Apple Quietly Speed-Bumps MacBook Pros

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook Pro

With today’s announcement of the MacBook consumer notebooks (a.k.a. “WhiteBook” and “BlackBook”) comes another surprise: Apple has quietly speed-bumped the processors in the original MacBook Pro announced in January. They’ve dropped the 1.83GHz configuration and now offer 2.0 and 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo configurations standard for the same price. All other specs seem to be the same.


The Apple Core: Apple releases Intel-based iBook successor

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:39
Category: The Apple Core

As expected, Apple this morning announced the high anticipated successor to the iBook notebook computer. The new MacBook (no “Pro”) is available for ordering today from the Apple online store and it comes in polycarbonate black or white, just like the iPod.
Three configurations are available…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.


Apple Announces MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 08:22
Category: MacBook

It’s official folks! After much speculation and last week’s false start the iBook replacement is finally real. Apple just updated their Web site with all the details of the MacBook. Check it out!


Apple Store – Back “Within the Hour”

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 07:35
Category: retail

apple_store_backsoon.jpgThe Apple Online Store is closed, but will be back within the hour. It’s probably the new MacBook replacement for the iBook… Stay tuned.


17″ MacBook Pro vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz Desktop

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 07:00
Category: MacBook Pro

17″ MBP 2GB 7200 100GB vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz 8GB [hard drive unspecified]
Boot time to desktop:
Dual G5: 36 sec
MacBook Pro: 8-11 sec
iDVD 30 min DV to DVD and burn:
Dual G5: 36 min
MacBook Pro: 39 min
1080P trailer playback 3 movies simultaneous 24 FPS:
Dual G5: 18 FPS
MacBook Pro: 10.4 FPS
MS Word load 4000 pg document with photos 170MB:
Dual 2.7GHz G5: 19.4 sec
MacBook Pro: 32 sec
MacBook Pro running Windows vs Dell XPS
Half Life 2 video test:
MBP: 114
XPS: 104
Quake 3:
MBP: 281
XPS: 277
G5: 364
Unreal Tournament 2004:
MBP: 95
XPS: 86
G5: 64
Oblivion Impressions:
MBP: Smooth as silk in the dungeons, outside a little choppy when looking into the distance (fog not working, odd shadows).
XPS: Smooth but “chuggy” in dungeons, outside 10-15fps but playable (looks normal).
The MacBook Pro has more than enough power to play the latest PC games and compares well to the Dual G5 when running Mac universal applications.
When compared to the Dell XPS, the MacBook Pro looks better, is cheaper, two pounds lighter, boasts a higher res screen, is faster by 10%, and (best of all) can run both Mac and PC apps.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


Treo 700p Announced, Mac Users Rejoice

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 14:12
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700p.jpgAs a Mac owner I was a little nonplussed when palmOne announced the Treo 700w four months ago. Gone was one of the best reasons to buy a Treo – native syncing with Mac OS X. Well fear not Mac faithful, palmOne today announced the Treo 700p smartphone (the “p” means that it runs the Palm OS.) The Treo 700p features:
– 312MHz Xscale CPU
– 128MB flash memory (60MB usable)
– 1.3 megapixel camera
– Bluetooth
– 320×320 display
PhoneScoop took a bit of the wind out of my sails though, apparently the 700p’s SDIO slot won’t support WiFi (um, WHAT?!) and it doesn’t support voice dialing over Bluetooth.
The good news is that the 700p appears to have the Bluetooth profile for Dial Up Networking (DUN) enabled. Hopefully Verizon and Sprint won’t cripple this feature like they did in the Treo 650.
No word yet on the price of the phone or data plans, but I’ll be posting more information as we get it from the carriers.


Latest ‘MacBook’ leak looks fake

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Uncategorized

macbook-fake.jpgThis screen shot posted in the MacRumors forums is purported to be an Apple “slip up” of the upcoming MacBook (iBook replacement) that allegedly appeared on their Web site.
As one astute poster on the SpyMac forums noted the photos in the “slip up” are clearly copied from Apple’s iBook software page.


Apple to Brief Media on Thursday 18 May 2006

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:07
Category: Announcement

Apple Insider is reporting that Apple will be holding a “special briefing” in Manhattan, NY for analysts and members of the media on Thursday, 18 May 2006 at 10 a.m. ET.

In the invites to the event, Apple welcomed analysts and members of the media to preview the new flagship retail location ahead of its Friday evening grand opening, but did not hint at any product introductions.

19 May 2006 is the grand opening for Apple’s new flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in New York. Some are speculating that Apple will release the new MacBook (and possibly an iPod) at the event but that has not been confirmed.


The iMachine

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

With Apple moving to Intel processors and with Michael Dell talking about running OSX on Dell PC’s, I have been contemplating the concept of Apple reaching out to the mainstream PC users.
Of course, the first argument forming in any technophiles mind is the fiasco surrounding ‘clones’ in the mid 90’s, before the triumphant return of Steve Jobs rescued the beleaguered company from mediocrity. So let me nip that in the bud. I know that I speak for many by saying that licensing OS X will not work.
Between driver issues, etc., Apple would quickly lose the reputation that ‘it just works.’ Plus, Steve Jobs called the licensing ‘ill-conceived’ and a result of ‘institutional guilt.’ So, if Apple were to make a play for market share, it would be through a partnership, or through acquisition. Of course, the ‘partnership’ concept is tantamount to ‘licensing,’ so we are left with acquisition ‘ which would allow Apple to maintain a robust OS and still have a low-cost product line.
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Contributed by: Kevin


The Apple Core: iPhone to become a reality?

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 08:46
Category: The Apple Core

iphone.jpgOne of the hottest tidbits of Apple juice last week was a news story that Apple is working on a iPod/mobile phone hybrid device with Softbank Corp.
On May 13th the Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun Saturday Morning edition reported that Apple and Softbank are working together to develop mobile phones capable of downloading and playing music from the iTunes store. That story was then picked up by Japanese news agency Nikkei Net Interactive (subscription req’d).
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.