Apple has invited selected members of the press and industry analysts to an event next Wednesday when the company will almost certainly unveil its massively hyped and long-awaited tablet. As reported by The New York Times and elsewhere, the invitation for the January 27 "special event" reads: "Come see our latest creation." An …
Mmm iPod Hi-Fi
I have an iPod Hi-Fi and I quite like it. It sounds good and can easily fill a large room. I bought it second-hand on eBay so didn't pay full price. :-)
Well don't buy a new iPod since they didn't follow their own "suggestion" and used 12V charging, it will not charge any of the new iPod/iPhones with 5V only charging. I think quite a few ended up on fleaBay because of that.
Or could it be a new Mac Pro?
iPod Hi-Fi charging
Actually, it's fine with the latest Classic - just bought one to replace my old 5G and it charges from the Hi-Fi, though I suspect that you're right about the rest of the current iPod range. It certainly won't charge my iPhone. Though any iPod with a dock connector can play through it even if it's not charging. And it has a combined analog/digital auxiliary input too so you can connect just about any sort of audio source to it with the right cable.
And I agree with the first poster: the Hi-Fi is much maligned. I did pay full whack for it and haven't regretted it at all. All the hype about "audiophile" quality etc when it was launched was total bollocks, though. Talk of replacing your top-flight system with it was just stupid. But if you can get past that it's a very nice sounding one-box system none the less, can pump out scary levels of volume without audible distortion or damage and is built like a tank (and weighs similarly!). When I got mine the main competition was the Bose SoundDock, and trying them both out at a local store the Hi-Fi was a clear winner to my ears, even managing occasional stereo separation which is always tough for a one-box.
If you have a Classic or an older iPod which it'll charge, and don't want to cart it about much, I'd seriously consider a second hand one if it's in good nick.
Well, with the amount of pre-hype this has generated so far, if it doesn't actually read my mind I'm going to be disapointed.
I'll be dissapointed ...
... if it doesn't say 'bingledy-bingledy-beep' in a cheerful voice.
I'm expecting at least a 'howdy-doodley-doo!'
and some toast.
I'm already disappointed
It certainly doesn't live up to my expectations...what were they thinking?
There could be another disaster for Apple besides this announcement being of some minor product.
One industry magazine web site speculated that, instead of being a Macintosh computer with the tablet form factor, it would instead be an overgrown iPhone, complete with the need to buy all software through the App Store.
Maybe some really die-hard Apple loyalists could stomach that, but I know my reaction would be to join the chorus bent on laughing the product - and Apple - out of the industry.
An intermediate possibility, that while the new product would not be locked down like the iPhone and iPod Touch, it would not be compatible with the Macintosh, would be another matter altogether. This would make it a more significant announcement. While foregoing compatibility would still be highly questionable, and fraught with risk, in that case Apple could, at least conceivably, offer new capabilities which justify the change.
"One industry magazine web site speculated that, ".....
Then you go on to slate Apple, and indulge in an orgy of schadenfreude:- except NONE OF IT AIN'T HAPPENED YET!!
What part of "speculated" don't you understand?
I "speculate" that you are the unacknowledged love-child of Michael Dell & Steve Ballmer.
It's surely an "intermediate possibility"
Jeez. No wonder you aren't an Apple fan....
"Bring it on"
An overgrown iPhone will suit me just fine. At the moment the superb GUI is let down by usability issues. The iPhone shows the way, but it's a long way from the last word in convergence. I'd love to run iPhone apps* on a larger screen and I'd pay for the opportunity. Ultra reliable typing on the move; the full width of webpages; on-line banking without the heart stopping moments and so on, all in a package that could still fit a coat, jacket or cargo trouser pocket! If I could also get a shell in a terminal without jailbreaking it, I'd be ecstatic. If it runs an X Window server, I'll weep with joy. It might even have the space for an efficient WiFi aerial!
*Star Walk to name just one.
Paris, because she knows what to do with a large form factor.
Yeah, just like you laughed the iPhone out of the industry.
Prepare for mobile computing to be redefined.
Everyone seems to think that the tablet will not run full OS X or OS X mobile, but a slightly modified version of OS X mobile suited to the tablet form factor.
However, what if it could run both? For example, when you connect a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, it can run (touch enhanced) regular OS X, but without them it just runs the tablet version of OS X. Ideally, the transition would be seamless.
Yes / No / Don't be silly ?
Would that be the same laughter and criticism that followed the announcement of the iPhone?
Do we all recall the "It'll never work", "they've list the plot" type critiques?
Sometimes it's smarter to watch and learn. It might be rubbish, but given Apple's rise to success, the odds are in their favour.
