It’s Thursday, Time for Two New Rumors


Oh Jennifer Anniston, is there any rom-com that you won’t do?

It’s Thursday, and I’m going to start a new regular feature titled Two Rumor Thursday. And by feature, I really mean that if I have two rumors to post up about on a Thursday, I’ll do it. Got it? Even you in the back? Alright, good. Now let’s get to it.

Rumor 1 from Apple Insider:

People with a proven track record in predicting Apple’s technological advances tell AppleInsider that the Cupertino-based company has developed a “full-on solution” to multitasking on the iPhone OS but offered no specifics on how the technology would optimize resource conservation and battery life — two of the most critical issues surrounding the matter, alongside security.

From a user-facing perspective, Apple plans to deliver a multi-tasking manager that leverages interface technology already bundled with its Mac OS X operating system, according to those same people. It was requested that specifics be withheld at this time, as the iPhone Software 4.0 remains under development and reportedly has a quite ‘way to go’ before it’s ready for prime time.

Some people would say that I forgot about multi-tasking in my amazing What I Want in the Next-Gen iPhone article. I didn’t. That’s because I really don’t care.

See, I don’t want to listen to Pandora and work on Tweetie. I’m just fine with working with the iPhone as is, no worries. Now I will say that apps such as 1Password and TextExpander would really benefit from multi-tasking, but it’s not the end of the world to me if it doesn’t happen. I don’t need my iPhone to be a computer, that’s what my MacBook Pro is for.

Rumor 2 from ZDNet:

I’m getting tips in from sources who claim that Apple is set to revamp its high-end Mac Pro line, adding a ‘hexacore’ Core i7-980x model to the line up.

All information points to this happening next Tuesday, March 16th.

The Core i7-980x is Intel’s first six-core part. Here’s the spec:

  • 3.33GHz (TurboBoost to 3.6GHz)
  • 6 cores / 12 threads
  • 32nm architecture
  • Socket LGA1366
  • 130W TDP

I don’t understand much about technical jargon, but I do know that the Intel Core-i7 is getting great reviews, and I’ve been hearing it’s coming to the laptops soon. I also know that the 3.33Ghz processor would fly in a Mac Pro, and would make me heavily consider a purchase. Well, until the price tag hit me. Then, I’d consider robbing a bank.


Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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  1. The primary reason I would want multitasking on the iPhone would be so I can stream Pandora while running Navigon in the car. The other solution, which would be absolutely awesome, would be for Navigon to simply build a Pandora player into their already great application. That would satisfy my only need for multitasking.