11 January 2006

Macworld 2006 - Intel Macs ready!

If you're vaguely interested about this, you've probably read about it elsewhere. For a detailed report, click here or go to Apple's official website.

To cut a long story short, Apple announced that it has begun shipping Intel-powered Macs, a mere 6-months since it told the world of its ambitions to move away from IBM PowerPC processors and about 6-months earlier than expected.

Basically, everybody expected some sort of Intel announcement, but I don't think anyone was expecting them to have the systems ready so soon.

The new models are an Intel-powered iMac and a new pro laptop called the MacBook Pro - yes, it's an awful name. They both use Intel's latest dual-core CPUs (the ones that just got launched) and are supposedly 2 to 3 times faster than the PowerPC-laden Macs that they replace.

It's kinda funny when you think about it - after spending a better part of a decade telling Mac users that PowerPC processors are the best and anything Intel is shite, they're now trying to convince us otherwise... ^_^

But the fact that everybody sort of half-guessed everything correctly made this Macworld keynote a little less brilliant than usual. In fact, there weren't any major announcements other than the two new Macs.

Perhaps it's also because Apple CEO (and Macworld's most anticipated annual keynote speaker) Steve Jobs is getting old, but he didn't have the usual sort of sparkle he'd normally have.

Anyway, it's late and I've got to get up early tomorrow. With any luck, I'll finally have time to get some actual work done.

Nite nite...

BTW, here are some pics.

That's me right after Jobs' keynote address

Jobs touring the exhibition hall (yup, I actually got pretty near him... before his bodyguards shoved me aside)

A-HA! They switched the billboards again!!!

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