From the President's Desk
The Way I See It
Tim Rankin, President
Whats going on in the world of Apple? Some Macs now with Intel processors which sounds like a hybrid computer to me and more Intel Macs to follow. Has Steve Jobs gone Mad or is he crazy like a fox? Apple is strongly maintaining that the Intel Macs wont run Windows, but in
the next breath they say that if there is a third party way that this can be accomplished they would not stand in the way. On the other side of the coin, those in the know say that you definitely will not be able to run OS X on a Windows Intel computer.
The major advantages that Apple is trying to gain with the Intel inside machines is to produce a faster Mac that runs cooler and in the case of Apples Powerbooks with Intel processors they will not only run cooler with faster processors, but will also gain longer battery life between charges. The way it looks to me is that it is a win/win situation for Apple and if it develops that Windows can, in fact, be made to run on a Mac, we will gain a large number of instant Windows converts if they can retain the platform that they are used to while being able to move to one of most elegant operating systems out there, that is OS X.
As most of you probably know, the first two Apple
computers to use the Intel processor are the new Flat Panel iMac which is touted to be twice as fast as the
model it replaces while the other computer is the new Powerbook, now known as Macbook Pro with the Intel
processor which is said to be 4x faster than the previous model Powerbook with a G4 processor. The new Intel
Flat Panel iMac is reported to be available now and I know of two people who have them ordered and one of
those persons is Ed Muhs who will be doing our February program and promises to bring the Intel Flat Panel
iMac with him if it arrives in time
The big news this month comes from Steve Job's address on January 9 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
He announced the release of Mac OS X 10.4.4, Quicktime 7.0.4, and iTunes 6.0.2. These updates can be
installed using the Software Update
or downloaded and installed manually. They can be downloaded from the
Apple site or Version Tracker. For the Mac OS X 10.4.4 update it is recommended that you download the
MacOSXUpdateCombo10.4.4.dmg and use it instead of updating using the Software Update under the blue
Apple symbol. in fact, it is recommended that all Mac OS X updates be installed via this method. Quicktime
and iTunes can use the Software Update.
Other new software releases were iLife06 and iWork06. These are the new versions that work in the older
Macs using the Rosetta immolation software or in the new Intel equipped models using Universal Binary.
iLife 06 Universal Binary
The new iLife06 has new versions of the old favorites - iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie HD, iDVD and GarageBand. In
addition Apple has added iWeb, a new application that makes it easy to create web sites with photos, blogs and
Podcasts and publish them on .Mac. iLife. 06 sells for $79 and is available now.
iWork 06 Universal Binary
Many people were expecting Apple to add a spreadsheet to iWork to bring it closer to Appleworks. This did not happen. New in Page 2 are new Apple-designed templates, enhanced word processing and new image editing tools.
Keynote 3 Universal Binary
Keynote 3 includes new Apple-designed HD themes, cinematic transitions, 3D charts, freeform curves, shapes
and masks, as well as other new features. iWork 06 is available now for $79.
Even more important was the announcement of the new Intel equipped computers. These were two models of
the iMac and two models of a notebook called MacBook Pro.
The two iMac models look just like the previous models. They have the same features except that they use an
Intel Duo Core processor. These models are said to be twice as fast the the G5 models. They are available now
at the same price as before.
The biggest applause came at the last when Steve Jobs said just one more thing and announced the new
notebook renamed the MacBook Pro. This is the first laptop from Apple using the Intel Duo Core processor.
Apple claims that it is four times faster than the PowerBook G4. It has a 15.4-inch screen that is 67% brighter than the PowerBook model and is claimed to rival the Apple Cinema displays in brightness.
The MacBook weighs 5.6 pounds and is one inch thick. It is offered in two models. Both models include a
667MHz frontside bus, four times as fast at G4, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, twice as fast as G4, builtin
iSight camera, iChat and iLife'06, the Apple Remote, and Front Row and Photo Booth. Also included are Slotload
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW), built-in Bluetooth 2.0+DDR (Enhanced Data Rate), integrated AirPort
Extreme 54Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking, a scrolling TrackPad, and Apples Sudden Motion Sensor
technology for protecting the hard drive in case of a fall.
We are fortunate to have Ed Muhs with the VMUG group as our speaker and his presentation will be on Digital
Cameras and editing digital images using Adobe Photoshop. Hopefully some of you will have received a digital camera for Christmas or you have a digital camera that you have had for some time and just need to learn more about taking digital pictures. The next question that comes up is what can you do with the digital images once
you have them in your computer. Ed will give you the answers to these burning questions and make you want
to jump right in there taking digital images and editing them like a pro. Please be sure to make the February
meeting and find out what digital photography is all about. See you on Tuesday night February 7th!
Minutes of the January 3rd Meeting
Your Secretary was unable to attend this January Meeting so here are the minutes as written by Tim Rankin,
President, OMUG. Thank you Tim........
The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. with 25 folks in attendance and of the 25 we had six visitors; Mike & Rose
Bridge (who we really do not consider visitors & without which we would not have had a program), John &
Lucia Bell, Ken Cole and Marilyn Cronin. The latter two Ken & Marilyn joined OMUG before the night was
over and we are happy to welcome them as new members. As stated earlier, Mike and Rose Bridge did the
presentation which was one excellent travelogue highlighting several of their stops out West as they embarked on their RV journey back in May of 2005. The digital pictures were outstanding and they took turns narrating what was projected on the screen. The presentation was so great that you actually felt as if you were on the trip with them.
There is a website for the Bridges which is: http://bridgeccs.com/ and it is set up so you sign up for
an account, then they approve it, you can view the journals and photos. and then follow right along with them on their journey. Also, if you would like to e-mail Mike and Rose you can do so using their e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org We took a break for refreshments after the presentation and came back to have the 50/50
raffle and our Q & A session.
The meeting ended just before 9:00 p.m. allowing us to put the room back in shape and depart for home.
For Sally Smyth
Apple News, continued
Introduced on the MacBook is Apples MagSafe magnetic power connector. The MagSafe power connector
makes charging the notebooks battery easier by magnetically coupling the power cord to the MacBook Pro.
The MagSafe power connector safely disconnects from the notebook when there is strain on the power cord,
helping to prevent the notebook from falling off its work surface if the power cord is inadvertently yanked.
The $1,999 model has a 1.67Gz processor, 512MB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive. The $2,499 model has a
1.8MHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 100GB hard drive. Apple is taking orders for delivery in the middle of February.
Other Apple News
Chrysler has announced that it will be the first American Automaker to provide full iPod integration as an
option in most of its 2006 models. Drivers will be able to listen to their iPod through the cars music system.
The selections will be made using the radio or controls on the steering wheel.
Chrysler now joins the list of automakers shown below that either offer iPod connections now or are coming soon. Acura, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Infiniti, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Scion, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
Also several maker of music systems are offering products for automobiles that currently do not offer iPod
Apple and Microsoft
During Steve Jobs presentation he announced a new five- year agreement between Apple and Microsoft that
would commit Microsoft to continue development of certain products for the Macintosh computer. He
introduced Roz Ho, General Manager, Macintosh Business Unit, Microsoft and she gave the details of the new
In the future you will see a new logo on Macintosh software. The logo on the right represents software that is usable on the new Intel Macs without using the Rosetta immolator software.