Now, given that I *knew* the new hardware was coming (well, okay it was only a Very Strong Rumour), why did I get an “old model” PowerBook?
So Apple released the MacBook Pro yesterday.
Despite the Reality Distortion Field (RDF) being in full force, it’s pretty clear that
the new machines aren’t *that* much faster
than the old ones.
Being a purchaser of probably the last new PowerBook model ever made (17″ 1.67 GHz G4 PowerBook with 1680×1050 widescreen display),
I was obviously wondering just how obsolete my new hardware was going to become in the space of a few weeks.
The main answer is that, as all contractors know, the end of the year is the best time to buy hardware.
Apart from that though, I frankly needed one since my new job entails travelling back and forth to San Francisco. Overall, I am still happy with the purchase.
Tom Yeager points out,
those benchmarks are way skewed (they were multi-threaded benchmarks, which immediately gives dual core machines a 2x boost),
so I still don’t know how much faster the new machines really are.
Also, with the lack of Universal Binaries (that’s Mac-ese for apps that are compiled natively for Intel), a lot of stuff I have would be running under eulation anyway. Plus I have a 17″, and they only released a 15″, so nyahhh! :-D I am saddened by the lack of FireWire 800 (good for grabbing HD video from cameras) – they only have a FireWire 400 port instead.
Also bad is that the DVD burner is not DL.
The card slot is now ExpressCard/34 instead of PCMCIA.
Not sure if that is good or not. I think it’s pretty cool of Apple to
replace all those $999 developer Intel boxes with new Intel-based iMacs.
That $999 now looks like a wise investment instead of an exorbitant rental fee.