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Dec 22, 2006, 08:41 AM
 
hey guys, long time reader first time poster. I went on the apple site today to order myself an isight camera and noticed it was nowhere to be found. any one heard of a possible upgrade or discontinue of it? perhaps they will incorporate a built in isight to the apple displays soon?
     
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Dec 22, 2006, 09:21 AM
 
poof, gone. The isight is over.
     
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Dec 22, 2006, 03:55 PM
 
I to went to the apple store to get one for my mother and apple store clerk told me they were pulled off the shelf and not getting any new ones. The guy also said he thought they might be getting a new model in Jan. However I find it hard from a money making perspective that they would pull the old ones off because a new model was coming out in Jan. Any other perspective would be great.
     
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Dec 22, 2006, 05:45 PM
 
I've heard either that, the cinema displays may have them built in, or that the isights were creating a lot of waste when being recycled and got the environmental people on their ass.
     
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Dec 22, 2006, 10:48 PM
 
hm, i hope they do come out with a new model soon, especially if its gonna be built into the displays. But then what is every1 else gonna do? Get a different camera i guess.
     
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The used prices for iSights will go through the roof.
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Dec 23, 2006, 12:01 AM
 
Originally Posted by mBurns View Post
The used prices for iSights will go through the roof.
They have already, check out amazon for a used isight for $269.00.
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 12:26 AM
 
now i really hope they come out with a new model soon because im not spending that much for an isight!
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 12:31 AM
 
Check my blog (link on sig). I reported this to MacNN after I noticed this on the 18th. I hope there will be a option of having one built-in to the display.

EDIT: here is the thread I posted about incorperating the iSight into Apples displays when I noticed that they weren't at the store: http://forums.macnn.com/89/macnn-lou...hould-do-make/
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Dec 23, 2006, 02:15 AM
 
apparently i just read that there are rumors of a new thinner lighter apple display with built in isight going to be announced at macworld san francisco.
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 02:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by arng1 View Post
apparently i just read that there are rumors of a new thinner lighter apple display with built in isight going to be announced at macworld san francisco.
where?!?!
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Originally Posted by arng1 View Post
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Dec 23, 2006, 03:32 AM
 
One thing is what if you have a MB(P) or iMac with a iSight already built and your running dual display. Will the iSight on the main display be the one thats on?
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Dec 23, 2006, 12:56 PM
 
Apple pulled iSight from European stores a while back. It was primarily because of EU regulations about lead content of electronic devices. I expect a newly designed, lead free, gorgeous iSight in the near future. Maybe not to compete with the theoretical display with iSight built in, but to compliment it.

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Dec 23, 2006, 03:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by C.A.T.S. CEO View Post
One thing is what if you have a MB(P) or iMac with a iSight already built and your running dual display. Will the iSight on the main display be the one thats on?
you'd obviously be able to choose between the two
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I think Peter is right.
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 03:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by Peter View Post
you'd obviously be able to choose between the two
It only makes sense if the iSight that is the the one in the main display (the one with the dock, menubar, etc.)
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Dec 23, 2006, 03:41 PM
 
They're going for $200+ on eBay right now lol.
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Originally Posted by stwain2003 View Post
They're going for $200+ on eBay right now lol.
Thats insane. Nobody will bid on them unless Apple doesn't announce a new one at MWSF
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Dec 23, 2006, 06:09 PM
 
I don't really get why this is such a bit deal... they arnt that great!!!!! Not worth. 200+US

Sure they look good but there are better out there now. Anyone know what the specs. of the new one will be ???
     
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Originally Posted by richardwigley View Post
I don't really get why this is such a bit deal... they arnt that great!!!!! Not worth. 200+US

Sure they look good but there are better out there now. Anyone know what the specs. of the new one will be ???
We won't know till its out. Apple doesn't tell people before a new product is released.
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Dec 23, 2006, 10:57 PM
 
According to the rumor, possible HDCP in the new displays. Looks like Blu-ray in the MP is coming too, possibly?

And... that sucks, the standalone iSight is far better than the built-in ones.
     
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Dec 23, 2006, 11:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by Brien View Post
According to the rumor, possible HDCP in the new displays. Looks like Blu-ray in the MP is coming too, possibly?

And... that sucks, the standalone iSight is far better than the built-in ones.
I would like the new displays to have more inputs. Like HDMI and maybe S-Video. Hell, lets add some speakers!
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why speakers?
     
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Originally Posted by MattJeff View Post
why speakers?
If you had HDMI you would want some speakers. Apple stopped selling there speakers awhile ago and it would be nice for a comeback.
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Originally Posted by Brien View Post
According to the rumor, possible HDCP in the new displays. Looks like Blu-ray in the MP is coming too, possibly?

And... that sucks, the standalone iSight is far better than the built-in ones.
I dont know about that, I here alot of people saying the built-in isight is clearer than the original. Personally i cant tell the difference.
     
