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    I found this aricle on CNBC.com:

    http://www.cnbc.com/010403plotkin-stocks.html


    here is an interesting quote:

    Keller adds, for example, that he expects to see the often-secretive Apple roll out a new personal digital assistant (PDA) or similar device before too long.

    "Apple invented the category," he says. "I don't know if it will be in a year, or eighteen months, but eventually we will see a new PDA from Apple. And when that happens, I fully expect that the most exciting personal computer company on the planet will have the most exciting PDA on the planet."
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    I think this article was published two days too late.
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    I tuned in to Power Lunch during the last 60 seconds of the broadcast, which I missed, and they were interviewing Steve Wozniak. I'm not sure what they had been talking about, but I could see an Apple Studio Display running OSX in the background.

    Oh well, maybe they will offer a streaming video of the interview.
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    Originally posted by foo fighter
    "Apple invented the category," he says. "I don't know if it will be in a year, or eighteen months, but eventually we will see a new PDA from Apple. And when that happens, I fully expect that the most exciting personal computer company on the planet will have the most exciting PDA on the planet."[/i]
    not to mention the most overpriced and oddly configured pda on the planet.

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    Originally posted by foo fighter
    I found this aricle on CNBC.com:

    http://www.cnbc.com/010403plotkin-stocks.html


    here is an interesting quote:

    Keller adds, for example, that he expects to see the often-secretive Apple roll out a new personal digital assistant (PDA) or similar device before too long.

    "Apple invented the category," he says. "I don't know if it will be in a year, or eighteen months, but eventually we will see a new PDA from Apple. And when that happens, I fully expect that the most exciting personal computer company on the planet will have the most exciting PDA on the planet."
    I agree that it will happen, but I'm guess it'll probably be later than sooner. Apple just successfully refreshed their professional lines (new G4s and the TiBook), but they need to right the rest of their house and refresh the iMac and iBook lines before they should concentrate on a PDA. (Also, if the rumors about Apple licensing the PalmOS is true, they'd be smart to wait for PalmOS 5 and be one of the first to market with an ARM-based Palm device.)

    Let's see what they do with the iMac first - personally, 17" flat screen would be the killer feature for me...
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    I forgot where I got this picture from, but it's very cool! I don't really care if it's real or not. IT LOOKS GOOD! SO!

    hmm maybe the NewtonX IS real?
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    Foo:

    You've really turned into a Mac-holic, haven't you!

    I think we will someday see a Apple PDA. It is inevitable. When? Who knows. It could be tomorrow, it could be 5 years from now.

    Jobs has done a VERY good job at keeping new products under wraps until the day they are launched, so it is hard to say when this will ever happen.

    However, seeing as how Apple still owns the Newton and the fact that Job's offered to buy Handspring, I think the PDA is on his mind.

    not to mention the most overpriced and oddly configured pda on the planet.
    What do you mean, Mensa? Are mac's overpriced? I don't think so. They put a lot more into their machines that your average dell box. Yea, you pay more, you get more.

    As for being oddly configured, not sure what that means.
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    Apple did try and buy Handspring? I thought that was part of the April fools joke about the NewtonX springboard module.

    It would be cool to see the first pda manufacturer to have the top pda guru's under its financial wing. That might even offer Hawkins and friends the oportunity to pount out a new OS. The Apple Visor Newton. Well, they can work on naming conventions later.
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    Apple did try and buy Handspring?
    Actually, I don't remember now if it was Handspring or Palm. I shouldn't say Apple was trying to buy them, but, rather, Jobs made an offer. It was turned down.

