Saturday, November 22, 2003

Griffin takes on Belkin?

According to this Spymac forums post (credit to Mac Rumors for the link), Griffin Tech (you know, the company that makes the Powermate) is planning on taking on Belkin (you know, the company that makes all those 3rd Gen iPod gizmos) in the iPod peripheral market by introducing their own iPod voice recorder-thingy.

Yeah, so it's not that interesting, but is it my fault that only mildly interesting rumors come up when I actually have time to post?

Oooohh... Ads...

Sure, the weekends tend to be a quiet time for the rumor community, but that hasn't stopped AppleInsider from posting this new "rumor" (actually, it's not a rumor at all, but that's not important).

You can head on over and check out four never-before-seen unreleased Jaguar (OS 10.2) TV ads. In a couple (particularly the "Touching" and "Junk Mail" ones), you can see why they didn't air. Still, they're pretty creative (particularly the "Find Yourself" one), and fun to check out.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

A jingle bell rock...

Apple is now officially announcing next Friday's Apple Store event. It's music related and looks like it'll be much more casual than previous store events (like the Panther shindig, etc.).

The holiday event (that's the third time I've said "event" - make that four times) will run all day at all Apple Retail Stores. According to Apple, "A few special surprises" are in store for us, but so far only 10 percent discounts have been speculated. Last year, Apple's day-after-Thanksgiving event (five times) featured surprise Apple-branded stuff for sale (clocks, pens, and the like). Something like that might be on its way this year, though that's mostly speculative right now.

This just seems to follow Apple's "BUY AN iPOD FOR A CHRISTMAS PRESENT RIGHT NOW!" mantra this holiday season. With iPod/iTunes commercials running during some of the highest-rated shows on TV, and iPodrocks.com popping up, it looks like Apple's really trying to hook people in with the iPod this year.

Sometimes you're just busy...

I'll catch up on the latest later tonight.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

New stuff! Today!

On top of a new 20 inch iMac and a Dual 1.8 GHz Powermac, Apple's also released new "G5-optimized" versions of several of their key pro apps.

Oooh... New stuff... (and yes, the 20" iMac does look weird)

Monday, November 17, 2003

Holiday Product Extravaganza

According to today's latest rumors (see "New stuff?! Tomorrow?!", below), Apple's gearing up for their holiday sales push (even more than already) by announcing new iMacs and Powermacs tomorrow (according to Think Secret).

The Powermac update would be mostly minor, expanding the line to four models with the addition of a Dual 1.8 GHz machine. The current 1.6 and 1.8 GHz machines would drop $200 and $300 respectively.

But the new iMac is the center of attention here. The current reports claim that Apple's ready to unveil a 20 inch model of the flagship consumer Mac. Either this machine will look extremely top-heavy, or this could be the major iMac redesign we've heard so much - and so little - about.

Of course, if the iMac is updated tomorrow, it would seem unlikely that the line would see a major revision in January (although I do realize that the TiBook was updated the November before the AlBook MWSF introduction). This could (I'm speculating here) mean that the rumored 20th/25th Anniversary Mac could be a completely new machine, though this is simply speculative for the time being (we'll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow).

I mean, 20 inches! That'd look really weird!

New stuff?! Tomorrow?!

What exactly do I mean by "new stuff"? How about Dual 1.8 GHz G5s and a 20 inch iMac (man, that'll look funny).

Currently all the info is at Think Secret, and I'll have more later.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

We're Number Three!

The final results are in, and Virginia Tech's "Big Mac" G5 Supercomputer ranks in, as expected, at number three in the world.

Virginia Tech plans on releasing details on how to build a G5 clusters. This should lead to even more them popping up at institutions across the country.

Take that, Scottish advertising group that banned the G5 ad. Ha!