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ExtremeTech: Apple entertainment PC?

updated 01:50 am EST, Mon March 8, 2004

Apple entertainment PC

Dave Salvator of ExtremeTech suggest Apple should consider developing an ], but Salvator feels Apple could make such a product work. "Another upside here is that an HTPC Mac could be a kind of umbrella for Apple's iLife software suite, letting you access your photos, movies, and music in the comfort of your living room," Salvator says, "Apple has another intangible going for it: cachet. Home theater aficionados pride themselves on having top-flight equipment, often from lesser-known high-end gear makers."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    nice...

    good thing Apple is "lesser known"...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Hey ripe dude...

    I think you are f****** g**. So does everyone else here.

    How do you like it?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    rizzipe

    Apple is just RIPE to make the same mistake that 10-15 other PC makers have made in the past.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    3000 random characters

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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    And so it begins..

    the end of MacNN as a venue to share intelligent ideas... and possibly, the end of MAcNN,as a free place for anyone to share ideas...
    I admit I started the "begin" joke in an effort to call for more creative ideas to post, and eventually put the RIPE joke to rest. But the fourth poster however, indicates how hopeless the situation is.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    dumb idea

    Dumb idea. The PC/Mac is not the center of your entertainment system. It is the enabler and controller.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    RIPE

    Some people are just RIPE to have a stroke fretting over RIPE comments. RIPEN up dude.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Filter

    MacNN could use a filter for junk post's, please!!!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    I sent this to Apple.....

    I posted this suggestion to Apple over a year ago. I got no response (nor did I expect one) and have had mixed reviews among my peers, mainly on the price. What do you think?



    I have a product idea.
    My idea is for the "iServe".

    The thought is that those who have macs have more than 1. Families have 3 or more and all need access to the same data (address book, music, photos and other documents). Some machines are non-portable iMacs and some are iBooks. But all have local only profiles. The iServe would provide a complete network experience. User accounts are created on the iServe and all other machines in the house use it for Directory services. Users home directories would live on the iServe. Since the iServe has mirrored hard-drives it has built in backup. All address book, music, photos and other documents can be located centrally or in individual profiles. If the iServe is located in the living room with the TV, it can also play music through a simplified iTunes interface. It could play homemade movies and DVD's. It could also turn your TV into a "big photo album" by constantly revolving pictures from iPhoto. It could be used as the "Family webserver", print server or firewall. This is not a Xserve. It will not handle the volume or have the licensing to be one. It wouldn't have PCI/AGP slots and it's video card is just for displaying to a TV through DVI/Svideo/composite. The management software for iServe would be much simpler than OS X Server workgroup manager, but still be a full copy of Mac OS X Server. The iServe would not be a mail server or a Netboot/Netinstall server. The iServe would only support "X" number of user accounts (like 10 or 15). Price point would be around $1,000.00.

    I image a G4 single cpu platform (maybe based of the G4 iMac) in a case styled similar to the G4 iMac but roughly 3" high by 16" wide by 12" deep. This simple "box" with a shallow curved front and a gorgeous silver Apple in the middle, would act as a consumer version of the Xserve.

    Technical Specifications:
    -Hardware
    --Single G4 CPU running 800mhz-1000mhz
    --256meg upgradable to a gig
    --Dual non-removable 120/160gig harddrives configurable as RAID 0 (mirrored)
    --Slot loading CD/DVD
    --Low end NVIDA/ATI video with DVI, composite and Svideo output
    --10/100 ethernet
    --Airport (optional)
    --56k modem (optional, primary internet connection through ethernet using Airport base station as internet gateway)
    --Dual Firewire 400 (Mass storage expansion by consumer)
    --Quad USB (support for printers, input devices and Bluetooth)
    --Line level sound in/out
    --Fanless with external (possible redundant) "power brick"

    -Software
    --Mac OS X Server w/ Family Manager (Workgroup Manager lite)
    --Licensed for 10 or 15 users
    --"iMedia" central, simplified interface

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    ever heard of Roku?

    http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2004/03/05/hd1000/index.php?redirect=1078477851000

    they already have a very nice solution available for mac and PC, you all should check it out

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