Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 11th Jan 2006 18:06 UTC
Apple "Today Apple announced the MacBook Pro. It has quite a few changes compared to the previous PowerBook. For one, it uses an Intel Core Duo (formally known as Yonah) chip. This is a dual core processor and no, unlike what Steve Jobs stated, this does not have two processors. This will help a lot with responsiveness. I've been dreaming of a dual core laptop for quite a while. However, the realization of my dream coupled with the changes seen makes me cry", writes Unsanity. UPDATE: Windows XP won't run on the new Intel Macs because of EFI. Vista is supposed to work though.
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by Tom K on Wed 11th Jan 2006 20:46 UTC
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The author of that blog post is clueless, for the most part. Had he done any reading and thinking, he would have discovered the following points:

1. Performance per Watt measures how much performance you get per watt of power expended. It's not an absolute measure of power consumption as the author seems to think. The Core Duo processor consumes more power than a G4, but at the same time, its performance is drastically higher per watt than the G4. It's like saying "Laptop hard drives cost $1.50/GB, while desktop hard drives cost $0.60/GB -- that means a laptop hard drive is more expensive than a desktop hard drive." Well no, because I could be buying a 500 GB desktop hard drive, and I'll pay a hell of a lot more than for any one laptop hard drive. X per Y measurements don't reveal the absolute Y unless they get an absolute X measurement. It's simple math.

2. S-Video output -- sure, it would be useful to have an S-Video right on the laptop, but my iBook doesn't have such a thing either. It has an all-purpose video-out port that you buy adapters for. The iBook ships with a VGA adapter, but you also have the option of purchasing composite and S-Video adapters. I'm sure the same will be possible with the MacBook. Modem? For the off-chance that anyone will be using a modem in a hotel room, buy a USB modem. They're small and cheap. And Firewire 800? Firewire 800 is responsible for its own death by not being backwards-compatible plug-wise with Firewire 400. I have yet to see a Firewire 800 device in wide use anywhere. Such is life. I would have liked to see two Firewire 400 ports on the MacBook though.

3. The DPI hasn't changed as far as I know, because the screen is physically a bit narrower. It was necessary to make this change in order to incorporate the iSight camera up top.

4. Total cop-out on Apple's part, yeah, but the explanation I've heard is that no drive manufacturers out there have a 8x DL-capable DVD-RW drive in the form factor that Apple required for the MacBook (remember, it is a bit thinner).

5. I see nothing wrong with the addition of nifty features like a remote and webcam. There has been more than one occassion where I wish I could fast-forward through a movie, or skip a song playing on my iBook while I was not physically at the machine.

6. Yeah, I would wait until people can benchmark these machines themselves. Both Apple and Intel have been responsible with fudging of numbers before (G5 anyone?). However, the loss of AltiVec is not a big deal, as SSE2/SSE3 are viable replacements. Apple has a guide on "converting" AltiVec-optimized code into SSE3-optimized code, or something of the sort.

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RE: Clueless
by DigitalAxis on Fri 13th Jan 2006 02:09 in reply to "Clueless"
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Am I the only person who wouldn't mind a three-inch tall somewhat heavier luggable-type laptop, with far more features? Something that could be moved fairly easily? This drive towards 'thin' sometimes confuses me.

A friend of mine has an absolutely tiny 12" screen Sony UM30 thingy that's like half an inch tall closed such that I think it only has headphone jacks, two USB-1 ports, and ethernet. Whatever it is, it's so tiny it has to have external EVERYTHING. The keys retract onto their base so the lid can close.

My current laptop's battery is so dead I can't really use it as a portable anyway...

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