Apple released a bunch of new and updated products today:
- New iMacs. I would buy one today if I had the slightest use for it. It looks absolutely gorgeous.
- Updated Mac minis. Yay! We can still get cheap Mac servers.
- New wired and wireless keyboards. I love the wireless without the numeric keypad. This way you can have your mouse closer to the keyboard, and I never use the keypad anyway (now if they could just get rid of the silly caps lock key as well). I’ve been wanting a keyboard like this ever since getting a Mac, so I ordered one immediately—the English (Int’l) version of course, the Danish layout is completely useless for writing code.
- iLife ‘08. iMovie seems to be worth the upgrade alone. I ordered a family pack.
- iWork ‘08. I love Keynote, so upgrading was an easy choice. The new spreadsheet, Numbers, looks like a nice addition. One more family pack in the shopping basket.
- Updated .Mac. The new web gallery with photo and movie sharing looks like it’s worth the price alone, but I’ll wait for the reviews before deciding whether I’m going to be a .Mac user. I’d also like to see if they are going to support photo sharing from Aperture.
- Updated AirPort Extreme. Looks like it gained gigabit ethernet, so there’s one less reason not to buy one now.
Todays shopping spree comes out at just DKK 2097,-. That’s five copies a lot of software for very little money if you ask me—and a new keyboard too.
That’s right, the Cult of Mac is advocating a product that Mac users can’t even use. I hear next week they’re doing a special on anti-virus apps. I hear that OS X version of Norton AntiVirus is really the pits. It never finds anything.
My new MacBook Pro finally arrived last Friday. Here are my first experiences from life on the other side:
- Last Friday: Unpacking, installing essential software. Everything just works?!
- Saturday and Sunday: Installing more software, moving all my work-related files over. Had some great laughs with the famliy while playing with iSight and Photo Booth. Front Row rocks. No troubles yet—it just freakin’ works! I’m slowly realizing how much I’ve gotten used to software not working.
- Monday: First day working with the MBP. Had the old Windows laptop in the bag, just in case. Didn’t need it, though. OS X found the office network-printer all by itself, it just showed in the list of printers. Way to go!
- Tuesday: Left the Windows laptop at home. The co-workers might be a little tired by now of me showing something oh-so-cool, every 10 minutes. Frederik mentioned the MBP looks awfully nice together with the Fritz Hansen table and the Arne Jacobsen chairs in the conference room.
- Wednesday: I decided to retire my almost new and very buggy Windows Mobile powered Qtek phone, and replace it with a Sony Ericsson from Apple’s list of supported Bluetooth phones. Need I mention that Bluetooth syncing just works perfectly? Also today Apple released Boot Camp. I installed Windows XP and in an odd way it feelt like I did something terribly wrong, so I decided to only set aside 5 gigs of diskspace for Windows. I’d still prefer VMware or something similar, over dual booting.
- Thursday: I migrated over my Outlook calendar and contacts in preparations for completely retiring the Windows laptop. Finally figured out that there’s a prerelease build of Firefox 18.104.22.168 available as a universal binary know as Deer Park and it’s way faster than the PPC build of Firefox 22.214.171.124. I was actually a bit disappointed by the speed of the MBP, as I spend a great deal of time in Firefox, but not after installing Deer Park, yay!
- This Friday: Blogging about the past week…