Apple prepares for ANOTHER announcement

Less than a week after the announcement of the video iPod, and only a month after the launch of the Nano, Apple is preparing for another launch. But i

Less than a week after the announcement of the video iPod, and only a month after the launch of the Nano, Apple is preparing for another launch. But iPod owners - and prospective buyers - can rest assured that this won't be yet another update to iPod line.

In fact, it's likely that today's event will be used to announce improvements to the G5 computers and G4 Powerbooks – Apple's professional lines that have been somewhat neglected in the recent consumer frenzy. Our friends at AppleInsider are predicting a number of speed and capacity tweaks, including a higher-resolution screen in the 17in Powerbook and the introduction of dual-core processors into the G5 towers.

AppleInsider also has details of a new Apple trademark on the word 'Vingle'. We've no idea what it means but our best guess is that it contracts the phrase 'video single', and will be used in the new iTunes store. Maybe.

Whatever happens, the future is looking rosy for Apple - the company's recent record-breaking profits have taken it into the top five US PC manufacturers, outperforming industry growth by around four hundred per cent. Add its complete dominance of the digital music market, and you have a pretty powerful corporation on your hands – and one that's not afraid to use its power, as we've seen with the way its treating online retailers who use the iPod name – our friends at Everythingipod.co.uk look set to be among the first victims of the cull.

We'd start making snide comments about Apple becoming the Microsoft of the Noughties, but we're too busy stroking our video iPods and cooing over the Pixar animations we've downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.

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