news of 2004-06-09

iTunes 4.6

The new version is available in Software Update. New: AirTunes support. And "many small enhancements", i.e. nothing visible.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-06-09 at 20:36 CET ]
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Target missed. (I gotta rant.)

Now that Apple has failed to deliver 3 GHz within 12 months, we have to adapt. (No sense in not accepting, as you won't get a 3 GHz PowerMac for it, anyway...)

Apple excuses quite simply and states that IBM can't deliver faster 90nm processors at this time. That's okay. So it's not Apple's fault. But with that, Apple (or IBM) has destroyed the trust we users put in the switch from Motorola to IBM for future processors. Yes, we weren't content with Moto's development speed (which kinda stopped short at the G4, anyway, it seems), but now we're facing the same problem all over again, it seems. And if Steve Jobs promises 3 GHz for January at WWDC, will we see at least 2.7 eventually? Or will Apple just move the lower-end machines to 2.0 and 2.2 GHz, leaving the high-end at 2.5? (A bit like they upped the 1.8 Ghz model to a dual 1.8 GHz model last winter?)

I must say, I'm mildly disappointed. Sure, the 2.5 GHz machine still sounds like a good computer, but the other models are merely a bit updated models for higher prices. And everything said about the future today does _not_ look too good. They say a PowerBook G5 is still a big problem. They say the same about an iMac G5. And no word about future G5s so far. Then again, maybe that's a good thing, as we couldn't be sure about it, anyway. End of rant.

Update: Someone just asked me whether I really need 3 GHz. To answer that shortly: Nope. Not at all. But take a look at that middle model. It just doesn't seem so much more than the old one. And I'm not a G5 buyer, anyway. I just think that Apple doesn't earn much praise for this new line-up. Something's wrong at Apple. Also: Those old displays. Apple's about style, too - right? Well, those displays don't match the G5s. And it's almost a year since the G5's introduction. And almost 1.5 years since the aluminum PowerBooks' introduction. I'm just in rant mood now. ;-) If you want to disagree with me, just ignore this "article" you're reading. ;-)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-06-09 at 17:14 CET ]
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Apple releases new PowerMacs

As predicted by ThinkSecret, Apple has released new PowerMacs today. But: No more single processor models. The 'cheapest' G5 now comes as a dual 1.8 GHz model for 1'999 USD. The highend model will be available in July and comes with dual 2.5 GHz processors and is liquid cooled (starts at 2'999 USD). More information at Apple's PowerMac pages. No new displays so far, btw.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-06-09 at 15:59 CET ]
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