Apple's New Digital Device

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Mike Ryder wrote in to tell us of a Yahoo News article describing "the
    unveiling of a breakthrough digital device," by Apple on Oct. 23. And according to Apple, "hint: it's not a Mac."
    Very interesting. Sources near the company claim it's likely a digital music device. Portable MP3 player? Component CD-RW / MP3 player?
    Quite the intriguing report.
  2. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
  3. Newton-Man macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2001
    Scammonden, UK
    #3 updated

    According to and a whois / trace-root search. Apple has re-registered as of the 16th of October.


  4. blakespot Administrator


    Jun 4, 2000
    Alexandria, VA

    Wow. That would be INSANE if they came out with a new Newton. Christ. But, I dare not let myself get hopeful for such a device. I would throw my iPAQ on eBay so fast it would make your head swim, if a new Newton was released.

  5. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    yep, always pointed to Apple - every since Newton was killed.

    ... and Apple never let expire... they've held onto it. They probably just reregistered it because it was expiring. But... who knows.

    I have my doubts they would use the Newton name again...

  6. Newton-Man macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2001
    Scammonden, UK
    Gigawire Connection

    May it be that this GigaWire technology could like the "New Digital Device" to your mac???



  7. motion Guest

    My guess is it's an airport-enabled MP3 player that looks like an audio component.
  8. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    Can you imagine me with a Newton? in place of carry the Pismo every where, even the TiBook still too heavy. A Newton with a firewire port would be long way too nice.
  9. From Win to Mac macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2001
    Montreal, Canada
  10. Insider Guest

    I SAW IT!

    It is a music device, but not what you think! God its so AWESOME!

    Its WAY better than any MP3 player because it plays ANY QUICKTIME FILE FORMAT!

    It looks like a TiBook/iBook (squared, clean lines, muted tones, metallic) only like small-ish. It runs on batteries or bus powered (yes, bus powered when plugged into a Mac).

    When plugged in it mounts like a drive, drag 'n' drop to from it (on OS X only, 10.1 includes secret support for it, read the release notes they mention it). Unplug it, its standalone. RCA audio out stereo, phono plug stereo out, small LCD screen some controls to see file names and play/stop/skip features.


  11. gman Guest

    pda Palm/Blackberry killer

    lets hope it is not a mp3 player! There are enough of them out there! However, PDA's are are there also, but all not close to a newton! I have had all ipaqs,visors, and palms!

    Apple has a chance to bring to the market a better pda just by updateing the newtons tehnology up to todays current standards. If handspring can converge PIMS and cell phone/data in their treo line without a OS behind it then Apple with its OS X theme of digital hub and converging audio,PIMS,wireless etc......

    We will see a PDA from Apple soon........they know no one has hit a homerun yet.....

  12. ThlayliTheFierce macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Sorry but I'm a little unconvinced by Insider's post. Who in their right mind would post on a rumors site while at work???? Let's just say I remain skeptical, although those things do sound reasonable.
  13. ThlayliTheFierce macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    I feel so young...

    How about a little info here? The Newton was a little before my time. What exactly is it that's so great about them? What do they do that others today don't?
  14. iBug macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2001

    shhh, don't tell anyone.

    it's a smartphone on steroids. complete with pda, music and video.
  15. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    where to start?

    You'll hear a lot of flak about the early newtons...

    Newton OS 2.1 on the MessagePad 2000/2100 was awesome. There were limitations, sure... (mostly connectivity to desktop PC's) but overall, an insanely fine package.

    First, the OS was designed to be a handheld OS. It tried to throw out the desktop metaphor because it didn't apply.... things like crossing out text erased it. To copy text, you just dragged it to the side of the screen where it "stuck". Then to paste, you just drag it back. The handwriting recognition was excellent. I've heard rumors that only now Calligrapher 6.0 is surpassing Apple's handwriting recognizer.

    The entire system/OS was very unique. All data was stored in "soups" - which were sort of commonly accessible data structutes...

    the beauty of this is all apps had access to other app's data... as well, they could easily extend the data sets.

    As a result - NO information should be entered twice. I want to call my friend 'Fred'. I can write 'Call Fred' in the notepad, tap on Assist, and it will go to my addressbook, get Fred's phone number and bring it into the Call application....

    Or, if a new app comes out that does anything - prints mailing labels, it just pulls address data from the addressbook.

    anyway.... the biggest advantage of the Palm was size.

  16. ThlayliTheFierce macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    very cool

    Sounds like a very intelligent design. I wish I had one. Anyone else want to add some thoughts?
  17. Doraemon macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)

    Does anyone know the codename of this "new digital device"?

    Thanks! :)
  18. Holaoha Guest

  19. #20

    If they are using c-cube, counld't it be something that allows you to use your imac/desktop mac to record TV programs on DVD-R? or to hard disk?
  20. jon2620 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2001
    IEEE 802.11 (Airport™ in Apple-glish) enabled portable thin client

    especially this paragraph

    Recently, I read an article suggesting that Apple is developing an IEEE 802.11 (Airport™ in Apple-glish) enabled portable thin client, built on a low power-consumptive x86 chip (hello, Transmeta!). The device will allegedly simply run an OS X shell; the actual processing and storage will occur back at the family/office PowerMac. Hmm, does it seem plausible that Apple is slowly and slyly shifting from a "Single/Multiple-User PC" paradigm to a "Server Appliance/Thin Client" paradigm to anyone else? I wondered what Jobs meant by his obscure reference to the Macintosh becoming the "Digital Hub" for our new "Digital Lifestyles" over the next coming years in his second-to-last keynote address. It seems Apple might have to get on this new "tablet" bandwagon, as Microsoft surely seems to be pushing the notion--though MS wants your entire system on-board, and Apple's alleged strategy would enable much cheaper hardware than a standalone Tablet PC from "the competition" with its onboard storage media.
  21. natedavis macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2001
    SLC, UT
    I am Excited

    I don't really know what Apple will Release this next week, but I sure know I am excited. For once we know something big is coming, and so it puts everyone on edge. All I know is whatever it is, Apple will make the best product it can.

    I just love Apple
  22. jeffrs macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2001
    what happen to no new harware

    Hmmm... wasn't it a month or two ago that Steve's was making some comment about no new hardware for the rest of the year... nahhhhhh, must be thinking of someone else =)
  23. spikey macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2001
    It doesnt seem logical to me for apple to make a music device.
    Still be kool seeing as this is really apples first big move towards their digital hub dream.
  24. Bull Guest

    A New Device Speculation

    <a href="">Slim Devices</a> has the Slashdot'ed network MP3 player. New Apple product, assuming that it IS a music device, might be something like this. Also, after they reported that the serial# 0001 machine had rolled out, they disappeared. Could they have been bought out by Apple?

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