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It's definitely MacWorld time.. just about all the Mac-related sites are either groaning under the strain, or have given up the ghost entirely, like Ars Technica. ^_^;; One of the survivors seems to be here, though. Not much in the bulk of the keynote, but now:


Intel CEO is on stage in A BUNNY SUIT!

“Intel’s Ready”. Apple’s ready too. Hard work … nights and weekends ….

Something big is coming

INTEL iMac!!! Same form factor! First Mac with intel processor today. built-in iSight. Front Row. Same features and same prices as non-Intel iMacs

What’s the difference?

TWO TO THREE TIMES FASTER than predecessor, dual cores “Intel Core Duo”. Speed scores blow the G5 out of the water. [oh snap]. 3.2 times faster.

10.4.4 is Native x86, all apps it ships with are native, all universal binaries, including new products, on the disk, in the Box.
All Pro apps with be universal binaries by August. Trade-in PowerPC disks for intel disks for $49

Quark XPress is universal binary.

All iMacs ship with Rosetta (transparent emulation for non-universal binaries) Office runs great on Rosetta.

Roz Ho on stage. From the Microsoft Mac Business Unit. They’ve worked hard to make sure Office works well on Rosetta. They’re on track for Universal Binary migration. New M$ products for at least 5 years, per official agreement.

Photoshop is crazy fast on the new Macs, even with Rosetta

Safari is incredibly fast.

The new iMacs are shipping …. dot dot dot … TODAY!.

All Macs will be Intel by 2007

New mac ad showing: like the old ones … but snarky.




MacBook Pro. New Name!

Intel core DUO! 4 to 5 times faster than the PPC powerbook.

Aluminum-looking. Different sleep light. One Inch thin!! Thinnest ever! 15.4″ screen, as bright as the cinema display! iSight built-in!


Irda port. Apple Remote. Front Row. Magsafe: Safety power cord … a magnet. No more accidents.

5.6 lbs.

Two models: low-end and high-end.

Shipping in February. Order today.


[Edit] The MacBook Pro specs are over here. Compared to the 17" PBG4, it's much the same (save for the big difference :), with the loss of Firewire 800, but gaining Radeon Mobility X1600 with 256MB (was Radeon Mobility 9700 with 128MB), 1GB of memory on the faster model (was 512MB), and the Front Row remote & integral iSight. No mention of battery life, which is a little worrying. Interestingly, they've finally abandoned the internal modem - that's now a USB optional extra.
I would just like to say:

*sproi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oi-oing!* Be still my wallet! I am such an Apple whore.
I'm with you there. Shall we form a support group? I feel there will be many wallets in need of counselling.

(For me, I'd love to see what video compression performance is like between the new 'book and the 1.67GHz PBG4 - that's one of the few uses for real processor power I have. Not that good Virtual PC performance would hurt, and one might anticipate a slight improvement there)
In all x86 tests, the duo is OK, doesn't beat the athlon64 x2 though. But compared to the G4 it'll kick ass. (As long as the app is multi-threaded, which most are)
Are apple going to continue with software fixes updates for the old processors?
I'd imagine so, as the Intel shift's going to take a good while to complete. I'd expect Leopard will ship as a Universal Binary, possibly the next major version too.
Surely a Universal will be a compromise between the 2?
Effectively, yes - it just means the apps become a bit larger, but they're as easy to "install" as ever. (ie drag and drop where you want; an OS X ".app" appears like a single file, but it's actually a small hierearchy of resources and executable(s), as in the OpenStep days)

I remember when Apple had to pull ads in some markets. When they had the ads saying the G4 was the worlds fastest computer, and the complaints came in of false advertising.

Wonder if some company will be allowed to sell OS X and Win XP dual boot machines.
Oh, indeed, there was quite the geek kerfuffle over that. ^_^ I'm going to be very interested to see how the current 1.67GHz MPC7447A PowerBook G4 compares to the newcomer as far as H.264 compression goes, given that's a compute-intensive task, not memory bandwidth bound. I'd certainly hope the new model's faster, given it's a dual-core processor.

