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5 Predictions for Apple in 2007

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the gross-conjecture-and-speculation dept.

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Michael writes "2006 is coming to a close, and all anyone can think about (in regards to Apple, at least) is the upcoming Apple phone, but what happens next? What are we going to be salivating over and speculating about after Macworld? What changes are in store for Apple in 2007? No one knows for sure, but it sure is fun to take a guess."

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My prediction... (5, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395374)

Apple will remain a top subject of internet speculation.

LK

Re:My prediction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17396198)

Apple speculation is done buy a very small percentage of Apple users and a minuscule amount of non Apple users. Of course you see it here a lot here and on Apple related sites only because there are a lot of dedicated Apple users that hang out in those places.

Have you heard anything about what Dodge will be adding to the SRT lineup in the next few years? Which engine do you think they are going with. Do you think they will combine forces with the off shore group that supplies the racing engines? The new lead engineer came from that group you know. How about changes to Verizon's long range plan for the EVDO roll out and how people are speculating delays in certain areas based on spectrum allocations with the regional guys? They were intially supposed to support Sprint and even rolled out an updated PRL with the Alltel transmitter IDs. Do you have any scuttlebutt on the Dish networks recent changes to satellites for the spot beams that deliver the local stations? On that, do you think they will keep Charleston WV in the Pittsburgh market or move them back to where they were before. They recently freed up some room on Echostar East(19), I wonder why.

Guess what, there are people that hang out and discuss that stuff all of the time and you never hear any of it. They have the same level of rumors, speculation, inside knowledge, and desire to follow the companies every move. Same thing with Apple rumor chasers and speculators. The movement is not as spectacular as you think. Once you step off the box and into the common areas, you will see that most people are just going with the flow.

Higher prices (-1, Flamebait)

jhylkema (545853) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395396)

That's a safe bet, especially for Apple, which is Polish for "pay twice as much for the same hardware."

My top 5 predictions for Apple (5, Interesting)

Salvance (1014001) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395402)

My top 5:

5. Apple will break the 10% market share mark in new computer sales
4. The iPod will face it's first big competitor at Christmas 2007, from a vastly improved Zune
3. iPod will release a hard-drive free version of it's Video iPod, utilizing multiple flash memory cards to achieve 40GB+
2. Apple will release the iPhone, and it will be the must have phone of 2007
1. Apple will announce plans for a set-top box, integrating gaming, cable, and internet browsing

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (4, Insightful)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395470)

Apple already did number 1, it was called "iTV" at WWDC. (You said "announce plans" and that's exactly what they did.)

How about this one: In the wake of an accounting scandal, Apple is found guilty corporately of fraud and is broken-up into an Computer Systems company and a media delivery company. It'd be ironic that after all these years Apple got broken for shady business practices before you-know-who.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (1)

Cadallin (863437) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395610)

Um, I'd say that's incredibly unlikely. Corporate break-ups generally only occur after they have been recommended by the FTC or legal investigations as a result of Antitrust abuses. I'm not even aware of any lawsuits pending against Apple for Antitrust violations. "Shady Business Practices" are cause for fines from the FTC, and possibly criminal prosecutions of Corporate Officers. I'm also unaware of any company being forcibly broken up on such a basis.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (4, Interesting)

unother (712929) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395676)

That's why a fleet of lawyers is spending night and day to ensure that Steve Jobs has a cloak of plausible deniability. I'm not going to speculate on what he knows--that would be crass, and although Jobs is a sharp strategist (and corporate icon) I am not certain he would choose to understand any details of the alleged financial chicanery--nonetheless, should Apple be forced to oust him again for bureaucratic reasons it would be an ill-timed morale blow to Apple.

I imagine this will eventually settle under a legal tarpulin of promises and the obligatory fine. Still, any cracks in the Apple empire are sure to be more and more exploited by a press hungry for material. This is all we are seeing; it only matters for Apple because people pretend Apple is a "good" company, unlike say, Marsh and McLennan...

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (1)

Cadallin (863437) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395748)

I'm not really all that impressed by the charges. Oooooh, back dating Stock Options to do a bit of tax evasion. That's some really nasty stuff there. As for Apple being a "good" company. I don't believe the Sun shines out of Steve Job's ass, but if some light tax evasion is the worst Apple's ever done (which it isn't) they'd still be a darn sight better than a lot of the competition.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (3, Insightful)

Basehart (633304) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396028)

........any cracks in the Apple empire are sure to be more and more exploited by a press hungry for material...


I must admit to being pretty amazed to see the Apple stock option headline marked in red on the Drudge Report for three days running. As they say, no press is bad press, especially on the eve of some very highly anticipated product releases. Go Apple :-)

Wifi to plug the Zune Hole (3, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395764)

Yes, I know that Zune's wifi isn't real, but "has wireless" is a checkbox that ipod cannot currently check.

