iMac: Now up to 3.06 GHz

Apple Computer

Apple Computer

The iMac has been an icon of Apple’s computer line for years; the new iMac takes that tradition of style and quality and adds a dramatic, powerful punch with the addition of new features, new technology and an amazing new design. It’s truly the “all-in-one for everyone.” In addition, the price is much less than one would expect (or at least those PC users).

So, what makes the new iMac so impressive? Let’s take a quick look at the improvements, starting with the all new look of the apple computer.

Once upon a time, the iMac was a white, polycarbonate machine that appealed to some, though not all, of Apple’s customers. The new iMac is something different altogether. The sleek, modern aluminum case is a thing of real beauty. It exudes style and power and is crafted from a single sheet of aluminum, which means no screws or bolts in view. Combine that look with the fact that all of the hardware is integrated into the monitor case (for space saving) and you have a look that is unique on today’s market.

What else is new with the iMac? The Intel Core 2 Duo Processors pack a bigger punch than older Apple machines. With up to 3.06 GHz worth of power, these workhorse processor chips provide much more computing power for the serious user. The addition of Intel to the Apple lineup has been a great improvement over older models and provides far more than standard operation.

Standard on board memory is another area in which the new iMac generation has improved. With up to 2 GB of standard onboard memory, the iMac runs faster than ever before, though you can configure them with much more, if that’s your desire. You can decided to get one with two SO-DIMM slots to support up to 8GB of memory. The hard drive capacity has also been increased. The iMac now offers three different hard drives. A 320GB hard drive is standard with optional 640GB or 1TB hard drives for expanded hard drive space.

The OS of the new iMac is Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, billed as the world’s most advanced operating system. Whether it blows past other OS’s out there or not, Leopard does not disappoint. The other software additions, such as iLife and iWork make this software solution one of the best on the planet. The iMac also has great NVIDIA graphics cards available and video support for premium movie watching.

So, how does the iMac stack up with real consumers? To find out, just try to find a real negative review of the machine. With astounding reliability and performance that a PC just cannot touch, this new machine is a winner with Apple lovers the world over.

Skype iPhone App Now Available!

Courtesy CNET

We’ve been waiting forever it seems, or at least since Skype announced it was coming at CES, but it’s finally here! What you ask? The Skype VoIP phone service we all know and love and use on our desktop PC’s is now available as an app on the Apple iPhone.

Today, Tuesday, March 31st, you can now download Skype for iPhone through Skype’s website or Apple’s iTunes / App store direct. The Skype iPhone app allows you to make calls over a Wi-Fi network and save money by skipping AT&T’s wireless phone network. You can make free calls to other Skype users using Wi-Fi and use your Skype account to call landline phones at a reduced price. The problem with making calls using only Wi-Fi and not the traditional phone network is that you depend on being close to a wireless network. As we all know sometimes you have a strong connection and sometimes you don’t so in the later scenario, you probably wouldn’t be able to make a call.

For full details, read CNET’s review on Skype for iPhone. They have a lot of great images for a sneak peek at the Skype iPhone display.

Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset Discontinued

Courtesy of Apple Inc.

Courtesy of Apple Inc.

I got word of a rumor from The iPhone blog that Apple had discontinued its iPhone Bluetooth headset and confirmed this was true after a quick visit to the Apple website.

I’m not sure I’m sad to see it go since it was released late 2007 as a barebones model compared to all the other neat Bluetooth headsets out there, such as my favorite plantronics headsets or motorola bluetooth headsets.

The Apple Bluetooth headset received pretty good reviews when it was released, but those reviews quickly followed with user reviews dinging the performance. Issues included poor sound quality and battery life. But does this mean Apple is going to release some new Bluetooth headsets or are they bailing out of the Bluetooth accessory game?

My guess is the first option since Apple seems to dominate most fields. They will probably come out with something pretty competitive to what’s out there now. However, I am pretty fond of the Bluetooth headsets out there now. And considering the hands-free headset laws in many states, it’s important to have bluetooth headsets in all your cars.

New iPhone 3.0 Software

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Yesterday, March 17th, Apple presented an extremely detailed preview of the next operating system for the iPhone. iPhone’s OS 3.0 is in beta phase and has been given to the iPhone Developer Program to access and test the software.

iPhone OS 3.0 is supposedly equipped with over a hundred new features (most importantly the copy and paste feature which the phone frustratingly lacked before). Here are a few:

  • Search your iPhone
  • Cut, copy, and paste
  • Send photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS (only available on iPhone 3G)
  • Read and compose email and text messages in landscape has tried to list out the 100 new iPhone 3.0 features they could remember, but couldn’t seem to figure out all 100 (my guess is because the features are so minuscule in the grand scheme of things and Apple was just trying to hit the number 100). Apple also has a weak update on their sparse iPhone 3.0 info page.

All and all an update much needed. Although I would also guess that they have had these fixes for quite some time now and just wanted to wait to accumulate more apple buyers before launching it. I say this because they are going to charge an upgrade fee for all the non 3G iPhones.

Problems with Apple iPhone Anyone?

Ok, so today I am going to go off on a tangent a bit and ramble on about my iPhone. How many of you have iPhones? Does your iPhone ever freeze up and boot you out of apps? I must say, that while I do love the iPhone (it has such a superior screen, display colors, graphics, and the sound is incredible) lately it has let me down a bit. Several times today the phone freezes up and kicks me off the internet, stops in the middle of a song, and in the middle of using one of it’s wonderful applications. Perhaps there is another update coming out, or perhaps I need to get a new iPhone! Sometimes I check in on Apple Discussions at the Apple website where people chat about fixes, etc. Tell me about your iPhone experiences.

The All-New MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

With the relentless march of technology, laptops have become ubiquitous in today’s world. While it might seem that every computer company under the sun offers a laptop computing solution, one particular offering stands head and shoulders above the rest. The new MacBook Pro offers powerful computing, dramatic enhancements and a slim look that you won’t find elsewhere on the market.

What’s different about the new MacBook Pro? First, it offers a slim, yet functional design that can’t be beat. At a mere inch in thickness when closed, the MacBook Pro is one of the slimmest notebook computers available.That slimness does not translate into a loss of capabilities, though.

Monitor size is available from 15 inches all the way through 17 inches and offers high definition resolution for better graphics viewing. One of the most popular innovations in the MacBook Pro is the amazing touch pad.This option offers iPhone-like capabilities, including slide, pinch and flip capabilities that you’ll not find in any other touch pad on the market today.

With the addition of Intel Core 2 Duo processors that run at up to 2.6 GHz, the new MacBook Pro provides much more processing capability than previously. An onboard L2 6 MB cache provides additional processing capacity and faster speeds, as well.

The MacBook Pro provides 3 USB ports, a FireWire 400 and a FireWire 800 port, as well as audio in and out ports, a DVI port and an ExpressCard port.

If you’re concerned about wireless connectivity (and what laptop owner isn’t?), the MacBook Pro provides built in 802.11n technology.This is the newest technology on the market and offers backward compatibility to work with older wireless services if necessary.Wireless backup (through Time Machine) and wireless printing capabilities (AirPort or Time Capsule) fill out the massive capabilities of this unique machine.

If you’re looking for a notebook computer that can grow with you, this is it. There’s plenty of room inside for new additions, though the larger hard drive will keep that eventuality at bay for some time to come.