Viewer Mail – Apple Special Event

Well color us impressed!! Color iPod Shuffles…wooo…er…yawn. Anyway, while we work up the next rumor post, here’s something else we’ve been meaning to do…

Rather than try to respond to all the comments from the banner week last week here at Apple Recon comment by comment, we thought we’d take a moment and address a few of the ones that were sent through, in a post…we will regularly do a “Viewer Mail” segment here at Apple Recon, again, trying to be different from the other rumor sites that are very “one way” and never do anything like this. You can certainly expect more of this from us in the future, and yes, we will address the criticisms as well as the compliments, we’re equal opportunity offenders here at Apple Recon. We will never censor someone that just doesn’t agree with us (in fact, we’ll do the opposite, and will engage in a lively debate with you!) If that makes you hate us and want to post anonymous coward comments, well, sorry about that…but we stand for what we believe in and are doing this our way. Without further ado…

“Ben Hallert” posted a note about updated Mac Books and monitors, all being multi-touch enabled. Our take is that it is probably too soon to see that in the Mac Books (unless Apple is going to come out with a convertible Mac Book / Tablet)…and monitors would be way cool, but that size, gotta be way expensive too (probably most would opt for similar Wacom devices that do double duty as a monitor and graphics tablet).

“ding dong” and “UK Dev” both posted notes that said Leopard isn’t nearly ready yet. We don’t disagree that it could be the case, but we have yet to get any reports to that extent. All sources continue to point toward shipping on the magical March anniversary date (6 years to the day that Mac OS X was released). Even if the date does slide for the release, you can bet that Steve Jobs will be getting the 10.5/Leopard full story out into the world very, VERY soon, to take even more thunder away from Vista!

“richard trickle” (nice ;), wants bacon cooking tips…Rachel Ray, perhaps? 😉

“Cheeseburger Brown” would like to see differentiation between the Mac Book and Mac Book Pro…we think that the biggest difference is that graphics card, and while that doesn’t warrant a $700 premium, once you throw in the bigger screen, backlit keyboard, Firewire 800 and express card slot, among other things, it gets to be a better story. Perhaps we’ll see a Core 2 Quad in the Mac Book Pro sometime soon??

“Tom” was interested in a touch screen iPod with HDD storage…we completely agree with you there, that is, without a doubt, coming…only question is will it be before iPhone goes on sale, or after??

“BeJesus” asks about the top secret features of 10.5. We believe that by far the biggest top secret feature is the new interface…if you want a preview of where Apple is going, look at the colors and interface queues in Front Row, iPhone, etc…it will be dark, much sleeker and less candy-like than Aqua, and you can expect all the goodness of tabs, core animation, and, dare we say it, an updated Finder, in Cocoa!

“Philber” wants the old 12″ form factor back. We agree entirely, one of our editors actually writes all of his posts from a 12″ PowerBook G4! He has a variety of other macs, a Mac Book, Mac Mini, etc. but the 12″ PowerBook G4 is just such a road warrior…

In fact, lots of you chimed in wanting a 12″ Mac Book Pro…(or Mac Book Duo??) we believe that it is coming. Our question to you, which would you rather have, a Tablet Mac or a 12″ Mac Book Duo? Why? We suspect that for most everyone, the answer is “both”…maybe it’ll be another iPhone-like announcement (3 devices, all in one!). Can you hear Steve Jobs standing up and saying “Today we’re introducing three new devices…an ultraportable Mac Book, a Tablet Mac, and a location-aware GPS-enabled PC…all in one”? We can certainly imagine that, but sadly it’s probably a little while off still before we see all three in one…anyone that wants to dish dirt,…and the comments are always open.

Not that you’d want to, but we’ll give you a link to Digg us anyway 🙂 We tend to think everything around here is Digg-able, but hey, that’s just us!

A new Apple TV post is on the way next…stay tuned!


12 Responses to Viewer Mail – Apple Special Event

  1. ephraim says:

    “A new Apple TV post is on the way next…stay tuned!”

    Always a mistake to promise updates.

  2. happyatom says:

    I think that if Apple were to release a tablet it would not be very popular. Right now their laptops are targeted at basic home users (mac book) and some professionals who need power on the go (pro), so who would the tablet be aimed at?

    Also, I imagine a tablet would be on the expensive side, and Apple has been making an effort to make their products as accessible and affordable as possible. I personally don’t think a tablet is coming anytime soon, but maybe the iPhone’s interface was a hint at that?

    How about some updated macbooks, with more colours, a better graphics card and a smaller form factor. Go the Vaio way, it’ll be popular for sure.

  3. Aga says:

    “…anyone that wants to dish dirt,…and the comments are always open.”

    first, i waited all weekend to read something i already knew. then, this –>

    Is this site run by apple? google? no?

    If it is truely independent, then try using your own mail server… or at least one that is known to delete mail when you delete it. With google sitting on apple’s board of directors, you really need to think about what you are doing. Just a thought.


    Also, on your Yellow box piece. I believe you forgot to mention the last use of yellow box in development tools. – Web Objects. Also, Yellow box ran on Solaris too, so there’s a Sun, Apple, Microsoft deployment as well as the potential Linux. To take it a bit further, if you know what they are doing with Objective-C 2.0 and Xcode, then you will know there are other potential spins on the Yellow box piece. You can get a brief overview at

    Good luck Recon Guys!

  4. -r- says:

    Speaking of tablets, what do you guys think of the “Unofficial” tablet?

  5. doug says:

    You are speculating about a core 2 quad in notebooks, but intel hasn’t even posted a quad core processor for laptops on their roadmap. What are you hinting at?

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