Every year, Halloween seems to sneak up on me, and while I have a ton of ideas, choosing one is always so hard. It really does make me wish there were more holidays which involve dressing in costume.
October 2008 Archives
Here's a choice selection that is re-enacted every time I go home:
Mom: Keep play basketball. You will grow taller!
Charles: I'm 29 years old. I think I've stopped growing by now.
Mom: No you can growing! Everyone growing all the time!
Mom: Also, keep jumping!
Apple also released a 24 inch LED monitor for use for their laptops, with a multi-adapter cord which features MagSafe (for charging your laptop), 3 USB ports, and a DisplayPort connector. Also included in the specs is a built-in iSight camera, microphone and stereo speakers.
What I find particularly interesting about the feature set of this monitor is that it is equipped explicitly for these new laptops released today, indicating the direction for future product development along this line of laptops. While the glossy screen of the monitor is a detractor for professionals, it is also likely that for the majority of the audience who would be purchasing these monitors the glossiness is not likely to be of much concern to them.
Apple made a minor refresh of the 17 inch MacBook Pro and the models of the MacBook Air in the area of drive capacity, but do not incorporate the new designs revealed today. Today's announcements also lay the groundwork for the announcements to be made at MacWorld SF in January, which are likely to be announcements of new MacPros, Mac mini, AppleTV and iLife.
Intel's Nehalem chipset is due to be released in the first few weeks of November (the 17th, if the series of tubes is to be trusted), leading some to speculate that Apple may hold another event next month to announce the release of new Xserves and MacPros with this new CPU. I find this rumor to be highly unlikely, as historically, Apple has only ever announced new products in November twice in recent history -- in 2002 and 2003, when Apple was still utilizing the PowerPC architecture. I strongly believe that Nehalem-powered XServes and MacPros will be announced at MacWorld SF in January, and not before, as traditionally, while Intel has made their chips available in November, it is in the 1st quarter of the following year that the OEMs are able to release products that utilize these chips.
At the beginning of this year, Steve Jobs made the claim that 2008 would see more product launches than any in Apple history. Here's a short checklist of items released, which number twelve in total:
1/2008: MacBook Air
2/2008: iPod Shuffle (new colors, does that count?)
7/2008: iPhone 3G
9/2008: iPod classic (120GB)
9/2008: 2nd Gen iPod Touch
9/2008: 3rd Gen iPod Nano
10/2008: Aluminum MacBook
10/2008: Aluminum MacBook Pro
10/2008: Apple LED Cinema Display
AppleTV, Apple's Cinema Displays, and the Mac mini are all in dire need of updating in addition to the iPod shuffle -- which was introduced in January 2005, and has retained the same appearance since September 2006. The Mac mini, likewise was introduced in January 2005, and has undergone slight revisions in the 3 years following. The last update was in August of 2007, which leads me to believe that if announced, a January 2009 Mac mini would sport the updated Nvidia chips instead of the Intel GMA 950.
If you're wondering if the show is any good, it is fantastic -- some pieces bear a combination of Chinese traditions with Ballet, while other pieces are the more traditionally performed. The showcase piece for me during this performance was the visually stunning "The Moon Reflection in Two Ponds", which will be touring the U.S. in 2009.
- Starcraft II: Three storylines, one for each race. (Um, who didn't see that one coming?)
- Diablo III - Wizard character class
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - your favorite money pulling MMOG gets an expansion pack in a month.