"Prepare for mobile computing to be redefined."
I think you mean "repackaged."
Redefine mobile computing?
It'd be the first industry Apple ever redefined. Or really brought anything original to since the '80s. They're pretty conservative in watching an emerging market for a few years before bringing in a product which is essentially a clone of the competition with a shiny case (see: iPod, iPhone). HTC, Samsung and any number of other Asian makers were putting out stuff just like the iPhone before the iPhone, Creative invented the mp3 player industry with the Nomad, Apple put their logo on it and ordered their fans to begin to like it.
And as for the 'laughing like when the iPhone came out' crowd: While it got excellent marketing, I seem to recall most tech people laughing at it quite heartily. And to this day its market share of the smartphone segment is quite low. RIM models by far dominate new smart phone sales (more than double iPhones, which are currently selling at the same rate as Windows based smartphones), and Symbian based phones represent 50% of the already deployed market (well over double the iPhone share). RIM also has a larger share of the deployed market. These numbers are based on the 2009 end of year surveys that are widely available. So yeah, hardly a flop, but hardly a key player or any sort of innovator.
Haha good one!!
You should do stand up mate, seriously! That was the best imitation of total and utter blinkered ignorance that I have heard for YEARS!! Thank you!!!
Re: Redefine mobile computing?
"RIM models by far dominate new smart phone sales (more than double iPhones, which are currently selling at the same rate as Windows based smartphones)"
That's why Windows 'smartphones' equal the number of iPhones on the London Tube!
How did you get those figures? Read a MicroSoft publication?
Calm down dears....
it's only a computer.
It is not as though it will be capable of preventing any more UN and US dignataries from flying in to the Haiti airport to get that all important PR shot, whilst children die in their hundreds in the local hospital for the lack of an anaesthetic.
Now if Jobs could do something about that with his new tablet thingy he would get my money.
Redefine mobile computing?
And I suppose you'd prefer to drive a horse and cart over a Porsche? A wheel's a wheel, after all.
Funnily enough, the iPhone isn't the shiniest case on the market, but it has a level of presentation, support and follow-through that nobody else has been able to come up with.
Re-invention or reboot, if you can stand there and say that Apple is a failure, you're living in your own weird little fantasy world. For once Apple have got something right: It's about the products, the consumers, the developers, and the relationships between them. They're looking at the big picture.
I've said it before, I'm not an Apple fan, but Apple have filled a huge gap left by everyone else and they're reaping the rewards. Anyone that claims otherwise is as bad as the Nokias of the world; they have no imagination.
Anyway, relax. No need to lose sleep over it; it's just another product you won't have to buy if you don't want to.
I think you have it
If this is an instant-on device, controlled ecosystem, good Internet access, relatively cheap price it will be hit methinks.
"Prepare for mobile computing to be redefined...."
by more lock in and control.
Re: Anonymous Cowards
Actually my numbers come from the Apple fanboy publication here: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/the_truth_about_apples_iphone_market_share/
But please, continue to live up to your names and my opinion of fanboys in general. :D
<something uncreative about how you must be idiots here, as you were both so kind to do>
Well Thank F*** for That
Whatever happens it'll stem the rumour mill for a little while. It's been a bit like the Japanese water torture for the past few months. Please just announce it so we can all move on to something more important.
"Apple [...] at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco."
I smell smoke and mirrors...
Not tobacco, either.
I humble suggest the new device be named the iWank
I've been growning more and more convinced that they've really made it *due* to the hype, rather than the other way around.
Gah, I think you just put your finger on it...
The more I think about it, the more I agree with you. Thing is, I *want* to be sold a cool new gadget right now- so I am hoping for some shiny tablet thingy.with some as yet unsuspected killer feature. I hope it's not some weaksauce crap like a multitouch IMac. Do not want, I have proper computers already thanks.
Otherwise, I fear my toy budget might have to go Cupertinowards anyhow, as my old first gen 16GB touch is too small, I get bored of having to delete stuff to fit a fair selection of Stuff I Like on there..
Damn your black heart, Steve Jobs :(
Actually, I think you might be right. IIRC, many people were convinced this would be announced six months ago, and nothing like it was, but if they'd have started work on it when the speculation about really ramped up, it'd probably be about ready now, if it's effectively an iPhoneXL (TM me) - ie: an iPhone (or iPod Touch) with a screen 4 or 6 times bigger and a few extras thrown on, like a chip to do voice recognition etc.
It's a Tazer app for the iPhone!!!
na, ya's need glazzies there Alan E,
It going to be an i-Shyte this time around......
bb cos Stevo really wants you to need one, a good shyte that is.
