The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Requires New Accessories

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 09:28
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-front-row.jpgIf you’re in the market for a MacBook Pro to replace a PowerBook, you need to remember that Apple’s new professional notebook requires a whole new set of accessories.
If you have any PC Cards, RAM, Ultra ATA/100 drives, FW800 peripherals or cases, you’ll need a plan for your new MBP. Get it together before your new machine arrives.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro Performance Analysis

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 22:55
Category: MacBook Pro

Craig Wood conducted a performance analysis of the pre-production MacBook Pro while at Expo and posted his findings.

On the last day of Macworld 2006 I revisited the prototype MacBooks and performed a series of tests to measure the new system’s performance. I conducted four media-related tests on the new MacBook Pro and previous G4/G5 systems, including audio/video encoding and HD video playback. The goal was to evaluate the performance of the new MacBook Pro and compare it to previous Macs.
To best judge the performance of the new MacBooks I conducted four media-related tests on each system: audio encoding using iTunes, video encoding using QuickTime Player, and HD video playback using QuickTime Player for 720p and 1080p content. These tests stress various aspects of each system, including the CPU and graphics cards. All test files resided on the machine’s internal hard disk and other applications were closed unless otherwise noted.

Click through for Craig’s results.

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Price Deathmatch: MacBook Pro v. Dell Inspiron E1705

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 00:33
Category: MacBook Pro

dell-inspiron-e1705.jpgMike McHargue decided to see just how much of a price premium exists between Macs and PCs. This is a much easier task now that you can match components exactly. Mike compares the MacBook Pro to the Dell Inspiron E1705 and his results are a pleasant surprise. Final Price:
MacBook Pro: $2,399
Inspiron E1705: $2,341
Read the whole story on Mike’s blog.

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Jobs: MBP Battery Life "About the Same" as PBG4

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 21:39
Category: MacBook Pro

jobs-w-macbook.jpgBusiness Week: How is battery life with the MacBook?
Jobs: About the same—this with a dual processor [chip]! Each processor is as fast as a G5, and the battery life will be the same as [the previous PowerBook’s] G4.
Read more of Business Week’s exclusive interview with Jobs in “A (New) Chip on His Shoulder.”

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MacBook Pro: Details and Photos

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 00:44
Category: MacBook Pro

mac-book-pro-hinge-200.jpgI’ve uploaded a Flickr photo set of five photos of the MacBook Pro from the booth at Macworld taken by Shaun Redmond.
The photos show:
- The new MBP hinge (pictured) which now houses the Bluetooth and Airport antennas under a grey plastic cover. This has greatly improved reception, according to reports.
- The new larger battery pack which looks like the battery in the current PowerBook G4 17-inch.
- The built-in iSight camera.
- The MagSafe connector.
Click read more for a few more deets…

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Video: 15 Minutes with the MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 10:19
Category: MacBook Pro

Watch this walkthrough of the MacBook Pro with an Apple Rep. In this exclusive video, watch for:
- Real-time performance of various apps
- How the breakaway magnetic power plug works
- Overview of the Mac’s ports, including Expresscard 34 slot
- How the built-in iSight works
- How the Apple Remote is Mac-assignable
(Thanks Digg)

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MacBook Pro: A Developer's Rant

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 22:00
Category: MacBook Pro

Unsanity, who brings us such OS X greats as WindowShade, FruitMenu and ShapeShifter has a blog entry about the new MacBook Pro (Lost in Transition: Overcane of Antflower Milk) . Rosyna takes Apple to task over some of the glaring omissions in the PowerBook successor that seem to have been glossed over in the halo-effect of Macworld. Even though I lobbied for a PowerBook name change a while ago, one of my favorite parts of the article is its criticism of the name “MacBook.”

Another change is, of course, the name. Which is horrible. It doesn’t roll off the tongue at all and is just too confusing. It actually sounds like some child created it. Well, some PC using child. It’s uninspired… The new name really sounds like a good name for Accounting software, not a machine.

Click through, this one is a great read…
Also worth a read is TUAW’s analysis of Unsanity’s analysis of the MBP.

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How Does MacBook Pro Stack up?

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 21:57
Category: MacBook Pro

Tristan has created a chart comparing the new MacBook Pros to the PowerBook G4s they replace. Tristan also compares the MacBook Pro to the Acer Travelmate 8200, another Intel Core Duo-powered notebook computer. (Thanks TUAW).

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