Apple Rumors Fly as Macworld Nears
With Mac enthusiasts buzzing about the San Francisco trade show, Apple is fighting back against Web sites that hint at a sub-$600 Macintosh desktop computer, an external audio connector for musical instruments, and a new or revamped productivity suite.Unlike most computer manufacturers, Apple shrouds its product plans in secrecy, often unveiling surprise announcements at its annual Macworld expo and usually leading to rampant speculation among the faithful beforehand. But the run-up to this years San Francisco show, which begins Jan. 10, was a quiet one for the Mac-centric rumor Web sitesuntil last week. Then, a spate of rumorsabout a sub-$600 Macintosh desktop computer, an external audio connector for musical instruments, and a new or revamped productivity suitesuddenly sprung onto the scene.
And in response, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer Inc. filed suit in Santa Clara County Superior Court against three Web sites, citing inappropriate publication of what the company claimed were trade secrets.