Om talks about Apple 2006

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time when everyone tries to guess what Apple is going to reveal at MacWorld.

The desperation is high. My son is so desperate to know that he goes into Apple stores and tries to get the salespeople to tell him what’s up. Seriously, he did just that the other day (I wasn’t with him, but I hear the salesperson at the Seattle store told him “I would lose my job if I told you that.”)

Anyway, Om Malik does a good job of telling Microsoft “you’re fired” and also makes some guesses at what’s coming.

Me? I’m taking Patrick to MacWorld. He wants to buy a new laptop so we’re gonna check out the latest. Yes, he’s a Mac fan. Steve Jobs snuck something into his food when I wasn’t watching, I’m sure of it! Heheh.

What do you think Steve Jobs is gonna reveal this year?

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  2. Based on what someone I know told me about who is doing big hours inside Apple at the moment, it would seem you will all be surprised to see the iMac be one of the first models to go Intel! Can’t provide any insight on laptps though – don’t have any contacts in that area.

  3. Based on what someone I know told me about who is doing big hours inside Apple at the moment, it would seem you will all be surprised to see the iMac be one of the first models to go Intel! Can’t provide any insight on laptps though – don’t have any contacts in that area.

  4. Tetra, put me on the list of people who will line up to buy one. Microsoft doesn’t care who builds the hardware either, they are still selling OS’s.

  5. Tetra, put me on the list of people who will line up to buy one. Microsoft doesn’t care who builds the hardware either, they are still selling OS’s.

  6. Oh…. yeah of course 10.5 demonstrations (and announcement that it’ll be released in the same week as Longhorn/Vista), more TV shows online & higher quality, the rumoured cache so that TV purchases are “never saved on your hard disk”, and a premium movie channel on a subscription model instead of purchasing :)

    Okay…… possibly dreaming.

  7. Oh…. yeah of course 10.5 demonstrations (and announcement that it’ll be released in the same week as Longhorn/Vista), more TV shows online & higher quality, the rumoured cache so that TV purchases are “never saved on your hard disk”, and a premium movie channel on a subscription model instead of purchasing :)

    Okay…… possibly dreaming.

  8. Hmmm. How about TV Entertainment in 2 forms
    1) premium: an expanded MacMini – like now, PLUS component video output, FrontRow (plus remote), and optional digital TV receiver & PVR
    2) lite: an expanded Airport-Express – take the existing box which only plays music, add the iPod’s video decoding chip, and a FrontRow remote. With the FrontRow interface of course.

    I think there’s a high chance of an Intel MacMini, and Intel Laptop (not sure if it’s an iBook or not – I’m betting iBook available immediately with Powerbook demonstrated announced for availability asap with Intel’s faster chips)

    I hope (but doubt it for now) that Apple enters the VoIP arena with Airport-wireless VoIP phones.

  9. Hmmm. How about TV Entertainment in 2 forms
    1) premium: an expanded MacMini – like now, PLUS component video output, FrontRow (plus remote), and optional digital TV receiver & PVR
    2) lite: an expanded Airport-Express – take the existing box which only plays music, add the iPod’s video decoding chip, and a FrontRow remote. With the FrontRow interface of course.

    I think there’s a high chance of an Intel MacMini, and Intel Laptop (not sure if it’s an iBook or not – I’m betting iBook available immediately with Powerbook demonstrated announced for availability asap with Intel’s faster chips)

    I hope (but doubt it for now) that Apple enters the VoIP arena with Airport-wireless VoIP phones.

  10. Please, for the love of God, be a Mactel PowerBook. Words cannot describe how useful a tri-boot MacOS/Windows/Linux portable would be. My head will literally explode if some super-duper virtualization wizardry allows me to run Windows and Linux apps within OSX. Ironically, by going Intel, Apple has the chance to make a “best of all worlds” machine.

    * Newton makes a comeback as the iPad, a mini-tablet with the stylings of an iPod.

    * Leopard is previewed, marking the return of stripes and transparency; Jobs notes “We decided we’d make it a fair fight for the Vista GUI design team.”

    * Mac Mini AV – Finally, someone at Apple used last quarter’s profits to buy a clue.

  11. Please, for the love of God, be a Mactel PowerBook. Words cannot describe how useful a tri-boot MacOS/Windows/Linux portable would be. My head will literally explode if some super-duper virtualization wizardry allows me to run Windows and Linux apps within OSX. Ironically, by going Intel, Apple has the chance to make a “best of all worlds” machine.

    * Newton makes a comeback as the iPad, a mini-tablet with the stylings of an iPod.

    * Leopard is previewed, marking the return of stripes and transparency; Jobs notes “We decided we’d make it a fair fight for the Vista GUI design team.”

    * Mac Mini AV – Finally, someone at Apple used last quarter’s profits to buy a clue.

  12. This is not far-fetched — Steve Jobs could make a stunning announcement about a major alliance between iTunes and PS3, in other words, Apple will formerly wade into the thick swamp of gaming.

