PC's bewegen zich steeds verder richting de consumer electronics markt, zo analyseert C|Net. Uiteraard hebben we dit allemaal te danken aan Saint Steve, die wrede man die handelt in militair wapentuig (check de PowerMac G4 propaganda spotjes) :
Apple's faster and cheaper iMacs are likely to be a hit with consumers. But more importantly for Apple, the machines represent the latest step in the computer maker's drive to become a premier consumer electronics company.
Within their translucent cases, Apple has incorporated software and hardware capable of "desktop video publishing," as the company calls it. The two top models of iMacs, dubbed DV and DV Special Edition, come with a DVD-ROM drive, special movie editing software designed by Apple, and high-speed, plug-and-play connections for digital video camcorders called FireWire.
Apple said there are already about 7 million camcorders with FireWire connections on the market. This means there's a large group of consumers who can easily tape events and dump video into the computer for editing and playback, and then store the edited material back on tape again.
"I think its going to be the next big thing," said Steve Jobs, interim CEO of Apple, in a speech Tuesday.
[...] Eventually, Apple thinks it can democratize broadcasting in the same way it spurred the advent of desktop publishing some 20 years ago. Besides offering a complete package for video editing, Apple eventually wants to help people create their own television stations by reselling them transmission time for broadcasting everything from garage-band concerts to cooking lessons.
Hail to the wereldverbeterende Steve, baby!