OWC Tips & Deals 2/27/2006
Greetings from your friends at OWC! I know it's only been about a week - but quite a week that has been. OWC's first MacBook Pro arrived and as promised, have a full look at that. And, we are now just two days away from another Apple 'Special Event'. Those items alone make for interesting discussion and there's more this newsletter as well.
Quick Correction: In the Feb 17th Newsletter I had stated the MacBook Pro was the first laptop with an integrated video camera... It is the first Apple laptop with a video camera, that being an integrated iSight. Apple tunnel vision affected my prior statement. :)
More on Intel Macs
Did get a lot covered on those new Intel Macs last newsletter, but a few additional points to bring to light before getting into MacBook Pro specifics. These things apply to both the iMac and MacBook Pro Intel Models.
One of the biggest changes to the new Intel based Macs concerns bootability. Up until now, any partion with Apple OS X installed could be booted on ANY Mac that had support for that OS X version. For example, one FireWire Drive with OS X installed could be carried around and used on ANY Apple model with FireWire boot support. As Apple releases new systems, they have supported them for the OS X version current when the system was released. I don't want you thinking that I am referring to booting OS X 10.2.x Jaguar on a PowerMac G5 that came out in 2005. But... Lets take a FireWire drive with 10.4.3 or later installed on it. That single drive will boot OS X on ANY iBook, iMac, PowerMac with a G3, G4, or G5 processor made since a about 2001 when FW bootability was standard across.
The rules change with the Intel based Macs. Apple has adopted Intel's Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) to replace Open Firmware and the Globally Unique Identifier Partition Table (GPT) replaces the Apple Partition Map(APM) scheme for boot device formatting. The short of all that techno bable is that a drive set up to boot on a PPC Mac is not bootable on an Intel based Mac and vice versa.
Accessing data from external drives is a different story. The new Intel Macs have no issue at all with mounting, reading/writing data to APM drives. In fact, by default APM is used by the new Intel Macs when you go to initialize an external device. If you want to make an external boot volume for your Intel Mac, you must manually select to use the GPT scheme. An important note about GPT - in addition to not being bootable on non-Intel Macs, GPT formatted devices also will only be recognized on Macs using OS X 10.4 or later.
Another big change is that the new Intel Macs offer USB2 boot support. While FireWire 400 still offers superior performance versus USB2, this does open up the possibility to a far wider array of devices the Intel Macs will let you boot with.
Consider that an appendment to the initial Intel Mac discussion in the last newsletter. We will share further insights as our staff grows in their experience with these systems.
OWC's MacBook Pro first look
As we expected, compared to the fastest PowerBook G4, the MacBook Pro - with it's Intel Core Duo - is a screamer. Performance with Universal Binary apps that have the native support is nearly equal to the same speed iMac. That said - when it comes to heavy video or graphics work, this is not the machine for you until your applications have that Universal Binary support. But, for lighter weight apps - even Microsoft Office (excluding Virtual PC) - even apps running via Rosetta still feel really snappy. MacBook Pro vs. PowerBook G4 is effectively a Two Intel processors vs. One FreeScale G4 processor scenario + the Intels are at a higher clock speed too. Through brute force, the MacBook Pro gets by with the Rosetta Apps and leaves it's predecessor in the dust when it comes to Apps with the Intel Support.
In the prior newsletter some iMac Intel benchmarks were provided and as noted already, seeing about the same results with the MacBook Pro of equal processor. That is not unexpected and it is fantastic to have a portable with the same performance a desktop offers. The main differences in performance between the iMac and the MacBook show up in hard drive related activities... The standard drive in the Macbook is a 5400RPM SATA Drive vs. the 7200RPM in the iMac. We now have new 7200RPM SATA 2.5" Drives and I expect when we retest with such, we'll see those gaps close.