    A match between Apple and Sony makes sense, if you think about it. Sony has gotten a serious drubbing because of its DRM debacle, whereas Apple thinks it needs a gaming play, so why not? PS3 can be made to play iTunes music only, while iPod can have a new version which will record and play gaming video generated through PS3.

  13. This is not far-fetched — Steve Jobs could make a stunning announcement about a major alliance between iTunes and PS3, in other words, Apple will formerly wade into the thick swamp of gaming.

    A match between Apple and Sony makes sense, if you think about it. Sony has gotten a serious drubbing because of its DRM debacle, whereas Apple thinks it needs a gaming play, so why not? PS3 can be made to play iTunes music only, while iPod can have a new version which will record and play gaming video generated through PS3.

  14. Ok, here’s a prediction that won’t be as big of a deal as what actually gets announced. I’m predicting that iTunes will be upgraded with support for producing podcasts. You’ll be able to plug in a mic (or use the built in one depending on your model), record a podcast, mix it a bit, include short song samples from your iTunes library (it’s legal!), and promote it at the ITMS all through iTunes.

    I think the expansion of video content through ITMS is a given. Although I’m not sure if CBS will be bringing anything to the table since they seem to have teamed up with Yahoo. Maybe more Pixar stuff?

    There are still rumblings about Netflix offering a download service too… Hmmmmmm, a Netflix/ITMS collaboration would be nice.

  15. Ok, here’s a prediction that won’t be as big of a deal as what actually gets announced. I’m predicting that iTunes will be upgraded with support for producing podcasts. You’ll be able to plug in a mic (or use the built in one depending on your model), record a podcast, mix it a bit, include short song samples from your iTunes library (it’s legal!), and promote it at the ITMS all through iTunes.

    I think the expansion of video content through ITMS is a given. Although I’m not sure if CBS will be bringing anything to the table since they seem to have teamed up with Yahoo. Maybe more Pixar stuff?

    There are still rumblings about Netflix offering a download service too… Hmmmmmm, a Netflix/ITMS collaboration would be nice.

  16. Greetings,
    Hmmm… 10.5 of course, with pervasive RSS support. Picture a ‘feed filesystem’, or ‘smart folder feeds’, where any program can open a feed as if it were a directory, reading entries as if they were files, using the metadata APIs they already added to the system for Spotlight to return the specialized RSS feed and entry details. (Which of course means that feeds are instantly searchable as part of your local Spotlight searches.)

    Also a built-in torrent-capable downloader/uploader, which is integrated into their software update process and, of course, the aformentioned feed filesystem. It also allows your mac to host trackers for your own podcasts, reinforcing the Mac as a content creation, distribution, and delivery platform.

    Tie all that into the new Mac Mini-Intel (with iPod sync slot built into the top) which ships with home entertainment control software, making iTunes Video a killer app because even with Tivo you have to skip commercials. If you wait a day, and download them (for $1.99) from ITMS, you get the timeshift advantage, better quality (less encoding degredation imo), and no commercials, built-in.

    Which of course reminds me, they’ll announce a partnership with CBS, bringing the hit set of CSI series to ITMS (iTunes Media Store), ratcheting up the value of the service to millions of people.

    Oh, and Steve’ll show up wearing a black turtleneck.

    Hey, I’ve gotta include ONE thing that’s actually likely in there… ;)

    – Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

    p.s. Okay, so in reality I expect a random new iPod, an announcement of a date for the Intel boxes, and a new software version or so, and maybe a bit of 10.5 hype. But that’s so much more boring than what I laid out above!

  17. Greetings,
    Hmmm… 10.5 of course, with pervasive RSS support. Picture a ‘feed filesystem’, or ‘smart folder feeds’, where any program can open a feed as if it were a directory, reading entries as if they were files, using the metadata APIs they already added to the system for Spotlight to return the specialized RSS feed and entry details. (Which of course means that feeds are instantly searchable as part of your local Spotlight searches.)

    Also a built-in torrent-capable downloader/uploader, which is integrated into their software update process and, of course, the aformentioned feed filesystem. It also allows your mac to host trackers for your own podcasts, reinforcing the Mac as a content creation, distribution, and delivery platform.

    Tie all that into the new Mac Mini-Intel (with iPod sync slot built into the top) which ships with home entertainment control software, making iTunes Video a killer app because even with Tivo you have to skip commercials. If you wait a day, and download them (for $1.99) from ITMS, you get the timeshift advantage, better quality (less encoding degredation imo), and no commercials, built-in.

    Which of course reminds me, they’ll announce a partnership with CBS, bringing the hit set of CSI series to ITMS (iTunes Media Store), ratcheting up the value of the service to millions of people.

    Oh, and Steve’ll show up wearing a black turtleneck.

    Hey, I’ve gotta include ONE thing that’s actually likely in there… ;)

    – Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

    p.s. Okay, so in reality I expect a random new iPod, an announcement of a date for the Intel boxes, and a new software version or so, and maybe a bit of 10.5 hype. But that’s so much more boring than what I laid out above!

