Top News: Macbook Pro Line up re imagined, 13″ MBP $1199! Snow Leo $29!
Pop Relevance: iPhone 3G[S] will be the new accessory.
Most important: iPhone 3G @ $99. Amazing and part of the plan.
More MNT to come.
“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…” – Rakim
One of the greats, and featured podcast here on TheMNT is Adam Christianson widely popular Maccast. This show has been such a valuable resource in my switch that I recommend it to all Mac users. This week, Adam features Oregon indie rockers, Tango Alpha Tango, personal friends and mates of TheMNT! Check out the podcast for a listen, or check them out on iTunes and get a copy of their amazing new album “Rebel Sons of Cowboys” on Outgo Records.
Apple has just announced the predecessor to the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G. It’s pretty much everything that the rumor sites have been speculating, GPS, 3G, thinner, and yet the most surprising factor is the price. Apple has slated the 8GB iPhone 3G to start at a staggering $199! Not surprising to The MNT, mind you ;).
We have been on the ball, predicting that magic $199 this summer, in aims of Jobs hitting that ambitious 10 million iPhones before 2008’s end. Looks like that goal is easily in reach. It will be unveiled in 22 countries on July 11.
There is a slew of software changes as well, as Apple includes a more open OS X on the phone which allows developers to create apps like on Macs everywhere (including games). We hope Bungie (of Halo fame) has a few tricks up their sleeves for the iPhone.
[Update] After viewing the WWDC Keynote, it is obvious that Apple is taking the iPhone, it’s “third leg” of their business, very seriously this year. The rollout of the iPhone 3G will be in 70 countries total, at the rock bottom price of $199. The App Store, where iPhone users can purchase games, apps, and productivity tools will clearly be as successful (and productive) as the iTunes Store.
The iPhone news/rumors are pouring in, with the latest being this apparent leaked photo of the actually hardware, including TheMNT’s rumored Product (Red) iPhone. The pics/details include tidbits about built in video iChat, Tri-Band and 3G.
Weezer. Is back. Buy.
On another note, six days till WWDC. New iPhone 2.
Apple updates Leopard to 10.5.3. Improves stability and also updates drivers for GPUs (ATI and Nvidia) as well as integrated graphics Macs ie, Macbook and Mac Mini. For the Mac Newb, hit the Apple in the upper left hand corner and choose “Software Update”. :)
iPhone 2 inevitable, with third party companies leaking pics of cases, molds, and accessories, revealing relative size and form factor of new iPhone. Also, an icon has been found in the new iPhone SDK 6 that shows an iPhone of differing proportions than the current one.
A long time speculation of TheMNT, but it seems there has been a resurgence of the keyboard rumor for the Apple TV. Macenstein has a lead and photo of the possible device. More details:
- Bluetooth wireless, aluminum and slim.
- Backlit for darker TV rooms and dens.
- Multi-touch trackpad (to the right)
Although Apple has not confirmed that the Apple TV has Bluetooth, some tear downs suggest otherwise. This could be yet another attempt at the lucrative gaming market (as already anticipated with the iPhone/iPod touch).
Oscar winning “The Usual Suspects” is iTunes 99¢ Movie Rental this week. Not only a personal favorite, but a perfect movie for those who have yet to rent a movie from iTunes. It will set you back less than a buck, and you’ll have 24 hours to squeezing in that second or third viewing (and trust me, after the ending you will).
iTunes rentals will playback on Macs or PCs with iTunes 7.6.2. They can also be transfered to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod Classic and 3G Nano (sorry 5G video iPod). It can be viewed easily on Apple TV as well.
Special pricing last through Thursday, May 20th.
The net is a buzz about all the iPhone news occurring this week. Here is the quick and dirty.
- With WWDC looming, Apple has seeded iPhone SDK Beta 5. Within it’s code is a not so subtle screen of 3G capabilities.
- Current iPhone stock of the current model is “unavailable” at Apple.com. If you’re in the market for one… please, dear God, wait and don’t run to a physical Apple Store and buy one.
- Colors, even minimal aluminum/plastic shades are expected. Black, aluminum, white, are rumored. Product Red would be great :).
- Removal battery. Ok so that rumor hasn’t hit yet, but seeing as 3G is such a battery drain, TheMNT believes that iPhone 2 WILL have a swappable battery.
Not Apple related, but TheMNT related nonetheless. It seems that an odd weather change has occurred here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon; it’s actually nice! So I will be getting to the Macs for reporting a little less in the coming weeks. I’ll have the beast that is the Powerbook on the road, and will be giving as much Mac updates as possible, but the sun and surf (ok maybe not) beckons.