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April 2006 Archives
According to a story from CNEt Apple will be unveiling a new advertising campaign next week focused on the Mac. The following are quotes from the CNet story:
- "Apple Computer is planning on hitting the airwaves with ads geared around the Mac next week, CEO Steve Jobs said Thursday at the company's annual meeting."
- "Jobs expects Mac sales to grow"
The model ships with the latest version of Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.6 in addition to iLife '06, Apple's Digital Life software suite that includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb.
Apple indicated that of the 1,112,000 Macs sold in the quarter, 154,000 Macs were sold in their retail stores. That's 13.8 percent of Macs sold in the quarter. More on this number in a moment.
"Join the thousands of Mac developers who will be attending WWDC 2006, and be one of the first to preview Mac OS X Leopard. You’ll get the chance to explore the latest Mac tools and technologies, and to learn the advances that are keeping Mac OS X far, far ahead of the competition."
This continues the Safari growth trend. According to MarketShare, Safari market share growth is as follows:
Apple is offering a $300 instant discount on the purchase of Final Cut Studio when it is bought with a new a MacBook Pro, iMac or a Power Mac G5. The offer ends June 26, 2006.
Apple recently updated Final Cut Studio to Universal Binary format to allow installation on both Intel Macs and PowerPC Macs.
Macworld has published some recent benchmarks of the new Boot Camp enabled Intel iMac and MacBook Pro running Windows XP Service Pack 2. The tests had these system go head-to-head with a Dell Inspiron E1705 (Core Duo laptop), HP Compaq nx9420 (Core Duo laptop), and a HP Pavilion a1250n (Media Center Desktop).
Earlier this week, the buzz was centered around Apple's new beta Boot Camp software for OS X Tiger 10.4.6 that allows owners of new Intel Macs to extend the funcionality of the systems to boot into Mac OS X or Windows XP. Apple also released firmware updates for the entire line of the Intel Macs that provide EFI and BIOS support that should allow the new Intel Macs to boot into adiitional operating systems such as Windows XP, the upcoming Windows Vista, and Linux. The Intel Macs use a modern booting technology called EFI, Extensible Firmware Interface. In order to boot Windows XP and Windows Vista, the computer needs to support BIOS, a technology over 20 years old. Boot Camp bridges the EFI and BIOS gap.
This guide provides a brief overview of how to use a Mac. For a more comprehensive learning experience, visit the Switch To A Mac Guides for a wide range of topics, guides, and tips.
For Windows switchers, Mac OS X will take time to learn however; it’s intuitive and relatively familiar so Windows users will become productive in a short amount of time. My view is that when compared to Windows, Mac OS X is easier to learn, requires fewer keystrokes to accomplish tasks, and results in greater end user productivity. When I switched to a Mac, I felt uncomfortable but over time I've found the OS X environment to be more user friendly and easier to use than Windows. This article/post highlights the major components of the OS X environment and is geared towards helping those who are new to Mac OS X.