Yesterday’s Keynote of Steve Jobs at MacWorld dragged everybody to the Internet, not just Apple fans but many other Internet enthusiast. It even pull down Twitter during the keynote. I downloaded the MacBook Air guided Tour and just finished watching it in its full glory and here are the few words that slipped off my lips – awesome, damn, jesus, holy cow, oh! man – I think I seriously need to get a MacBook Air. Continue reading →
Apple unveils “the thinnest notebook in the world” – the MacBook Air. Apple went and looked at most of the thinnest notebooks – Sony TZ series, for example and tried to distill the best of all of them –
0.16 to 0.76 inches thin, 12.8 inches wide and 8.95 inches deep
13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 × 800 pixel resolution
full sized MacBook-style black keyboard with Ambient light sensor
multi-touch trackpad (Move a window by double-tap and move. Rotate a photo by pivoting your index finger around your thumb)
80GB drive as standard, 64GB SSD as an option
1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo as standard chip which operates with 4MB of on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed, and uses an 800MHz frontside bus (1.8 GHz as an upgrade)
In a rather rare and surprising pre-Macworld Expo move (Macworld Expo 2008 will be from January 15 to 18 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco), Apple unveiled a retooled Mac Pro Desktop machine and a new Xserve server – calling them the fastest Macs ever. The ultra-end Mac Pro features Advanced Micro Devices ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB standard memory. The new 45-nanometer quad-core Xeon processor from Intel, can be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM and as much as 4TB of Disc Drive Storage.
More power with less power
Inside the new Mac Pro is the latest technology from Intel – Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors. These processors run at blazingly fast speeds up to 3.2GHz.
Apple have just released a brand new iMac built from aluminum and glass. The all-new, all-in-one iMac packs a complete, high-performance computer into a beautifully thin design. Available in 20- and 24-inch widescreen models, it includes built-in wireless, Mac OS X, and the new iLife ’08. So within minutes of opening the box, you’ll be doing everything from sharing photos to creating movies to building websites.
The new iMac comes with the newly redesigned Apple Keyboard. Its ultra-thin anodized aluminum enclosure features low-profile keys that provide a crisp, responsive feel. The keyboard includes special function keys for one-touch control of Mac features, and two USB 2.0 ports for high-speed connectivity to your iPod, Mighty Mouse, digital camera, and other devices.
Apple has always recommended that memory going into models with the Intel GMA950 Video Chipset be installed in pairs. They do not have dedicated Video Memoray for display and shares the 64MB from the main memory installed in the system. Despite Apple’s strongest recommendations for memory pairing, test results have shown that current Apple MacBook performs better with 3GB RAM, thus making the conventional wisdom of “More RAM faster the machine” true.
I started with the Apple Mac almost a year ago with a 17″ Powerbook G4 gifted by Keyur Patel. Today is another of my lucky days, I got my second Gift – a 15″ Macbook Pro from an old boss of mine, who is now my business partner for some ventures. I went for the 15″ inch as the 17″ was too big to carry around, otherwise I could have just opted when I was told to select my choice.
The bad thing is that it is very costly here in India and add an additional 4.4% VAT + another 5% just to bring it inside Mumbai (INDIA). The cost of the 15″ Macbook Pro was Rs. 1,47,278 including the taxes ( ~ $3,680 US). However, I got some discounts as the deal was done through my 6+ year-old-relation Hardware vendor.
The much anticipated Apple iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs recently at the MacWorld Expo 2007. Apple markets the iPhone as a combination of three products – a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod and an internet communications device complete with email, browser, maps, search. The Apple iPhone has an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. iPhone is the complete refinement in what one can do on a mobile phone.
Apple vice president of worldwide iPod marketing Greg Joswiak told MacWorld that the iPhone uses an optimized version of OS X tugged in just about 500 MB. The OS sits in the flash memory of the iPhone and Apple will provide updated to the OS automatically when connected to the internet. He further emphasizes that “Apple has a proven and very smooth update mechanism for everything from our computers to our iPods. We will follow that kind of model here, which is an advantage a lot of phones don’t have.”
It is said that the small footprint of the OS is a result of expertise of the team at Apple, rather than cutting out functionality or removing core technologies. It is also reminded that the OS X on a Mac features a lot of Applications that won’t be needed on the iPhone. Apple chose flash because it is small and very durable; “more versatile” than a hard drive.
Apple intends to integrate the software on a couple of devices beginning early next year, those people say, while more comprehensive plans call for it to form the bedrock of a jaw-dropping device not due to hit the market until the following year.
I knew of the Apple store at Forum, Bangalore (INDIA) and was under the impression that India have no other Apple store. I went to the Atria Mall, Worli, Mumbai (INDIA) today and as usual I went pass the Imagine store. However, I noticed something different today – they have lots of pictures of Apple iPods. Upon looking inside, I saw that 80% of their hardwares are Apple Products. I went in and to my amazement I saw some of the coolest Apple Products including those Huge 64 bit Dual-Core Mac Pro. Well, sometimes it is good to look into windows while you shop and don’t head straight for the store from where you are buying. Had I not lazed around, I would have missed it like I have missed it many times before. The Machine looked stunning alongside the 30 inch Apple Cinema Display. I would definitely love to have one of those pair for my desk.
Well, the story is neither of the store nor the Huge Display but of the cool Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse that I bought. As very typical of me, I decided to use it without the software that came with it. I like devices that are automatically recognized by the hardware. Yes, it works out-of-the-box with Mac OSX 10.4. Following the instruction to Pair the Mighty Mouse with the Laptop’s Bluetooth, I was able to setup and use the Mouse right away. I’ve already washed/cleaned my hands before I begin to use it.