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Student need a guide

by ecal / July 19, 2005 1:43 PM PDT

Should I wait for upcoming apple notebook?Im a Chemical Engineering student.

can I run tiger smoothly in iBook of 12 inch?

Do you thinhk its good for me to buy it now?

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 19, 2005 9:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Student need a guide

No, get one now. There is no reason to wait. Unless the rumors about a new line of iBooks are true and who knows about that.
Yes, Tiger will come pre-installed
Yes.


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Science Computer: Mac or Window
by awalwah / July 20, 2005 1:06 AM PDT
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My kid has enrolled to college major on Science computer. She need a laptop to learn about programming such as C++ and so on. I though of buying her a Mac. But can Mac run a C++ programming software and other related/ required application for science computer degree course.

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It will next year.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2005 1:23 AM PDT

But imagine my surprise at the local stores with the HP v2000 series AMD Turion 64-bit with everything but the DVD recorder was all of $699. I'd get the kid one of those and move on.

Bob

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I'm waiting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2005 10:23 PM PDT
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Hard rumors say early 2006 for some new Intel based Macs. With what I've heard from a developer I see no reason for Apple to delay the change. I would buy an Intel based Mac laptop even at a premium of 2X compared to say HP/Dell.

My rumor mill is saying some units may appear as a "surprise" in 2005. But that's rumor and speculation.

Since my first college kid starts in 2007, the timing couldn't be better.

Bob

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Wait until August
by longofest / July 20, 2005 5:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Student need a guide

Good choice in choosing an Apple notebook. I am just finishing my years as a college student (1 more semester), and I have greatly enjoyed not getting one virus while everyone else gets tons of viruses.

To your questions: There are many rumors of release of updated iBooks with perhaps a new form factor (widescreen).

The current generation is good, but the biggest thing holding it back (besides the small amount of RAM that comes with it... be sure to get at least 512!!!) is its graphics card. Tiger has technology called CoreImage, and currently CoreImage cannot take advantage of the iBook's graphics card. This will mean less eye-candy in the "dashboard" and less performance if you ever do any video or image editing. Hopefully, Apple will update the graphics card to be a Geforce FX Go 5200, which CoreImage can use.

The current iBooks are 9 months old, which is the longest they have gone without a refresh. Wait until August 1st. If they haven't been refreshed by then, then go ahead and dive in!

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