Apple Stocking Up On Flash Memory?

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Historically unreliable DigiTimes is claiming that their industry sources indicate Apple is once again securing large orders of NAND Flash memory. The most likely use of this stockpile would be for the upcoming Nano revision which should top-out at 8 GB.

Apple made similar stockpile arrangements before the original Nano launch, and with rumors floating about a higher-capacity and redesigned Nano due by this fall, such stockpile claims are not totally suspect. That being said, DigiTimes' record has been less than stellar, with iBook and Powerbook G5s all rumored to arrive in 2005 according to them.

Digitimes has also in the past claimed that Apple was working with Intel on using Intel's Robson Caching technology, which uses Flash memory to speed bootup and launching of commonly used applications. While not specifically cited by DigiTimes as a use for the Flash stockpile, if Apple does plan on using Robson technology the stockpile could easily be used for production of such notebooks.
 

Deimo

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Can't be a bad thing... combined with the recent $179 rebate for students to get a free 2GB Nano, it looks pretty good for a 9/19 or 9/26 media event to announce a new iPod. The rebate will help push the excess stock of the smaller nano to clear the way.
 

shadowmoses

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This is probably becuase Apple know they are going to get mad demand for Nano's when thanks to the back to school promo....And possibly the introduction of Robson technology in the REAL;) MacBook Pro which will probably be out later this year.....

ShadoW
 

celebrian23

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I don't consider this really news. I think it's obvious apple will veil something new for the holiday season- if they're not planning on it they're stupid then. So this pretty much seems obvious to me that they'd be stocking up on flash drives.
 

RichP

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Who needs Robson?? When was the last time you needed to boot your mac; this isnt Windoze where the OS suffers a decay halflife from startup ;)
 

XIII

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Digitimes!!

My favourite rumour source! :D

iBook G5's! PowerBook G5's! Its all go at Digitimes! :D
 

Analog Kid

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dferrara said:
Redesigned iPod Nano? How do you redesign the iPod Nano? :confused:
Lose the docking cable. Drives me nuts that I have to carry yet-another-custom-cable every time I travel. The original iPod was so elegant-- just a firewire port. Use a standard cable, available anywhere in the world, to charge the battery, transfer data, etc. Use that same cable for your external hard drive and your iSight.

Now I've got another fragile, custom cable I need to pack...
 

bigandy

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Analog Kid said:
Lose the docking cable. Drives me nuts that I have to carry yet-another-custom-cable every time I travel. The original iPod was so elegant-- just a firewire port. Use a standard cable, available anywhere in the world, to charge the battery, transfer data, etc. Use that same cable for your external hard drive and your iSight.

Now I've got another fragile, custom cable I need to pack...

you'd rather have a nano thick enough to have a USB port in it? i'd rather carry a dock cable. or better still, like me, have one in your home, one in your car, and one in your laptop bag.

sorted.

;)
 

retroneo

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Robson requires the "Santa Rosa" chipset, which comes out in March 2007.

Presumably new Macbooks will come out at that time.
 

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Historically unreliable DigiTimes is claiming that their industry sources indicate Apple is once again securing large orders of NAND Flash memory. The most likely use of this stockpile would be for the upcoming Nano revision which should top-out at 8 GB.
Yup, it's gotta be the Nano. It's not like there are any more iPod products that use flash ememory and are in desperate need of an update. :rolleyes:
 

sam10685

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pincho said:
pretty easily, instead of having a round semi-sphere at the bottom, why dont u just integrate it all into the screen?
duh, of course we know that now, but at the time, the G4 didn't seem to be able to be improved. same with the nano... but you just watch. apple will figure out a way to improve the nano.
 

SeaFox

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zeppiecr said:
Apple Introduces new U2 Ipod....black stainless steel
Black stainless steel? That would be awsome! Black brushed steel, not a laquer smooth finish but oen where you can see the grain in the metal.
 

pincho

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sam10685 said:
duh, of course we know that now, but at the time, the G4 didn't seem to be able to be improved. same with the nano... but you just watch. apple will figure out a way to improve the nano.
.......... way to notice sarcasm :rolleyes: :p

although there is a point to my post, meaning however good something can be, it can still be improved, therefore, im meaning the nano can be improved too