And speaking of making bad predictions, several months ago I boldly wrote that Apple would be adding hardware H.264 support to virtually its entire product line. This made sense to hardly anyone at the time, though the ability to support H.264 video ENCODING could have brought dramatic service possibilities to the Macintosh line (HD iChat anyone?). Well call me stupid, but at this point I’d like to specify exactly which H.264 chip I still expect Apple to use. It’s the Type A H.264 Codec LSI from NTT Electronics, presumably a consumer version of the broadcast H.264 chip NTT Electronics introduced at the NAB show in April.
This consumer chip is sampling now and will be in mass production in October, which makes it too late for any Apple Christmas products but just right for a very interesting Macworld show in January.
Internal H.264 would make the Mac leap so far ahead of all other platforms it’s a wonder it hasn’t happened by now. I don’t like the idea of having to wait until sometime in 2008. It would have been a natural for this holiday buying season — that’s also when people buy and use camcorders. Think of all that already-in-H.264 video that could added to YouTube immediately, bypassing Flash! Suddenly, the iPhone would be the killer delivery system for YouTube vids. And just think of all those ready-for-iTunes video (p)odcasts. TV is so dead.
–linkswipe via The iPhone Blog