Report on Intel-Powered Macs, Rosetta

Ars Technica has posted a review of the new 17-inch Intel Core Duo-powered iMac.

There has been discussion about older Mac OS X applications that are not Universal Binaries, running on the new Intel-powered Macs, especially genealogy applications. I don’t think we have too much to worry about, going by this review.

Of particular interest to us, is page four

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iLife ’06, .Mac Updates

Last, but not least, iLife ’06 has been released – with some updates that maybe of interests to some Mac genealogists. Along with it, an update to .Mac to allow for improved integration between the two. Among the highlights – in addition to creating nice photo books through iPhoto, you can now create calendars and greeting cards, and order them online, as well as enhanced performance for iPhoto (which can now handle 250,000 photos).

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iWork ’06

iWork ’06 was released with some major enhancements to Pages and Keynote. Although a spreadsheet application was not added, spreadsheet functionality was increased. Among the changes:
* Ability to create more sophisticated/compex documents and presentations, including spreadsheet-like tables
* 3D Charts
* Image editing (similar to iPhoto)
* Masking tools added
* New ways to view the documents as you create them, as well as the ability to control the viewing angle for presentations
* Improved Mac OS X Address Book compatability
* Dozens of new themes

iWork ’06 is available now for $79 through the Apple Store.

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Universal Binaries, Rosetta, Intel CPUs

Apple has updated their pages concerning Universal Binaries, Rosetta, and Intel CPUs:

Apple’s Rosetta page
Apple’s Intel CPU page
Apple’s Universal Binary page

We also have a small page concerning Universal Binaries here. As of yet, few Mac genealogy applications are compiled as Universal Binaries (MacFamilyTree being one), as far as I know, most Mac genealogy developers are going to work on Intel-compatible/Universal Binary versions of their software, although with Rosetta, they have plenty of time. After all, even if a PowerPC-based application under OS X on Intel runs 25% slower than on a PowerPC-based Mac, considering the new iMac is twice as fast as the old, and the MacBook Pro is upto 4 times as fast…well I don’t think we need to worry about performance problems 🙂

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Macworld: New Hardware – MacBook Pro & iMac

Today the first of new machines from the Intel/Apple partnership were announced to the world. The 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop and the 17-inch and 20-inch iMac. The MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel Duo Core 1.67GHz or 1.83GHz CPU, while the iMac has either a 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz CPU – the Duo Core is basically like having two CPUs.

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