Thursday, October 09, 2003

Groovy!

Hoo wee! Hang on tight folks, we've got a wild rumor week ahead of us!

In just one week, Apple's hosting an ol' fashioned Music-themed press conference! Hmm...

That's right, iTunes is on it's way to Windows folks! Let the invasion begin!

Okay, we knew that already. But here's what's interesting. At about the same time confirmation of a music press conference arrives, all sorts of iPod and iTunes rumors are popping up (the laundry list of possibilities is over at Mac Rumors Page 2).

Here's a rundown of some of the new speculation:

[iPod]
- Those long awaited peripherals! (Think Secret blames iPod software issues for the delays)
- Recording feature and peripheral (3G iPods have a recording function buried in the debug mode).
- New dock to transfer and view movies and photos on a television (that one sounds a little odd).
- Bluetooth dock and headphones (Bluetooth would be horribly slow for transferring songs, but would be useful for updating calendars or listening to tunes).
- A CompactFlash/SD card reader for transferring photos (again, just a little odd).

[iTunes]
- iTunes 5
- Mac and PC compatible (shucks, why couldn't we just get the new version?).
- WMA (that's the Windows Media Audio format that Microsoft tries to shove down PC users throats) support.
- Music Store "listener loans" (I'm not entirely sure what that means).
- New encoding options (whoo, I guess).
- A new interface (but I like the old one!).

Whew. Take a breather. You've earned it.

iPod peripherals are a real possibility, though some of the ones described in the latest rumors sound a little unusual (Mac Rumors also has a blurb on an iPod-related feature apparently pulled from Panther). Hopefully time will help sort these out.

As for iTunes, a new version would make sense considering the Windows release. Then again, iTunes 4 is less than six months old, and even by tech standards that's pretty young. Then again again, iTunes 3 didn't even last a year.

WMA support, something that will probably be a hot topic (if it's true, that is), is a double-edged sword for Apple. The downside is that it wouldn't discourage use of the file format. On the other hand (or edge of sword... whatever), it would probably speed up adoption of iTunes on the PC (which is pretty important).

Like I said, it looks like we've got a busy week ahead. Rumor Watch has been expanded with some JPEG-based info (you know it's important when it's a graphic). The press event is October 16 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Inside the mind of a lousy CEO...

This InfoWorld article has some comments from one of Apple's many, many unpopular CEOs.

No, not Gil Amelio.
No, not Mike Spindler.

I'll cut to the chase: John Sculley (from waaay back in the early 90's) says that he made a mistake when he chose Motorola processors over Intel. Such a move would have probably killed Apple.

Here's what he had to say:

"That's probably one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made, not going to the Intel platform".
Like I give a damn what John Sculley thinks.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Groovy (see for yourself)...

As promised, here's the link to Apple's new iPod TV ad.

Groovy!

It's official, the iPod's got a new TV ad campaign.

The ads feature black sillouettes jamming out on their iPods in front of colored backgrounds. Basically it's a moving version the print ads, with music. I saw the ad during tonight's new West Wing.

(I'll post a link to the ads as soon as one becomes available)

Yes, Apple's hip.

PANTHER!

Apple has officially announced the upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.3, Panther.

Apple Stores and Resellers will be holding shindigs for the official release (8:00 p.m. on October 24).

Meanwhile, G5 owners and people who purchase a new Mac between now and Oct. 24 will be able to update to Panther for just the cost of Shipping & Handling.

Oh yes, Panther's going to hit your wallet (It's not all good news). Like Jaguar, the newest furry (well, metallic) cat is going to cost you 129 big ones.
(Hint, hint: Now's a good time to buy that new Powerbook you've been putting off)

Head on over to Apple to see the super cool new Panther countdown.

iApps!

As previously rumored, Apple has realeased iCal 1.5.1 and iSync 1.2.1.

They're available for download today.

Monday, October 06, 2003

Moto Monkey!

In case you haven't already heard the unusual news, Motorola has spun-off their microprocessor unit.

Hell, if it can't deliver as part of a large multi-national corporation, what makes them think it can deliver as it's own publicly traded company?

But who really cares? Apple's not dependent on Moto anymore.
Yes, we finally got that Moto monkey off our backs...

Panther!

Mac Rumors is reporting that Panther will be released in late October.

Whoo!
Okay, we already had a good idea that Panther was on it's way later this month, but Mac Rumors says this is "reliable confirmation". Not just confirmation, and not just reliable... it's both!

October 24 (a Friday) still seems like a likely date for a big ol' Panther shindig at Apple Retail Stores (al la last year's Jaguar bash). Mac Rumors also has received a less-reliable report claiming Apple will announce Panther's release date on Wednesday.

"Rumor Watch" has been updated for this good stuff, too.
More on Panther as, you know, more stuff happens.