Modem Issues and Updates
to iLife, iWork"> Two models of the MacBook Pro will be available. The $1,999 model will feature a 1.67GHz Core Duo chip with 2MB on-chip shared Level 2 cache, a 667MHz front-side bus, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a SuperDrive and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics. The $2,499 model boosts the processor to 1.83GHz and the hard drive to 100GB. Both will come with the iLife 06 suite.Neither, however, will include an internal modem. An external modem will be offered for $49.For insights on Apples modem option, check out Peter Coffees Weblog. Key to the transition is Rosetta, an emulation technology that allows PowerPC-native applications to run on Intel-based Macs. Jobs demonstrated Microsoft Office: Mac 2004 and Adobe System Inc.s Photoshop running under Rosetta, and admitted that the emulated versions will not run as fast as native versions would, or the existing versions on PowerPC-based Macs. However, he said, the overall performance of Photoshop should be good enough for all but professional users. Jobs also spent time outlining the changes made to the iLife 06 and iWork 06 software suites. The iLife 06 suite, which includes iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, iTunes and GarageBand, has gained a new application called iWeb. Jobs demonstrated the Web-page builder, saying it integrated simple usability with the ability to make "beautiful" Web pages. What does Apple have planned for OS X on Intel-based Macs? Click here to read more. iWeb allows users to choose and modify Apple-designed templates, much as iWorks Pages does. Jobs demonstrated how users can drag and drop graphic and other elements, as well as browse through other rich media content from iLife, such as movies, music and photos. In addition, iWeb offers a simple interface for blogging within the created Web page, as well as RSS integration for blog entries and Podcasts. The new version of iPhoto is optimized for speed and raises the limit on photos to 250,000. It also offers full-screen editing, one-click visual effects and new options for higher-quality books, calendars and Shutterfly-like cards. In addition, Jobs demonstrated the "photocasting" feature of the new iPhoto. Calling it "Podcasting for photos," Jobs showed how iPhoto users could invite others to share a photo album. The other users could use their copies of iPhoto or an RSS reader to subscribe to the album and see new photos added by the original user. iMovie has gained animated themes, real-time effects and titles, and new audio tools and sound effects, as well as allowing users to open multiple projects at once. iDVDs updates included widescreen presentation, new themes, improved slideshows, support for third-party DVD burners, and "Magic iDVD", a simple, one-screen approach to DVD creation. Jobs also demonstrated Garage Band, which can now be used as a Podcast studio, with Podcast artwork track support, automatic ducking and iChat integration for interviews over Apples own IM application. The iWork 06 suite was also updated, with new versions of the PageMaker-like Pages and Keynote presentation applications. Jobs did not give many details, but he said Keynote will support 3-D charts, advanced image editing, reflections, masking and tables with calculation. Both suites are available for $79 each, with a five-user license costing $99. Apple-branded professional applications, including Final Cut Pro, Aperture and Logic Pro, will be available in Intel-native versions by March, Jobs said. Owners of current versions will be able to upgrade by trading in their disks for $49. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.