Re:Wifi to plug the Zune Hole (3, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396030)

Apple will implement wireless right. Don't ask me how, I just know they don't just throw _____ (insert latest gadget here) into a product as a checkbox filler.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (1)

Sachiblr (1044676) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395780)

In 2007, 1. iPod Nano prices will fall, with the 8GB selling below 190$. 2. Apple iPhone will actually be a joint development with a phone-maker Motorola?) and will be a huge success. 3. Apple will release a tablet computer with convergence of computing and audio/video/Wifi. 4. Apple will launch a home theater type of system built around their Mac. 5. Apple will sell >10 million iPods.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (1)

coolgeek (140561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396302)

Apple iPhone will actually be a joint development with a phone-maker Motorola?

Maybe that's why Zander let Jobs steal the iTunes Phone show by presenting the Nano at the same press conference, because they both had something much better in mind...like a cell phone just a smidge bigger than a nano. I'd love that. Way to lighten up the Bat Belt.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (4, Funny)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395792)

What about:

6. Apple will reveal it has been recording phone calls made on the iPhone and that they're available for sale on iTunes for 99 cents.

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (1)

Sargeant Slaughter (678631) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395944)

My Top 5:

5. Apple sales will drop at least 10% 4. Cell phones will replace the entire zune/mp3 player market, that sector will decline in 2007 and more in the years following 3. Profit! 2. Iphone has mediocre sales dealing with competition in cell phone/mp3 market 1. Macs will run windows

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17396204)

#s 3 and 1 have already happened. Haven't you been paying attention?

Re:My top 5 predictions for Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395976)

You're fired.

Steve.

Jail (4, Funny)

sycodon (149926) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395420)

Apparently, someone will be going to Jail and Steve Jobs will be losing a boat load of money.

How about a two button mouse? (0, Troll)

4020 (724200) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395436)

I mean really, is it that big of a deal? Not a problem on a desktop, but the Macbooks could really use one.

Re:How about a two button mouse? (4, Informative)

B4RSK (626870) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395476)

I bought a MacBook Pro a month ago, my first Mac in 15 years.

The touchpad works quite well overall, the two-finger scrolling is especially good IMO.

You can perform a right-click with the touchpad as well, but you have to turn on the feature first. Once it is on just have two fingers on the touchpad and click the button -- right click.

Overall the MacBook Pro is far and away the nicest notebook I have used, and I've used a lot of notebooks. My Toshiba Libretto and IBM ThinkPad are soon to be for sale.

Re:How about a two button mouse? (4, Informative)

CoolMoDee (683437) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395484)

There are three ways to right click from apple. The old fashioned ctrl-click. Going in to system preferences and turning on the option so when there are two fingers on the track pad and clicked for it to act like a right click. And of course the Mighty Mouse [apple.com]. Personally, I use both the wireless mighty mouse and the two finger touch-pad click for when I am too lazy to pull out the mouse. Oddly enough - I don't find myself right clicking that often...

Re:How about a two button mouse? (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395852)

Huh? Any 3 button mouse with scroll wheel and whatever, works on Apple. Just buy a $10 mouse and plug it in.

Predictions (0, Troll)

laffer1 (701823) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395466)

1. Apple's stock price will flake out in 2007 with constant pressure from Microsoft products.
2. ITMS and the iPod will be targeted heavily by Microsoft. Eventually the iPod will be replaced just as sony list the Walkman/Discman fame of the 80s and 90s.
3. Apple will see a surge in market share on the Mac line during the first half of the year but have poor sales for back to school late in 2007. Dell's Indian production will allow them to lower prices and hit apple's bottom line. Consumers will know what Vista is by then.
4. Apple will fail to advertise Mac OS X again and let people think Apple is out of date and Vista is new and innovative.
5. Steve Jobs will leave apple or end up on the board. It could be related to the stock scandal or because of his health problems over the last year.
6. Apple will blow it again.

Re:Predictions (1)

PPGMD (679725) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395694)

Apple will fail to advertise Mac OS X again and let people think Apple is out of date and Vista is new and innovative.

I have to agree, Apple ads for it's Mac products leave much to be desired. The ads are not what made me purchase a Mac it was Aperture. And based on a sampling of my friends and family they seem more confused by the current Mac ads compared to the switch ads, and even the Switch ads left much to be desired. The iPod ads on the other hand, are excellent, and eye catching.

Re:Predictions (5, Insightful)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395760)

2. ITMS and the iPod will be targeted heavily by Microsoft. Eventually the iPod will be replaced just as sony list the Walkman/Discman fame of the 80s and 90s.

it wasn't so much the ipod replaced the walkman, but the .mp3 replaced the cd. apple was late to the mp3 player party, and the first ipods weren't even that good. but when they finally got a great product, it took over the market. as long as .mp3 is the preferred format, the ipod will always be successful. microsoft is determined to make their .wmv (or whatever it is) the standard and they are too focused on implementing their own special brand of DRM. ITMS is so popular because it "just works". and of course it does, ITMS, iTunes, and the ipod all come from the same people. microsoft will have to have their own store, their own program, and their own player. that will take a few years to get mind as well as market share. and even then, their size can't help them like it did in the office suite market. I think apple's biggest concern is not microsoft but current ipod users not upgrading.

Re:Predictions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395834)

"Apple's stock price will flake out in 2007 with constant pressure from Microsoft products."

That's like saying the selling price of 6,000 sq. ft. homes in Santa Fe will be adversely affected by the constant pressure of new huge concrete apartment buildings in Soviet Russia.

