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Mega Super iPod
April 28, 2009 - Dave Hecei
Spring is here and the weather is finally breaking. Apple has made it through the last two financial quarters better than most of the computer industry. Rumors are flying that Apple is not resting on its laurels with their CEO on medical leave. The annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) has been scheduled for 2009 on June 8-12th. While this is the place where Apple gets together with their software and hardware developers, it is also another venue for Apple to give a keynote and show off new products.
This year could see some interesting new products from Apple. Rumor sites, and other tech reporters, have noticed that this June will mark the end of the original iPhone’s 2-year contract. Of course, this means that there should be plenty of iPhone users ready to upgrade their phones. What a perfect time to come out with a third-generation iPhone. There is already a version 3.0 iPhone firmware ready to be released, why not a new iPhone too.
The other hot and heavy rumor that is flying around is that Apple is creating something that will compete with all these cheap and tiny ‘Netbooks’ out there that run either Windows or Linux. Netbooks are the hottest selling computers right now. Some say it’s the price, others say it’s the size. I say it’s a combination of both. Most all of these netbooks use the Intel Atom processor, a very low power CPU allowing for smaller batteries and longer running time. The Intel Atom is not a powerhouse processor so a netbook is not for everyone.
You may know that Apple entered the sub-compact arena with their MacBook Air. This was a nice attempt, making a beautifully sleek super thin notebook. But it is very expensive. These netbooks are in the $250-$500 range, not $1500 like the Air. Most netbooks have smaller screens (8 to 10-inches) and smaller than normal keyboard and trackpads.
Apple has consistently denied that they are creating a netbook of their own. The copy from Apple is that they don’t want to create junk and Apple doesn’t know how to make a notebook for under $500 that isn’t junk. What if Apple takes the iPhone, or the iPod Touch, makes it bigger and adds ports so you can use peripherals like keyboards, mice, and printers. Wouldn’t that be a netbook killer.
Think about it for a minute. Apple just recently sold their billionth iPhone App just the other day. With all that software out there, and more coming, a Mega iPhone or Super iPod Touch would definitely put them on the map and help slow the march of the netbook.
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