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Briefly: Widescreen iBook?... Indie label concerns...

updated 09:00 am EDT, Fri April 8, 2005

Widescreen iBook?

In brief: Recent rumours that Apple is preparing to update its consumer hardware product lines were given added weight today when sources close to Taiwanese contract manufacturer claimed it has won a deal to build a new, after independent labels raised "massive" concerns over the move, saying iTunes, with its estimated 80% market share, will favour the big four labels.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Woohoo!

    This means the G5 PowerBooks are coming next week! Of course, the PowerMac G5 updates won't be announced until July, with availability some time in 2006.

  1. riverfreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    50K?

    Is a $50 K cluster really news? In terms of a cluster this is a very, very small one indeed. Hardly newsworthy.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    G5 laptop? just say NO.

    "This means the G5 PowerBooks are coming next week!"

    God, I hope not.

    Not when the new Freescale dual G4 breaks the 166 MHz bus barrier and should deliver way more computrons per watt than any G5.

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:G5 Laptop? just say N

    Motorola, releasing something above 166MHz? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho hoo hoo ha ha ha ha heeee he he he ha ha ha hoo hooo hoo ho hoo ha!!!

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: 50K

    I think the news is less about the cost of the cluster, and more about who its going to: a special effects firm associated with Sony and Disney. Typically, hasn't special effects work been the domain of Unix workstations*? Macs are already big in post production (i.e., video editing), but this represents a small victory as it makes inroads into other areas of film production.

    * Yes, a Mac OS X system could rightfully be called a "Unix workstation"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: G5 laptop

    Motorola, releasing something above 166MHz? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho hoo hoo ha ha ha ha heeee he he he ha ha ha hoo hooo hoo ho hoo ha!!!

    Are you kidding me? You're such a fool!! They're on the brink of releasing a chip which can handle a 200MHz bus! That's 200 million hertz! How's that for speed, baby. It should be available real soon now ("real soon now" being defined by Motorola as the time it takes to get the G4's speed boosted from 450MHz to 550MHz).

    Feel kind of foolish laughing now, don't you?

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    $50K cluster

    Its more news that Apple didn't actually take the sale direct, take total credit for sale, and leave the reseller out in the cold like they usually do.

  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That isn't much

    I spent over 15K on one G5 and peripherals I have over 9k in apple screens sitting on my desk. 50k on a cluster is nothing. Where is my press release?

  1. MrKlin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not Really

    "hasn't special effects work been the domain of Unix workstations*?"

    Not really. UNIX would be too general of a description. Many special effect houses are using Linux, for example,, ILS switched in 2001. Pixar, while not a special effect house, also switched to Linux in 2003. However, the takeaway from these changes are not so much the differences in OS but rather than change form RISC to x86 which proved to be more cost effective. Apple is trying to show that it can be even more cost effective on PPC - whether that is true or if industry will change remains to be seen. After all, as we all know, Solaris, Linux, OS X are all just UNIX variants.

    And $50K is not worth reporting. Shame on Macnn editors.

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