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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo Site News
We're now less than a month from the 2009 Macworld Expo keynote address, so I thought it'd be interesting to gauge what everyone's expecting in the way of hardware surprises from the keynote. Hence this new poll asking how certain (or not certain) you are about any new hardware announcements coming from Mr. Jobs during the keynote.

Just so everyone's clear, a 32gb iPhone or a 16-core Mac Pro wouldn't count as a new hardware announcement. A netbook, a video game console, a large-screen television...those would all count as new hardware.

So how about it, do you think we'll be seeing any "one more thing" announcments in January?
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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: sig eigei on Dec 10, '08 08:54:31AM
The iLitter Box
Entering its 7th iteration of a feline themed operating system it's time to take care of the unavoidable mess left behind. The iLitter Box is Apple's latest foray into bringing the ease of the Mac into all areas of the home. iLitter Box is powered by a single firewire 400 port.

Actually I'd love to see an iPhone nano (won't hold my breath) or an ultra-lite portable (I can't breathe a certain type of Air).

I expect we'll see a new box for Apple TV os maybe a home version of the Apple Raid.

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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 10, '08 02:33:53PM

meh.



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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: Reaperducer on Dec 10, '08 02:53:55PM

Wow. Thank you for your fantastic insight. How did the world survive before you came along to throw in your one cent (not even worth two cents)?



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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: Hodag on Dec 10, '08 04:25:36PM

I'm just hoping for a bacon-flavored iPhone.

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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: rbsandkam on Dec 10, '08 09:47:57PM

A 12" PowerBook G4 recently made its way back into our support department, and using it for the last week to run around campus and test things has done nothing but reinforce my complete and total desire for Apple to bring back this form factor.

I like my MacBook, and there is no doubt that the MacBook Air is an amazing piece of technology, but they just aren't the same thing as the overall compactness of the 12" PowerBook G4. It is truly a pleasure to hold in my hand (which I can do, while typing with the other - try that with a MacBook).

Neither would be my preference, but I would be willing to give up the optical drive and go to a widescreen aspect ratio if Apple feels these things are necessary to cover as many market segments as it can with a single device. Just stop pretending that the MacBook and MacBook Air are the answer for people who want truly compact portability. I am not talking about weight, I am talking about compactness.

Sure, this device will steal some sales of the other portable product lines. But, in the balance Apple will sell just as many computers. Probably more, since they will be adding a product segment that is definitely lacking from their lineup.



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New poll posted on Apple hardware surprises at Expo
Authored by: rbsandkam on Dec 10, '08 11:13:01PM

iServe

This would be a hardware/software combo marketed at consolidating and backing up media in homes that have multiple users, as well as providing collaborative data (like calendars).

HARDWARE
mini-tower
3 SATA drive bays (big drives, and pre-configured for RAID 5);
1 optical bay with combo drive;
2 PCI Express slots (one with a special graphics card that has ports geared towards integration with home entertainment systems - like AppleTV);
4 memory slots

SOFTWARE
Mac OS X Server 10 user license
but definitely using the novice setup and management tools introduced in Leopard Server (Server Preferences).

Services that already exist in System Preferences, and are most relevant to this product would be:

File Sharing

iCal - shared calendars for the whole family

iChat, Mail, Web, and VPN could be useful, but most people probably wouldn't run their own internal services.

Services that exist in Mac OS X Server, are relevant to this product, and need simple System Preference interfaces created:

Software Update Server - download once for whole household, and make available from your own server - cuts down on bandwidth usage

Directory Services - shared address book for whole family

NetBooting - users should be able to netboot to a System Disc image at any time, in order to perform maintenance on their computer - this image should be updated on the iServe via Software Update when new models ship.

Services that can be achieved with Mac OS X Server if you know what you are doing, but really need to be developed as core services for this product:

iTunes Server - a central repository for everyone's media files - they can be streamed to various locations from the iServe - they can also be synced with local systems, so users still have libraries available n their laptops when they are away - the same type of relationship that currently exists between your iPod and you MacBook would now exist between you MacBook and the iServe.

iPhoto Server - a central repository for everyone's images - - they can be streamed to various locations from the iServe - they can also be synced with local systems, so users still have libraries available n their laptops when they are away

TimeMachine Server - easily configurable repository for backups from all computers in the home.

There are probably other services I am forgetting.

I don't know. Maybe only a handful of people would actually want this product. But the thing is, with a few tweaks, all the software already exists. And the hardware could also be offered with BTO options for those folks looking for a mini-tower Mac, but not as a server (fewer drives pre-installed, a more "standard" graphics card, Mac OS X Client).

So, why not do it.



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