NC's on the Front Burner (9/21/97)

"It's Steve's baby," according to a MacWeek source. Which baby is that? Why, it's the Apple Network Computer, rumored to be on track for a January Expo unveiling. These puppies will reportedly run a PPC 750 chip at 266MHZ and will run Mac OS 8. The price? About $800. Ready to buy one? Not so fast... it's an NC, so you need a Rhapsody server to use it. Pricing on those hasn't been discussed. Basically, these NC's are useless for the consumer-level user. Steve's going after the corporate buyers on this one.

Suppose we'll ever get to buy a standalone 750 machine, Steve? With the demise of PCC's PowerTower Pro G3 and Motorola's StarMax 6000 CHRP box-- both Clone War casualties-- there are exactly ZERO 750 machines available for purchase. Newer Technology to the rescue! Their kickass MAXpower Pro upgrade cards are the only 750 option available.

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  • 6: New (Chiat-)Day Rising (9/21/97)   Well, we've all been screaming for years for Apple to start advertising in a real way, and while there's been moderate progress in the past few months (for instance, the Mac OS 8 radio and print ads, and the New Mac Road Show), the same question we've been asking for years still applies: Where are the TV commercials?...

  • 7: The Cuts Continue (9/21/97)   By now you've probably already heard about the next round of Apple layoffs. Last time, under the sweeping hand of then-CEO Gil Amelio, we effectively lost OpenDoc and Game Sprockets, as well as some other technologies...

  • 9: Crackdown on Leaks (9/21/97)   Can we expect our favorite rumors sites to start drying up? Mac the Knife reports that Ironfisted Jobs has commanded tighter control over the company's secrets, prompted by the leaking of his own email messages outside the Cupertino walls...

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