Apple keynote: thoughts on Intel inside

Apple keynote: thoughts on Intel inside

Yep, that MacBook Pro looks pretty sweet--and so does the new Intel iMac. It's an exciting time and an exciting jump for Apple, and I hope the machines are as fast as they say--and more importantly, that they're stable. Am I going to buy one? Not yet. Hardware 1.0 scares me, especially when it's the first piece of hardware with a brand-new chip architecture, running software that's just been ported over, and taking a big risk on a technology partnership that, by Steve's own admission, was developed in a time frame somewhere between one and two years (if you take into account the work that happened before the Intel-Apple agreement was announced). Plus, Apple? If I spent $1,299 on the Final Cut Studio and another $2,500 on a new MacBook Pro, I really, really, really don't think I should have to pay $50 to "crossgrade" my software for a version that will run on the Mactel machines. That's just rude. How about I prove to you that I bought the software by bringing you the CD and the license, which is what you wanted in the first place, and you give me the universal version when I buy a whole new Mac, OK?

I admit it, though. The MacBook Pro looks pretty sweet. Especially with the built-in iSight. But I think I'll wait to see what other dual-core notebooks appear as a result of the new Core Duo technology, and what (if any) problems people start reporting when they get their new iMacs and MacBooks home.

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Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.


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