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Well, Apple has finally updated the Powerbook line. After more than a year since the last upgrade, users expected some substantial speed bumps. What the got is a different story. Instead of the rumored dual-core G4, or dreamed of G5, we got a minimal 1.5ghz increase […] Read more »

Some evil x86 geek has taken our beloved Mac mini and desecrated it by putting a Nano-ITX form factor motherboard in it. Poor Mac mini. Please send me the original components so that I may give them a good home ;) Read more »

Since my original post about the Mac Media Center Project there has been another project started along the same lines. The new project is know as iTheater. There isn’t that much difference between the two projects other than the fact that iTheater is planning on supporting […] Read more »

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After a long day of playing with my new toy, I have a few gripes. Small as they may seem, they are substantial enough to consider possible iModification. The first shortcoming I noticed was that when working in indirect sunlight, on overcast days, the feedback LED’s […] Read more »

Best Buy now has the 1.25GHz Mac Mini and the 1.42GHz Mac Mini now listed for pre-ordering up on their online store. Best Buy’s site also notes that its stores will soon begin selling Apple’s 512MB iPod shuffle–but not the 1GB iPod shuffle. Both models are […] Read more »

Jonothan Coulton is the geek acoustic musician. “A Laptop Like You” is his ode to his Powerbook. While you’re at his site, pick up “Smoking Monkey” from the iTMS. Ya know, help a starving artist out. Read more »

The Mac Media Center Project, an open source project to develop a complete media center interface for the Mac mini, launched this past week. There’s already links up for how to connect all your A/V hardware (also see Engadget’s how-to for more on that), but the […] Read more »

I finally got my 1GB Shuffle today. The nice FedEx man dropped off a huge box. (huge relative to the size of the shuffle its self). Upon opening said box, I was confronted with 4 things: 1 iPod Shuffle box; approx the size of 4 jewel […] Read more »

(Hat tip: MacNN) Chalk this one up to still being a rumor, but one I think is in line with Apple’s “iPod halo” marketing strategy. According to a report released by Merril Lynch, Best Buy may begin selling Macs again. The analyst firm said that the […] Read more »

I’m an app junkie. Without fail, my favorite blog posts/topics are the golden nugget applications that people can’t live without on their OS X system. No matter how often I come across a blog post/comment thread of this topic I find at least one cool application […] Read more »

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As mentioned recently here on TheAppleBlog, The iLife ’05 suite of applications has been causing a good number of users some headaches. Well Apple knows (or knew…) and has released a software update for iMovie HD – a mere week after its ship date. iMovie HD […] Read more »

I have just gotten to play around with Apple’s new application Pages and I have to say that I like it. It isn’t as fully featured as Word but I think that for many people it will be more than capable of replacing Word. My first […] Read more »

In a story run by both The Register and Gizmodo, Apple apparently had a snippet of HTML that included the reference to “apple_g5_powerbook” on it’s powerbook page. It’s gone from Apple’s site now (The Register reports it being gone within an hour of their finding it). […] Read more »

As we reported recently, some of the Mac Mini customization options have been lowered in price a mere 2 weeks after it’s release to market. Well rest assured (if you’re one of the folks who bought and upgraded early), Apple will be refunding the difference in […] Read more »

Oftentimes Apple has been referred to as the BMW of the computer world – high quality, stylish, and expensive. And for anyone that’s ever unpacked an Apple product, dealt with Apple technical support, or even visited an Apple retail store, it’s blatantly obvious that Apple wants […] Read more »

The DLO iDirect Remote Control for iPod will set you back $50, but will also set you back away from your iPod with full control of its music. There’s a small IR adapter that fits into the headphone jack – resembling the size of the iTrip […] Read more »

If you’ve not yet picked-up or installed the new iLife ’05, then heed some warnings from folks who have. Learn from their experience my friends. Ya know the readme files? Read them! First off, there are txt files with each of the iLife apps that give […] Read more »

So, it turns out that Pages isn’t the Word killer we thought it might be. Check out Dan Pourhadi’s review to see why. Basically, Dan explains that it’s much more a layout program than a word processor, although a pretty good one. Read more »

Daniel Kushner has dissected the iPod Shuffle…literally. He explains in detail the inner workings of the Shuffle with fun pictures to go along with it. An interesting read indeed. Read more »

While no computer system will ever be secure in absolute terms, analyzing which routes toward security the two major consumer operating system vendors have taken, ought to provide some valuable insight as to why so many of us are staunch advocates of the Mac platform, and most specifically Mac OS X. Read more »

