Store clerk says "groundbreaking" Apple product being developed

Callum

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Last week my Dad told me he had gone into Dick Smith (Australian retailer) and asked one of the guys working there what the deal was with Macs. The retailer answered with the usual spiel, but then said that he wouldn't advise buying a Mac now because Apple has been developing something "groundbreaking", and it would be prudent to wait.

My question is: What relatively recent rumours have been circulating that could pertain to something "groundbreaking"? I'm not sure how the store clerk would have inside information, but I would think he'd have to be quite sure of the rumour's validity to say that to a customer, as it loses him a sale.
 

iLog.Genius

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Apple retail employees wouldn't even have that kind of information let alone a third party retailer. So far with the whole Mac lineup, everything has been somewhat refreshed:

- new Mac Pro support up to 12 cores
- iMac's now all being equipped with iCore CPU's
- Mac Mini unibody
- MacBook Pro moving to iCore CPU's

The MacBook and MacBook Pro are the "oldest" but it's not likely any of those will see a serious update (perhaps a refresh) anytime soon so I don't know what that person was referring to. Apple could be developing something but I highly doubt it will be something related to Mac and if it is, it won't be released anytime soon.
 

DannySmurf

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My question is: What relatively recent rumours have been circulating that could pertain to something "groundbreaking"? I'm not sure how the store clerk would have inside information, but I would think he'd have to be quite sure of the rumour's validity to say that to a customer, as it loses him a sale.
He could be referring to the Apple job posting that was reposted by all of the news sites last week.

Even so, nobody outside of Apple really knows what's going on inside Apple. :) This guy wouldn't have any kind of inside knowledge. He's just guessing.
 

elvisidal

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Dick Smith HAHAHA yeah right give me a break that's the last place you'd go to for any sort of advice on anything.
Why don't you just go ask the chick jockeyin' the cash register at Woolworths?
Being that they both work for the same boss.


For you foreigners imagine best buy with dislexic retards selling electronics .. that's the best similie I can conjour at the moment.
 

ValSalva

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When was the last time that Apple released a product that didnt get described by someone as groundbreaking?
So true :D

I think the employee was referring to the Apple job posting though.

I think it's going to be related to touch and/or iOS OS X convergance. I can see Apple trying a new MacBook that has two displays, one the usual display but with touch and the other display located where the keyboard usually is with a virtual keyboard for input at times.

I'd never buy this kind of turkey though. One would not be able to touch type on something like this and even if one tried it would hurt one's fingers because these surfaces don't have the give that absorbs force like a proper keyboard.
 

Oldschoolwax

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They're about to announce the iShovel, it's like a regular shovel only made of lightweight aluminium alloy and has the new iHole GPS locater built in!
 

RDL

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He could have been talking about (forget the name) but its faster than firewire. I'm sure someone else here knows what I'm talking about. Still don't think its something to hold out for unless all you do is transfer large files all day plus who knows when it will officially be released. But as far as speed of transfers it will be somewhat "groundbreaking".
 

Matbookpro

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He could have been talking about (forget the name) but its faster than firewire. I'm sure someone else here knows what I'm talking about. Still don't think its something to hold out for unless all you do is transfer large files all day plus who knows when it will officially be released. But as far as speed of transfers it will be somewhat "groundbreaking".
USB 3.0?
 

G4DP

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USB 3.0?

Well that's just technological progress. Not ground breaking and it's not being developed by Apple. It's been available on some devices for over 12 month. Not many granted, but some.
 

shaynes

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He could have been talking about (forget the name) but its faster than firewire. I'm sure someone else here knows what I'm talking about. Still don't think its something to hold out for unless all you do is transfer large files all day plus who knows when it will officially be released. But as far as speed of transfers it will be somewhat "groundbreaking".
Lightpeak, I believe you are referring to. That is not something Apple is releasing though, it is Intel technology.

Update: I am slow.
 

DannyNguyener

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Apple retail employees wouldn't even have that kind of information let alone a third party retailer. So far with the whole Mac lineup, everything has been somewhat refreshed:

- new Mac Pro support up to 12 cores
- iMac's now all being equipped with iCore CPU's
- Mac Mini unibody
- MacBook Pro moving to iCore CPU's

The MacBook and MacBook Pro are the "oldest" but it's not likely any of those will see a serious update (perhaps a refresh) anytime soon so I don't know what that person was referring to. Apple could be developing something but I highly doubt it will be something related to Mac and if it is, it won't be released anytime soon.
Forgot to mention the MacBook air =p
 

Heilage

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Haha. Back in October I asked the managing director of Apple Norway about what he actually knew about new products before they were released.

Since I didn't ask for specifics, I think he answered truthfully when he said that he gets word that "something" is coming and that there is a release date, but he hardly gets any real details. Hence, I don't think this store clerk knows jack *****. :)
 

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