MS keeps attacking this from the tech standpoint, which is why they will keep losing. They should send their entire design team to Finland for a year for some remedial education. But they won't, of course, because not only are they technology laggards, they are idea laggards. That's OK though, Bill's piles of money and his army of ghost writers makes up for all of this, right America?

Well, I know one thing (-1, Offtopic)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395486)

As long as the Firefox creator still trusts them I'll keep buying. As long as they don't cross that line I think the sky's the limit.

  How does he feel about the PS3 by the way?

Re:Well, I know one thing (1)

Chandon Seldon (43083) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395628)

How does he feel about the PS3 by the way?

I was just talking to him about that. He's decided that one isn't enough - he needs at least two more. He's going to make Linux on PS3 his primary development platform.

iLawyers (4, Insightful)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395492)

Apple has a major stock scandal brewing. You'll probably be reading a lot more about their legal woes than their products next year.

Re:iLawyers (2, Informative)

coolgeek (140561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396320)

Jobs will just fire up the RDF, and with a mesmerizing Keynote, simply move all that stuff way into the back of the minds of the investigators, judges, etc.

#1 (2, Funny)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395510)

#1 Steve Jobs will move in next to Jeffrey Skilling.

Re:#1 (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395648)

#1 Steve Jobs will move in next to Jeffrey Skilling.


Jobs didn't do anything on the level of Skilling.

What is more likely is that Steve Jobs will be forced to leave Apple.

What then? If these issues fester or get worse, Steve could go. Apple gives the appearance that the company's products are overseen by Jobs in minute detail. He's also their best salesman. I remember the non-Jobs years, and frankly I am a bit concerned about what will happen to the company as a whole.

Re:#1 (1)

coolgeek (140561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396344)

Yeah, definitely all of those guys he let put on their own dog-and-pony show at the WWDC Keynote this year have a very long way to go to come close to Jobs' presentation level. Especially that guy that demoed Time Machine, boy, you could tell he really wants to be the next front man for Apple, and boy did he ever fall flat on his face. The only thing that made his presentation interesting was the technology itself, but even then, I was like "Didn't IBM have this sort of stuff on the 360 years and years ago?". Okay, they didn't have the spiffy timewarp graphic thingy, but you could definitely get back every revision of a file that you had space to store.

a couple things I predict (4, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395512)

I think these are the most likely to happen:
Finalcut Pro will come out with a Windows version and Apple will lose a ton of the market share until...
Apple makes themselves compatible with AMD processors too and increases their market share until...
China demands repayment for all the invested/borrowed money we owe them and we try to pay it off by sueing thousands of Chinese companies for making inadaquite, bad quality products and they start world war 3 over it and we all nuke each other and have to live in caves and the Apple market share dips a little until they put in solar panels outside the caves for power so ppl can run their Macs again :P
I'll give 10:1 if that doesn't all happen! Any takers?

Re:a couple things I predict (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395608)

Why the fuck would Final Cut be released for PC when its OWNED BY APPLE?
My prediction is that 2007 will be the year that consumers become aware of DRM and people will attempt to move away from Windows Vista's draconian DRM. Apple may or may not capitalise on this.

Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (4, Insightful)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395526)

I do strongly feel this may well describe the future state of the Macintosh in general. Look at sites like Mac Gamer [macgamer.com], and you'll see a steady decline in the updates to these sites since the Intel Macs went mainstream. It almost seems like the Mac game developers/porters have thrown in the towel and have acknowledged that the majority of their previous customer base would rather install Windows on their shiny new Macs, rather than wait the usual six months for them to produce a native Mac OS X port.

If gaming on the Mac has eroded to this lowly state, it can't be long until other markets are affected too. Developers of several popular multimedia/graphics/productivity tools that have maintained multiple code bases over the years may finally decide to kill off their Mac versions to cut costs, once armed with the knowledge that the average Mac user can simply be coerced into buying a copy of Windows and installing it via a Bootcamp-like utility. Before long, Apple may well have to break down and start to officially sell Macs with Windows pre-installed to remain competative in the PC market.

Eventually, being a "Mac user" could mean little more than "someone who uses the Mac OS for file management, internet activity and itunes, and uses Windows for everything else". Granted the integration may be tighter between the two OSes, but it'll still end up with Mac users paying royalties to Microsoft in the end... either for Windows, or the necessary APIs needed to ensure complete compatibility.

In a few years, Apple will be as generic a name brand as IBM, Dell or HP.

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395584)

Before long, Apple may well have to break down and start to officially sell Macs with Windows pre-installed to remain competative in the PC market.
...
In a few years, Apple will be as generic a name brand as IBM, Dell or HP.

This post should be probable cause to search for drugs at your address.

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (1)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395720)

You do realize by my username that I myself am an avid Mac fan, right?

I'm not suggesting in the least that I personally *want* the Mac to end up as little more than just another Windows-running clone, but I'm not foolish enough to ignore the trends I'm seeing throughout the community. Apple wants to push the PowerPC line into an early grave. Once they have achieved that goal, all reason to support both OS platforms needlessly will die with it. They're all running identical hardware, regardless of the brand name sticker on the casing, so why not push your customers into using the same OS used by the majority to cut development costs? All it'd take is enough developers to do it for the userbase to simply accepted it as the norm. Most users are just too lazy to take the steps needed to prevent such activity. (aside from pointless online petitions.)

