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Another Apple Special Event Coming Soon 58

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the big-announcements dept.
Sabathius writes "Hard on the heels of the last 'Special Event,' Mac Rumors reports that Apple will make another announcement on the 25th of September just one day before Photokina, a world-wide a photography/imaging gathering in Germany. There are rumors of a new version of Aperture (based on the lens image on the invitation matching the one on the Aperture box), as well as the possibility of a MacBook Pro update."
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Another Apple Special Event Coming Soon

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  • by payndz (589033) on Friday September 15, 2006 @06:08AM (#16111930)
    Would a new version of Aperture be big enough to qualify as a 'special' event? It would be of interest to photo pros, but hardly anyone else.

    Who knows? Maybe it's the damn iPhone at last!
    • by tbone1 (309237) on Friday September 15, 2006 @06:59AM (#16112063) Homepage
      Would a new version of Aperture be big enough to qualify as a 'special' event? It would be of interest to photo pros, but hardly anyone else.

      Given that we are talking about a big trade show for photography professionals, I'd say that it is potentially a special event for those at the trade show.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Jeff DeMaagd (2015)
        When I've been paying attention, when there is a major trade show going on, is when Apple announces some software closely related to the trade show's target industry, and hardware announced to support that software, though the hardware has more broad appeal. NAB2005, Final Cut Studio, Universal + 17" Mac Book Pro Core Duo notebook, actually, most Final Cut updates are announced at NAB. The next minor update announced at IBC2006 is possibly the lone exception for Final Cut updates in a long time, but I su
      • by lionel77 (947918) on Friday September 15, 2006 @12:45PM (#16114560)
        Given that we are talking about a big trade show for photography professionals, I'd say that it is potentially a special event for those at the trade show.
        Can we please stop these baseless speculations? What's next? Someone suggesting that a keynote at Apple's World Wide Developer conference is actually geared towards the attending OS X developers?
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by ronanbear (924575)
      This event is the biggest event for the professional photographer trade. Maybe Apple have some big plans for Aperture but there are other possibilities. Apple have moved towards including iSight cameras as standard on most of their computers but the resolution is not that high. Not high enough to be used as an alternative to a scanner for OCRing text documents.

      For many people this would be a killer app especially with Apples knack for making it simple and intuitive. I know there are already ways of doing

      • scanners are dead.

        I use my 8MP camera. it even has a document mode. and it takes less time to photo and upload than just for a scanner to warm up.

        I can't see why anyone would buy a scanner any more unless it was a multi-thousand dollar model with all kinds of fancy auto-feed duplex-scan with built-in OCR and photocopy functions.

        updated conclusion: home-use scanners are dead.
        • Your 8MP camera does not come close to the resolution of a decent home scanner.

          Any HP Office-jet comes with auto-feed duplex scanning, and built-in OCR, photocopy, and faxing.

          I just bought an Office-jet 5610 for $119

          That's why ;-)

          Plus, getting the camera to line up is not where as easy as getting the scanner to line up.
        • Why would I want to have to take the time to ever so carefully position the camera directly purpendicular to the page and then edit the photo afterwards to remove the skew that would inevitably show up anyway, when I could just stick the page on a flat glass plate and hit "Scan"?

          • >Why would I want to have to take the time to ever so carefully position...

            worst straw man ever.

            why would I want an extra device to do this? taking up extra money, space, time, effort and not even being portable?
            • What do you mean? It's less of a hassle, because the scanner is already attached to the computer, and all you have to do is stick the paper in and hit "scan." And if you hadn't noticed, scanners have been really cheap for a long time now.

              Now, if you're talking about having some kind of nomadic lifestyle, then yeah, your situation is different. But that just means you're weird!

  • I, for one, really hope Apature is far improved from the original version. I have a friend who is a senior photojournalist for Time Magazine - one of the first at the magazine to use digital photography, back in the old $2000-for-three-megapixel days. He was very interested in Apature until he saw what an utter piece of junk the software was. With Apple re-organizing the development effort, one can hope they've really learned from their mistakes, and make something worth buying here.

