In a dramatic moment on Monday, Steve Jobs announced “it’s time”: OS X will boot by default on all new shipping systems (though OS 9 will remain on the drive). While OS X demos in July were an opportunity for many to snooze, this year they demonstrated with palpable excitement why we use Macs — even why we use computers — from visual expression to mathematical modeling to games to making Hollywood blockbusters — all made more powerful and better-looking on X. And the drama over Photoshop’s late arrival on the new OS has gotten more melodramatic than ever.
Compal Electronics has been contracted by Apple to manufacture the new 17-inch PowerBook that was announced on Tuesday. It is estimated that Compal will supply 200,000 to 300,000 units this year. Toyo Rikaguku Kenkyusho has also been contracted by Apple to produce all the parts of the new Aluminum body. (MacNN)