It's the same methodology used by the **AA cartels and their major partners to control what Apple can or can't charge the end user for a song/tv show/movie, yet we happily bend over and take it for the convenience of instant gratification. Until we become more willing to show some patience for the latest and greatest must-have items, this is just how things will be. (Not unlike the near riots over the PS3 a few weks ago.)

Remember, Apple is a hardware manufacturer first and software developer second. If it takes selling Windows pre-installed to move Macs out the door... they will do it.

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (3, Interesting)

WiseWeasel (92224) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395960)

Give it up, PPC is dead. Don't expect new software releases from any major developers (including Apple) within a year or two. That doesn't mean the Mac platform is in trouble, though. Sure, the games market is a tough sell because it's a social activity, and kids will do whatever it takes, including booting into Windows, to play the games their friends are playing. Waiting for a Mac port is not an option. Mac game distributors are going to have to do simultaneous launches or give up the serious (non-casual) gamer market. For professional and productivity apps, however, any non-native solutions wouldn't stand a chance against native solutions; and with market share rapidly expanding in a very attractive demographic of home users and creative pros, developers catering to those markets would be foolish to give it up like that.

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (2, Insightful)

cuzco (998069) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396008)

I don't see this happening at all. I bought a MacBook Pro about 6 months ago specifically so I could run Windows for Web 2.0 compatibility testing and, except for the initial cool factor of running Windows on a Mac, I really have no use for Windows. It has literally nothing I actually *need* I haven't fired up Parallels in over 2 months as there's just nothing at all compelling requiring me to use Windows.

As for gaming, who cares? After people turn 30 or so, the appeal drops dramatically. Sure, the occasional "first person shooter" is fun once in awhile, but I don't know anyone over 30 who actually games on a regular basis and certainly no one in that age group who actually factors in gaming when buying a computer.

Hard core 30+ year old gamers are like 30+ year old pot heads. They definitely exist, but they aren't the mainstream

If there is any danger to Apple, in the OS arena, I think it comes from Web 2.0. not Linux or Windows. All major OSes need to rethink their relevance in a Web 2.0 world.

Web 2.0 isn't there yet in terms of allowing greater use of system resources, programming language etc, but that is where the future lies. If Apple can get ahead in this area, for example providing free libraries developers (on any OS) can use to do powerful data, image and animation processing through a browser, (opening up Core Data, Core Image, Core Animation as Web standards) they could really have a shot at creating the first compelling and powerful Web OS.

I don't see OS X losing to either Windows or Linux, I see all three losing to Web 2.0 (or Web 3.0)

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395654)

Developers that do this in a world with growing mac market share are in for a world of hurt when they seen inversely proportional movement of customers to competing products written in native code.

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (2, Insightful)

mk2ja (893244) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396206)

"Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users"

One explanation is that more and more people who used to be exclusively Windows users are now buying Macs in order to get the best of both worlds. Thus, the number of "Mac users who use Windows" increased. Seem valid to you kind /. folks?

Re:Windows Use Increasing Among Mac Users (1)

initialE (758110) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396318)

I'd settle for crossover support rather than supporting the game on OSX natively. Less code to manage too.

Only 1 needs be productive. (1)

SubliminalVortex (942332) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395528)

I tend to think that Apple would come out on top if it knew how to combine technology with students and classrooms and teachers. Just as Sony has their new e-book reader, perhaps a wireless device used by teacher and students alike, just as useful, would allow for that student to 'shoot' that note over to the person at the other seat who they find attractive.

No more having to get your friends to deliver notes by hand, no more being turned down in public.

...and if the response is a 'yes', woo hoo! I'm going to the dance!

Harder and harder (3, Insightful)

Swimport (1034164) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395530)

Its getting harder and harder to innovate in consumer electronics, and to have your product noticed. I have trouble thinking of Apple coming up with something as ubiquitous as the ipod in the near future.

Here are mine... (0, Redundant)

xTown (94562) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395560)

1. Apple will buy Nintendo.
2. Apple will release a version of Mac OS X that will work on any PC.
3. Apple will introduce a new Newton.
4. Apple will introduce its own cell phone.
5. iTunes will become able to function in much the same way a traditional record label does. :)

Parallels.... vs OSX native... (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395564)

OSX and Windows, working together at last - I expect to see Parallels fully integrated into Leopard by the time the OS is released, giving us the first OS in history (to my knowledge anyway) that will allow us to seamlessly run our Windows, Mac, and even Linux programs from the same desktop.


As a former longtime OS/2 user, I would always have preferred to run a native OS2 app than a windows app under os2. I realize parallels runs windows, however, by integrating in parallels developers could now decided to write ONE version of their software (windows) and be done with it. Sure in this case your running a full windows environment, however, I'd much rather run a OSX application than a windows or a linux (ala OpenOffice under X).

Re:Parallels.... vs OSX native... (1)

theurge14 (820596) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395660)

OS/2 didn't die because of Win-OS/2. OS/2 died because nobody outside of a few of us knew what it was. Even people in IBM didn't even know what it was.

