Rumor Mill: What you should be saving up for

Rumor Mill: What you should be saving up for

Summary: Howdy. It's Jake, Jason's evil, rumor-mongering twin.

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Howdy. It's Jake, Jason's evil, rumor-mongering twin.

It's Friday, which means that it's time for a peek at the current raft of Apple rumors:

iPhone 3G – This one is getting more persistant, so it's probably getting closer to being real. The latest word is that the 3G iPhone will be launched at WWDC with AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) displays, 2.5mm thinner, with prices the same as the current models (US$399/8GB, US$499/16GB). There's even talk of 32GB variant retailing for US$599. I think that they'll drop the 8GB and go with 16GB and 32GB only. It's still undetermined if the 3G iPhone will sport a front-facing camera for video calls.

The iPhone OS 2.0 Beta (5A240d) and SDK Update (Beta 3) have been a treasure trove of hints and leaks at what's to come. From them we've learned that the iPhone 3G may be built on an Infineon-based S-GOLD3H 3G chip, that it may get stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), a Bluetooth remote control, GPS and Google local services. Screenshots also show contact searching and meeting invitations. Wheeeee!

New notebook enclosures –  All good things have to come to an end and that may be the case for the current MacBook and MacBook Pro enclosures. AppleInsider reports that the MacBook's may shed its plastic skin in favor of new "eco-friendly" aluminum and stainless steel. The MBP is also due for a refresh according to the report but it's already aluminium (tip of the hat to our British readers) so who knows. My vote is for carbon fiber, to hell with the budget! And please Apple, give me a matte screen option – I detest glossy screens.

Then there's the usual littany of hardware refresh rumors. The current crop of iMacs and Mac minis aren't getting any younger. A round of phone calls to local stores confirms that there are still plenty in stock, so this monger thinks that Apple is waiting to sell down inventory before dropping the new models.

Blu-Ray coming to all Macs –  Now that the war is over, Apple will finally drop sweet Blu-Ray drives into their high-end machines. (Apple has been in the Blu-Ray Association since March 2005.) They'll initially be Blu-Ray readers only but expect them to morph into Blu-Ray burners on the high-end within a year or so. As prices come down look for BR drives to trickle-down to consumer level machines as well. Apple wants to be the first one to say that they've got BR drives across their entire lineup. You heard it here first :)

Read my previous installments from 21 March and 04 April.

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  • I'm saving for iPhone SDK based products

    With 100,000 downloads of the iPhone
    SDK beta in the first week I think that a
    lot of developers are excited about
    delivering some interesting apps. Only
    a small fraction would probably interest
    me, but I'll be watching what comes out
    with interest. If I get excited about
    some apps AND Apple delivers a 32 gig
    iPhone I might actually reach for the
    credit card.
    Ken_z
  • RE: Rumor Mill: What you should be saving up for

    No upgrades on the iPhone will make me switch until it's available on other networks as well...not just AT&T.
    s.butera@...
  • RE: Rumor Mill: What you should be saving up for

    64 GB iPhone with a faster cpu, OLED, GPS and 3G for $549.95.
    Bigger cpu gap between the Macbook and Pro with the new ATI HD3000 series gpu in the Pro and the new multi finger touch on the Macbook.
    The iMac 20" will get a TN screen with the upgraded GPU from ATI.
    Combo Blu-ray reader and DVD/RW drive available.
    Windows Vista 64 support in Bootcamp.
    ezinner@...
  • I want a next generation MacBook Pro

    Now that these rumors are flying around, I'll probably leave
    more money on my savings account to get myself a next
    generation MacBook Pro with BlueRay and maybe a new
    shell...

    YOU HEAR THAT CUPERTINO! I DEMAND CARBON FIBER!

    I'm joking, but yes...I will wait for Blue Ray.
    grlamberty@...
  • RE: Rumor Mill: What you should be saving up for

    iMac with 5GHz Power6 processor from IBM
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/08/ibm_595_water/
    davebarnes
  • RE: Rumor Mill: What you should be saving up for

    I try and spend my money on useful things - not bling - so how would anything Apple help me?
    Paul Fletcher