    I for one am a huge
  • by Professor_UNIX (867045) on Friday September 15, 2006 @06:41AM (#16112022)
    Please let it be a 12" widescreen iPod with touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and built-in dual CDMA/GSM phone functionality with wireless Bluetooth stereo headphones! Oh please oh please oh please Steve!
  • by frankie (91710) on Friday September 15, 2006 @06:55AM (#16112051) Journal
    The article blurb already sums up EVERYTHING that is known about this coming event. It coincides with a professional photography conference. The invite is a close-up of Aperture's logo. Aperture obviously matters a lot to that crowd, not so much to other people.

    ThinkSecret doesn't have any more info about it than that. TUAW doesn't have any more info about it than that. MacRumors and MacOSRumors don't have any more info about it than that. Most likely there *is* no more info about it than that.

    Aperture update, and maybe the new MBP too. End of story. Next time, how about waiting until there's actually something worth discussing, mmmkay?
    • by squiggleslash (241428) on Friday September 15, 2006 @09:24AM (#16112764) Homepage Journal

      I've been looking in to it and I've found some remarkable information that might be interesting here.

      Apple has been trying to find a way to shoe the Core 2 Duo into a MacBook and, frankly, it's not working out. The chip just uses too much power and generates too much heat.

      So, don't expect an upgraded MBP this year. Instead, look for an amazing announcement next August at the WWDC. Jobs is going to announce a remarkable new development - the entire Apple line is switching to Sparc. They've been talking to Jonathan Schwartz, and he's sold them on the next generation of multiple core Sparcs, the successor to Niagara, codenamed "Viagra." For the last eight years, Mac OS X has been living an amazing, hitherto secret, triple life, running on PowerPC, Intel, and Sparc architectures.

      When the 64 bit version of that'll not fit in a laptop, they'll announce a switch to MIPS in 2009, and a switch to ARM in 2011.

      • I've found some remarkable information that might be interesting here.

        I think you missed the "...but this margin is too small to contain it." bit.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by dwightk (415372)
        on a more serious (albeit off topic) note, it would be nice if Applications stayed Universal and Apple just sold people the fastest offering from Freescale/IBM or Intel/AMD...
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  • by acomj (20611) on Friday September 15, 2006 @09:07AM (#16112646) Homepage
    Does that invitation remind anyone of HAL 9000.

    Steve: open the ipod DRM HAL


    Thanks, I'm here all night...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    i ordered a macbook on sep 5th. "ships in 5-7 business days it said". yesterday i called to see what's up. they upgraded my shipping to 2 day. thanks apple! then today i get this email:

    Due to an unexpected delay, we were unable to ship your product(s) by
    the date originally quoted to you. We now anticipate shipping the
    following item(s) as follows:

    MA472LL/A, MB 13/2.0/2X256/80/SD:BLACK-USA
    will now ship by Sep 26, 2006
    and deliver by Sep 29, 2006
    • Hah, the first time someone's been happy about a 1.5-week shipping delay....
    • My laptop has been in TX for repair, showing "Parts on order" since 9/5/06.
  • Remember QuickTake? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jevvim (826181) on Friday September 15, 2006 @01:20PM (#16114844) Journal
    It's been nine years since Apple has produced a digital still camera, but Apple was an early innovator in the field (even if other companies, like Kodak, did the manufacturing). Rather than hope for new notebooks or the mythical "widescreen iPod", I'm going to hope that Apple is getting back into the digital still camera market. Perhaps the secret to Apeture's success could be getting people to use a digital camera that extends the desktop workflow into the camera?
  • Here [pbs.org] and there [pbs.org] Cringely predicted Apple branded LCD TVs. He got the other details right. The TVs don't fit with the photog theme, so if it happens, I think that it will be the next special event between now and Xmas.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.