I am simply shocked and amazed that Apple has abandoned FireWire on the just-announced fifth generation iPods with video. I understand why there's no FireWire on the iPod shuffle (no port) and even why it's off the nano (tiny form-factor, lower cost) but why in blazes did Apple leave FireWire off the new video iPod?
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Jason D. O'Grady
Jason O'Grady is a journalist and author specializing in mobile technology. He has published six books on Apple and mobile gadgets and his PowerPage blog has been publishing for over 18 years.
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The theme of the day in San Jose today was thin. In addition to the new iPod with video playback, Apple used today's "One More Thing" media event in San Jose to announce revisions to it's all-in-one iMac line.
Apple used a media event today to announce a new, video-capable iPod and a new version of iTunes that sells videos and TV shows. Just don't call it a video iPod, ok?
Good organizational skills are required in order to get the most out of your iPod otherwise music can get as boring and monotonous as the pre-programmed music you can hear on any radio station in the U.S.
I've been getting a ton of email to ask about the deal with my Web site: O'Grady's PowerPage. First, let me dispel some rumors. The PowerPage wasn't shut down by Apple legal, a Denial-Of-Service (DOS) attack or unpaid domain or hosting bills. And we certainly weren't acquired by a large media company (my favorite). The PowerPage is simply suffering from a case of the migration blues.
We're all aware that it exists but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow when it happens. Odds are that everyone has purchased a shiny little gadget only to find it replaced with a new model a scant few months later.
There's speculation swirling that Apple's will use their October 12th event to announce a video-enabled iPod. After some thought I can't think of a worse product for Apple to announce next week.
Apple has sent out invitations to media and analysts about a special event they're throwing on October 12 at 10am PST at the California Theater in San Jose. AppleInsider has posted a copy of the teaser invitation and is speculating that Apple may release an iPod with video capabilities.
It appears that Apple has quietly released an upgrade to the Mac mini - and they're not fessing up to it. Rather than do it with their usual press release and updated product page Apple's quietly rolling out the zippier 1.5GHz minis in the 1.42GHz packaging.
I'm a little afraid that Apple may be putting all their eggs in the iPod basket. It seems that new iPods come out every six to nine months while the venerable PowerBook lineup hasn't been refreshed since January and its form factor hasn't changed since 2003. It almost seems like Apple re-org'd all their engineers into the iPod group.