The biggest news at Macworld Expo is hardware-related, but there are a few significant software developments. Macworld has pulled together story links for the biggest stories in Expo thus far.
More Power for the People
In addition to the new iMacs, Apple also announced price adjustments for G4 towers – and debuted a multiprocessor G4. MacWeek’s
David Read discusses the new G4 offerings
– which include Gigabit Ethernet on the motherboard – and how applications may or may not be optimized for the new machines; Jason Snell offers a feature-by-feature explanation of what’s in the new Macs, and
provides a chart
for comparing the different G4 towers.
Act Now And Receive This Lovely Mouse
Apple didn’t restrict its design surprises to CPUs: in addition to the new machines, Jobs also introduced
three new displays,
an expanded keyboard
new optical mouse. Joking that “we have many flaws, but we do listen,” Jobs said the mouse was developed in response to user complaints about the tiny, puck-like mouse that shipped with Apple desktops. Users shouldn’t have too much to complain about now: the keyboard and mouse will be included with every desktop Mac, and are available to USB-equipped Mac owners via the Apple store for $59 each.
Sights and Sounds
examines the G4 Cubes’s audio capabilities. The cube ships with a pair of sleek Harman Kardon speakers; how it will sound is important to hard-core audiophiles. David Leishman points out a potential frustration for many multimedia types: the
G4 cube is difficult to upgrade. In other, better news for the sight-and-sound crowd, Apple is
releasing iMovie 2, and bundling it free on its new Macs. Folks who already have iMovie – or want to buy the new version – will be able to do so from Apple’s website later this year.