news of 2004-05-23

'State of the Rumours II' for WWDC 2004

You'll find our first roundup article on rumours about upcoming products at WWDC 2004 here. I'm just mentioning changes to the rumours this time.

Mac OS X 10.4, code-named "Tiger", will be introduced. A developer preview will be released. This information is backed up by Apple as well as third-party developers.

PowerMac G5 at up to 3.0 GHz (PowerPC 970FX)
The introduction of new PowerMacs is sure, however we've received information this weekend that puts some doubt into the 3.0 GHz number and the processor type. Instead Apple might surprise us with machines using the even newer PPC 975 processor at speeds of up to 3.2 GHz.

New iPods
We've given this one 50% the last time, and we're holding on to that. Higher capacity iPods are in the making, however: WWDC doesn't seem to be the right event for their introduction.

PowerBook G5
There's always the possibility that Apple announces them early and delivers them late, but those babies won't feel your hands until October at the earliest, according to our sources.

(Reiterating...) - The rumour's now almost as old as a Newton revival or the infamous iWalk. If you hear about it, just forget about it. PC tablets have shown that there's no real market for them out there. While Apple would have the hardware and software knowledge to make a great tablet device, Apple's also very careful about entering new markets. The iPod was a killer product, but to enter a tiny market with a similar product won't cut it. Even more so, because iTablets would sell to Mac customers mostly and not attract and conquer the Wintel users out there. 0% for this one.

(Also reiterating...) - Please keep in mind that Apple is shifting their focus from MWNY/MWBO to WWDC, as it seems. And while WWDC is clearly a developer event, it gets enough attention from the press for Apple to also release consumer products at the show. We're expecting that quite a big part of Steve's keynote at WWDC will be about Apple's new hardware products, while prosumer/consumer applications will probably take almost no time there.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-23 at 01:35 CET ]
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Speeding up Safari

Yep, it works. Read all about it here on O'Reilly or at the original thread. - Basically, you can set some 'initial delay variable' lower than Apple thinks is correct. This seems to work just fine. You can also set it back to 1.0 if you wish so, of course. I have made the changes in Terminal while Safari was closed, as I'm not sure whether Safari reads its new defaults while running...

The code:
defaults write WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.25

If you want to set it back to the original value:
defaults write WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 1.00

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-23 at 01:18 CET ]
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