MacCast 01.12.2006 - Show #114
V Opening
V Opening Music
* Music is Say Anything by Manda and the Marbles
V News
* Macworld Announcements
V Retail Sales figures
* Apple retail sales of $1 Billion for the last quarter of 2005
* Apple total retail sales for holiday quarter 2005 were $5.7 Billion
* 14 Million iPods sold in the holiday quarter. 42 Million total iPods sold. 32 Million in 2005.
* 850 million songs sold on iTunes. 3 million per day. 83% share of the music download market
V iPods
* FM Tuner remote control. Radio tuner interface on the iPod. The interface looks cool. Has the "needle" type tuner with digital read out and presets. $49.00
* New iPod "Jazz" ad with Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis iPod Ad
V New Widgets in OS 10.4.4 update
* Google, ESPN Sports, Calendar, new Address Book, Snow conditions and White Pages
V iLife '06 ($79 USD, $99 Family)
V iPhoto
* Support for 250,000 Photos. Improved performance. Steve says it "flys"
* Photocasting (RSS). Requires .Mac to publish but any app can subscribe.
* Full screen editing
* One-click effects. A little panel, B&W, Sepia, Antique, Fade Color, Boost Color, Matte, Vignette and Edge Blur. Can combine effects.
* Cards, Calendars and improved books with better printing.
* Integration with new iWeb for Gallery and Blog publishing in one-click
V iTunes
* New TV content. SNL from NBC
* New "Mini Store" in the Library. Can be turned off from icon or Edit menu (Apple+Shift+M)
* Is the Mini Store a privacy concern? Adware and Spyware all in one? (I think that is a bit extreme).
V iMovie HD
* Really cool Themes. Makes it easy to create a pro looking movie with matched titles, transitions graphics and effects.
* Real time effects and titles using core video and core image, if your Mac supports it.
* Core audio effects like EQ, reverb, etc.
* Multiple projects open at once
* iPod export and support for video Podcasting with iWeb integration
* Magic iDVD. Wizard to create quick DVDs. Select video, photos and theme and then it generates a DVD
* Support for Widescreen DVD.
* Autofill dropzones. Select all the photos you want to use and then auto fill will populate all the drop zones.
* Improved DVD Map view
* Support for 3rd party DVD burners. This is BIG.
V Garageband
* Podcast recording studio. Add images and links for enhanced podcasts. Auto "ducking" for background audio
* royalty free jingles, stingers, sound effects for podcasts
* Vocal enhancements and noise filters
* iChat recording. Each participant is recorded to a separate track.
* Video Track for iMovies so you can add scores and time audio and sound effects.
* Integration with iWeb for publishing.
V iWeb
* A brand new app.
* Really nice templates and iLife integration for adding media
* Blog and Podcasts pages with RSS
* Photo slides shows utilize AJAX technology to add a little slide show controller in the web page.
* Works with .Mac for easy publishing, but does have an HTML export.
* Universal
V iWork '06 ($79 USD, $99 Family)
V Pages 2 and Keynote 3
* New themes. HD Themes
* 3D Charts, Tables with Calculations
* Freeform shapes curves and masks
* Address Book mail merge
* Reviewer comments
* Universal
V New Intel iMac
* Same models (17" and 20"), same prices ($1,299 USD and $1,699 USD)
* 1.83 GHz Core Duo and 2.0GHz Core Duo
* ATI Radeon X1600 PCI Express graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory
* Built-in iSight, Frontrow, remote.
* 2-3 times faster than the current iMac G5 (raw benchmark)
* Some iMac purchasers may be upset. Lesson, if you care, think twice about buying a Mac near MacWorld.
* Extended desktop support using the new Mini-DVI connector. Listener Leo saw this in the user guide.
* Developers who bought a $999 Developer Transition Kit are now eligible to get a free 1.83 GHz 17" iMac.
V New Intel MacBook Pro
* New Intel based Mac Pro laptop. The MacBook Pro. Love the machine. Kinda hate the name.
Apple MacBook Pro
* 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo ($1999 USD) or 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo ($2499 USD)
* 4-5 times faster than the PowerBook G4. (raw benchmark)
* 15.4" Screen 67% brighter than G4 display.
* ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor, dual link DVI support, 128MB of GDDR3 on 1.67 GHz configuration. 256MB GDDR3 on 1.83GHz configuration
* Built-in iSight. IR sensor and Remote for FrontRow.