I'd think dual-booting should be possible on Apple's systems (although Virtual PC would probably be a better proposition - able to use both simultaneously, and have multiple virtual machines too) - but any other OEM? Tricky. Problem is, of course, OS X costs a fair amount to develop, and Apple's not in the same position as Microsoft of being able to economically offer very cheap licenses; still, who knows? Maybe something could be worked out along the lines of a scaled reduction in price as volume increased, or even a more or less fixed fee for some duration. At the end of it, it's got to be worth the trouble, as any OEM would be competing against Apple for hardware sales, so they'd need to see an increase overall, not just letting their own sales get slurped up by others.

I wonder who might, realistically, offer an OS X system? Sony comes to mind pretty readily, but we've seen the corporate culture clash there. But they're amongst the few manufacturers able to make attractive laptops, it seems, let alone turning them into boat anchors. (The other developer on my client's project has a recent Vaio, and it's really quite a nice unit, save for the OS)
Prediction here: Only apple will be offering systems that come with OS X.
Running OS X on a normal PC will be illegal and apple will bitch slap you with a C&D if you try.
(So you'll have to get it from the "underground")
Ah, you never know. There's interest from OEMs, but none from Jobs; but things change. Remember when he took over Apple, and insisted on using an x86 laptop running OpenStep rather than anything from Apple?

Still, I wouldn't consider it one of his top priorities - that'd be a very complex arena to enter into, and at the end of it, any license fees would have to make it worthwhile. No sense, after all, in letting Sony take ten sales in exchange for ten of Apple's, if Sony only had to pay $50 each time - but if Sony could actually grow their own sales base, or by a suitable factor that outweighed the realistic internal unit growth, then it could be a viable proposition.

As for anyone else running OS X themselves, rather than offering it commercially, that'll probably be fine - after all, there's no copy protection on OS X, less still anything like product activation. (There are serial numbers required for OS X Server, as I recall) Again, of course, that could all change.

Me? I've got Hyzenthlay, and it's absolutely wonderful to program, use, and look at. ^_^
You mean besides the DRM stuff to stop OS X86 running on non-apple x86 machines?
Hate to disappoint but it's not a bunny suit as we know it. Take a look at http://engadget.com/2006/01/10/steve-jobs-keynote-live-from-macworld-2006/ for more info and pictures. I've never heard of those suits called bunny suits before...
I was quite disappointed when I first heard about "bunny suits", and then saw what they meant. ^_^;; (Nice touch, the "burning bunny suit" ad being played when they announced the Intel changeover, dating from the days when the PPC750 family trounced the P2, and when Motorola had an interest in the desktop/laptop processor market. How things change.. all the consoles, including Microsoft's, are PPC (or ARM), and now all the desktops and laptops are Intel, including Apple's :)
I *really* want to make a snarky comment about them sticking to a single button on the trackpad on the new laptop but... sigh.

"MacBook Pro" really is a *horrible* name. Yegads. For some reason it reminds me of "Arch Deluxe". (The "Pro" Big Mac.) That said, I will be most interested in seeing how much quicker these machines are then the G4s. To be honest, the G4 has just never impressed me, at least for "everyday use". AltiVec is cute and all, but I'd trade it for a faster overall core anyday. And now that SSE lets you use the excellent floating-point hardware Intel turns out for doing most of what AltiVec does it's not going to be much of a loss.

On the down side, once the Intel 'books start showing up at work that'll put an end to being able to upgrade my home Macs by Carbon Copy Cloner-ing a new out-of-box one. ;^> It'll also be interesting to see how long said home Macs stay supported at all. (I'm guessing the Blue and White is DOA next release. The Titanium will *probably* make it to 10.5, although it's possible Apple might be exceedingly aggressive and make the next cut-off point macs equipped with USB2.)
I've never missed two buttons. ^_^ Particularly now the PBG4 has a second Command button to the right of the space bar, rather than - on quite a few of the PowerBooks - another Option key. So if I want to open a link in OmniWeb in a background tab, I just press Option with my middle finger (where it's usually resting anyway) as well as the button. Other than that, the only time I find myself using the contextual menus is occasionally wanting to delve inside a .pkg.

