Well, the regularly scheduled St. Jobs worship session is over for the time being. And idle speculation on what’s going to be released can be shelved for the following few months.
The intel-CPU based iMacs look powerful indeed, and it seems that a dual-boot windows machine is out of the question at least until Windows Vista makes it to town, the new machines happen to use Intel’s brand-new BIOS replacement, EFI (extensible firmware interface), for which there’s no support from Redmond. Linux, on the other hand, probably slithers onto the machines quite easily. But, as the OS X is a full-blown UNIX, what would you use yet another UNIX variant for?
The new laptops pack a lot of power as well, but the name “MacBook Pro” just won’t be catching on like the perennial favorites iBook and PowerBook. Bad marketese, definitely.
Software-wise there’s nothing truly earthshattering. I will, like any good Tiger-owner, pick up the 10.4.4-update. iLife does not seem too exciting, iWork on the other hand might come in handy in those few occasions when a proper office program is needed. The new iTunes has been claimed to be spyware, and the claims have been defused almost immediately.
No new iPods were released, and the remote/FM-tuner does not work on my ancient 4G-machine. Too bad, the radio-bits in the updated on-board software looked nifty.