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  1. Actually, I'm wondering if the requirement for the authentication chip has anything to do with the video rental rumors. It will be interesting to see if Apple makes any new announcements around the time the cables are scheduled to ship (in 2-4 weeks, which just happens to coincide with the Paris Apple Expo). Craig
  2. In its latest attempt to woo its existing customer base, Apple has removed the video out capability from the headphone jack in the new iPods. There are two new cables in the Apple store (composite and component video) that connect via the dock connector, include a USB plug and charger, and sell for $49 each (shipping in 2-4 weeks depending on the cable). Apple's reason for this is that they now require an authentication chip for video out, which means there's a good chance other video out docks won't work anymore either. WTG Apple. Craig
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    Apple Event - New iPods !!

    As nice as the Touch is, I'm really disappointed that Apple didn't release an HDD version. I was prepared to pay $499 for a 120-160GB version. Now I don't see any reason to upgrade from my 60GB 5G (which is 95% full)...my main reasons for wanting to upgrade are more storage and a bigger, higher-resolution screen for video. Craig
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    6G iPod = iPod Touch?

    Actually, it makes a lot of sense if you stop and think about it. The iPhone has been out long enough that majority of people who would buy it strictly for its iPod features have done so already. In the meantime, iPod owners and people in the market for a portable MP3 player but who don't want a new phone have had long enough to become familiar with the iPhone's interface and want a high-capacity iPod that has it. I'd say the timing is perfect right now, especially with back-to-school shopping in full swing. Craig
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    6G iPod = iPod Touch?

    So a special event next week on 9/5 looks to be where the new models will be announced (although they may not ship until the end of September). The event invite also hints heavily that the Beatles catalog will finally be added to iTunes. Here's another mockup:
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    6G iPod = iPod Touch?

    Back to the iPod Touch, new rumors suggest a release next month and offer some details on the design. Here's one mockup (not by me) based on those details: Craig
  7. Lately my 60GB 5G iPod has started displaying "123" in several different places while scrolling through the song list. It should only display at the beginning of the list, e.g. "123", "A", "B", etc. Has anyone else run across this? Craig
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    What to do with a perfectly good G5?

    Craigslist or eBay. I just upgraded from an G5 iMac to one of the new ones and that's where my G5 is going. If you really want something to plug into your HDTV then sell the G5 and buy a used Mac Mini or AppleTV...it's much lower profile and you'll still end up with some cash in your pocket. Craig
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    My iMac is doing morse code

    Have you translated the morse code? Maybe it's trying to tell you something! Craig
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    I haven't bought an iPhone yet because...

    You'd make a lousy American! Craig
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    1.66 GHz Mac Mini

    You're definitely going to want at least 1GB. Buy the new model from MacMall.com: $569 after rebate with free shipping and possibly no tax and it comes with a free printer (after rebate) and Parallels for $9.99 (after rebate). You could even eBay the printer and Parallels and get the effective price down to less than the price of the discontinued model (taking tax into consideration)! Here's the link: http://www.macmall.com/macmall/families/macmini%5Fintel/ Craig
  12. In order of priority, what are the main things preventing you from buying an iPhone? For me: 1. Price (see below though) 2. Not enough iPod memory 3. No GPS 4. No Flash support in Safari 5. Slow data transfer 4 and 5 aren't deal breakers, 2 and 3 are (for the price), and 1 probably wouldn't be if 2 and 3 weren't issues. How about you? Craig
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    So how do you like the new iMac design?

    The way I look at it, I'm renting the iMac for 2 1/2 months (Leopard won't be out until the end of October if Apple sticks to tradition) for $129 (or whatever Leopard ends up costing). And right now that's worth it to me. YMMV. Craig
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    Which new iMac

    After having spent more time with the different models this past weekend I would definitely recommend the 24-inch, which is what I ended up buying. It has a better viewing angle, which translates into more consistent color across the screen than the 20-inch. It was enough of a difference that I ended up spending $300 more than I had planned on (the bigger size is nice, but when it comes right down to it I don't really need it). And yes, I would have preferred a matte screen if I had the choice but I did a side-by-side comparison of the glossy and matte MBP screens and didn't see any significant difference in color between the two. The way I have the new iMac set up at home reflections are kept to an absolute minimum to the point where unless there's a lot of black on the screen I can't even see them if I try. I haven't had a chance yet to test for color accuracy but the few images I've pulled up for comparison look fine. Craig
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    So how do you like the new iMac design?

    I bought the base 24-inch model this weekend and love the keyboard...the thinness makes it a lot more comfortable on the wrists and typing on it doesn't feel any different to me than typing on my HP laptop (which has a great keyboard). I agree that visually it looks more spread out but I think that's just the way it's designed...I'm a touch typist and it didn't take any adjustments to get used to it. I should also point out that everyone who has seen the new setup so far has commented on how much they love the way the keyboard looks. Craig