Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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Apple has announced first Apple Intel laptop, the MacBook Pro.

Some very cool designs and features and some impressive specs including:
  • 1.67 or 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor 2MB on chip with shared L2 cache for dramatic boost in performance
  • Runs cooler
  • Front Row media software and remote control
  • Built in iSight
  • MagSafe power connection (This could have saved me some grief with my current 15" powerbook which got dented next to the power connection port.)
  • Motion sensor for locking hard drive head in a fall
  • Optional digital audio
  • Faster, brighter, larger display with ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
  • Thinner (1") and lighter (5.6 lbs)
  • Updates to iLife, including some interesting publishing/subscribing features for photos and integration into .Mac.
However:
  • No mention of improvement to battery life. I get a little under 3 hours now with my 15" aluminum powerbook and I pine for the days of 5 with my old pismo.
  • No specs for maximum RAM, but I read elsewhere it may be 2G. Would have liked to seen more, but it is much faster.
  • Single firewire port is 400 Mbps, not 800
  • Moving the wireless antennae from the display to the hinge, while improving the form factor may decrease receptivity
  • Display resolution could be higher
  • Hard drives could be faster rpm (7200)
  • Case is still difficult to open and access. Again, the pismo was much better with it's removable keyboard.
I'm looking forward to demoing them at the Seattle Apple store in February. But I won't likely be a first adopter.

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