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Briefly: Apple\'s \'Mac Pro\' trademark

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Wed May 24, 2006

\'Mac Pro\' trademark filing

In Brief: A new (second) Apple trademark filing for 'Mac Pro', this time in the United States Patent and Trademark office, suggests that Apple will drop the "Power" moniker from the names of its professional computer lineup--rumored to be unvieled later this summer at WWDC--and suggests that it may use 'Mac' brand in its future product name, as it has done for the MacBook and MacBook Pro product lines..... Several sites have posted information and a direct download for what they claim is Apple's new widget development application, Dashcode, which they said has been leaked.... The man who was named as the lead plaintiff in the iPod nano "Scratch" class action lawsuit filed against Apple on October 19th of 2005, has written an open letter to the Mac community in an attempt to clarify his lack of involvement with the lawsuit.... Griffin Technology today unveiled TuneBuds nano, an earbud and lanyard combination for iPod nano.... Apple's iTunes Music Store has helped to fuel broadband value-added services revenues, which jumped up 74 percent during 2005.




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  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mac Pro

    I wonder how Apple is going to handle the mass of companies around the world who have the words Mac Pro as part of their company name. There is a Mac Pro Solutions here in Richmond VA. They are an Apple reseller (no prizes for guessing that). Apple allow resellers, developers, etc to use the Mac trademark as long as it isn't part of another word and so long as certain criteria are met. How about companies like Mac Pro? Is Apple legal going to drop the hammer on these guys? Will they be granted the trademark since half of it is already registered and since several companies have been trading under that name for years.

    I hope Apple have a backup plan, like Mac Tower, or Mac Monster or something.

  1. Olorin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    horrible names

    Mac Pro is worse than MacBook Pro. Steve Jobs needs a good slap in the face.

  1. ClockNova

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Macintosh

    They'll probably just revert to calling it "Macintosh" since the non-pro line is still called "iMac."

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Just call it a Power Mac

    "Power" does not mean always have to mean PowerPC. I can understand PowerBook begin changed to MacBook, if the goal was to get "Mac" in the product name. But Power Mac already has "Mac" in the name. And it sounds good. Since the iMac is still "iMac" (and not just "Mac"), the replacement for the Power Mac G5 should be called the "Power Mac G6."

  1. iPond317

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    G6?

    Why would you call the next pro desktop from Apple the G6 when they're no longer using the PowerPC G-series processors any longer? I agree that the name should stay as Power Mac, but to call an Intel Mac a G6 is just contradictory.

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Everyone should ...

    ... email Cupertino and say, "Keep the power in the PowerMac!"

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Why "G6"

    "Why would you call the next pro desktop from Apple the G6 when they're no longer using the PowerPC G-series processors any longer?"

    Because there is no such thing as the "PowerPC G-series processors"? The processors had several producers and other names such as the IBM 750FX, Motorola 7410, and IBM 970MP (not to mention Freescale). G3, G4, G5, ... those are Apple's marketing names to designate the next "generation" model. Each generation was marked by a "breakthrough" feature (G4 added the Altivec "vector" processing, G5 had 64-bit processing). Intel-based systems are the next generation, so why not call the next Power Mac the "G6." It lends a sense of continuity to the pro desktop line; something Apple's large media-oriented customers may appreciate.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    G6

    Already used by Pontiac

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    i like

    Monster Mac that someone said. It would fit nicely =)

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i like...

    Monster Mac that someone said. It fits it perfectly =)

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