Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

12 January 2006

Intel

So, many of you heard that Apple is switching to Intel, and this week they released their first batch of Intel macs. This doesn’t mean a whole lot for the consumer in the long run except faster and cheaper Macs. (Okay, maybe that does mean a lot.)

At the office we were holding off on buying a new iMac for my desk until after the Macworld announcements. We figured that we werne’t in a rush to get a new computer, and maybe, just maybe ol’ Steve would announce something that would tempt us away from the iMac. We thought – surely they won’t announce new iMacs, since they debuted new ones three months ago.

Well, sure enough, new iMacs rolled out and I ordered one immediately.

And one more thing, new laptops as well. Apple is calling their new pro laptop the MacBook Pro. Ugh, I’m not a fan of the name. (Gruber said it best “just horrible, like some crappy Mac accounting software from 1987”).

I’ll be fascinated to see how stuff like Virtual PC runs on the Mac. I’m not sure how long it will take for that to debut, or if something else will come and fill the place of Virtual PC. Either way, in the meantime, I was planning to be able to dual-boot with windows on one partition and Mac on the other. Ugh. That sounds dirty and degrading to my new iMac, but apparently, for now, it’s not possible due to an advanced boot technology that Apple’s using that Windows XP doesn’t support (apparently Vista will). I’m going to venture a guess that those geekier than I will figure something out for XP in due time.

Ideally, I’d like to see something like what Wil Shipley described working. The whole idea of running Windows apps natively, without the Windows, sounds really fascinating. In practice though, the only reason I have to run windows right now is to test my websites in Internet Explorer, so we’ll see how that plays out.

In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my Intel imac. Should be fun.