After a 1 week delay (according to the rumors) the new intel MacBook is out. Very impressive! Apple killed the 12” and 14” iBooks and instead opted of a 13.3 ” widescreen size for it’s new consumer oriented MacBook. The bright wide screen along with Apple’s bundled remote and its Front Row media viewing application makes this a nice machine to watch movies on.
Apple is selling the MacBook (US price $1099) as a “super fast blogging, podcasting, do-everything-out-of-the-box MacBook”. It’s clearly trying to ride the wave of user created media which just shows you that blogging, podcasting and video podcasting are moving into the mainstream.
Another great thing about all new Apple laptops is the built in Eyesight camera, which can be used with Apple’s iChat video/audio communication client.
I bought a USB camera for my Mac ages ago but hardly ever used it. Sticking a USB camera on your laptop is always a clunky experience. So having a built-in camera will surely popularize video chatting in the coming few years.
Interesting fact: the MacBooks have no built in modem anymore. Just like Apple killed the floppy in its firs iMac in 1998, it’s now announcing the death of the modem. Every MacBook is equipped with wireless capabilities of course, and you can still purchase and optional USB external modem if you still want to dial-in.
Now that Apple has a full line of laptops (MacBook Pro in 15” and 17” and the MacBook) and its Intel-based iMac, we just have to wait for Apple’s pro desktops to come out (to replace the G5’s). Exciting time in Mac land!
Read these related posts on 360east:
- Probably my next Mac. But that will have to wait..
- First MacBook Air sighting in Jordan :-)
- Mac Pro out, etc, etc.
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- Amman’s Apple ‘Store’.. or shall I say ‘center’ will open Sunday
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