Thursday, January 07, 2010
Rumors and Previews
People are actually paying attention to CES now, since so far there have been no Apple announcements to overshadow it. Of course, the mere rumor of the new Newton device, “iSlate?” is what everyone there is talking about anyways. What I’m really interested in is updated macbook pros, since I’ve been thinking about going down to the 13” size. I think I can get around $750 for the 15 inch mbp I have now, so it’d only be 500ish to upgrade. It feels wrong to buy a laptop without true dedicated graphics, but I honestly only use them for the Ohio LANs where we just end up playing Quake anyways. However, with the tablet right around the corner - one must pause a moment and consider it. The 15” could last a bit longer if the tablet is priced right - which it won’t be (this is apple). But I’m sure there will be something that will make it stand out from the rest of the last decade’s tablet PCs. I didn’t think apple could make a decent phone, yet now I swear by mine. And it was so far off predictions that now I don’t pay as much attention to rumors as I used to. But in place of that, I know that it’ll be something more than just an iPhone with a huge screen. And it’s worth waiting to see just what it is they have up their sleeve. You know what that means - July release date…
What’s also cool at the CES show is the Boxee Box, which is a dedicated little computer running Boxee as its Operating System. Boxee has always been a good idea and I tried it out briefly on my AppleTV, but the AppleTV was just too slow to run the software. What I like about the Boxee Box is that it’s a real competitor to the AppleTV, and probably packs more than a Celeron processor. Hopefully it can do real HDTV. I want Apple to finally update their crippled AppleTV and make it really HD-Capable. What’s not good about it is the actual design of the box. I get that it’s supposed to be hip and cool, but it looks like it wouldn’t even fit in my TV stand. I think it’s a pretty small device which means it could probably fit even with its corners poking out, but “If it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t fly right”. I hope Boxee got hulu back, or else there’s no real point to getting one. The PS3 and Xbox can do everything else like streaming divx, so why waste the money? Of course if you have iTunes content, you need the AppleTV and then you might as well hack it and run Boxee. I want the Boxee Box to do well, because I want Apple to have a reason to give a damn about the AppleTV again.