It had better be good!

Discussion in 'Hardware Rumors' started by Obsidian, Jan 6, 2002.

  1. Obsidian macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2001
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Generally, in the past, Apple created little or no hype around its products. But instead, the fans created hype over single comments. The fans got so hyped up that they were inevitably going to let them selves down.

    This is the first time I have ever seen Apple purposley creaty hype- knowing that this ammount would push their fans overboard. Apple must know that in the past their hype has always- among other things- brought their share price down after keynotes.

    (damn, this is where I lost my train of thought.. ok i got it back now! :) )

    This must mean that they have somthing that nobody expects- something that none of us have any clue about.

    And infact, I beleive that we will see G5's, the new iMacs, and a new Digi-device. My reasoning for this is that Apple knows that they have somthing big- or they would not have created the hype. Ironically, ever since the updates over the last few days, the rumor sites have been very quiet. Almost errily quiet. This tells me that we will be surprised- for once :).

    Dont get me wrong, there has been a number of posts about speculation or wild apple fanatics dreaming up ideas for the next super computer, but they are all shot down by the regular mac users that are tired and over-used to not being surprised.

    Apple might have also expected this outcome and thought it a way to forcefully put down the people writing rumors vigilantley, in hopes that it would help people be more surprised.

    But whatever the outcome, they have my attention- even thought I have no remote hope of affording a new mac... anybody want to buy me one? :)

    anyway, thats my twenty thousand cents heh
  2. ormerlin macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2001
    I agree 100%

    I have been watching these boards for the last few weeks, and it has been very interesting. It seems like there are only a few people with the totally outrageous ideas, and everybody else just seems to bring them back into reality. I think the best part about all of this is we are all on here just having fun. We are all excited about what Apple is going to release, and Apple has created this fun atmosphere with their hype. I think they have something big up their sleeve none of us are even close to expecting. I guess we are getting down to counting the minutes, not the days anymore...
  3. b8rtm8nn macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2001
    We're not even close

    Good point. The rumors sites can't even figure out which processors will be used - only make guesses. The only two things that seem to have any validity are LCD iMacs (which processor) and iPhoto. Everything else has been a wild guess, and that doesn't even cover the new device that we think is coming.

    This is great!! I'm spending my lunch tomorrow pasted to my computer at work to watch!!
  4. spearhead macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2002
    See my post (Apple + 802.11a + Sony)

    I've read too many wild guesses in the past few days.
    Why don't we just calm down and think about what kind of
    "revolutionary" products actually make sense for Apple.

    1) Flat-panel iMac:

    Of course. Almost cliche.

    2) 802.11a Wireless LAN:

    Remember Apple was the first to adopt 802.11b (AirPort)?
    802.11a is 5-10 times faster and less prone to interference.
    It can enable all sorts of home entertainment applications,
    and make your Mac a true "digital hub". Your Mac will play
    music/DVD/HDTV on your stereo/TV. Or even better, multiple
    "terminals" can share your dual-processor PowerMac through
    wireless connections, and freely move about your home.

    Microsoft is trying to do the same thing (eHome) with
    802.11b - typical MS lack of technical leadership.

    3) Alliance with Sony:

    Microsoft entered the game console market with its Xbox,
    and they won't stop there. It's logical for Sony to team
    up with Apple. PlayStation2 can be part of Apple's version
    of eHome. Sony can also develop more iDevice with Apple.

    It may even happen that Apple will license the x86
    version of OS X exclusively to Sony. This way Apple can
    broaden its reach while guaranteeing that OS X won't be
    associated with any dumb PC box, because Sony is also good
    at designing cool products.

    4) Voice/handwriting recognition:

    Microsoft's monopoly is essentially the monopoly on user
    interface, as well as applications. There is a downside of
    this monopoly, howerver. It has to make sure any new
    version of their OS is backward compatible, otherwise they
    risk losing customers.

    On the other hand, Apple has a small, yet very loyal, user
    base. It can afford to have a revolutionary new OS, such
    as OS X which is not exactly backward compatible.

    A paradigm-shifting new user interface, such as voice or
    handwriting, will shake the status quo of the OS market.
    This will definitely benefit Apple, at the expense of MS.
    Even if Apple can't do it this year, they should do it as
    soon as possible.

    5) 2GHz G5 and/or G4

    This actually depends on Motorola, not Apple. Given the
    recent, and perpetual, turmoil at Motorola SPS, I don't
    have high hopes. I will be glad to be proven wrong, though.

    If I were Steve Jobs, I won't bet my business on any single
    provider. Porting OS X to x86 platform is probably a good
    backup plan. Or maybe IBM has something.

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