Definitely agreed on the name. :-P Obviously, they wanted to distinguish the new models from the PowerPC ones, but "MacBook" has two plosives, one in the middle. Oh well. I envision the PowerBook monicker lingering much longer than His Steveness would approve of. :)

It seems like SIMD in general's being gently deprecated (gods know, SSE2/3 isn't a patch on Altivec) in favor of greatly increased use of GPU functionality. Obviously, it'll take some in-depth reviews to work out what the speed difference is, but whatever the merits of the MPC7447A vs Yonah cores, the simple virtue of the newcomer being a dual-core processor (finally! I've been hoping for that since the lower-power G4 variants came onto the scene) obviously should make a dramatic difference.

Wonder why there's no 17" model, though? Is that coming later, or do I have the last of the Big Screen PowerBooks?

No 13.3" widescreen iBook Pro, I notice, which many had predicted.. pity, but there was no way Apple was going to come out with lower-end models faster than their "pro" models. S'pose this means that'll transmogrify into just the "MacBook", too. (Oh dear, that name's not going to take easily)

Whatever support cutoff point - providing there's PPC builds, of course - Apple decides, there's always XPostFacto, of course. ^_^ Even Bunny, my now somewhat venerable 266MHz Wallstreet, is running 10.4.3 quite happily, thanks to said tweakage. (With the irksome quirk of no control over backlight brightness, so it's permanently on full. I should check if the current XPF fixes that, though Bunny's not in everyday use now, with Hyzenthlay in its place) True, I can see the rev.A TiBook having official support dropped before too much longer, given that came out in January 2001. A nice looking design, but gods, they really didn't know how to work with titanium at that point.. Ocelot didn't take too long to join the Case Cracking Club.

Wonder if the processor upgrade folks are going to try shoehorning Core Duos onto MaxBus? ^_^;
The "Duo" Dells are 17"/1gig/7800 mobile as standard and cost less. :P
I've never missed two buttons

My first "real" GUI OS was OS/2, which was brutally dependant on contextual menus, and my next was X11, which of course is well known for mouse voodoo, so I *do* miss them, and I find their continued insistance on crippling shortcuts highly annoying. (A contributing factor to my annoyance is the fact that I just don't seem to have a good ability to remember "keyboard chords", and find them highly suboptimal replacements for missing physical keys/buttons.) It'd be one thing if the missing button were really "optional", but the fact is the OS has good support for contextual menuing and it's stupid to lock the user out of it just to make some sort of outdated fashion statement. There are things in OS X Server, for instance, that are basically impossible to do *without* a right mouse button.

Apple needs to take a hint: You're not manufacturing "Macintoshes" anymore. You're making NeXTstations, and your version of NeXTStep, like all versions of it, makes good use of multibutton input devices. Your bloody machines don't even *run* MacOS anymore, for crying out loud.

/end rant.

Wonder why there's no 17" model, though? Is that coming later, or do I have the last of the Big Screen PowerBooks?

I'm sure the Intel dopplegangers of the whole line are in the works, including a 17"-er. There's probably just a rather tight supply line on the requisite parts at the moment.

I'd be willing to bet the iBook/Mini replacements will use the Core Solo rather then the Core Duo, of course. Which is frankly a good thing. It was really getting hard for Apple, at least inside the G4-based lines, to make substantive distinctions between their "Pro/Prosumer" machines and the base models. In place of "substantive" distinctions they substituted arbitrary and annoying ones, like crippling the video output ports on the iBooks so they only supported mirroring. (At the low resolution of the built-in display, no less.) I'd personally be much happier with a slower single-core "iMacBook" which doesn't include such idiotic restraints then a crippled dual-core one at the same price.

there's always XPostFacto

I hate to admit it, but for the most part I'm willing to accept Apple's judgement as to when it's appropriate to put a machine to sleep, in terms of OS X support. I had to be tokenly miffed when my original 233Mhz iMac didn't make the cut for Tiger, but, to be honest, there's little more then geek appeal to running OS X on a crufty old machine with an 8GB root partition limit.

It does amuse me, however, the political decisions which obviously go into making the choices as to which machines get the axe. From a technical standpoint the B&W G3 *should* of been cut this time, as it's the last machine based on the original G3's Heathrow/Paddington motherboard chipsets, and there were good technical reasons for killing support for those machines. However, I think they held off because they did ship *one* G4 machine, the original "Yikes!", based on the same motherboard, and it would of been politically incorrect to discontinue support for a G4 machine, no matter how old, while they were still selling them. (They didn't eliminate any post-Jobs G3s until after the G3 iBook was discontinued, even though from a technical standpoint the original iMac is almost as crufty and hard to support as the Beige G3 was.)

