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With the availability of iLife '09 commencing today from Apple and several Apple authorized resellers, Apple has updated the status of the Mac Box Set from 'Ships: January' to 'Ships: Within 24hrs'. With the Mac Box Set, buyers can get iLife '09, iWork '09, and Mac OS X Leopard, in a single box.
At the onset of today's notebook event Apple CEO Steve Jobs quickly handed the presentation over to Tim Cook, Apple's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cook gave a presentation titled, 'State of the Mac' which provided insight into Mac momentum. Cook started off by stating that Apple is growing at 2-3 times the market growth rate. He then listed reasons why Apple believes that they are growing at this rate.
On Sunday April 15, 2007 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada Apple Inc. announced Final Cut Server and Final Cut Studio 2. Apple introduced a new application in the Final Cut Studio suite called Color. Also making thier debut were ProRes 422 and a hardware device called IO-HD.
Edward C. Baig states that you don't have to hold back on making the switch. His column starts off with the following statement:
According to the ad-awards.com site, "Ad-Awards.com is a website presenting the finest TV ads worldwide." The site lists the following information about the ad:Title: iLife
When comparing a Mac against a PC, cost is the most often cited metric used to make the comparison. In my view, cost is only one variable of the computing equation. Failure to analyze other variables will lead one down an incomplete analysis. At a minimum, the comparison should also look at the following:
- Features, security, and stability of the operating systems
- Included and/or bundled software
- Maintenance and repair histories
- Realibility and performance of customer service
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.
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.
Historically, there has never been a true test to compare Macs with Intel based PCs. New data and benchmarks demonstrating that the Intel powered MacBook Pros and iMacs run Windows faster than today's PCs dismiss the myths that Macs are slower, behind the technology curve, and are more costly. The point I'd like to make is that the Intel based Macs were designed and engineered to be Macs that run OS X, not Windows. The fact that they run Windows XP faster than WinTel machines proves that Apple's hardware engineering, innovation, and quality surpasses its competitors.
Apple’s industry-leading video production suite Final Cut Studio, is now available as a Universal Binary. The new build provides native support for both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.
Final Cut Studio 5.1 packages four powerful and integrated professional products:
- Final Cut Pro 5 - Real-time editing for DV, SD, HD, and film
- Motion 2 - Advanced animation and special effects
- SoundTrack Pro - Audio editing and creation
- DVD Studio Pro 4 - Advanced DVD authoring
Apple Computer responsed to the effort by French lawmakers aimed at forcing the company to open iPods and Tunes to work with competing digital media products. Did Apple's statement hint at a Movie download service?