Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

"What's an Intel chip doing in a Mac? A whole lot more than it's ever done in a PC."

Most of the predictions (including mine) were way off base. Apple just announced brand new Intel-based iMacs to replace the models introduced just a couple of months ago... essentially the same features, but sharply faster with the new dual-core Intel processors, at the same prices. And the MacBook Pro, a 15" laptop replacing the PowerBooks, again running much faster than their predecessors with the Intel Core Duo chip.

I'm guessing Steve Jobs looked at all the rumour sites yesterday and said "Screw 'em. Let's forget about introducing the new iBooks, minis, and iTV Plasmas that they all figured out we were going to announce, push those back to next month, and announce next month's iMacs and MacBook Pros instead." :-)

The MacBook Pro is not cheap, but is reasonably priced, and has some compelling improvements over the existing PowerBooks, and especially over my two-year-old low-end model. It's a very tempting upgrade. I've enjoyed the 12" form factor, but since the new 15" unit is thinner and about as light, the extra couple of inches might not seem too bulky.

But... poor Rob might be irritated with me for recommending that he go ahead with a new iMac last fall, rather than waiting.

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