Apple today made available via the Software Update utility Security Update 2005-001. This naming scheme is in a departure from previous releases, which used the date as the name. Taken from the update screen: Security Update 2005-001 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended […] Read more »

(Hat tip: AppleInsider) Target has pulled the Mac Mini from the website, four days after listing it as a purchasable item. In response to customer emails about the sudden disapperance, Target cited availability concerns as the sole factor that prompted it to remove the product […] Read more »

iTunes promo bottles of Pepsi have begun to show up at select retailers across the nation. Apple, with little fanfare, announced last week the promotion, as reported here. There have been several changes from last years promotion, including the change of odds of 1 out 6 […] Read more »

Seems everybody and their dog wants to use a Mac mini as a media center, I know I do. Currently there are a few solution out there for doing this, most of the best ones from El Gato. Gadget site galore Engadget posted a how-to on […] Read more »

The Apple Store has dropped pricing of it’s custom components for the Mac Mini. 1GB Ram now down to $325 80GB Hard drive down to $50 Wireless combo of Bluetooth and Airport Extreme down to $99 Also, the superdrive option is now an 8x offering rather […] Read more »

21 years ago today, Apple introduced Macintosh to the world. Its been a great 21 years. (never-mind that I have only been around for 16 of them). A video has surfaced, kept on beta-max for 21 years. Restored and released to the public for the first […] Read more »

The iPod Shuffle is lame. It’s overpriced. Is it that great? In recent days these things have been mentioned with more and more frequency (or so it seems through my perusal of the web and rss feeds). Obviously it’s a hot topic, especially for the Apple […] Read more »

Looking for some decent priced memory to jack up the speed of your Mac mini? MemoryToGo has some fantastic prices. They offer both 512MB and 1GB sticks for for adding on to your system. Read more »

With recent news of Target selling the Mac mini on it’s website, there has also been recent new of how you can get 10% off of your purchase. DealsOnTheWeb is has a 10% discount coupon available for use on all purchases from Obviously you could […] Read more »

A couple of weeks ago Apple released the iPod Shuffle at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Steve Jobs made the annoucement during his keynote and at the end he casually mentioned that they were available in the Apple store down the street. Following the keynote, […] Read more »

I present to you now… For your Friday night viewing pleasure… Apple Ads! I found this site after seeing this great compilation of ads. Read more »

I’m a big fan of Mozilla and it’s related applications, particularly Firebird (which I’m using as I type this), and Thunderbird, their email app. But while Thunderbird is a great little application it’s got just a few faults which keep me from using it all the […] Read more » is now selling the Mac Mini, in both the 1.25GHz/40GB and the 1.42GHz/80GB configurations. This is great news for those seeking an even cheaper Mac Mini, because there are always coupons for that apply to anything on the site. For example, a search on […] Read more »

According to AppleInsider, Apple will be releasing what could be it’s final version of Panther next month. This next build will include increased system and graphics stability, faster application launch speeds, and updates to various drivers. Read more »

Not sure what CompUSA is thinking…but if you’re interested in getting one of the new Mac mini’s from there, you better be willing to drop some cash. They are selling the systems for the low low price of $1220.50. Make note of one of the headings […] Read more »

Well too bad. No big bucks here. But, we still need writers! If you long for fame across the globe and want to exercise your writing skills, then contact us about becoming a contributor for The Apple Blog. Your writing skills need to be good and […] Read more »

I’d been taking a look at blogging tools before I started writing here at The Apple Blog, and one of the best software packages that I found was Dan Schimpf’s MacJournal, now published by Mariner Software. MacJournal is a program for creating, modifying, and managing a […] Read more »

Om Malik points to a post by Jonathan Greene speculating about an alleged upcoming DVR/Video-on-Demand solution from Apple. I’ve not seen anyone mention DRM as part of the picture. Or has this already been figured out by Netflix through a subscription model? Would one be able […] Read more »

Looks like the Apple users in Europe aren’t to happy with the price Apple has set for the Mac mini in their country. In-fact, a petition has been started to the tune of over 8000 signatures as of this post. The petition starts with: We’d like […] Read more »

Apple has (quietly) announced the beginning of the second Pepsi/iTunes promo. This year’s promotion will be giving away 200 million free iTunes song codes–under 1 in 3 bottle caps, according to the promo page. In addition to the free music, Pepsi is also giving away an […] Read more »

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