More Pointing To January (12/7/01)
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It's been a long-standing problem for Apple: no matter how short a leash Steve keeps on his own employees, he's got considerably less control over the blabbing habits of the third party companies on which Apple relies. Take, for instance, the leaked "Kihei" photos (allegedly swiped from the firm who worked on Apple's marketing pieces) which revealed the Autumn 1999 iMac days before Steve planned to spring the surprise. Consider also the way in which graphics chip provider ATI accidentally spilled the beans about new iMacs and Power Macs just before the 2000 Stevenote in New York. What does a guy need to do to get a secret kept around here?

Of course, loose lips among Apple's partners is one of the foundations upon which the entire Mac rumors cosmology is based, and so, for drama's sake, we're certainly not about to start complaining now. Thank heaven, then, for the Economic Daily News. According to a Bloomberg article forwarded to us by faithful viewer skuski, that newspaper reported that Quanta, a Taiwanese manufacturer of notebook computers, just got an order from Apple to crank out "more than a million iMacs a year starting in the first quarter of 2002." That interesting little factoid meshes rather well with the recent analyst murmurings of "component orders for producing 100,000 15-inch flat-panel iMacs per month, starting in January."

It's worth mentioning, however, that no source is given for the news of the Quanta order (not even those omnipresent "sources close to Apple"), and leaked Apple-related info from Taiwanese manufacturing firms hasn't always been 100% Grade-A accurate. That said, the Economic Daily News included other details that are starting to sound awfully familiar to anyone who's been following the latest iMac frenzy: reportedly the new iMac will boast a "15-inch liquid crystal display" and it'll be introduced next month in San Francisco by His Steveness himself.

It sure looks like this whole Quanta spiel snaps together pretty well with the buzz in the rumor mill, as well as with what some little birds have been singing around the AtAT compound for the past week or so: namely, that the long-awaited LCD iMacs are absitively posolutely going to surface at the shindig in January. Personally, we had been thinking that Apple would rather wait until March so the company could time the new iMac's release with the completed transition to Mac OS X, but at this point we're going to have to concede that January's looking pretty darn likely now. So if you've been saving those pennies, start saving 'em faster...


 
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The above scene was taken from the 12/7/01 episode:

December 7, 2001: Evidence of a January LCD iMac intro continues to mount. Meanwhile, the proposed penalty in the continuing "Redmond Justice" case aims to keep Office available for the Mac, and some iBook-enabled students in Henrico County get busted performing some additional and unsanctioned 'net-based "research"...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 3439: A Lifetime Of Mac Office (12/7/01)   Most Mac users concerned with Microsoft antitrust issues lately have been focusing on how the company proposes to settle a bunch of private lawsuits by donating a ton of free software to schools-- and you're right to be concerned, because a move like that could sweep Apple clean out of the education market while breeding a new generation of Borg-assimilated computer users who think style, attention to detail, and decent human interface are all prohibited by law...

  • 3440: Getting A Broad Education (12/7/01)   Earlier this year, one county in Virginia suddenly found itself the focus of the Mac community's attention when it announced its plan to lease 23,000 iBooks for its public school students. At the time, the superintendent stated that the project would bring students a "vibrant, engaged-type of learning," and we at AtAT wondered what exactly he meant by that...

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