!Amazing Apple inovation again shows the world how it's done again!!!

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Max Burke, Aug 4, 2005.

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    Max Burke Guest

    Apple Corp is on an innovation roll this year....

    First they decided that to keep ahead of the IT 'game' they'd be truly
    innovative by dumping the concept of the proprietary CPU architecture to run
    their OS on for the generic INTEL model....

    Now they've come up with this amazing piece of technology!

    Another first for Apple: Multi-Button Mouse

    Yes, that's RIGHT! A MULTI-BUTTON mouse for the Mac.....

    Whatever will they think of next????

    Max Burke, Aug 4, 2005
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    Murray Symon Guest


    Intel's processor chips are no less proprietary than the PowerPC.
    Who says that Apple will build their Intel-based models using generic
    PC architecture? Apple will still be building apples.
    Murray Symon, Aug 4, 2005
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  3. Hi there,

    Hehe! Wonders never cease! :)

    Kind regards,

    Chris Wilkinson, Brisbane, Australia.
    Anyone wishing to email me directly can remove the obvious
    spamblocker, and replace it with t p g <dot> c o m <dot> a u

    Software patents are killing YOUR freedom, STOP THEM NOW!
    http://swpat.ffii.org/ http://nosoftwarepatents.com/
    Chris Wilkinson, Aug 4, 2005
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    Rob Guest

    It has a ball for a 'wheel' which is a new thing.
    Rob, Aug 4, 2005
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    Neil Guest

    My understanding is the developer box that have been released by apple
    are P4 3.6 Ghz on a standard motherboard so the final version will be
    something similar Although I'm sure Apple will TRY and make sure You can
    only load OsX on to there intel Machines so they can charge to much for
    Neil, Aug 4, 2005
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    Bruce Knox Guest

    Glad I saw the smiley. Nothing new here.

    Where are the headlines "Apple consedes to Microsoft lead"

    Now whats the smiley for stirring?

    Bruce Knox, Aug 4, 2005
  7. Word on the street suggests that the final product will be nothing like
    the developer boxes, which were produced purely for the purpose of
    testing code compiled for x86. In fact, all of these developer boxes are
    required to eventually be returned to Apple.

    They will charge a premium for their hardware to cover the costs of
    their software development, and they will not sell OS X for generic x86
    machines as a shrink-wrapped product, because they would need to include
    drivers for every conceivable make and model of PC component. This is a
    path that Apple do not want to go down.

    Regards, Alastair.
    Wellington, New Zealand

    My supplied email address is fake. Any views expressed in this posting
    are personal and its content remains the property of Alastair. Alastair
    accepts no responsibility for any misinformation resulting from this
    Alastair McAllister, Aug 4, 2005
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    Rob J Guest

    He said CPU architecture not PC.
    Rob J, Aug 4, 2005
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    Rob J Guest

    How does Apple handle PCI slots now?
    Rob J, Aug 4, 2005
  10. Finally! Someone does a multi-button mouse right! ;o)

    No, I'm being serious. I still use the Apple-supplied mouse with my Mac.
    Some people don't like them, but I think the shape of the 'Apple Pro
    Mouse' is great and I'm glad Apple kept it. I've used a mouse on my PC
    at work with two buttons and a scroll wheel for years. The scroll wheel:
    "Eh, whatever". The extra button though is handy for contextual menus,
    which is the one thing I'd use it for on my Mac. I've tried three
    different mice on my Mac and abandoned all of them, because when I'm
    sitting in front of a Mac I'm now too used to clicking the mouse with
    three fingers. Now we know why Apple took so long on this mouse: they
    had to design one which can be used as if it only has one main button,
    just to keep me satisfied :eek:)

    Roger Johnstone, Invercargill, New Zealand
    No Silicon Heaven? Preposterous! Where would all the calculators go?

    Kryten, from the Red Dwarf episode "The Last Day"
    Roger Johnstone, Aug 4, 2005
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    Stu Fleming Guest

    Another of my patent ideas goes begging. Way back in the mid-80s when this
    debate was raging for the first time, we came up with the suggestion of
    putting a keyboard on top of a mouse ball, for a true multi-button mouse.
    Stu Fleming, Aug 4, 2005
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    AD. Guest

    Nope. Apple will be only be publicly releasing Pentium M based systems
    (in laptops and minis first) and requires everyone to give back the leased
    P4 based dev machines so they can shred em a year from now when they
    release actual products.
    AD., Aug 4, 2005
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    AD. Guest

    All joking aside, it is actually a pretty innovative device.

    eg trackball instead of scrollwheel, the two buttons aren't really
    separate buttons - it can tell which side of the mouse you're pressing on

    And it still seamlessly works the same way for those users used to a
    single button mouse.
    AD., Aug 4, 2005
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    PAM. Guest

    PAM., Aug 4, 2005
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    Jeremy Guest

    Jeremy, Aug 5, 2005
  16. [title line clarified a little]

    Another of my patent ideas goes begging. Way back in the mid-80s when this
    debate was raging for the first time, we came up with the suggestion of
    putting a keyboard on top of a mouse ball, for a true multi-button mouse.[/QUOTE]

    Byte magazine did that in a spoof item at the time. It was an answer to
    the eternal question "how many buttons on a mouse?". Their solution was
    "all of them"--put the entire keyboard on the mouse.
    Lawrence D¹Oliveiro, Aug 5, 2005
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