Also confirmed is that the memory for the MacBook Pro is the same as the iMac Intel. And if this is the machine for you - you'll do yourself well getting that memory for it from OWC. Apple is effectively charging $300 for the same 1GB upgrade we offer at $114.99. In fact, Apple wants $100 just to take you from 512MB to 1GB in the 1.83GHz model! Why do they charge so much (even more in fact than they do for the iMac)? Probably because they can and it's a great way for Apple to bring on the extra margin. Another benefit of OWC memory is that ours is lifetime warranted, while Apple only covers for a year unless you pay the big bucks for AppleCare extended.
To wrap it up - the Macbook Pro promises a lot and as more applications are made to support its Intel core, will be a better Mac every day. Disappointed that it's only got Firewire 400 and no FW800 like the PBG4s, but we are excited about its ExpressCard/34 slot. We'll be testing cards for this new PCI-Express interface type in the future.
And the Main Event - Jamie has partially disassembled our MacBook Pro and the pictures + additional information you can view online. Now includes an video segment too. Something that made our day is that the MacBook Pro is a piece of cake to open compared to the iBooks and Powerbook G4 Alumimum.
Apple's February 28th Event
Apple is definitely doing something right when it comes to PR. No other electronics maker that I've noticed gets the type of media attention they do. Apple stays so secretive about its new products and then Jobs does such an excellent performance when it comes to their release. Good hype, cool stuff, and great presentation all play well keeping the media excited to pay attention to what Steve Jobs and Apple have say. So what's up with this 'Apple Town Hall' "Come see some fun new products from Apple" Feb 28th special invite event? A few ideas out there:
Could be a new Video iPod. Last newsletter we linked to info on what could be a related patent filing and and this, questionable spy shot. Still could be a bigger screen Video iPod, but I was sent this how to make a fake of the above spy shot... and it very well could have been the how to by who actually did it. Photoshop never ceases to amaze - scary in that too.
A replacement for the Mac mini is something highly proably. In addition to the mini having been expected to be the first line to get the Intel Processors - it's already over a year old and overdue for some sort of an upgrade. Supporting this are reports of Apple rejecting recent requests for quotes for volume Mac mini purchases. In addition to the Mac mini likely getting a move to Intel, it very well could get the video in/out supports needed to become a true multimedia entertainment Mac. This has been widely speculated since before Macworld and perhaps we'll be seeing just that come the 28th.
Another MacBook Pro screen size might be making it's debut on Tuesday as well. Within the past 7-10 days and without fanfare, Apple removed the PowerBook G4 15" model from the store site leaving only the 12" and 17" models. It is reasonable to expect that it's a phase in/phase out plan they have and maybe ready to the next MacBook option - despite the 3-4 week backorders shown for the current 15".
Very high probability is some new Intel processor based iBook replacement. Funny that originally the Intel processors were expected to be in the lowend first - I think Apple put them where their lines needed them most first. And with that rolling, rounding out the Intel offerings in a relatively orderly fashion. So, reasonable to be looking for new iBooks tomorrow too.
Who knows what else or if any of the above is on tomorrow's agenda. It's got the media's attention, again, and it's been teased as the event to see 'fun new products from Apple' - so we'll just have to wait and see. The event starts at 10AM PST (12 Noon OWC CST time) and you can bet whatever the goods are - they'll be shortly there after found at the Apple Store and with release info on the Apple Home web start page. Should be fun. :)
If you haven't purchased a video from the iTunes Store yet - well, nows the time to try it. For the bargain purchase cost of $0.00, you can now 'purchase' the pilot episode of NBC's new Conviction TV Drama as well as a Superman Returns movie teaser trailer at the iTunes Store. These links will cause iTunes to launch and display the info in iTunes. iTunes link for Conviction - iTunes link for Superman. As a side note... you can also view the Superman Returns trailer online via Quicktime with higher quality options.
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Getting things back on pace and going to do our part at OWC to keep you informed of the goings on and more. Now just waiting to for what's next on Apple's fun list to take it from there. Thanks for reading and hope you have a great week + beyond!
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Find all the deals reserved just for Readers on your Tips n' Deals Exclusive Specials Page. What follows next is just a sampling of this week's highlights.
