Yeah, that's been around for a bit. I'm wondering about that "six months early" comment, though: Yonah, while an awesome processor (I want one), is not 64-bit, and I thought that Apple was pretty adamant about that. And Merom isn't slated to come out until somewhere around the middle of the year, according to roadmaps published on Tom's Hardware, for instance. Perhaps Apple will be releasing a 32-bit miniMac to start with.
|I still haven't found anything concrete regarding Apple and Blu-Ray, but I'm still looking.
Well, they are members of the BDA; presumably this means they have plans to include the drives in their products, but I suppose they could just be there to keep close tabs on developments. I'd venture to say that Apple will definitely choose one or the other, at least to start. Limited hardware choices is something they are famous for: it improves the stability and "it just works"-edness of their systems.
|Since Microsoft is so adament about not supporting BD in Vista; I wonder how the tables would turn if Apple fully supports Blu-Ray in Tiger? Wonder how many Windows users would cross over to the Mac?
For that particular reason? Not too many. Not only are HTPC users are a small (though growing) subset of home theater folks, HTPC users are a small subset of PC users as well.
However, if Apple's solution is elegant and sexy enough, they might be able to sell this stuff into the living room in the same way they got into people's pockets with the iPod. In that case, I assert, they will not "cross" people over to the Mac so much as create a living-room-specific demand for a particular Mac device or devices. The number of people who will replace their desktop machine because it's harder to play Blu-ray there than on a Mac is vanishingly small.