News Archive for: 7/26/2005 Tuesday's News (later posted items first)
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New iBook Radeon 9550 has Tiger Core Image/Video Support
Earlier today I mentioned the new iBook line is using the Radeon 9550 graphics chip and guessed it had Tiger Core Image/Video support (since the desktop 9550 is based on the R3xx/9600 series) but wrote a contact at ATI who verified it does.
Apple's iBook graphics page mentions quartz extreme support but didn't mention Tiger Core Image/Core Video support.
(For those that missed the posts here earlier this year - although the OS X Tiger page listed a Mobility 9700/Desktop 9600XT or higher was required, the Mobility 9600 and non-XT 9600 also have Core Image/Video support in Tiger.)
Douglas Trachta sent a link to an X-Bit labs article on the desktop Radeon 9550 from a few months ago that might be of interest also. (I hope to have more info on the iBook's 9550 mobility chip/performance soon.)
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iPhoto 5.0.4 update released
Matthew called with a heads-up it's available via Software Update. Here's the info from the SU window:

" iPhoto 5.0.4 (41MB) addresses an issue with browsing photos that have been auto-rotated by a camera. "

As of appx 5PM Eastern it's now available at for download at

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Apple revises iBook line, some changes to Mac Mini configs
I was out for a couple of hours (60 mile roundtrip drive to deliver a package to DHL, since twice they never showed up to pick it up... grrr..) and just got back in around noon to find reader mails on the new iBooks and notes on Mac Mini now having 512MB memory standard.

" The new iBook lineup is immediately available through The Apple Store , Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in two standard configurations.

The 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing just 4.9 pounds, has a suggested retail price of $999 (US) and includes:

  • 12.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display
  • 512MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.5GB maximum memory
  • 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
  • AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
  • VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
  • 56K v.92 modem, Ethernet (10/100 BASE-T); and
  • a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive.

    The 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 iBook, weighing just 5.9 pounds, has a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US) and includes:

  • 14.1-inch (diagonal) active-matrix TFT display
  • 512MB DDR SDRAM expandable to up to 1.5GB maximum memory
  • a 60GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
  • AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400;
  • VGA video out, S-video and composite video out support;
  • 56K v.92 modem, Ethernet (10/100 BASE-T); and
  • a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD+/-R/CD-RW) drive.

    Additional build-to-order options for the new iBook include up to 1.5GB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB, 80GB or 100GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive and the AppleCare Protection Plan."

  • Apple also mentioned the new models having a scrolling TrackPad and the Sudden Motion Sensor that first appeared on the Powerbooks. Also the iBook Graphics page also shows they've revised the graphics chip - it's now a ATI Radeon 9550 with 32MB of DDR VRAM. (The desktop/PC 9550 is based on the R3xx series so I suspected the 9550 mobility has core image/core video support in Tiger but wrote a contact at ATI to verify it does.)

    Apple's Hotnews page also notes they "enhanced" the Mac Mini - 512MB memory is now standard on all Mini models and Airport/Bluetooth is now standard on the 1.42GHz models. $499 (1.25GHz w/Combo drive) to $699 (1.42GHz w/Superdrive). I didn't see any other changes (graphics chip still Radeon 9200/32MB) on the Mini specs page.

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    iMac G5 2GHz owner's Cooling Fan Mod
    A reader with a 2GHz iMac G5 wrote his system seemed to be overheating after some use in room w/79°F ambient temperature and sent pictures of a cooling fan he added on the back that reduced reported internal temperatures significantly. I've posted a page with his comments and photos. ( later updated with additional info).
    Personally I'd contact Apple about this as the stock system as-is shouldn't be overheating. (And I doubt most iMac G5 owners would want a fan added, but that's just my opinion.)
    I welcome other 2GHz iMac G5 owner comments on system temperatures and if they've seen any overheating problems.
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    Mercury Elite-AL Pro 800 RAID Pricing Cut, new 1TB Model
    (From site sponsor OWC)

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    For just great high performance storage or for intense Audio/Video work - The Elite-AL is ready to go!
    Elite RAID 160GB was $249.99 - now $239.99
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    NEW - Elite RAID 1TB(1000GB) - $979.99
    Best Regards,
    Lawrence R. O'Connor
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    Mac Mini Dim Video reports updated (including one on DVI/high res display problems)
    I've updated the Mac Mini Dim Analog Video reports page with 3 more Mini owner mails on the issue, including a report from a 23in HP 2335 display user that even the DVI connection had quirks. (The page has several tips that have helped a few users but none are a universal fix for everyone that saw the problem. However the page includes more than a few Mini owners that didn't see this problem with some brands/models of displays.)
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    Mac World of Warcraft Performance page updated
    I've updated the Mac WoW performance page with comments on framerates/performance from the owner of a Dual 2GHz G5 w/6800 Ultra graphics card.
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    Other Net News
    (from PR emails - mails w/attachments, HTML mails, etc. are filtered as spam.)

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    CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 3 new reports added. (Entries later today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on CDRWs, Combo DVD-CDRW, DVD-ROM, DVD Burners, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, NAS, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, SATA, Firewire, SCSI, USB, adapters). Current total - 14,934 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports) iApps burn support mentioned in reports unless otherwise noted.

    You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
    If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. (If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.)
    (Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 5 new reports (entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 10,009. Here's a summary of the reports added (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Giga Designs G4 1.8GHz in (400MHz) G4/AGP (rated 9)
    • Giga Designs G4 Dual 1.8GHz in (Quicksilver) G4/AGP (rated 9)
    • Giga Designs Dual G4 1.4GHz in (Quicksilver) G4/AGP (rated 9)
    • PowerLogix G4 Dual 1.7GHz in (Sawtooth 400MHz) G4/AGP (rated 9)
    • Sonnet G4 1.7GHz in (Quicksilver) G4/AGP (rated 7)

      (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

    (Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand).

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