Steve Jobs has announced a new laptop model called MacBook Pro, which will replace the current PowerBooks line, and comes with Intel Core Duo, making it the first Intel Mac available to the public along with the updated iMac.
The release of a new iMac took many by surprise, since Apple had just released an update in October, along with the video-capable iPod. The new iMac, comes in two models. The $1299 model has a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 cache, and the $1600 model has a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 cache, making the new iMacs almost as powerfull as the top Power Mac line, at least according to Steve Jobs.
The MacBook Pro will be available in 1.67 or 1.83GHz models, making it has much as 4 times faster than the old PowerBook models, and Apple says the new MacBook Pro is ‘the fastest laptop ever’, but we’ll still have to check on that one, too bad the MacBook Pro is so expensive..
Another big announcement was the availability of Universal Binariesin March, but since both the MacBook Pro and the new iMac have Rosetta, and both come with x86 native aplications such as iLife’06 and Front Row, it shouldn’t be much of a problem for owners of the new Intel Macs, although software like the new Aperture won’t work under Rosetta, and current owners will have to pay around 50 dollars for the Universal Binary. Some other apps won’t work with Rosetta either, so users will still have to pay a certain ammount of money for the Universal Binaries.
Both the iMac and the MacBook Pro come with Apple’s latest Operating System: Mac Os X Tiger 10.4.4, and with the standard apps, such as iLife’06, a trial of iWork, Front Row, etc. The iMac also has a iSight camera, and comes with a Mighty Mouse.
Apple is already taking preorders on both products on it’s online store, so if you feel like buying a new Intel-powered Mac, you should go ahead and do it quickly, so you get one of the first batch (although I would recommend to wait a while, since the first batch of Apple products is usually bugged, or has a minor flaw).
This is Apple’s first try with Intel processors, and it comes _way_ ahead of schedule. The rest of the Mac line will be updated to use Intel processors by the end of the year, which if we go by Apple’s secrecy, could be as soon as next month.
Still, there are some big unanswered questions: Will the new Intel-powered Macs work with Windows (not that I’m interested, but it might be needed in a corporate environment), and does the fact that Macs now use Intel hardware mean that there will be more, and faster Macs?
I guess we’ll have to wait till the first iMac and MacBook Pro reviews arrive..