iWalk?

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  1. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to open this old festering wound, but Powerpage.org had the following article (note they cite spymac):


    Apple Secretly Working on Handheld Devices
    Fri, 24 May 2002, 13:14
    From the Rumor dept.
    jdog


    It has been rumored, for almost as long as rumors have existed, that Apple is secretly developing a handheld computer to augment their product lineup and to round out the "digital hub" that Steve Jobs has been vigorously promoting for the past few years.

    Every few months there is a flare up of the age-old "Apple is making a PDA" rumor with critics quickly pointing out that Phil Schiller (Apple's VP of Worldwide Marketing) said "We are focused on the personal computer space, not the handheld space, and that's that" in a now-infamous May 2000 SJ Mercury News interview during WWDC. Other nay-sayers remind us that, even though he tried to purchase Palm (twice), Steve Jobs "hates" PDAs.

    Despite the words to the contrary (which could simply be mis-information to keep us off the scent) PowerPage sources have spotted a number of small handheld devices in and around Apple's Cupertino campus. The devices have been field tested by various staff members over the past few months. It is important to realize that these aren't simply re-badged Palms or Palms with silly clear enclosures - they are real Apple iron.

    It should also be noted that these devices are most likely one-offs, hand-built to test a particular industrial design or form-factor, they still appear to far from ready for mass production.

    Following are some of these interesting points from PowerPage sources on the topic of the Apple PDA:


    I must emphasize that I DO NOT know what the hell the device is, (could be a TV clicker!) but I can say that the pda's I have seen, remind me very strongly of the fake on Spymac last year, and it's very close to that picture, except, the one's that I have seen, do not have any chrome knobs, like the spymac version has.
    I am still seeing many handheld devices around here in varying Apple plastics, some looking like the images of the purported "iWalk" that spymac posted last fall, minus the chrome knobs. And for a fact they are not "Palm OS" systems in Apple fabric. It seems to be a project that the engineers are working on, the camera in the top of it reminds me of the new sony clie type of hardware. Can't yet say if it will ever be released, just know that it is happening, and they are walking around the campus using them.

    ...

    I'm not sure if it's really true, but there are a few more of those handheld computers roaming around the campus in Cupertino. They are black, and without chrome buttons on the outside, just as previously described...the one I saw was a color screen that was REALLY sharp, not the same old PDA in 256 color or grey. The case of the one I saw was black and the Apple dial was white.

    ...

    I think that there are a some other elements to the system as well, I think a GPS antenna plugs into the top, and I think it could be a phone as well, I'm just not sure of that cause I have seen a few of them in different configurations. The phone feature plays the audio though the headphone jack on top of the device, there is no speaker inside.

    I thought that there were 4 ports on top, Audio, PCI (type of thing), and USB, and one other that looks like an audio out, but I couldn't tell.I think that they also had a camera that sort of plugs into the top, that's flat and thinner than the box itself.

    it looked like it wasn't ready for prime time yet, might just be an experiment, sometimes the plastic is custom made, and sometimes the stuff I see isn't for release at all. I must say though, this particular device looks like something I have seen them working on for the last year or so, so maybe it's ready.

    What's your take?
     
  2. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    I take it that eyelikeheart is going to blow his top when he sees another iWalk/PDA thread!

    Brace for impact! :eek:

    I do not see Apple ever using some ridiculous iWalk product. I would like to think that if Apple even comes close to developing something like this, it would be more of an enhanced version of the iPod that functions like a PDA.

    Run for cover! :eek:
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  3. mcrain thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am only reporting that someone else (powerpage.org) had this article. DON'T KILL ME EYE! I'm Sorry!
     
  4. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    you will be sorry when eye gets up the energy to go all jedi on your buttocks... :D
     
  5. britboy macrumors 68030

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    ....... and today was going so well :(

    Sorry mcrain, but this time the messenger deservers getting shot!

    Apple have already categorically stated that they are not interested in a forray into the PDA market, so why do so many people still insist on propagating the rumour?

    iWalk? No, we won't be seeing one.
     
  6. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    I'm already making the popcorn for when the fireworks start... want some britboy???? :D How about you KC? I don't have any live rodents for you to feed on... only human food :D
     
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    ok...I just jacked Alpha's stash of whoop-@ss... :eek:

    I know that if I go too far as to say that there will be no PDA...given my current luck streak...I'll be shown up as wrong...

    but I will say this...we've already discussed how the iPod could very well become the "Apple PDA"....we've even seen some hacks to the iPod which allow it to do more than just store music...

    I've been thinking for a few months now that the iPod's future will be worth much more than a simple mp3 player...

    the iWalk fiasco from months back had a lot of us fooled...but I firmly believe that the movies were still fakes...
     
  8. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    Exactly. Why the livng heck would Apple introduce a PDA?

    I swear, everytime eyelikeheart sees those letters we may have to brace for impact!

    I'm wearing my King Cobra softball hat as tight as possible in case this becomes over mild.

    NO MORE PDA DISCUSSION!!!
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  9. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    Wrut Wrow Raggy!!!!

    I don't think they are doing this for any real production hopes right now, but Apple does work on a lot of different designs all of the time. Don't be suprised one day when Steve say, oh, one more thing today we introduce our version of the PDA, and no, it isn't called the iWalk. :p
     
  10. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    it's sort of like people still believing in the Abomanible Snowman...or the Loch Ness Monster...

    u do know the Tooth Fairy & Santa aren't real right??
    ;)
     
  11. britboy macrumors 68030

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    What??? But, but... seriously? So i yanked all those teeth out with a thread tied to the door for nothing?

    :(
     
  12. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    Once in a while I will get away from eating the other snakes and rats in town... :)

    Just bring the PopSecret with extra butter and a DVD for when this is over and I'll be set. :D
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  13. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Yep... your parents left the pennies under your pillow (I always got silver dollars for mine :D).

    I hope that you have heard that Mikey and Minnie Mouse are getting divorced... :D
     
  14. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    yeah I heard about that....but I don't think I can say what's wrong with Minnie... ;)
     
  15. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    I can...

    She's f*cking Goofy :D

    muahahahahaaaaa
     
  16. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    Oh sweet Jesus, we have gone from the most banned topic on Macrumors to one that probably should be banned ;) Actually, now I have an image of that in my mind, and it is actually quite funny. All I can hear in my head is cheap 70's porno music. he, he, he,....
     
  17. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Don't forget the bad sound overs... :D
     
  18. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    yeah...I'd definitely say that this thread has gone to sh*t...

    u guys got lucky for now...he he he :eek: ;)
     
  19. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    At least we moved it away from the original subject to something that is a slight upgrade... :D

    Now Anime, THAT is some hot sh*t :D :eek:
     
  20. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    There mcrain. We managed to get the heat off of you for a while. I know that going off topic is generally frowned upon, but today.... it may have saved you :D
     
  21. britboy macrumors 68030

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    Only you alpha, only you.... :D
     
  22. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    LMAO!!! People are starting to know me a bit too well... :D
     
  23. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    see?? I've been telling u...:rolleyes:
     
  24. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    ok...I'd venture to say that this thread is dying & should be put out of it's misery... :rolleyes:
     
  25. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    I second that motion...
     
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