Apple Announces MacBook Pro

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.”

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Apple Announces iMac with Intel Core Duo

Apple has announced a new iMac, powered by the “revolutionary Intel Core Duo.” According to MacMerc:

The design [of the new Intel-based iMac] is the same [as the previous model], and so is the price. The new Intel Core Duo is 2-3x faster [than the previous G5 models], [contains two processors (aka “cores”) on a single chip], 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.

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Apple Announces iLife ’06 with iWeb

Apple has announced iLife ’06, an update to its popular (and low-cost) digital-media-hub. According to MacMerc:

iLife ’06 is a universal application suite, which means that it can run on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs.

iPhoto ’06: iPhoto is faster [and contains a new] “Podcasting for photos” feature (dubbed Photocasting) to easily share your photos online. You will need to be a .Mac member to use this feature.

iMovie ’06: [iMovie allows you to] Easily export out to your iPod to create video podcasts. You can also have more than one project open at once, finally!

iDVD ’06: [iDVD is now] widescreen savvy [and ships with] even more themes. Third-party DVD burners are now supported.

GarageBand 3: Garageband now has a “Podcast Recording Studio”, 200 more effects, and ties in with iChat to do interviews, [which] will be great for podcasting!

iWeb ’06: [iWeb] shares your media (photos/music/movies) and blogs, and makes it easy to post your stuff online (even creates an RSS feed). Unfortunately, it works through .Mac, so you will need to be a .Mac member to use iWeb.

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Blogroll Dive: 1/9/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan has decided to employ the time-tested use of index cards for task management.
  • Owen is tired of receiving a static shock whenever he exits his vehicle and is looking for advice on how to avoid it.
  • Michael Heilemann launched the official Binary Bonsai Forums to handle all Kubrick and K2 support requests.
  • Khaled is celebrating two years of blogging.
  • Rick launched a Frappr group for MacMerc readers.
  • Michael Hampton is requesting donations to “ensure that [he] can continue to devote time to Homeland Stupidity, Bad Behavior, WordPress, and other open source software” after the tragic death of his computer.
  • Jim is still looking for a new icon for the upcoming Yasu v2.0 release.
  • Jon reported on the latest in cell phone news from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
  • And, Angsuman posted a few “interviewing tips for landing your dream job.”
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