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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'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...