Benchmarks: MBP Core Duo vs. Core 2 Duo

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 08:19
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Bare Feat’s resident mad scientist Rob-ART Morgan has conducted benchmarks of the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro (2.33) versus the Core Duo MBP (2.16) it replaces. Some of the results may surprise you. Add to this the fact that the MeBook (MeromBook) runs about 40 °F cooler than the Core Duo model and you’ve got a really compelling product.
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Conclusions

The MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo’s advantage over the Core Duo version ranged from 9% to 75% depending on what app we ran. The faster core clock speed should provide an 8% advantage, so everything beyond that is “gravy.” Most surprising were the significant gains with Aperture 1.5 and Photoshop CS2…

We were hoping that the 15″ model would be the equal of the 17″ MacBook Pro in every way except the screen size. However, this is still not the case. The 17″ version has a faster SuperDrive (8X versus 6X). The faster 7200rpm 100GB drive is an option on the 17″ but not on the 15″

MacBook Pro – Core Duo versus Core 2 Duo

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Benchmarks: Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 01:12
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Looking at individual tests, some results—specifically ones that taxed either the hard drive or the graphics card—showed smaller performance gains, while other more CPU-intensive tasks saw more substantial improvements, thanks to the Core 2 Duo’s improved processing efficiency. Compressor 2.3, for example, ran 30 percent faster on the new 2.33GHz system than on the older 2.16GHz model. The 2.33GHz MacBook Pro was 40 percent faster than the older 2.16GHz model at MP3-encoding using iTunes. Comparing the 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo to the 2.16GHz Core Duo, Compressor was 25 percent faster on the Core 2 and iTunes was 28 percent faster on the new system.

Macworld: First Look: Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost

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smcFanControl 1.21a Supports Core 2 Duo; Adds Temp

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 00:01
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smcFanControl 1.21a includes support for the 15,4″ MBP with Core2Duo processor. Note: The upcoming release of smcFanControl (menu-item) is still in the works. It’s delayed a few days, cause I just moved from Germany to Switzerland.

eidac >> smcFanControl 1.21a

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Next iPod Color? Bluetooth

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:43
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I don’t know about you but I don’t want Bluetooth on my iPod for wireless headphones. The range and sound quality issues that plague Bluetooth mobile phone headsets would only be magnified on an iPod. BT might be useful for music syncing though… You can bet that Apple will be keeping a close eye on the new player from Sammy:

Samsung’s YP-T9B music player, which just debuted in South Korea at a reported $280 with 4 gigabytes of memory. It’s pricier than the Nano but offers this advantage: no wires. That’s sweet relief if you’ve ever sat up real quick and ripped the buds out of your ears or skied with the Nano’s cord snapping at your cheek.

Samsung is the first major manufacturer to embed a Bluetooth radio chip in an MP3 player, allowing it to broadcast to a pair of wireless stereo headphones.

Next iPod Color? Bluetooth – Forbes.com

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Hands On: Apple’s New iPod Shuffle

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:52
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The new 1GB iPod ShuffleNo question about it: Apple’s new iPod Shuffle is minuscule: It’s smaller than a matchbook, slimmer than a microcassette, and light enough that you could clip it on your shirt and not even stretch the fabric. In my first hands-on experience with the updated Shuffle, I found it a worthy player for the price–provided that you’ll be happy with limited controls and capacity

PC World – Hands On: Apple’s New iPod Shuffle

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C2D MacBook Rumor: 13 November

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:34
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This looks like either a typo or wishful thingking…

Play.com posts a product listing for a Core 2 Duo MacBook duo for release on November 13th, 2006. The accompanying specs simply describe the current 2GHz Core Duo MacBook, however, so no additional details are available.

MacRumors.com: Core 2 Duo MacBook – November 13?

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A closer look at Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2006, 23:14
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Apple Insider takes a look at some of the changes in the new C2D MBP (MeromBook). Some interesting nuggets including the right speaker’s new single-piece design, the wire bundle connectors taken from the 13″ MacBook and of course, FireWire 800 and 802.11n.


The processor

The larger L2 cache means that the transistor count in the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro has been expanded from 151 million to 291 million. This allows for an increase in cache-to-processor data transfers, maximizing main memory-to-processor bandwidth and reducing latency.

Additionally, Merom sports a slightly deeper pipeline than Yonah (increased from 12 to 14 stages), which also helps to increase clock speeds. However, just like the Yonah-based MacBook Pros, the chips inside the new Merom models are soldered to the main logic board.

AppleInsider | A closer look at Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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New iPod Shuffle Arrives Friday

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 23:37
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Apple Computer announced on Tuesday that the second generation of its iPod Shuffle will be available globally on Friday, Nov. 3. The 1-gigabyte screenless iPod, which retails for $79, has been the subject of much fan speculation because of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ claim that it’s the world’s smallest digital-audio player–it’s half a cubic inch in volume.

Apple makes it official: New iPod Shuffle on Friday | CNET News.com

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Finding Dead People on Your PDA

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 21:08
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Driving along a lonely stretch of Roosevelt Road, Julie Gilberto heard a familiar ding! coming from her cell phone. Only this time, it wasn’t a nice restaurant or coffee place that her personal navigation had spotted.

It was Al Capone. That Al Capone.

“I hate to say this,” she confessed, “but some of the dead people who show up on my phone are a lot more interesting than the live ones.

”It’s not exactly that the legendary and long-deceased mob boss was phoning from his tomb. Rather, Gilberto had downloaded the “Find A Grave” spot guide that uses global positioning to detect the resting places of America’s most famous criminals, actors, polticians, sports heroes, and those who otherwise made history.

“Finding famous graves is hobby that gets you out and about, away from your computer, exploring a city and its cemeteries,” says Jim Tipton, founder and keeper of FindaAGrave.com, and now, the Famous Graves mobile “spot guide.”

Mobility News: A Halloween Story: Finding Dead People on Your PDA

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Seagate Announces Fully Encrypted HDDs for Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 08:06
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Seagate this week announced a new line of notebook hard drives that will feature DriveTrust technology, the company’s name for full drive encryption. Called the Momentus FDE.2 series, the drives will feature the technology on board, meaning that no special software or other hardware piece is required. The technology is being carried to notebooks from Seagate’s current family of drives called the DB35 series, which all feature DriveTrust technology. According to Seagate:

The 2.5-inch, 5,400-RPM drive’s hardware-based full disc encryption delivers significantly stronger protection than traditional encryption approaches by securely performing all cryptographic operations and access control within the drive. For users, only a password is needed to self-authenticate for full drive access, while third- party enhancements enable thumbprint and smart card options for multi-factor self-authentication.

DailyTech – Seagate Announces Fully Encrypted HDDs for Notebooks

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