    This implies that Jobs knows a good thing when he sees it. Although he killed the Newton, I think the reason he did it was more for Apple's financial well being at the time than a disdain for PDAs. (and, of course, there were the Under-The-Table-Microsoft-Apple-Agreement rumours floating around at the time where Microsoft would commit to making Office for the Mac a priority if Apple bowed out of the PDA race completely...but that was just a rumour... )
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    Originally posted by homer
    (and, of course, there were the Under-The-Table-Microsoft-Apple-Agreement rumours floating around at the time where Microsoft would commit to making Office for the Mac a priority if Apple bowed out of the PDA race completely...but that was just a rumour... )
    I think that rumour was just an off-shoot of the (supposedly true) story that MS pressured Apple to ship IE
    as its default browser in exchange for making Office for the Mac...
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    Originally posted by homer
    Foo:

    You've really turned into a Mac-holic, haven't you!
    Hmm...not quite. I have a soft spot for Apple, but that doesn't mean I will go Mac. That decision will be determined by a number of different factors. For now, I'll wait to see what happens around July (which is the timeframe for purchasing my next system).
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    Being one of the biggest Apple-fanatics, I would love to buy something like that ipda pictured above. But Apple is having a hard enough time keeping up with OSX and keeping their current line up fresh. I don't think we will see something from Apple anytime soon. I think it was Steve-o himself that said there was too much competition in the market for Apple to make a ROI. Especially with the current economic situation the way it is.

    On the other hand, all Apple makes right now are computers. Every other company is making other devices like MP3 players, PDA, etc. Steve also has said that they have other coming down the pipe so maybe we will have something.
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    ...and I think Apple will pay more attention to the market before recreating the PDA--again. We all know that's what they'll do, reposition the PDA as a consumer entertainment/educational device. Jobs' new catchphrase is "Digital Lifestyle," and I don't see how the current perception of a PDA really fits into this paradigm.

    An Apple PDA will need color, robust resolution, QuickTime, memory, and most importantly, OS X. The photo attached above is a good example of the quality Apple would require from a PDA. The problem: The concept is about 2 years ahead of the technology.

    BTW, the device noted above can be found at www.Go2Mac.com and in a topic I started on the [now-defunct] www.AppleInsider.com forums. I'd buy it in a minute.
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    Originally posted by GORDYmac
    An Apple PDA will need color, robust resolution, QuickTime, memory, and most importantly, OS X. The photo attached above is a good example of the quality Apple would require from a PDA. The problem: The concept is about 2 years ahead of the technology..
    Ok, I can buy color, resolution, quicktime and memory, but why would the PDA have to be running on OS X??? Sure, you would want the synchronization software to run on OS X, but putting OS X on the PDA itself seems as silly as putting, say, Windows on a PDA. Or did I misinterpret your point?
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    Jobs has stated more than once that Apple has a "single OS" strategy. Furthermore, it [OS X] should be able to be scaled down [remove Quartz, OpenGL, etc.] and still support the technologies Apple has spent years developing (Darwin, AirPort, QuickTime, AppleTalk, etc.). Finally, because it is still the Mac OS, it should be simple to find software for the device.
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    OSX on a PDA would be great. Just think of the integration (for us Mac users) between the PDA and the desktop. You could have the PDA be recognized as another disk drive and be able to browse through the files, re-organize it and transfer by a simple drag and drop method. Tight integration along with all the previous mentioned features would truly revolutionize the PDA industry.
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    Here's something for those who like to look at mock-up images:

    http://www.infosync.no/en/news/n/286.asp

    (although I personally think this is pretty ugly)
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    Originally posted by lennonhead
    OSX on a PDA would be great. Just think of the integration (for us Mac users) between the PDA and the desktop. You could have the PDA be recognized as another disk drive and be able to browse through the files, re-organize it and transfer by a simple drag and drop method. Tight integration along with all the previous mentioned features would truly revolutionize the PDA industry.
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    Originally posted by GORDYmac
    The problem: The concept is about 2 years ahead of the technology..
    I think the first PDA they came out with was ahead of it's time. That's why it didn't do so good.
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    Originally posted by Rob

    putting OS X on the PDA itself seems as silly as putting, say, Windows on a PDA.
    http://www.agendacomputing.com has a PDA running Linux. It looks pretty cool and should have a good price (around $250), but most interesting to me right now is their 160 x 240 screen.
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