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Still waiting for October 18

Posted by Chris Jones
On October 12th, 2005 at 14:07

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So far, my October 18 date for PowerBook updates is holding steady. From MacRumors.com (currently in emergency overload mode):

Apple’s managed to block most of the Mac web from updating live. We tip a hat to Apple for finding a location without cellphone or wireless access. Here’s information gathered thus far.

New iMac, new Video iPod, new Apps.

– iMac: faster, larger disk, built in iSight. Includes FrontRow (app)
– iPod: 30GB/60GB with Video – realtime decoding of MPEG4 and H.264. 260,000 colors. Video out.
– FrontRow and PhotoBooth Apps.
– 30GB iPod: $299 – 31% thinner than current 20GB; – 60GB iPod: $399.
– New iPods avail next week. Comes with case
– iMac: $1299 for 17″ model with 1.5GHz, $1799 for 20″ model with 2.1GHz
– iTunes 6 to be released
– Front Row – comes with new iMacs. Lets you enjoy video/music/pictures from sofa. Everything still displayed on iMac screen. iPod-like remote. 6 button remote.
– Photobooth – appears to be slide show application.
– Music Videos. 2000 available to buy. $1.99 each.
– Can “gift” music to other people. Peer reviews and recommendation service.
– Videos have Digital Rights Management built in. Can play on up to 5 computers.
– You will be able to buy TV shows from iTunes Music Store.

They’re turning the iMac into a TV, but that’s to be expected based on what Cringely wrote about the mini and Apple’s video strategy. At this time, I’m not interested in buying TV shows from iTunes unless they’re MPEG-2 quality (aka, DVD, or 780+ lines)–but then, I’m less likely to buy an album through iTunes than on CD, though my wife is the opposite. The new 60 GB iPod may be a future purchase, since my MP3s exceed 50 GB.

We’re still waiting on the Mac mini to officially go to the 1.5 GHz processor and 64 MB video before upgrading the iMac DV+.