Archive for the 'Hardware' Category

Minding the Gap in the Mac Desktop Range

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Apple’s new Mac Pro’s are fantastic machines. True powerhouse workstations with enough grunt and expandability to satisfy professionals in everything from scientific research to 3D design and every imaginable creative profession along the way.
Faster than the stunning Quad G5, with enough room for 16GB RAM, 2TB hard drive storage and two DVD burners, there’s little […]

Intel Pro Desktops on August 7?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

I’m not one to put my neck on the line unless it’s absolutey necessary, but I’m becoming more convinced with each passing day that August 7 is the day that Apple will announce Intel Pro desktop machines and finally put the ageing Power Mac G5 out of its misery.
At 10am PST that day, Steve Jobs […]

‘Beleagured’ Apple should nix iTunes Fairplay

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

MacBook heat problems, Norwegian law courts, patent tussles with Creative, and lost court cases against bloggers,— too many more new stories like that and the dreaded ‘b’ word will start to appear in news headlines about Apple (I used it here as a joke, by the way).
In terms of news value, the MacBook teething troubles […]

How to Choose the Perfect Mac

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

So, the transition to Intel is almost complete. Unless you’re dead set on a Pro Mac, you’re probably sifting through the Apple Store looking at the iMac, Mac mini and MacBooks longingly, trying to decide which to buy. Which is the right Mac for you?
Well, this neat little tool can help. It’s based on a […]

MacBook: Even the ports are black

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

As you can see from the picture, the black MacBook has Apple’s usual attention to detail. The insides of the ports are black, and the felt on the inside of the slot-loading optical drive is also black. Unfortunately, the power adapter, remote and optional video adapters are all white.
Other points worth noting are that the […]

The Black MacBook’s Sting in the Tail

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I’ve spent a while going through the specs of the new MacBook’s and have uncovered one or two interesting nuggets.
First off, the graphics chip supports spanning as well as mirroring, and you can display at up to 1920 x 1200 pixels on an external monitor, which can, if you want it to be, […]

At Last! The MacBooks are here.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Finally! After holding our collective breath for a week, the much anticipated MacBooks have arrived. Most of the specs are as expected: all have 13.3 inch screens with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, Intel Core Duo processors, and 5121MB RAM.
There are three models in the range: a 1.83GHz Core Duo in […]

MacBooks: Tuesday or Friday?

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Following its spectacular failure in reporting the correct date of the MacBook launch. ThinkSecrect blamed supply problems and cited next Tuesday, the 16th, as its expected launch date.
However, Mac Rumors has noticed that that Apple’s latest NYC retail store will open its doors on 5th Avenue for the first time on the 19th. That coupled […]

Panasonic Develops HD video on SD media

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Panasonic has just announced that it is developing a means of recording HD video on SD media. The idea is to make it possible to record and playback HD footage on SD media. The advantages are, of course that you get an HD camera on a much smaller format and, more importantly, that you don’t […]

Don’t Believe the Rumors

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

It’s my own fault. I shouldn’t read the rumors, but like lots of Mac users I can’t wait to see what Apple will do next. And so, I scour the rumor sites look for the latest juicy titbits.
And so it was that as yesterday dawned, an air of excitement grew as I awaited the ‘Back […]