“There’s been a lot of hullygully in the geek press about the implementation of Intel processors in Apple computers,” Tech Digest (TD) reports. “Here at TD, we think of ourselves as demanding mobile professionals so we jostled our way to the middle of the queue for a turn on the frankly humungous 17” MacBook Pro.”
“You’ve probably seen one by now, but it’s pretty: First impression is that it’s just another 17” Powerbook. In fact it’s a shade bigger than the preceding Apple ‘portable’. Not big enough to make a real difference, just enough to burst the zip on your trendy neoprene skin,” TD reports. “The real news story around the Intel Macs is of course the recent release of BootCamp, a free software application which enables you to create a soft partition on your Mac Hard Disk and use it to install Windows XP. This isn’t emulation, like Microsoft’s venerable bodge Virtual PC, BootCamp lets the OS directly addresses the hardware so you can play games and generally waste time like a real XP laptop owner. Perverse souls that we are we had XP running and HalfLife installed before doing anything with OSX. It’s seamless. It runs exactly like – say – a recent Dell.”
MacDailyNews Take: Yippee.
TD continues, “Performance is, put simply, astounding. Apple have included a suite of applications that cover all the usual bases: As well as the expected iTunes, they have bundled iLife which offers a peerless Photo Library application, some serviceable video editing and a basic, but handy Web page generator. Tasks that seemed quick on a PowerBook G4 are effectively instantaneous on the MacBook. Even non-Intel compliant apps like Photoshop are (if a little slow to load) responsive and completely usable… If you’ve ever fancied the sleek lines of an Apple machine but dared not buy one for fear of losing all the Windows programs you sort of love then now might just be the time.”
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