Bon bon bon les gens ca en parle pas ?
Apple a donc fini sa présentation des updates du matos Pro.
Comme j’ai un peu la flemme, je vais copier-coller de Macworld
Apple vice president of worldwide product market David Moody spoke to invited guests at a special press event on Wednesday in New York City.
Today’s event is all about bringing innovations to creative pros, Moody told the assembled. “We have several announcements spanning hardware and software,” he said.
First on the list are refreshed PowerBook models. Moody announced two new systems — 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks. The 15-inch model now features a screen with 1440 x 900 resolution, the same as the previous generation 17-inch model. The 17-inch model now features a 1680 x 1050 pixel display — the same resolution as Apple’s 20-inch Cinema Display
The new PowerBooks sport 22 percent greater battery life, standard DVD-RW “SuperDrives” and built-in support for Apple’s gargantuan 30-inch Cinema HD Display, according to Moody. Prices start at $1,499 for the 12-inch model, $1,999 for the 15-inch model and $2,499 for the 17-inch model. All systems are shipping today.
New Power Macs
Apple has also updated its Power Mac G5 system, which Moody calls the “system of choice for creative professionals that need power.”
The new systems feature dual-core PowerPC processors and a new system architecture that can support up to 16GB of 533MHz DDR2 RAM. They can also hold up to 1 terabyte (TB) of internal Serial ATA (SATA) storage, and are the first Power Macs to feature PCI Express (PCIe) expansion slots. DDR2 RAM and PCIe are both featured on Apple’s recently refreshed iMac G5 system.
Apple has worked with graphics maker Nvidia Corp. to feature four new graphics options for the refreshed Power Mac G5 line, including the Quadro FX 4500 — Nvidia’s fastest workstation card. This fills a gap in the Power Mac line that has long been criticized by 3D graphics professionals and others who have wanted faster graphics systems than the consumer-oriented cards and chips Apple has offered in the past. The Quadro card can support dual 30-inch displays, according to Moody.
The new Power Macs G5 “Quad” system touts eight floating point units, four velocity engines, four 1MB Level 2 caches and is capable of processing 76.6 gigaflops. “There is some serious horsepower under the hood,” said Moody.
The Power Mac G5 starts in a single-processor, dual-core configuration clocked at 2.0GHz for $1,999. The 2.3GHz dual-core system costs $2,499, and the “Quad” dual-processor, dual-core system starts at $3,299.
Cinema HD Displays
Apple has also realigned pricing on its 23-inch and 30-inch CInema HD Displays. Effective today, the 23-inch Cinema HD Display costs $1,299, down from $1,499, while the 30-inch Cinema HD Display costs $2,499, down from $2,999.
Apple’s vice president of Applications Marketing, Rob Schoeben, next took the stage to talk about some of the challenges now facing digital photographers: Culling through media cards, retouching images, delivering on tight deadlines.
“Post production is a seamless extension of the creative process, not an afterthought,” said Schoeben.
Schoeben explained that photographers lack a solution like Final Cut Pro. Enter Aperture, Apple’s “first all in one post production tool for photographers.”
Built specifically for pro photographers, Aperture features and end-to-end RAW workflow, and makes RAW as easy to work with as JPEG, according to Schoeben.
A feature called Stacks lets photographers group sequences of shots together based on the time between shutter clicks. The software features a full-screen workspace and a completely editable environment that can span multi-image displays.
A multi-image viewer lets you check images side-by side, up to 10 or 12 on a side, at magnifications up to 800 percent.
Aperture also sports essential tools like red-eye reduction, cropping, straightening and more, and features a non-destructive workflow and versioning capabilities.
Aperture users can quickly create and print comp layouts, and can customize proof sheets and contact sheets. You can also order prints online and publish online or to .Mac.
et plus d’infos sur les « nouveaux » Powerbook sur Macworld toujours
[spoiler]At a special event in New York City on Wednesday, Apple introduced updated PowerBook G4 15 and 17-inch models with new, higher-resolution displays and up to 1 hour of additional battery life.
What’s more, all new PowerBooks include a DVD-burning “SuperDrive,” with prices unchanged from before — systems start at US$1,499.
The 15-inch PowerBook features 1440 x 960 pixel resolution — similar to the resolution of previous generation 17-inch models, 26 percent more than previous 15-inch systems. The 17-inch PowerBook now features 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution — 36 percent more than before, the same resolution as Apple’s 20-inch Cinema Display.
All PowerBooks include built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), integrated AirPort Extreme (802.11g-based wireless networking), a scrolling TrackPad and Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor technology.
The $1,499 12-inch model is clocked at 1.5GHz and includes 512MB of PC2700 33MHz DDR SDRAM, an 8x SuperDrive, 80GB hard disk drive, DVI, VGA, S-video and composite video support, two USB 2.0 ports and FireWire 400.
The $1,999 15-inch PowerBook features a processor clocked at 1.67GHz, an 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support, 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333MHz, expandable to 2GB, 80GB hard drive, analog and optical digital audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, illuminated keyboard and ATI Radeon Mobility 9700 graphics with 128MB DDR video memory and Dual-Link DVI support, to support Apple’s 30-inch Cinema HD Display.
