New Apple Announcements

I am not an Apple user but today I watched the release event of a host of new products including the iTV which will be a new wireless set top box from Apple. Here are the highlights of the event today:


-All models are 52% smaller in volume than previous nano. new charger, new armband, new lanyard
-8GB is $249 in all colors
-4GB is $199 in all colors but black
-2GB is $149 in silver only

iTunes 7

-3 different views of iTunes
-iTunes will give you cover art for free if you are missing cover art
-TV shows are now encoded at 640×480 (h264), up from 320×240
-You can update your iPod from right inside iTunes

Movies from iTunes

-Near DVD quality. Same encoding as TV shows at 640×480. If you have a 5mb/s broadband connection, it will take approximately 30 minutes to download a movie
-New releases 12.99 preorders and first week, after that up to 14.99
-most titles will be 9.99
-films from Walt Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, Miramax
-75 films online today, more every week and month
-Dolby surround audio in videos


-Apple is releasing its long-rumored set-top box in Q1 2007. It will be Wireless
-1/2 size of Mac Mini, built-in power supply, USB, Ethernet, 802.11 “wireless component video”, optical audio and HDMI ports, plus old RCA stereo audio ports. Works with Apple Remote
-Like a Mac Mini… iTV is its name
-Apple is now in your den, living room, car, pocket works with iTunes on PC or Mac. price will be $299
-iTV lets you get access to trailers and itunes store selected content from internet

What is the job of a home theater installer?

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers, also called service technicians, repair a variety of equipment, including televisions and radios, stereo components, video and audio disc players, video cameras, and video recorders. They also install and repair home security systems, intercom equipment, satellite television dishes, and home theater systems, which consist of large-screen televisions and sophisticated surround-sound audio components.

Customers usually bring small, portable equipment to repair shops for servicing. Repairers at these locations, known as bench technicians, are equipped with a full array of electronic tools and parts. When larger, less mobile equipment breaks down, customers may pay repairers to come to their homes. These repairers, known as field technicians, travel with a limited set of tools and parts, and attempt to complete the repair at the customer’s location. If the job is complex, technicians may bring defective components back to the shop for thorough diagnosis and repair.

When equipment breaks down, repairers check for common causes of trouble, such as dirty or defective components. Many repairs consist simply of cleaning and lubricating equipment. If routine checks do not locate the trouble, repairers may refer to schematics and manufacturers’ specifications that provide instructions on how to locate problems. Repairers use a variety of test equipment to diagnose and identify malfunctions. Multimeters detect short circuits, failed capacitors, and blown fuses by measuring voltage, current, and resistance. Color-bar and dot generators provide onscreen test patterns, signal generators test signals, and oscilloscopes and digital storage scopes measure complex waveforms produced by electronic equipment. Repairs may involve removing and replacing a failed capacitor, transistor, or fuse. Repairers use handtools, such as pliers, screwdrivers, soldering irons, and wrenches, to replace faulty parts. They also make adjustments to equipment, such as focusing and converging the picture of a television set or balancing the audio on a surround-sound system.

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