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What You Should Expect From Apple Over the Next Few Months

Now that we’ve all celebrated the Macintosh’s 25th birthday, it’s time to start focusing on what Apple’s plans may be moving forward. From a home media server to a refreshed Mac Pro, some rumors are starting to brew as interest grows around what Apple may be up to.

Mac Mini

Even though persistent and seemingly credible rumors and bits of information were released prior to Macworld ‘09, we still haven’t seen a new Mac mini. Conflicting beliefs leave us confused as to whether the new Mac mini will have dual-display support, but we have heard some questionable tidbits pertaining to the new mini’s possible specs.

A move to SATA for both optical and hard drives has been rumored. As well as that the Mac mini will not only have a Mini DisplayPort, but also a Mini DVI connector which is strange given CEO Steve Jobs’ statements that Apple was making the Mini DisplayPort standard across all of Apple’s computers. In regards to a chipset, the NVIDIA 9400M is what’s currently being used in the unibody macbooks, and if Apple opts for it in the Mac mini, the device may get a few more high-end features than initially expected. However, we don’t see Apple loading up professional class features on the Mac mini, especially with the desktop class needing some attention. Things like dual-display support may entirely be left for high-end machines like the Mac Pro.

The most recent information claims the Mac mini will be launched in March around the time of Cebit. The information is strange however because it claims the Mac mini will be using Intel’s Atom processor, which up until now has been targeted at low-powered netbooks. While it may turn out accurate, as of now this remains slightly cloudy.

Mac Pro

macprosmallApple’s desktop professional class of machines hasn’t been updated in over a year. There have been little to no rumors regarding the Mac Pro as of late. Roughly 3 weeks ago we began to hear things such as the machine losing its bigger front-side perforation in favor of smaller laser cut holes similar to those on the unibody Macbook Pro. Interestingly, we’ve also heard some murmurings regarding a new way to access the innards of the machine. A source familiar with Apple’s hardware design initiatives, including seeing their facilities in the past, explains that they are aiming towards using as few mechanical parts as possible. We don’t know if this means that we’ll see a new drawer using less parts, or an entirely new aluminum cut chassis.

Additionally, back in November there was word that Intel’s new Nehalem class (Xeon 5500, 3500) CPUs would launch in the first quarter of 2009, and a Mac Pro update may be in line with this roadmap. “Currently, Apple’s Mac Pro uses Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors, and they max out at 3.2Ghz. It only seems like a natural progression for Apple’s top of the line desktop workstations to adopt the new Xeon CPUs Intel unveils, which will be equipped with Core i7’s QuickPath architecture.”

Speculation has already been kicked off regarding an upcoming Apple event in the next month or so. In relation to the news, some believe that Apple needs to prove it can release products and sustain growth through the year without a blockbuster Macworld announcement.

iMac

imacIt was believed that Apple’s all-in-one desktop machines would be receiving an update sometime in January. A possible announcement at Macworld ‘09 was rumored for some time, with what would have been a future shipping date sometime in February. But as of now, we still have yet to see or hear anything from Apple.

Specifically, a move to quad-core processors has been mentioned in a number of reports. “Currently, Apple’s iMacs use a dual-core setup, which for an all-in-one machines makes sense. However, the iMac in general still lacks in terms of serious multi-tasking power and processing performance. A move to desktop class processors could make the machine appeal to a much broader range of users. Apple would need to restructure the way cooling works on the iMacs though. The Core 2 Duo chips that are used now produce low power and low heat, which the iMac’s casing depends on,” we’ve previously explained.

Correlating with some iMac rumors, Intel has readied some new processors, the Q8200s (2.33GHz/4MB L2), Core 2 Quad Q9400s (2.66GHz/6MB L2) and Core 2 Quad Q9550s (2.83GHz/12MB L2) with prices at US$245, US$320 and US$369, respectively.

