22 comments | Posted: 10 January 06 in General, by Nathan Smith
Normally, Apple announcements come and go, but don’t really concern me that much. I realize that iPods are cool and all, but I’m not much of a gadget person. The things that appeal to me are serious advancements in computer technology, and stuff that helps me be more productive. Imagine my surprise, when today at the MacWorld, Steve Jobs announced the world’s fastest laptop, the MacBook Pro.
For years, Apple fans have been waiting for something to come along that is on par with AMD’s mobile Athlon64 chip, and for years they have been repeatedly disappointed as Apple continually ran into roadblocks attempting to get G5 processors to work in notebooks, due to overheating. Finally, Apple got fed up with the lack of progress and fired IBM as their chip-maker.
The new Apple computers now run on Intel dual-core chips. MacBook Pro is 4x faster than its Powerbook predecessor. It retains the same classy metal alloy look, but now comes with an infrared sensor for a remote control, and includes a tiny camera for video chat. It supports up to 2GB of RAM and boasts a 7200 RPM hard drive, on-par with the speed of desktop computers.
Those are just a few of the features. For a full listing of the hardware specifications, check out: What’s Inside. I know this announcement wasn’t necessarily web-related, but the news was just too exciting not to report.
By the time Windows Vista comes out, it might be too little too late for Microsoft. There have already been widespread reports that Vista lacks innovation, and is just trying to play catch-up to Mac OSX. Does Apple seem poised to overtake Microsoft as the desktop computing standard? Only time will tell for sure.
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