FireWire/USB: NewerTech miniStack $58.50; Elite 300GB FW800 $225.00
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OWC Mercury Elite Oxford911+ 3.5" FireWire 400 Enclosure Kit - $59.00
OWC 250GB Mercury Elite-AL FW400+USB2 7200RPM 8MB Solution $195.00
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Century USB 2.0/1.1 Kits for 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" Hard Drives $15.99-$19.99
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1GB of Memory $87 & More
2/27/2006 - The overall trend remains up this year, a repeated theme in these updates... But for the moment, looks like we have a little stability. What doesn't change with price is the amazing difference in performance that your Mac can provide when you've got the memory you need. OS X knows how to use memory made available to it and that means more memory = faster Mac. :).
Memory for New 2006 Apple iMac Intel 1.83/2.0GHz; MacBook Pro 1.83/2.0/2.16GHz:
Each if the above Intel Processor models feature two 200 Pin Slots which accept PC5300 DDR2 667MHz memory modules. Each slot is independent, match pairing is not utilized.
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For new 'Oct/20005' PowerMac G5 Dual & Quad 'Dual-Core' Models:
Eight Slots, Matched Pairs Required, DDR2 533MHZ PC4200 up to 16GB Max
1GB DDR2 Pair (512MBx2) - $ 87.00
2GB DDR2 Pair (1GB x 2) - $187.50
4GB DDR2 Pair (2GB x 2) - $495.00
Memory for iMac G5 1.9GHz, 2.1GHz with built in iSight Camera:
512MB Built in + One Slot PC4200 DDR 533MHz 240 Pin allows up to 2.5GB:
1GB DDR2 Upgrade Module - $ 93.50
2GB DDR2 Upgrade Module - $247.50
Standard DDR for all other PowerMac G5 and iMac G5 models:
1GB Matched Pair (2x512MB) PC3200 DDR 184 Pin - $95.00
2GB Matched Pair (2x1GB) PC3200 DDR 184 Pin - 178.00
1GB PC3200 DDR Module for iMac G5 Only (PowerMac G5 requires Pairs!) $90.00
For Mac Mini, eMac G4/1.25-1.4GHz, and eMac 1.0GHz 'Education Model':
512MB PC3200/2700/2100 184 Pin DDR DIM Module now $47.00
1GB(1 x 1024MB) PC2700 DDR 184 Pin Module - $89.00
For all PowerBook 12" Models; all 'Pre Oct 19th, 2005' PowerBook G4 15" & 17" Models; All iBook G4 Models; And all iMac G4 models:
512MB PC2700/2100 DDR SO-DIMM 200 Pin Module - $48.00
1GB Samsung Factory Original - Same one Apple Installs $133.00
1GB OWC PC2700 DDR SO-DIMM for 'Pre 10/19/2005' 15" & 17"; all 12" PB AL Models that are 1.5GHz or Faster, iBook G4 Models 1.2GHz & Faster *only* $114.50
For PowerMac G4 Sawtooth/AGP Graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, QuickSilver; eMac G4; iMac G3 350-700MHz Models:
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512MB PC133 CL3/PC100 CL2 168 Pin SDRam DIMM Module - $71.50
Visit our Mac Memory Section to browse the full selection of memory we offer and/or use our online memory guide to get the right memory for the Mac(s) you have.
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Internal Hard Drive Deals
For PowerBooks & iBooks:
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For PowerMac G3/G4, iMac G4, eMac G4:
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Pre-2002 G3/G4 Models will only utilize 128GB without use of Speedtools High-Cap Software - $15 w/HD
Mercury G4 Extreme for all PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, and Quicksilver models. 30 Day Money Back + 3 Year OWC Warranty
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Extreme @ 1.2GHz, $235.00
Extreme @ 1.5GHz, $335.00
Import/Export Audio-Video via FireWire - great for converting VHS, etc.
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Video Card Deals
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Music on the Mac 2/27 - CD & Speakers Reviewed
Greetings from www.macsales.com/music
More REAL WORLD testing for you! (and a CD review too)
Please allow me to mention that my CD, the garage album, was reviewed August/2005 in the Illinois Entertainer, a well respected music industry publication. Here are a few quotes:"...showcases him as a first rate guitarist...(the song) Yokohama is a haunting instrumental reminiscent of Jeff Beck...". Needless to say, I am pleased and proud of this project that was supported so beautifully by OWC/macsales. I urge you to visit www.thegaragealbum.com to find out more, learn how I did it, and maybe purchase my CD too!
