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Apple TV Take 2: A Guided Tour

Apple has posted a lengthy guided tour to the upcoming “Take 2” of Apple TV. With price drops and added functionality, the Apple TV is definitely worth a second look. Check it out here.
Both the 40GB and 160GB models got a substantial price drop ($229 and $329, respectively). A complete revision of the UI, and added functionality are awaiting updates from Cupertino, since Macworld. These include minor UI tweaks to major additions including purchasing of iTunes content directly from the Apple TV, the ability to function without a PC or Mac, and HD and 5.1 digital surround sound support.

January 31, 2008 Posted by | Apple News | Leave a comment

Post-Macworld… Mac news sloooooooow…

After the splash created by the new Macbook Air, news out of Cupertino seems mighty slow these days. There are things in the pipe line, but current offerings are a little lacking. Let’s do a round up of headlines:

  • Macbook Air reviews in, and critics love the little guy.
  • ¬†1.1.3 iPod touch/iPhone update already *gasp* jailbroke’d.
  • Steve Jobs paid $1 yet again for CEO duties. Loses millions in AAPL stock tumble (now @ 130). To investors, “Hang in there.”
  • Unlocked iPhones costing Apple $300 million loss/month. AT&T had 2 million iPhoners in 2007.
  • $1.58 billion in quarterly profit.

More news to come when Apple release the highly anticipated Apple TV update. We will be having a shoot out with the Xbox 360 vs. Apple TV and their respective High Definition content.

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Apple News | Leave a comment

Macbook Air: Pseudo disappointing, yet telling of things to come from Apple.

The internet exploded in awe for a few moments when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s newest labor of love; the Macbook Air. Details about the new “world’s thinnest notebook” are in yesterday MNT post. And yet, almost immediately the scrutiny for the little Mac was overwhelming, considerably on Digg. Criticism ranged from technical specs to design. Here are some:

  • Price vs. tech specs: Most of the components are in current Macs, so why the high price? Design fee?
  • HD only 80GB, why not the same 160GB iPod drive option?
  • Large bezel around 13.3″ screen.
  • Three output ports!?
  • Disappointing 1.6 and 1.8 Ghz speeds.

The Mac Newb Tube did a round of debate over the new product and we see the Macbook Air as the beginning of things to come. The shortcomings of the little Mac leads us to believe that Cupertino has a lot in store for us in the next 50 weeks. Here are some of our conclusions, from the Macbook Air’s shortcomings:

  • Larger bezel just begs for a 15″ screen.
  • 160GB iPod type drive is perfectly apt in there.
  • 4GB Standard.
  • 2.0 and 2.2Ghz option.
  • Customizable black, aluminum, or white keys.

These little notions lead us to this idea:

The pricing is normal Apple fare and the now known “early adopters tax” will drop when *gasp* Apple will introduce a second model with these upgrades, probably at the current price point of the MBA. This will lead to a drop for the current model, maybe even $1299 and $1499 for the new model. There has been an influx of Macbook refurbs on, so it seems plausible that the white and black Macbooks are going the way of the white iMacs, which in turn, will allow Apple to introduce a new silver and black, entry level Macbook.

The entire Mac line has gone through the “Prosumer” aluminum and black revision, it only seems obvious that the Macbook will follow suit, leaving a two to three Macbook Air line up above it.

January 16, 2008 Posted by | Apple News, Apple Rumors | 2 Comments

Macbook Air is here! World’s thinnest notebook and Mac ever.

The new Macbook Air is real and here! The worlds thinnest notebook is now a Mac. Here are the vitals:
  • 3 lbs. It’s thickest part (.76″) is thinner than Sony’s thinnest part of their ultra portable notebook.
  • 13.3 widescreen LED monitor with iSight built-in.
  • Multi-touch trackpad.
  • 80GB HD Standard. 64GB Flash option. “Pricey but fast!” -Steve Jobs
  • 1.6Ghz standard, 1.8Ghz option.
  • 802.11n + EDR Bluetooth 2.1.
  • 2GB Standard.
  • No optical drive, $99 add on option.
  • $1799 pre-order today, ships in two weeks.

Watch the new ad here. Also, Apple hs posted a guided tour here.
Looks like the Mac ultra portable prayers have been answered…

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Apple News | , , , | 1 Comment

Macworld and The Mac Newb Tube Readers Predictions

With all the noise of every Apple-centric media outlet rising to a frenzy, we wanted to see what TheMNT reader thought was coming in a week. Here are some of our cheekier predictions:

  • iTunes movie rentals (duh) and update for iTunes Store on the Apple TV.
  • 16GB and 20GB iPhones (non GPS, sorry). Headphone jack revision. Customizable UI (finally).
  • The numerously rumored Macbook Nano. No optical drive and touch gesture trackpad.
  • Official iPhone SDK release, one month ahead of schedule.
  • 10.5.2 fixing some of the serious issues with Leopard.
  • Halo 4 Mac exclusive in 2009.

OK, ok. So what do you guys think is coming? We wanna hear from you. Also, thanks to those that have been RSSing us, and leaving comments. Next week is gonna be big, and we’ll be there.

[UPDATE!] The online Apple refurb store just had an influx of Macbook stock. Looks like Steve is definitely unloading the current, smallest Mac for something to come!

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Apple News, Apple Rumors | , , , , , | Leave a comment