For fellow Apple cultists

Engadget is giving the blow-by-blow of Steve Jobs keynote. Fun iPod statporn: They’ve sold over 42 million iPods, over 850 million songs, over 8 million videos.

I was hoping the first Intel box would be a laptop. It’s the iMac:

1:12 PM – “So … today we are gonna roll out the first Mac with an Intel processor.”

1:13 PM – “Without any more fanfare, it is the iMac” It looks the same as it does now….

1:14 PM – “We’re going to offer it in the same sizes, 17 and 20-inch. We’re going to offer it in the same award winning design. We’re going to offer it with the same features. We’re going to offer it for the same prices. So what’s different?”

1:14 PM – “We are building in … the new Intel Core Duo. Each of these processors is faster than the G5, and there’s two of ’em.” …

1:17 PM – “Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.2 is running entirely natively – not just the operating system but all the applications.” He’s been using it for the entire demo all morning, natch….

1:26 PM – “They are shipping today. We are going to be transitioning our entire product line this year.” This is huge.

1:28 PM – “We made an ad just to let people know what we’re doing, and I’d like to premiere it for you now.” Ad voiceover: “The Intel chip. For years it’s been trapped inside ordinary PCs. Doomed to performing dull little tasks.” …

Yeah, laptops, too! Details at Engadget.

: Later: My son’s reactions.

  • Angelos

    Now if they could get the OS to work too! My 2005 G5 is less reliable and less stable than my 1998 PII-450 laptop running Win98.

  • james

    Theres something seriously wrong w/ you r set up then.
    Bad ram?

    Seriously, this is a very stable OS.

    No fan bouy here, just my experience.
    XP is stable too on my PC.

  • So NYT is now showing results of Job’s presentation as one of its lead stories on Someone remind me why this is big news, given that Macs comprise less than 5% of all personal computers and a far smaller percentage of corporate computers? Oh, I remember why: They make the media darling iPod, about which the press seems have an endless supply of headlines. As a corporate purchaser of PCs, this will cause me to give Apple a wide berth over the next year as they unscrew this new technology (the same way it took them awhile to get 10.4 right, and a couple of years before OS X was worth buying).

  • So Gutenberg, it’s people like you I have to thank for all those years of pleading calls to the IT dept. to come and fix the buggy crap that was my computer running Microsoft operating systems. You’d have to hold a gun to my head to get me to buy Microsoft, yet you’d buy them willingly and force other people to use them. Hmmm …

    The reason it’s news is because Apple can get Tiger to to run 4 times faster on Intel chips than it can on IBM’s which means Apple is set to shoot way ahead of anything Microsoft has to offer. In fact, Microsoft now has a lot of explaining to do concerning the poor performance of Windows on Intel chips.

    Of course, it’s possible I just don’t have the understanding personality necessary to get at the root of the PC’s various psychoses. I should understand when my files randomly disappear, my programs freeze unexpectedly, my system crashes because I dared to ask it to do three things at the same time that my PC just needed a little attention from me (okay, a lot of attention … make that an enormous amount of attention, more than I could ever afford and remain sane).

    Call me a cultist if you want. It could just be that my taste is better than yours. :-)

  • Generalities and press-release stats are fine, but we have more than 100 Macs in use here and an equal number of PCs. The Macs generate far more support calls, are much less stable, and cost 40% more than the PCs (and strangely, we’ve found their users actually require more hand-holding than do PC users). All people do on their work computer is process words, check e-mail, browse the web, and use industry specific applications. I want the fastest, cheapest, most bullet-proof solution available. I am uncaring about how it looks or whether it has a cute little camera built in (leave such touches for the home users), no more so than I care about what color my phone is. A corporate computer is a tool, like a pencil, not an expression of one’s individuality (do you get emotional when discussing the merits of Avaya versus Nortel phones?). And Apple began disregarding the corporate market years ago — in conversations with IT folks at other media companies, I am hearing that Macs are being pulled from general editorial functions left and right, with only hard-core graphics users remaining. I’m not pro-Windows or pro-Microsoft — I’d deploy a Linux desktop if it were mature enough and the right solution, and I purchased my first Mac in December 1984, well before 99.99% of current Mac users — but enough already with the “Mac as a religion” stuff.

    And as for the news angle, the fact that a niche player can transition to a new microprocessor is not a good reason for web “front page” play (didn’t see a similar mention when HP adopted dual-core server technology or Cisco launched gigabyte ethernet products, which impacted a far greater percentage of the technology world).

  • Carlos

    HP dual-core server or Cisco gigabyte ethernet don’t affect the mainstream world….so sure they can be front page on Informationweek, but not New York Times.

    It’s on New York Times because Apple gets attention from people. And their stock price is at an all time high. And because they sold 14 million iPods during the holiday quarter. And they just got a 2-3x performance gain in their OS and apps by running on an Intel chip. I’m sure Intel is just as glad to see Apple getting headlines.

    No one is saying you should buy the iMac or Macbook Pro for a corporation. Perhaps you should consider the Mac mini as a drop-in replacement. And stop throwing around the marketshare numbers…..people are still buying Macs in droves….no need to discount them just because there are 95 OTHER people buying other computers for many other reasons and applications.

  • Mike G

    Someone remind me why this is big news, given that Macs comprise less than 5% of all personal computers and a far smaller percentage of corporate computers?

    First of all, they comprise about 4% of sales, but about 16% of installed computers. Which means a whole lot of people buy Windows PCs and stop using them much earlier than they do Macs. (I get 6 years, reliably, out of my Macs, going all the way back to my Apple IIc before there was a Mac.)

    Second, it’s news because Apple innovates and sets trends others follow. When Dell has 30% of the market with a completely average PC, that’s not news because it’s not interesting.

    But you know that, and are just bitter….

  • I’d be pretty pissed off if I had bought an iMac G5 in November – or even a Powerbook in the same release. Was that last update really required? Apple should have waited for the Intel models – with the Nano and Video iPods, there were plenty of goodies available for the Christmas market.

  • And for the record, Macs don’t come close to comprising 16% of installed machines (not sure where that came from). The latest sampling of the several million monthly users who visited a media website to which I have metrics information showed a little less than 6% of visitors were on Macs (and this population is heavy on the Macphilic art and culture crowd). And why does nearly every post by a Mac-lover end with a snide little putdown, as if the computer you use is a metaphor for your personality. Wouldn’t the world be simpler is such generalizations were true? Guess they are in Cupertino.

  • kat

    I think I read that Windows is coming out with a new OS called Vista or something–a carbon copy of Mac’s OSX.

  • Hummm… Wired’s Cult of Mac blog quotes an “insider” warning not to bother buying one of the new MacBooks, as something “much cooler” is in the pipeline…

  • One generalization that I’ve found to be always wholeheartedly true is that Microsoft is buggy crap. I approach a computer walking Microsoft with a fear and trepidation borne of long experience. Guaranteed something important will go missing, freeze, crash or need to be rebuilt.

    And as for Microsoft’s efforts to copy the Mac OS, good luck to them. That’s something they’ve been trying to do without success ever since the first release of Windows, when Bill Gates is famously quoted as having said: “Make it just like a Mac.” And they’re still trying …

  • Under the headline “The Media’s Crush on Apple” posted on today:

  • You may interested in this take on why Apple’s going with Intel: DRM hell. And by the way, this guy’s one of the smartest I’ve seen. I really dig his thinking on “edge competencies.”