Another rumor which was spread as “nearly 100% confident” by some, claimed that Apple was developing a 28″ iMac and that it was going to be announced at Macworld and begin shipping in February. What relevance a 28″ iMac would hold in Apple’s product line is still incredibly cloudy. The 24″ iMac is a beast of a machine, both in size and power, and the current setup’s physical case relies on the system’s cooling process, which would need to be revamped for a bigger, larger and more powerful iMac.

Snow Leopard

snowleapThe possibility of a Snow Leopard demo at Macworld ‘09 was hammered home by many publications with proven credible sources. However, this did not happen, in fact, Snow Leopard was not even briefly mentioned.

Back in November, during a speech at LISA ‘08, Apple’s Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard explained the evolution of Mac OS X from large servers to embedded platforms. In his presentation, which you can download PDF slides of here, Hubbard revealed that Apple’s next version of Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), will be shipping in the first quarter of 2009.

Additionally, a few Snow Leopard builds have recently leaked onto some torrent sites, with users already digging into what may be new. Interestingly, a 9to5mac reader found that Snow Leopard may bring 4 finger gestures to older Macbooks and Macbook Pros which currently don’t support the full multi-touch gesture swipes.

iPhone

iphonesmallWe don’t expect Apple to redesign the iPhone every year. The iPhone 3G provides nearly every service AT&T’s network can handle. Missing features such as copy-and-paste and MMS can be delivered through iPhone firmware updates (as long as both companies agree on the method in practice), and major feature additions like iPhone tethering doesn’t need new hardware to work. Instead, a new application may be needed, or perhaps a new setting built into the iPhone’s operating system.

There has been word of multi-core iPhones and iPhone firmware 3.0. Apple is an investor in Imagination Technologies, which has announced a brand new version of its graphic chip. “The PowerVR SGX543 is the firm’s first multi-core capable GPU technology which scales to, in theory, an unlimited number of cores and offer support for GPGPU acceleration.”

An anonymous tip pointing at a January release for a 32GB iPhone has one week to turn out accurate. However, the notion that a (PRODUCT) RED iPhone will not be released remains in tact. As much as people believe a (PRODUCT) RED, or more color options for the iPhone would help boost sales, it doesn’t seem that Apple has this planned, even though they should. The most recent financial earnings reports from Apple show that iPhones aren’t selling at a rapid pace like they have in the past. We firmly believe that diversifying the iPhone lineup, while increasing global positioning is what Apple should be working on to increase iPhone sales.

Home Media Server

Perhaps most interesting may be some rumors of a brand new home media-server type device, something similar to HP’s MediaSmart Server. This would appeal to families or homes with a number of devices that all need to access the same media. For example, three notebooks and an Apple TV in the same home could access the same media from the home server seamlessly.

As we’ve explained in the past, and 9to5mac reiterates, Apple’s infrastructure and ventures into could computing have not been very stable over the past year. Additionally, “building out data centers and server farms for backup procedures and data storage is very expensive and can quickly become more of a headache than expected.” We expect Apple to keep most of these services off the cloud and focus heavily on stability and speed instead.

A few wild cards remain, such as a large, tablet-like touch device. TechCrunch claims to have three sources all correlating the same information, with one of the sources having actually gotten some hands-on time with the device. Additionally, the Apple TV is starting to get mentioned alongside the possibility of “Apple TV Take 3″ being released. Whether this is primarily a software update, or would come along a hardware revision is still unknown.

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41 Comments to “What You Should Expect From Apple Over the Next Few Months”

Chris @ January 26th, 2009 at 7:46 am
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It all sounds good. I just hope instead of releasing a whole new home media server they update time capsule and/or apple TV to serve that function. My time capsule is half way there holding tunes that both my and my wife’s macbooks draw on.

Well up Aviv, pretty comprehensive. Thanks!

