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Macworld Rumor Round-Up 179

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the wild-rumors-and-speculation dept.
seamuskrat writes to mention that LoopRumors has a round-up of many of the different Mac rumors making the rounds for the next Macworld. Among the front runners are the ITV, iPhone, and Mobile OSX. From the article: "In an uncharacteristic move, Steve Jobs previewed this new digital lifestyle device and gave us a release timeframe of 'early 2007.' iTV will stream movies, pictures and more from your Mac or PC to your television wirelessly. We expect to see the 'hidden features' of iTV spelled out, and a release date announced, if not immediate availability at the keynote. Apple has said it will not use the name iTV for the product, so we can expect a new moniker for the media device."
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Macworld Rumor Round-Up

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @02:34AM (#17429616)
    Leopard might be very multi-core aware, taking advantage of multiple cores regardless of whether a specific application is written to do so. More here.

    Wow, no way. There's been work toward language extensions to "hint" to the compiler what can be parallelized - Sun's done some of this work as well - and fancier compilers, for C and for higher-level languages. But it's not an OS thing. The kernel won't just magically make your already-installed copy of Photoshop go four times as fast - Adobe would need to recompile, at the very least. More realistically, they'd have to do a bunch of profiling, add hints around the bottlenecks, possibly reorganize some algorithms and data structures to avoid mutating data structures all processors will be accessing. The best Apple can really do - short of an incredibly complicated JIT-like machine code translation thing that would be a Herculean effort to produce - is give the vendors better tools.

  • Article (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @02:40AM (#17429632)
    Since the site is being /.'d. Here you all go.

    As promised, LoopRumors is posting a round-up of all the rumors we expect to become a reality at this year's Macworld Expo. Please take into consideration that the following article is purely speculation, and nothing is concrete until Steve Jobs says it is. This is our best hypothesis as to what we might expect at Macworld based on the information we've been given. If you have any comments or questions regarding this round-up, or the Macworld keynote, you may address them here. So here's what we have:

    iTV:
    In an uncharacteristic move, Steve Jobs previewed this new digital lifestyle device and gave us a release timeframe of 'early 2007.' iTV will stream movies, pictures and more from your Mac or PC to your television wirelessly. We expect to see the 'hidden features' of iTV spelled out, and a release date announced, if not immediate availability at the keynote. Apple has said it will not use the name iTV for the product, so we can expect a new moniker for the media device.

    Leopard:
    Steve Jobs has been touting Apple's next generation operating system, Leopard, for quite some time. He promised to hold back on unveiling some 'Top Secret' features so Microsoft wouldn't be able to copy them prior to their Vista release. We initially thought Steve might surprise the crowd with an early release of the new OS at Macworld, but that seems to be more unlikely as the time draws near. New information targets a release date of Saturday, March 24th, exactly 6 years to the day of the initial OS X release.

    Mobile OS X:
    LoopRumors told you first that Apple is developing a mobile, 'lite' version of its OS to be used in smaller devices. It's possible this OS may make its debut at Macworld. Some of Leopard's hidden features may have tie-ins to this mobile OS. One possible 'Top Secret' feature of Leopard may be the ability to sync with the scaled down version of itself.

    New Macs:
    After all, this is Macworld. We expect Apple to introduce new Macs at the Expo. Signs point to new Mac Pros, with Core 2 Quad processors by Intel. Apple's flagship models have been lagging since there is no native Intel version of Adobe's creative Suite software available yet.

    New Displays:
    Apple recently discontinued its iSight camera which enables iChat video conferencing for computers without built-in displays. Since updating to Intel processors, all of its computers with the exception of the Mac Pros have included built-in iSight cameras. Information suggests that Apple will include iSight cameras in its new displays which are expected to be unveiled at Macworld. Some reports have expected the new displays to come in sizes up to 50-inches. The new displays are said be even thinner, with a lighter design and have more mobility.

    Partnerships:
    We've heard a lot of rumblings about Apple making partnerships with other companies such as Google and Disney. Expect more partnerships, possibly a collaboration with Google. Also, we expect more movie studios to make their films available on iTunes. Apple has worked very hard to ensure its iTunes Store stays up-to-date and offers a wide variety of media. Currently, only Disney movies are available for download on iTunes, but we expect that to change in the very near future. This won't happen over night, but the information we gathered suggests Apple will offer new films from other movie studios with the launch of iTV.

