Apple Releases First Intel-based Macs

Discussion in 'Macintosh' started by muzikool, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Apple announced its first Intel-based Mac computers today at Macworld San Francisco. The iMac and new MacBook Pro laptop are the first to receive the new Intel processors. This is a pretty big deal, perhaps someone can post it on the front page.

    iMac
    17 inch: 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo - $1299
    17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440x900 resolution
    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 cache
    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    160GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0

    20-inch: 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo - $1699
    20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680x1050 resolution
    2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 cache
    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    250GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0


    MacBook Pro
    1.67 Intel Core Duo - $1999
    Ships: February
    15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution
    1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
    667MHz frontside bus
    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    80GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    iLife 06

    1.83 Intel Core Duo - $2499
    Ships: February
    15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution
    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
    667MHz frontside bus
    1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
    iLife 06
     
  2. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

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    Woo! This is what I have been waiting on for a while now. All I have to do now is sit back and wait for either the rev2 or rev3 iMac and I will be purchasing one :D
     
  3. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Why wait? If there's a problem then it will be covered under warranty. I'd also be buying AppleCare at the end of the first year anyway. I'd get extended warranty on any machine that had the display built-in to the computer -- so the iMac qualifies.

    Worst-case scenario: you get a lemon that will end up getting you an upgrade for free. ;)
     
  4. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

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    Well, potential issues isnt the only reason I want to wait. I want to see what will come of rev.2 whether it gets faster, or simply just a price drop.
    I dont want to buy a rev.1 and find its a lemon either to have to send it back and do without something I paid for and was looking forward to so much to be without it for a few weeks.
     
  5. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I actually started a thread about revision problems in the MacRumors forums a while back. Obviously I got differing opinions, but the overwhelming response was that any revision can have problems, or no problems. A Rev. A might be fine while a Rev. B might introduce severe issues.

    Speaking of which, I have a Rev. A PowerMac G5 and I've never had a single issue with it. :)

    If you could really use the iMac now then I say get it. If you can go without it for a while, then waiting isn't a big deal.
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Piss! No iBooks, I kind of wanted a PowerBook, ehm "MacBook", but don't have the money for one at the moment. Guess I'll have to wait a few months. :(
     
  7. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    My hopes definitely got built-up with all the iBook rumors. That's what I get, I guess. "Patience" is the word.
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I think I'm going to get a Macbook anyway, they're perfectly viable as desktop replacements, and I can still use my 2405FPW with it. I don't know, bit broke at the moment, so we'll see how things are in a few months (Around March) :)
     
  9. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    With any luck the iBooks might be converted over to intel, but hopefully not converted over to the MacBook name. just saying "my ibook" it just rolls nicer than "my macbook". The sounds just arent as soft.
     
  10. X-Istence

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    I want a new MacBook as a desktop replacement.
     
  11. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I'd love the MacBook as well. No way I can afford it anytime soon, though.

    Also, I kind of like the idea of a smaller, more portable, laptop. The rumored 13.x" widescreen iBook sounded perfect.
     
  12. SpiceWare

    SpiceWare OSNN Junior Addict

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    Nice, though I'm holding off for a 17" 1680x1050 version of the MacBook.
     
  13. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    iMac G5 + Intel = iMac
    PowerBook + Intel = MacBook Pro

    My guess would be:

    iBook + Intel = iBook
    PowerMac + Intel = Macintosh Pro (Not the MacMac Pro :p)
    Mac Mini + Intel = Mac Mini.

    They would be my predictions for the new names anyway.
     
  14. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    my thoughts exactly...was so waiting to hear about the iBook...my tax refund is probably going to one of them!!!
     
  15. Mastershakes

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    Apple has no intention of stopping us from loading Windows

    Canoe News

     
  16. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Yes yes, everyone knows. Windows runs on intel, it's not a big deal.

    You'll be hard pressed to get XP on there though, got to wait for Vista before even trying.