Challenges Apple, Google and Microsoft are faced with in the new multi-screen world.
Today, Apple announced their first Intel based laptop. This announcement provides us with some interesting data that can be used to compare the existing platform to its predecessor and to equivalent offerings from the PC world. Comparing Apples to Apples One of the interesting thing is that Apple did not demise its existing Powerbook G4 product line. Whether it’s a question of inventory management having gone awry or an attempt to milk more out of the G4 market, it provides an interesting way to compare Apple laptops from the G4 generation to those of the Intel one. For the purpose of this study, I took data directly on the Apple site, looking at their offerings for the Powerbook and its equivalent on the Intel side of the house, the MacBook Pro. Here’s how they stack up against each other: 15 inch MacBook Pro 15 inch Powerbook G4 Processor 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2MB on chip sharedL2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 Display 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 900 resolution, TFTwidescreen 15.2-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 960 resolution, TFT widescreen Memory 512MB (single SODIMM) of PC2-5300 (667MHz);two SODIMM slots support up to 2GB 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM (running…Read More
So it took me some time to figure out what the Mac mini is about. Not so much what it is but what it’s impact in the long run may be and why and how it matters. Size matters My first thought, when I read the specs, was about the size of the device. My Shuttle computer, is 6 inches high by 8 inches wide and 12 inches long (yes, I had to pull out the ruler on that one). By comparison, the Mac mini comes in at 6.5 inches square and 2 inches high. Something tells me that there is more to the dimensions that pure aesthetic design. For comparison’s sake, I decided to take a quick look at my entertainment center: 2 inches happens to be about the height of my VCR (yes, I still have one) and my DVD player is taller than that. I then decided to look around the web. Tivo 2 boxes come in at over 3 inches in height; The smallest Windows Media Center edition machine (from Hush Technology) comes in at 3.9 inches in height. In fact, I could find very few items that would come in at the same size. Somehow,…Read More