Re:Parallels.... vs OSX native... (5, Interesting)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396078)

I predict that the market will clone the Windows API, and it will stablize, much like Unix has.

Apple will implement the API and tie it with all the goodness of Mac OS X and none of the badness of Windows.

Linux will implement the API and tie it with all the goodness of ... well Linux, and none of the badness of Windows.

The term "Windows Compatable" will become much like "IBM Compatable" was in 1980s. Software will no longer be written for Microsoft Windows, but rather the new Windows API.

Microsoft will abandon Vista fairly quickly after nobody wants it. Mac and linux takes off.

Where is the market for a full screen video iPod? (3, Interesting)

dircha (893383) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395590)

From the article:
"After years of speculation, the full screen video iPod will make it's debut just in time for the 07 holiday season sales push."

Can someone please explain to me what the market is for portable video players with builtin viewing screens, in general?

I see these at electronics stores and their appeal is completely lost on me.

When might I use such a device? Well, I suppose when I am somewhere without access to a computer or television, want to watch a video, and can devote my full attention to a little ~2.5" screen (so not when I'm driving). For me, that is never.

As far as I can tell the primary markets for these are:
1) People who spend a large amount of time on public or air transportation, but don't carry a laptop.
2) Young children of parents who are rich enough to buy them personal video viewing devices but don't already have viewing screens built into their SUVs.

Anyone? I can't even think if a reason to buy the existing video iPod, muchless a full screen model.

Video is overrated. BBC radio news, for example, is more informative than any broadcast or cable television news outlet in the U.S. Add in the daily hour long DemocracyNOW broadcast (or podcast) and you have more real, compelling news than you will find in a week of 24x7 Fox News. And you can listen those while you commute or work. Video monopolizes your brain. Not only that, but even old pre-1950 radio dramas are at least comparable in quality to the majority of sitcoms, dramas. and comedies on television today: i.e. they are crap.

Kill your television. Don't bring it with you in a little box.

"Can someone please explain..." (4, Funny)

tlambert (566799) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395680)

"Can someone please explain to me what the market is for portable video players with builtin viewing screens, in general?"

Glad to... you can't see video on a portable video player without a viewing screen. Hence the desire for a viewing screen.

Hope that helps you out, there.

Cheers,
-- Terry

Re:Where is the market for a full screen video iPo (4, Interesting)

theurge14 (820596) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395684)

Anyone? I can't even think if a reason to buy the existing video iPod, muchless a full screen model.

Since I own a video iPod (80GB woot), I can state my reasons:

1) I have my entire photo collection with me at all times. No more pictures in my wallet.
2) I watch lastnight's Daily Show before work every morning.
3) Video podcasts.
4) I can share music videos with others on a drinking night.

And I haven't even mentioned my music until just now.

Re:Where is the market for a full screen video iPo (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396090)

Can someone please explain to me what the market is for portable video players with builtin viewing screens, in general?

Sure.

The market segment could be characterised as weird old old guys who live in their vans down by the river. Or put another way, the same folks bought those mini TVs 20 years ago.

Funny thing about those TVs -- no one could really stand to watch them, but that didn't prevent any of their proud owners from showing them off to friends and strangers.

Kill your television. Don't bring it with you in a little box.

Even better, find a way to record those 5 hours of weekly programming actually worth watching, and enjoy them at your leisure.

5 little things, with joeberdomous (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395596)

1) Someone at Apple will check themselves into rehab for a cocaine addiction.
2) Someone at Apple will comment on what Martha Stuart did with the prison during her time there.
3) Someone at Apple will come forward & admit that the majority of their iTunes traffic is pirates trying to crack passwords.
4) Someone at Apple will confess to the world they are gay & announce their love for Ellen Degeneres.
5) Someone at Apple will write a book about their life as an Apple employee that will get close to making the best sellers list.


All in all, a pretty average year for a Superstar Mega Company.

5 things Apple should do in 2007 (2, Interesting)

u19925 (613350) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395640)

1. Acquire satellite radio: This would allow apple to sell iTunes over wireless without a computer. Also, satellite radio use digital transmission. iPod can either do built-in transmitter or make it as an accessory. This would allow user to play their iPod on car radio (satellite radio) without wire and without loss of signal quality. I can think of tons of other benefits of Apple-satellite radio merger, but not enough space here. This will also allow wireless song sharing like Zune.

2. Acquire TiVO or offer similar service. Allow TiVO to download iTunes song and synch with iPod. Agains this will allow people to buy iTunes over broadband without using computer. Also, people can play their iTune songs on home stereo via DVR easily. This would fit in ther iTV or MacMini strategy quite well.

3. iPod remote: Make an iPod remote which looks like iPod nano. It can be synched with real iPod using a computer. Now user can truly do full control of their iPod using this remote control. My biggest problem of current generation of remotes is that I can't select a song, photo, video. I can only do play and then skip it if I don't like it. With a wheel and display, I can exactly select the song and then play. Such a remote should not cost more than 50/60 dollars.

4. External memory/battery module for iPod nano: Make an external memory/battery module for iPod which will connect to docking connector. That way, I can expand my iPod nano. How about 8 GB module for $99? Or a 48 hour battery module.

