Friday, December 05, 2003

Powermac Power!

According to AppleInsider, IBM 90 nm "G5s" in full force at 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, and 2.6 GHz. Translation: More power for the Powermac.

Rumors point to a major Powermac update at MWSF04 (just a month away!), even though Apple recently bumped up the line with the Dual 1.8 GHz model. The new revision would make the slowest Powermac a 2 GHz machine.

And, speaking of Macworld, Mac Rumors has already put together a rumor roundup for the upcoming keynote (the first of many, I assume). Currently, info points to new Xserves, LCDs, Powermacs (as mentioned above), and a something else of sorts (A 20th Anniversary Mac? A 25th Anniversary Mac? A Tablet? A Cube?)...

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Great gifts. Really!

Just a reminder, there's a whole slew of great holiday gifts available at the MacUnderground Webstore. Super Saver shipping is available through December 7, too!

Internet Everywhere?

According to this PowerPage report, Apple is working on a wireless internet "card/solution" to be released soon.

The card would use AT&T's EDGE network. The use of the wording "card/solution" makes me wonder if this might actually wind up being a kind of super AirPort card, but that's getting pretty speculative.

For the time being, this is just a rumor. There's been nothing else really hinting at a move like this from Apple, though it is possible.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Pod power!

AppleInsider has released two iPod-related reports over the last two days, and they're both pretty interesting.

Yesterday, they updated with new information on Panther's rumored "Home on iPod" feature that would allow a user to sync their home folder directly onto an iPod or other external FireWire hard drive and log into it on another Mac. FileSync technology would update the contents of the computer's home folder when the drive is reconnected.

Current information suggests that Apple simply hadn't worked the bugs out of "Home on iPod" for the first release of Panther. AppleInsider suggests that Apple may include the new feature in the 10.3.5 update to Panther, which should show up in the new year.

Today, AppleInsider went on to do some general speculation about the iPod's future. The question posed is one becoming more and more important. How far is Apple willing to expand the iPod? The question is asked amid rumors and speculation of many different hand-held devices, from a tablet to a video player to a video-conferencing device.

If Apple really does have more iPod-like devices up its sleeve, we may see a change in the marketing angle. Rather than just the "iPod", we could see the "iPod Music Player" and the "iPod Video Player". The current design of the iPod wouldn't necessarily make a great video player, so (if Apple is working on a digital video player, that is) a new product would be necessary.

The main thing for Apple to keep in mind is that people generally want seperate gizmos to do specifics things (and do them well). Sure, a PDA can play mp3s, but most people don't use their PDA as an mp3 player (they have an iPod, instead!). It's the same problem Nokia has with its "N-Gage" game system. People want a cell phone and a gaming system, but they don't want a cell phone in their gaming system. So far the iPod is just a music player, with some great other features, too. But will it stay that way? (And that brings us back to the question at hand)

Before we can tell where Apple's taking the current iPod, we'll have to figure out more about what Apple's gadget plans are (video player? tablet? etc?).

And, by the way, that "Home on iPod" feature sounds really cool. It's actually a good reason to buy the 40 GB iPod.

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Holiday Upgrade!

I've decked the halls and converted the jpegs, and the MacUnderground Holiday Upgrade is up and running.

But it's more than some new graphics! The MacUnderground webstore is back up and running, too. The new link is in the right bar, so feel free to check out the new stocking stuffers.

Comments are always welcome (of course).

Site news...

I realize that posting has been a little sluggish lately, but you'll have to bear with it for another week or so (I'm entering tech week for a play I'm in, so I doubt I'll have much time for anything). I'll try to manage at least one post a day (thankfully, there isn't much to write about right now).

Meanwhile, I've spent the weekend working on some new images for the site. I'm not going to say anything about them, except that they've definitely got some "Holiday Cheer" to them (I do realize that that wasn't a particularly subtle clue). Expect the new images to be up later today (I'll be changing that turkey reference up in the welcome message, too).

Of course, if you've got any comments, questions, or a new rumor feel free to email me at c3net@earthlink.net.