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    My bold apple predictions
    I just wanted to throw out a few apple predictions for the rest of the year, just for the fun of it. We'll see how I do

    Macbook Pros:
    New specs and LED screens at WWDC

    iMacs:
    August with led TOUCHSCREENS

    iPods:
    In late Sept. early Oct. video iPod goes up to 100g and has a widescreen touchscreen. Nano's go up to 16gig, 8gig, and 4gig (possible limited video support). Shuffles go up to 2 gig, but 1gig sticks around too.

    Macbooks:
    Switch to LED's, minor speed bump in the fall in time for X-mas

    My wild shot in the dark
    Tablet Mac:
    WWDC

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    I'll have to strongly disagree on the iMac and the tablet.
    I definitely agree with the MBP, probably the Macbook as well.

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    What i'm looking forward to hearing is whether the next MacBook Pro hardware revision will include the move away from the now AMD owned ATI GPU's, and to the new nVidia 8000m series.

    It would make some logistical since, Apple is in cohorts with Intel, and nVidia is already in the iMac's.

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    I think Apple will be happy enough to just release OS X 10.5 and iPhone on time. I doubt they workign on anything else that's market-ready right now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi View Post
    I think Apple will be happy enough to just release OS X 10.5 and iPhone on time. I doubt they workign on anything else that's market-ready right now....
    It would be a push to do so, but if they did it could kick the "Buy a Mac" train into high gear. Back to school is just a few short months away, and the holidays just a few months after that. If Apple could roll out a major laptop hardware revision before then, they could continue to eat into the recently upgraded PC crowd, not to mention turn and make some profit off of single sale Leopard in October (Thank God OS X is cheaper than Vista ).

    Plus be ready to say "Hey, like your shiny iPhone? You can get the same genius on your computer" to everyone going hogwild on that dream device in June.

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    There's a difference between marketing what you have and putting together a new product, Nicholi. If they continue their very good marketing on the products they have coming out already this year, and on their current products, they'll be doing just as well as always.

    But Yogi is right...they'll likely not have anything too tricky coming out this year aside from the iPhone and Leopard.

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    As much as I believe in Apple's marketing machine (cause its good...), I don't think it can be the only driving force. Apple has a history of putting solid hardware into all there machines, it would be a shame to see them fall from that.

    I was upset enough over the Leopard delay over iPhone, that was a hook, line and sinker for me purchasing my first Mac in June, but i've been forced to have second thoughts.

    The main goal at Apple is still to drive people away from other companies, specifically Microsoft as they are the biggest threat. Vista doesn't need much competition to drive people away from it, but the hardware revision would be the most sensible approach as want-to-be switchers are forced to buy new hardware to escape the Windows world.

    Atop of that, when was the last MacBook Pro update? The move to Intel chips? I'm not quite sure, can someone inform me?


    EDIT to Laimonas.s :: LED Backlit screens, using LED lights to backlight the screens. Allowing brighter, more power efficient screens. The backlight on the screen is one of the biggest battery hogs in laptops.

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    I'm really hoping they'll release an ultra-portable. The MacBook is nice (had one last year), but it's still too big and heavy to really carry everywhere with me. I'm not a big fan of tablets, either. If there isn't an ultra-portable, then I will look into the Santa Rosa MBP upgrades. Here's hoping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachsr1 View Post
    I just wanted to throw out a few apple predictions for the rest of the year, just for the fun of it. We'll see how I do

    Macbook Pros:
    New specs and LED screens at WWDC

    iMacs:
    August with led TOUCHSCREENS

    I don't understand why everyone is saying touchscreens. I can see it on the iPod, but not on the iMac or Apple Cinema Displays. What exactly would you use a touchscreen for on something that isn't portable? Your arms would get super tired after a short time of manipulating touchscreen controls on a large display like the iMac has. I could possibly see them teaming with Wacom to integrate pen input into their screens, but the Cintiq line of monitors that Wacom currently sells are hideously expensive (try $2500 for a 21" LCD vs. $300 for a non-pen-input screen from Dell). Aside from that, what else would you use it for? You need fingers to type words to surf the Internet; using a keyboard is a zillion times faster than banging your fingers against a flat, zero-tactile screen. Plus you'd have to have the screen down near your arms instead of at eye level. And it would get dirty. I can see it being nifty for showing off or maybe organizing photos, but maybe I'm just missing the point. Anyone care to expand upon possible day-to-day uses of a touchscreen iMac?

    btw, I'll venture a guess that the Cinema Displays will get a built-in camera like the iMacs and MacBook/Pro laptops.
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    my bold apple prediction! itoilet! touchbowl/no cleaning needed!

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    There won't be any touchscreen iMacs. A touchscreen iMac would be as practical as a table made of bread. Everything kaidomac says is true, it would be next to useless and horrendously expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KoDorSean View Post
    my bold apple prediction! itoilet! touchbowl/no cleaning needed!
    I'd totally buy that, too...
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    I do not believe that the LED screens will come out this year. And it makes it reasonable to expect a full hardware upgrade for the MBP for next year. processors..memory capacity...LED screens...and so on. I do not believe they would upgrade MBP's processor yet this year, and such things like screen next year.

    For the touchscreen iMacs...that's nonsense for me. completely agree with kaidomac.

    just my 2 cents...

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