Unless I heard wrong, there are violent strikes in China involving the company that manufactures touch screens for Apple.
We'll see if this can affect the product launch.
Who really thinks this will be a Mac in a tablet is totally mad. It will be an iPod touch or an iPhone with a large screen -- and people will *like* this. Nobody (except some geeks) wants to have a full computer with a desktop OS in a tablet.
That's true, and it's probably the reason why the TabletPC market never really took off. But the problem for Apple's rumoured tablet is this: "What will distinguish it from the existing products on the market?"
- If it runs the iPhone OS, then it is no more use to me than an iPhone, since it will run the same apps, just in a bigger form factor, that can't be used as a phone. Which means I get no added functionality, and I have to carry a bag around with me. If I am going to carry a bag, then I want it to do everything that a "full" computer can do. To me, that means Photoshop, Dreamweaver, a *real* browser (that runs Flash natively), etc. but you can insert you own favourite desktop software into the last sentence and the point would remain the same.
- If it runs OSX, it'll be way above the component price range of the Macbook Air (given the need for a touchscreen, proper processor, etc), which places it well into Macbook territory in terms of what it costs Apple to make. At which point, it's essentially a competitor to the Tablet PC, which will almost certainly cost way less. There are already TabletPCs that offer both multitouch and pressure-sensitive-stylus input in the same package (e.g. the HP TM2) so the appeal of this rumoured Apple tablet is hard to see, if it's going to cost more and do either the same stuff, or less stuff.
- If Apple take the iPhone OS and add stuff to it (e.g. the ability to multitask), then that will be interesting. The Fanbois will go nuts because there's no technical reason why they can't do that on an iPhone... But at the end of the day, if it doesn't run full desktop apps, then it won't replace anyone's main computer. Which means you'll still need a phone, and a computer, and then you can buy this tablet thingy as well, if you want to... which sort of begs the question, "Why bother?"
That's a terrible iSlating you've handed out to Mr Jobs' latest and greatest there.
"Apple has invited selected member of the press and industry analysts to an event next Wednesday"
"Apple has invited everyone except us to an event next Wednesday"
There ya go, fixed that for you. :-P
yes, i wouldn't be surprised in the small text at the bottom of the invite says "Regtards not welcome"
Oh? You didn't know?
Yeah it's a dildo. Sorry to burst your bubble like that.
That's why it's called the iProd!
iWank, heh.. that's given me an idea for 'The Next Great iPod App' given the iPod has an accelerometer.
Do you think Apple will allow it?
But regards really to names.. how about iPlank? That sounds lame enough, I suppose, although really I suppose the'll call it iTablet or iSlab or something.
One thing for sure...
It will cost at least $500 Jobs said they do not know how to make a computer for less than $500 that it is not rubbish.
Might be a bit of a misleading name, I think all their products are pr0n-compatible
Gonna be interesting
Tablets have been around for years, but apart from a few very specialised apps, no-one's been able to think what they're useful for.
Though Apple is at least as evil as Mickey$haft, unlike the latter at least they do what they do well. The question is what does it do?
Of course the fanbois will line up to buy them (they'd buy dog turds if Apple sold them), but is that enough?
They would have to be the old style dog turd
That, after a few weeks in the open, goes a nice shade of white.
apple device prognostications
my guesses for the feature list
* initial hook is that it's an ebook
* new "book" section for itunes, possibly in cooperation with google
* cute "cover flow" but for the actual pages
* plays all the usual music, videos, and games apps from itunes store
* capacitive touch screen
* wifi + possible 3G modem with subscription but it will be optional similar to current disjunct between iPhone and iPod touch
* larger screen allows for more useful "untethered" use of it, i.e. you don't have to download everything into itunes then sync the device, you can just buy stuff and it goes directly to your tablet; safari replacing itunes is a possibility
* some sort of page flipping input device (possibly just a new multitouch pattern)
* battery life will be better than you'd expect but nowhere that of e-ink using competitors. no-one will care.
more content control and requirement to keep paying apple every time your limited battery dies.
Skeletor will be happy with your money.
It will. Even more so you will be able to buy your mind back from the apple mindstore for $0,99.
All minds will go around this price. This after initial testing has shown that all potential iSlate users are quite like-minded. It goes without saying that some, Cupertino based, minds wil come at a premium.
A new version of iPhoto!!!!!!
THANK YOU STEVE
Apple are re-entering the inkjet printer business with the introduction of the StyleWriter III.
("It's a really beautiful thing. We're really pleased with it. Look at that, two pages per minute in HQ mode, boom. Available July, $399")
If the clouds don't part and legions of angels descend from the skies, carrying the new ipple object - I'll be disappointed.