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What’s next? September 27, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., New Stuff, PDAs, Rumors.
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It seems the MacPic in the previous post is prophetic; I was even idly ruminating about it as I was posting it. I own a working Newton Messagepad, and know first-hand how great it was way back when, even if it wasn’t its time yet.

And lo and behold, on the same day, AppleInsider‘s brought up the notion that next in line in the Jobs Saga is a new Newton, built on what has been, and what’s new. Given that, this Apple PDA rumor I sorta give a lot of credence to.

The hardware groundwork is there. The apps are there. The new OS is up to it. Multi-touch is begging for something meatier than a phone. They’ve done PDAs before. Steve has even hinted and clearly, and on record, alluded to it as something they’ve made but not yet released. What’s not to believe?

*cackle*

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Should we wait? September 10, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPhone, Rumors.
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A leaked print ad from T-Mobile in Germany seems to indicate that the forthcoming iPhone release in Europe will be 3G-enabled, using HSDPA and the European UMTS, and will have 16gb storage, like the new iPod Touch. Makes sense. It’ll sell for US$687 and be released on November 12, according to the leaked ad, shown below. Let’s all take this with a grain or two of salt, as usual. Nothing confirmed, not even T-Mobile being the official carrier in Germany. (Picture snagged from Electronista.)

Fearless forecasts …again September 5, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Rumors.
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The Apple media event is today (from my end I’m roughly a half-day ahead of where it’ll happen) and once again, us Macheads feel a compulsion to predict what might be announced.

It’s a damn silly thing to do, and we never learn and do it every single time. But it’s a major side-effect of the Kool Aid. We can’t help it. In a little over 12 hours it’ll happen, and it’ll be all over, and we will all be frantically going over the new pages on the Apple Store website or firing up Software Update, or go on our user forums and hyperbolize like idiots. But hours before, we bite our nails and endlessly speculate.

So I’m just going to get it out of my system and be done with it. Here is what I think.

It’s not too bad this time, a lot of stuff from the usual “reliable” sources are getting around. Nothing earthshaking, anyway. I feel that the fat nano is a no-brainer announcement, but what I hope for is the the 6G iPod, which seems to have more than a good chance of actually getting launched, whatever new stuff it may incorporate. Also, the [Product]Red shuffle, which seems a harmless guess. Maybe the official release date for Leopard, or a new iTunes update. Some folk (older than me, mostly) are hoping for a Beatles catalog up on the iTunes Store, but I can live without that (and besides, it might even be a Madonna thing, God forbid). Less likely is the iPhone nano nonsense, or a smaller MacBook or that tablet Mac everyone dreams about.

Or it could be absolutely none of these things, and, as Monty Python would put it, something completely different.

In a half-day from now, I’ll likely look like an idiot for even putting up this post, but I wouldn’t be a Machead if I didn’t.

I don’t mind. Whatever happens, it’s all good anyway. The beat does go on.

See you on the other side.

Sept. 5 rumor: (Product)Red shuffle? August 31, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Events, iPods, Rumors.
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It’s happened before, so why not?

A special iPod nano was released as a part of the (Product)Red initiative, where red-colored and -themed products of all sorts where introduced and sold, with a portion of all sales going to a charity. US$10 from the sale of each red nano went to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

Now rumors are circulating that a red 2G shuffle will be released at the confirmed Apple event on Sept. 5. Cool, but the thunder of this might be diminished a bit by Apple’s earlier release of colored 2g shuffles (of which the orange became a minor cult favorite). Still and all, I’d get a red shuffle if I could. Would be nice.

A red iPhone would be even nicer though.

One more thing… August 25, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Events, Rumors.
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There’ll be a major Apple event on September 5 (at least that’s what Ars Technica is convinced will happen), and the likely agenda will be to announce the already-leaked new iPod nano, the short, fat one you’ve seen on the net, the one that looks like a small Blackberry with a facelift. The fact that Apple’s Department of Legal Bullies asked Gizmodo to take their spy shots down practically confirms it as the real thing.

Lending credence to this is the fact that the original nano was announced around this time two years ago (Sept. 7). Hope springs eternal as other pundits speculate that the long-rumored iPhone nano might also be part of the agenda.