The Apple Core: ARS Technica reviews the MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2006, 14:09
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While I prefer to rip open the box and publish little nuggets about the MacBook Pro each day others prefer to write a more detailed and lengthy review of it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
ARS Technica’s Jacqui Cheng has posted a pretty lengthy (seven page) review of the new Intel Apple notebook that is long on details and has plenty of insight as well.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro’s Crazy new LEDs

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, 10:00
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The devil, as they say, is in the details. And the MacBook Pro is no exception.
When I turned out the lights to go to bed recently I discovered something new about the MacBook Pro that was quite surprising. Apple has cranked up the keyboard backlight on the new notebook to several times the brightness of the backlight on my PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz). Take a look at this picture:
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Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple revs Mac mini; announces iPod HiFi

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2006, 14:44
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ipod-hifi.jpgIn an event today in Cupertino, Steve Jobs announced two Intel-based Mac minis (US$599, $799), the iPod HiFi boombox (US$349) and leather cases for the iPod video (US$99). The hardware items are available today and the cases will be available in March.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: Apple “Special Event” Prognostication

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Date: Monday, February 27th, 2006, 07:00
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Apple has invited the press to a special event at 10:00 AM Pacific Time tomorrow at the Apple Town Hall on the company’s Cupertino campus. “Come see some fun new products from Apple” the invitation reads.
Speculation is running rampant about what is going to be announced at tomorrow’s event and four things are possible…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Migration Strategies

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2006, 12:19
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Migration-Assistant.jpgIt’s no secret the I took delivery of my new MacBook Pro notebook this week, and like many of you upgrading to a new mac I was faced with a tough decision: how to migrate my data to the new iron.
One tip: I highly recommend that you name the target hard drive the same name as the source as this saved me tons of problems with file paths on the new Mac. Once you’ve used it for about a week, you can change the target HDD name to whatever you wish.
Typically when I migrate to a new PowerBook, I update the OS on the old machine (the source) and simply drop its hard drive into the new machine (the target). In the MacBook Pro era however, all bets are off. The MBP uses a new Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive replacing the slower Ultra ATA drives from the previous generation PowerBook, so a hard drive swap is out.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Photoshop Benchmarks

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006, 08:00
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photoshop-bench.jpgI’ve run some benchmarks on Apple’s new MacBook Pro running an application that hasn’t been optimized for the Intel chip yet – Adobe’s notoriously resource intensive Photoshop CS.
For the test I ran two Photoshop actions on my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and on my MacBook Pro 2.0GHz. Both are similarly configured with 2GB of RAM and 120GB (5400RPM) hard drives. For the purposes of these tests both machines were booted into clean OS X user accounts with no other applications running. Photoshop guru Will Hammond created the actions and provided me with benchmarks for his TiBook 1GHz with 1GB RAM and 100GB HDD for comparison.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iTab: An iBook-based Tablet Mac

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2006, 09:34
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itab.jpgThe iTab is a slick-looking tablet Mac but it’s not from Cupertino. This little pen-based Mac is from an outfit called ThePlaceForItAll. It isn’t the first time someone has converted an iBook into a Mac tablet, that honor goes to Joseph DeRuvo Jr…
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The Apple Core: OSX.Leap.A: A Near Miss for Mac Users

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Date: Friday, February 17th, 2006, 10:53
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apple-worm.jpgThis week’s “Mac virus” scare turned out to be nothing more than a worm for Mac OS X that propagates through iChat and infects local Mac applications. OSX/Leap.A is a wake up call to Mac users that we’re not immune to all the nasties floating around on the Web.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Web Snafu

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2006, 08:00
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MBP-3-4-weeks.jpgThe roller coaster ride of Apple ship dates keeps on rolling. Yesterday I posted a note about a new third configuration of the MacBook Pro that Apple was offering on the high end – a previously unannounced 2.16GHz model.
When a sharp PowerPage reader noted that the new 2.16GHz MacBook Pro was being quoted as shipping in “1-3 days” from the Apple online store I rushed to place my order. Sure enough the confirmation page and the online order status page indicated that my new super-zippy 2.16GHz Mac Book Pro is “Estimated (to) Ship By” March 16th. I had jumped to the front of the line.
Until I got the phone call yesterday afternoon from Apple…
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Speed-bumps Delayed

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, 09:39
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I was excited yesterday to report that Apple had speed-bumped the MacBook Pro notebooks to 1.83 and 2.0GHz but disappointed that they also moved my ship date back almost two weeks as a result. Did Apple just throw us a bone?
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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