“We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year.”  Was the Back to the Mac event it, or is there still “One More Thing”?

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    Posted: 08 November 2010 05:19 AM #16

    Mav - 08 November 2010 08:04 AM

    One Infinite Loop

    Speaking of which, anyone ever been on the campus? I stopped by briefly on a weekend on my way to San Jose Airport, snapped some photos outside. Can you actually walk in the place? Do they have a gift shop? I can’t imagine you could get a tour unless you were like Obama or something.

    JD

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  • Posted: 08 November 2010 09:11 AM #17

    JDSoCal - 08 November 2010 09:19 AM
    Mav - 08 November 2010 08:04 AM

    One Infinite Loop

    Speaking of which, anyone ever been on the campus? I stopped by briefly on a weekend on my way to San Jose Airport, snapped some photos outside. Can you actually walk in the place? Do they have a gift shop? I can’t imagine you could get a tour unless you were like Obama or something.

    JD

    It’s locked down pretty tight.  It’s my understanding that visitors are escorted around the place and aren’t allowed to roam freely.  My nephew met me in the lobby where they have kind of a mini food and beverage area to serve what I assume are the casual visitors.  They do have an Apple Store accessible without the need to enter the main lobby.  Everyone in my family already knows that I’m the long standing Apple wonk so when my nephew pulled a “I visited the mothership” t-shirt off the rack and suggested that I buy it I politely declined.  I did purchase a stainless travel mug with an Apple logo “so I got dat goin for me”.  wink

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  • Posted: 08 November 2010 09:21 AM #18

    danthemason - 08 November 2010 07:18 AM

    Is anyone else hearing Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is

    It seems to me that the Air is ground breaking stuff in the same way the original iPod was.  The tech world was decidedly underwhelmed by the event that would eventually lead Apple from 6 to 60 billion.  I don’t see Steve wanting to further mess with the Christmas shopping list with last minute revisions.  It is Apple so one never knows (which is yet another thing I love about them).

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  • Posted: 08 November 2010 09:21 AM #19

    BillH - 08 November 2010 01:21 PM
    danthemason - 08 November 2010 07:18 AM

    Is anyone else hearing Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is

    It seems to me that the Air is ground breaking stuff in the same way the original iPod was.  The tech world was decidedly underwhelmed by the event that would eventually lead Apple from 6 to 60 billion.  I don’t see Steve wanting to further mess with the Christmas shopping list with last minute revisions.  It IS Apple so one never knows (which is yet another thing I love about them).

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  • Posted: 08 November 2010 09:33 AM #20

    I’m probably nuts but I can’t help thinking that when the data center is actually announced as open there will be a big surprise announcement about what it will be.

         
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    Posted: 08 November 2010 09:58 AM #21

    Intruder - 08 November 2010 05:58 AM

    I don’t know… Killing the Xserve surprised a few!  wink

         
  • Posted: 08 November 2010 10:08 AM #22

    I believe that the ‘Back to the Mac’ event was what Steve was talking about as the new MacBook Airs are significant new products…..as was the Mac App Store…..and new iLife…...as Steve does consider everything significant.  And the Airs are also a core focus of Apple’s marketing as can be seen by their new MacBook Air commercial and how often it is being broadcast.

    I don’t really remember Apple ever announcing anything in Nov/Dec as I believe that anything they want to focus on for the holiday season is announced in October or earlier.

         
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    Posted: 08 November 2010 10:34 AM #23

    DawnTreader - 08 November 2010 06:44 AM
    JDSoCal - 08 November 2010 06:34 AM

    This thread’s a tease. I feel like I clicked on a porn advertisement e-mail link and got a Viagra for sale spammer Web site with pics of Rosanne Barr.

    That’s not the mental picture I wanted before going to sleep.  LOL

    If its any consolation, that’s not exactly the mental picture I want when I first get up. :bugeyed:

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  • Posted: 08 November 2010 10:35 AM #24

    FateTime on the Mac was a surprise.

    iOS 4.2, due any day now, isn’t a surprise, but some added features in it may be (FaceTime over 3G perhaps).

    MacPro Server was a surprise, I guess, but dropping the rack mounts was a bigger surprise.

         
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    Posted: 08 November 2010 10:37 AM #25

    Tetrachloride - 08 November 2010 01:58 PM
    Intruder - 08 November 2010 05:58 AM

    I don’t know… Killing the Xserve surprised a few!  wink


    What is that? it looks like a little Hitler. LOL

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    Posted: 08 November 2010 12:10 PM #26

    mbeauch - 08 November 2010 01:12 AM

    I can tell you I was surprised by Wal-Mart selling $50 itunes cards for $35.  LOL

    Just today though? I usually buy my iTunes cards at Costco, $60 worth for $55

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    Posted: 08 November 2010 12:16 PM #27

    mbeauch - 08 November 2010 02:34 PM

    If its any consolation, that’s not exactly the mental picture I want when I first get up. :bugeyed:

    Well at least you can still “get up” smile

    Back on topic. I would not surprised if Apple surprised us with something new in time for the Christmas shopping season. Something not in the rumor mill, but something that will everyone saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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    Posted: 08 November 2010 12:22 PM #28

    JDSoCal - 08 November 2010 09:19 AM

    Speaking of which, anyone ever been on the campus? I stopped by briefly on a weekend on my way to San Jose Airport, snapped some photos outside. Can you actually walk in the place? Do they have a gift shop? I can’t imagine you could get a tour unless you were like Obama or something.

    I had a tour once, and lunch at that place in the center of the Campus. This was maybe 15 years ago and was someone I met via the VW Type2 network.

    Yes, the “Store” is open to the public and I was there when I was given a tour by my friend. However, if I remember correctly you can not buy Macs there, just software, accessories and swag. The wife and I are heading up to the Bay Area in a few weeks, maybe we will stop in.

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    Posted: 08 November 2010 12:41 PM #29

    Maybe Nick Carr is on to something via Cult of Mac

    Carr wrote in an email. ?From that perspective, the North Carolina data center can be seen as essentially a broadcasting system that will enable Apple to make the shift from a downloading model of media distribution to a streaming model. It?s a proprietary broadcasting system (not altogether unlike traditional broadcasting systems), which means it?s a very different model of the cloud from the open model promoted by Google.?

         
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    Posted: 08 November 2010 12:52 PM #30

    mbeauch - 08 November 2010 02:25 AM
    Mav - 08 November 2010 01:26 AM
    mbeauch - 08 November 2010 01:12 AM

    I can tell you I was surprised by Wal-Mart selling $50 itunes cards for $35.  LOL

    “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger…”

    *bad Inception movie reference joke*


    I hope one day you will realize my humor. I would like to think Apple has something bigger in mind. rolleyes  FTR, it was only today that WM ran that special.

    Bigger, eh? In other news Apple buys Micrcosoft, hires former President Bush who, during a Monday morning live press release, announced the merger between Apple and Microsoft will be, “Synergistical!”*


    * My mind wanders. Snicker.

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