Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Ol' buddy, ol' Pal?

TopTechTips claims to have some really juicy insider info on a new piece of Apple hardware/software called "Pal."

Here's what the original article says:

We got sent in a few screenshots (including a box shot) earlier in the day showing off a new piece of Apple software/hardware called 'Pal'. It is being classed as an Internet service software that is basically the "Mac Desktop" for the Internet. Not like .Mac has been for a storing files, but something completly new. Coining the terms:"Illuminate the Internet.""See the Light" "Green Light to the Internet". The box also mentions it will only work on Mac OS X 10.3 and above.

It turns out this is likley to be a Bootable Firewire drive from Apple that also comes with software that fixes problems and lets you boot up from it incase you run into any.

The box shot reads:


"Green Light...
the Internet...

Forget discs. Forget synching...

Pal takes your desktop and puts...
your fingertips using Mac OS X 10.3...
can take your life on the road...
use your computer and Pal to fix...
problems. So what are you waiting...
see the light."


The box had an 'aqua' look lightbulb logo on it in green. We will try to get some more screenshots and post them up later, various other websites have been sent them but Apple's Legal team has asked for them to be removed (Which means they are likely to be real).

Update: It is looking more and more like this piece of software/hardware from Apple will basically take your desktop/files and put it on to "Pal" (Assuming it is a Firewire drive like assumed) and you will be able to access your desktop and all of your preferences from any Panther Mac that has "Pal" installed. Nifty, assuming it doesn't turn out to be fake that is.

Yet another update: We've been e-mailed in by a friend close to Apple who has stated that this is going to be a bootable firewire drive by Apple that lets you transfer files to and from Mac's using OS X 10.3, and also contains software that helps fix problems with your Mac by booting from the Firewire drive. This doesn't quite add up to the Box shots we were sent in earlier but we'll wait and see.

Another updated - Thanks to Mr Anon for sending this one in

Confused? The writing is a little odd, and I don't find it very convincing. On the other hand, the pictures are very realistic (the article has pics with it, but it's best to view them here and here - you may have to scroll a bit to see them - in the Mac Rumors forum thread). If they're fakes, they're the best fakes I've ever seen.

Obviously there's a lot of debate here, and the general opinion is that this is very, very fishy. TopTechTips is a newly launched site looking for visitors, and an elaborate hoax is one way to achieve such a goal (even if it's a strange way).

Here's one thing to consider: The pictures of the Pal box show the logo being a green light bulb. While it looks different in detail, the Newton logo was also a green light bulb. In my opinion, this doesn't seem to add or remove any credibility from the rumor, but it's worth pointing out.

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