So I imagine the *real* question will be whether 10.5 ships before or after the last G4 is discontinued. If it's before the "supported" list isn't likely to change much from Tiger. If it's after, well, my guess is that almost anything pre-"Intrepid" chipset is fair game. That'd let them kill everything with a G3 and the Titanium.

Wonder if the processor upgrade folks are going to try shoehorning Core Duos onto MaxBus?

Heh. I can just imagine a tiny little Intel motherboard piggybacked into the CPU socket, with a bizzare ASIC which lets it treat MaxBus as a PCI-PCI bridge.

A more practical upgrade would be for someone to sell G4 Tower form-factor compatable Intel 945 motherboards, but Apple's TPM lockdown will make that a rather iffy proposition. Good luck getting a license for that.
::muses:: If you really want multiple buttons, you could always try SideTrack, which installs it's own (I think.....) trackpad driver. I've been using it for several months now, with right-click configured as the top-left corner, vertical scrolling on the right edge, and horizontal scrolling on the bottom...

I want money! Or a free MacBook Pro! ....I don't like that name. PowerBook sounds so much better. Hey, even ProBook Mac....uh, maybe not.
Mm, I'd have been much happier with something like "PowerBook Duo".. "MacBook" sounds like something obtained in exchange for being a loyal fast food customer. (Mind you, such a tie-in would be fun to see :)

Gods, the reviewers are going to be climbing over each other for demo units.. it's going to be very interesting to see how different apps shape up, like ffmpeg/mencoder, Maya, Final Cut Pro, and Potatoshop. Virtual PC should be a little better. ^_^

Hope the battery life's at least as good as it was - there doesn't seem to be any mention of it in the specs, and they normally trumpet 4-5 hours, or whatever the model du jour attains.

I don't need one, but I would like one. :)
Mmm, I don't expect the battery life to be that great: after all, they made the screen brighter by some decent percentage, ne? And with a more powerful processor... power consumption's going to be much greater... And even with improving battery technology.... :: shrugs:: How's the weight of the MacBooks vs. old PowerBooks? (maybe even battery weight, if that information could be found...)

Apps.. mmm. I'm looking forward to being able to play some PC games and run PC things.... that'd be nice.
The pentium M's ("duo" now) kick ass in power consumption/performance.
Newer intel P-M books get 3-5 hours of battery life. The battery performance of the new Duo is actually BETTER than the previous pentium Ms.
So yeah, it won't be worse than the powerbooks plus you'll get at least 2x the performance in multi-threaded apps/in general. So ner.
Oh, ok. Consider me corrected. =^^=
...Oh, and in the interested of becoming better informed, would you happen to be able to link a few articles/report/whatnot?
http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=2663 is the main one.
I'm sure other review sites will be benchmarking them soon.

They’re on track for Universal Binary migration.

I skimmed that as "They're on track for the Universal Bunny migration". In your journal, that's just as likely a phrase. :)

At Macworld Expo now, BTW, mostly to see old friends and colleagues. The mood is VERY upbeat -- the best in years, according to those who should know. Such as Raines Cohen, who's been to *every* Macworld SF... 22 of them!)
*giggle* Oh, if only that could be the case. ^_^

Ah, that's very good to hear! I'll probably get around to watching at least part of the keynote in the next day or so, to see how the PowerBook (for that is what it is, whatever they say :) was greeted, and see what the speed demos were like. I've been waiting years for a dual-core 'book, but I didn't quite expect it this way. :)

Ye gods.. AAPL's up about $5 on the day. (And to think, plushlover bought in last January, when it was at the equivalent of about $32.. it's now $81)

22 MacWorlds.. now that'd make for a hell of a slideshow! Amazing how the platform's changed over the years, from such humble beginnings, which nonetheless sparked off a sea-change in program and UI design, to the current PowerBooks, with screens a few times larger, disk drives over 100GB, RAM into the gigabytes.. and gorgeous, too. ^_^
:: cheers AAPL on~:: a little bit further, and I'll have doubled my original investment (a measly $600, alas... I wonder if the bank will let me borrow 100,000 or so to invest in Apple..... even for just a month....)! Go apple, go!