5. A camera module expansion.

Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395658)

...is that I will continue to not care about it. The whole "compete by selling different kinds of hardware" model reminds me of the 8-bit days. It was bad enough when you had to port to multiple 8-bit machines. The only thing that's worse is game consoles. You have to pick which one you want to port to, *and* you have to be a company that's big enough to pay an arm and a leg to the console company for the privelege of developing on their machine. Oh please, mr. console maker, oh please let me write software for you. I'll kiss your boots. Oh, please, pretty please.

If Apple released OS-X for commodity PC hardware and competed againts MS, then I'd start caring. Or, if they allowed Mac clones, I'd start caring. Othwerwise, they can tank and I won't shed a tear. I just don't get how everyone can hate MS so much, and look the other way at Apple's proprietary hardware and DRM.

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (2, Interesting)

mblase (200735) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395724)

If Apple released OS-X for commodity PC hardware and competed againts MS, then I'd start caring. Or, if they allowed Mac clones, I'd start caring. Othwerwise, they can tank and I won't shed a tear.

The fact that they don't do either of those things is the reason Apple hasn't tanked yet. Say it with me: "Apple is a hardware company."

I just don't get how everyone can hate MS so much, and look the other way at Apple's proprietary hardware and DRM.

It's a matter of degrees, really. Apple's DRM is about ten times less restrictive than anyone else's, and their "proprietary hardware" is perfectly amenable to installing other OSes. What you meant is that they won't let their OS be installed on anyone else's hardware, which of course is a good thing for them since (1) it's the main reason people buy their hardware in the first place and (2) it makes OS X more stable and dependable because there's a much more limited range of hardware to adapt it to.

This is old trollfood, of course. But it's late, and I'm bored.

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395948)

Say it with me: "Apple is a hardware company."

Duh. So is Intel. That's OK though, because Intel works at the wholesale level. The statement is an incomplete truth: "Apple is a consumer hardware company". Having competing consumer hardware companies for say... CD players or radios is fine. They all play standard CDs and receive standard AM/FM signals (except for the new satellite radios, which are evil).

Why is this distinction important? Because with PC hardware as an industry standard, which IBM did the inadvertant public service of allowing to escape its clutches, is what enables the FREEDOM to devlep an OS like Linux, which so many on Slashdot hold to be so bloody sacred. If the Apple business model were to prevail, if there were several incompatable PC hardware vendors vying for our attention, this has the potential to make the effort to develop something like Linux N times harder, where N is the number of hardware vendors.

I don't care what you say. This is NOT a troll. It's an important point. Mark my words, 10 years from now we could be looking back on these times as the good old days, before the clones were effectively killed by competing hardware platforms and game consoles. The open specification for IBM hardware was a happy corporate mistake, just like the simple elegance of analog AM/FM, and you can just see the corporations trying to "fix" that "flaw" in these systems.

Oh, and how is Apple's DRM 1/10th as bad? Isn't being "a little bit DRM'd" kind of like being "a little bit pregnant"?

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

immovable_object (569797) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396084)

"Apple is a hardware company.. So is Intel"

Umm, no. Intel is a chip company. They've tried hard to become a hardware company, but haven't succeeded, as yet. VERY few systems ship with true intel motherboards.

"If the Apple business model were to prevail... this has the potential to make the development of Linux N times harder"

I don't think you know much about Apple hardware. It has followed open standards for years. It's no worse than the current PC hardware out there today.

Replace Apple with HP, and you'll find the issues remain the same. Some hardware is easily open-sourced, while others (notably broadcom wireless cards) are not.

"And how is Apple's DRM 1/10th as bad?"

It's reversible. I can burn a CD with DRM'd songs, and re-rip them as native. You can't do that with Vista or any other DRM out there.

I don't like DRM, but Apple at least makes is palatable for the vast majority of people.

"Mark my words.."

I will. In 10 years, the computing industry will look similar to how it does today. It will take a disruptive technology to change the direction of the industry, and DRM and game consoles won't be it.

When typical families run into MS Vista DRM lock-in, that will be the last time they'll buy that technology. The market will determine who will be the winners, and the winners will be the consumer.

Stupid lock-in by corporations will continue to fail, as consumers won't buy locked products.

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396096)

I don't see Apple as a software company, but I don't see them as an hardware company either. I mean, the Apple hardware (as far as Mac goes) has nothing from Apple in it. Apple differentiates itself by smart software. The fact that they provide the hardware to run their platform doesn't necessarily make them a hardware company.

Is Microsoft's console division a hardware division because they sell the 360s? If anything, the 360 is the most software based product on the console market right now. The hardware is nothing to write home about (compared to the PS3's cell and blu-ray or Nintendo's motion detection), but it differentiates itself with smart software like the Dashboard, Marketplace and online multiplayer gaming through XBox Live. All this is can be achieved on any piece of hardware. They simply decided to provide their own for it.

The way I see it, Apple is at most a 50% hardware / 50% software company.

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

Budenny (888916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396136)

Its also only half a computer company. So if you like, its 25% a computer hardware company now. 25% OS. And 50% iPod.

