Posts Tagged 'Mac'

I finally got myself a MacBook

The laptop I use for my education suddenly died on me, and since I’m really dependant on it I had to replace it on short notice. I decided to go with a black 2,4 GHz/2GB MacBook, and I must say I’m impressed with the user experience. It is a relief to note that Mac OS X really provides a better user experience, or at least does so for me. I’ve been an Apple fanboy for ages but never got around to actually buying a Mac. Now that I have, I’m really glad I did it.

My PC is showing signs of old age as well and needs replacement too, but until Apple decides to finally design a “mythical midrange Mac minitower”, as Dan Frakes over at Macworld calls it, I am affraid I will have to go with a new Windows PC.

Speculation on secret Apple Leopard features: iPhone streaming?

A lot of tech blogs are reporting that Apple’s new OS, codenamed Leopard, will be delayed (Gizmodo, AppleInsider, ars technica). Some claim it is because of Vista support in bootcamp, others claim it is because of the ‘secret features’. I’ve been trying to imagine what these features could be, and it could be pretty exciting.

I bet one of them is a new GUI style: I’ve read rumors (Apple Gazette via Mac Rumors) of a new interface style some time ago, and I think this is a good possibility for Apple to beat Vista on one of it’s nicer features, the Aero Glass interface. Besides, the current ‘Aqua’ theme has been around for a while, so I think it’s time for something fresh.

The second thing I’ve been imagining is the compatibility with the iPhone. On this part Apple could pull some very nice features: what about a sideshow-like feature, where you can use the wifi connection of the iPhone to browse your Mac? Or what about wireless streaming of media content to the iPhone’s built in iPod? This feature would obviously be a solution for the very limited storage capacity in the iPhone, which is in my opinion one of its weaker points.

I would like to stress that this is pure speculation, based on what I would like to see and what could be possible given the things we know about these unreleased products.