I am happy to report that I recently had the opportunity to use the new M-Audio BX5a monitors on an album project. The album was a children's music CD. It was my job to do the final music mix for the songs and also the spoken word segments. I have used the older version of this very popular speaker extensively and was always pleased with the results. I just installed the new BX5a speakers a few days before this project came to me at studioA, my recording facility ( and macsales audio demo room).
The bi-amplified BX5a are very similar to the old version and one of the main differences appears to be the new Kevlar bass driver ( speaker). Kevlar is used in bullet-proof vests and is often used in more expensive speakers. Right off the bat, the new speakers seemed to have a very nice tight and controlled bass response. Very punchy bass indeed. I took a look at the specs on these speakers at the M-Audio website. The most important spec in my opinion is how "flat" the response is. This is an indication of how well and how EVENLY the speaker reproduces all frequencies. The BX5a has a very nice flat response. These are speakers you can trust to tell you what your mix sounds like. Having said that, larger speakers such as the BX8a would yield an even better bass response that extends to an even lower range. One can also add a subwoofer such as the well matched M-Audio SBX if need be. Some styles of music such as hip hip, R&B and some rock have a lot of low frequency content. In that world, it is common to mix on a system that includes a subwoofer so you can be certain that you can hear just much low end is "In The Mix".
These monitors are shielded so they can coexist on your desktop with video monitors and they are bi-amplified so the power amps are built right in. I absolutely love these speakers for a project studio setting. They are crisp and clear without being harsh. They are easy to listen to for extended periods too. The mix on the children's CD took hours and I was very pleased with the final mix. As is the custom, I burned a test CD and listened to the mix on a boom box and in my car. The mix sounded great and there were no surprises.
These speakers are a clear example of just how much things have changed. The tools needed to produce music have gotten less expensive and work fabulously indeed. These BX5a speakers are highly recommended!
Visit studioA recording studio and Other World Computing new audio showroom by appointment - email: email@example.com
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Subscribe to the "Rock Your Computer" PodCast.
Browse and read other 'Music on the Mac' articles by Roger posted online.
See how Roger created The Garage Album CD at The Garage Album website.
Interact with Roger and other Apple Music/Audio users in our online music and audio forums.
About our Music Guru:
Roger Adler is a four-time Emmy nominated composer, producer, and performer. He is an endorser and clinician for the iGuitar by Brian Moore Guitars and his work is recognizable in over 1000 television commercials. Adler performed at the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. as recently as 2005 and his recordings include appearances on the Groundhog Day feature film soundtrack and The Garage Album. He is widely recognized for his role as Music director for the A&E television series "The Best of Comic Relief" starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg and for 16 years as Music Director for the popular series "Wild Chicago." Adler is the owner of two recording studios serving the professional entertainment industry, i^3 audio at North Pier in Chicago and studioA at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake, IL. In addition to facilitating the Daily Guitar Jam Widget, Adler produces the popular Podcast Show "Rock Your Computer" which broadcasts to an international audience via Apple's iTunes Music Store.
This is a quick closing for what I thought was going to be a quick newsletter. It is nice to have two of our newsletters make it out this month. With all the goings on, planning on three for March.
One quick note - the online web posted version is now getting a good edit done after release. Ideally, a good schedule will enable the cleaned up, edited version to be the only version put out the door. Trying to make sure the info isn't lost in presentation. A lot of good info I think in our Feb 17th newsletter - and an cleaner, easier to read version ought to be online there about by the time you read this - or certainly by the 28th.
As always, appreciate this opportunity to 'talk' the thoughts out loud and hope you enjoy the info and perspective. Thanks for being a subcriber and always the best to you and yours!
President's Day on Monday too. If you've got the day off, have a great extended weekend. If it's a regular working day, well, I and the OWC team will be working along with ya. :)
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