The $2,499 17-inch PowerBook features a double-layer 8x SuperDrive, 1.67GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 120GB hard drive and the other features found on the 15-inch model.
Apple offers additional build-to-order options for various models including expanded hard drive, different slot-loading optical drive and more.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]Apple on Wednesday introduced a new Power Mac G5 line featuring dual-core PowerPC CPUs and a PCI Express expansion architecture. The new 2.0 and 2.3 GHz systems are shipping now, and the new 2.5GHz “Quad” system will be available in early November. Prices range from US$1,999 to $3,299.
The Power Mac G5 line now features four PCI Express expansion cards — PCI Express is a high-performance interface that has already seen great traction in the PC market for high-performance video and other applications, but this marks its debut on the Power Mac line. Last week, Apple introduced a refreshed iMac G5 system that also included PCI Express.
Along with the debut of PCI Express, Apple has announced new high-performance graphics options including Nvidia’s Quadra FX 4500, bringing workstation-class graphics performance to the Macintosh for the first time. Up to now, Power Mac G5 systems have been relegated to consumer-class graphics card options.
Also new to the power Mac G5 is a dual-core PowerPC processor architecture, used across the entire line. In the past Apple has emphasized (and continues to emphasize, in high-end configurations) dual-processor systems, and a single dual-core processor does much of the same work, particularly for applications optimized for multi-processor hardware.
Power Mac G5
Apple explained that its new Power Mac G5 Quad configuration, clocked at 2.5GHz and featuring two dual-core G5 chips, can encode standard definition video content in Final Cut Pro 5 up to 60 percent faster than the dual-processor 2.7GHz system that preceded it, for example. Adobe Photoshop runs a series of 45 commonly used filters and actions 43 percent faster on a Quad system; Adobe After Effects ca render video effects up to 69 percent faster, LightWave 3D renders animation up to 59 percent faster and the Bioinformatics Benchmark System (BBS version 3) can complete a comparison of genomic sequences up to 39 percent faster.
The Power Mac G5 supports up to 16GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM and now includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports are well-suited for users who plan to utilize their Power Mac in an Xsan environment, according to Apple — that’s Apple’s Storage Area Network solution for high performance computing.
Also new to this revision of the Power Mac G5 is the inclusion as standard equipment of the Mighty Mouse, Apple’s recently released multi-button mouse with scroll ball.
The Power Mac G5 continues to feature FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, digital audio input and output, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).
The Power Mac G5 comes standard with either Nvidia’s GeForce 6600 LE or GeForce 6660 graphics cards, featuring 128MB and 256MB of video memory respectively. Both support the 30-inch Cinema HD Display. Nvidia’s GeForce 7800 GT with 256MB VRAM and the Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB VRAM are available as build-to-order options.
All four PCI Express card slots can be populated with graphics cards, so you can create a Power Mac G5 that drives up to eight displays. What’s more, the Quadro FX 4500 card features stereo 3D capabilities, so you use it with a stereoscopic display.
The Power Mac G5 is available in the following configurations:
The $1,999 Power Mac G5 Dual, with single dual-core 2.0GHz G5 processor, 512MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 16GB, 160GB SATA hard drive running at 7200RPM, Nvidia GeForce 6600 LE with 128MB VRAM, three open PCI Express expansion slots (two 4-lane and one 8-lane slot), dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support.
The $2,499 Power Mac G5 Dual, with single dual-core 2.3GHz processor, 512MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 16GB, 250GB SATA hard drive running at 7200RPM, Nvidia GeForce 6600 with 256MB VRAM, three open PCI Express expansion slots (two 4-lane and one 8-lane slot), dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and 16x SuperDrive wit double-layer support.
And the new $3,2999 Power Mac G5 Quad, with two dual-core 2.5GHz G5 processors, 512MB RAM, 250GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 6600 graphics with 256MB VRAM, two open 4-lane and one open 8-lane PCI Express slot, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support.[/spoiler]
Donc bon, mon avis à moi sur les Powerbook :
- Résolution plus grande, donc polices encore plus petites ? Exactement ce que j’aime pas…
- DDR2 en plus. J’sais pas l’impact réel, mais bon c’est toujours à prendre.
- Pas d’update de CPU, contrairement aux rumeurs.
- Une batterie 22% plus longue. Donc jusqu’à 1h en plus. Mouais, j’attend de voir, mais c’est bien (ca me fait presque douter sur mon achat).
Et pis c’est tout. Rien de fabuleux je trouve , donc moi je me prend un Ibook 12’’, c’est décidé.
Coté Powermac, je connais pas donc je dis rien, mais ca m’a l’air bien puissant quand même !
Et leur programme Aperture, c’est vraiment un truc destiné aux Pros, rien à dire. Je prend pas souvent des centaines de photos en haute-définition à traiter rapidement, donc je m’en fiche un peu.
Vala vala, n’empêche que j’ai tout suivi en direct grâce à Macbidouille et Macworld, c’était drôle