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

Budenny (888916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396126)

Think you've got the last two points wrong. First, the range of hardware has nothing to do with stability any more. It might have done 10 or 15 years ago. Though, when the argument about stability from a wide range of hardware was valid for Windows, it was also at a time when Apple was using OS9, and the balance of instability from W98 on was probably in favour of Windows. Windows crashed more from hardware problems, but less from OS problems, and the Mac OS stability problems were greater than the Windows hardware ones. Nowadays supporting lots of different hardware is not a stability issue at all.

Second point wrong is its being good for Apple to make people buy the hardware. This completely illogical argument comes up all the time. If it is so great for the buyer and Mac user to have their hardware and OS from the same vendor, why would they, if given a choice, buy any other hardware than Apple's? So, why does the OS need to be locked to the hardware? Is it perhaps because the average Mac user, given the chance, would abandon the imaginary benefits of integration in a flash, in favor of being able to buy the hardware he really wants and needs?

Finally, we have the usual mantra of "repeat after me - Apple is a hardware company". Why do Mac people keep on chanting this in this crazed cult like way? The issue is not, what Apple's current business strategy is. We all know what it is. The issue is, what it should be. And the issue is not, what is good for Apple. The issue is, what is good for us. Of which, amazingly enough, we and not Cupertino are the best judges.

Re:Only thing I can predict about Apple... (1)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396250)

Oh please, mr. console maker, oh please let me write software for you. I'll kiss your boots. Oh, please, pretty please.

Considering consoles takes billions to research, market and assemble I think it's fair that the console makers receive a cut on each copy of the games sold. If you don't have the money to support your own hardware business, I think it's ok if the hardware vendor asks for a cut.

Or think of it this way : if it weren't for 3rd parties, Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony wouldn't produce enough games to sustain their own hardware business. Even Nintendo! Nintendo can't make enough games to make them profitable all the time, they still partly rely on 3rd party licensing fees, tough they obviously rely less on them than a Sony or Microsoft because their first-party stuff is so popular. They have to make a buck somewhere. Hence licensing fees.

I mean, if Nintendo didn't have 3rd parties, we would have had what, 5 games at the Wii launch? And if 3rd parties didn't have consoles to program for, gaming would not be as popular as it is today. Computers? Computers really squeeze the fun out of gaming for a lot of people because they are not as intuitive to use and simple to set up. So by making development simpler and providing tools and a platform, consoles makers have are right to expect royalties.

And don't believe the hype about games costing more and more. People have been developping games for the PC for years and we've been playing them at 1600x1200 for a long time. Having 25% more real estate horizontally is not going to make the price sky-rocket. Especially since it should cost less to develop for a console since the hardware is fixed and you don't have to worry about incompatibilities.

Gee... I kinda overshoot my rebutal. Oh well. :)

"OSX and Windows, working together at last"? No. (4, Insightful)

dircha (893383) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395662)

Frm the article:
"I expect to see Parallels fully integrated into Leopard by the time the OS is released, giving us the first OS in history (to my knowledge anyway) that will allow us to seamlessly run our Windows, Mac, and even Linux programs from the same desktop."

This would be a user experience and customer support nightmare for Apple.

Not to mention it would be incredibly risky for Apple to acquire and bolt on a complex 3rd party application at this late stage in Leopard development.

The author of this article is clueless. Which isn't surprising, considering it is essentially a blog post on a mac fan site. He's just regurgitating rumours from Mac community forums in order to get page hits.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Re:"OSX and Windows, working together at last"? No (1)

natd (723818) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396326)

Parent: "Not to mention it would be incredibly risky for Apple to acquire and bolt on a complex 3rd party application at this late stage in Leopard development"

Who says they haven't been working on it for the last 6 months? That they changed references on their web site from 'bootcamp' to 'parallels' must at least raise suspicions that they saw it as something worth aligning themselves to.

All I want (4, Interesting)

Jethro (14165) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395682)

13.3" MacBook Pro. Please? Can I have a decent upgrade path for my 12" Powerbook that doesn't involve getting a much bigger laptop or crappy plastic keys? Please?

Re:All I want (3, Interesting)

mrcdeckard (810717) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395894)

you know, i'm surprised i'm not hearing more about this. i bought a portable computer to be just that -- portable. so apple nixed the 12" powerbook and forced the line to the 15" -- i am now holding onto my 12" PB with a deathgrip until apple (hopefully) gets a clue and comes out with a 12" MB pro.

does anyone have a clue why they supersized their whole laptop line? the only two things i can think of are 1) their market research suggested that people want bigger or 2) they need the space to squeeze in the extra processing/gadgets.

to 1) i suppose i understand. i guess. no. no i don't. i thought the trend was smaller and lighter...

to 2) i can say, give me less processing and gadgets. the small size and weight of a laptop are the biggest selling points for me.

also, what's with the glossy screens? after going through years of those shields to go over your monitor to cut glare, and other check-out lane solutions to the glare problem, the new trend is *GLOSSY* screens? OMGWTF?!?!?!

anyway, to the parent: like, right-on, man.

mr c

Re:All I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395928)

Mod Parent up. That's all I want Apple to ship in '07.