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Ryan @ January 26th, 2009 at 7:55 am
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“We don’t expect Apple to redesign the iPhone every year”

I mostly agree with this, however, would you consider the 3G iPhone a redesign? I wouldn’t. Obviously some new hardware was added and a few things were altered, but the actual design of the phone is nearly identical to the original.

So that would seem to me to make an actual redesign more plausible this year. At the very least, I would imagine we’ll see faster processors/more RAM in the device this year, don’t you?

Nice summary…

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Aviv @ January 26th, 2009 at 8:16 am
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@Chris: Thanx. I was just thinking that about our Apple TV over here. Would be a waste of a box if this mediaserver looked similar and had hardware that made it capable of doing a lot more.

@Ryan: Completely agree. While they did redesign the back of the phone and some of the materials used to manufacture it, it wasn’t an entirely new design… Although, I can’t help but feel like some people expect a new blockbuster iPhone revision every year, which is nuts to begin with.

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Chris @ January 26th, 2009 at 8:18 am
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I don’t really agree about the iPhone not needing an upgrade this year. With competition from the Pre, G1, etc., this is the space that needs the most frequent attention, as it’s also the most competitive. Sure, features can be added via software, but the heart of the underlying hardware will basically be 2 years old this summer. Apparently the Pre is using some form of ARMs next gen Cortex A8. Apple really needs to implement the Cortex A8 to stay competitive in this arena over the next year and a half. It offers 4x the performance at similar power consumption levels. It would be amazing if they rolled out Snow Leopard, with its’ Grand Central features alongside iPhone OS 3.0, which could take advantage of said feature.

There is also 2 major features I think Apple needs to address (besides stupid niggling complains like copy&paste):

1. Video capture with uploading to YouTube/Facebook, etc. This could also potentially incorporate video conferencing, though I don’t know if this is really a killer feature in the market.

2. Background apps. They initially talked up the push notifications, which are now 4+ month’s late. I think maybe they are reconsidering their approach as it does not really address all potential applications. For example, audio apps like Pandora, are really screaming to be a background app. Push notification does not address this. The G1 and Pre offer background apps, and I think Apple would be remiss to ignore this. The added muscle that the Cortex A8 can offer, combined with some limited form of Grand Central, would likely allow Apple enough overhead to free up cycles for background apps. How they will implement this in the GUI would be interesting to see.

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nico @ January 26th, 2009 at 8:22 am
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@Chris: I also believe Apple needs to use the ARM Cortex. But then again, they have P.A. Semi, so it may be null and void. In regards to video capture and background apps… I think that goes into what Aviv is saying here. They can be added via software updates.

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smith @ January 26th, 2009 at 8:52 am
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Great piece. Things are definitely getting kinda lost and jumbled.

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Chris @ January 26th, 2009 at 9:10 am
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@nico: The ARM Cortex IP is sold to third parties, such as PA Semi, for synthesis into their own designs. Having PA Semi just makes it even easier for Apple to integrate it along with everything else they desire into an IC, without fear of the competition buying the same thing. Regarding video capture & background apps, I think this DOES require hardware upgrades to really be useful. Sure they could cobble some low quality, low framerate video app together with the existing hardware, but that’s not Apple. I really think Apple is up against a wall with resources using the current hardware. I really don’t think we’ll see true background apps on any current gen hardware. At some point, whether it’s the next gen or not, Apple will have to sever ties with the old hardware for the sake of progress, limiting new features only to the new hardware. I think background apps may require this. But who knows. What I do know is, that this June, the original iPhone will be ending its’ 24 month differed revenue status…

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jojo22 @ January 26th, 2009 at 9:28 am
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Ummmm, Chris? Care to explain your last sentance :) ?

