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Amazing – Tiger iChat

While I don’t have a Mac, I want one. As a life long PC user, I’ve been stuck in the Windows world, but that will soon change. The reason? Mac OS X 10.4 – ‘Tiger’.

Apple have released previews of some of the new features, which include a new search system, improved web browser, email client, etc. My favorite has to be the iChat demo:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/ichat.html

That is very slick, full screen video across the world with virtually no latency, all due to the h.264 video codec built into QuickTime 7. No video conferencing looks that good on the PC. Anywhere. Yes, in part it’s due to the iSight camera (640×480 autofocusing CCD), but it’s also due to excellent product design.

Rumor has it that Apple will announce Tiger in April, and if they decide to offer free upgrades on all Macs purchased from then to Tiger, I will be buying.

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Mini Mac

Went down to PCWorld in the UK and had a play with the new Mini Mac from Apple. I’ve always been a Windows user and developer for ever, but there’s something particluarly sexy about the Mini Mac that just makes you want one.

The low-down is it is truely tiny. OSX looks stunning and the package of applications that comes with it appears to cover everything you would need out of the box. The only thing I couldn’t find was the maximize button on a window, but apparently the Mac doesn’t have one! Mind you, I found a neat feature just playing with it – swing the mouse around in a big circle and all the windows went small and enabled you to select the one you want.

When I return to the US, I may well get one to play since they are only $499, much better value than the £399 in PCWorld.

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