WWDC: Apple Drops Monitor Prices

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Date: Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Hardware

m9177lla_125.jpgWhen Apple added the new Intel Mac Pro and Xserve to their online store after yesterday’s WWDC keynote address they also quietly dropped the prices on their flat-panel Cinema Displays:
Apple Cinema Display 30-inch – US$1,999 (was US$2,999)
Apple Cinema Display 23-inch – US$999 (was US$1,299)
Apple Cinema Display 20-inch – US$699 (was US$799)
In addition to the price drop, Apple also silently bumped the brightness on the two smaller models:
ACD 30-inch – remains at 400 cd/m2 brightness
ACD 23-inch – 400 cd/m2 brightness (up from 270 cd/m2)
ACD 20-inch – 300 cd/m2 brightness (up from 250 cd/m2)
…and the contrast ratios:
ACD 30-inch – remains at 700:1 contrast ratio
ACD 23-inch – 700:1 contrast ratio (up from 400:1)
ACD 20-inch – 700:1 contrast ratio (up from 400:1)
Back in May 2006 I purchased a Dell 2405FPW 24-inch display for US$760 after comparing it to the Apple Cinema Display 23-inch.

The Dell 2405FPW has 24 inches of viewable screen area, inputs for S-Video, Composite, Component, DVI & VGA connections, four USB 2.0 ports, 500 cd/m2 brightness and 1000:1 contrast. The Apple monitor has 23 inches viewable, two USB, two FireWire 400 ports, 270 cd/m2 brightness and 400:1 contrast.


Top Secret features in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

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Date: Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

wwdc-top-secret.pngSteve Jobs’ keynote address at WWDC 2006 was a little out of the ordinary. Rather than trumpeting all of the big new features coming to Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (due Spring 2007) Jobs specifically kept some of its major features “top secret.” A stark contrast to the showman Jobs who usually whips attendees into a frenzy.
Jobs justified the secrecy by saying that he didn’t want “our friends to have to start their photocopiers any sooner than they have to.” A dig against Microsoft and a reference to banners hung at last year’s WWDC conference.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.