A Blu Apple?

22 02 2008

With the recent victory of Blu-Ray as the next-gen format, and with Apple belonging to the Blu-Ray disc camp since 2005, it is only natural that we should start to see Blu-Ray in Apple products.

Apple has long been known to bring new standards to the table. Take USB, or the floppy drive for example: When the original iMac was introduced with just USB, hardware manufactures scrambled to make peripherals, even though PC’s had been shipping with USB for years. While the switch was annoying for the early buyers, the iMac is credited for making USB what it is today — and for killing off the floppy.

Others, and myself, speculated for the past 3 years that we would soon see the introduction of Blu-Ray drives into Apple products — particularly as a build-to-order (BTO) option! However, over these past few years the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray battle rocked us all, and that could be the reason behind the inaction. Was Apple waiting for a clear winner? Is Blu-Ray still too expensive, even for BTO?! After all, Steve Jobs said that 2005 was the year of High-Def! We are almost three months into 2008!

What that reason was, or is, we will find out soon. I get the feeling that this year, we will see Blu-Ray drives in Macs, possibly standard but most likely BTO. Also, conveniently, with the AppleTV and iTunes shift into the living room, we could see another possible collaboration between Apple and Blu-Ray. It is also good to keep in mind that Steve Jobs is the largest shareholder in Disney, which supported the Blu-Ray camp since the beginning. Be it a free digital download with purchase of a Blu-Ray disc, a hardware upgrade to the Apple TV or something else, time can only tell. The future is Blu.



2 responses to “A Blu Apple?”

24 02 2008
Sidney San Martin (04:03:46) :

What I’m waiting for is the next-gen SuperDrive (ExtremeDrive?) with BD-R and BD-RE.

The tech world moves fast. I’m calling readers as build-to-order in the next few months and standard by year’s end.

27 02 2008
dlodewyk (00:57:01) :

That would be nice.

I am glad a format won. Now I know what to buy.
Not that I have the money, but at least I now know.
An HDTV/Blueray Player is not one of my top priorities
but it is good to know that one of them won. Good
for everyone I suppose, we can move on.

I am hoping Apple gets rentals out Canada way soon,
and hopefully it does not take as long as the iPhone
(ie. Never). We have a pathetic selection of TV shows
so my hopes are not that high. I am still hoping to skip
the Blueray and get my HD content off the iTunes store
and onto an Apple TV. Unfortunately this seems to be
further into the future than I would like.

dlodewyk ~

‘O, woe is me’ -Shakespeare.

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