Slashdot is so tired... (1, Troll)

gordgekko (574109) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395688)

After weeks of near daily bashing of Microsoft, are we now to be treated with a week or two of glowing press (outside of that SEC story) about Apple?

My prediction? Apple will release new models of computers and digital audio players. Slashdot will rave about the company's greatness. Apple's desktop market share will once again remain static.

I know for sure (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395698)

What are we going to be salivating over and speculating about after Macworld?

That's an easy question when it comes to mac users...

The same as before macworld:

Homosexuality.

Parallels (0, Flamebait)

saleenS281 (859657) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395712)

I love the mac fanboi's who keep claiming things like parallels will allow you to "kiss windows goodbye". "Vista who?"... here's a thought, how the hell were you planning on running an app that requires vista without actually purchasing a copy of vista? Parallels STILL requires you to install vista, it just allows you to virtualize it. MS is still getting theirs unless you pirate it... I guess you can't expect fanboi's to use common sense.

Re:Parallels (1)

boer (653809) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396020)

You can of course continue to use your current copy of Windows XP and the software you currently have on that platform. And that solves the problem for the most switchers: What about the software I need now but does not exist on the Mac platform?

Do not expect those switchers to jump on the Vista wagon anytime soon. And why should anyone really while Windows XP still has years left of it's supported product lifecycle left? It might very well be that the XP is the last Windows you will need.

Re:Parallels (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17396170)

I think you misunderstand. It's OS X that allows us to 'kiss windows goodbye'.

Bye.

My guess at the iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395718)

Long term, there will be a steady stream of maybe 4 different iPods
An iPod20xx[a,b,c,d]
Basically, 4 different flavors of iPod every year. Each model having just enough extra power/memory/new feature to get repeat buyers but all will fall in the $100-400 range.

You can buy your new iPod when you get the new Madden.

same old (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395798)

1. Apple releases the iPod 6G. It doesn't have wireless connectivity, or any other updates aside from something I never even knew I needed. Like Gapless playback... which just makes my songs stutter on transitions in iTunes.

Consumers complain that the iPod 6G is the same as the iPod 5/5.5G except even shinier.

Steve Jobs laughs because despite not adding wireless connectivity, and having comparatively crappy battery life, he still owns 90% of the mp3 player market share because of the clickwheel.

2. A new outer shell is released for the Macbook Pro. It's the "fastest macbook ever" despite the fact that the statement is purely a marketing ploy since, unless they switch back to their G5, which supposedly "left PC's in the dust" it's unlikely that any new, more expensive laptop would ever be slower than an older, less expensive laptop from the same company.

3. Mac OS X adds the ability to actually travel through time and space, but nobody cares because it still can't play Duke Nukem 3D natively.

4. They don't release the "iPhone" but try to buy the name back from... what... verizon? I don't even know the name of the company who owns it.

5. They release a new Bootcamp for Vista.

not parallels (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395870)

Boot Camp and Parallels are useful for a certain segment of mac users. Those that might have a site license for MS Windows and easy access to the media or other install material, or those that use MS Windows enough to justify the cost of paying for OS. This cost, which is already significant, is going to get even more significant due to the versions of Vista that we may legally install as a virtual machine.

What I would much prefer, as a casual user who needs to run minor MS Windows application, is the VMware solution. Note that this is also the type of solution many MS windows users employ to access a *nix type system. I would much rather Apple license a solution from VMWare and have virtualization for those that need it.

I really see this as a cost and performance issue. These was a time when one could buy a copy of MS Windows NT, but a copy of Connectix VPC, and have an inexpensive solution to an occasional problem. Now that Vista is going to a bloated and expensive hog, I don't see how anything but Boot Camp, for those few that really need it, or VMWare is going to be an effective solution.

How about... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17395922)

...heterosexuality?

jail time (1)

eagl (86459) | more than 7 years ago | (#17395930)

I'm predicting some jail time for a few Apple execs. Now that forged stock option paperwork linked to Jobs has appeared, it's just a matter of getting the legal thrash over with while they find out who goes to jail for being greedy bastards and who is merely unlucky enough to be within the frag pattern.

Carnac the Magnificent! (1)

adaminnj (712407) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396004)

envelope please.

Answer: Microsoft or Martha Stewart.

Open the envelope please.

Question: who's behind the fraudulent stock option paperwork charges at Apple.

Can someone hand me the iPhone I need to call my Lawyer.

Prediction: OS X will be ported to x86 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17396186)

oh, wait...

Jobs To Jail (0, Redundant)

cannuck (859025) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396300)

Steve Go Directly to JAIL Do not pass GO No GET OUT OF JAIL CARDS allowed (Jobs sues himself?!) I guess he just can't stop it. First he lifts ICON GUI DESKTOP from XEROX (ZEROX) now $$$$ from shareholder's pockets? Wha's next? ^)

$3000 Laptop Transcodes In Less Than 15 Times (1)

cannuck (859025) | more than 7 years ago | (#17396352)

Just tried out Apple's $3000 laptop at Apple Store. Surprise surprise it had a short video in FinalCut. So I trancoded it to H.264. And the speed? It clocked in at 1 to 2 frames per second.WOW

I predict Apple's next $3000 laptop in 2007 will scream at 3 frames per second ;)

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