The Mac Set
Something Significant Impending
10 September 1999.
From today's MacOSRumors:
The Apple Expo 99 is aimed more at the home market, whereas Seybold was aimed at the commercial market - a natural event to have announced the G4s. In other words, expect something big regarding iMacs at Apple Expo.
10 September 1999.
Longtime ianman efriend Hedge has been so impressed with some of the Mac Set material that he's reproduced it at his own site (and in a fresh new style of his own). Take a look. Also worth a look is his own Mac Rave page.
Sim City 3000
16 September, 1999.
From Apple's Hot News section comes the following, showing the importance of Apple to computer gaming:
SimCity started on the Mac, notes Tim LeTourneau, associate producer at Maxis, the division of Electronic Arts that created the game back in 1993.
"I know Mac users had to wait a little longer than expected to get SimCity 3000, and we wanted to do something special for them," he says. "Given the ability to to put new landmarks in the game via a download, we figured it was the perfect way to give Mac users something no one else had. Apple's developer relations group was really supportive, and got us inside to take some pictures of the Apple Campus. Apply some artistic talent and, voila, the Apple Campus Landmark was born. Everyone who's seen it thinks it looks awesome, and I'm really psyched to be able to give this to the Mac users."
And the cursors are 32 bit colour as well (but black and white on the PC version.)
21 September 1999.
Great shame. Motorola not doing their job well enough for the demand:
PS. Just so you don't forget, The Hobbit was first published 62 years ago today.
27 September 1999.
Some folks may have been disappointed that the new model of iMac wasn't announced at Apple Expo 99 in Paris. In hindsight, perhaps it was a little soon after the announcement of the professional G4 line. It's also possible that they simply want to wait until they know when MacOS 9 will be ready, which they naturally want to ship with the new iMac.
However, this really works in our favour, because the longer Apple delays it, the better the announcement is likely to be - they will have had more time to amalgamate G4 technology, for example.
But how soon will the announcement be? Consider that the Apple Store was selling blue and white G3s with free extra RAM in the few weeks before the G4s were announced. For several weeks iMacs have been selling from the Apple Store bundled with a scanner. Quote Apple:
Also, Apple retailers in the States have been recently warned to get rid of remaining 333MHz iMac stocks. And from Apple developer info we have it about as officially as it can get without Steve Jobs saying it:
... with links to those logos. Yes, it will be very soon now. Another source claims a definite date two weeks away, event unknown. And just so you salivate even more, its DVD drive is rumoured to be trayless - just a slot, as seen in car players.
FireWire DVD iMac, here we come.
28 September 1999.
From the Chicago Tribune article You Can Call Me Timmy But Don't Call Me Al by James Coates dated 27 September 1999:
Note that Steve Jobs was not then iCEO of Apple.
28 September 1999.
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At Apple's Request
29 September 1999.
At Apple's request, all those rumour sites that had the photos of the new iMac have removed them. (Please note that The Mac Set is not officially a rumour site. And Apple doesn't know about me. :-)
My favourite MacOSRumors posted this note:
At Apple Insider, they still have the articles but all the photos now look like scaled variations of this rather more strongly worded "request":
15 October 1999.
Every so often I suppose that any good company will get its fair share of gripes - we live in an imperfect world, after all. This first one (from an article at Low End Mac) can at least partially be attributed to an earthquake in Taiwan.
That's not the worst problem, though. Due to Motorola not being able to supply enough G4 CPUs Apple has announced that it is downgrading its entire G4 product line by 50MHz - without reducing the price! The much-desired 500MHz G4s are now not expected until the beginning of next year. Also, they have cancelled all outstanding backorders for G4 systems. These things have naturally not gone down well with Apple customers, so they are doing a quick reconsider and will announce something in the next day or two.
On the more hopeful side, to increase availability of G4s Apple has just announced a deal for IBM to supply more G4s than Motorola could alone.
17 October 1999.