“What I do know is, that this June, the original iPhone will be ending its’ 24 month differed revenue status…” I’m waiting ;)

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REB @ January 26th, 2009 at 9:29 am
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With Apple TV continuing to evolve, I would expect the Mac mini to improve it’s function as a mini server as that market is already the mini’s largest. I hope the mini maintains it’s DVI port as many customers need it, especially the “switchers”. SATA drives and improved graphics are likely, while the ATOM is not. Those ATOM reports were from those wanting a low price point. The server customers would not buy an ATOM powered mini. There could be a dual drive mini “max” in an alternative to the optical drive position could separate the server market and be billed as a server. This could drive the mini server sales.

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lucas @ January 26th, 2009 at 11:12 am
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“As much as people believe a (PRODUCT) RED, or more color options for the iPhone would help boost sales, it doesn’t seem that Apple has this planned, even though they should”

disagree. oh so very much disagree. what they need to do is improve the scratch resistant of the casings first. then folks wouldn’t have to buy a third party case to avoid scratching their phone just doing day to day use.

once that is done, they could consider other colors but really if you want a bright yellow phone or whatever, go get a case for it. they aren’t that expensive AND you will scratch proof the back case of your phone (if you pick a decent case)

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Aviv @ January 26th, 2009 at 11:14 am
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@lucas: I highly doubt people are delaying iPhone purchases in the hopes that Apple will make a more scratch resistant case. Using cases in general is probably 50/50 for most people as they don’t want to add ANY bulk to the device. Some people care more about the longevity and therefore use a case.

If Apple had a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone in time for the holidays, they probably would’ve boosted sales. It’s hard not to think that many people would get lost in the “Did you hear? They have a red iPhone now… some profits go to charity !”

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Chris @ January 26th, 2009 at 12:17 pm
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@jojo22: I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but this is basically it: I meant that the iPhone is reported by Apple as a continual revenue stream, much like AppleTV. This means that Apple divides the revenue from an iPhone sale over 24 months. Supposedly this is to allow for free software/firmware updates. The questions are:

1. Once the 24 months is over, what happens? Does Apple have to charge for updates?
2. Even if Apple doesn’t have to charge for updates, will they continue to provide updates for the older hardware?

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Nick T. @ January 26th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
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they would sell more imacs if the damn things didn’t have the glossy screen, the motherboard in my G5 is bad after only 3 1/2 years of use and i’m now stuck using a beige G3, thanks apple…

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Aviv @ January 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
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@Nick T: Why are you stuck using a beige G3? and how does the iMac having a glossy screen make your situation worse? Are you saying that because you can only afford an iMac, but don’t want the glossy screen, therefore you won’t buy one?

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Unlocked iPhone 3G Fan @ January 26th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
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What would be fantastic is if they released new quad core macbooks WITH LED backlit displays. These backlit displays have been a godsend for me, as the traditional CCFL’s give me wierd headaches! thanks for the write up, it’s great to hear about new mac content coming out.

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Aviv @ January 26th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
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@UnlockediPhone3GFan: We know it’s possible, see here: http://www.macblogz.com/2008/12/30/apple-to-introduce-quad-core-17-inch-macbook-pro/ – but we don’t know exactly when.

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John Meison @ January 26th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
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Wow, that is like just way cool!

RT
http://www.total-privacy.us.tc

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Tommy Peters @ January 26th, 2009 at 7:15 pm
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The innards of the MacPro should be viewable via a see-through panel. It wouldn’t be difficult for Apple to make it an option.

Aviv – I believe there is an error in your post. “…. given CEO Steve Jobs’ statements that Apple was making the Mini DVI standard across all of Apple’s computers.” Jobs said Apple was making the “Mini Display Port” standard.

Cheers

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Aviv @ January 26th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
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@Tommy: Nice catch. Fixed. (was in the Mac mini section for anyone that was curious)

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aphor @ January 26th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
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Need a new Mac Pro. Not going to buy one without Nehalem processors. *holds breath*

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Tim James @ January 26th, 2009 at 8:33 pm
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Hmm, your article gave me little on the iMac except for a rumored 28″ iMac. Anything new to the 20′ and 24′, I would like to know.

