Apple has announced the MacBook Pro, Apple’s Intel-based successor to the PowerBook line. According to MacMerc:
[The MacBook Pro ships with an] Intel Core Duo! [The Intel Core Duo contains two processors (aka “cores”) on a single chip, which means that there will be] two CPUs in every MacBook Pro. [The MacBook Pro is] 4-5x faster than existing PowerBooks, and [each individual] core is faster than a single G5 processor. OS X v10.4.4 and its bundled applications are native to the Intel CPU, and iLife ’06 and iWork ’06 are universal. Rosetta is the emulator that runs normal PPC apps, and it seems to handle [Microsoft] Office just fine.
The MacBook Pro also ships with a display which is “67%” brighter than existing PowerBooks, a built-in iSight camera, Front Row and the Apple Remote, and a new “MagSafe” power adapter, which “is designed to magnetically guide your cord into place and disconnect smoothly if someone trips over it.”
Heh! My oldest tripped over my power cord and it broke at the plug. They must get a lot of complaints like that, all from people with big-footed teenagers.
In my opinion, the “MagSafe” power adapter is the best feature of the MacBook Pro, because a broken power port could mean the death of your PowerBook. The “MagSafe” connection is stable, but the plug can easily disconnect from the port if enough force force is applied to the cord.