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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.
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?