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Dec 24, 2006, 03:15 AM
 
whats HDMI? and wasnt apple Creating some, this may be way off, creating some camera that is in-between the pixles? so it blended in with the screen itself.
     
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Originally Posted by MattJeff View Post
whats HDMI? and wasnt apple Creating some, this may be way off, creating some camera that is in-between the pixles? so it blended in with the screen itself.
you don't know? Apple is putting it in the iTV.

EDIT: huge imgs

Wiki link: High-Definition Multimedia Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Dec 24, 2006, 07:15 PM
 
I also read that they maybe adding a 17 inch to the line. Which would be nice for me as a second display. Especially if they have the ability to rotate 90 degrees into portrait mode.
     
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Dec 25, 2006, 07:30 PM
 
I'm still amazed that people are paying over $100, much less $200, for a 320x240x30 webcam with a fancy case.
     
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Dec 26, 2006, 02:42 AM
 
i cant afford apples displays, they need to help us poor artists.
     
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Dec 28, 2006, 12:14 AM
 
i don't get apple's thinking here.. by building iSight into their whole product line they're excluding themselves from secure business environments, or any secure environment for that matter. it'll be impossible to buy a mac display without an iSight if they build them into their cinema displays, as every other product except the mini has one already. i think they should give buyers an option to opt out on a couple of their products, at least the MBP and future ACD models, at least that way we can choose
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
I'm still amazed that people are paying over $100, much less $200, for a 320x240x30 webcam with a fancy case.
In the immortal word of Lex Luthor:
WRONNNNNNGGG!

ISight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :
"iSight's ¼-inch color CCD sensor has a 640×480-pixel VGA resolution, and it has a custom-designed three-part F/2.8 lens with two aspherical elements. It features autoexposure, autofocusing from 50 mm to infinity, and video capture at 30 frames per second in 24-bit color with a variety of shutter speeds. iSight includes internal microphones with dual-element noise suppression."

640x480x30fps cam with autofocus lens, autoexposure, mic and firewire (this cam came out before USB2 was common on Apple hardware IIRC).

Thanks for playing though!
     
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Originally Posted by OtisWild View Post
In the immortal word of Lex Luthor:
WRONNNNNNGGG!

ISight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :
"iSight's ¼-inch color CCD sensor has a 640×480-pixel VGA resolution, and it has a custom-designed three-part F/2.8 lens with two aspherical elements. It features autoexposure, autofocusing from 50 mm to infinity, and video capture at 30 frames per second in 24-bit color with a variety of shutter speeds. iSight includes internal microphones with dual-element noise suppression."

640x480x30fps cam with autofocus lens, autoexposure, mic and firewire (this cam came out before USB2 was common on Apple hardware IIRC).

Thanks for playing though!
As the developers note says "The iSight camera uses a CCD video sensor to generate a color image as large as 640 x 480 pixels." Note "generate" rather than "capture".
Also, from the iMac iSight page: "with four times the resolution of previous iSight"
Hard to quadruple the resolution and end up at 640x480 if you're not starting at 320x240.
     
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Jan 1, 2007, 03:47 AM
 
Apple uses Magic to do that. its not hard. who cares. the isight is badass, you would know that if you had one.
     
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LOL!!!!

I can't believe this. In mid December I got my mom one and thought "Jeez, these things are pricey" at the $149 tag, what luck!
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I don't see what is wrong with other brands of webcams...
     
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Originally Posted by Cassifire View Post
I don't see what is wrong with other brands of webcams...
nothing.. except they dont look as hot sitting next to a G5/Mac Pro
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They're still available at some of the online Apple Stores, like Korea.
     
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they will probably upgrade them. or there was a saftey issue
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i'm not sure what the up roar is all about, it's the nature of the business sometimes when companies pull their product from the shelves before the next model comes out. Cingular wireless does this with some phones before the new ones are released. believe me i've had to wait. just be patient and the new isight will out soon.
     
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Originally Posted by nationwide View Post
i'm not sure what the up roar is all about, it's the nature of the business sometimes when companies pull their product from the shelves before the next model comes out. Cingular wireless does this with some phones before the new ones are released. believe me i've had to wait. just be patient and the new isight will out soon.
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so has their been an update on the isight?
     
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so has their been an update on the isight?
It's gone. Macs, except the mini and the Mac Pro, come with iSight built in. It's not on the Apple Store site anymore, so I'm assuming it's gone for good.

Also, it's there, not their.
     
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The iSight was a great camera. The built-in cameras in the laptops lack a whole lot of features, not the least of which is the ability to aim the thing. I hope Apple comes back with a new camera, soon.
     
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I'll buy as soon as they make a new stand-alone unit.
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Feb 27, 2007, 02:16 AM
 
they need to make one that like 2 or 3 megapixel. look at HP /sony their camera is 1.3 mega pixel. i had a friend at my house the other day he has an LG cell phone with 1.3 MP and it looks way better the i sight even in the dark. apple makes such a big deal about isight when it looks so crapy when its on.
     
 
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