    One more thing...

    iPhone?
    Notice the question mark. We are skeptical about this one. So much speculation about an Apple Phone has been made all over the internet and television, that we are going to remain conservative on this one. So-called authorities in the tech business have claimed unabashedly, that Apple will deliver a new iPhone at Macworld. At this point, the possibility of an iPhone at Macworld may be more wishful thinking than actual concrete evidence. We do believe that Apple is developing an iPhone, and there is information to support that. But Apple is
  • by guruevi (827432) <evi@smok[ ]cube.be ['ing' in gap]> on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @02:46AM (#17429658) Homepage
    iTV, the $299 TV device showed last time
    Leopard, the new OS
    New displays, some rumors about that going around
    iLife '07, new year, new iLife, new iWorks
    video iPod, new full video iPod's? Maybe
    Apple Phone, lots of vibe about that
    Mac Pro with 8 processors. Intel got the chips, did Apple implement them?
  • Re:iTV (Score:3, Informative)

    by Utopia (149375) on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @02:51AM (#17429670)
    I don't that will happen.
    Microsoft Media Center with MCE extenders provides exactly what iTV will provide but adds full HD support.
    Xbox 360 is already an extender.

    Microsoft licences the tech to others.
    So there are several manufactures who build extenders other than Microsoft.
    However I haven't seen anything to indicate that it will kill cable/sat or OTA.
  • Re:12" Macbook Pro? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Kufat (563166) <`kufat' `at' `kufat.net'> on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @03:15AM (#17429758) Homepage
    I hope that if they do release a 12" Macbook Pro, they realize that 1024x768 just doesn't cut it anymore. I'm typing this on a Toshiba laptop with a 1400x1050 12.1" display, which I find to be quite readable at arm's length despite my poor eyesight.
  • Re:ITV? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Stephen Samuel (106962) <samuel&bcgreen,com> on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @03:31AM (#17429802) Homepage Journal
    yeah. ITV in Britain, and CITV in Canada (which pushes itself as ITV [www.itv.ca]).

    SUN Microsystems got bit by this sort of thing when they labeled their online directory service Yellow Pages. British telecom's lawyers got all over it, and SUN ended up renaming it NIS, but they never bothered to renaim the scripts which continue to these days with names like YP, YPCAT, YPWHICH, /var/YP/ ....

    And, of course, Apple also got into trouble with Apple Records back in the '70s ... and then again when they released the I-POD (they had promised Apple records that they wouldn't go into music distribution).

    As such I can see them being really itchy about releasing a TV oriented product who'se name would start dead in the sights of ITV's tradmark lawyers in both Canada and Britain (not to mention any number of other venues).

  • Re:iTV (Score:3, Informative)

    by Baricom (763970) on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @03:37AM (#17429824)
    I agree in principle, but the problem is that iTV is going to hook up to a TV, so I'd imagine that any video content is going to fit better on that medium than purely audio content. If audio was its target functionality, Apple should have added an integrated display.

    I actually think the next hurdle to be crossed is going to be live distribution. CNN and Fox News trade on the idea of immediate access to information; other people are also fascinated by the potential of live webcasts as a means of staying connected. Adding streaming to iTV, combined with an efficient and accessible delivery system, would send Apple's mindshare through the roof.
  • by spathi-wa (575009) on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @04:41AM (#17430020)
    redundant? give me a break. TFA is slashdotted. mod parent up.
  • Re:ITV? (Score:3, Informative)

    by RotateLeftByte (797477) on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @04:48AM (#17430050)
    CITV is also used in the UK for "Childrens ITV"
    ITV has several channels not ITV-1 which was the original second channel in the UK. ITV-2, ITV-3 & ITV-4 are all available on Cable, Satellite and Freeview (Broadcast Digital TV)

    Apple will certainly be in the sights of the ITV Lawyers if they want to call their product "iTV".
  • by Andy Somnifac (971725) on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @09:12AM (#17431116)

    $3K for the camera is still a bit much. If I were looking to do a video cast I'd be looking at the Canon GL2 [bhphotovideo.com] for $1700 (after a manufacturer's rebate). The porn industry loves them, with good reason. They're small, easy to use, excellent quality, and inexpensive for what you're getting.

    For only a bit more than $3000 you could be doing HD with an XH-A1 [bhphotovideo.com]. And I'm willing to bet that there are other manufacturers that make other possible choices, but Canon is what I'm familiar with.

  • by schiefaw (552727) on Tuesday January 02, 2007 @10:11AM (#17431606)
    considering you need to spend nearly $3000 on an imac before it's a comparable config to a normal PC


    Huh? In order to spend $3k on an iMac, I had to really crank it up.

    • # 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • # 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    • # 750GB Serial ATA Drive
    • # NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB SDRAM
    • # SuperDrive 8X (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • # Apple USB Modem
    • # Apple Keyboard & Mighty Mouse + Mac OS X (US English)
    • # 24-inch widescreen LCD
    • # AirPort Extreme
    • # Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

    I would never actually buy RAM from Apple, as they charge an arm and a leg for it. I would think that if you need this much of a machine, you would get a Mac Pro and buy additional components off the shelf.

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