An Intel-based 12-inch MacBook Pro may be on the way according to popular rumour site macosXrumors.
Isamu Sanada, famous Japanese product designer, whose cutting-edge concepts of Apple products has left the world salivating and wanting (yours truly, absolutely included!), has done it again with his Apple iPod-phone hybrid concepts.
Apple has always been rumoured to add a full-featured, multimedia phone to its expanding product line, although CEO Steve Jobs has openly denied this countless times. The closest ever realisation is the iTunes compatible Motorola ROKR mobile phone. Even so, implementation is far from ideal.
But imagine this. Imagine the Apple mobile. A hybrid of the best features from the iPod (music playing, photos, videos, PDA features) and that of a very advanced mobile platform, like a Sony Ericsson. Made to please.
Of course, undeniably, you have one of the best mobile phones on the planet already with the Sony Ericsson W900i.
Oh well, while we wait, let’s just drool over some Sanada concepts shall we?
A few strangely, look like current offerings from Sony Ericsson. Sony inspired by Sanada? Who knows? But if Apple ever released mobile phones, take your pic people. Stunning.
By the way, if you happen to own a 1st or 2nd Gen iPod and your battery’s gone wonky, fret not. I am here to rescue you from the valley of darkness. I have in limited stock, Newer Technologies replacement batteries, for a very low price of RM128. Contact me for orders. Cheerios!
Some time in November last year, my beloved 1st Gen iPod decided to go bust on me. It outlived its claimed 18-month battery life by doing at least 6 more, but alas dropped dead, short of being a relic (no thanks to the smaller, lighter, thinner new iPods, nanos, Mini and Shuffle).
If there’s one thing great about Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, it’s the introduction of Dashboard and Widgets. Mini-applications, some completely useless but fascinating, that help spice up your desktop. My boo introduced me to one useful one – Sing that iTune!
This widget displays lyrics for the iTunes track currently playing, along with its artwork, where available. There’s even an option to save lyrics in music files is also available. Fantastic! I’ve tested with some tracks downloaded from the web, and also ripped (legally) from my personal CD collection. Works like a charm. Highly recommended, this!
Some features at a glance:
– Multi-lingual (English, Japanese and Chinese)
– Handles radio streaming titles.
– Retry or search Google when the lyrics is not found.
– You can edit the lyrics right on the widget.
– iTunes controller. (Click the artwork to show.)
Hah. What do you know? Old farts die eventually. And the venerable 1st generation 5GB (with its much publicised battery deficiencies) is not spared. Lest mine. It’s been a trusty companion, my iPod. Bought it brand new and cheap way back in 2002. Whoever said the battery lasts 18 months, eat your heart out!
The rumour mills were right. Though really not a new idea per se (portable digital video players), the great iPod, all of the sudden, gains video-playing capabilities. Launched at an Apple Special Event in San Jose, California, USA – starring marketing maestro and Apple head honcho Steve Jobs(damn you Steve, again!), the event also saw the launch of iTunes 6 and a new iMac G5, featuring Front Row (a software and Apple Remote media solution).
I have to hand it to Apple Computer. They have this gift. The gift that makes you want things. This uncanny ability to spur interest. Desire. From the very depths of your inner soul, your gut, your emotions. If you think Apple does just computers, hah!, think again. They are way beyond that. How about masters of digital music players? How about king of convergence?
iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business. What an honour to describe a man so undescribably passionate, one reputed to be the most influential individual in technology.
My ultimate idol. If I ever meet him, I’ll kiss his feet. I love him. I love him for making computers sexy. I love him for bring us great stuff from Pixar. I love him for inspiring greatness. I love him for his vision, his reality distortion field, his presence and charisma on stage. I love him because he has a knack and uncanny ability to understand and predict the market. I love him for the Mac OS. And the iPod.
I am happy.
Paid a visit to Borders at Times Square last night before catching the sexy “Mr and Mrs Smith”. Saw this paraded under “New Books”. Didn’t take much to coerce me to part with my hardearned RM80. I’ve done 20 pages of the book so far. It is as engaging as it is informative. Have read the Second Coming of Steve Jobs as well. If you are a fan, you need to get both these books. And you need to watch Pirates of Silicon Valley Ultimate Silicon Valley geek movie!
“Sometimes in craziness, lies genius”
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO
As Apple waves goodbye to the single processor 1.8Ghz Power Mac G5, it files a trademark application for the term ‘Mactel’, according to new Mac website – Mac on Intel. This move is likely to be more of a protective measure against misuse of the term, more so than the likelihood of Apple actually using the term in any of its products. Personally I think it sounds like a telco, more so than a computer company or term. Heh.
Will the Mac OS beat Windows on the same hardware? Hmm. Interesting thought. We’ll all see in 18 months. May the best OS win!