* 4x single layer instead of 8x dual layer SuperDrive??!
* One FireWire 400 port, Two USB 2.0 ports, ExpressCard/34 slot (new PCMCIA spec. The 54 is full size the 34 is smaller).
* Slightly thinner than the 17" PowerBook
* The power cable is held in place magnetically. MagSafe.
* Ships in February.
V No battery life specs?
* A comment from a rep at the Expo, "These are pre-production models, so we're not commenting on battery life."
* The processor should give better battery life, but maybe the brighter screen is using more battery. It better be at least 4 hours.
V New Apple Intel TV Ad
* Finally an ad that is not iTunes
* play the tv spot
Apple Intel Ad
* "trapped inside PCs--dull little boxes, dutifully performing dull little tasks."
* Intel says their customers are not "dull", but wouldn't complain if the Apple partnership helped their other customers be more creative.
* Many are pointing out the similarities to The Postal Service "Such Great Heights" music video.
The Postal Service Video
* Remember Apple was sued for the Eminem iPod videos similarities to a Lugz shoe commercial.
V Technology may make Intel Mac Dual booting a challenge
* Phil Schiller still says that Apple will not prevent users from booting Windows, but the technology inside the new Macs may.
* The new Intel Macs use Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) instead of BIOS.
* Windows XP 32bit does not support EFI at this time, so booting Windows XP may not be possible without some tweaking.
V Pro Apps Universal in March
* FinalCut, Aperture and Logic
* Can trade in current disks ("crossgrade") for $49.00
V 3rd Party Apps
* Quark is Universal
* Microsoft Office and Messenger in March
* Adobe Photoshop committed to universal
* Rosetta until then. Steve says Office runs "great" under Rosetta
V Quicktime 7.0.4 released, pulled and re-released
* The first release of the day was available via Software update, prior to the Keynote web stream being posted. It contained a security flaw. The flaw effected Mac and Windows and could allow an attacker control of the effected system
* The file was pulled and an uninstaller (revert to 7.0.1) was put in it's place.
Quicktime 7.0.1 Reinstaller
* Apple then re-released the 7.0.4. update
* If you think you have the bad one best bet is to run the 7.0.1 re-installer and then run Software Update to get the known good update of 7.0.4
Fixed Quicktime 7.0.4 Update
* Trevor Tye from the OptionKey podcast noted that the QT update on OS 10.3.9 messes up the Macromedia Player 8 Flash plugin on Firefox and Safari. Just re-install Flash 8 to fix it.
V Apple Stock closes at an "Intel" Price.
* On the day of the launch of Intel based Macs, Apples stock price closed appropriately at $80.86
* The 8086 was the original 1978 Intel processor that spawned the x86 architecture.
V Levis announces iPod jeans
* a small built-in iPod cradle “invisibly” housed within a side pocket and a special joystick remote control located into the jeans’ watch pocket.
V Google Earth now available for Mac OS X
* Google has finally launched Google Earth for OS X
Google Earth for OS X
* Fly through, satellite imagery, points of interest.
* Open API so cool add ons like Flickr Photos
* Requires OS 10.4 and a minimum of 500 MHz processor.
V Apple starts using "Vingle" trademark
* The trademark was filed in October
* Being used on the iTunes music store to refer to new Pussycat Dolls a Video Single.
V Feedback, Comments and Commentary
V Tip: Word complete/lookup in Apple Mail
* From Listener Alex
* Upon typing an incomplete word – or start typing the begin of a word and immediately hit Apple Period combo and a list appears of suggested words.
* Maybe an "Easter Egg"? Seems to only work for new messages and not on replies.
V Review of Logitech USB Microphone
* Play review from Rob
Logitech USB Desktop Microphone
V Do Widgets slow down your Mac?
* Listener Steven was wondering if having open widgets can effect your Macs performance.
V Apple also offers Governmental discounts
* Play comment from listener Brandon
V Powerbook update can improve battery life
* In software update for 15-inch Aluminum PowerBooks.
V Listener feedback on Aperture VS. Adobe Lightroom
* Listener Patrick ( a pro photographer) uses Cannon D2Hs and like Lightroom better than Aperture, but says both have a long way to go.
* The main issue lies in their conversion of the RAW format. Both have difficulty translating the white balance and images tend to be washed out and lose detail.
* He prefers Nikon Capture.
* He notes that all these apps are slow performers even on Dual 2.0 GHz G5 with 3.5 GHZ RAM. Aperture is the slowest.
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