Upcoming Apple Event? Plus Possible Netbook/iPhone News

Apple MacBook Air A couple of smaller Apple/Mac-related sites are reporting that there will be an upcoming event held by Apple to introduce new products. They have received tips that it would be towards the end of March – Maybe March 24th.

Chances are it’s going to be desktop models (iMacs, Mac minis, and possibly Mac Pros), and it’s expected to happen soon based up many comments from various analysts and those with ties to Apple, as well as the upcoming OS X 10.5.7 update. It’s just a matter of when it will be formally announced.

With that said, a few weeks ago The Industry Standard reported on an analyst who met with Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Phil Schiller, head of Apple’s marketing, and Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) who is currently filling in for CEO Steve Jobs.

Toni Sacconaghi who met with the Apple executives, mainly discussed upcoming iPhone plans, including new models and pricing.

However, he also said that Tim Cook hinted at “ideas” for a Mac netbook. The upcoming release of the NVIDIA Ion would fit nicely into Apple’s plans, since it might be used both in a new Mac mini and a Mac netbook. It shares a similar graphics chipset with the current MacBooks.

Read: The Industry Standard

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Asus Eee PC Shell in April, Plus New 1000HE Colors

Asus Eee PC 1000HE DigiTimes/Commercial Times is reporting that Asustek will be launching it’s new slim/ultra-thing netbook later this year, in April. It’s going to be somewhere above the 10-inch Asus Eee PC S101 as far as features and battery life. DT also mentions it being “easier to carry

It’s going to be called The Shell or Eee PC Shell, and will retail for around $490 – $575 USD. Update: This is now the Asus Eee PC 1008HA

The report also mentions that Acer will be launching a slim netbook in April as well. This follows reports and eyewitness accounts of this device.

Meanwhile, NotebookItalia.it is reporting that the Asus Eee PC 1000HE will be available in more colors.

The new colors will be: white, brushed-silver, pink and onyx. They have photos of the various colors, and the brushed-silver is reminiscent of the aluminum MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and in my opinion, the best looking out of the bunch. They join the currently shipping black and blue models.

NotebookItalia.it (Italian) (Translated into English)
via SlashGear

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HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition at Sam’s Club

HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition If you are in the US and have a Sam’s Club nearby, you might keep a look out for a new display that Hewlett-Packard has up for the 10″ Intel Atom-powered Vivienne Tam Edition of the HP Mini 1000.

Gear Diary has pictures of it up, and it’s pretty hard to miss. It’s large, red, and boldly declares the Vivienne Tam Edition to be “SLIM, SLEEK, AND ULTRA CHIC“.

HP has used a similar setup for advertising their HP Mini 1000

The pricing is good – $598 with Bluetooth. Normally that would set you back over $700 USD.

– Model 1140NR
– 10.1″ BrightView LED-Display
– 1GB RAM/Memory
– Bluetooth
– 60GB HDD
– 6 months of unlimited online storage for up to 3 PCs with HP Upline
– 3-cell Lithium-Polymer Battery

If you are curious, it is listed on the Sam’s Club website.

Read/View: Gear Diary

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Asus Eee PC 901 Price Drop?

Asus Eee PC 901 With Asustek rolling out cheaper models with more features, such as the $375 Asus Eee PC 1000HE, and with Acer dropping the starting price on the 8.9″ Acer Aspire One, it was bound to happen that they would either drop some models or reduce the prices.

A few weeks ago Asustek’s CEO said they would be reducing the number of Eee PC models. Today, several online retailers in the United States started listing $100 rebates for certain Asus Eee PC 901 models. It covers both the 12GB Solid State Drive (SSD) versions as well as the 20GB versions (12GB SSD = Windows XP Home, 20GB SSD = Linux). From what I’ve seen, the rebates end March 8, 2009.

Some Examples (all prices are after rebates):
Amazon.com – EEEPC901-W001 – Linux, White, 20GB SSD, $267.99
Amazon.com – EEEPC901-BK002X – Windows XP, Fine Ebony, 12GB SSD, $279.99
Amazon.com – All Eee PC 901 models
Buy.com – EEEPC901-BK001 – Fine Ebony, Linux, 20GB SSD, $269.95
Buy.com – EEEPC901-BK002X – Fine Ebony, Windows XP, 12GB SSD, $279.99
OnSale.com – EEEPC901-BK001 – Linux, 20GB SSD, Fine Ebony, $268.99
OnSale.com – EEEPC901-BK002X – Windows XP, 12GB SSD, $266.99

Specifications: Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 12GB or 20GB Solid State Drive (SSD), 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Linux or Windows XP, 6-cell Battery

I’m leaning towards them trying to clear out some models, either because of competing with the Asus Eee PC 1000HE as far as price, or perhaps introducing new models within a month or two, perhaps with the new chiclet-style keyboards that are popping up on the 1000HE and the Eee PC T91 or with more flash-based storage.

Keep in mind that CeBIT 2009 is next week, and Asustek is bound to be introducing a few new models.

via PortableMonkey

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NVIDIA to Intel on the Ion: Where’s Your HD Now?

NVIDIA Recently, there’s been some heated rhetoric from Intel over the upcoming NVIDIA Ion platform. Intel made a lot of arguments (and the NetbookNews.it covers the Intel slides) against using the NVIDIA Ion platform, ranging from the age of the chipset to costs and performance.

NVIDIA has responded in kind, although it’s a more positive response – they are playing up their benefits and making it clear that these are

Some of NVIDIA’s points/rebuttals:
Validation: Ion has been validated by OEMs and Microsoft, and products are now shipping
Value: Endorsed by Microsoft, many developers, and the tech media
Advantages: Ion is faster and offers a faster, more feature rich, better experience vs. Intel netbooks, nettops, and notebooks
Performance vs battery life: 10X performance at similar battery life

On the issue of Intel saying that the window of opportunity for the Ion platform is short, NVIDIA responds:

Next gen Atom (Pineview) forces customers to use Intel graphics (with minor improvements). Coming Q4’09: Second-generation ION expands CPU support, performance, and features.

NVIDIA makes it clear that they feel that Atom/Pineview will not offer the performance people are going to be wanting, while at the same time, NVIDIA will be rolling out a second-generation Ion platform in that time period.

As we get more and more into HD-formatted content (TV/movies), and we move beyond “netbooks” as a simple way to access the internet, and we see more and more netbooks/ultraportables with HD-capable displays (such as future models of Dell’s Inspiron Mini 10), HD-capable chipsets/graphics will become important.

Read: NetbookNews.it (Italian)
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