Anonymous Apple employee leaks WWDC secrets?

“We’re not in the Apple rumor mill business here at DVD Newsroom. Frankly, I don’t care about the next gen iPods,” Senor Spielbergo reports for DVD Newsroom. “But when it comes to all things Blu-ray, we’re interested [and] when rumors of the iChat Mobile surfaced, our spy contacted his Apple Confidante to talk about that and Blu-ray rumors. The transcript of our spy’s phone call, including talk of Powermacs and WWDC news, is [included the full article.] The spy on this story is a known source and the Apple Confidante’s employment has been verified.”

No iPhone… yet, build-to-order Blu-ray drives in Apple Macs by January 2007, Mac Pros in October/November, strong focus on iChat, “Front Row goes TiVo,” Microsoft’s Zune: “Everyone will love a product with a ½ hour battery life,” “Apple Tablet” rumors, and more, including discussion of Leopard features in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Rumors. Grain of salt and all that.

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37 Comments

  1. This is my first time, so please be gentle with me. And, as a first-time poster, I finally know WTF everyone has been talking about with the “MDN Word” all this time! I’ve been ‘lurking’ here for months and I never ‘got’ it before. Wow! I’ve never felt so alive! By the way, I want to tell you all that I bring vital knowledge to the site, such as where the apostrophes go (its, it’s, etc.) and I also know the right way to use your, you’re, they’re, their, we’re, were, where, etc., etc.. This is gonna be grand. Just grand, I say! (Do I hear retching sounds?)

    Anyway, the whole thing on dvdnewsroom is doo-doo. Someone wanted to lend credibility to opinions that would otherwise not have gotten a second glance (or maybe just bring people to their site?), so they came up with the idea of claiming it’s from an Apple Employee (“oooooooh, I happen to know for a fact that employees get FIRED if they talk to anyone outside of Apple, so this one MUST be true!”). Arrggghhh.

    Unfortunately, the writer apparently doesn’t have any friends or, if he does, he doesn’t talk to them on the phone much. If I had a “confidante” that I have “known since college” and she talked to me like a politician reading a prepared statement, I’d find me another confidante. And although I don’t want to accuse anyone of ‘fibbing’, It occurs to me that, although Alexander may not be “in the Apple rumor mill business”, he is still in *business* and a few thousand extra people visiting his site probably doesn’t suck. Regardless of the reason for the lie, it’s still a lie. That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

  2. Maybe Apple will finally announce that it is going out of business because its business plans suck? The big news is a telephone and that Apple will actually use the upgraded chips from Intel? Wow, guess this is earth shattering since HP and DELL are also using those same chips for better performance and much cheaper prices. Time to switch back to windows before Steve Jobs empties your bank account.

  3. LOL Lance Carbuncle. You are just in time since I now hereby appoint you to strip all misspellings and grammatical discrepencies from our archives. And while you’re at it, I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too. Thaanks.

    MW=stong, as in “be stong Mr. Carbuncle, be strong”.

  4. Lance, take great care in appointing yourself as grammar czar.

    For such a czar would never use the redundant “etc., etc.” lest they were quoting the KIng of Siam character in “The King and I” and a grammar guru would never use ‘fibbing’ when they meant “fibbing”, and even then, there is no need for any quotes in the context it was used.

    While some dictionaries do list “gonna” as a contraction of “going to”, it is very informal and should only be used to emphasize an intentional tone of informality, much like “ain’t”. Being that you were writing about policing the grammar around here, its use is not warranted, and you should have used the more widely accepted “going to”.

    But, given the openness of this forum and the average I.Q. of its contributors, being grammar czar to this horde would be a full time job without any reward; they will learn nothing, and care even less.

  5. If I had a “confidante” that I have “known since college” and she talked to me like a politician reading a prepared statement, I’d find me another confidante

    Heh, I talk like a politicians to friends who ask me about Apple. At times I just smile, don’t even answer.

    I won’t comment on the article for obvious reasons, this is the time where a smile is the max friends could get out of me ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. There is one thing about this article that gives it some credence. The timing of Mac Pro availability in the Oct/Nov time frame sounds right. Intel is only now starting a production ramp up on its new Core 2 CPU’s and is projecting only 1 million chips available during the first 10 weeks. That’s just not enough product for any major CPU vendor.

    Apple has to get some inventory ready and also wait for Intel to get up the production learning curve. The good news is that nobody is Intel’s match in being successful at ramp up.

  7. know it all:

    Dual core zones will be 50% faster than a quad core G5

    and apple will only put in drm if they have to; i.e. all other monitors will have it too…..

    get a clue..

    not to mention that there will be an 8 core configuration for the xeons, can you say 200% faster?

  8. M di L Buonarroti:

    Yikes… methinks either I misrepresented myself or things were *read* that weren’t *written* (gotta learn how to italicize in here). I made no claim to be a “grammar czar”. Nor did I suggest I would correct anyone’s posts (although, MDN, it was truly an honor to be typed at by you). There’s no surer way to have your *own* posts analyzed and corrected-to-death by others than to correct someone’s’ mistakes on a message board. I have no desire to do that ’cause I’m by no means a grammar expert and I make typos lije everyone else.

    I merely touted the fact that I know the basics of the most-‘oft (and IMHO ‘simple’) mistakes people make with its, it’s, their they’re, etc., with the intent of lightly poking fun at, and commenting on, the overwhelming (and frightening) number of people nowadays who don’t . Coincidentally, before I clicked ‘SUBMIT’, I deleted a couple of sentences in which I’d written about the decline of literacy in America and how embarrassing it is to read company emails in which otherwise perfectly normal people type things like “the companie’s sales are not were their supposed to be so its going to be a tough year…”. I also, unfortunately(?), deleted some stuff about how I don’t think grammatical errors are a big deal in a medium like this, nor are typos, I just bemoan the fact that there’s such a decline in the simple BASICS of English and that it’s become so noticeable it warranted a (light-hearted) comment.

    So I ain’t gonna pick apart nobody’s writing. I’ll try to teach by example. I’ll wince every time I see someone write “their” when they mean “they’re” but I’l keep it to myself.

    What I want to do here is share my comments on, speculations about, experiences with, and love for, a computer and an operating system that’s so brilliantly and elegantly designed that people like me use the word “love” in describing it.

    Mac user since 1984. You may now return to your regularly scheduled browsing.

  9. “‘fibbing’ when they meant “fibbing””

    The use of “they” in this way is a very common yet incorrect use of a plural where a singular “he” or “she” should be. Common, I believe, because of social pressure to be more gender neutral, but incorrect nonetheless. TV “news”–yecch!

    Irregardless of how it impacts the situation at this point in time…

  10. Huge Ass

    ir·re·gard·less     P   Pronunciation Key  (r-gärdls)
    adv. Nonstandard
    Regardless.

    [Probably blend of irrespective, and regardless.]
    Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.

  11. I personally don’t want to know what’s in the Keynote before hand. It’s like snooping and knowing what’s in your Christmas presents, takes all the fun out of it.

    These “insiders” ruin the fun.

    -r

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