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The solution to all of these problems is of course to introduce a low-power, slower-speed chip specifically for laptops. Apple and Motorola have done this in the past with G4 laptop chips. Intel has done this with its Centrino line of processors too.

Despite the fact we rarely post on rumors, this one is too good, and too obvious, to pass up. Engadget seems to have gotten a source at Apple to open up a bit for discussion about the next generation of AppleTV hardware – and it’s a marked departure from anything we’ve seen thus far.

The new AppleTV is promised to be even more stripped down than today’s version, feature the same Apple A4 ARM-based CPU found in the current iPad. Combined with a number of video and audio decoding chips, the new ATV is reportedly able to output up to 1080p HD video – a serious must for a media-centric box coming out in 2010.

Of course, most people don’t remember the failure of the Cube in 2001 because it was during that same year that Jobs took the stage to introduce the first iPod, that little white MP3 player that transformed the way people listen to music. Sales within the first two years of the iPod’s release were so impressive that iPod revenue was on course to exceed Mac sales.

Jobs followed the success of the iPod with iTunes in 2003, the iPhone in 2007, the App Store in 2008, and the iPad in 2010. During this decade of “iDevices” Jobs became even more famous for his stage presence during product announcements and his devoted legions of Apple followers.

Behind the stage, Jobs was gradually rebuilding his sometimes unpleasant reputation as a hard-working, difficult boss who oversaw development of each Apple product and rejected prototypes that didn’t meet his exceedingly demanding standards.With its impressive array of specs, Apple is boasting that the new Mac Pro will provide speeds up to 2.5 times faster than the current Mac Pro with up to 7 teraflops of computer power. Unfortunately, while Apple did reveal a great deal about its upgraded desktop, the company did not reveal a price point.

Has Apple found the form factor of the future? We’ll find out soon as the device is expected to release later this year.

But the one that really shocked me was a CNN/Fortune article that questioned whether iOS chief (and rumored heir to the throne) Scott Forstall should be fired for the Maps and the Siri mess prior.

Siri was arguably another Apple embarrassment, because the voice activated system proved rather easy to confuse unless you just needed to ask about the weather and couldn’t bother to see if it was raining outside your window. (Although there were rumors Siri actually knew better.)

As Apple stock prices soared with every new announcement, the first decade of the 21st century became “the decade of Apple” (and also called “the decade of Steve” by CNN). Today, Apple has sold more than 275 million iPods, more than 100 million iPhones and more than 25 million iPads worldwide (CNN). These sales figures are fueled in part by more than 300 retail stores in 11 countries, all of which are operated by Apple.It’s been a year since Steve Jobs found out that death doesn’t recognize a Reality Distortion Field. The overarching question in that time would be whether Apple would survive long term after the passing of its creator. Would there be a CEO capable of leading Apple not named Jobs?

It’s still too soon in Tim Cook’s tenure to make a firm declaration in either direction, in my opinion. Jobs did run the company for 22 years over the course of two terms, after all. It was said when he died, Jobs had reviewed all product plans for the next four years, so his stamp will be on Apple for a little longer.

That said, if he was involved in what we’ve seen over the last year, his illness might have clouded his vision. Apple made a few horrendous mistakes in his final years — from the Final Cut disaster to the Mac Pro neglect — which I had long attributed to the company being devoid of leadership at the top since he was sick but would not relinquish power.

The iOS 5 Maps fiasco is definitely the most critical problem to happen to the post-Jobs Apple, and the fallout has been remarkable to watch. Fortunately for Apple, most consumers are not concerned with the maps problem or letting it discourage them from buying the iPhone 5.

What I did notice is that people are ridiculing the once-untouchable Apple in a way that was unthinkable in 2009, especially the press. Apple was notoriously petulant toward the press who did not prostate themselves before the almighty fruit and many members of the press were left out of Apple events if they were even the least bit critical of the company.

ZDNet asked if Apple “had jumped the shark.” Forbes said Jobs “would have never released iOS 6 like this” (true) and Computerworld quoted a PR specialist who compared the blunder with 2010’s “Antennagate” brouhaha over the iPhone 4 antenna.

Unfortunately, at the same time that Apple was on course to become one of the biggest financial success stories in history, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer. In 2004, he announced to his employees that he was being treated for pancreatic cancer. His rapid loss of weight and unhealthy appearance at keynote speeches caused many people to suspect the worst. Concerns over Jobs’ failing health only got worse when Bloomberg’s wire service accidentally published Jobs’ obituary in August of 2008.

Jobs took a six-month medical leave of absence in 2009 to undergo a liver transplant. He took another medical leave in January this year before resigning as Apple’s CEO in August.The multimillion-dollar question is, “How will the death of Steve Jobs impact Apple?” The truth is that no one knows … but we can make some educated guesses based on observations of the company’s successes and failures.

Jobs was not only a co-founder of Apple and the recognized voice of the company, but his hands-on approach during product development meant that every Apple product was a “Steve Jobs product.” Not only did this help Apple deliver consistent design elements for everything from iPods and iPhones to MacBook Airs and iPads, but it also meant that Jobs took responsibility not just for success, but for failure as well.

Jobs nominated COO Tim Cook (pictured next to Steve Jobs at left) to replace him as Apple’s CEO, but it’s unknown whether Cook will step in and take the same hands-on leadership roll … not just taking the reins but taking center stage and taking full responsibility for the success or failure of each new product.

Will future Apple products be “Tim Cook products” or will Apple’s future rest in the hands of a team approach? Perhaps Apple will benefit from a kinder, gentler CEO who embraces team input rather than defining the direction of every product? On the other hand, Apple tried the “team approach” when Jobs left the company in 1986 and the team at Cupertino floundered in financial mediocrity without the singular vision of a hands-on leader.

The future of Apple might not be certain, but Steve Jobs created a solid foundation upon which Tim Cook and the rest of the team at Apple can build. The trick will be whether or not someone is willing to take full responsibility for maintaining and building upon the house that Steve built from those humble beginnings in his parents’ garage.

On Monday Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing, took the stage at the company’s developer conference providing users with a sneak peak of the new Mac Pro desktop PC.

The updated Mac Pro will offer impressive performance in a manageable form. The device opts for an entirely new architecture and will be equipped with an Intel Xeon E5 processor; with standard dual AMD workstation discrete graphics processors, and will support 4k ultra-high definition displays at launch. The device will also offer impressive connectivity and data retrieval with Thunderbolt 2 and PCIe-based flash storage. According to Apple, the new Mac Pro will achieve all of this in a form factor that is roughly one eighth the size of the pervious Mac Pro.

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