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Another Apple Rumor


March 8, 2005 05:08 PM PST

This time the Rumor is about the development of a mini-laptop running a stripped down version of OSX. It is supposed to fit in your pocket. Hmm OQO style? At any rate probably can't believe this one, not until there is a lawsuit at least.

Comments (16)
Paul, March 9, 2005 12:53 AM:

Well, at least they couldn't possibly make it look any uglier than the current Tablet PCs.

John, March 9, 2005 01:44 PM:

Tablet PC??? Huh?

So how is that Apple - Google merger going by the way?

Paul, March 9, 2005 03:08 PM:

I'd heard rumours that it was going to be a tablet form factor with handwriting recognition...

The merger is going well, you'll soon be able to buy a gPod that contains 15, 30 or 60 PetaBytes of the entire web, searchable via a bluetooth brain implant. You can update your gPod at any Apple store that has OC48 optical connectors ($79 per year .GOOG subscription required).

John, March 9, 2005 04:19 PM:

Sweet, I hope the Gpod comes in flat black. I think white is the new beige. In fact I want the whole interface to be black on black. As for bluetooth I'm not so sure. I currently have to 'reboot' the bluetooth stack in my headphones a couple times a day. I don't want to have to do that with my brain.

You should link to the tablet rumors you heard. This one is talking about some sort of folding device, I assume with a mini keyboard, but certainly touch screen.

J, March 10, 2005 12:19 AM:

This rumor sounds a little crazy. I really am not into handwriting at all... If it has a keyboard, and is something like the OQO, but running full OS X apps, that would be cool. Needs to have an 800x600 screen to properly display web pages. All in all, a portable mac that's fully functional but smaller than the 12" powerbook would be a difficult technical feat.

Paul, May 23, 2005 11:12 AM:

Apple to use Intel? Why not AMD...

John, May 23, 2005 12:23 PM:

I've read several things on this. What is 'known' is that Apple has been talking to Intel about using their chips. What people automatically assume is that this means Apple is going to to try and switch over the Macs to Intel x86. What people forget is that Intel makes alot more stuff than just x86, and that Apple makes more things than just Macs. The more likely scenario is that they are negotiating a deal over an Xscale or some other embedded processor.
But it is fun to speculate about a big platform shift like OSX on X86 hardware.

I agree about the AMD thing. If they were going to switch over, it would make more sense to work a deal with AMD. They are more likely to be flexible on pricing and maybe even making a custom version of the Athlon so that is would only work with Apple's stuff to prevent people from running OSX on a standard PC.

J, May 23, 2005 06:37 PM:

I agree with John. It's most likely an xscale type deal for some embedded product. But even if they want x86 for OS X they could still build a completely incompatible hardware platform for the OS. This move would actually make a lot of sense - they would have the benefit of the x86 power and still maintain their closed hardware (which they see as an advantage). I read some article where the author proposed the mini might get cheaper. No. If anything they're trying to increase their margins, not decrease the price!

I don't know if I'd really care about them moving to Intel on that fact alone. Even if their performance doubled for the same price, I can't really see it. Unless they dropped the price of the hardware or let it run on standard PCs I don't see it as a huge deal.

I CAN give this rumor some credit in that Apple's desktop business has to be suffering. Their laptops are awesome, and the mini is cool, but having to have monster desktop rigs with dual water cooled processors just to get basic PC performance really is a bad place for them to be.

Paul, May 23, 2005 06:56 PM:

Maybe they'll just manufacture an Xbox 360 face plate that says "Macintosh". It is, after all, a PowerPC. And it has games!

Paul, May 24, 2005 09:14 PM:

Thurrott has some news. He's kind of the MS-centric version of Cringely.

John, May 24, 2005 09:56 PM:

Interesting many are putting force behind the claim that is will be the Mac that is converted to intel. He also mentions that it may be the soon to be announced 'tablet' device which is the topic of this post.

He had one interesting quote however: "Apple is porting OS X to Intel--not to x86, but specifically to Intel-..."

I wonder what that really means? I can take that a few ways: 1. It could be some other Intel processor besides X86. It could be Itanium, ha ha ha. Right, an Itanium powerBook. 2. It could be some custom hardware with Intel pentium specifically as opposed to a general x86 compatible system. 3. It could be a custom Intel processor based on x86. But unique enough that you couldn't get the x86 OSX to run on a PC. I was pushing for this with AMD, but with Intel I wonder if going custom could be made cheap enough.

John, May 25, 2005 10:48 AM:

Only Scoble...

While all most everyone chasing this rumor is asking if this rumor will mean you can run the Mac OS on a PC.. Only Scoble asks if this means he'll be able to run Windows on a Mac.

Man that made me laugh. Seriously though, if you think about it, that would be cool. Apple makes some sweet looking hardware, and hey MS wouldn't mind picking up more users. Imagine dual booting between Mac and PC on the same PC. Or more realistically, using Virtual PC to run Windows without the speed hit of the instruction set emulation.

Paul, May 25, 2005 04:23 PM:

Intel CEO says if you want to avoid constantly cleaning up spyware from your PC, you shouldn't buy Wintel.

George, May 25, 2005 10:49 PM:

wow, the new Intel CEO's honesty is proabably going to be career limiting.

George, June 6, 2005 12:54 PM:

In hindsight, I guess the Intel CEO was having a little fun when he remarked about not buying Wintel.

I wonder what the new acronymn for the apple on intel platform will be: apptel, mactel, xtel (my favorite), ???

Hap, June 22, 2005 09:43 AM:

that gives IMac a whole new meaning wouldn't it. Well I'm off to get my Mac XBox360 faceplace and see if they have the OC48 optical connectors ready yet.

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