  18. Jobs has only 2 hours for his keynote. With the typical business news, software with demos, and guests he isn’t going to have time for a lot of new products. The most likely will be portables. If he’s going to use the better Intel chip variant due in 2 months for the Powerbooks I don’t think he’ll make any announcement on them. The most probable is new iBooks and Mini. A super small iBook and a low priced model are probable along with a Mini that could come in the entertainment center edition. That with some new iPod models would be a plateful to get into his time limitations. No Leopard demo until June; but a new Tiger update will be demoed along with the expanded suites of their Software.

  19. Jobs has only 2 hours for his keynote. With the typical business news, software with demos, and guests he isn’t going to have time for a lot of new products. The most likely will be portables. If he’s going to use the better Intel chip variant due in 2 months for the Powerbooks I don’t think he’ll make any announcement on them. The most probable is new iBooks and Mini. A super small iBook and a low priced model are probable along with a Mini that could come in the entertainment center edition. That with some new iPod models would be a plateful to get into his time limitations. No Leopard demo until June; but a new Tiger update will be demoed along with the expanded suites of their Software.

  20. Predictions? They will release Intel-based notebooks 5 months earlier with Mac mini iTheatre version for a home entr.
    To be frank – after 16 years with MS products (remeber Windows 2.0 or 2.1 install on two floppy discs) I’m ready for switch. I’m not doing heavy development anymore (C/C++) – I think it’s a good time for a change.

  21. Predictions? They will release Intel-based notebooks 5 months earlier with Mac mini iTheatre version for a home entr.
    To be frank – after 16 years with MS products (remeber Windows 2.0 or 2.1 install on two floppy discs) I’m ready for switch. I’m not doing heavy development anymore (C/C++) – I think it’s a good time for a change.

  22. No problem – I resigned from Microsoft this week because I believe in other technology – not just from Redmond. I know what you mean about the bots, having lived with them for 7+ years – all I heard was the same line. However, Windows is a bit like good Swiss cheese these days, but when a fungus finds the holes, it stinks.

    Apple has the advantage of a ‘relatively’ new platform and a huge consumer lead in media – I can’t wait to see what they come out with next month and wish I could be at the show…

  23. No problem – I resigned from Microsoft this week because I believe in other technology – not just from Redmond. I know what you mean about the bots, having lived with them for 7+ years – all I heard was the same line. However, Windows is a bit like good Swiss cheese these days, but when a fungus finds the holes, it stinks.

    Apple has the advantage of a ‘relatively’ new platform and a huge consumer lead in media – I can’t wait to see what they come out with next month and wish I could be at the show…

  24. RE: None_For_You, I used to own a Performa 600(0)? It was my first computer, I enjoyed it a bit, but at the time I had it, there were Intel computers out that reached 1000mhz. I just couldn’t connect to the net or keep up to current times with it.

    If Microsoft made their own set of Switch ads for television, that would be insane.

    I mean, I love Microsoft, but challenging Apple to it’s dominance of Switch ads on television would make us alienated PC users even happier.

    We need a Switch campaign for Windows.

  25. RE: None_For_You, I used to own a Performa 600(0)? It was my first computer, I enjoyed it a bit, but at the time I had it, there were Intel computers out that reached 1000mhz. I just couldn’t connect to the net or keep up to current times with it.

    If Microsoft made their own set of Switch ads for television, that would be insane.

    I mean, I love Microsoft, but challenging Apple to it’s dominance of Switch ads on television would make us alienated PC users even happier.

    We need a Switch campaign for Windows.

  26. I have two macs at home. One is a pro performa but that still counts. I love mac products myself. I just don’t understand the switch plugs. It’s almost like a spam bot running around on the net spamming switch ads. Anyone visiting this blog understands the strenths and weaknesses of both the Windows Platform and the Apple platform. I see these damn switch ads everywhere.. Sorry if I got a bit too toothy with ya….

  27. I have two macs at home. One is a pro performa but that still counts. I love mac products myself. I just don’t understand the switch plugs. It’s almost like a spam bot running around on the net spamming switch ads. Anyone visiting this blog understands the strenths and weaknesses of both the Windows Platform and the Apple platform. I see these damn switch ads everywhere.. Sorry if I got a bit too toothy with ya….

  28. In 2006, Apple will unveil it’s death star built with money gained from overcharging for their computers + peripherals, and use the death star to blow up Microsoft.

    // You need a n00b on this thread, Scoble. :)

  29. In 2006, Apple will unveil it’s death star built with money gained from overcharging for their computers + peripherals, and use the death star to blow up Microsoft.

    // You need a n00b on this thread, Scoble. :)

  30. Well, None_For_U – I was taking the theme from Scoble’s post: ‘Anyway, Om Malik does a good job of telling Microsoft “you’re fired” ‘

    New Apple products will make more people switch, so I thought it was an appropriate topic.

  31. Well, None_For_U – I was taking the theme from Scoble’s post: ‘Anyway, Om Malik does a good job of telling Microsoft “you’re fired” ‘

    New Apple products will make more people switch, so I thought it was an appropriate topic.

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