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August 09, 2010


@ Marc

I doubt that Apple will go from zero to a hundred miles an hour with AMD in one shot, if they have a choice in the matter that is. AMD will be discussing Bulldozer at Standford later this month and it should be interesting.

Yet the idea of easing AMD's Fusion into Apple TV, in the relative short term, does make sense if Apple feels that Intel will become more of competitor than a partner with their MeeGo mobile project with Nokia.

It's all speculation at this point anyways, but it sounds more than feasible that Apple, under Steve Jobs, would want to test out AMD first on something that's not important to their bottom line.

I don't see it. I don't see AMD chips until Bulldozer for Xserve.

I see the A5 with the ARM Cortex A9 and up to 4 cores and massively conservative power options in there, along with their extended IP access to imagination technologies.

Choosing form over function is classic Jobs. Papermaster is just a convenient diversion.

I'm an Apple customer and one consumer who believes that eventually, Apple will probably have to produce a 7-inch, iOS tablet.

Besides being the size of paperback books, this is the standard LCD screen size used for Double-DIN (7" x 4" -- 180 x 100 mm) media-playing 'head units' (car radios) in vehicles that play DVD movies (ISO 7736). Single-DIN head units are 180 x 50 mm (2" x 7") and use smaller, two or three line video displays. Unfortunately, the DIN standard doen't define a depth, and occasionally, people do run into problems when trying to install modern head units in older vehicles that have shallow dashboards.

In the spring of 2009, Pioneer and Alpine finally delivered the first of a new generation of vehicle head units that sport a new "Works with iPhone" logo sanctioned by Apple (it closely resembles the "Made for iPod logo previously in use). They connect to car speakers systems and some include built-in Bluetooth, navigation and even Pandora radio compatibility. these in-dash replacements that bring iOS hardware and software compatibility can cost between $250 and $1,600.

The newest vehicle head units have USB ports and built-in or stand-alone Bluetooth v2.1 or later (by Parrott). They will charge Apple's handheld devices, play music or videos, and even sync the iPhone/iPod Touch Contacts (address book) to the head unit's Bluetooth module to display call info on their own displays. Of course, iPod music plays through the vehicle's audio sound system and even fades down when an incoming call is detected. Also, videos play on the larger head unit's LCD displays. Pioneer's 2009 model even offered a second USB jack for the passenger's iPod. However, there are problems. For instance, the 2009 transitional head units only synced the first 400 contacts (with four numbers each), though one newer Pioneer (P710BT) synced the first 1000 contacts. 2010 units resolved this problem, but various issues with the iPhone 4 have arisen.

Unfortunately, when new iPods and iPhones are released each year, consumers have to wait month before head unit manufacturers can update existing products to eliminate incompatibilities that arise. It is a very big headache for consumers, as is finding wiring harnesses and dashboard mounting systems for their iOS devices, which vary be device and vehicle.

Executives at auto head unit manufacturers like Pioneer, Alpine, Clarion, Delphi, etc., should be watching for Apple in the rear-view mirror. A line of branded, in-dash vehicle head unit docks for 4.5 and 7-inch iOS devices is a rather obvious market that Apple eventually must enter.

I believe the 7" screen everyone is talking about is for a gaming iPod touch.
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@ James

No controversy. Is that why Papermaster is history? Dream on.

Apple users demand the best. And Apple will keep creating new antenna designs to get the best reception. Period.

Every generation of iPhone is better than the previous generation. Thus there is no controversy.

Yeah for AMD! Real video games in our living room on an Apple TV would be drop dead stunning. Apple needs something to spark life into Apple TV and shifting some focus to online gaming is exactly what they need to reboot Apple TV.

No wonder Papermaster left or was fired. If plan B is already being rumored, it's likely a done deal.

High end 3d games on Apple TV is my dream. I'd rather have an Apple solution than using OnLive or other third party. Apple, make it happen please ;-)

Before the 7 inch iPad could come out, display supply problems have to be sorted out.

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