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kirasaw @ January 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm
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Mac Pros have become way to expensive for average prosumer. They need to at the very minimum add dual monitor support to the Mini.

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His Shadow @ January 26th, 2009 at 9:20 pm
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> some believe that Apple needs to prove it can release products and
> sustain growth through the year without a blockbuster Macworld announcement.

Those people, quite frankly, are idiots. Apple can generate more press than most companies by not doing *anything*, never mind by issuing postcards at anytime of the year announcing a “Special Event”. And as may pundits have already pointed out, the timing of MacWorld was horrific for a companies whose products see huge sales increases in the Holidays. Macworld may need Apple, but Apple does not need Macworld.

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Randy @ January 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm
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How about putting an old Blu-ray player/burner in the MacPro, iMac’s and MacBooks already.

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Sachin @ January 27th, 2009 at 1:10 am
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I wanted to hear something more from the iPhone side…..

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Enrio @ January 27th, 2009 at 3:00 am
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Need a new Mac Pro. Not going to buy one without Nehalem processors. *holds breath*.

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xforce11 @ January 27th, 2009 at 5:14 am
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What I want is to be able to connect with my media remotely via Wifi. I don’t want to put my entire library on my MacBook. I just want to connect with it remotely over the internet.

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darkstar13 @ January 27th, 2009 at 6:06 am
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@xforce11 : there are plenty of options available to you already

pretty much any NAS or home media server has this ability.

I built my own NAS box using FreeNAS and it works great so far!

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jojo22 @ January 27th, 2009 at 8:33 am
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I just want a 32GB iPhone.

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jeff @ January 27th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
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+5 points for the slip:

“… Apple’s infrastructure and ventures into **could computing** have not been very stable…”

LOL

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richest @ January 27th, 2009 at 12:51 pm
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like jojo22 says the 32 GB iPhone is the best choice for me ;P This is a little monster ;}

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Abu @ January 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm
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Hi Everyone,
has anyone got any news on weather the iPhone 32GB will come out, because the rumours say it will come out before the END of January however its already the 27th and we only have 4days left for the rumour to come true. Any comments?

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Aviv @ January 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm
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@Abu: It’s not going to happen this month. The anonymous tipster said that it was going to happen in January. He was from California and claimed to know what was coming. He discredited the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone and said the 32GB was coming this month. Doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.

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Abu @ January 27th, 2009 at 3:21 pm
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thanks for confirmation, but you will not believe how frustrated i am right now, i have been waiting since October for the 32GB version but now i guess the only thing i can get is the 16GB. I’m really hating that son of a b**** right now (mind my language). The video recording feature and the upgrade in camera should be standard. another advantage is the tweek made to the processor, but i must not forget most of these are just rumours. Thanks anyway much appreciated.

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tekno_boy @ January 28th, 2009 at 5:45 am
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I just want a new mac mini! (one with decent graphics) so I can finally afford to buy a MAC…. I have a perfectly good monitor/keyboard … aaaargh

http://teknoboy.blogspot.com/

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Madame @ January 29th, 2009 at 2:58 am
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+5 points for the slip:

“… Apple’s infrastructure and ventures into **could computing** have not been very stable…”

LOL..

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Lost Guy @ January 30th, 2009 at 10:34 am
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I would really love a 28″ imac especially if it were at 1920 x 1200. This would make it easy to read from far away and would just be great imo.

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Weightlifting Equipment @ March 9th, 2009 at 10:59 am
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While I would love the 28″ version of the imac, 1920×1200 is TOO low my 22″ lcd has a high resolution than that. Also im sure Apple will charge some huge price because of the larger LCD.

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iPhone Accessories Australia @ September 10th, 2009 at 10:00 pm
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The iPhone 3G is an amazing piece of technology, as are the iPhone Accessories that go hand in hand with it. We should see both of these products have some interesting upgrades over the next few months aswell. Thanks

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