

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