Saturday, December 27, 2003

It's that time again...

Yes, Mac OS Rumors is back with yet another installment of questionable "reporting" and that means it's time for...

(Now with animated title!)

Tonight's Episode: Those fake images look just like that Alpha we were using! (Really!)

Well, things started innocently enough. MOSR was predicting the upcoming release of iTunes 5 (which, quite frankly, is possible - though not necessarily likely). The source: this supposed iTunes 5 screenshot over at Apple-X.net. Take a good look at it (see if you can spot five things that don't make sense in the picture).

Found (at least) five things?
How about these five:
1. The graphite "red-yellow-green" controls in the upper-left-corner of the window don't match the aqua checkboxes and list-view heads.
2. The "record" button doesn't match the other lower-right-corner buttons.
3. The text in the beats text box is cut off.
4. The equalizer and scroll-thingy are graphite (which does match the other graphite, but then doesn't match the list's aqua...).
5. (Here's the tricky one): The beats seem to be set at 141 bps. That's "Beats Per Second" (even the Macarena wasn't that fast).

How'd you do?
The point is, that screen shot's fake. Really fake (in all fairness, it looks good at first glance). MOSR is even now admitting that it's fake. The problem: MOSR claimed (initially) that the screenshot looked a heck of a lot like an Alpha of iTunes 5 they claimed to have played with a couple of months ago (yep, Apple just hands out Alphas of unreleased iLife applications after the tour of the "Room O iPhones" down in Cupertino).

So wait a sec. That screenshot is obviously real because you say you used an Alpha that looked just like it, except the screenshot is fake, but you did use that Alpha, but you don't have any screenshots of that, except for that screenshot that's real, well it's actually fake, but you said it was real, but apparently it isn't, but then it sure must've looked a heck of a lot like that Alpha you used a couple months back (that you don't have any screenshots of).

R-rriiiiiight....

Of course, MOSR has since edited their original report from today. It still claims that they played with an Alpha of iTunes 5, but it's missing the part that says the Apple-X screenshot looks like that Alpha (that's not the first time they've changed something they wrote after it's been proven completely fake).

Then again, what did I expect from MOSR? Accuracy?!

That's right, I mentioned the Macarena in an article. How's that for something I should never ever, ever do again?

Friday, December 26, 2003

iPods in a flash?

According to this AudioRevolution article, they have confirmation of Apple's plans for new budget-iPods and that the new devices will use flash storage.

Sounds good, right?
Maybe not.

The problem is that current rumors have the new iPods at 2 and 4 GB, but flash storage at those sizes is very expensive (hardly "budget"). I also doubt that Apple would bother introducing any iPod that didn't have a large storage capacity (at least 1 GB).

And why even bother switching from the hard drive technology? It's already proven itself reliable and prices are continuing drop. I don't see any real incentive for Apple to use flash storage.

For now, I'm still sticking with my iPod prediction in the Rumor Watch (you know, the one that changes colors constantly).

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

'Twas the night before Christmas...

From all of us (all one of us) here at MacUnderground...
Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
And a Rumor-filled New Year.

Regular posting continues on Christmas Day.

Trade in. Trade up.

According to Think Secret Apple is testing a "pilot" trade-in program with old Titanium Powerbooks.

Owners of the "Gigabit Ethernet" Powerbook models will be able to trade in their machines for a $700 credit towards a new 15" or 17" Powerbook.

If successful, this program could possibly lead to more like it, offering easy upgrading for owners of older machines.

Rumors everywhere!

The latest mini-iPod rumor just showed up on the CNN Headline News Ticker.

Boy, there's just everything in that ticker these days...

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Up and watching...

As promised, Rumor Watch has finally been updated with the latest MWSF04 rumors. Details are currently following what I think are the most reliable reports out now. I'll be sure to keep updating if new rumors pop up in the upcoming weeks.

It's like a rainbow...

I'm back from a great weekend in Las Vegas, and it's time to catch up with the latest rumors.

The big news today is Think Secret's new report, predicting mini-iPods, iLife and Final Cut Express updates, and long-overdue updated Xserves. Also, Apple's Emagic products should see updates, too.

What's missing? Think Secret claims that there will be no CPU upgrades in desktop or laptop machines.

But the big news is further confirmation, and more details on, these new iPods. The latest rumors have these at 2 GB and 4 GB, with a base price of (brace yourself) about $100 (holy mother of Jobs!). And yes, there's more confirmation on the "color" rumors. Think Secret even claims that the entire iPod line will see case colors.

We knew the day would come. It's the return of rainbow color Apple products.

More rumors are still flooding in. Mac Rumors still claims that a new iLife app might be in the works (which would fit with the iLife upgrade), and AppleInsider still claims that the Powermac line will see speed bumps (it looks like AI and TS are in a bit of a rumor showdown here).

I'll have more posts later today, along with a long, long overdue Rumor Watch update (with all the latest MWSF rumors). And regular posting will continue right though the holidays.